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Apple iPhone 4 16 GB
Member Name: minimunchkin
Apple iPhone 4 16 GB
Advantages: So much you can do on it
Disadvantages: Some issues with the signal
I've had iPhones for a few years now, I currently own a black iPhone 4 16gb, it's on a 24 month contract with O2. I pay £37 a month for unlimited texts, 600 minutes, unlimited O2 - O2 calls and 500MB of data. I use my phone in my home a lot so I don't usually go over the data allowance but be aware, apps that use the internet can use your data fast and also drain your battery.
I'm going to assume you know nothing about iPhones and advise about all aspects of it.
Starting with the look and feel of the phone, a few years ago before smartphones were the big thing, this would've been considered a "brick" of a phone, very uncool. Now of course it's the very definition of cool. It's very sleek, shiny and nice to look at. It's pretty weighty but it's not a bad thing. I kind of like being able to feel it in my pocket, I'd be worried I'd lost it otherwise!
The iPhone is "smartphone" - meaning it can be used for so much more than making phone calls and sending texts (although it does of course have these features). You can use the internet, you can send and receive emails, you can make video calls, check your Facebook, manage your finances and so much more.
So let me describe the phone a bit. Aside from having a couple of buttons (will talk about them in a minute) it's controlled by a touch screen. There's a button on top to lock the phone, it always has other functions like muting an incoming call and resetting the phone along with the home button.
The home button is the small round button at the bottom, this has several functions. Once of which being, it gets you back to your first "home" screen no matter what app you're using or where you are on the phone. Double clicking the home button will bring up your active apps, hold down one of the apps until they start wiggling and you can properly close them. I do this several times a day as it's good for saving your battery. Once you've double clicked the home button, swipe across to the right and you will find the volume controls plus you can lock the orientation of the phone.
To start using the phone you would press the lock button at the top and then swipe across where it says to. You can also access the camera from this screen by swiping up on the camera icon.
Once you've unlocked the phone, you are greeted with your home screen, you can move apps around and group them together to make the screen look exactly how you want it to. Once your home screen is full, another screen will appear at the right, you can have up to 9 pages. Each page can hold A LOT of apps if you group them together, I think you'd be more likely to run out of memory before you run out of room to hold the apps.
I can't really describe every app that I've used because I think we'd be here a long time but I'll just outline some of the apps that come with the phone.
The iPod app - where all your music lives. You can hold a lot of songs, I have over 500 and could easily hold a lot more.
The photos app - where your pictures live. You can view all pictures that you've taken and saved on to your phone here. You can also set up photo streams to share with other people and create albums (just be aware, if you put a picture in an album, it still stays in the main camera roll).
The weather app - not the best, I do use it but I check it against the Met Office weather app and sort of decide for myself how the weathers going to be, sometimes they vary so much, it's hard to know which one to trust.
The Maps app - It's only recently Apple introduced their own maps app, before that it was the far superior Google Maps (which you can still download and I highly recommend you do). This app is quite poor and there's been a lot of fuss about it.
The Email app - you can add all your email accounts here, it's very easy to use.
There are so many apps available for anything you can think of, part of the fun of having an iPhone is browsing and trying out new apps.
I recommend these ones -
TV Catch Up: great for watching LIVE TV (not catch up bizarrely!)
Barclays baking app: Very easy to use and reliable.
Twitter: There are lots of twitter apps out there but I prefer the "official" Twitter app that is connected to the phone.
Candy Crush: very addictive game!
Train Times: A great app if you're going on a journey, has live departures and arrivals including platform numbers in some cases. You can also plan future journeys.
I'd just like to talk a bit about Accessibility features on the iPhone as some are really very good. The iPhone has a built in speech package, called VoiceOver, I know several totally blind people that have iPhones and can use a lot of the features thanks to the VoiceOver, I've tried it myself and it is easy to use. The voice is easy to understand and if you need to switch it off for whatever reason, you can just triple click the home button (this feature needs to be turned on).
Now for some downsides to this phone; the battery isn't great. There are ways to help this, turn off location services, turn off Bluetooth, reduce the brightness, don't have lots of apps running in the background, turn off push notifications. Even so if you are a heavy user (like I am) you will need to charge the phone a couple of times in a day.
Would I recommend the iPhone 4? Probably not. If you can, get the 4S or 5. The iPhone 4 is a little dated now, it doesn't have Siri, the battery is poor compared to newer models and it doesn't have as many features.
I have a lot of problems with this phone now but as it's out of the 12 month warranty, Apple won't do anything about it without me paying. It loses the wifi signal a lot; it loses the phone signal a lot and sometimes just freezes for no reason and takes a good 5 minutes or me resetting it for it to work again.
I hope you've found my review helpful.
Summary: If it's the best you can afford, definitely get it. But 4S or 5 would be better.
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