1. OmariJames's Avatar
    It's about to be the second year since the 3GS has been released. I brought my iPhone from day one and I remember it like yesterday *sigh*. However it seems as if my iPhone has reached the end of the road ! Let me take you on a little adventure.

    In January I finally broke my screen. I knew it was going to happen eventually. A month after having my 3GS in 2009 I dropped it from a moving bike at a reasonable speed without a case on. A few times I vigorously removed the sheets from my bed with my iPhone on top of it. My iPhone flew up about 3 feet higher than my hight so maybe 9 feet in the air , yeah - ouch but no break. Of course there were a few minor 3-4 feet drops here an there. Not to mention in February 2010 a droplet ( or two ) of water got into the 30-pin connector's water sensor. Now January 2011, with a case on and headphones still plugged in , while removing my iPhone from my back pocket, my protected iPhone slipped from my moist palms and fell ever so graciously on it's side onto the cement floor in IKea. The screen actually made a crushing/crinkling sound before I even got to turn around to look at it.

    So my iPhone has been through a lot in the last 2 years but I'm wondering if taking better care of it would of made any difference in terms of longevity. Up until 2009 I've seen iPhone 2Gs on occasion

    Other problems with the phone has came up as well. The 30-pin connection doesn't work well any more and now today the vibration motor doesn't work.

    After Apple made the text message alert to two buzzes instead of one, I suppose the vibrator motor got exhausted sooner than later.

    So the question I propose is this : are iPhones only meant to last a certain amount of time , say , 2 years ? I've had phones that lasted me more than 3 years in good condition treated as a normal phone. Oh, not to mention those phones weren't made of glass and didn't have as many ( technical ) parts.

    Are there any 3GS owners out there ? What are your drop stories and how are you making sure your iPhone remains in good condition ?
    04-29-2011 08:04 PM
  2. Nchaka's Avatar
    I still Have my 3gs, its in good shape (knock on wood). I have Zagg invisible shield (full) and it has protected it well. I carry it in a belt case and I have dropped it from the stairs to the asphalt a couple of times with no damage.
    My sounds/alerts sound warbled from time to time. And when moving between screens it lags alittle. I have restored it, but it didn't help.
    I like the iPhone 4, but I'm holding out for iphone 5.
    I usually change phones when my contract is up, but I'm holding out.
    04-29-2011 09:07 PM
  3. oNly1pHone's Avatar
    I have an iPhone 3GS!! It works absolutely beautifully! It has never been dropped(so far) so I can't report on that! As far as the phone only being designed to last a certain amount of time, that I don't agree with! I think as much as you loved your phone and tried to look after it I think it just had a bit of a rough life! Don't mean anything bad by saying that either.
    04-29-2011 10:26 PM
  4. Brickman's Avatar
    My wife had our 3G for over 2 years. Now both had screen protectors and both were in Otterbox cases. When I sold them, they both looked almost brand new. especially my wife's. I was able to sell them for enough that our two new iP4s were basically free!

    My wife and I both actually thought of keeping the 3G because they both still worked so well. So I would say YES the iPhone can last for many years if looked after properly. ie. A good case.
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    04-29-2011 11:07 PM
  5. ajonesma's Avatar
    I have a 3gs and i love mine! Althought I will probably upgrade to the new iphone 5 whenever it comes out.
    04-30-2011 12:11 AM
  6. lonbeehold's Avatar
    My husband's 3GS has survived many drops and been fine until last week when he noticed a vertical white line that runs the length of the screen, Until then, no issues. He uses a case to carry but uses it naked. I have a friend who is still using her original iPhone, bought in 11/07. It's just now starting to shoe some issues, probably age related. She uses a case and has had minimal drops.
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    05-01-2011 07:03 PM
  7. pramukhempire's Avatar
    It all depends how and when you are using it. Phone with good case surrounding it will last long.
    05-01-2011 11:15 PM
  8. brokenartist's Avatar
    A lot of how long a phone lasts is all about wear and tear and what you put it through. I am sorry for your loss, however now you can look forward to the iPhone 4.
    05-01-2011 11:18 PM
  9. sting7k's Avatar
    It's about to be the second year since the 3GS has been released. I brought my iPhone from day one and I remember it like yesterday *sigh*. However it seems as if my iPhone has reached the end of the road ! Let me take you on a little adventure.

