Compare Apple iPhone 3GS vs Apple iPhone 5c: Price, Specs, Review

Difference between the Apple iPhone 3GS smartphone and the Apple iPhone 5c mobile, with the technical details, but also the respective performances. The first phone is operating with the Cortex-A8 processor, which has 1 cores, 1 threads, an energy-efficient frequency of 0,6 GHz, a high-performance frequency of 0,6 GHz. The second is working with the Apple A6 processor, with 2 cores, 2 threads, its initial frequency is 1,3 GHz, its maximum frequency is 1,3 GHz.


Smartphone Apple iPhone 3GS Apple iPhone 5c
Model version(s) A1325 A1532, A1456
Release date Q2 2009 Q3 2013
Dimensions 4.55 x 2.44 x 0.48 in 4.90 x 2.33 x 0.35 in
Weight 4.76 oz 4.66 oz
Body Aluminum body Front glass,
plastic body
Screen size, colours 3.5 inches, 16M colors 4 inches, 16M colors
Screen type TFT IPS LCD
Resolution 320 x 480 pixels 640 x 1136 pixels
Screen ratio 3:2 16:9
Density 165 ppi 326 ppi
Operating system iOS 3 iOS 7
Processor Cortex-A8 Apple A6
Lithography 65 nm 32 nm
Cores 1 2
Threads 1 2
High-performance cores 1x Cortex-A8 @600 MHz 2x Swift @1.3 GHz
Energy-efficient cores
GPU PowerVR SGX535 PowerVR SGX 543MP3
Memory 0.256 GB RAM 1 GB RAM
Storage 8 / 32 GB 8 / 32 GB
Memory card
Camera 3.15 MP, AF, f/2.8 8 MP, f/2.4, 33mm
Video 480p30 1080p30
Front camera No 1.2 MP
Front video No 720p30
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1, A2DP 4.0, A2DP, LE
USB 2.0 2.0
Battery capacity 1,220 mAh 1,510 mAh
Battery type Non-removable Li-Ion Non-removable Li-Po
Versatile use autonomy ~ 8 hours ~ 10 hours
Head SAR value (US) 0.26 W/kg 1.15 W/kg
Body SAR value (US) 0.79 W/kg 1.17 W/kg
AnTuTu 29,400
Geekbench 4 single core 150 743
Geekbench 4 multi-core 150 1,209
Rating 3.4 / 5 3.3 / 5
Number of reviews 365 1,739
Price $45 $100
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We can thus compare easily the technical specifications between these two smartphones. The Apple iPhone 5c smartphone has a bigger number of cores, the maximum frequency of the Apple iPhone 5c is higher. The Apple iPhone 5c was released after.

Note: prices may change with time. They are not updated in real time. Shipping costs have not been integrated in the overall cost of the mobile devices.

Performance comparison between the Apple iPhone 3GS phone and the Apple iPhone 5c. For this purpose, we are looking at the respective scores on AnTuTu and Geekbench 4.

Geekbench 4:

Processor Geekbench 4 – Multi-core & single core score – iOS 64-bit
Apple iPhone 5c  743
Apple iPhone 3GS  150

This graph shows us the difference in power between these two phones. For each value, it is an average based on 250 data generated in the benchmark platform.

On the single-core side, there is a difference of 395%. In multi-core, the gap reaches 706%.


Unfortunately, we can not yet display the comparison chart for the results on AnTuTu, because we lack data for at least one of these processors. Please, come back in a few days.