Your iPhone 3G Useless after iOS 4 Upgrade?

 Apple’s iPhone 3G had some very big performance issues after the iOS 4 update first came out. While many of the problems have been fixed with the version 4.1 update, let’s be honest here. The iPhone 3G is never going to run iOS 4.x as quickly as it ran 3.x. Why? The new operating system has more eye candy, more features and needs more system resources to run. That is not stopping the lawsuits however.

A woman named Biana Wofford is suing Apple for turning her iPhone 3G into a “device with little more use than that of a paper weight,” after the iOS 4 update. She wants her lawsuit turned into a class action and claims that Apple knew how poorly the iPhone 3G would run the new OS. Her lawsuit is based on the idea that Apple intentionally rolled out such a poor update for the 3G to force iPhone owners to upgrade to an iPhone 4. You have an opinion on this? Let me know.

Anyway, Wofford’s suit goes on to say that since Apple does not officially allow users of iOS devices to downgrade their operating systems, Apple locked iPhone 3G owners into the broken OS. She does have some truth here—to downgrade an iOS device, you need to go through some hacker steps.

How have your experiences with the iPhone 3G and even the iPhone 3GS been with iOS 4? The first version of iOS 4 was slow, buggy and frustrating. iOS 4.1 has fixed a lot of the problems but is still nowhere near the same user experience as the iPhone 4. Besides just the lack of HDR photography abilities in the iPhone 3G and 3GS, the iPhone 3G has not gotten Game Center. It also does not have multitasking among other things. Battery drain issues have also been reported along with crashes and general slow performance.

Do Wofford’s claims have some legitimacy? Should iPhone 3G owners have even gotten the iOS 4 update? Are you ‘stuck’ with iOS 4 on your iPhone 3G and wishing you could go back to good old iOS 3.x? Has the 4.1 update fixed any of your problems or did you resort to hacking your iPhone to downgrade? Let me know what you think in the comments. Hopefully Apple decides to let users downgrade OS versions in the future via iTunes, but I would not count on it.

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