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I got this phone in 2008, Christmas. It was brand new tech at that time, and was up to par with everything else currently on market.
But this phone has disadvantages in every advantage... how?
With sizeable storage at 16GB is fantastic addition and accounts for a lot of stuff. But avid listeners of music and users of large applications, or people with large database of pictures will sometimes need MORE. And they won't get it, because it is integrated memory and there is no SD card slots.
While it can be used perfectly as iPod alternative, and it gives perfect sound on headphones, when it comes to speaker it is kind of underwhelming. While it delivers sound in 'OK' quality it is also very weak sound, not very loud and up the standard.
It has good life on battery, and can last for days when not using 'additional' stuff, and 2, max 3 days with internet usage and such. For extra apps, games it falls short on 1 day, maximum 2.
Also falls short on battery change, because case cannot be opened, and must be taken to proper technician to exchange battery.
Sim card can be troublesome, because of the way it is stored. You need small pin to open sim card slot. Sometimes it can be problem (when you need to discard sim card because you just made ransom call).
Wi-Fi, 3G, 2G, all possible signals get good range. Only Wi-Fi is somewhat medium range. But great all in all.
Ageing, this phone has aged well. Over years it sustained hard falls and many cuts and similar.
It works without any problem, after all abuse.
It still runs apps, connects to internet, and battery is still perfect.
But Apple, only 2 years after release (not full 2 years even) discontinued production and with it all software support.
Even if this beast is capable of running alot of modern apps they blocked it with firmware. iPhone 3G has old firmware and they limited apps to install only to new firmware.
Too bad Apple, great product thrown into oblivion.
I highly recommend this as capable and durable mobile phone, and one of the best of it's ERA.
I received the iPhone 3G, 16GB as a present last Christmas. Before this I had a much cheaper Blackberry knock off-style phone. A phone is a complicated piece to review, and so I decided to bullet-point:
- The features are incredible (e.g. the 'flip' aspect of the phone where the display switches to suit the way you are holding it, airplane mode/do not disturb), apps are very easy to use, everything is laid out and presented in a coherent, basic but smart way. I cannot now imagine going back to an older phone. Easy to use for anyone who is reasonably phone-literate.
- Huge memory, which was enough to hold my extensive music collection so I didn't have to be overly 'picky' about what I chose to put on my phone.
- The phone is very attractive, reasonably small and light.
- Ability to send free texts, make free calls to friends with certain well-known apps.
- Wide range of entertainment - able to upload PDF books, watch films, freely browse internet and see the content as if you were on a laptop, near-infinite apps, games, you will never be bored.
- Huge amount of free apps categorised to suit tastes.
- Battery life is very limited. I am currently having major problems with my battery and they are very difficult to replace (although instructions do exist, they are hugely complicated and risky). Apple charge £50 (!) to replace a battery. I have spoken to many other iPhone owners who all state battery life as a major issue for them. Understandably, the phone does use up a lot of battery (data roaming, calls, display, videos, wireless etc), but at the moment my battery is cutting out at 70%, or even earlier if I try to do something that requires a lot of memory such as playing games.
- The signal is not great. I use giffgaff, and my signal was excellent (5 bars) in places in which the iPhone as 1 or even 0 bars. Again, I have heard that this is a problem for others and not unique to me.
- Mandatory iOS upates force you occasionally to install apps which are useless to you (e.g. pocketbook) and you are unable to delete them. Makes me think apple are getting some commission for this but it wastes memory.
- After getting used to a QWERTY keyboard, the touch-screen keyboard is fiddly and slow, sometimes frustratingly slow if in a hurry.
- Considering the above faults, it is also quite expensive, and as mentioned above, repairs will cost you a lot and you are likely to need them at some point.
This phone has many benefits and downsides,
I will start with the pros of this product:
To start, with 16G internal memory, this device offers a great capacity to store all your music,video and general multimedia needs, including all your apps (applications).
secondly, as with all apple products the sound quality with this device is well up to par, however i must note that this is with ear/head phones applied, as the external speaker lacks the volume.
