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I had just used an iPhone for a few days whilst my was being repaired and it was very! Slow and couldn't use many of the apps on it as it wasn't up to date enough.
I would say if your thinking of getting an iPhone get at least an iPhone 4 as the original iPhone is just to slow and old.
The iPhone does look and feel just as good as the newer models and might be fun for a child's first phone maybe. The camera quality is poor and battery life is rubbish if sing it for web browsing etc.
with just 8 gb of memory it doesn't hold much after I had put my music on the re so no room for any apps so you would have to choose apps or music
It might have been a good phone when first released but now it's far to out of date compared to newer models and other new smart phones
Where to begin.. Oh I know. I Love This Phone. To those of you who have read my other reviews, particularly in this case my previous (and one of my first reviews) on the iTouch 2G 32GB will know that I loved it, simple as.
The itouch was my favourite gadget it did everything that I wanted. Just not when I wanted it.. You see the iTouch as amazing and feature filled as it is, is useless outside your own house, or anywhere you do not have access to an internet connection. What is the point in having a web browser or email client on your device (that is supposed to be portable) if you can only use it when near a Wi-Fi hot spot? This is where I got bored of the iTouch and moved to an iPhone.
And I can honestly say that I have not looked back since.. Albeit I miss having 32GB of storage capacity (I only have the 8GB model phone) But I can honestly say that I am a gabilliontrillion times more satisfied with the iPhone than I was the iTouch.
Sure it has more or less the same featues, but the iPhone is a phone. You can make phone calls and send text messages and ofcourse browse the web through your 3G or EDGE connection, or when you are home through Wi-Fi. It is everything the itouch is not. The fact that you can do everything it is capable of doing without the necessity for Wi-Fi, it gives you so much more freedom!
Now enough about preaching about how amazing it is (which it is!!) every phone has its down sides. The iPhone is no exception. Straight out the box this phone is amazing. But it lacks a few features that iPhone fans and enthusiasts have been screaming out for, pretty much since v1.0. Features such as a little known thing called Multitasking? You know that thing that pretty much every other smart phone can do. The Nokia N95 (Which was one of my previous phones) for example, and more recently, and posing a direct threat to the iPhone is the Palm Pre, which can multitask straight out of the box. But hold your horses and dont go pleadging your heart and soul to Palm just yet, because there is a solution to this problem.
This solution is called Jailbreaking (no it doesnt break your iPhone) This is something that if you have done your research you will know a little about.
Now basically all this does is replaces the firmware (the version of software installed) with a version that is identical, however allows for the installation of third party applications (which Satan (Apple) does not allow you to do) This includes the application called Multifl0w. This gives you the ability to multitask different applications on the iphone (obviously some application such as the ipod, the phone and email do work in the background) applications such as games, other utilities. this is useful to switch between two applications that you need to obtain information from. It is much faster and more convenient to multi task between these applications rather than contrantly closing and reopening them.
Of course Multifl0w is just one just advantage. Other useful applications can then installed such as the MobileTerminal which is a command line emulation interface that allows you to run various commands to achieve certain tasks, as well as giving you admin rights and priviledges to the bios of the phone.
Jailbreaking is indeed a useful modification to make to your iphone, however Apple do not condone its use and therefore if anything happens to your iPhone, they will not make good of your 1 year warranty, however if you can restore the iPhone back to default prior to getting it seen to, then they will be none the wiser ;)
There is also one other very note worthy feature that jailbreaking allows you to remove the SIM lock on the phone, which means that you can put any networks SIM card into the phone and use the phone on that network (where as at the time of this review, only Vodaphone, Orange and O2 are official carriers of the iphone)
Now, obviously you do not just get the handset in the box, you would expect the usual Apple minimalistic packaging, you wont be dissapointed, you are obviously greeted by the phone when you open the box, but under the handset you have a wall socket adapter, your iphone cable (which is inserted into either a USB port or the wall adapter) and ifcourse the iPhone headphones that let you know that you are being accepted into the Apple family. The headphones themselves have a little button and microphone on the right headphone that allows you to play and pause music as well as answer and hang up on phone calls, this quite useful if the weather is not appropriate to get your glorious device out.
A lot of people complain about the battery life. The main culprit of the excessive battery drain on the iPhone is that people leave the Auto-Brightness feature turned on, this really drains power as the phone is constantly checking its surroundings to change the brightness to the optimum settings. But this really strains the power usage. Another rather laughable things I saw was someone complaining the battery life lasting only 3 hours and it needed to be charged many times a day. The user of this iPhone had the brightness set to full, Auto Brightness turned on, Bluetooth turned on and connected to a device, 3G turned and Wi-Fi turned on. It was no wonder his battery life was running down the drain!
Overall I have to say that the iPhone is an amazing device and I have not looked back since getting it, especially after wanting one for so long.
The aesthetics of this phone are fantastic, it is just amazing to hold, and to touch and use, the OS is simple and easy to use.
Final note: GET ONE!
I got this phone on a new contract and have to say I really like it! I was unsure whether to get an 8gb or 16gb but decided on the 8gb which has more then enough space! I thought the key pad would be difficult to use but I can actually text a lot faster now! There is also the option of using a messenger app called whatsapp on the iphone which is just like using msn/yahoo messenger so anyone else who uses this too will show up in your phone contacts which means you can message each other for free! Of course if you know someone else with an iphone you get the imessage service which just means your texts to each other are free. You'll know which messages are via normal text and which ones are through the imessage because your message that are sent will show in green for a normal text and will show in blue as an imessage type text.
I bought screen protectors for this phone but I found them a bit bad to be honest, only for the fact that when you stick them on you keep getting air bubbles! So it makes the phone screen look untidy so instead to protect it I bought a nice black soft pouch to put the phone in which does the trick.
