Sunday August 5th, 2012
This is a post about the iPhone 3GS that I have since August 2009. It’s three years old now and it is still going. Sure it looks knackered around the back where the volume area snapped off with hairline cracks around the charge port too. This is a phone that does not give up.
The iPhone 3GS – Yes, I play the waiting sim games…
Apple has this knack of producing quality handsets where your money counts. How often do you get to do this kind of work in the business? From August 2009, this was the new iPhone at the time packed with iPhone OS 3 (this was before it became iOS). With the App Store in full motion, this phone was going to be my side kick until the next model comes out at the end of the long o2 contract.
How did the handset hold up after all this time? In short, it is still incredible to use. Yes, you can have all the fancy new tech in the new handset (retina, siri, better camera, etc). This is a phone that I have connected on a deep level where it is truly my own personal device. It is strange how you grow up with a phone where you often changed it every time you renew the contract or look elsewhere for a newer model.
Whizzing around the home screen and loading apps may not have the fast speed of the 4S. It still goes, you just have to give it patience. It knows it has been loyal to you throughout your personal life. It will know when you will take it out the back and shoot it in the screen. It wants you to remember the good times rather than the bad. Ah, I’m getting misty eyes over this.
What apps are still running on this phone since year zero?
- Tweetie -> Twitter -> TweetBot
- iA Writer
And all the original default apps that the iPhone has.
Games have come and gone. Most of the time, I hardly play games on it due to the hardware constraint of the 3GS. It has some strange effect on myself when waiting for games to load to review for Minimal Gamer. I learnt to be patient and I know it will load. Sometimes I wonder when my patience will run out where I go out and buy the new handset.
The phone is currently running the latest version of iOS 5 and the sixth version is coming around the corner to show that this handset can keep going. Whatever they are doing with iOS 6, how can you keep this old technology going? It is a quick reminder of the Macs existing for a number of years until the latest version of OS X tells you it is time to give up the clunky hardware to the new. It isn’t doing that kind of force on you, it is nudging you gently to see what you can get in the new model.
Loyalty seems to exist throughout Apple with their hardware. They may churn out new hardware after hardware, yet their support base is strong by keeping it all simple.
The iPhone 3GS camera is immensely popular on Instagram and I have took some cracking shots with this. Okay, it is the filter at work and I’m telling you, you can take some good shot filter free. If you don’t believe me, go on Instagram galleries on flickr or anywhere with iPhone photos. Okay, it isn’t some kind of DSLR or perfect compact camera. It’s a great camera to use in the moment. No doubt that the 4S and the next model will get better.
Let me tell you about my wife, Hannah. She has the same iPhone like mine and used it day in day out. I haven’t seen her used the Macbook Pro in the past couple of years because that phone is her personal device. It’s her connectivity with the world. To hop across on twitter, instagram, messages, Safari, eBay, Camera+, gaming, emailing, maps, the list goes on. How often do you have someone who just goes from Mac to iPhone and only return when the task isn’t doable on the small screen?
2 iPhones 3GS.
3 years use out of both. We are saving for the new iPhone and we know the switch will have a dramatic impact on us. The speed, the crisp screen, new design, new connections to be made.
And most of all, the ability to continue the work flow without distractions.
That’s the beauty of technology and Apple is providing that today within ease.
I may be, what is coined as, an Apple fanboi and rightly so. I have have been using Apple’s products for over a decade now and have seen so many changes in software and hardware. They have all gotten better (sometimes worse in some areas) and yet they are refining computing in a lot of terms. Android is a nice looking OS and it is a different kind of beast to understand. To me, it looks more complex comparing to iOS as it is filled with eye candies, useful tidbits here and there. I don’t want a complex kind as I have suffered from this many times throughout my IT working life, I’m for simplicity. The kind where you sit down and get on with it.