Apple iPhone 3GS (2009) review

iOS 3
Samsung S5PC100
PowerVR SGX535
256 MB / 8 GB
3.5 inches (320 x 480 px)
3.15 MP, 2048 x 1536 px, autofocus

Apple announced the launch of the iPhone 3GS smartphone in 2009. The manufacturer is offering the Apple iPhone 3GS phone with 3.5 inches display, Samsung S5PC100 chipset, 256 MB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage.

The Apple iPhone 3GS comes with iOS 3 out of the box, and a Li-Ion 1219 mAh, non-removable battery. The 3.5 inches phone comes with a TFT display (320 x 480 px).

Apple iPhone 3GS specifications

NameiPhone 3GS
Release date2009


The weight of Apple iPhone 3GS is about 4.76 oz with battery, which is average compared to most of the smartphones with same size. The dimensions of this Apple phone are average (4.55 x 2.44 x 0.48 inches).

Weight4.76 oz
Dimensions4.55 x 2.44 x 0.48 inches
Colorsblack, white
SIM typeMini SIM


The Apple iPhone 3GS comes with iOS 3 out of the box, but it is upgradable to the next OS.

OS versioniOS 3
SoCSamsung S5PC100
CPU600 MHz Cortex-A8


The size of iPhone 3GS screen is measured diagonally, from corner to corner. The 3.5 inches phone comes with TFT display. A thin-film transistor (TFT) is a type of field-effect transistor that is usually used in a liquid crystal display (LCD). This type of display features a thin-film transistor for each individual pixel. The 3.5 inches TFT display of Apple iPhone 3GS with 320 x 480 px resolution is multitouch capable.

Display typeTFT
Screen size3.5 inches
Resolution320 x 480 px
Multitouch supportyes


The internal memory of Apple iPhone 3GS (256 MB) cannot be expanded.

Internal storage8 GB
Memory card slotno


The camera of the iPhone 3GS is equipped with autofocus. An autofocus (or AF) optical system uses a sensor, a control system and a motor to focus on an automatically or manually selected point or area. Very few Android cameras come without autofocus.

Selfie camerano
Main camera3.15 MP, 2048 x 1536 px, autofocus


The Apple iPhone 3GS supports 2G and 3G networks only. 3G is obsolete now, because most phones can use 4G and 5G networks. This phone has a built-in GPS. GPS is a highly accurate navigation system using signals from satellites to determine a location on the Earth's surface, irrespective of weather conditions. Most phones have a GPS unit on board. The iPhone 3GS phone doesn't have built-in FM radio.

GSM 2G bands850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Network coverage2G / 3G
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 b/g
Bluetoothv2.1, A2DP
FM radiono
USB30-pin dock connector
Headphone3.5 mm jack


The Li-Ion 1219 mAh, non-removable battery gives the smartphone a good battery backup. The Li-ion is a low maintenance battery which offers high energy, is lightweight and does not require periodic full discharge. The battery of iPhone 3GS isn't removable without voiding the warranty.

TypeLi-Ion 1219 mAh, non-removable


Smartphones today come with a wealth of sensors to facilitate a better user experience. The accelerometer is a sensor that measures the tilting motion and orientation of the phone. This Apple phones come with proximity sensor. This proximity sensor detects how close the phone is to an outside object, such as your ear. The iPhone 3GS phone comes with a compass sensor. A compass sensor is a device that provides accurate directions in relation to the earth's North and South magnetic poles.

Sensorsaccelerometer, compass, proximity

The specifications above are based on the official data published by the manufacturer, but we also take user reviews into consideration. If you found an error or something lacking in the specifications above for the Apple iPhone 3GS, then don’t hesitate and signal the problem to us.

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