The next thing i will mention is the actual function of the phone, texting and calls work fine with a flip function whilst typing to grant you a larger keyboard, the network on the phone is usually strong (also depends on your network provider as well). The address book is simple for what it needs to do, it is easy to add a contact and you can easily call any of you contacts by just tapping on the number itself.
As i mentioned with the storage (16G) if you are someone who likes alot of multimedia and apps, once you reach your maximum capacity, you have to delete your content, as there is no slots for extra memory e.g -SD, MICRO SD, etc.
The next downside to this device is that when typing a text or searching for something on the web, the keyboard has considerably small keys, i have small-ish fingers and i still often hit multiple keys due to the size, so if you buy this product you will notice sometimes it can get in the way of typing.
In the address book the only thing i can fault with it is that if you wish to delete a mass number of contacts, you have to individually do it there is no check box style selection, which can be a pain if you have this phone second hand and you want to delete all of their contacts, there is a format memory function but this clears the whole phone which might be unnecessary if you wish to keep apps and multimedia etc.
The last thing i will say about this phone which isnt good is the fact that you cannot take the back of the phone of, you have to insert the sim card by using a very thin wire and then putting the sim card on a special tray. i had a problem with something internal on the phone and i had to rip the phone open causing permanent cosmetic damage, as the phone is put together with a bonding agent, i find this annoying as it will cost extra to pay for a specialist to fix something on the phone that couldve been done easily but prevented by this bonding.
- Good phone if you can make peace with the above cons
- A bit pricey to say how outdated it is
- good sound quality(with ear/head phones)
- large memory size (However no extra slots)
- A lot of the apps are no longer compatible with the phone
I have had this phone for the last year, So I am going to tell you the pros and cons in buying this apple product. As a new owner of my first apple product my first impression was good as box and packaging was
presented well. The User Interface was so simple for people using the phone for the first time. All the icons or calls to action are very simplistic. The icons have descriptive icons aswell as typography explaing were that icon will bring you. Let me explanin for calls the icon is a phone so anyone can tell by visually communicating with the UI it is to make calls. The music icon is a simple music note, so it is idiot proof. The phone is very easily to naviagte around. The phone is consistent through out.
The phone is a multifunctional, it is a ipod, phone, camera, and you can surfthe web too. So it has many calls to actions. Now the functionality is good in all these areas apart from the camera, which I think apple did not think about properly. The camera is ok not he greatest for pictures, but that is not were the bad design stops. The camera does not have a flash so there is no way of taking pictures in dark places or at night which frustrates me so much as a user. This is the main thing that annoys me and I would like to make potential buyers aware of this. The second complaint is the phone is light but the screen is very very fragile. My phone is very well looked after and I did have covers on the phone to protect it, but the cover broke and then the sreen shattered. If you drop it on a hard surface itis very likely that the screen will be damaged.
The phone is great for listening to music it plugs into ipod docks and you can use it as and ipod. It has an app store. The app store is great for a wid range of different things. For example fitness apps, shopping apps, games, sports apps, fashion apps, social medi apps. Some apps you pay for but a lot of them are free too. The phone lets you watch videos from youtube and you can listen to audiobooks aswell as music. The phone is perfect for surfing the web. You can send and recieve emails and all the basic phone functions i.e texting and calls, calendars, alarm clock etc.
I would recomend this phone to anyone that does not use a phone for taking pictures.
Apple's I phone brand has me in a bit of a quandry. I want to love it for the way that it packs everything you need to organise your life into one neat accessory, but I want to loathe it for the way that Apple want to monopolise the market and refuse to loosen their stranglehold on the products to allow you a more versatile experience. I upgraded from the superb xperia x10 mini last year, and I'm sorry I did. I loved that little phone as it allowed me to do everything I needed to do. I phone promised the same, but would also incorporate my wealth of I-tunes material which would save me carrying about a phone and an ipod. Why not roll both into the one?