The phone has a great camera but I do find that if out in a club/bar with friends the photos end up looking grainy! Also the battery is shockingly bad! I'm forever charging it which I hate, also the phone charger is very short! So if I want to charge the phone and use it to speak to someone I feel like I've got to bend forward to use it, so I end up just charging my phone at night!
I could go on about this phone but just wanted to mention those few things, all in all I would recommended this phone.
Before even having the phone in my possesion i had only ever had an ipod touch which is the nearest apple device i believe you can get to the phone, so i was slightly anxious beforehand as to what to expect with the actual phone. However these early worries where put aside as soon as i set up the phone.
I can happily say, that it is an extremely good phone. First of all, when it arrives it is in a small, compact box with the phone and equipment (including instructions). You then have to set it up via itunes which is an extremely easy task, step by step meaning if you are unaware of such thing, it makes it easy to do so. Once the set up phase is complete the phone is then ready to go as long as a network is activated.
The aspects of the phone which i thought where exceptioanl where the music and apps. If you have ever had an ipod touch, it is literally that with the ability to make calls. What makes it so good though is that all apps and music can either be synced with itunes via a computer or through the actual phone making it extremely easy and practical.
Out of my experience i have not really had any major issues, but the only thing to note which does happen frequently is sometimes the touchscreen doesnt always respond well. I keep mine in emaculate condition and it still happens to it might be software or something but it is annoying when you cant do anything.
Overal if you are looking to get a new phone, get this one as it is a great phone and is now at a reasonable price.
I've never been a massive fan of Apple, due to being forced to use their bespoke software. In fact, the only reason I got this phone was because it was the only real smartphone free with my tariff! However, two years down the line, I feel like I can't live without it.
So, the phone:
-Ease of Use-
If you're not used to using Apple products, it's not massively intuitive. I spent a fair few days fiddling around, trying to work out some of the more basic functions. The 'double save' (you have to save the additional details added to the contact first, then remember to save the actual completed contact otherwise you'll have tp start from scratch) with adding new contacts and calendar reminders caught me out at first, but I've got used to that now.
Absolutely rammed with everything you could possibly want from a phone, although not all features are of the best quality. The camera is fairly shoddy, and the iPod feature is slightly redundant if you only have a small memory and don't want to slow your phone down by clogging it up with mp3 files. However, most other features are in an easy to use format with a pleasing interface, like email and the calculator. The conversation format of the texting feature is one of the highlights, although it is annoying the phone doesn't date and time stamp each text.
My favourite feature though is Google Maps - like a mini GPS in your pocket. Saved me getting lost countless of times!
-The App Store-
Aaah, the holy grail of Apple and the cure to boredom. I really feel this does live up to hype. For every moment in your life, and app has been made for it. While it might be tempting to download all the freebies, this will only result in clogging up your phone with unwanted tat (although they are easy to delete). A few paid-for games that you actually enjoy will provide literally hours of entertainment and you need never have a boring train ride again (battery life permitting).
I've personally found that the lifestyle apps (fitness monitoring etc) lose their shine after a while, due to the hassle of having to log in to the app to record progress etc, but they seem to be doing well, so obviously people have more patience than me!
After two years of use and abuse, my iPhone is valiantly hanging on. The case has a small crack, which it makes it difficult to lock the phone, and the already appalling battery life has managed to get even worse.
However, it still does everything it needs to do and I'll be sad to see it go. I might even upgrade to an iPhone 4... How's that for an Apple convert!
So this is where it all started, my love of the iPhone. I originally thought this would just be an overpriced fad, especially being from apple (I am saying this even though I am an apple fan, lol). I was not prepared to pay the price, however I received one passed down to me, thanks brother!
I never thought I would be able to deal with a touch screen phone, but I was so wrong. I immediately fell in love with this phone just because it was so easy to use, yet there are so many things it is capable of doing, from showing stocks to emails. The touch screen is so responsive and in my eyes I think this is the best looking iPhone yet! (Up to the iPhone 4) Although I must admit the back was very prone to getting scratched, dented etc.
If you are thinking of getting this instead of newer versions, I would not suggest it. Although this is a great phone, and you can probably find it for VERY cheap now, it just doesn't live up to the newer models. You will be better off paying a little more. Comparing with newer models, just some of the drawbacks are that it is incredibly slow, it will often freeze. Battery life is quite terrible, if I use it for an hour it will run to under 20%. Without the 3G mobile network it is very slow when using mobile internet, it will drive you up the wall waiting for things to load.
I have since moved on from this phone to newer models of the iPhone, but if it wasn't for this release I would not know what I would have been missing out on. Although since it has been much improved on, the newer models have the original iPhone to thank for, for building the base to their huge success.
I was lucky enough to win an apple iphone in a raffle, after a few initial problems dealing with some rude staff at the o2 call centre i now never further than one foot from my i phone.
im constantly amazed by the things it can do everytime i switch it on, the touch screen is really good, never had any problems with that.
surfing the web is as good as i can imagine it could get on a phone that size. I can check my emails, listen to my music, have the whole of the internet at the flick of a finger, take photos, make notes, edit exel spreadsheets, i even mangaged to make a phone call on it once.
the app store is excellent, when it says on the advert 'theres an app for that' they are not joking, there is one for everything.
i would say if you were thinking of getting an iphone then stop thinking and just go and get one, you wont regret it.
oh and it looks cool aswell.
When I first purchased the Apple I-Phone 6 months ago I was extremely weary as to if I would be able to adapt the touch screen as it was my 1st touch phone. After a slow start I have to say I have adapted and grown to like the I-Phone and being your average male with fairly sized fingers this has not caused a problem when typing on the touch screen as I first feared.
