The first iPhone I ever bought was the 3GS. I’d borrowed the 3G from a friend for a while and fell in love with the design, the way it worked and how comfortable it was in hand. It was enough to convince me to get the 3GS on launch day. Thankfully, iPhone popularity was still to grow in the UK and my local store still had plenty of stock at midday. That was June 19th, 2009.
3 years, 2 months and 25 days later and Apple has officially discontinued what I still consider to be my favorite phone of all time. Sure, its specs were outclassed by phones like the Nexus One, but it was the first and only phone that’s lasted me the entire 12 months without wanting to swap for anything else. If you know my phone history, you’ll know that’s a huge deal.
“Launched in June of 2009, Apple’s iPhone 3GS has had a good long run. But with the iPhone 5 set to arrive in a little over a week, that run has come to an end. Apple is discontinuing the 3GS, a company spokesperson confirmed to AllThingsD.”
The weird thing is, it’s the only product that I’ve genuinely missed, and still miss from when I sold it two years ago to buy the iPhone 4. I’d buy one again if they didn’t hold their value so well. However much I’m excited about the iPhone 5, and will certainly be buying one, I’m pretty convinced it won’t steal a place in my memory like the 3GS did. Neither the 4 or 4S has, and it’s mostly down to the shape of the phone. They don’t feel like they belong in your hand the way Apple’s 3rd generation iPhone did.
However baseless, and in vain my hope may be, I still hope that Apple returns to a rounded back again someday, just to make my iPhone a joy to hold once again.
What are your thoughts? Did you love the 3GS, or are you won over by the impressive technological and manufacturing feats accomplished in the iPhone 4/4S/5?