I phone 3G was originally rolled out back in 2008, and has subsequently been replaced by the 3GS, and then the 4G. It isn't unexpected that the subsequent models would be more advanced and carry more weight with it's users. However, the fact that there are so many 3G users still around, it seems somewhat frustrating and downright inconsiderate of Apple to have left 3G behind with its updates. The fact that you cant get the latest runner on this model means that you are now unable to enjoy many of the newer apps that are available from apple. This wouldn't be much of a problem if you are entitled to upgrades now and then with your contract, but I prefer pay and go as I dont use the mobile much for calls or texts.
My favourite thing about the I phone is the ipod. You can cram plenty of songs onto the phone and it operates in the same way that your ipod operates. You have a shuffle function and also the ability to build your own playlists. It wouldn't be much fun going to the gym, sticking shuffle on, and running to Whitney Houston or Snow Patrol, so the playlist function allows you to seperate your songs into appropriate playlists.
I also love the Kindle function that is available. I was tempted to buy a kindle recently as I take a lot of books on holiday. I looked it up and accidently discovered that you can use it on an iphone. This was a blessing for me, as it saved me £100 right before my holiday and allowed me to hit amazon, get a few mobi. books that I wanted to read, and off I went with a much smaller screen, but much heavier wallet. This isn't something I would reccommend if you're blind as a bat, or dont have good eyesight, you'll spend the whole time straining your eyes. It also wasn't great in the direct sunlight, but I spend most of my days on holiday in the water rather than beside it anyway.
There are various other apps that you can have on your iphone that make life easier to organise. There are a whole selection of games that you can download, budget and calenders, networking apps (with facebook being a regular on most iphones I would think), and plenty of lifestyle options. Most company's are now getting in the action and setting up apps that apple users can easily download. It seems the way forward. Many of the apps are easy to download, navigate and organise into little folders, which you can do by dragging one onto another, and naming the folder something of your choice. I have music, lifestyle, finances, games and books on mine.
The downside to iphone is that it is an apple product. I hate the way apple monopolise the market by disallowing you to use your purchases across different media formats. If I buy a CD, I expect to be able to play it on all of my CD players. Why would I not expect the same of music that I PAY FOR through I-tunes. This is the same across the board. I noticed the other day that my friend's ipad didn't have any slots whatsoever for me to plug my external hard drive into. If you are using an ipad as your main pc, and want to put music you have on your external HD onto your iphone, how the hell are you supposed to get round that one, but thats probably for a seperate review.
Iphone 3 comes in dimensions of 116mm by 62mm with a depth of 12mm, and has a 3.5 inch touchscreen. It also has a 2.0 megapixel camera which is poor by comparison of some phone camera's. It has no flash, takes pictures that are somewhat grainy and has very little by way of zooming in and out, although it isn't completely useless. It serves the purpose of attaching photo's to your contacts, but you can do this with an app that links facebook photos and information to your contact list. So really there is very little purpose of having the camera.
The connectivity of the phone to the web is pretty decent. It is fast and allows you to access most sites very easily through the safari app. Another negative is how much battery life drains quickly, although I have discovered that turning off several other things such as the location facility can extend the battery life. At one point though, when I'd charge it all night, and then use it for 40 minutes on the bus to work to listen to music, I'd find that I'd have to plug it in to charge at approximately 2pm that same day. Just go on and google if you find this, and it'll tell you the types of things that you can turn off to improve battery life.
I would like the iphone immensely if it had better battery life, and if apple weren't such a controlling operator. All in all though it is a great way of condensing all your information into the one little organiser. Just ensure that you do put a pin code on the iphone though. Remember its not just your details that are in the phone, but you'll most likely have other people's names, addresses, phone numbers and date of births at the very least. Its not a good idea to store this information if you're not security conscious.