I have had no real problems since owning the phone, the 3G connection is excellent and quite quick wherever I have been and even without 3G some internet basic browsing is still pretty decent in terms of loading time. Obviously when you have a wi-fi connection on its very quick on all web browsing.
I have subscribed to Sky Mobile TV which you can get your first 3 months free with most networks and I am really impressed with the quality of all the sky sports channels. No interference at all! Espn however is an exception as this has stopped and started on a few occasions during live premiership football matches I have been watching.
If you are into your music then I-Tunes and the I-Pod player on the I-Phone is a fantastic way to get new tracks or even old ones! You can purchase on your phone and it bills your account from there. I also bought a sound lead from Argos for a mere £8 which you can plug into your headphone slot and then connect to your stereo to play your songs perfectly and you can control it by your I-Phone and even use it to create your own play lists! If you get a call or text when playing songs it automatically turns your music down.
If I had to name any bad points with the I-Phone then 3 in particular spring to mind.
Firstly the battery isn't great, especially when starting browsing the net or playing high memory games.
Secondly the chargers for the phone don't seem to be very good; I'm on my 3rd already. One of the previous ones USB connections just got intermittent in connecting and the other previous charger just stopped charging. You can get new chargers from EBay for as little as £3.
Thirdly and finally if you are a bit heavy handed then this is not the phone for you. They are very easy to knock and damage and I would advise a case to protect it, the screen especially. Again these are available from EBay for as little as £2.
Another great feature about the I-Phone is the camera. Picture quality is excellent and with your USB cable just plugs into your computer or printer and up comes your photo library to store and print them. You can expand and stretch your pictures and its still great quality.
Text messaging and phone calls are pretty much the same on the I-Phone as you would expect on any type of phone.
I've had an apple iphone for approx 1 and a half years and I think it's great. The best functions include the camera which takes very good quality pictures; the calendar, which is pretty similar to that which you get on other phones; the ability to download loads of great applications (some of which are free); the ipod function - this is invaluable, especially nowadays with modern cars having a port available to plug it into (the lead is very cheap). The messaging function has also improved alot - you are now able to copy and paste (which can sometimes be helpful) and you are also able to move the curser in a message so you can correct or insert parts of the message. Although the phone is initially quite expensive, I think it is definitely worth it - apple seem to have it sorted.
One thing which is abit annoying, is the fact that if you receive a new message it will just appear on your screen, so nothing is really private - or just don't leave your phone lying about! The phone is very durable - I've dropped it many of times and it's even been in the wash and has survived!
Mobile phones have come a long way since the days of 3ft long aerials and handsets the size of bricks. These days there are phones that incorporate more gadgets that you can shake a stick at (and sometimes more than you'll ever need). There are phones that take pictures, surf the internet, download music and then there are phones, phones so elite that you only need to refer to one letter to instantly get a picture in your mind... yes that letter ladies and gentlemen is 'i'. The letter 'i' and what it stands for has completely taken over the gadget world in such a short space of time; we have iPods, iPads, iMacs and of course the Daddy of them all - the iPhone.
Whether you love or hate the iPhone, it has become nigh on impossible to avoid it, the iPhone is everywhere and young or old, you're almost guaranteed to know someone that owns one. Which isn't surprising considering that the commercial is shown (in my experience) on almost every channel in *every* single advert break. These phones have become the must have gadget ever since their release a couple of years ago... but why?
I've got one word for you - versatility. There's virtually nothing that the iPhone can't do, and you can be sure that if it can't do something today, the geniuses at Apple will be working hard at making it available for you tomorrow. The choice that Apple offers is phenomenal and I'm not just talking about their extensive 'Apps'. Apple offer a range of different iPhones, which are, in essence the same phone but are tweaked in order to suit everyone's needs. First up was the 2G model which was the first iPhone to be released into the hungry market, but since then there have been numerous updates. There is now 3G which can be bought in an 8GB and 16GB model. Of course there is then the 3GS which claims to be the Alfa Male of the iPhone range. This model can possess up to a 32GB memory. In my experience the only difference between the 3G and 3GS, besides the hefty price tag is that the 3GS is supposedly slightly quicker when surfing the internet. The battery life and camera quality are also marginally superior.
With all that in mind I decided to opt for the 3G 8GB and I'm glad I did.
*** Availability ***
For this specific iPhone model, you're looking at paying £349 for the sim free model, or on contract you're looking at paying £30 upwards each month. iPhones are widely available on the internet and in numerous different phone shops. The iPhone is mainly marketed on 02, however now Vodafone and Orange have decided to buy into it. If you're looking at going onto contract though I would recommend opting for 02; they seem to offer unlimited texts and unlimited internet on any contract exceeding £35 which is something that I don't believe Vodafone or Orange offer.
*** Setting Up ***
With most 'normal' phones, setting up requires you to insert the sim card and battery and before you know it, you're away. However, the iPhone is no normal phone (and is proud of it), and as you can imagine, the setting up is a little more complicated. Given that fact, when the phone arrived I was expecting to have to sift my way through a 10,000 page user manual that covers everything that you could possibly think of - but no, the only manual included (if you can call it that) is a 'finger manual' which covers the simple things like making a call, sending a text and taking a picture. Reading this you may be thinking 'those cheeky cheapskates at Apple'. However, Apple is one of the few companies that employs a 'no paper' policy, which means that everything you need to know about setting up is on the Apple website, listed under support. This can be seen as an annoyance, but when you think about how many A4 pages are in the online manual (nearly 200), you know that they're doing the environment a huge favour by making us go online.
