iPhone 3G technical data and specifications

iPhone 3G dimensionsSure, you already know that the iPhone 3G spec-sheet already lists 3G and GPS as standard equipment, but what else do you get for that new, lower sticker-price? Well, keep reading…

The iPhone 3G isn’t exactly “3G.” What the hell am I talking about? Of course the iPhone 3G is 3G-capable, right?

Actually, the iPhone 3G isn’t “3G” in the strictest interpretation of the term. With HSDPA compatibility, the iPhone 3G can actually pull down wireless data at 3.5G data speeds – not exactly new for many 3G handset owners, but fans of the iPhone’s incredibly sexy design and clean lines will no doubt be scrambling to get on a 3.5G (HSDPA) network near them on their brand new iPhone 3G.

At the risk of drawing the ire of many iPhone haters, I’ve gotta say, the iPhone 3G is even sexier than the first and there’s no other handset that comes close in terms of aesthetic appeal. And, with HSDPA and GPS in tow, the iPhone 3G can now play with the big boys. What more could anyone want? Physical keyboard…bah.

And, that integrated GPS hardware isn’t just good for tracking your position in real-time on Google Maps, it also geo-tags your pictures. Unfortunately, 2 megapixels is as good as it gets on the iPhone 3G, for now.

Hit the link for the rest of the iPhone 3G’s technical specs.

Size and weight

  • Height:    4.5 inches (115.5 mm)
  • Width:    2.4 inches (62.1 mm)
  • Depth:    0.48 inch (12.3 mm)
  • Weight:    4.7 ounces (133 grams)


  • 8GB or 16GB flash drive

Cellular and wireless

  • UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)
  • Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR


  • Assisted GPS (!)


  • 8GB model: Black
  • 16GB model: Black or White


  • 3.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen Multi-Touch display
  • 480-by-320-pixel resolution at 163 ppi
  • Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously


  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
  • Audio formats supported: AAC, Protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 1, 2, and 3), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
  • User-configurable maximum volume limit


  • Video formats supported: H.264 video, up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Low-Complexity version of the H.264 Baseline Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; H.264 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Baseline Profile up to Level 3.0 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

Camera and photos

  • 2.0 megapixels Camera located on back of iPhone.
  • Photo geotagging (!)
  • iPhone and third-party application integration

Connectors and input/output

  • 30-pin dock connector
  • 3.5-mm stereo headphone minijack
  • Built-in speaker
  • Microphone
  • SIM card tray

External buttons and controls

  • Sleep/wake
  • Ring/silent
  • Volume up/down
  • Home


  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor

Power and battery

  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter
  • Talk time:
    • Up to 5 hours on 3G
    • Up to 10 hours on 2G
  • Standby time: Up to 300 hours
  • Internet use:
    • Up to 5 hours on 3G
    • Up to 6 hours on Wi-Fi
  • Video playback: Up to 7 hours
  • Audio playback: Up to 24 hours

Language support

  • Language support for English, French, German, Japanese, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Russian, and Polish
  • International keyboard and dictionary support for English (U.S.), English (UK), French (France), French (Canada), German, Japanese, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese (Portugal), Portuguese (Brazil), Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Korean (no dictionary), Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Russian, and Polish

Mac system requirements

  • Mac computer with USB 2.0 port
  • Mac OS X v10.4.10 or later
  • iTunes 7.7 or later

Windows system requirements

  • PC with USB 2.0 port
  • Windows Vista; or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later
  • iTunes 7.7 or later

Environmental operating parameters

  • Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)
  • Nonoperating temperature: -4° to 113° F (-20° to 45° C)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
  • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)

In the iPhone 3G box

  • iPhone 3G
  • Stereo Headset with mic
  • Dock Connector to USB Cable
  • USB Power Adapter
  • Documentation
  • Cleaning/polishing cloth
  • SIM ejector tool


  • Stereo earphones with built-in microphone
  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
  • Impedance: 32 ohms
  • iDiot

    it could be a 3.2 Mpix camera

  • viipottaja.

    Lol.. “what more could one ask for”? And then you answer one of those things yourself. Better camera. Video calling. MMS. Bluetooth stereo (HELLO!!!!!!!!!). Flash (HELLO!!!!!). Video recording (2XHELLO!!!!!!!).
    Decent pricing (YES, with the increased data plan rates on AT&T at least its actually MORE expensive than the original).

    Blah. No, actually: BLAH.

  • George

    🙁 what good is a 3G Iphone when it doesn’t have camera for video calls?

  • Will Park

    and…cue the ire I was talking about

  • Ali Fuat

    Yeah, there’s no sense having no VGA cam in front of the device unless you want to highlight your product in the term “3G”.

  • fenris

    Oh, don’t worry. Everything will be fixed in a firmware update within a year or so.

  • peter

    yeah you’ll add the front camera with just a single firmware update – rofl rofl rofl

  • Ali Fuat

    Respect @fenris.:D

  • Paul

    Still no A2DP. What’s up with them?

  • Bill Braniff

    I have looked high and low for this info. I travel to Vietnam several times a year. What do I need to charge this phone? Is it compatible with 240 power? Jus tgot the phone and am almost computer illiterate. Thanks.

  • Hady Ahmed Hady

    I got a problem in my Iphone 8gb 3g model no A1241 fcc id: bcga1241 icid 579C – A1241 I conneted my phone to computer it was asking u want to install new version I said yes but in screen of my phone now it show only cable and write emegency only. Please help to solve this problem.

  • Kefyalewta

    my iPhone says iPhone is disabled connect to iTunes pls give me the solution 

  • Paul Glandorf

    Paul GlandoSR.
    We have a 3G pnone that uses data when the phone of off. the phone is not powered down but just off. We turned off all apps and we switched off 3G switch and the Cellular Data switch. We did a reset on this phone. When the phone us used we always use it on WiFi with the two switches off. The phone continues to use data. We installed a monitor on the phone that reports then the phone uses WiFi and data and it reports where the data is used. The monitor say the phone is on WiFi but ATT says the phone is using data. Next thing we are going to try is switch the sims card to another phone to see if the problem follows the sims card. We thought the problem might follow the phone number. Could you help with this problem.

  • mini

    cant get apps cums up update required this app requiers ios 4.3. what dose it mean? tryd google dosent work

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