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Apple has a very profitable business model. They create quickly evolving planned-obsolescence-based products on a locked proprietary technology. Case in point, iphone 3GS released in 2008, now many years old and still being shipped as a "new" product at amazon five years later. If all you want to do is make phone calls, ok. But most people pay the hundreds of extra dollars for the icing on the cake, all those fancy apps available only at the Apple store and installable only with the free itunes program.
Well, I just happen to have one of them and it is next to useless compared to a current model device because three-quarters of the apps for it give an error message saying that the app is incompatible with my IOS. How did this happen? When new models come out they have a new IOS and developers write code for the new IOS, not the old one when they fix bugs and plan a new release. Well, so what, I already have the app I want and it works fine, right?
Way too often the answer is Wrong, How does this happen? Your computer has to be "authorized" and if anything happens to the authorized computer in the meantime, like you get a new one or whatever, you can't make changes to the iphone anymore unless you authorize the new one thereby wiping the iphone clean of its working apps. So you bite the bullet and download a fresh copy of your growing list of favorite apps. Getting the idea--most of them are not the same any more, they are newer, "improved" versions that don't work on your IOS anymore. That wouldn't be so bad if Apple was willing to supply archive copies of the versions you need, but they don't. Even if your IOS is "up-to-date" because the definition of up-to-date depends on your model and you have a five-year-old legacy model now even if you bought it yesterday.
How do I know, I just went through this scenario and of the apps I downloaded and expected to work, over fifty of them were not backwards compatible.
I am not talking about games or "fun" apps, I am talking hard core business essential apps, anything from Google, Adobe, Microsoft, IBM, etc that I tried failed, not even access to PayPal. Can you live without Skype, Line2, PayPal, iBooks, Kindle, Nook, Adobe Reader, Audiobooks, Evernote, SameTime, RedLaser, the White Pages, ebay, amazon, wikipanion, Merriam Websters, OneNote, Yelp, Urbanspoon, VPN, LogMeIn, Google Chrome, Earth, Maps, Search, and GoogleVoice; DropBox, Palringo, fring, imDB, OpusDomini, Apzilla or MyEyesOnly, in short, almost any blue-chip five-star app worth having. Don't buy a "new" iphone 3GS if you need any of these, because none of them will work with the most current IOS for that model.
Apple's business model may be good for Apple, but is planned obsolescence best for you?
Unless you are in the unique position of being an Apple developer with insider knowledge and special tools, you will inevitably notice an obsolescence creep with handheld Touch gizmos from Apple unless they undergo a drastic change of policy. What you buy today will become crippled tomorrow at a rate you will probably not appreciate.
I was never an apple fan UNTIL I purchased the apple iPhone 3 and this phone has lasted me the longest out if any previous phone. Even though it is aging I am still very satisfied with my purchase and was even shocked when I could transfer my AT&T iPhone 3 over to a new carrier without a problem!
This phone has managed to last a good two years even though it is now an aging version. It is becoming however that all if not most of the games on the App Store have moved past the 3G phone and have moved on the latest iPhone 5s and 4S. I do believe that this means that if you want to get an iPhone to do anything on other than most common operational methods like make phone calls, surf the web and use ordinary apps then you would be better off getting a newer iPhone version.
The speaker in this phone can be hard to make out as when it is turned up full the sound can distort making it hard for people with bad hearing to hear and depending on the quality of the video or song playing even people with exceptionally good hearing. There is also some times when having the volume low is barely audible so you have to turn it up and when you get past the ¾ mark on the sound bar it starts to distort rapidly and just becomes a loud noise. This however is not a problem in newer versions of the iPhones such as the 4S which has a very good speaker quality.
There is only one camera on this iPhone which stops some features in some games from working as they take a photo of you through the front speaker while you are playing. This also means that video calling cannot be done. The camera quality is quite good but it is far weaker than the one on the iPhone 4S and above. It also does not have the same zoom function as an iPhone 4S I have found as when I do the pinch movement nothing happens. The video recordings this phone produces are very good for the price of the phone much like the pictures are for the price. It is clearly visible to see what is happening in the videos you take along with hearing what is happening due to the phone being able to record sound at a quite vast range.