The phone can look daunting at first, especially sans a user manual but it really isn't *that* difficult. It requires you to use the small silver key included to open the sim department, the back doesn't come away so there's no need to install a battery. Next thing that's required is to open up iTunes on your computer before plugging your shiny new iPhone into the USB plug. You'll then be prompted to register your phone, which requires your name, address, telephone - nothing too complicated and you're away.
*** Generic Features ***
So you've just set up your brand new iPhone and you're desperate to test it out for the first time, you're unfamiliar with how most of the more 'unique' features work so you want to test out the generic features (touch screen, texting, calling, camera, etc).
I've had three touch screen phones before this one (all Samsungs) and I have to say that the iPhone knocks them all out of the park. The last Samsung phone I had (Jet) was incredibly easy to use, touch screen wise but it did have a few defects when it came to scrolling. The iPhone is controlled with ease, the only thing you need to remember is down is up and up is down in terms of scrolling. This is picked up incredibly quickly though and you'll soon be using the iPhone like a pro. The touch screen is incredibly sensitive and picks up even the slightest touch. The screen works from the heat on the tips of your fingers, therefore long nails might cause a problem, but in most cases I imagine that fake nails are a worthy sacrifice for the genius of an iPhone.
Texting is like nothing you've ever experienced on a phone before (unless you've previously owned a Blackberry), instead of your usual squashed together keypad where you'll need to press each number a certain amount of times for a letter to come up, you now have the convenience of a Qwerty keyboard just like those on computers. This is a great addition for someone that can type, however could take a little while to get used to if you're not familiar with the location of each letters on a computer keypad. Another minor problem with texting is the size of the letters, they are very small and those with... shall we say... slightly larger fingers may encounter problems when texting. Apple claim that they've come up with a solution to this, flip the phone on its side which will give you a landscape view of the keys. This makes them a little bigger, but when I say a little I really do mean a little. The prefer using the landscape view for texting, it means that I can text with both hands and send a message in half the time. The iPhone takes predictive texting to a whole new level, when typing a message, if you, for instance miss out a letter or click the letter next to the one you were aiming for, the iPhone will automatically come up with a suggestion as to what it thinks you're trying to type. If it has suggested the correct word then all that's needed is to press the space bar and that word will automatically be added to your message, which doesn't make much difference when typing short words, but when you're typing long words this is a great time saver. Don't fall asleep just yet though as I've yet to tell you about *the* best thing about texting on an iPhone. Do you have problems with grammar? Are you constantly writing 'its' when really it should be 'it's'? The iPhone has got you covered, everytime you type in something that requires an apostrophe the iPhone automatically adds it for you, saving you the trouble of going into the symbols menu and selecting it yourself. Finally there are no more excuses for 'typin lik dis', as the iPhone makes texting quicker than it has ever been and with the inclusion of a grammar checker you really have no excuses for missing out the occasional apostrophe.
Calling is the fundamental use of a phone and to the majority of people, the most important. Therefore, you want to know that you're not just paying for a games console and you are paying for a trusty phone as well. The iPhone accomplishes that (and of course much, much more). Calling is something that does take a bit of getting used to though, there have been occasions where I have touched someone's name and it has automatically began calling them when all I wanted to do was edit their name. This is something that can cause a few problems if you're used to Samsungs or other similar phones. On my Samsung you would click a contacts name in order to edit their information, however on the iPhone, clicking a name means that you want to ring them. You need to get into the habit of clicking the right arrow to edit, but that shouldn't take too long. Calling quality is excellent, it's crisp, clean and you don't have to have the volume up to the highest in order to hear what the person on the other line is saying. Infact, there have been occasions where I've had to turn the volume down because it's so loud, which is never a bad thing. Speaker is also very clear and easy to turn on and off, although given how loud the phone volume is I was expecting it to be a little louder, but as long as you're in a somewhat quiet area you shouldn't have a problem using the speaker phone. What I love most about the calling aspect is the ingenious battery saving idea that Apple have included. The phone includes a motion sensor which is mainly used for texting, internet and gaming, however, it can now be used when on a call too. The second the phone is attached to your ear, the iPhone somehow senses this and turns the lights off on it, therefore saving the battery. As soon as you move the phone in front of you (I.e to check the time/turn speakerphone on, etc) the phone will instantly light up. This works when you're on the phone to an automated voice too. The phone will be dark but as soon as the option to press one is spoken the phone instantly lights up - pure genius.
Looking at the stats of the inbuilt camera, you'd assume that the iPhone had dropped the ball slightly when it came to the camera. The phone incorporates a 2megapixel camera. Yes, you heard me right, just two. Considering that some phones are now incorporating anything up to 10mp this could be seen as the biggest letdown of the iPhone. However, don't write it off just yet. All things aside, the camera is actually superb. The last phone I had, incorporated a 5mp camera and the iPhone knocks that out of the park in terms of picture quality. If, on the off chance you're not satisfied with the camera there are apps that you can purchase to transform your camera into a 5mp or even a 7mp. Unfortunately there is no incorporated video camera (this is instead included on the 3GS), however there is again an app that can be bought which will give you access to a video camera.
*** Home Sweet Home ***
I'm sure with all the extensive marketing that Apple have done on the iPhone you'll be somewhat aware of how the home screen looks, (if you're not aware just take a look at the above picture). On your main home screen you'll find: messages, calendar, photos, camera, youtube, stocks, maps, weather, voice memos, notes, clock, calculator, settings, iTunes and App store. There is space for 16 apps on each page, therefore I've also added the Facebook app to my home screen. The inbuilt applications (the ones I've just listed) aren't able to deleted, but like everything else on the iPhone they are customisable. For instance, if you don't want the calendar to appear on your home screen this can be moved to a more obscure page, leaving room for something more useful to you to take its place.