I first bought my first smartphone, the Apple 3G in 2010. It introduced me to being able to regularly check my emails while on the go, the wonders of twitter, time wasting applications and time saving ones.
As far as the actual phone goes it took me a while to work out how to text efficiently as I wasn't used to touch screen and a full keyboard, but when I did it was totally worth it. Calling people, answering calls and adding new contacts didn't take me long to get to grips with. Battery life however isn't great, especially if you are constantly using applications it will drain pretty quickly and in my case needs charging at least once a day.
I prefer the design of the iPhone 3's to the newest iPhone 4's as I find it lighter. The screen is very touch sensitive which is great and had amazing resolution for its time, although, of course it has been outdated by the retina display of the iPhone 4.
I would certainly recommend a screen protector and phone case as one small slip of a hand or misplacement of a the phone into a pocket full of coins, can result in an expensive trip to the phone repairs shop.
In recent months however, I have lost all love for my iPhone. The newest updates are being made unavailable to us "oldies" this is gradually making it near impossible to use the newest apps and even previously downloaded ones. The phone itself has drastically got slower, Apple seem to be forcing us to upgrade and inevitably we will have-to.
RIP iPhone 3
I decided to get the iPhone when it came out a few years back. Did not really meet my expectations like other Apple products. Since it takes a short amount of time to charge the phone, the battery life is really short. Usage of the phone could really starts to overheat the phone itself. The WiFi is kind of bad, it takes a decent amount of time to connect and the videos load really slowly. The price should be worked on. Calling on the 3g is a lot better than previous models too.
When I got an iPhone 3G the iPhone 4 was already out and the iPhone came with iOS 4 pre-installed. I personally think if you do have an iPhone 3G you ought to use an older version of iOS if you can. The only features of iOS 4 that actually worked on my iPhone were folders; I didnt get access to wallpapers, Game Center, any of that. In return for the folders, I got bad battery life, crashing on simple games such as Doodle Jump, and the phone was prone to occasionally giving up and turning off.
The 3GS doesnt have any of these problems and can make use of wallpapers, Game Center etc because it has more up to date processors. If you do want an iPhone you ought to buy a 3GS, 4 or even the new 4S. If you are looking for a cheap smartphone the iPhone 3G is too old now in my opinion; for around the same price you can find an Android phone which is actually designed for the software it runs, or buy a BlackBerry Curve.
My dad bought me this iPhone a while back and I was really excited, because I'd heard so many good things about this phone and hoped that it really did live up to all the hype.
My first problem when setting up my iPhone was the SIM card. I'd purchased an unlocked iPhone and bought the SIM card separately and had no idea where to put the SIM card. I had to search on the Internet how to get it in and I finally did it.
It was really easy to set it up onto iTunes and sync it; I had no problems there.
A while after I purchased my iPhone, perhaps two or three months later, I dropped it for the first time ever. And the screen cracked. One thing I hadn't heard about was the screen cracking easily. My iPhone had a protective cover on it, and I dropped it on tiles from about less than a meter high, and I thought that the phone was okay, so I picked it up to find that the screen had cracked. It cost about a hundred pounds to get it fixed, and I thought, if every time my screen cracked, I'd have to spend about a hundred pounds to get fixed, and I always drop things, so this phone could cost me a fortune.
The layout of the phone is very simple and foolproof; the menu shows each icon clearly with the names printed underneath clearly. You can organize your applications into folders and download applications from the App Store on the iPhone itself, rather than having to do everything on iTunes. You can even download music from iTunes on the iPhone itself, which is cool because I hate having to plug my phone into my laptop just to get some good music onto it.
The battery life isn't too bad but it isn't amazing either. The battery life is probably a bit less than other phones that I've used previously, but that's probably because I used applications and games a lot more on my iPhone than on normal phones.
I really really liked this phone but when the iPhone 4 came out, I gave this iPhone to my sister and purchased the iPhone 4, which is even better than this one.
