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The iPhone 3Gs was a hardware revision device for the iPhone 3G, bringing more CPU power and Ram to the equation. The iPhone 3GS also brought about a better 3.2mp camera with tap to focus.


We got information of the impending re-launch of the iPhone 3Gs on 24th June. Without fail the 3Gs reappeared at the new price point of 20k. Now the question remains does the iPhone 3Gs qualify as a good option? Does is present a value for money deal?

Here is what we think.

The iPhone 3GS was originally launched in 2009 in the US and 2010 in India. The Device  features a 600 MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, PowerVR SGX535 GPU, 256 MB RAM, and upto 32GB of storage. The device also currently features iOS 4 and works brilliantly with iOS 5 (we’ve tested it and can verify, that till beta 2 iOS 5 works great on 3GS).

Reading a whole bunch of articles written by Tech – Bloggers , I was shocked at how blatantly the iPhone 3GS was being shot down. Though in a personal opinion the 3GS is an old hardware based device and has specs which would disgruntle almost anyone looking for souped up smartphone. The iPhone 3Gs bring a lot more, than any device at the price point can.

Lets look at it point by point.

1. OS

iOS by far is the simplest of operating systems, designed to be used by a finger. The UI is fluid and begs you to interact with it.  Currently multitasking between apps is great on iOS where most Android handsets in that price range don’t support true multitasking, the iPhone 3GS has it and it works great. Using the right setup you can do a lot of things on your device. Wireless sharing of emails, pictures and music, streaming internet radio and movies, home automation, wifi printing and even controlling a quadro-copter  the hundreds of thousands of apps from the App Store let you make your imagination run wild, and then, there is an app for that. The Apps are designed to run perfects in harmony with the iOS infrastructure.

The best part (according to me) of iOS for someone who does not understand or have the time to understand the intricate details of technology, is that the system is safe and bug free. Because third party apps go through a strict verification process, seldom do you find an App which would slow your device down. So no matter what you install or how many you install, Apps will not slow down the OS. That makes perfect sense for someone who is not a techie.

On the other hand Android brings the ability to customize the OS, and play around with it, the more you edit and tweak the OS, the more your chances  of a system restore appear. Now there is no need to throw a banter, you can be extremely safe with Android, you just have to know what you are installing and what all does it access. But in Android, third party apps can have a built in snooper sending all your information back to the designer of the app.



While it isn’t an iPhone 4, the 3Gs is pretty solid when it comes to construction. One of the most beautiful phones available today the 3Gs is available in black and white and millions of customization options are available, from skins, decals to plain covers, flip covers, leather covers, plastic covers, branded covers and hard cases. The most number of accessories ever made for a phone? the iPhone stands at number one in that record.


3. Conclusion

When we first heard rumors of the iPhone 3Gs being relaunched, we heard a price point of about 16,500/-. But, when the actual price came to be 20,000/- we lost confidence that Apple would do well selling its last year legend. Sure there are those who would love to buy the 3GS for its “Brand” and its simplicity, there are also those who will buy it for the sheer number of apps and usability features that these apps will give.

There are better options in terms of hardware specs, the rugged motorola defy is much cheaper and its water proof, the Galaxy S, the Nexus S, The Galaxy Sl, Wave 2, Blackberry Bold 3, Nokia  N8. Sure these devices have better hardware, But we can promise one thing No operating system in our opinion comes close to the smooth and lag free experience of the iOS running on the iPhone 3GS (Of-course we mean at that price point)


So if you don’t have time to mess with your device / Smartphone get the iPhone 3GS because it doesn’t get any better than this. But if you are more of a tech friendly person get an Android device you will be much happier with the open-ness of Android infrastructure.

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  • Siddhanth
    August 9, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    I want to buy a phone for around 20K. I wanted the Nexus S, but i want to use my phone to replace my iPod Touch. I don’t think the Nexus S can deliver on that front. So should i go for the 3GS?

