Product Type: Apple Smartphone
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Apple iPhone 3G 8 GB
Member Name: gemmer89
Apple iPhone 3G 8 GB
Date: 05/09/10, updated on 05/09/10 (19 review reads)
Advantages: Pretty much everything
Disadvantages: Fragile screen, battery life
I have had an iphone since April this year, and I have to say it is definately the best phone I've ever had.
The iphone isn't targeted for a certain audience, depending which apps you download it is suitable for businesses, teens, students, etc etc. You download the apps which are suitable for you, and of course, nobody can resist games. There are many free game apps, but some games you can pay anything from 59p.
The sliding from each screen is smooth, and with constant updates from apple more features become avaliable. It has been said that Apple sometimes abuse the older phones on these updates, there was a recent update which affected the camera roll on iphone 3, but I've recently had to replace my iphone 3 (which I will get onto later) and have no problems with the latest update.
The app store has thousands upon thousands of apps to suit everyones needs. There is everything from sat nav, to games, to organisers to social networking. Some apps cost, but there are a lot of free apps out there. The app store is easy to search through to get the app you're looking for, by typing in what you want, apps are also sorted into catergories and you can view the top apps which everyone else is downloading.
The phone itself doesn't have the best camera in the world but it is good enough. I use it quite a bit to take pictures of scenery and upload them to twitter. It doesn't have a flash, so you won't be able to see in very dark places. It doesn't have a camcorder either, so you can't take videos, but the app store can supply apps which will take videos for you. One nice simple feature of the camera is that it plots the locations you have took your photos onto a map, which can be found in the camera roll.
The screen is slightly fragile. I recently had my phone replaced as I dropped it once and smashed the top of the screen, but this can be resolved by wearing cases on it if you're prone to dropping your phone. The supply of iphone cases is endless on sites such as ebay, which will work out cheaper than buying one in a shop.
Texting is brilliant, you can switch the phone around and the screen will change if you find the keys to small with the phone upright. The memory is brilliant for text messaging. I text all the time, and I have never had to delete a text message yet. The texts show the messages in a conversation format like say if you were on msn or something. It shows on one screen what you have said and what the person you're texting has said.
Apps on the menu can be rearranged in any order you want, or put into folders if you don't want about six screens of apps. This can also be arranged in itunes.
There is a mail icon at the bottom of your screen, so you can sync your email accounts with the iphone, it will then let you know when you have a new email. Also push notifications come with many apps such as the facebook app, to let you know if you have a new notification or event and what people have said.
Very occasionally, the phone can stick slightly, like when you're texting, but it is something that happens occasionally and to be honest, the phone is brilliant so i doubt it will annoy you.
The iphone usually comes with headphones, which also double up as a hands free. Before this phone I never bothered with handsfree, but seems though I listen to music I've used the headphones for handsfree when someone is calling and it works out brilliant.
There is a simple switch on the side of the phone, if you need to turn the phone on silent.
The battery life isn't too brilliant, if you use it as much as I do, your battery will probably just about last most of the day if you go on apps and text a lot. It's a small price to pay for a brilliant phone.
I would recommend that if you get this phone to get it on a contract with a phone company. Some apps use the internet, and you will begin to use the internet more and more on your phone as you get the iphone so get a contract that has unlimited internet and certain amounts of data. Orange provide good enough contracts which is what my phone is on.
Summary: A great phone, definately one to get.