You can easily change the language that the phone uses and types in in the settings menu. This means that if you have relatives or friends from another country and want to let them user your phone but they are not fluent in English then you can switch it over for them and then switch it back when they are finished without much hassle. It is a simple tap, tap to change the language to with no complicated questions or time consuming change.
The battery life in the iPhone 3G is quite a bit less than the newer iPhones with it being an early model but also due to the battery also having to use more power to be able to charge the newer operating systems. This has resulted in me having to charge my phone several times a day when I use it frequently. I am lucky enough however to only have to use it occasionally so I get a couple of days out of it without having to charge it fully. If you are going to play games on this phone if you can find ones that work with this phone then I would recommend that you have a charger at the ready as you are going to need it if you intend to spend a few hours on it.
The screen is easily read off with everything being very clearly displayed. I think that you will not notice much difference between this phones display and the newer iPhones as I know I have not. I also think that iPhones are extremely durable as yes I have heard that people have had the tiniest of drops and the whole screen has smashed but I have dropped my from say four feet to six feet and it has never broken in any way and everything still works perfectly. Sometimes I do find that the home button on my iPhone 3G gets stiff and makes a bit of a cracking sound and this started when it got to be around a year old but this also happened with an iPod Touch I owned which after a while was fine again so I was not very worried. Luckily the phone after a couple of days sorted itself out so if anyone else has this problem with an apple product I would not rush off to get it fixed unless it stops working.
The elderly tend to find iPhones and other such smartphones easier to text on and make phone calls with. If you are looking at an iPhone for yourself or an elderly family member I would highly suggest an iPhone as when you get used to one smartphone you can basically use any. I have known people that literally cannot text but when they got an iPhone they were able to type them out and send them whenever they liked with no help and I think this must be due to the simpler layout of you just click on the screen what you want it to do.
I like that you can get all kinds of different cases for these phones and some are rather stylish looking but still cheap. I feel that even a thin leather case does give quite a bit of protection to an iPhone but it also makes me think that my iPhone is more personal due to the fact that you cannot pick the colour of this phone but you can pick what people see you holding your phone in in public.
I do think that if you are looking to play a lot of games on this phone along with having lots of music and videos stored on it then you will need either a 16GB or higher capacity storage space as I find that it does fill up rather quickly. If you are looking for an iPhone keep that in mind especially if you are looking at the newer versions.
All in all I cannot fault this device in any way except that it is an aging product but I still think that it is a perfect product for anyone that wants a cheap phone. In a year or two from now I would recommend that everyone just gets an iPhone 4 or 5 as it will have a lot more features, apps and upgrades.
I am a golf lover and play regularly at my local golf club. I have found marvellous apps available on the App Store that let me how far I am away from the hole and such. I think that this has really helped me improve on my game and I actually was surprised that my local club was on it due to my country is a tiny little out of the way place along with the club being rather small. If anyone plays golf then I would also recommend this phone to them as it does work with a lot if not all of the golf apps.
I've always been a massive Apple fan, because generally the stuff they make simply 'works!' But my experience of the iPhone 3G was a little mixed and here's why...
I loved the idea of having your music library with you wherever you went. So having my iTunes library on my phone without the need to carry my old iPod was great. The sound quality was good (obviously nothing like some of today's latest smartphones, but good none-the-less).
The phone was very good (no loss of signal on this model!!!) and sound was crisp and clear. For those who care, Apple provided a good number of 'sensible' ring tones out of the box, so choosing something different, but not naff was easy. However the best thing about it and the most simple thing had to be the little with on the edge of the phone that you simply switched up or down to turn on or off sound. I have an HTC Sensation right now (long story!) and I have to go through security and then hold the volume key down to turn off the sound and of course the reverse to turn it back on again. On button - how simple...
However the biggest issue to me is and was the Apple keyboard. When texting it was too easy to miss the key you wanted and type something gibberish. Or worse still, get your thumbs sorted and get halfway through a two page essay to find the phone had changed your words to what it thought you wanted to say. That, I can tell you is maddening
But if you could get past that, the iPhone 3G was a neat little phone that did what it was supposed to do (make and take phone calls!)
This was my first apple phone, & I must say I was very impressed with the phone & didn't want to go back to the blackberry I used to have when it was time for me to upgrade.
I enjoyed being able to download app, be able to check my emails, & all the other features that came with the phone, such as the easy way to manage this phone & communicate with others abroad using the great apps.