So if you're looking for something cool, stylish and simple, but not hugely expensive, then this is definitely the phone for you. It has all sorts of applications on the App Store and there are lots of features, such as the normal calling and texting, listening to music, surfing the Internet, going on your favourite social networking sites, like Facebook and Twitter, through those applications, and a whole lot more - maybe you should see for yourself how great this iPhone is!
I finally succumbed when my contract was up and plumped for an iPhone 3G 16GB, namely because everyone else had one, which to me at the time was as good enough reason as any!
Now firstly I would like to point out that I am a) not technical and b) do not have a good track record with phones and accidents!! So if you are looking for a review that will tell you all about the GB (with gb being gigabytes I believe though who knows!?) and storage and all that jazz, this is not the review to read!
**The look of the phone**
As I am sure you are all aware, iPhones are now pretty recognisable. About 10cm long and 5 cm wide, with a shiny black back and a touch screen front, there is no removable battery inside so the phone is slimline and compact.
- The Back - it has a small camera lens in the top left hand corner, a silver shiny apple logo in the middle, and some blurb across the bottom ("iPhone, 16 GB, Designed by Apple blah blah) - just in case you didn't know that you had an Apple iPhone. As I don't have a case for my phone, the back is pretty scratched and messed up, this doesn't bother me in the slightest, though I can imagine it would bother others!
- The Front - as I said it is a touch screen, so the majority of the face is a screen. The phone automatically locks itself after a set period of time (not long, I'd say about 30 seconds) which is good if you always forget to lock your phone and don't want to ring someone by accident! The button on the bottom of the phone, which is the main menu "OK" button, when pressed, lights the screen up (useful to use as a torch) and a sliding toolbar appears so you can unlock the screen and access the main features (see below!). I personally don't, but there is an option to have a numeric password on your phone, my opinion was I'd have too much to drink and forget it!
- The Buttons - On the top right, the on/off button; hold this down and again a sliding toolbar appears on the screen asking you to slide if you want to power off, press it once and it locks the screen. A volume button on the left hand side, easy to use, very self explanatory! And a button which clicks to a position (rather than be pressed) which controls whether your phone is on silent or on normal volume! I personally keep my phone on silent, though sometimes when it is in the bottom of my bag it manages to click itself to "sound" which can be annoying mid-meeting!
**The Set Up**
To set up the phone one of the things you MUST have is the internet - sounds stupid, but at the time of me getting the phone I had just moved into a new place with no internet connection and my only internet accessibility was at work. No good for me wanting to download iTunes and sync my phone!
Other than the need of the internet, the rest of the set up is relatively simple:
1. Insert the SIM card. This took me a while to do, eventually giving in and reading the instructions finding a funny shaped paperclip type thing, shaking my head at it and nearly throwing it away before realising I needed to poke this in to the hole on the top left of the phone, at which point up pops the SIM card holder. Now what fun I had amusing myself over the next 5 minutes making this pop up ......
2. Charge phone and switch phone on. Gone are the days of 24 hour charging of your mobile before first use (do you remember them??)
3. Attach phone to computer via USB, and it automatically syncs with the iTunes you have already downloaded
4. Throw phone across room when you realise all your contacts aren't showing and you aren't technically competent enough to work out how to do it.
5. Take SIM card out, write down all numbers, decide you are doing a number cull on people you never call and end up with just your Mum and Other Half on there......add a few more to make you feel as though you have friends....
6. Re-insert SIM card and input all the numbers. Realise there is probably a way to do this all technically, decide that you aren't even going to bother looking for a way to do it!
**What you get with the iPhone**
You get the phone, a charger and a set of headphones. The headphones were particularly useful for me as I had recently left mine on the tube (a whole other story!), but other than saving me going out to buy a new pair, they are pretty bog standard, stick them in your ears with a volume button on the cable type of headphone! They don't hurt my ears which is a plus point as normally non-covered ear phones do!
