Product Type: Apple Smartphone
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Apple iPhone 3G 8 GB
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Apple iPhone 3G 8 GB
Advantages: Multi use device
Disadvantages: Battery doesn't last too long
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.
Summary: Great little device!
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