Product Type: Apple Smartphone
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Apple iPhone 3GS 32 GB
Member Name: ask_eve
Apple iPhone 3GS 32 GB
Advantages: fun, handheld computer, easy to use.
Disadvantages: short charger and battery life. Poor camera quality.
I have finally gotten round to updating my Nokia N8. MY daughter had an iphone that she didn't use because she didn't like it, but it was a bit scratched so she didn't think it would be worth selling so I've ended up with it.
I was quite daunted because of the hype surrounding them, I assumed it would be very difficult and technical to use but I'm pleased to say I was wrong.
Look . . .
I think that the phone is very modern and nice looking. It's curved shape at the back means it fits nicely into your hand, and the size is ideal. It fits nicely in my pocket but the screen is still clear and easy to see. The amount of cases that are available as well is fantastic. I'm currently sporting a hard case with a polkadot design. You can always jazz your phone up and protect it, so its a great model to own.
Use as a phone. . .
I find the phone quite easy to use. I actually find it easier than I did my N8, which I was suprised about. The icons i.e. the call icon is big, the colours are bright and the display is clear meaning I don't have any difficulty finding what I'm looking for. Volume is easily controlled by the buttons on the side, or you have a little button you can slide accross to totally silence it. This is a simple but great feature as you can turn it to silent now without having to go through the settings like on older phones. It's a really quick phone too, I found lots of delays with the N8 but this phone is fast, when you touch something it comes up straight away. The settings on the phone are easy to locate and change, it's easy to call and answer calls and messaging is quite simple. The only problem I had with the messaging was getting used to the small buttons. When reading or texting, you can turn the phone on its side and the screen turns with it, making the letters bigger. I don't really use this feature as I prefer to hold the phone upright but it can be helpful. The camera isn't awful on the phone, the N8 camera was much better where the 3gs only sports a 3mp camera with no flash. I tend to find in good light I can take some nice shots. And I have finally figured how to zoom!
Extras . . .
As I have put my old sim card in which was on contract, I have internet access. I'm able to access the app store which I think is brilliant. It turns the phone into a handheld computer. The app store contains just about everything you can think of, and probably stuff you would never have thought of. Everything from magazines and books to trivia games and music applications can be found. Many of these are free, some are paid but they're all quite cheap anyway. I'm not a big game fan, but have downloaded a couple of games like draw something which allowed you to play a game similar to pictionary with other iphone/ ipad users. The games are good quality and usually quite addictive. Other apps can be quite useful, I've downloaded a calorie counter which allows you to put what foods you've eaten in, exercise completed and it tells you how many of your daily allowance calories you've consumed. The appstore also gives you the opportunity to update apps that you have downloaded. This means that games you've completed get new levels and additional features which I think is a great idea to keep games going. You can also use the internet page. This page allows you to search for anything you're looking for, which for me is usually google. I love this feature on the phone as it does feel like I am carrying a computer around with me. You can actually download the app for google so the google page opens straight up but I haven't got round to it yet.
Itunes . . .
Itunes is the programme used when you plug your phone into the computer. You can buy music through this and put it onto your phone. I haven't used it much at all so I can't say very much about it. It's good to see how much data you've used on the phone and how much you have left, although in the 32g model, it's not much of an issue as you can put incredible amounts of information on it. I've only purchased one song through I-tunes. I think it cost about 66p which wasn't bad. It doesnloaded quickly and I had it on my phone within five minutes.
Downsides . . .
I do love the phone and can't see me wanting to update it any time soon, but it does have a few negative points. The camera lets it down a little bit, it's a technological phone that is so modern, but the camera quality is quite poor for such a new phone. I think the phone charger is fantastic the way the usb pulls out of the plug and can be used with your computer to save having two wires, but the wire is very short. When I charge the phone in bed, the wire is too short, so I have to put the phone on the floor as it doesn't reach the table. Another negative thing about this phone is the battery life. I don't sit playing games all day or playing music, but after ann night charge, the battery tends to be dead by around 8pm the next day so it's back on charge. This is frustrating when you have a hectic day and have to leave your phone charging.
All in all I love the phone. It has a couple of downsides but nothing worth upgrading and getting rid of the phone for. I would definitely recommend them to others, if I can use on, anyone can! You can pick them up quite cheap now, I've seen them for around £100 online, definitely worth the money.
Summary: A brilliant phone with a couple of minor issues.
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