    In January I finally broke my screen. I knew it was going to happen eventually. A month after having my 3GS in 2009 I dropped it from a moving bike at a reasonable speed without a case on. A few times I vigorously removed the sheets from my bed with my iPhone on top of it. My iPhone flew up about 3 feet higher than my hight so maybe 9 feet in the air , yeah - ouch but no break. Of course there were a few minor 3-4 feet drops here an there. Not to mention in February 2010 a droplet ( or two ) of water got into the 30-pin connector's water sensor. Now January 2011, with a case on and headphones still plugged in , while removing my iPhone from my back pocket, my protected iPhone slipped from my moist palms and fell ever so graciously on it's side onto the cement floor in IKea. The screen actually made a crushing/crinkling sound before I even got to turn around to look at it.

    So my iPhone has been through a lot in the last 2 years but I'm wondering if taking better care of it would of made any difference in terms of longevity. Up until 2009 I've seen iPhone 2Gs on occasion

    Other problems with the phone has came up as well. The 30-pin connection doesn't work well any more and now today the vibration motor doesn't work.

    After Apple made the text message alert to two buzzes instead of one, I suppose the vibrator motor got exhausted sooner than later.

    So the question I propose is this : are iPhones only meant to last a certain amount of time , say , 2 years ? I've had phones that lasted me more than 3 years in good condition treated as a normal phone. Oh, not to mention those phones weren't made of glass and didn't have as many ( technical ) parts.

    Are there any 3GS owners out there ? What are your drop stories and how are you making sure your iPhone remains in good condition ?
    I still have my iPhone 3G that I keep at work to use as an iPod and for portable email at the campus (because of security I don't want it on my main personal phone). If it didn't have the big scratch on the screen you would think it was brand new. The scratch came from it's only drop when it stuck to my pocket while removing it to go through the xray machine at work, which up until I got my iPhone 4 it went through every week day.
    05-02-2011 09:17 AM
  10. Jeffdc5#IM's Avatar
    Sold my 3GS to a friend last year it was mint and is still mint now. I have a sprint pre from launch day it is still mint physically. I bricked it messing around with webos doctor.
    05-02-2011 07:19 PM
  11. honeytree's Avatar
    I have to say you're great
    05-03-2011 01:46 AM
  12. Wallace's Avatar
    When I got my IP4 I gave my other half my IP3Gs. It is nearly 2 years old now and is completely as new. I have had it in a Zagg protector from new and in a leather full case when out-and-about.

    I suspect water in your 30pin connector hasn't help things. Just because it was 'alright at the time' doesn't mean that it hasn't had a long term effect on the socket.

    TBH, without wishing to sound rude, from what you have written, you are lucky it has lasted this long!

    Build quality is just fine.
    05-03-2011 03:54 AM
  13. fast96's Avatar
    I've had my 3gs well over a year, I used a screen protector and Otterbox commuter case for the first 6 mos. but have since taken the protector off. I carry it in my pocket (screen side in) so it gets little abuse. I take the case off about once a month and dust it off from pocket lint. LOL
    About 6 mos to upgrade to ip4. I want face time with my grandkids.
    07-01-2011 06:35 PM
  14. iPhoneGleek's Avatar
    My brother still has a 3Gs in great condition. You seem to nit be very careful with it, which might explain why your phone is in the state it is in now.
    07-01-2011 09:54 PM
  15. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    I sold my iPhone 3GS (white 32GB) to my brother in law...still functions perfectly and is just as fast as my iphone 4 when it comes to web browsing and general functionality. The phone seems ripe to last a lot longer, so to answer your question OP, no...i don't think the phones are limited to a couple years of usable service, i think the 3G started to fall off because it couldn't handle the upgrades that were implemented through firmware updates, and eventually, that could very well be the case for the 3GS, but i don't think you'll see that for a good while...