  • Nazar Hussain
    July 19, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Dedicated  Facebook n twitter apps n contacts sync(All contacts, status notifications n updates in one single app), Google Calendar Support for those whose life lasts mostly in  meetings, Accurate Maps – Well these are on my wishlist. Will the real  geekie please stand up to clarify my doubts about iPhone 3Gs supporting above things , especially in India?

  • Patel
    July 1, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Apple cannot sell in India. Our market is made for nano cars and  desi mobiles.

  • happymanah
    July 1, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    i wouldn’t dare to buy this?
    would you?

  • Sunil
    June 30, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Folks … Have patience,

    Look at the hardware spec of iPhone 3GS and the rest that is currently sold in Indian market at that price point, there is NO great difference.  But, Ladies & gentlemen the robustness of the OS is something you are missing here.  It is truly user friendly, bug free, millions of Apps, bunch of options and the build quality is what makes the iPhone as king of phones.  You may buy Spice Mi410 with 1Ghz proc… blah..blah.. blah.. for 14K.. but trust me this will never be close to iPhone 3GS (2009) experience.  If Apple still feels to sell is at lesser than 20K is most welcome, But, the product quality is uncompromisable. 

    • Sumit
      July 1, 2011 at 7:56 pm

      iPhone as a product is not flawed but the timing is grossly discriminating. Besides India in which country they have introduced iPhone 3 GS ?

    • debankar moulik
      July 7, 2011 at 9:05 pm

      i think instead of going for ipod touch i will buy an iphone plzz comment will this be a good option…
      i would have appreciated if the price of iphone would have been a little less… :D
      apart from this im getting spice mi 410 next month on my birthday.. ;)

      • July 19, 2011 at 1:46 pm

        iPhone 3GS 8GB = 20k
        iPod Touch latest, retinal display 8GB = 11k (32GB = 14k)

        I would suggest, to club your 2 deals in 1 and get either of the following:
        Samsung Galaxy S I9000: 22k (S-AMOLED screen)
        Samsung Galaxy S I9003: 20k
        Samsung Google Nexus S: 20k

        Personally, Motorola Defy (15.5k) will better choice against Spice M410

        But, the king of phones is iPhone 5 or Galaxy SII

        I too, was looking for an android phone, for around 15k.
        Motorola Defy fits the profile, but I want to buy a Samsung phone, so I will wait for few months.

        But since I heard about the iOS 5 capabilities, and about iMessaging. I believe that my 1st iPhone will be iPhone5/6. I presently have iPod Touch5G & Nano2G, simply love it, (mostly for the non-musical part).
        I may not be a apple fanboy, but still I have great respect for their iPhone, based on my iPods experience.

  • AViD
    June 29, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    I got a HTC HD7 for 19K with a skin, pouch and a screen guard. Though it’s a T-Mobile unlocked version, it’s way better than a old generation iPhone 3GS. Bharat talks of unlagging experience. Well, to me the most fluid and lag-free OS is windows phone 7. I don’t know why, but no matter what, an Android seems to lag even on very high end devices. I know WinPho is inchoate, but in little of 3 days, I’ve been able to find all relevant apps on the device.

    In nutshell, a 20K for a iPhone 3GS is a very very awful deal. Period !!!


  • Anish
    June 28, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Apple is trying to dump the unsold old device in India . I request never buy the old 3gs instead  you will get a powerfull android like nexus S or galaxy S.

    • Chandan Gupta
      June 28, 2011 at 7:41 pm

      It is not dumping of old device – it still sells well in the US even though an iPhone 4 costs  just 100$ more.

