Why the iPhone 3GS Is Still My Favorite Phone

If this is your first time here, let me bring you up to speed real quick. I have been a proud owner of an iPhone 3GS since it launched back in 1895, or was it 2009, I can’t remember. In the months preceding the iPhone 4S and iOS 5 announcements, I was debating making a switch to the iPhone or one of the high-end Android devices on the market.

Mainly because I thought iOS 5 was going to be absolutely terrible on the iPhone 3GS, much in the same way that iOS 4 was clunky and virtually impossible to use on the iPhone 3G.

My experience, at least at the beginning, turned out to be a very positive one. That experience seemed to differ from that of many folks still toting the aging iPhone model but I also had supporters.

Thank you guys, checks are in the mail.



Why the iPhone 3GS Is Still My Favorite Phone

Just about two months later, the dream seemed to come crashing down. I started running into a number of problems. Apps were crashing. The battery life was getting worse. And overall, the experience was just flat out sluggish. I tried a whole bunch of stuff. I deleted apps I never use. I disabled iCloud.

And then, amidst these problems, I made a bold move.

I went out and bought the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Verizon. You can read my thought process behind that decision here, but one of the main reasons was that I thought I was finally going to have to retire my iPhone 3GS and start using another phone as my main device.

Fast forward.

We’re now in February and I’ve had my Galaxy Nexus for about two or so months now and guess what?

I still haven’t retired my iPhone 3GS. I still take it with me everywhere I go. I watch my media on there. I, well, I do just about everything on my iPhone.


And let’s get to why that is.

Somehow, the problems I had been having with my iPhone 3GS magically went away. I still get the occasional slow down but it’s not debilitating. The battery generally lasts me all day as well, something I covet.

But really, what this comes down to are the issues I’ve been having with my Galaxy Nexus since launch. The biggest culprit?

Battery life.


I am seriously scared to bring this phone with me outside and away from a charger. Things have improved since I wrote a scathing post denouncing the battery life as unacceptable but quite frankly, the battery life is still sub-par.

Don’t believe me?

Read: Droid RAZR MAXX Crushes Competition in 4G LTE Battery Life Test.

Another thing, I’ve just never gotten used to the footprint that the Galaxy Nexus offers. If you’ve never handled this thing, it’s absolutely massive. It’s fairly slim, but it has a 4.65-inch screen as opposed to the iPhone’s 3.5-inch display and just about every single person I’ve shown it to remarks about how big the footprint is.

Sure, it’s great for watching Netflix and sports highlights and viewing photos, but it’s a handful to carry around. And to be honest, while it feels good to hold, I’ve just never gotten comfortable with it.

Those are just the two biggest gripes I have with it. There are others – I would love to be able to use Google Wallet, but those are the biggest and they have been enough to send the Galaxy Nexus to my smartphone doghouse.

I should mention that I love Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and it’s why I am so adamant about HTC and Motorola rewarding those who bought into the Droid Bionic and HTC ThunderBolt with the software in a timely fashion.

It’s a great piece of software.

Anyway, here I am, using a phone that my as well have a gray beard flowing from its bezel. Thing is, the phone is performing as well as it did when I excitedly opened the box all those years ago, replacing my BlackBerry 7130c, a glorious brick of a phone.

Anyone else finding it hard to put down an old smartphone?

iPhone 3GS or otherwise?