Product Type: Apple Smartphone
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A Phone You've Just Got to Fiddle With...
Apple iPhone 3GS 32 GB
Member Name: -michelle-
Apple iPhone 3GS 32 GB
Advantages: It's an iPhone
Disadvantages: The battery life is useless
When I got my iPod I was over the moon with it and still am. I never in a million years thought I'd ever get an iPhone, for a start the price of them is ridiculous to say the least, yes they may well be the best thing since sliced bread but really, the price of iPhones amazes me and what amazes me even more is that people actually fork out all that money just to get their hands on one. Now the only reason I have one is because my old phone (not a smartphone) lost the will to live, I guess I didn't help it any by throwing it across the room because it never responded to me. So, I needed a new phone. There was no way I could afford a top of the range iPhone, in fact there was no way I could really afford an iPhone full stop. However I didn't want just a normal phone again, I ended up hating my previous one. So I did what I always do when I can't afford what I really want brand new and went to visit EBay.
Where I got mine and what I got with it
I bought my unlocked iPhone 3GS 32g used from EBay and it cost me £150.00 I was a little apprehensive about paying out a fair bit of money for something that could have ended up being a piece of junk. All I got with the phone was a black leather case, which I choose not to use. The things I would have got if I'd have bought new would have been a charger, a USB cable, earphones, possibly a few pretty stickers and a box. I didn't need a charger, I have loads of USB cables, the earphones are useless anyway and why would I want stickers and the box? So I was okay with my purchase, there are a few signs of wear and tear on the back of the phone which incidentally is white which I'm not over keen about but I have rectified this by buying a nice new cover for it.
Getting to know my iPhone
So now I have my reasons for purchasing out the way I'll tell you just what this phone is like and what it can do. Well let's just say it's an iPhone it can do everything, well near enough. I love the look of the iPhone the best thing being that there are no ugly buttons stuck all over it, the only button is the home button and this is positioned so neatly, I hardly notice it's there at all. Another good thing for me is the fact that the earphone socket is on the top of the phone, away from the charging port. This bothered me about my iPod because the earphone socket was next to the charging port; they were crammed to close together in my opinion. Anyway along the top of my iPhone is the sim draw and if I hadn't read up on iPhones beforehand, I would never have worked out where to put my sim card, and the fact I would need something with a sharp point to get the drawer open, luckily I have safety pins, one of these worked spot on. So once I had my sim card all set up I was ready to explore my iPhone. As I am familiar with the layout of an iPhone due to using my iPod it didn't take me long to sort it all out. For those not familiar with the way an iPhone works, I wouldn't worry because as soon as you get one you just know what to do, everything is so easy with an iPhone, because everything you touch leads to the next thing you need to do to set it up and so on. As with all Apple products ITunes is needed to be installed on your computer as this is the way in which you work your iPhone with your computer.
Things I would want to know
I actually managed to import all my contacts from my sim onto my iPhone, this I did through the settings. Everything I need to know is there somewhere. If I were to get stuck with something the Apple support communities are fantastic for helping me out, I had one or two problems occur with my iPod and they were straight onto it and helped me sort it out. No one ever needs to feel alone with a problem with an Apple product, there are so many people out there who will help you out.
Okay, so now we come to the main reason I wanted the phone, to play games.....no only joking the main reason was so I could make calls and text people. First off, making a call is really simple I have a choice to just dial the number I require or I can open up my contacts and do it that way. The quality of sound when I am listening to someone on the other end is really clear, I don't hear any crackling or interference but I guess this has a lot to do with what sort of reception I'm picking up. I'm with Orange and the reception and signal I get are usually pretty good. Answering a call is so easy I just slide to unlock which also answers the call. Texting is great fun; I really enjoy texting on my iPhone because of the whole speech bubble thing. This was all new to me and the way I can keep track of the conversation is such a good idea. I remember hating that about my old phone once I had been texting a while I would often forget what the conversation was about in the first place without having to individually check my sent items, that was such a drag. Now it's all so much better and easier. If I am texting my daughter who also has an iPhone the speech bubbles are blue which indicates we are both using imessage, this is an application which I already had on my phone and it automatically sends messages this way when imessage is available on the recipients phone. I did have to set this up in the settings before-hand though. But it means free messages and it can be used as much as I like.
Then we have all the usual Apps, I won't go into all the Apps because there are so many, if you decide an iPhone is for you then I'm sure you will enjoy finding out all about these by yourself. Personally I have both the iPlayer and ITV Player Apps and these work really well, even though I am watching on a 3.5 inch screen it doesn't matter because the sound is good and the picture is amazing. Even YouTube videos play well on my iPhone. I have all my music now installed on my phone and the playback is really great, but that could be down to my earphones being really good. It is fair to say that most if not all Apps open up straight away and usually work really well, there may be the odd occasion when an App won't cooperate but I think this is the fault of the particular App and not the iPhone.
Internet, Charging and Memory
Browsing the internet is quite good, the pages seem to load up pretty fast and the pinch screen and zoom work really well, scrolling up and down different pages doesn't seem to lag either. I have no problem with using the internet on my iPhone because it's fast enough for me and it's easy. I can connect using 3G or wifi, I usually opt for wifi and I don't have any problem connecting and staying connected.
I charge my iPhone overnight on a docking station so I can't really say how long it takes to fully charge from dead, but the battery life is really useless in iPhones anyway and it's best to charge often if you use your phone a lot. I've found that games are the biggest battery life killers.
I had wanted to make sure I got an iPhone with plenty of memory because I remember how quickly my iPod started to fill up and because I can't buy extra memory for my iPhone I needed to make sure it was big enough for my needs. So I was happy when the one I'd chosen was a 32g the same as my iPod which is a great size for my needs. I was also glad that the 3GS took a normal sized sim, whereas the 4 and 4S both take a micro sim and I couldn't be bothered with all that at the time. The 3GS does feel quite heavy when I compare it to my old phone but I guess there is so much more going on in an iPhone. If I'd have purchased new, I would have had a choice of black or white and personally I would have preferred a black one but it's covered up now anyway so I don't mind.
If Money was no object
I would have loved an iPhone 4, micro sim or not, but the amount they cost is just too much for me and I couldn't justify spending that much on a phone. I know I have moaned about the price of these iPhones but I also know if money were no object I would definitely buy myself a new iPhone 4. To buy a brand new iPhone 3GS it will cost you anything from £220 upwards but then this depends on the size of memory you require. Of course you can go on a contract and most of them give you the phone free but I didn't want to be tied into a contract, I'm happy with pay as you go. I was lucky in my opinion to get mine for the price I did but I guess that was just the chance I took, but I was willing to risk it because I wanted one so bad. I would recommend this middle of the road iPhone, it has plenty going for it, it's fast enough to respond when I need it to, and it looks nice but most of all it's a joy to use.
I apologise to those of you who may have hoped to read lots of technical jargon and specifications, but I don't really know that much about that side of things, so I've written about what I do know in order to hopefully help someone on a purchase decision.
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Summary: A phone you just won't be able to put down
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