First generation 2G iPhone Vs. second generation 3G iPhone

iPhone, Mobile phones

Out with the old, and in with the new, as the saying goes – something Apple has obviously embraced, as they’ve turfed out the first generation iPhone, and replaced it with the 3G iPhone on their site. There’s no mention of the previous model whatsoever, however we luckily knew all the specs anyway, so read on below for a comparison of the two phones…

2G: 115mm high, is 61mm wide and 11.6mm thick, weighs 135g.
3G: 115.5mm high, 62.1mm wide and 12.3mm thick, weighs 133g.

2G: 480 x 320 3.5″ multi-touch display.
3G: 480 x 320 3.5″ multi-touch display.


2G: 8GB and 16GB.
3G: 8GB and 16GB, with the latter available in both black and white.

2G: 2.0-megapixel camera.
3G: 2.0-megapixel camera, with geo-tagging and third-party application integration.

2G: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth.
3G: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G internet connectivity.

2G: None.
3G: Yes, assisted GPS.

Battery Life

2G: eight hours of talk time, up to 250 hours of standby, six hours of internet use, seven hours of video playback, and up to 24 hours of audio playback.
3G: up to five hours of talk time using 3G, or 10 hours using 2G, standby is 300 hours, five hours of 3G internet use and six hours of Wi-Fi internet use, seven hours of video playback and up to 24 hours of audio playback.

Katherine Hannaford
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  • Well, since the newest iOS 4.3 Update, the 3GS has all the capabilities (multitasking, homescreen wallpaper, etc.) that the iPhone 4 has. The only thing the iPhone 4 has on the 3GS is the retina screen, a pinch of extra raw power, and a front oriented camera, but the 200 dollar price tag scares people off. That’s why apple put the 3GS as 50 dollars, just to get more sales from the people who didn’t care about the iPhone 4’s extra features.

  • There are some stupid people who don’t know if they should but the iPhone 2G, 3G or 3GS. Of course you should buy the 3GS, because it’s the newest. Why would they make a new version that’s worse than the one before?
    Now the iPhone 4 is released. The iPhone 4 is less durable because of the glass… So don’t drop it. It has many better features than the iPhone 3GS.

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  • You have compared first generation and second generation iphone in a very well way. I think that the second generation iphone is better than first generation iphone.

  • I have an iPhone 3Gs, and it better than the iPhone 4, because it doesn’t have the glass on both sides, which makes it a little more durable. I am waiting for the 4Gs or the 5.

  • I went to get a 2G today. It was amazing. I am a Nokia fan generally, but iphone is a true gem !

  • Well said, such a person should be a good sentence, or the future will be more rampant.

  • what is the most the best, iPhone 2G, iPhone 3G, or iPhone 3GS? please comment. tenx.

    • The 3GS wins hands down if you play a lot of games. The oil resistant screen helps a lot too.

      The 3G should serve you fine though.

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