Apple iPhone 3G S vs. iPhone 4

Apple iPhone 3G S
iPhone 4

On June 7, 2010, Apple announced the release of iPhone 4 at their WWDC (developer conference) with a release date of June 24, 2010. This phone and its operating system represent a marked improvement over prior versions of the iPhone. However, with the exception of FaceTime, a video calling feature enabled by the iPhone 4's front-facing camera, all other features of the new operating system - iOS 4 - will be available to iPhone 3GS users also.

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Apple iPhone 3G S

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iPhone 4

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iPhone 4
Bluetooth Supported Profiles: HSP, HFP 1.5, PBA, A2DP version 2.1 + EDR Supported Profiles: HSP, HFP 1.5, PBA, A2DP version 2.1 + EDR
Video Capture VGA resolution, 30 fps 720p (HD), 30 fps
Picture ID Yes Yes
Screen Colors 16.7 million (24-bit) 16.7 million (24-bit)
Stereo Speakers No No
Browser Safari supports landscape mode, multi-touch zoom and pan, and multiple windows. Safari supports landscape mode, multi-touch zoom and pan, and multiple windows.
Vibrate mode Yes Yes
Auto-complete suggestions for text Yes Yes
MMS requires network support Yes
Screen size 3.5" diagonal 3.5" diagonal
Networks GSM 850 / GSM 900 / GSM 1800 / GSM 1900 WCDMA 850 / WCDMA 1900 / WCDMA 2100 GSM 850 / GSM 900 / GSM 1800 / GSM 1900 WCDMA 850 / WCDMA 1900 / WCDMA 2100
Live TV No No
Games Yes Yes
Speakerphone Yes Yes
Estimated Battery Life (Talk time) 5 hours max. (300 minutes) 7 hours (3G), 14 hours (2G)
Music Player Supported Formats: AAC, Protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible 2-4, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV Supported Formats: AAC, Protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible 2-4, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV
Java support No No
Ruggedized No No
Alarm Yes Yes
Ringer ID Yes Yes
Predecessor iPhone 3G iPhone 3GS
Screen Type LCD (Color TFT/TFD) LCD (Color TFT/TFD)
Weight 4.76 oz (135 g) 4.8 oz (137 g)
Estimated Battery Life (Standby) 300 hours max. (12.5 days) 300 hours max. (12.5 days)
SyncML No No
Screen Resolution 320 x 480 pixels 960 x 640 pixels
Calculator Yes Yes
To-Do List No (free apps are available, however) Yes
Picture messaging Yes Yes
Headset Jack (2.5 mm) No No
Voice recorder Yes Yes
Hard Drive No No
Wireless Carrier AT&T, Verizon, Sprint AT&T, Verizon
Memory card slot No No
FM Radio No No
Operating System (proprietary) iPhone OS iOS 4.1
Languages supported English, French, German, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Polish, Turkish, Ukranian, Arabic and more English, French, German, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Polish, Turkish, Ukranian, Arabic and more
Infrared No No
Streaming Video Protocol: H.264 / MPEG-4 (MOV, MP4, M4V, 3GPP) via Safari web browser / plus dedicated YouTube client Protocol: H.264 / MPEG-4 (MOV, MP4, M4V, 3GPP) via Safari web browser / plus dedicated YouTube client
Voice dialing Speaker-independent (automatic) Speaker-independent (automatic)
Push-To-Talk No No
Headphone Jack (3.5mm) Yes Yes
Wi-Fi support Version(s): 802.11 b/g Version(s): 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz only)
BREW No No
Physical design Bar Internal Antenna Bar (steel rim is the antenna)
Supports enlarging text Yes Yes
Polyphonic Ringtones No No
Digital TTY/TDD Yes Yes
GPS A-GPS; photo, video geo-tagging A-GPS; photo, video geo-tagging
Side buttons volume keys, ringer switch on left / sleep key on top volume keys, ringer switch on left / sleep key on top
PictBridge No No
Dimensions 4.55" x 2.44" x 0.48" (116 x 62 x 12.3 mm) 4.5" x 2.31" x 0.37" (11.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm)
Flashlight No Yes
E-mail client Protocols Supported: POP, IMAP, Exchange built-in attachment viewer (Microsoft Office, PDF) Protocols Supported: POP, IMAP, Exchange built-in attachment viewer (Microsoft Office, PDF)
Calendar Yes Yes
Ringer Profiles No No
Camera Resolution: 3+ megapixel auto-focus, with tap-to-focus control Resolution: 5 megapixel (back-facing), LED flash, geotagging, tap to focus, also a VGA front-facing camera
Touch Screen Primary input method: Finger capacitive, multi-touch Primary input method: Finger capacitive, multi-touch
Kickstand No No
External Display No No
CPU 600 MHz Apple A4 (1 GHz)
Manufacturer Apple Inc. Apple Inc.
Website http://www.apple.com/iphone/iphone-3gs/specs.html http://www.apple.com/iphone/
Built-in memory 32 GB (internal memory available to user for storage) or 16 GB 32 GB (internal memory available to user for storage) or 16 GB
Form factor Slate smartphone Smartphone