I only upgraded to an iPhone 4S a month ago, & now is when I realise how bad the 3g was in comparison.
The phone was very slow, taking ages for messages to show up, switching apps took ages & even changing settings took ages.
Overall I say if you want to buy an iPhone spend a lil extra & buy a 4 or 4S & you will not be disappointed & your money will be well spent.
Of course the iPhone is one of the most popular phone on the market and it's extremely obvious why. On first glances this is a glamourous good looking phone, it's sleek and the branded logo of Apple makes you look expensive and "in". However attractive this product may be there are many follow up problems once you begin to use the phone on a daily basis.
This phone allows you to add lots and lots of apps which is very appealing for the young generation however the more apps you add, the slower device becomes, even slide transitions become sluggish. Opening texts becomes virtually unbearable, waiting maximums of 3-4 minutes for the text page to open. Obviously this becomes very irratating.
However Apples apps are supreme over all the other brands so it is very tempting to over this phone with them but, pre-warning it will over load the phone and begin to drive you slowly insane.
This phone has great features and great music and photo features but it does quickly become sluggish and irratiable.
Plus for the ladies, very difficult to store in a small handbag or jean pocket etc as it is a lot bigger than your average phone but overall its a decent phone, but I would recommend a newer version such as the iPhone 4 which has tried to address some of the problems this phone faced.
I held back getting an iPhone because of the cost, but since taking the plunge I have not looked back.
I've had the phone for just under 2 years, so I could have gone for the iPhone 4, but when I weighed up the extra features I couldn't see the point of paying more as the 3G does everything I need. Basically you can video call on the iPhone 4, but I have no interest in this function.
The 3G 8gb features:
It's a backwards facing camera, so you can't photograph yourself like with the iPhone 4, but then who wants to take photos of themselves? The camera is 3 mega pixels, so not great on camera specs, but it does take good images for its stats and is very useful to have. I use it to take pics of the kids when we go to the park, and it's easy to then share the photos with friends. Have to say I have never really used the video recorder, but when I've played around with it is seems to have good quality picture and sound.
I went for the 8gb, ie. the cheapest and have never reached the limit. I guess to go over 8gb you would have to have a lot of photo and many apps stored on the phone. It also comes in 16gb and 32gb too.
The screen resolution is 480 x 320 and the screen size is about 5com x 7.6 cm. After using an ordinary phone the iPhone screen seemed enormous, but now, against my iPad it feels quite tiny and I often wonder how I surfed the Internet so successfully on such a tiny screen! The quality of the resolution is excellent, or at least for me who is not hugely up on technical gadgets.
I haven't ever dropped it - touch wood - but I believe they aren't that hardy. At least with the iPhone 3G you can get the screen replaced, whereas I believe it's not possible with later models. A new screen is however expensive, at £100, I do however have a friend who went to the iPhone store to get a new screen, and because he didn't complain when they told him the price (apparently the custom sales people usually get angry customers when they tell them the price to get it replaced) they fixed his screen for free! My iPhone is still in perfect condition and I keep it in a leather case I purchased from Amazon from £4, which was a excellent buy.
5) Battery Life
I do find this the worst feature of the iPhone, as the battery really doesn't last long, especially if you surf the net or play games. For calls and texts only it seems to eat less battery and I could go perhaps two days without recharging. If I use the phone to surf the net during the day then I have to be careful I don't run out of juice, although it does tell you when the battery is low, which is quite useful. I would say you could surf the net for about 4 hours continuously before it ran out of battery.
One plus for the iPhone is the apps you can get. Being able to have tube and train updates on tap is really useful. There are so many apps, many free and really good quality too. If you like games the iPhone is paradise!
You can set the iPhone to text/email in non Western script. I sometimes use Chinese, which is really useful. It seems to have an enormous list of languages which it will support.
8) Maps and Location
The fact that you can get directions on tap is really useful, it's a mini so I never have to worry about printing maps off Goggle, like I used to when going to new places or carry a bulky A to Z. The fact that it picks up location is also handy so you can tell where you are in relation to where you are going. Sometimes however the location is a little out.
9) Emails and Calendar
You can sync your email accounts so they are easily accessible via the "mail" tab rather than keep logging in on Safari. Also you phone calendar can sync with your email calendar, very useful if like me you have to use Outlook calendar for work.
