Product Type: Apple Smartphone
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Apple iPhone 4 16 GB
Member Name: haco
Apple iPhone 4 16 GB
Advantages: Good camera, fantastic range of apps available, good build quality.
Disadvantages: 16GB may not be enough for some, lack of Siri may put people off.
When the time came to upgrade my contract I had four main options - Blackberry, HTC, Samsung or iPhone. Having previously had a Blackberry curve, I had been slightly put off by the build quality and the software problems which came with having this phone. Other people I know have HTC phones and have experienced problems with the touchscreen not working correctly and the Android OS never really appealed to me. My mum also has a HTC Wildfire, and when it's cold outside, the touchscreen doesn't work properly - if at all. I looked at the Samsung Galaxy and didn't like the idea of having a large (wide) phone as I have really tiny hands (great consumer advice here - make sure you can actually hold the phone and type etc before buying it!).
So naturally, the iPhone looked rather appealing. The iPhone seems to be a very well built phone - and a beautifully designed one at that. When I compare my old Blackberry with the iPhone, it feels much more plasticy and cheaply made than the glassy exterior of the iPhone. I've had very few problems with scratching on the screen, although I'd never keep it in my pocket with loose change or keys in there as well! Although, it gets chucked in a handbag and BEFORE I invested in a screen protector, there were no signs of any scratching on the glass.
The 16GB model I find has plenty of memory to store all of my applications and photos (and a couple of albums). However, if I didn't have my iPod, I'd need more memory to put my entire music library on the phone. The 16GB model is ideal if you're using the phone for calls, messages, apps and photos. Not so much if you want it as an iPod as well.
The camera on the phone is okay but the quality can suffer in low light conditions (although this is the case with most phone cameras) and with the addition of apps such as instagram sharing your pictures is SO easy with this phone. The phone isn't the lightest out there, but if you didn't want to carry a phone and a camera, it makes a good replacement in some situations.
I think the iPhone 4 can stand up to the 4S, the phone doesn't suffer from the lack of Siri or an improved camera. In fact, I think the iPhone 4 is much better value for money when compared to the 4S, as people I know who own the 4S either don't use Siri, or notice any huge difference in the speed of the phone or the camera quality.
Lastly, this phone is one of the easiest phones to use - every menu has been intuitively designed to make everything so much easier and quicker for the user. Even though people moan about autocorrect, when you turn it off you realise how many mistakes you actually make when typing and how annoying it is to change it yourself!
Summary: I think getting the iPhone 4 was one of the best technology decisions I've ever made.