Contents: Apple iPhone 3G S vs iPhone 4

Apple iPhone 4
Apple iPhone 4

edit New Features in iPhone 4

edit FaceTime

FaceTime is a video chat feature available in iPhone 4. This is the biggest feature (hardware and software) that the iPhone 4 has over the 3GS. At the time of launch, this feature is only supported over Wi-Fi and only if both parties are using an iPhone. Not only does FaceTime allow users to see each other while chatting, they can also "flip" the view from the front camera to the back camera so you can show the other person what you're seeing.

edit Software Features

The iPhone 4 operating system is called iOS 4. All older 3GS phones were eligible for an upgrade to this new operating system. All new iPhone 3GS phones are also shipped with iOS 4. So all new features should be available to iPhone 3GS except FaceTime, which relies on the front and back cameras. The important new features in iOS 4 include:

edit Hardware Features

The iPhone 4 is 24% thinner than the iPhone 3GS. It has a glass body (both front and back) and a stainless steel rim that also functions as the antenna. The glass is about 30 times harder than plastic.

edit Retina Display

The iPhone 4 also has what Apple calls the "retina display". The iPhone 4 screen has 326 pixels per inch, which is more pixels than the human retina can see (when the device is held 10 to 12 inches from your face). The iPhone 4 screen is 960×640 pixels, giving it four times as many pixel as the iPhone 3GS. This higher number of pixels offer a higher resolution, making pictures and text on the screen sharper. The 800:1 contrast ratio is also four times better than the iPhone 3GS.

edit Faster A4 processor and Larger Battery

The iPhone 4 uses the A4 chip (the same processor used by the iPad) and a larger battery. These two factors have improved battery life by as much as 40% over iPhone 3GS for talk time.

edit Gyroscope

Another hardware addition in the iPhone 4 is the gyroscope, a device for measuring orientation. This will make new kinds of apps possible for the iPhone 4, such as enhanced game controllers similar to the Nintendo Wii.

edit Camera

The back camera on the iPhone 4 is 5 megapixels (compared to 3 megapixel in the 3GS model). The iPhone 4 can also record 720p HD video at 30 frames per second. The iPhone 4 also has a front camera, which the 3GS does not have. Apple's iMovie app for the iPhone costs $4.99 and will let users edit the videos they take on the iPhone.

edit Antenna Problems

When the iPhone 4 was released to the public on June 24, 2010, there was a spate of antenna problems caused by holding the phone in certain ways. Because the steel rim of the phone is its antenna, holding the phone when covering certain key areas of the rim resulted in dropped calls.

edit Price Comparison

The iPhone 3GS now costs $149 (16 GB) and $199 for the 32 GB model. The iPhone 4 is priced at $199 (16 GB) and $299 (32 GB). Both phones are available in black or white colors and the price is the same irrespective of the color. The price requires a 2-year AT&T contract.

edit Data Plan Prices

As with most smartphones, the hidden cost of an iPhone is the charge that AT&T levies for data usage. All iPhones require that the customer buy a data plan. AT&T offers two data plans:

These data plans and prices are common to both the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4.

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