You can load music so the iPhone can also work as an iPod.
I actually offer the rounded edges of the iPhone 3 to the squarer edges of the iPhone 4. It's a good size to hold and very slick with minimal buttons. It's a very sleek devise!
All in all this is a great little all-in device, great for saving space in your handbag - no need for hard diaries, maps, iPod etc. The only issue I have is the battery life, but guess you can't have everything!
All in all a 4/5 - loses a point for the battery.
I admit that I was a tad late to get my hands on Apple's fabled iPhone.. Because I was never keen on blowing hundreds on something that was masquerading as an essential item when in truth its a luxury. My dad was clearing out all the old and broken phones in the cupboard as he bought my mum a new one and realised we had a little pile of them and wanted one spare 'emergency' phone and to cash in on the other, so he asked if any of them worked. First off, I told him no matter what models they were, the phone recycling ads on tv may show people being stunned by cheques of "WOW maybe even £150!" but the reality was - he'd receive pittance. So there it was, a slightly scratched iPhone in a pink floral silicone case.. it didn't turn on and it was 'busted' according to ma. So I did what a lot of Apple products respond to (in this case the iPod Classic) and held two buttons to reset/factory restore whatever. Lo and behold it loaded up that metallic logo and I instantly swapped it for my crummy Nokia touchscreen, girl case and all!
I got this at 22, so its fair to say that I should be used to the device with the knowledge of both Macintosh computers and Apple iPods, so I can only imagine how difficult it would be for someone with no background know how on Apple products, or even standard computer use. For me, it was simple, at least it was after sorting out the troublesome sim card - unless you 'jailbreak' your phone, you could originally only use an O2 sim - (jailbreaking involves changing the phones firmware so it basically runs a different program, allowing for all sorts of custom modifications - however there are drawbacks and if you find problems? You're on your own.) Controlling and navigating the phone requires all sorts of flicking and swiping away at the thumbprint glossed screen, as well as pinching back and fourth to zoom in and out. Gone are the days of chunky buttons, now is the time of the touchscreen and apart from turning it on/off, everything else can be achieved by touch alone. I believe that if one were to use it solely for calls and messaging it would do fine and could be done with ease, however this would truly irradiate the whole point in purchasing an iPhone. Outside of the regular phone activities, expect to be checking your email, the weather, location and generally knobbing about with addictive minigames. I don't particularly agree with the phones heavy reliance on iTunes though, as not everyone is keen on the program, nor the program keen on them. iPhoto is also just as annoying, and simple transferring of photos, music and files becomes a right fiddly task - especially when trying to send file TO the phone.
With only two main buttons to concern yourself with, everything else you need to know, appears on screen. There is also a volume control on the side, along with a silent mode switch. It includes a standard headphone jack - which is fantastic because you can use the phone as an mp3 but mainly because other models slap on a dodgey looking slot that can only be used with a 'sold separately' money grab cable.. Sony Ericsson I'm looking at you. Its receiver is clearly the thin slot seen in the photo (it sounds pretty clear to me but with all phones, I find specific detail about phone line quality, difficult to ascertain), whereas the mic is nowhere to be seen. The On top is where the sim is stored (opened via pushing a pin inside) and kept safe in a little plastic case. On the bottom of the phone is the Apple connecter port for connecting via USB and AC adapters. There are also two very small speakers which although decent in terms of volume and clarity, can be obscured by hands and positioning. Lastly, there is the camera, about the size of a pea, it sits at the top of the back case staring at all who walk by. Compared to the rest of the phones capability, the lens is a let down at only 2.0 megapixels, it offers the most basic of 'phone photos'. It does however possess zoom abilities (although things get rather pixelated and obscured the further you go) and thanks to the freedom of the app world, can gain the ability to record videos. Another let down is its battery, with an ambitious operating system and all those apps running/ready, it drains away in the space of around 30 hours through general use. The final flaw I found in its hardare is the lack of a 'wakening alarm' - something almost every mobile phone has over this one, an alarm clock that turns on the phone, so you can switch off your mobile at night and rise with it in the morning, saving battery - something that should be high on this models priorities.
