iPhone 3G performance with iOS 4.2 look promising (with video)

“We took a look at iPhone 3G running the iOS 4.2 GM seed, which is usually binary-identical to the final release and… the results were pretty good,” Rene Ritchie writes for TiPb. “iPhone 3G’s hardware isn’t as fast and it’s RAM is literally a quarter of iPhone 4’s but it did a decent job typing, scrolling, pinching, and zooming its way around iOS 4.2.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. Not really up to date, Montex. You’re missing out on a lot. Do like lots of us and jailbreak/unlock your 3GS and sell it on eBay for $200-$350. Then use the cash and go get the iPhone 4. It’s an even deal and very worth it.

  2. Montex – I’m with you. Except for slow down iOS 4.0 caused, I’m still happy with my white iPhone 3G (no “S”) and am too waiting for the iPhone 5. Battery life is down a little but still very respectable. Very happy with my iPhone 3G – yes my phone may be “missing” features – wallpaper, multi-tasking, Facetime, and others – but I find I do not miss what I never had.

    By the way, I think what you meant was you are happy to know that your phone will still run the latest version of the iOS software.


  3. Why hold out for something that can only be marginally better, at best? Believe me when I say, the iPhone 4 kicks some serious ass. It’s much faster than my 3G-S was. Also, the retina display makes you realize exactly how bad your eyesight is getting.

    Multi-tasking is way sweet and the phone must feels much more portable and solid. The camera is so awesome that you don’t need to carry an extra one around. Apps run so fast that it’s really like night and day from previous models.

    Realistically, what can they add to an iPhone 5? OLED maybe? Too expensive, I think. More megapixels? It that even worth the wait? Any more RAM would rock, but honestly, 512 is super nice already. Unlock the dual core functionality of the A4? Maybe. Think also that you are going to have to wait an additional few more months for version 5, simply because Apple won’t be able to make them fast enough. Get the 4, live a little ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  4. Still feels like I got my 3G yesterday; it feels that “modern”. Sure an iPhone 4 would be nice to have, but for my needs, a 3G is still more than capable. I’m glad that 4.2 will improve things more than 4.1 did. I find that the typing is slow under 4.1 whenever network activity is happening. Clearly, it’s busy managing that.

  5. I think Apple is following the tick-tock approach to iPhone development. The iPhone 4 is a tick, a major update, while the 3GS was a tock, a minor update. I wouldn’t wait for iPhone 5, except if you are hopelessly stuck on Verizon, as that may be the only major change. The iP4 is great, fast, great camera, great video, just 100% better than previous iPhones.

  6. “It killed my poor 3G. Solution? Get a ip4. Thank Apple.”

    Gosh, and you think Apple is unaware people do this? Why do you think they don’t offer an easy path to re-install the older iOS version? You must buy a new one, you have no choice … unless you jailbreak, switch brands, … go Windows. So like most, you’ll grumble, then buck up for a new iPhone. Apple wins!

  7. Comment from: Jfdi
    “It killed my poor 3G. Solution? Get a ip4. Thank Apple.”

    I have two friends who had 3G iPhones. Both want to ditch it for something else entirely (ie not an iphone) because they’re pissed the 4.0 update killed their productivity while giving them nothing substantial (folders didn’t benefit them since they didn’t have pages and pages of apps like I do. Bu then I have a 3GS), and they couldn’t easily downgrade back to 3.x.

    One I’ve convinced to wait til the 4.2 update to see if the responsiveness issues are addressed (looks like they should be), but that’s 4 months of crappy experience to overcome long term.

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