The third generation iPhone was introduced in 2009 and continued in production until 2012. Over one million units of the 3GS model were sold within the first week of release.
Exclusive software features were introduced, such as Video Camera, Voice control and Digital Compass.
The 3GS was twice as fast as the 3G model and both device models had multi-touch display.
Pros of the iPhone 3:
It featured iOS, Apple’s mobile operating system, which was a simple and versatile operating system, with impressive speed. This operating system made the iPhone 3 device much faster than its predecessor.
The LCD on the device was designed by Apple and made by LG.
The capacitative touchscreen was designed for a bare finger, or multiple fingers for multi-touch sensing.
The camera featured a tap-to-focus feature and had 5x digital zoom, auto focus as well as auto exposure lock.
With more memory on tap, the iPhone 3 was armed with a built-in GPS receiver.
The My iPhone feature was a handy tool that allowed you to find your iPhone wherever it could have been.
What were the cons of the iPhone 3?
It had no MMS capabilities.
It had no copy and paste features.
The 3G model had no video recording capabilities – this was only introduced with the 3GS model.
The 3 megapixel camera was very uninspiring, although it was a slight improvement on the one installed on the first generation iPhone (it had a 2 megapixel camera without flash. It also had no zoom, autofocus or smile detection and had 1600 X 1200 pixels resolution).
The increased resolution didn’t really improve the overall image quality.
iPhone products are designed for an elite market, so the iPhone 3 was quite expensive at the time of launch. Not much has changed since then.