Product Type: Apple Smartphone
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Overpriced Flashy Phone
Apple iPhone 3G 8 GB
Member Name: shirleyleunicorn
Apple iPhone 3G 8 GB
Date: 08/06/12, updated on 28/05/13 (44 review reads)
Advantages: Good quality phone, responsive touchscreen
Disadvantages: Way too expensive for its own good
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 Even now, when it is outdated by many years, you would not expect to find one, new or otherwise, for under £100.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.
Summary: Would seem like a better phone if the VERY meaty price tag didn't raise your expectations so much
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