The apps have gained legendary status amongst phone users, with a wealth of differing programs to download for free, test out or pay full price for. Anyone can create and sell/offer their very own apps, making the AppStore an ever changing source of entertainment and ingenuity. The most common apps downloaded are those under the Google brand (maps, search, earth & translate) and internet favourites FaceBook, YouTube and Messenger. The phones utilities are handy to have as well with weather outlooks, stock market updates, a calendar, clock, calculator. Its worth noting though that not all apps have the desired outcome, nor are supported on older versions. Don't misunderstand, I'm not an appfiend who's constantly fiddling away with silly noises and games - I mostly get apps I deem extremely useful or enjoyable. With 8gb though, I probably could get a load more as they take up very little space. I am yet to find many that are worthy of remaining, outside of the default apps already installed. The whole process of downloading apps can be a bit of a chore too, having to login frequently and I'm not that comfortable paying via this method. Apps that mimic websites and their purpose are also heavily limited, as are the webpages themselves as not all (lesser known) sites support access via mobile devices.
Prices, Faults & Final Thoughts
You can find a 3G 8GB iPhone from anywhere between £100 - £200 which is still a fair investment when so many tariffs offer free phones with contracts (and because of the depreciation of the phone itself). The fact that mobile recycling sites offer 10-20 pounds for them goes to show you just how much they stand to make in profit (1000%!). With more complex OS's comes more errors, and the iPhone doesn't escape them. The most common problem would be the occasional freeze or need to reset which is fine as there is little or no aftermath. Then there are the big ones - mess about with sim cards, jailbreaking, software - and expect issues. One of the major glitches is the iTunes logo with USB - this one effectively BRICKS your phone and you need to connect to iTunes and restore your phone with a new update and wait about an hour. If you get that image with the ability to make emergency calls however, you just need to reinsert the sim and USB. Putting the phone in DFU (device firmware upgrade or 'recovery') mode is annoying also, as you need to hold the power, then home, let go of one, whilst holding the other blah blah blah. These problems are the last thing you need if you've spent so much money on it. Personally, I was glad I managed to 'fix the busted bloody thing' because I now had a phone with up to date capabilities. I've never been onboard with the ideas of being able to do this and that on a handheld device thats sole purpose should be a PHONE, but the benefits of compiling so many things into one certainly makes things easier, if a little irrelevant.
At the time of writing, the iPhone 4 is out, but i still own my iPhone 3g for the simple reason - it's brilliant. The iPhone 3g does what the iPhone 4 does. Ok, maybe it isn't quite as good as the 4, but for the price you can pick one up for now, it's fantastic.
The battery life is a bit of a let down, and in fact, the reason why i upgraded to the 4. You'll find yourself charging it about 2-3 times a day if you use it as much as i do, but if you are sitting at a computer or sitting in your car, you can charge it whilst you're busy doing other things. (Don't drive and text, guys!).
With the monsterous array of apps available on the iTunes store, you can be downloading music and games for a very small cost, however, now the iPhone 4 is out, you may find that many games aren't compatible with the 3g, so you may find that limiting.
Texts, voicecalls, everything is great. Reliability is good and overall, it's a great mobile phone. One downside is that the processing power isn't quite as good as newer iPhones, so switching it on takes a good 45secs to 1minute which, coming from an ex-android user, is annoying. But if you can look past that, it's a great device.
I have had my iPhone 3G for around 2 years now, I thought I'd see what the hype is about, I can't believe how much I love it, I can't out it down, I am due for an upgrade and can't wait to get the iPhone 4s. The iPhone 3G is fast, reliable, exciting. I have plenty of apps for my little girl to explore. Easy to use, self explanatory
Having cut my previous contract short and inherited debt in the anticipation of one of the greatest phones of our time. I bought myself the new iPhone 3g 8GB on a 24 month contract with Vodafone. Apple are considered to be one of the strongest brands in the mobile/ laptop industry and from the day I got the new phone I could see why and what all the fuss was about. A sleek handset with all the gadgets anyone could need and a responsive touch screen that worked the way I wanted and when I wanted it to (I have had issues in the past when this hasn't been the case). Overall I was a very happy customer. After twelve months, my partner purchased the new iPhone 4 and I noticed many different things in the difference in style etc. But the main difference was the lack of quality my older handset had left. It was taking a long time to load. Just opening the text message tab was taking minutes. As the months went on, the phone kept getting slower and slower and towards the end of the two year contract the phone had almost given up on me and I had already decided to move back to my very very old Nokia 3310 which seemed quicker than the iPhone.