The charger; confused me for a while! And now I love it, its very cleverly a charger and a USB cable all in one, that means I am not having to keep track of 2 cables, one of which I am bound to lose. The USB simples clicks into a mains "head" and to attach to your computer you just pull this head off! The other good part about an iPhone is nearly everyone I know has either an iPhone or an iPod, should I ever need to charge my phone on the go - I just borrow their chargers as one size fits all!
** The Apps**
I am not going to review every single app on my phone because that would be boring for you to read, plus the fact some of the apps that I have require a whole review to themselves! Its time instead to look at the basics, which after all is why you have a phone:
Calling / Contacts
To call on the phone, the standard formatting shows a phone icon in green at the bottom left hand corner of the screen. You simply press this and it will bring up a new screen which allows you to naviagate to favourite numbers, recent contacts, your contact list, a keypad and your voicemail.
- Favourite numbers, quite simply numbers which you set as your favourites!
- Recent contacts, all made, received and missed calls. What I find most irritating about this is that even missed calls on the same day can show up as 2 separate entries on the list, rather than just as a list under that contacts name, which means that very often my contact list just repeats "Mum"!
- Contacts, will take you to your contact list. I have mine arranged in alphabetical, last name order, though you can vary this to suit your tastes.
- Keypad, a large (full size of the screen) keypad comes up which means it is easier to press the numbers as you have a larger space to do so and even those with big fingers are able to hit the right number!
- Voicemail, I like the voicemail because if a contact has left you a voicemail it shows you their name and you press the play button to replay that message - so no more wading through lots of pointless voicemails to get that all important number you missed previously!
Volume on the phone is well controlled and I have no problem hearing people or having people hear me either, except for when I move to the black hole reception spot in my flat!
Again, a simple icon depicting an envelope shows the message functionality. A touch screen qwerty keypad, though it is quite small! I often find that i am hitting the wrong letters which makes for some interesting words. I have the predictive messaging set up (not entirely sure how!) and as such when my fat fingers hit a p instead of an o my iPhone appears to know what I wanted it to say and automatically changes the word; slightly annoying when I am trying to use made up words, though if I don't want to take the iPhone selection I need to remember to press the "X" button that appears with the new word selection BEFORE I press space!
Messages appear as a grey speech bubble down the left hand side for received messages and as a green speech bubble on the right hand side for sent message, I love this feature as I can go back many conversations with friends and my boyfriend and know exactly the context of the messages so I can laugh at them all over again!
The camera, I think is a great picture quality WHEN using in daylight. I have not found a flash, and I am told that there is not one....however I was also told there is no zoom feature and there is (simply tap the lefthand side of the screen in the middle when on the camera function and a zoom bar appears like magic!)
The camcorder, poor quality to view though you can record for a significant period of time which is good. For both I am not technical enough to tell you about megapixels and the like. What I can say is that the quality is good enough to upload to facebook and for me to have some lovely memories on my phone and computer, though if I was going to something special I would not just rely on an iPhone.
I like the fact that the photos (and videos) can be uploaded directly onto facebook or the internet, which saves a lot of messing around with cables. And when I was without my camera, it proved useful for the (rare) times I used the camera!
This is a feature that I LOVE about the iPhone, I don't have a separate iPod and run everything through my iPhone. Tunes are easy to download through the iTunes app (helpfully installed on your phone right from the start!) and available straight away. You can also sync this with your iTunes on your laptop/pc so you don't lose your tunes when you upgrade (or break) your phone. The headphones supplied are normal everyday headphones, and mine have a volume button on the wire which is useful to use when running and my iPhone is in my pocket! I find 16GB sufficient to put both music and apps on my phone, though if you are an avid music lover with thousands upon thousands of songs then maybe you should keep them separate! To set up purchasing songs over your phone you simply need to set up an Apple account with a valid debit card, and by entering your password you can get hold of the latest tunes. Prices from £0.79 for a single song, which I don't think is too bad!