I personally like the layout of the home screen and haven't messed about with it too much. I feel that moving apps is an easy process to do (you simply hold your finger down on an app and every single app will start to shake. When this happens you can either delete an app or move it around. Moving apps on the same page is simply but when you come to move them to a different page is when it starts to get a little difficult as it would seem that they're reluctant to move to a different page (much like a school child not wanting to leave his/her friends).
*** It's A Safari Out There ***
One of the iPhones main attractions is the full internet browser that it features. Whereas Windows uses Internet Explorer, Apple Mac computers use Safari. I had never used a phone with a fully functional internet browser before, therefore I was stepping into the unknown when I purchased my iPhone. I have used Apple Mac computers before and I wasn't fond of the Safari internet browser to say the least.
Fortunately Safari on the iPhone is nothing like Safari on the Mac, infact if I didn't know any better I'd say I was using Internet Explorer. It's very simple to use and it does what it says on the tin - gives you a fully functional internet browser. As this is the 3G and not the 3GS I was expecting it to be a little slow, however the expert in the shop I bought it from told me that if you have wireless internet at home (which I do) then it will be just as quick as the 3GS. I have actually tested this theory, a friend of mine has a 3GS and we tested it using my wireless internet. Understandably the 3GS was a little bit quicker but there really wasn't much in it and I certainly don't mind waiting a few extra seconds for a page to load.
Navigating web pages couldn't be easier. Ok, I'm not going to sugar coat it, it's not *as* good as being on a laptop or a computer but really what did you expect? This is only a phone after all. When pages load you may have to resize them to suit your tastes as when they first load they're always very small. This is easily adjusted by sliding your fingers across the screen. There's even a built in magnifying glass for those of you who struggle to read smallish print. What impressed me most though is the fact that you can have more than one tab open at once, meaning that hypothetically you can be reading and rating on Dooyoo, buying gadgets for your iPhone on eBay, all the while checking your emails. What more could you ask for?
*** iPhone VS iPod ***
This is a battle that has been going on for a while. I have owned a 4GB iPod Nano for some years now and have had no problems with it whatsoever, however upon buying my iPhone I went through a bit of a dilemma; whether to keep my iPod or use my iPhone as my iPod which of course can be done. The iPhone does come with a built in iPod, so you can transfer any purchased songs from iTunes onto your iPhone with only a few clicks. However, in the end I decided to keep my iPod and use it as normal. The only reason for this being that the battery life is so poor on the iPhone, compared with the 24 hours of playback I get with my iPod it seemed silly to devour my battery playing music when I can already do that using a different, yet equally excellent device. If you have an iPod and are thinking of purchasing an iPhone I would suggest keeping your iPod and using your iPhone battery for the things that the iPod won't do.
*** There's An App For That ***
I'm sure you've all heard the phrase by now and thought 'that can't possibly be true' and I must admit it is debatable, but on the other hand there are so many apps that can be purchased you're sure to find something to suit your needs, which either helps you in everyday life, or simply gives you hours and hours of entertainment.
Apps are easily downloaded either from iTunes itself or from your iPhone, by visiting the App Store on the home page. I personally find it easier to download from iTunes on my laptop as you can have a browse at what's on offer and once purchased, if your iPhone is plugged in via the USB cable the Apps will automatically sync to the iPhone. If you have a specific app in mind that you want to buy then using your iPhone to find it is very easy, but if you're simply looking for a browse then you're best off using iTunes. There are literally thousands of apps from Angry Birds (yes literally) to apps informing you when the next bus is due, the list is truly endless. A lot of great apps are actually free, however a lot you will have to pay for. 59p seems to be the standard price for apps, although some games (The Sims, Grand Theft Auto) will set you back a couple of pounds, so just make sure you don't get carried away!
*** Always Use Protection ***
So you've just got your brand new iPhone, you've had it insured for which you're paying around £10 a month, but you're still worried about people being able to get hold of your details if it is ever stolen. When I buy a phone this is one of my first points of call before I even consider buying it. Having been caught out before I always like to equip myself with pin and sim codes galore, meaning that if the phone does ever get stolen I know that those petty criminals won't get any use out of the phone. The iPhone offers some good security features. You can set up a pin code to be entered upon turning the phone on, this can be entered an unlimited amount of times. However, if you make it passed the initial test you then have to enter a sim code. The sim code can be entered up to three times, if you get it wrong on your third attempt then you'll be instantly locked out of your phone and the phone will be rendered useless to thieves. There is also an option to lock the phone after a certain amount of time. After 15 minutes of no usage, I have to enter my pin code to regain access, however this can be set to anything from 5 minutes to 24 hours. Again, Apple have made this all customisable for you. The pin code can also be implemented on things like Safari, youtube, iTunes, Apps, camera and location meaning that all your vital information is kept safe. The only thing I would liked to have seen are locks on your messages, contacts and call lists but Apple more than make up for this with other aspects.
*** Do 'i' Or Don't 'i'? ***
To put it briefly - yes you should believe the hype about this phone, it is simply sublime and the best gadget/phone I have ever had. I, probably like a lot of you, was sceptical about this phone, but since purchasing it I've been bowled over by how superb it really is. When you have a gadget thats only flaw is its battery life you know you have a great gadget. I use the word gadget instead of phone, as this is simply so much more than a phone. Ok, so you may need to charge it daily but so what? This is a must for any gadget lovers. Whether you get the 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 3G or 3GS this is a must.
I love it, I'm constantly attached to it! I got my i-phone through o2 on an 18 month contract, costing £45 a month with no additional charge for the phone itself. That contract has now ended and I had the option of a new phone but I am loyal to my phone! I've simply dropped the contract and kept the phone.