    The 3GS was and still is a pinnacle smart phone, i can only hope the new models coming have the longevity of the 3GS.
    07-02-2011 12:04 PM
  16. jdavis22's Avatar
    I have a 3gs and it's been through a lot of dropping and such and is in beautiful working condition. It has a small scratch on the screen and a chip by the headphone jack, and basically it looks brand new, and I hardly ever use a case. If it wasn't for the fact that I get tired to phones quickly, I'd hold onto it longer, but I'm trading up for the 5 in October or whenever it is released.

    That being said, any phone will fail if abused to much. I still have an original Nokia 3310 that works like a champ. It all depends on how nice you are to it.
    07-03-2011 09:01 PM
  17. fast96's Avatar
    I spoke too soon, and I guess my wifes 3gs isn't as old as I thought. Today the home button became inoperable. Called 611 and found out it was 11 months old, and was told to take it to an Apple store. The one closest was 20 miles away at West Farms Mall in CT. The place was like a toy store. LOL All the best Apple stuff was setup and being played with. Got to talk to a rep in about 10 minutes, and walked out with a brand new 3gs for zero dollars. One more reason to own the best.
    07-13-2011 10:36 PM
  18. Fausty82's Avatar
    I spoke too soon, and I guess my wifes 3gs isn't as old as I thought. Today the home button became inoperable. Called 611 and found out it was 11 months old, and was told to take it to an Apple store. The one closest was 20 miles away at West Farms Mall in CT. The place was like a toy store. LOL All the best Apple stuff was setup and being played with. Got to talk to a rep in about 10 minutes, and walked out with a brand new 3gs for zero dollars. One more reason to own the best.
    I love it when that happens. Snapple is wrong. Apple is made from the best stuff on earth!
    07-13-2011 10:46 PM
  19. josh44#AC's Avatar
    My sister use to work for Apple and has the original iPhone still. Although she does not use it as a phone anymore, she still has it with her everywhere she goes. It has a couple of scratches here and there but what more could you ask for, she has had it almost 6 years!
    07-13-2011 11:58 PM
  20. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    My sister use to work for Apple and has the original iPhone still. Although she does not use it as a phone anymore, she still has it with her everywhere she goes. It has a couple of scratches here and there but what more could you ask for, she has had it almost 6 years!
    Most likely a little closer to 4 years...
    07-15-2011 07:44 AM
  21. Eileen89's Avatar
    I kept my 3GS when I upgraded to the iPhone 4 last July. I still use it once in a while. It is still like new and has had a screen protector and Otterbox commuter case on it since day one.
    07-15-2011 10:12 AM
  22. johnnydoe's Avatar
    Im quite fond of my old 3gs also, kept it after upgrading
    07-15-2011 02:43 PM
  23. Baileybug's Avatar
    Well my Iphone 3GS is only 3-4 months old. And I'm excited to have it. I got it for $49 right before the iphone4 came out at AT&T. Being a newbie to Apple, except for my 64G ipod, I'm happy. And if you don't drop, throw, kick, or machinewash your phone, they usually will last--all things my husband has done to his phones, point-and-shoot cameras, etc.
    07-17-2011 02:45 PM
  24. marcj's Avatar
    I had mine 2 weeks before the iPhone 4 was released and it's still in perfect order with no scratches. If you are more popular than me, it would get more use and wear out. As I have no friends/family/work colleagues mines gets no use at all. Why have I got it then? Lol.
    07-17-2011 02:57 PM
  25. kilcher's Avatar
    Still on my 3GS. Just found out I'm eligible for an upgrade. Will be in line the day they release the iPhone 5!
    07-17-2011 03:26 PM
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