Easy to access, either via 3G or wi-fi. One of my tips would be if you are not in a "real" wi-fi zone, just the BTOpenzone area then to switch off your wi-fi and use 3G, I find in the BTOpenzone/BTFON areas you cannot really load the internet, a lot of pages show up that you have to click through and the speed is slow when you do manage to get on, not good if you are impatient! Standard searches work well - and it pretty much is like carrying the internet in your pocket!
Apps in General
Easy to search and download via the App Store; I'm fairly sure there is an app for everything, I generally tend to go for the free apps (as I'm tight!) and some of my highlights have included "Stop Snoring Aid" "Currency Converter" "Words with Friends" "RunKeeper" to name but a few! There is something out there for everyone
**Battery Life and Water**
My biggest gripe with the iPhone is the POOR battery life, you are lucky to get a full day charge out of your phone. A feature that I thought Apple would improve by the iPhone 4 at least, though according to reports from owners, it is still a majorly lacking feature.
Water......yes I dropped my iPhone in water. What can I say? DON'T do it - a very expensive claim later meant I am now on my second iPhone. In my experience, you can't take the phone apart to dry it out, putting it in rice didn't help, it was just broken, didn't turn on, was just a very expensive mistake sat in a random bowl of rice! Luckily for me I managed to dry it enough (using the rice method) to sync with my laptop so I didn't lose anything on there, though the phone wouldn't switch on and was unusable. A hefty insurance claim later........well let me just say; keep your phone away from water and sync regularly!!
I don't know how much these cost to buy standalone, I'd guess again this varies from phone shop, to apple shop, to eBay, though I would say that now the iPhone 4 has been released these have gone down in price. I personally pay via my contract, my upgrade was free, my contract an extorionate £40 a month for 18 months, with this I get 750 free minutes a month and unlimited texts!
Yes its a swishy fancy phone - but when did we need to get all fancy with phones, do we not all use the same basic things? I feel as though I'm trying to keep up with the Jones all the time, though it has saved me going off to buy an iPod!
When I got my Apple iPhone 3G 16GB black, i was disappointed. It did not live up to expectation, I thought with the first one being so successful then this one would be the same, if not better. I showed no hesitation at purchasing this great device.
The first few days with the device were great, couldn't fault, very fast, good camera, easy to use, LOADS of Apps. But the phone started getting slower, and slower which was a great annoyance because when your trying to type fast on the device, it would give a delayed reaction.
The batter life on the iPhone was amazing, I could go about a day and a half from full charge to zero, with heavy usage.
The screen was clear, and bright. I the overall feel and hold in your hand is great, you can't get much better than this phone!
When I adapted to the slowness of the phone it started doing silly things, like not unlocking with the slide to unlock block. When I was receiving calls the phone would not slide to answer which was frustrating because I had to phone people back and they thought that I was ignoring them.
Since I have sold the phone on, I was made aware from a friend, that there was a software update which sorted these problems out, I was foolish, I had already sold the phone :(
I would gladly recommend this phone to everyone I know, All of my friends, Family, Co-Workers. It is very easy to use, and a popular reputable brand which is known and loved by many. You only pay for quality with Apple.
I picked up the iPhone3G 16GB the day that it was released in July 2008. For 18 months I couldn't have been happier with the product. It was fast, efficient, reliable etc. After 18 months I was due an upgrade so I picked up a blackberry because it was free. It was no where near as good so I went back to my iPhone. That is where the problems started. When a software (designed for the iPhone 4) was released it slowed my older iPhone down to a crawl. Since then (12 months) it hasn't got any faster. 3 weeks ago I dropped it into the road from the height of my pocket and the glass front on the screen completely shattered. But here is the thing. Even with a iPhone that works slower than windows 7 (and that really is slow) and a screen that I can hardly see through because of the shards of glass (that also provides a huge risk of cutting to the side of my face) I'm still choosing to use it. The functionality of the phone is so far in advance of what Blackberry have to offer that I'd still rather use it. I'm due another upgrade in 2 months from now, there is no way that I'm buying anything other than a new iPhone.
