Apple's iPhone 3GS may look like its 3G, its predecessor, but it's a much larger upgrade under the hood than its physical appearance gives it credit for. The company stuck with the crowd-pleasing design of the 3G, but make no mistake, that S stands for speed.
The iPhone 3GS comes equipped with a processor and graphic update that makes the device twice as fast as the 3G, loading web pages faster than ever before and providing an email experience that rivals the very best BlackBerry has to offer. The 3GS also comes equipped with a video camera for shooting VGA quality video in portrait or landscape mode.
Apple's iPhone and 3G gave users the best web browsing experience on the market with Safari, touch controls and pinch to zoom. The speed of the 3GS truly brings the browser to a new level, stripping away glitchy behavior and lag time while loading web pages at a faster clip allowing richer web browsing experience.
Aside from the hardware improvements making existing software in iOS better, it also opens the door for new opportunities within the user interfaces. Cut, copy and paste is finally here, and although it may have taken longer than it should have, the mechanic works just as well in iOS as it does in its Android and BlackBerry counterparts.
Although the 3GS may not seem like as big a leap forward as the 3G, buyers will likely be surprised at the performance difference between the two models after spending some time with Apple's latest handset. Loading web pages, booting apps and even making notes all feel like much more of a chore on the 3G, while the 3GS handles all of that and more with ease.
In addition to being an upgrade to the 3G, the 3GS just further separates Apple's smartphone from the rest of the market right now. HTC's Touch Cruise and Samsung Instinct are two other devices that attempt to be ambitious with touch-screen designs, but ultimately do not have the hardware or software for anyone to even declare that they're in the same league as the 3GS.
The iPhone 3GS may not light up consumers' eyeballs because it features the same physical design as the 3G, but it's a joy to use and truly the next step in smartphone performance at a time when everyone else is still at least three or four behind. ♦
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