      • gaurav grover
        June 29, 2011 at 8:07 pm

        nah… i agree with anish.., apple guys and even some other ones are cheating us..   for e.g. launch of nexus s in india, there is a major difference of screen if you have noticed. apple and samsung you better beware. india is a really good market, dont let it down,,(HOPE)…

    • Arunesh
      June 30, 2011 at 9:21 am

      dude i just bought it 
      it is awesome
      and whatever we are getting i phone for 20k 

      • Sumit
        July 1, 2011 at 8:00 pm

        Congrats, cool man for ur iPhone 3GS.
        U may boast of  iPhone or its coolness  in front of  some chicks or non igyaaners.

        But we know where u stand.

        • Hrishikesh
          July 4, 2011 at 5:49 pm

          really..?? non i gyaaners..?? n what are u..?? a big gyaani..?? tell me single fone produced by any company which has been supported by them over a period of 2 years..?? NONE.. 
          u see the diff..?? its the support the manufacturer gives to its own devices.. htc n samsung n lg all are still trying to give gingerbread update to their fones which was like released half a year ago..
          go make ur basics clear n then say others as non igyaaners

        • Sumit
          July 6, 2011 at 2:49 pm

          Apple is ONE model company. Mostly they do not make drastic changes to their product line. You can say their products are more of a evolutions of their predecessor.
          The time, energy, money & “passion” they put in their products is awesome. So the changes they make are througly tested on their devices.
          I also do admire their products. I have used the original iPhone in 2007. Pwned it myself to work. That was fun.

          Well iPhone 8 GB Black model always have a lifespan of 2 years. Other models had a lifespan of 1 year. Once the iPhone 5 is released apple will stop the production of this very model aka iPhone 3GS 8GB Black.

  • Prakash Gourav
    June 28, 2011 at 12:48 am

    The only person who would like to buy this phone would be a dog who runs after brands.

    • Arunesh
      June 30, 2011 at 9:26 am

      iphone has zero lag super multi-tasking
      and more apps than andriod 
      screen is also much better 

      • Sumit
        July 1, 2011 at 9:05 pm

        Just check the resolution of SCREEN.
        It is 3.5 inches, 320 x 480 pixels. Much lower. Exactly the same as Samsung Galaxy Ace.
        Even LG Optimus One P500 has the same resolution.

        & its a normal TFT capacitive. No amoled or SLCD type found in this price segment.

        • Hrishikesh
          July 4, 2011 at 5:55 pm

          do u know anything about the the type of display..?? poor guy just crying over resolution of the display..
          its a finger print sensitive display.. i guess ur samsungs n lgs are yet to make anything like that..
          u know something..?? u are just stupid comparing galaxy ace n iphone s touch quality.. go use it side by side n then post ur views here next time..

        • Sumit
          July 6, 2011 at 3:08 pm

          Well i was comparing the resolutions not the touch quality in the given price range.

          That finger print sensitive display is called CAPACITIVE touchscreen.

          And for FYI apple do not manufacture iPhone screens. They are produced by either Japanese or Koreans.
          Sharp, Sanyo Epson, Toshiba, LG etc. If you have ever heard of them.

          Samsung & LG produces their own screens. Samsung is the biggest manufacturer of display screens in world.
          S-LCD Corporation is a joint venture of Sony & Samsung.

        • Sumit
          July 6, 2011 at 10:23 pm


          LG Display is the largest manufacturer of world’s largest LCD panel.

      • Karandit
        July 3, 2011 at 2:25 am

        let me tell u that iphone is still having some network  problems
        besides who needs an iphone now we have Samsung GS2 which is probably the best in market right now , And since it has a dual core u can totally depend on it n don’t forget about Super Amoled Plus display that certainly is going to blow u off                                                                  

      • Animesh Ravi
        July 3, 2011 at 12:14 pm

        sorry friend but for your kind information apple cannot match android in terms of apps.

