The more elderly Apple iPhone option still has plenty of bite,
The iPhone 3GS has shifted many millions of units since launching back in 2009, and when you spend some time with one it's easy to see why: it's a beautifully designed smartphone that's wonderfully intuitive to use.
Responsive, straightforward and compatible with a dizzying number of apps, iOS is still the best there is, and the 3GS runs the latest version, iOS 5, perfectly happily - so you get iCloud, improved notifications and all the rest of it. The build quality of the 3GS also beats everything else here by a country mile, as befits what was once a market-leading, premium device.
The 3GS does show its age in certain areas, of course. The screen is low-res by today's standards, although of sufficient quality to ensure that watching video or reading text never exactly becomes a chore. The camera is adequate but no better, especially when it comes to video, and the HSDPA speed and G Wi-Fi feel a bit behind the curve.
Surprisingly however, the processor, which looks as slow as hell on paper, is only occasionally found wanting. In general day-to*day use it's perfectly speedy, and the majority of apps and games don't trouble it. It's certainly less comfortable with 3D graphics than the Nokia Lumia 710, but not to the degree you might think from comparing the phones' spec sheets. Battery life is okay - you'll need to charge it once a day.
Despite its advancing years the iPhone 3GS is delightfully easy to live with and more than a match for any other model here in most respects. As you'd expect of Apple, it's at the expensive end of cheap, and for the money you might want something with more grunt. but for most users, there will only be two major let-downs: the camera and the fact you can't expand the paltry 8GB of built-in storage.