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Once you use an iphone.. you never go back!
Apple iPhone 4 16 GB
Member Name: theredrobin
Apple iPhone 4 16 GB
Date: 11/03/12, updated on 11/03/12 (45 review reads)
Advantages: User friendly, easy to use, slim, many uses and a variety of things to do on it
Disadvantages: Battery needs recharging often, can be quite pricey in total compared to other phones
I bought my iphone 4 just over a year ago and it was the first iphone I have ever bought/tried.
After using many phones over the years and being a pay as you go user.. I never felt I needed a flash phone or to spend much money topping up on it as the free texts were enough for me.
That was until all of a sudden I was seeing iphones everywhere.. even then I felt I did not need one and wasn't too keen on them. But that all changed... when I played around on my friends iphone.
The whole concept of apps and how user friendly it seemed really made me start thinking about purchasing one. Fast forward to a few months later, and after reading a few reviews and being bombarded with the adverts on television of "theres an App for that" I finally purchased an iphone.
The phone itself is very easy to use. Using it to dial people is also straightforward and easy as the phone button is located on the first page of the screen. The number keypad is also large which I like. The buttons below the phone keypad allow you to easily access your favourite numbers, see who you have recently called and received calls from, view your contact list and access your voicemail.
I also like how the messaging inbox is listed with the iphone and how all texts are grouped together so it's like one big running conversation rather than receiving a seperate text each time. Being touch screen and never using such a phone before I felt I may struggle getting used to it and was especially worried about typing out texts on the touchscreen keypad as the buttons seemed quite small... but this wasn't something to worry about and I had begun using the keypad quite easily by the end of the day and found it wasn't difficult to type. The more I used it.. the faster I became at typing with it and now I can't imagine going back to buttons.. the touch screen is so much faster. The keyboard is also like a computer keyboard with the qwerty format.
The internet is accessed by the safari browser which again is really easy to use. You can add bookmarks to allow faster access to certain webpages and the browser runs quite quickly. You can also easily enlarge webpages to make them easier to read. Apart from adding a bookmark which allows access to the webpage once you click the safari browser.. you can also add a webpage to your home screen which I have started using for my most visited sites. This allows you to just go to the updated version of the page in one click from the main screen of your phone.
Reception: I'm on orange which also uses t-mobile's connection and so I never have many problems in terms of receiving and making calls. At times the reception does drop and the call comes up as failed with the option to call back. Also you get texts telling you which person called whilst the reception dropped which is quite handy.
The camera on the iphone is also really good.. and I like that it has a front facing camera as well so you can easily take pictures of yourself and it is great for video calls and Face time. (Face time allows you to video call others with an iphone using your wi-fi connection).
Apps are also really great on the phone as there are many that you can download both free and ones to pay for. There are quite a variety of apps from games, to photo editing and books, also education and productivity apps - such as to-do lists and reminders.
There are many features on an iphone and I would be here all day if I listed them all, so I have stuck to what I felt were the basics and main ones. Overall I give the phone 5 stars as I can't imagine now being without it.. its so handy and user friendly.
However be warned, the battery life is not as good as the older phones especially if you are running many apps on the phone. I have to recharge my phone every day as i'm always listening to music, using many apps and surfing the internet on it.
I would also get the phone on contract as there are many different price ranges available depending on the plan you want in terms of minutes and data allowance. I don't really see the point on getting it on pay as you go as it would drain your money a lot quicker if you would be wanting to use apps and the internet. Also buying the handset on pay as you go is expensive and will cost you a couple of hundred pounds.
Summary: A phone you can't put down once you've got it
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