When I first started using the phone I found it hard to get used to. It was quite a departure from my previous phones particularly the touch screen keyboard which is laid out as a traditional 'qwerty' keyboard rather than the keypad layout most phones have. This meant it was taking me a bit longer to text. I now prefer this layout. So, if you've just got one and aren't loving it yet, I would recommend perseverance!
I personally find one of the best features the ease of accessing emails at any time. I can check my emails regularly through the day which is handy as I receive A LOT! The upgrade which meant you can view emails either landscape or portrait was a great idea, it's a lot easier to read some emails in the landscape format so it's good to have the choice.
As that advert says 'there's an app for that' and I find there generally is. This is the feature of the i-phone that I find causes the most envy among non-i-phoners, including my husband! I have downloaded some really useful apps including Edinbus, which tells me when my next bus is coming to the stop I'm at - a godsend if you're impatient like me. I've also downloaded some not so useful apps such as the i-pint, which is just for a laugh and great for someone who's easily amused like me.
I download music regularly through i-tunes and I find it's generally quick and I really like being able to download tunes on the go. Again, this is really easy to use.
I've had a few problems with my phone such as it becoming non-responsive and having to wait for the battery to run out before I could do anything with it - that was very annoying, especially as it happened at a time when I really needed my phone and I couldn't even answer calls. Another time, I had a fault with the phone a quick check on the internet showed how to reset the phone and I was off again.
That small fault has stopped me from giving this top marks but I would definitely say to anyone considering a new phone, this is the way to go!
Ive had an Iphone now since January 2009 and to be honest sometimes I love it and sometimes I dont. The features that I do like are the App store, there are great games available aswell as useful utilities (a favourite of mine). As well as this the internet (Safari) is both quick and useful and is great when you need information quickly and on the go, I like how the internet is set out exactly as it is on a computer which makes it easier to surf. As well as this, the Ipod part is a great feature to the Iphone as its like having an Ipod and a phone in one, very usefull for those who dont like carrying lots of different things around. The thing that I would say needs improving on future Iphones is the picture quality and possibly a flash when taking images, I think this would make it an all round better phone as some pictures are of a very poor standard especially if taken in areas with bad lighting.
Reviewing an i-phone, of any model, is a difficult task. All phones in the range contains so many features and functions I would be able to write thousands and thousands of words, well I could if I had the patience and inclination and thought all the users of this review would actually read it. Scouring the internet there are hundreds of reviews about the i-phone that range from the very detailed and "techy/geeky" to those of a few lines saying "it's great", along with everything in between. During my research I never found a review that covered the "stupid" questions that I daren't ask the sales staff in the O2 shop or any i-phone owners, so hopefully I have covered most of these "stupid" points that potential consumers may have, within my review. This review is to give a 'taster' of living with the i-phone, broadly describing advantages, benefits, key features and problems I have experienced to date. The only way to definitely know if the i-phone is for you is to take the plunge and get one. I admit that I was skeptical at first however I wouldn't be without mine, even though it is 'only' the entry level model of the current range.
***The model of choice****
There are a few models of i-phone currently available including the 8gb 3G, 16gb 3GS and the 32gb 3GS. Whilst the higher level models have more features than the more 'basic' models they are all pretty much the same core product.
After weighing up my needs, finances and information I gathered from the internet I decided the best option for me was the 8gb 3G. In my opinion 16gb, let alone 32gb, is just too much and whilst these 3GS models had additional features of which some, like the video camera (although like most things "There is an app for that"), would be nice there was no way I could justify the additional cost, so I plumped for the 8gb 3G model.
****In the box****
When I was presented with my i-phone box I must admit that I was quite disappointed. The box is very small and contains the i-phone, a plug with a USB slot for wall charging, a USB lead, headphones, the sim card removal tool (ensure you keep this safe), a quick start "finger tips" guide and two Apple stickers.
Everything to get you started is included but given the value and status of the i-phone I was expecting more. Maybe a bigger box? Maybe a few more user guides? Who knows, I just thought there would be something a bit extra. The small box is good for the environment though so as few trees as possible were harmed in the manufacture of these phones.
I have to admit that I am a fan of small phones and I always have been. The Motorola Startac, the Samsung GSH600, the Razr were all small phones and I loved them all. They may not have had all the features of other phones during their time but I simply loved the fact that they could be chucked in a pocket of the tightest fitting jeans and they wouldn't be obtrusive.
Unfortunately, the same can't be said about the i-phone and at around 12cm x 6cm x just under 1cm it is a bit of a beast. Compared to my previous phone, a Blackberry Pearl, it is huge and I did (and still do) notice the difference in size. That said, I think the i-phone is the perfect size for the features it has to offer. Any smaller and many of the features and applications just wouldn't work.
Size v features and functionality is a trade off and compromises have to be made, therefore I am more than happy to have a slightly bulkier phone that is packed with features so I am more than happy with my i-phone.
Whilst in the O2 shop I was treated to a demonstration of the basic features of the i-phone and how to use it. During the demonstration the salesman commented on how poor the battery life of the i-phone was compared to other mobile phones on the market. When he said his friend (being a heavy user) had to charge his phone on a daily basis and the battery went dead twice in a 24 hour period I thought he was exaggerating.
Watching podcasts or movies, surfing the net and listening to music all depletes the life quickly, which is to be expected really. In addition, if you leave the phone in 3G mode in an area where there is no signal the battery life will also be used up quickly as the phone is constantly looking for a signal (and using its power) that just isn't there. In order to preserve the battery life it is best to leave the 3G off unless you are actually in a 3G area.