So, be warned, if you want an iPhone, remember the first year is great and then it all starts going downhill. Ask your friends first - I wish I had...
After my sister outgrew her Apple iPhone 3g a couple of years ago and decided to move onto 'Bigger Better Things', she passed it on to me. Well, who was I to complain? It was a free phone after all- no, a free iPhone, something I had been meaning to save up for but had never got round to doing it, and one of the most advanced phones at that time. This was before the other newer iPhones came out (the 3gs, 4 and 4s) and before major smartphone brands like HTC and Samsung had made themselves particularly known yet, so this was pretty much the highest you could get in the world of big flashy phones.
When my sister bought it, it cost several hundred pounds; more than you would expect to pay for a phone normally. Even now, when it is outdated by many years, you would not expect to find one, new or otherwise, for under £100. It came in a flashy box with the charger, stickers, and all the things you would expect from something you pay so much for in the first place. Say what you will about the phone itself, but there is no denying that the boxes are pretty much the best you can get in the world of phone packaging. It is compact and smaller than ordinary phone boxes, and made of a much more sturdy material. Perhaps to better protect the phone within, I don't know. I've had a lot of fun with that box, wrapping it up, presenting it to people as gifts and watching their faces fall as they realise I have not actually bought them an iPhone.
The thing that I didn't realise at that time was that a phone is a phone, not a media player. Yes, you think to yourself, wouldn't it be nice to have a phone with a hundred billion apps installed on it? And yes, it can be useful to be able to check your email and Facebook on the go with no hassle whatsoever. But what I've come to realise now is that a phone is a phone, in the real world there is not time to play on all the apps (which are pretty much useless anyway, most of them) and surfing the web all day long doesn't turn out to be all that interesting. So, it might be interesting, and a good time waster, but that is it. It is definitely not worth that heavy price tag. Also, in my opinion, there is no point using the Apple market when there is the Android market out there, where there are plenty of good, free apps up for offer.
If I can complement the iPhone 3g for actual practicality, I would praise its battery life. It is not absolutely superb and everlasting, but it does seem to last for a good week or two without extensively surfing the net and using apps. It is also very easy to charge- by the USB charger (provided in the box) or by the special iPhone dock chargers you can buy for an unnecessary amount of money.
The iPhone 3g (and all the other generation iPhones too now I come to think of it) is, no doubt, sleeker than your average phone. Despite this, it is also wider and taller than your average phone, making it less portable. I am not talking over the top here, obviously it can still be fitted easily into your pocket or bag, but still, if you are looking for something small and portable, then this is not for you. The screen is very responsive compared to some other Android phones, and it is very easy to use, with a crisp display; however, you would expect to find this on an ordinary smartphone these days. The camera is adequate, and I would say it is good for a phone camera but definitely no replacement for a proper one.
Keeping an iPhone is an expensive habit. Companies are not going to give you super cheap deals for your contract, if you want it to function properly, with internet 3g and everything- my old contract was £30 per month, considerably more than what you would expect to pay for another phone, smartphone or otherwise. Also, to protect your precious, shiny gadget, there are many extras being marketed at unbelievably high prices- screen protectors, covers, you name it. There are also useful but unnecessary things like docking stations, which are also horrendously overpriced. Why do they expect you to pay so much for extras when you pay so much for the actual phone in the first place?
So, yes, iPhones may be more advanced and better quality than your good old regular phone, but it is their brand name and how flashy and super thin they are that keeps them on the market at the sort of price that they get away with selling it for. For that kind of price, you could buy several good quality Android phones which are more practical and better value for money.
It was all shiny and nice and new when the iphones fad first hit the market, but that's what it was, a fad. After two years (Length of the phone contract) of being stuck with the apple technology i can category say that Mr Apple, our honeymoon phase is over, i'm switching to Nokia next week and i can't wait.
I'm not the type of person who's good at being told what to do, i generally do the opposite, and so I've found the limitations of using an apple product very restricting primarily due to itunes. I really dislike iTunes, I've tried to get on with it, given it the benefit of the doubt, tired to be kind and patient, considered couple's counselling... The simple truth is the love has gone and i'm not sure it was ever there to begin with. I've been considering cheating on you for a while. I'd love to say it's not you, it's me but we both know i'd be lying.
