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Apple iPhone 4 16 GB
Member Name: carlz2001uk
Apple iPhone 4 16 GB
Advantages: Decent camera, excellent styling, oleophonic coating, ability to link to iTunes
Disadvantages: Far too delicate, not as good as later models
Upgrading my phone in February I wasn't too bothered about having the latest iPhone, the 4S, and was happy with the deal I could get for an iPhone 4. I had been hanging off writing a review until I knew the phone inside out, then disaster struck....! Around 6-7 weeks ago, while happily drinking a cup of tea, my phone decided to take a swim.... I could have cried. Miracles (husbands) do work though and 2 weeks later I had my phone working again. I've now decided to write the review, and include our experiences of how to fix this problem (which after searching on the internet is actually more common than you would think!).
Receiving the phone and setting it up:
In the box you will expect to receive most obviously the iPhone 4, Apple earphones with remote and mic, USB power adapter, dock connector to USB cable and the documents / guidance. The phone is relatively easy to set up although takes slightly longer than any other phone I've had before. It requires that you sync with iTunes although this is handy as you are then able to transfer your music straight over to your phone. We also had to update our version of iTunes at this point as it wasn't compatible with the phone (requires version 10.7 or later).
Size, Weight and styling:
Height: 115.2 mm (4.5 inches)
Width: 58.6 mm (2.31 inches)
Depth: 9.3 mm (0.37 inches)
Weight: 137 grams (4.8 ounces)
I really like the feel and look of this particular version of the iPhone, especially when you think back to what the first one was like. I had the first iPhone and I hated it! This in comparison is sleek and well styled, particularly with the silver edging around the entire depth. In comparison to the iPhone 5 however, the 4 is smaller in height, thicker in depth and weightier, but for me the styling on the 4 is perfect.
Coming from a Blackberry with a rubbish camera (which in all fairness was a lot more robust than this phone), the camera is outstanding. The 5 megapixel camera is middle of the road, however it does take cracking pictures. In comparison to the newly released Samsung Galaxy S4's impressive 13 megapixel it is pants! Even the iPhone 4S and 5 have 8 megapixel's so it's definitely lagging behind somewhat, however, for me as a camera on my phone to shoot drunken pictures of my friends dancing on tables it's fine! The tap to focus is handy, I sometimes struggle to get it to focus on the correct part of the picture, but if you double tap what it is you are taking a photo of it will focus on that rather than the surroundings. The LED flash is good although sometimes I find this can make the photos look quite grainy. The front facing camera is a nice little feature although not of the same quality as the rear camera (and there is a lack of flash on the front too), but this does allow that if you take a photo of yourself for example with a friend, you can see the photo in the screen as you are taking it.
I find that if I charge my phone overnight that it will be okay for the full day. It does occasionally die on me, but that's only if I forget to charge it overnight. I luckily have a USB connector in my car so I always leave a cable in the glove box and I can charge it if I am away from the home and it runs out of battery. If your phone is on 3G you should expect 7 hours talk time and 6 hours browsing time, as opposed to 10 hours of browsing time on wi-fi. This is still all behind the iPhone 5 and 4S, however the standby time of 300 hours beats the 5s 225 hours standby time.
The fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating is a nice little touch in principle, however I don't think the effect is lasting as I have already noticed a reduction in the amount this works. The oleophobic coating is basically an oil resistant coating which works to protect the phone from the inevitable greasiness from the natural oil contained in your fingertips or from the face when you make a call. It works to reduce the fingerprints and smudges from the cheek to keep the screen smudge and oil free. As I mentioned though, I have noticed a reduction in this over time.
The retina display is probably one of the things in Apples technology that makes the iPhones so impressive. The pixel density within the screen is so high that the human eye is not able to notice pixilation. I believe this was first introduced with the iPhone 4 so it will only improve with time.
I'm not going to go into lots of detail as we all know there are millions of apps out there to suit every taste. What I will say is that on the iPhone you have the ability to group the apps together in folders. This is really handy for me as I have several for the girls on my phone for when we are out and about and boredom sets in. I am then able to group them together in folders and save them with headings such as 'girls books', 'girls games', 'girls educational'.... You get the picture that 99% of my apps are for the 'girls'!
I usually avoid the internet on phones as I find it just too fiddly, and most shops etc have apps now which are easier to browse, however there has been the odd time when I need to use the internet on my phone and it is a noticeable improvement in comparison to other phones. The ability to flip the screen to horizontal means the viewing page is larger, and the stretching of the screen with the fingertips means it is really easy to use the internet.
As I mentioned, I did drop my phone in a very large cup of tea. I had to laugh about it at the time as I'd only had my phone a matter of weeks and with a 2 year contract ahead of me, it wasn't the greatest move. Also with no phone insurance I was looking at a large outlay to buy a new one. In the 10 years myself and my husband have had mobile phones, we haven't ever needed phone insurance so we figure the monthly outlay is a bit daft. I still do. However when looking at the outlay of the phone, and the mixed reports on the internet about whether or not people had got their phones working or not, I was a little apprehensive. We immediately (and I mean within seconds), had the phone covered with rice in a sealed bag (something I remember from when my daughter dropped my step mums phone in the bath some years ago), and after a quick look on the internet realised the phone needed to stay like this for 4 days. The wait was tense and after 4 days the phone still didn't work. At this point we bought an iPhone screwdriver kit from Amazon for a few pounds. It took around a week to come so again, another long wait. My husband took the phone apart which took hours due to the tiny screws, and then much to my horror he cleaned the inside of my phone with nail varnish remover and a toothbrush. He watched a tutorial on youtube and followed each step. After two weeks, my phone switched on, and six weeks later is still working. I know this isn't necessarily a review of the phone, however we had to find out all of this information from various different sources online, and only a few people actually wrote whether or not their attempts had worked, so no doubt this will be of use to a few unfortunate and clumsy souls (like me!)!
The iPhone 4 comes in either white or black. I have white, my husband has black, and I must say I do prefer the white!
The iPhone, while once the best phone on the market, is losing its appeal somewhat for me as other manufacturers are quickly catching up with the market leaders. For me the biggest downfall of the phone is just how delicate it is. The slippy feel of the glass type material means it's always slipping out of my hand, so I've had to put a big bulky cover on the back which takes away from how sleek the phone is. I do love this phone but I'm always on tenterhooks at when I'm next going to drop it. Recommended, if you're careful! The ability to sync to your iTunes account is a massive pull for me as I have thousands of songs on it, however if you're not tied to iTunes and you want a decent smart phone, I would suggest maybe taking a look at the Samsung Galaxy S4 and compare that to the iPhone.
Summary: 4 stars
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