After owning the i-phone I can confirm that this mobile devours its battery very, very quickly. If the phone is left alone with no use then the battery will last around a day and a half to two days. Compared to my previous phone (a Blackberry Pearl) the battery life is diabolical and I find that I have to charge my i-phone daily.
Personally, I have no problem with this since the i-phone can be charged via USB, a wall charger, car charger or one of those instant chargers so there are no excuses for not being able to top up the battery. I should also point out that you can even buy a solar charger that plugs in to the bottom of the i-phone so you can even charge it on the beach, by the pool, trekking through the Himalayas or wherever else your travels may take you.
****Instructions and user guides****
Where to start with the instructions and user guide? I can only really describe this as minimalist. Don't get me wrong, I am all for saving trees, reducing my carbon footprint as far as possible (within reason) etc but I do like to have some form of written instructions when I buy any product, let alone something like the i-phone, which is technologically advanced and requires a bit of getting used to the 'controls'.
When I was handed the box I instantly knew there wasn't going to be a (hard) paper copy as the box was just so small. There is, however, enough room for a CD so I thought there would be a user guide disc lurking somewhere at the bottom, however I was very mistaken. There was a tiny 'scrap' of paper, which Apple refers to as a quick user guide, although it is pretty useless and contains information about features that can be worked out within 30 seconds of getting the phone out of the box. Now this user guide, was a total waste of paper.
The full user guide can be downloaded free of charge from the internet. Just do a Google search and you'll soon find it for download. Even though the i-phone is easy to use I would highly recommend reading the user guide to get started.
****The home screen and included features****
The i-phone comes preloaded with features including messages, phone, mail, contacts, calendar, camera, youtube, maps, weather, calculator, settings, iTunes, Safari, ipod, stocks, photos, voice memos, clock, App store and notes.
The above is a good selection to get any i-phone user started, however, I doubt most people are going to use all of the features above. Personally, I will never use the stocks, notes or voice memos and these are icons that are just sat there. One thing that surprises me is the fact that the above features can't be deleted. It is possible to "get rid of them" by moving them to an additional 'home screen' so you can keep all the features and apps you're going to use together, so all is not lost.
One thing that surprised me about the i-phone is the limited number of ringtones and message stones that are bundled on it from the factory. I would have thought there would have been much more variety and a greater number of sounds than is actually included, especially given the emphasis that is place on ringtones. This is more of an annoyance than a disadvantage as it is exceptionally quick and easy to seek out tones that say something about you and a five minute internet search will give you access to thousands of ringtones and sounds that can be downloaded for free and uploaded on to your i-phone. I can remember the days when you had to pay a fortune for ringtones and the only way of getting them was to receive them by text, so there was no way of getting them for free, so the modern day MP3 tones (which are limitless and free from most places) are an absolute god send.
****Navigation and general overview****
The i-phone uses touch screen technology. Having had touch screen appliances before, including and Archos MP4 player amongst other things, I was a bit skeptical of how responsive it would be. Not only do I have fat finger syndrome but I also suffer from dry finger tips and rough skin and these are not a good combination for other touch screen products I own as it does affect the responsiveness somewhat. I have to confess that there are no issues over the responsiveness of the touch screen of my i-phone and is both fast and accurate, which makes for an excellent experience.
Texting and emailing is a pleasure. The i-phone has a full qwerty keyboard that instantly 'pops up' when you want to write an email, text, web address etc. Because of the issues I have above I did have some concerns and thought there would be many instances of the i-phone recognising incorrect characters when I typed, however I do have few problems. There are accuracy issues at times, there is with all phones, whether touch screen of the traditional button style, but I have to admit that the touch screen is far more accurate and far more responsive than the qwerty keyboard of my Pearl and my texting speeds, now I am used to the i-phone, are much quicker and contain far fewer errors than ever before.
****Music/video and podcasts****
Even the 8gb i-phone, which is the one with the smallest amount of memory, has enough room to store a few thousand songs, many small video files (or nearly two full length feature DVDs) and podcasts, which is more than enough for several hours entertainment.
In a nut shell the i-phone has a video i-pod built in. It works in exactly the same way and has all the same features of an i-pod so any consumer who is au fait with an i-pod will have no problems operating this feature. All media is uploaded to the i-phone using iTunes, which is pretty much expected, and it is possible to upload all current movies, playlists, tracks etc.
Personally, I prefer Media Monkey to manage my MP3 library, although since I have had the i-phone I have reverted back to iTunes since it is so user friendly and easy to use.
****Surfing the internet****
The internet is accessed using wi-fi, 3G or GPRS depending on what is available. A wi-fi connection is best, which is to be expected. Using the internet on a wi-fi connection is very fast and pages load up very quickly. Despite the i-phones relatively small screen size surfing the internet is a pleasure and text on the screen can be enlarged by simply doing a "spreading of fingers" action on the touch screen. Navigating around web pages, via the touch screen is also easy and very responsive.
Compared to my friend's Blackberry Storm the i-phone performs much faster on a wi-fi connection, which kind of annoyed him a little. That said, when connected to the internet via 3G or GPRS the i-phone is no faster than the Storm, which surprised me a little. Surfing the net using GPRS is slow, and this appears to be the case regardless of what appliance you use, and it is something that I avoid unless I really need to find something (such as addresses or contact details from a website) whilst out and about.
There are thousands and thousands of apps available for the i-phone. The Apple store claims there are over 85,000 where as some websites claim there is in excess of 100,000.
There are applications across a whole range of 'genres' and health and fitness, books, entertainment, games, business, finance, sport, travel, utilities, navigation, themes, wallpapers and ringtones provide a flavour of the types of things out there.