Joking aside, although apple make nice, glossy high tech products that look well... let's face it they look cool... my furby was a great fad, as was my tamagotchi now my iPhone is joining the pile.
The realisation hit me when the ipad game out. No usb ports, no chance whats so ever of being able to alter the operating system or any software that apple hasn't approved and back to the old dreaded iTunes issue again. It's slow, i can't manage me files or playlist properly, i can't export playlists and every few weeks or so there's a new update that does nothing but crash my itunes, forcing me to have to reinstall it. Yes, it's great for music you buy through Apple, but it doesn't like you getting music from other sources and doesn't even quality check when importing CDs. I didn't buy one, i bought an Archos 101 instead (at a fraction of the price) and came to the realization that the android market is just as good and it doesn't stick an 'i' on the front of everything. Don't even get me started on Safari.
As for the phone, it now turns itself off every hour or so and the battery is down to half the life it should have. Yes, it's smooth and shiny in my hand but it's a smooth shiny object that doesn't work and life's to short to make an appointment at an apple center that is miles away. The screen of the 3g was and still is it's biggest plus at 320 x 480 pixels (the 4s is 960x640) and I have always been a fan of the sleek pebble design (I think the 4 and 4s is more clunky). I also don't think that apple can be beaten on the responsiveness of the screen which still amazes me after two years and has gotten even better with later models. At the end of the day though, what are you willing to give up in return for the screen technology (And the ability to never be able to wear gloves again). Also, if you do wanna be an apple person and want to be able to video message you need the 4 or higher. The same applies if you want a phone with a decent camera. No blue tooth (although there is an app called Bump for other iphones) and no card slots for additional memory.
My boyfriend has the 4s and i love Siri (If you have him tell him you love him or ask him the meaning of life, is very funny) but again i think it's a fad. Apple may well take over the world one day but i'd rather not help them do it, i don't wanna be an iPerson anymore.
I really do think that if George Orwell had been writing 1984 today it would have been iBig Brother.
I should probably stick some specs in with my rant so here you go:
Dimensions: 115.5 x 62.1 x 12.3 mm
Weight: 133 g
Camera: 2 MP
Internal memory: 8GB
Stand-by time: Up to 300 h
Talk time: Up to 10 h (If you're lucky)
This review is published under my user name on both Ciao and Dooyoo.
I recently got one of these on contract from 3, after escaping the horrors of my HTC. I thought some things would be better on here, and I was right, but also wrong.
The big thing for me was battery life, and I found this to be a bit of a disappointment. It lasts probably even less. If I don't use any apps, and only really text or make phone calls, it can get me through a day or two. But if I use it to play games, or check my emails regularly, it struggles to even make that, probably coming in at about four or five hours.
So far i am finding it to be quite a robust phone. I've already manager to drop it once or twice, but it's come out fairly unscathed. definitely a plus.
The camera quality is also good, until the natural daylight starts to fade that is, when it becomes next to useless, especially without a flash function. But on the positive side, it is faultless during the day. :)
The screen is also very good quality, and so far I haven't found any problems with it, it always seems to pick up when it is being touched (except for when wearing gloves obviously lol).
Overall, I am so far finding it to be a good investment, and would recommend it to anyone looking to get an iphone, as it is considerably cheaper than the newer models, especially on contract.
I'm not sure when the iPhone 3 came out...I'm never really an early adopter when it comes to mobile phones. I got mine as a refurbed unit when people were upgrading to the 3GS and have now had it for 2 years.
In that time I've dropped it and smashed the screen and got a new screen for it, and it's still working pretty well. Compared to the iPhone 4 of a friend it's a bit slower but you'd expect that, and for all the gizmos and bells and whistles of a newer phone there's nothing I particularly find I'm missing on this. Perhaps the compass would be nice to go with the maps but that's a minor gripe really.
When the time comes for me to upgrade I'll be keeping this anyway as a back-up and I know my wife will want it as an iPod if not actually as a phone.
Worth picking up a used version if you can find one cheap - I'd give it 5 stars if the camera was a little better. It's no slouch really, but to my eyes seemed behind the times even when it was new.