Product Type: Apple Smartphone
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Apple iPhone 3G 8 GB
Member Name: pippa715
Apple iPhone 3G 8 GB
Advantages: Large (3.5 inches diagonally), responsive touch screen, 2.0 megapixel camera
Disadvantages: Is becoming slightly outdated due to newer models.
I've had my iPhone for just over a year now and I doubt that I'll ever want to use another brand of phone again. I got this phone to replace my old Sony ericsson which was a little battered after 4 years of use. I didn't really want to get a new phone, but this soon changed when my iPhone arrived.
The phone design is beautiful. It is sleek and comfortable to hold, plus the glossy finish really finishes off the appearance of it. The screen is just less than 9cm across diagonally, which I believe is plenty big enough. The phone is a little bigger than a regular mobile phone, but in comparison with other smart phones it is relatively similar. It is quite heavy for a phone - about 130 grams, though again this is similar to other smart phones. It seems fairly tough, I've dropped it on concrete and marble floors from a height of about a metre and have yet to cause any damage to it.
The 8GB memory is more then enough for me, currently I have about 500 songs, 200 pictures and a few games on it and am nowhere near the 8GB limit, however this really depends on what you plan on using it for. If you want thousands of songs rather than hundreds for example, it might be worth going for the higher memory option.
The user interface is very easy to use and set up, although it does require plugging into a computer to start set up. The multitouch screen is very responsive, I have never experienced any lag which can be a problem with touch screens. I really like the app store system - there is quite literally an app for everything, which I find very useful. My only worry is that app developers are now starting to develop apps that will only work with the iPhone 4, I am slightly concerned that more and more apps will not be compatible with the 3G.
The 2 megapixel camera takes brilliant photos in comparison with other phone cameras that I have used. There doesn't seem to be any problems with blurry-ness or focus. There is no camera on the front of this model as there is with the 4, but that is not an issue for me as I do not want to make video calls. Again, it really depends on what you want to do.
The battery does run out fairly quickly, however this is to be expected with smart phones. I have to charge mine every night, however I do spend a lot of time on the internet and gaming, which uses battery more quickly. It can last longer if only used for texts and phone calls. The battery is supposed to last for 300 hours on standby, 24 hours of audio playback, 6 hours using Wi-Fi or 5 hours on 3G, though I haven't tested these. The battery charges fairly quickly so although the battery life is quite short, it doesn't take too long to charge completely.
I only have a few problems with the phone. Very occasionally, it will freeze completely. Usually this can be rectified by either leaving it alone for a few minutes or turning it off and back on again. Also, it sometimes seems to struggle to load games, getting part way through the loading process and then stopping and returning to the menu. Lastly, with the rate that Apple updates their products this phone now seems a little behind and accessories for the phones are now focusing on the 4, which is irritating. Apart from these little issues, I love this phone and would thoroughly recommend it - well done Apple.
Summary: Excellent phone, can't recommend it enough.
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