With so many apps to choose from there is something, in fact there are many things, for everyone so finding something for you will not create any problems. I should point out that many apps are a total waste of time and are nonsensical juvenile rubbish that some people may find offensive. That said, there are many fantastic apps that not only provide hours of entertainment but are also useful in day to day life.
One thing I have noticed about many of the free game apps is that they provide a quick taster or demonstration of the game only and after a very short time of game play you are directed to the site where you can download the full version for a fee.
****More than just a phone****
The i-phone is far more than a just a phone and this is largely down to the apps that are available for it. I am constantly finding my i-phone is starting to replace other gadgets I have bought over the years and I am finding that I am using it;
i) For satellite navigation (replacing my Tom Tom)
ii) As an MP3 player (replacing my Ipod and various other MP3 players I have bought)
iii) For internet browsing on the move - signal permitting (replacing my Archos)
iv) For watching films/TV series on the go (replacing my Archos and portable DVD player)
v) As an E-book reader (I no longer have to 'borrow' my other half's Sony Ebook reader)
vi) As a GPS map reader for hiking (replacing my Garmin Etrex)
vii) As a GPS training tool (replacing my Garmin Edge 705)
Whilst the i-phone may be an expensive outlay initially once you start using it to its full potential and realise exactly what you can do with the device it can start saving you money. Look at my gadgets it has replaced. Over the years I have spent hundreds of pounds and the i-phone now replaces them. I know for a fact I will never buy another MP3 player or an E Book reader or an MP4 player ever again and it is only a matter of time before the i-phone has paid for itself and actually starts saving me money.
The thing that really makes the i-phone stand out for me is the fact that most of the useful apps I have found are totally free which is great for the consumer. There seems to be loads of people worldwide that not only has the capability of developing these apps, but also the want and desire to produce them and then let i-phone users benefit from their creations for nothing, which is great for the consumer as it keeps a steady flow of new and useful apps that just keep getting better and better.
I have to admit that I have had to pay for some apps, although the cost of these has been a couple of pounds at the most. In my experience it appears that the apps that cost the money are for games, most of which don't really excite me that much. Whilst the cost of games is low, usually around 99 cents per game, if games interest you then it can be quite easy to get sucked in and spend a fortune on games. I have witnessed this in a friend who had the "oh, it's only 99 cents" mentality and proceeded to buy several games a day which amounted to a lot of money over the space of a few short months. Quite sad given most of the games kept him entertained for five minutes before they were deleted from not only his i-phone but his i-tunes directory as well.
As you'd expect the i-phone is not cheap. This 8gb 3G version is available on a PAYG tariff for £350, which is a lot of cash to part with. I should point out that a year's unlimited internet browsing/ data transfer is included in this price so all you have to do is put in a sim (the O2 simplicity scheme is £15 per month) and away you go.
This 8gb 3G version can be bought for around £100 on the cheapest 18 month contract or free on the cheapest 24 month contract. The exact price you can expect to pay will obviously depend on whether you opt for a PAYG or contract, and if you have a contract the type of contract you sign up for.
I hate to jump on the bandwagon and follow the heard but in this instance I just have to. The i-phone truly is an amazing phone and whilst you may not fully believe the hype and hysteria it has caused (I was very, very skeptical) I have to admit that it does live up to it and rise to the challenge. I cannot recommend this product highly enough.
The i-phone oozes class and style and looks awesome like many phones but unlike a lot of the competition the i-phone also performs. This phone is the real deal, the ultimate package. Hey, I would even go as far to say it is the "Dogs danglies" (an expression I haven't used for years) and I now see why the Gadget Show is so obsessed with it. The full features of this excellent product cannot be written down and the only way to find out what it is capable of is to get one and play with it.
After scouring the market for a longtime looking for a new phone i finally settled on the iPhone. This was the best decision i made in a long time. This phone is amazing. Sexy sleek design, thin, easy to use, lots of software available, easy to update. The iPhone is made by apple and therefore utilises iTunes and the App store, opening up thousands upons thousands of Applications to you right at your fingertips. I use my iPhone to keep myself organised aswell as stay connected with my friends and family, the calender app is verry efficient and works amazingly well. The notes app is also used when in college to take down notes and record important dates. All the information entered onto the phone can then be synced with the home computer to then gain updates and reminders from your computer too. The phone and messaging feature on the iphone works flawlessly too, i have never once had a dropped call while using my iPhone. The integrated iPod is a major part of the iPhones appeal also, you would have thought that having all these features that battery life would suffer, but it doesn't. I can use my iphone for around 2 days before needing a charge, sometimes longer depending on how heavy usage is. The wifi on the iphone is second to none, blows all the competition out of the water. Same with the web browser, safari is the best browser out there at the moment and to have it on your phone is a must. Overall this phone is a must have for everyone
After owning an Iphone 3g for about 3 month now Ive come to the conclusion that this phone is simply the best piece of tech ever created. After struggling with sluggish unresponsive nokia touchscreens the apple iphone is worlds apart. The iphone operating software is a delight to use, very responsive and a great user interface. The app store is one touch away and is a great source of free and paid applications to complement your lifestyle and for entertainment. Free apps such as Facebook and taptap revenge are recommended and paid apps such as ivideocamera and doodlejump are very useful and entertaining. The Iphone includes WiFi, which enables you to connect to any wireless network, and 3G which enables you to connect to the internet on the move. Also the Iphone obviously includes ipod software which is, like everyone knows about apple ipods, good quality and easy to use. Now to the negatives, Iphones cant send files via bluetooth to a different phone manufacture. So no more sending songs or photos to friends. It all has to be controlled via Itunes. Also, you cant set a song from your libary as your ringtone. Instead you have to buy ringtones from Itunes which is very frustrating. But ovarall, the iphone really is a must have gadget and is one of the finest purchases I have made in my life.