Apple IPhone 3GS Review: Same Clothes, New Feel: Multimedia, Audio Quality

By 10:24 Mon, 09 Aug 2021 Comments

Search-and-play iPod

The multimedia department has also benefitted from the iPhone 3.0 OS.

The iPod player now accommodates its own local search, apart of the General Spotlight search. The results acquire displayed sorted by Albums and Songs.

The local search is great

Another very handy tool in the iPod player is the media scrubber which allows more precise rewinding and fast-forwarding in music and video.

The regular action of dragging the position indicator along the playback axis skips larger portions of the audio track or video, but if you slide your finger down the classy screen without letting go the position indicator, shifting back and forward gets more precise.

The media scrubber allows super precise rewinding/fast-forwarding in a song

Another hip recent feature is the shake-to-shuffle function (can be disabled). Each shuffle is accompanied with a system sound, which unfortunately cannot be disabled.

Shake to shuffle is cool, but the system sound cannot be switched off

Listening to music while charging the battery now displays the album art instead of the battery.

The album art is displayed during charging battery

Cupertino team has also allowed third-party apps to acquire access to the iPod music library, which for example means you can utilize your own music while playing games, or allows or some amusing music applications to be created.

With 3.0 Operating System (OS) users can finally like listening music with stereo Bluetooth headsets or compatible Bluetooth speakers.

We tested the Bluetooth connection with a Sony Ericsson MBS-200 Bluetooth speaker and found out that the sound volume cannot be toggled from the phone, but only from the Speaker volume rocker.

YouTube logs

The gigantic news for the YouTube app in iPhone 3.0 is the account integration. Personal subscriptions and playlists are now accessible after login. Users can now also view comments and rate videos.

YouTube application

As we already wrote, YouTube video uploading is a snap and it even works in the background allowing you to shoot more videos while you upload the first one. There are some limitations to it. For instance, the maximum duration of uploads should be no longer than 10 minutes. Also YouTube resizes the video files to 480 x 360 pixels and at least for the time being the re-compression outputs quite pixelated videos, perhaps YouTube will optimize their encoding for the iPhone uploaded videos to achieve better quality.

Audio quality deserves a High-Five

Just when we thought that they cannot acquire much better in this area and here come Apple to surprise us. The audio quality of the iPhone 3G was almost as fine as it gets on a portable device and now with the iPhone 3GS it is simply perfect.

The iPod's bigger brother provides the best sonic experiences on the market with all of its readings simply remarkable.

As far as the improvements over the previous gen iPhones is concerned, the iPhone 3GS sports a much improved frequency response with the other readings almost on par. No one will probably be able to disclose the differences in distortion levels for example, but this is mostly becautilize the iPhone 3G performed flawlessly there to start with.

But here are the results, so you can see for yourselves. You can find more information about the test itself and the meaning of the different numbers in the table here.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic

rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk

Apple iPhone 3GS+0.01, -0.05-

Apple iPhone+0.34, -1.16-90.891.30.00500.016-91.4

Apple iPhone 3G+0.52, -1.05-89.990.10.0033


Apple iPod Touch 2G+0.04, -0.05-91.491.50.0027


Nokia N97+0.04, -0.27-90.790.70.0048


HTC Touch Diamond2+0.12, -0.60-86.989.10.0220.191


Samsung M8800 Pixon+0.54, -1.25-86.485.70.0048


Apple iPhone 3GS frequency response is simply flawless



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