Product Type: Apple Smartphone
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Fantastic piece of technology
Apple iPhone 4 16 GB
Member Name: Yottie321
Apple iPhone 4 16 GB
Date: 26/10/11, updated on 26/10/11 (11 review reads)
Advantages: Ease of use, Numerous Applications, Good Camera, Fast
Disadvantages: Micro SIM needed, Keys of keyboard are quite small
I always wanted an iPhone, so a few months ago I decided to buy one. I was not disappointed! As an existing O2 customer I paid a reasonable £150 for the phone itself and I pay £25 a month.
At first I disliked the shape of the phone. I thought it looked chunkier than its predecessors, the iPhones 3G and 3GS. However, having had it for a while, I think it looks just as good as the other Apple phones. It is good to see Apple have kept the simple design: one button at the front, which brings you back to the main menu, a button at the top which locks the phone and turn it off when you hold it in, a switch to put the phone into silent mode, and a touch screen. The design for the volume button has slightly changed. It is now two separate little round buttons, which I think are easier to use. And of course it still has an audio input for headphones of speakers and a place to plug in the white cable (supplied) to synchronize or charge it. Thanks to this design, I find it quite easy to use.
It feels nice when you are holding it, not too big, but not too small either. The screen is very good quality, and pictures look great on it. The finish is also nice. I got the black version and it is nice and shiny. I strongly recommend you get a case for it otherwise it will get scratched, and scratches are quite noticeable on the black iPhone. I would also recommend you buy a film to protect the touch screen and front of the phone from scratches.
It is a lot faster than the 3G, and quite a bit faster than the 3GS. This helps when you are running games for example, as on the iPhone 3G, I noticed some games froze quite often. It also seems to be quite reliable: in the time I have had it, it hasn't crashed a single time. It doesn't seem to get too warm either, a problem I noticed with older iPhones. When I bought it, the phone had iOS4 installed on it, but since then Apple has released new software called iOS5. I upgraded and I must admit this does not add many new exciting features to the phone.
The 5 megapixel camera does not disappoint. It lets you take good pictures and 720p HD video. A big improvement compared to the 3GS is the flash. This means you can finally take pictures in the dark. It also has an HDR feature, which is useful in low light when you don't want to use flash. The flash is also used by some of the applications available for the iPhone 4, such as torches and heart rate monitors.
The speakers are not bad at all for a phone and the headphones provided with the phone are also good. It's nice not having to carry around a phone and an iPod: you now have both in one device, and 16GB is enough for over a thousand songs!
It's also great having access to the hundreds of thousands of applications, which you can download from the App Store. The iPhone comes preloaded with some basic apps such as Mail, Calendar, YouTube, Maps, etc.
As a phone I have been very satisfied with it. The speaker and microphone are good quality and let you have a conversation without having to consistently ask other people to repeat things again. Sending and receiving texts is easy and it came preset when I bought the phone so I could start sending texts immediately! It is also fairly simple setting up your phone to receive your emails, and there are many guides to help you through this on the internet.
Browsing the internet is made very easy. If your contract with your operator allows it, you can access the internet from most places in the UK. When you have access to 3G, the internet is much faster but the battery does not last as long.
Unfortunately, there are I believe a few drawbacks. You can't use your old standard SIM card; you need to get a new smaller micro SIM card. This is quite annoying, and means you have to go online and activate your new SIM and deactivate the old one. The process can take up to 24 hours. Another problem I have come across is the touch screen keyboard. Unless you tilt the phone 90 degrees, it is quite hard typing as the keys are very small. You often end up writing the wrong word and have to go back to correct things all the time. I think the battery life is adequate but by no means exceptional. I seem to have to charge it daily (I used to charge my old phone once or twice a week) but this is probably because I use it for games and browsing. Also it is quite expensive, but it really is worth it.
Recently Apple released the new iPhone 4S. From what I have seen, the 4S is slightly faster and has a better camera but I don't think it's worth spending the extra money on. Its release has brought down iPhone 4 prices, which is another reason to buy this phone.
Overall the iPhone 4 is an amazing piece of technology, and I'd recommend it to anyone looking to buy a new phone.
Summary: A great device packed with everything you could ever need from a phone!
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