  • aseemcool007
    June 27, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    iphone 3gs a good phone, and will be able to run most of the apps lag free, but the 20k price tag is high. if it was around 15k-16k then it would have been a hit

    • July 19, 2011 at 11:35 am

      yes, exactly. I would have bought it for 16k.
      It is available for 18k though, on some online sites (with a coupon discount)

  • IDN
    June 27, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Interesting article … gonna launch iphone 5…..but people are stilll overexcited abt this one. someone said apple does nt have marketing strategy in India….dude thats the strategy…..sell all crap junk products here in india…… help apple to vacate their store…..coz now thy cant sell it in any country other thn india

  • June 27, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    its a really nice phn but at this time 20k is too much, should have gone blw 15k price segment…..

  • hyderabad geek
    June 27, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Golden offer for nexus one from Google on ebay only for rs-15,500.

    This rocks!

  • Djzam
    June 27, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    India is not a dumping Ground!!!

  • snkjr
    June 27, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    1. Someone said Apple treats India as a junkyard.
    2. Someone else said Indians are not willing to spend money.

    Both are true, but what’s even truer is that Apple prices its products way too high. They squeeze a lot of profit out of you, they suck you dry. If they were more reasonable and honest with their pricing, both points above would never need to be made. I mean, if you really can sell an iphone 3gs for 20k, why were you selling it for double the amount in the first place?

    Apple need to get reasonable. Until then, long live Android, webOS, Windows Phone, and Blackberry.

  • Msasi007
    June 27, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    i dont think Apple has any thing to do with discrimination….we in india are not willing to pay big bucks and selling is so difficult in india with price tag over 35-40k (includiing tax)

    • Harish
      June 29, 2011 at 5:01 pm

      Not sure why people create so much fuss over a phone and get so personal. Before comparing Andriod or Blackberry, has anyone used an Iphone, seen Itunes and the number of Apps they provide? Do try before making a judgement guys.

  • Kalpana
    June 27, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    No Way. There are great Android Phones available in the market that has loads of features compare to this 2 years old product.

  • Mona
    June 27, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    One thing is sure, that Apple considers India as a 3rd stage market for its products, when it has gone thru all other markets. Once they launch a new product in the top market like US and Europe, the rest of the old stocks end up in India. So I don’t see any reason for the Indians to settle for the outdated stuff even if it is iPhone.  Apple’s descrimination and the market stratergy to push the remaining hardware to make profit is clear here and just for this reason I keep myself away from Apple products. 
    Apart from this reason, the products are truly amazing and technologically advanced, but the discrimination puts off the charm of having it always making me feel that i am using a product that was pushed out by someone else.

  • ujjwal basnet
    June 27, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    very good and balanced article… it comes down to hardware vs. software.. i have seen many people struggling to do a simple thing on an android device because it is confusing and you have to learn the basics first.. for a techie like me who flashes his galaxy S every other day android is amazing.. there are thousands of way you can modify the phone… but for a person who does not do that kind of things (most of the people) iphone would be the safest bet. I have used my brother’s iphone and it’s very smooth, all the apps run equally well. But still I think 20000 for a 8gb model is high.. 24000 for a 32gb would be the best deal..
    If I were to suggest I would rather suggest a nexus S or a htc desire… 

  • Taufique Ahmed
    June 27, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    But Artel price for iPhone 3G 8 GB (Black) is still Rs 29,500.
    Whereas iPhone 3GS 16 GB (White & Black) is Rs 35,500.

    • June 27, 2011 at 3:03 pm

      Factory unlocked phones are available at resellers like apple stores, reliance iStore and even mobile phone dealers who stock apple products

      edit : at the lower prices

  • Kunal Sagar
    June 27, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    This is Crap !! Even the 1.6 Android Supports Fully multitasking whereas If you use any third party app in IOS apart from their default they dont support multitasking, they just simply gets paused when u switch to other appp

  • Sandip Banik
    June 27, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Awwsomely. written..I’m a choice is an android..but an iphone will always be an one can actually compete with it..but all said and has a poor marketing strategy in India.they should improvise on the Indian market.where things are undergoing an evolution…20k is too much for the price of iphon3gs ..

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