Product Type: Apple Smartphone
Newest Review: ... well with great battery life. I like the apple interface and the ease of use compared to my android phone. The phone looks great, and is v... more
Best mobile I've owned
Apple iPhone 3GS 16 GB
Member Name: bunbun2
Apple iPhone 3GS 16 GB
Advantages: Ease of use, accessories easily available, versatile
Disadvantages: Battery life
I got my iPhone nearly a year ago after having sniffed at them for being too expensive. I then realised I could afford one after all and was due an upgrade. I was familiar with the interface as I had been using an iPod touch for a while, and they are very similar. The first impression is of neat and thoughtful design-it really is an elegant object. The second is of protecting it-eBay is a good source of cases and I view this as essential along with a screen protector. So duly protected I was ready to allow my new toy to face the world with me. Wifi connection was (and remains) problem free. I have used it on several networks without issues. As I have theoretically unlimited Internet via 3G I then decided to play a bit. I downloaded a free tide app whilst at the beach and found out how long we had before high tide. I sent photos and videos via e-mail from wherever I happened to be (great when your at a theme park with your kids). I downloaded more apps than I can remember- some great some not so great. I have used it to record mountain bike rides with my son (though the gps eats the battery), I have used it for geocaching, checking bus times, playing games, checking news, buying and selling on eBay and much more. I have also made phone calls and sent text messages. The predictive text is not as aggressive as most phones, in fact it's hardly there at all, the phone just autocorrects when it thinks you've made a mistake. The speech quality on the phone is good, and there is a very easy access silent button on the side of the phone-you can even switch the sounds off with the phone in your pocket.
The link to a pc is straightforward. It works just as an iPod does, by a simple USB connection and via iTunes. You can buy apps and music on the phone if you wish and they will be backed up automatically when you sync your phone. Even on my slow old home computer ( bought from Tiny six months before they went under) this is problem free. This was particularly refreshing for me. I use it regularly as a music player, and never go out without it. It's a seriously useful device. The range of apps is massive and growing, and vary from practical to frivolous. You can read books on it (the small screen is not ideal but usable), check cinema listings, check traffic conditions, tune a guitar-the list is very long indeed.
Apple do need to look at battery life. I believe the iPhone 4 is better in this respect, but I do feel the need to recharge mine most evenings to be on the safe side. It would also be good to be able to replace the battery, but Apple have never been keen on customers doing this. And to be fair, many of us do change our phones regularly. In fact if you have a contract it makes sense.
One mobile company were recently offering the 8gb version at £25 a month, and to be honest that is excellent if you don't need colossal amounts of storage.
Summary: An excellent mobile phone-don't forget the power adapter!
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