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Apple iPhone 3GS 16 GB
Member Name: hunnybabyuk
Apple iPhone 3GS 16 GB
Date: 28/08/10, updated on 30/08/10 (11 review reads)
Advantages: Excellent can't fault it
Disadvantages: Apart from Battery Life
I got my first iPhone this April (2010), my phone was due an upgrade and I had looked into getting an iPhone for about a year before getting one, couldn't decide whether to get one or get a normal phone, having had a Sony C905 previously. I got to checking online and decided I may get the iPhone when my contract is due for renewal but then decided I may get a blackberry. Couldn't decide I researched and researched and researched for weeks and I checked what my friends said, everyone except one if I remember told me iPhones are better than blackberry's so I took their advice, my own research and reviews I had read and went with the iPhone 16gb 3gs in white and I LOVE IT.
I was a bit apprehensive at first as I had seen in the media about problems some people had with some batches of the phone, it was also the first time I had a phone like this, although the Sony C905 is a smartphone obviously nothing is like the iPhone or Blackberry but I was excited. I ordered it online, got a very good deal with O2 and cashback through Quidco, free delivery and a great tariff with free internet and calls, plus a special bolt on for unlimited free texts. I couldn't wait to get it as my old phone was broke although useable.
So the package arrives, it sounds sad, but I run up to my room at my mums house, open the box and it's like holding gold. It's not the lightest of phones, so if your not wanting to carry something heavy than a simple phone then you may find the iPhone annoying but for its excellence you can forgive Apple for the iPhones weight.
I open it up and as it's so expensive I actually read the instructions to set it up, something I never do with anything even laptops, tvs and other expensive items, but as soon as I turned it on and started the setup I chucked the instructions to one side. One thing I didn't like was having to find a paper clip to insert my sim. I didn't expect not to be able to just pull the back off and slip in the simcard. Or even for it not to come with a 'Sim Ejection tool' as the instructions asked if I had but I easilly found a paperclip, who doesn't have one of those lying around inserted the sim and away we go to set up.
The setup process is very simple, it's all done on screen and is simple to follow without instructions, but for those less tech than others the box includes a very easy to follow instruction manual. The setup takes a little while, and you need a laptop or PC with iTunes to use the phone, as I already had all this I just had to plug it in using the usb adapter which comes with it, this also charges the phone, I think a lot easier than fiunding & using up a plug sockett. But you can also buy plug adapters which would be handy for travelling if you don't have or don't take your laptop with you.
Once setup I was playing on it all afternoon, its very addictive, I was on iTunes for hours downloading iPhone Apps, now these are the little "programmes" on the phone. May sound a bit complex but it's simply the name Apple has gave the things or programmes you can put on your phone. Think of it like having games on your phone, these are called apps, you can download thousands of games for the phone along with other apps like apps to listen to music, listen to the radio, edit photos & videos, create ringtones, do your shopping, you can even have your Tesco Clubcard on your phone so no more 'forgetting you card', infact the iPhone is so dynamic you can download apps for almost everything. To date (Aug 2010) I have downloaded over 300 apps but don't have them all on my iPhone. You can have upto 16 apps per page and have 12 pages on the iPhone 3GS. It's very easy to download and install apps, best way is via your computer using iTunes. Then you can 'sync' them to your iPhone, the setup instructions show you how to do this if this makes no sense to you so all VERY easy to do.
The graphics on the iPhone 3GS are very good in my opinion, I don't have any problems, the images are very clear with high resolution, the colours are bold and crisp, which make the images stand out more. I also find the video quality very good, again with high resolution and very clear. Sound quality is good, the phone can go quite loud so easy to hear in noiser surroundings, I don't tend to play much music on it however as I find using my iPod just as easy but I am debating switching all my music to the iPhone so don't have to carry both as using my iPod headphones in my iPhone makes the music sound better.
One thing I find a little annoying is the battery life, as I am ALWAYS using apps on my iPhone the battery can die within a day some days but others it'll last, but then I am constantly on it so it's down to heavy useage but then I get the best from it using it all the time.
I can't think of anything else to say, I hope I have not missed anything out, in a round up of the review, I am glad I picked the iPhone and not the Blackberry, a few friends have the Blackberry now and regret it where as all my friends with iPhones have not regretted it, including me. Highly recommend to everybody easy to use, excellent quality with a huge dynamic set of features.
Summary: The best phone I have EVER had and hope to stick with for a long time