The iPhone 3G 16GB was an upgrade from my iPhone 8GB, the two main points that made we want this phone were the upgrade in memory (8GB just is not at all enough) and the ability to use the 3G mobile network.
I received what I expected, double the memory and the ability to use the 3G network. I instantly noticed the difference between 3G and Edge (older, slower mobile network), browsing websites became just as quick as my WiFi at home, a great feature to have when out and about, allowing me to easily check my e-mail, facebook and anything else.
Although I would say it does not look as attractive as the original iPhone, it definitely beats it in terms of power. The 3G is noticeably quicker and holds battery slightly better. It also has inbuilt GPS which can come in handy when you want to find somewhere. It has ALL of the great features from the original iPhone, nothing is missing or has disappeared.
If you are looking for an upgrade, or just what phone to purchase. The iPhone 3G is a good choice, however since there have been better releases, nevertheless it is a still a really clever phone.
If you believe, ad I once did, that this is just a phone - prepare to be surprised! Features to include, the camera (admittedly no video, and poor quality picture compared to some 5MP camera phones), youtube app (music, entertainment - videos load quickly with 3G/wifi connection and requires patience with Edge connection). Google Maps (I now rely on this too much, its that useful!) scientific calculator, itunes store (only with wifi connection), the app store filled with opportunities!
However it is not the list of features that makes this phone incredible, it is the ease of use. The touch interface is so intuitive and it took seconds to start flicking pages, tapping texts and pinching pictures. The texting can be easily learnt in landscape mode and I was one-finger tapping portrait mode in no time! The auto spellcheck can get a bit frustrating but learns what your trying to type quickly. The visual voicemail is also easy to use and the safari internet app is very useful. I have now had this phone for two years (equipped with a case and a screen cover to prevent scratches and general injuries on nights out etc!) 16GB is ample for music and videos, but I would not have survived with the 8GB version (at 16gb with 2,750 songs, 3 videos, 1000 photos).
The iPhone 3G has been on the market for quite some time now, and phone shops STILL tend to be either out of stock or low on stock - this just shows how popular this phone is.
Apple are officially the leading computer company, and it is no surprise with the introduction of the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad and the traditional Macs and notebooks.
This phone is a more advanced version of the iPod touch with phone features (obviously) and a camera that can also be used as a video camera. When deciding a smartphone, the toss up is often between a Blackberry and iPhone and having had the opportunity to use both, I can confirm that there are some features on the iPhone that are better than that of the Blackberry. There is very little difference in the megapixels between the cameras, but I've found the camera is more user friendly on the iPhone. When recording a video, there is also the option to edit what you have recorded, although unless i'm not using it correctly, the editing doesn't seem as fancy in real life compared to the advert on the tv.
There are many features that are the same between the iPhone and the iPod touch - both are touch screen (touch screen is CONSIDERABLY better than any other touch screen phone), both have internet access (although the iPhone can pick up wireless and use 3G technology). They also have many of the same applications and many of the games etc available on the app store work on both gadgets. The added advantage of the iPhone is that it has a microphone and camera so more of the apps on the app store can be used.
Another advantage of the iPhone is that the memory comes in different sizes, so if you want to use the iPhone as a mp3 player, the bigger GB can obviously fit more music/videos/pictures on it.
The phone aspect is average, just like any other phone really. Text messaging is also touch screen, so if you're not one for touch screens the iPhone might not be for you. Another feature of the iPhone that I like is that when holding a texting conversation with someone, it keeps track of what is being said in little bubbles (win for idea and presentation).
What I have settled on is having a blackberry and an ipod touch, so I can therefore have the best of both worlds!