Product Type: Apple Smartphone
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Good but not great.
Apple iPhone 3GS 16 GB
Member Name: perrywinkle9
Apple iPhone 3GS 16 GB
Advantages: Great variety of features.
Disadvantages: All of which are done better elsewhere.
This is actually my Mums phone but I have been borrowing it for the last couple of weeks. Before using the iPhone 3GS I didn't understand the appeal of iPods in general and I still don't. My Mum absolutely loves this phone but I really haven't got a clue why.
First and foremost to me a mobile phone is about making phone calls and sending texts and in this respect the iPhone fails. Many people may have no issue with this but the signal strength where I live is poor on most networks with O2 being the exception. Everyone in my family is on O2 and on my wife's and my Nokia we get signal in our home, on my Blackberry I got signal at home but on the iPhone nothing. I know the iPhone 4 has issues but I wasn't expecting to have any trouble with the 3GS.
The main appeal of the iPhone is the apps which are program's that let you perform different functions with your phone. Some of the apps are useful, some are just funny but to me there are none that are unique or aren't functions better performed my some other device I already have (or in the case of the Kindle will be getting soon). The audio is good but not as good as my Creative portable media player, the video is OK but not as good as my Archos, my netbook is better for internet on the go and the desktop at home...etc.
I hate iTunes it just doesn't do it for me and Mum can't even connect it to her computer through iTunes, the iTunes app is a little better for her but not much. The app store does work very well and is easy to use. I found the 'Voice Memo' and 'Notes' app's very useful and mum really likes the calender. Safari is the default web browser and is adequate. Bluetooth is a bit of a failure on this phone, apart from iPhone to iPhone we have not managed to send anything via bluetooth.
There are some fun games on the iPhone, 'Tilt To Live' and 'Doodle Jump' are personal favourites. Fun games are not enough to persuade me to choose one phone over another. The camera on the 3GS is not as good as I would have hoped but then we have a camera which is much better suited for photography.
When I asked my Mum about it she said she absolutely loved the iPhone. Mum's reasons for liking it are; she likes the calender, she has arthritis but finds the iPhone much easier than other phones to hold, she likes the keyboard when online and texting, she finds the touchscreen clear and easy to use and she likes the app store. Mum's negative points were; poor signal, she dislikes iTunes on the computer and does not like the bluetooth.
Whilst some people may love how adaptive the iPhone is I would choose a Blackberry over this as a smartphone or a Nokia that focuses on getting the basics right. Mum would give this 5 stars and I would give it 3 so I'll call it a 4.
Summary: I don't think iPods/iPhones will ever appeal to me.