Product Type: Apple Smartphone
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Apple iPhone 4 16 GB
Member Name: Jaycobx
Apple iPhone 4 16 GB
Advantages: premium feel, lots of apps, fast, good memory
Disadvantages: expensive, battery life
I've been an iPhone user on and off ever since the iPhone 3GS. I've owned the 3GS, the 4 and the 4s. I am currently using the iPhone 4 after selling my android phone (galaxy nexus). The reason I like iPhones so much is because of the simplicity of them and also the amazing build quality. Let's start off with the build.
-- Build & Design --
So the iPhone 4 comes in a choice of two colours, black or white. The black one I feel is more business like whilst the white one takes a more 'fun' approach. I've owned both and I have to say I do prefer the white one, the colours on the retina screen seem to just pop and stand out a lot more! They also seem to be more exclusive, you see a lot more black ones around compared to white. Maybe because the black ones have been around longer though. All in all colour is a personal preference though so go with whichever you prefer.
The phone itself is a candy bar shape with an aluminium type finish around the side of the device giving it a classy look. The weight of the phone is also really nice, it feels solid and because it's glass it actually feels premium (watch out though, any little drop and your iPhone will most probably shatter). I'd recommend getting a case for it straight away & also a screen protector to keep it in good condition!
The famous home button is located at the bottom of the device and I must say I love the simplicity of this, not having a crowded phone with 1000s of buttons on the front is such an advantage, looks wise and usability wise.
-- Software --
The iPhone 4 ships with the famous iOS software. iOS 6 if you're buying a brand new one. iOS is a fluid operating system and really responsive and fast making everything work just the way it's supposed to. All of the icons are designed beautifully and they are really colourful making your iPhone really stand out. The software comes preloaded with the usual Apple apps such as Weather, Notes, Reminders, Maps, Passbook etc. You're not going to have much fun with just those so this is where the Apple App store comes in.
With hundreds of thousands of apps to download you're spoilt for choice, and the best thing loads of the apps are free and the ones that aren't free aren't too badly priced! I find them to be quite reasonable. You will need an apple ID to be able to download and purchase applications so making one in advance may save you a headache, I'd also recommend you create one on your computer as it can be quite awkward trying to make one on your iPhone.
Once you have access to the app store the world is your oyster, there are apps for just about anything you can think of. I personally don't use too many apps but the ones I do use are really useful, I mainly use Spotify (music streaming service which allows you to stream unlimited music, saves you downloading and paying for music via iTunes. A premium subscription of 9.99 a month is required for Spotify though). I also use the usual apps such as Facebook and Twitter which have a beautiful design too.
iOS overall is a breeze, anybody could figure it out within a matter of minutes, it really doesn't take a massive tech genius. My grandmother in fact has owned every iPhone since it's release can you believe it!
-- My first impressions --
INSERTING THE SIM
So when I first got the phone, I had to put in my sim card which can be a little tricky if you've never had an iPhone before. You need to use the sim ejection tool to poke out the simcard tray in the right hand side of the phone. A little pressure is needed, don't be scared it's not going to break.
Upon turning on the phone you're greeted with the initial setup. Don't worry if you do anything wrong, this can easily be corrected in the settings at a later stage. The setup takes you through the process of setting up your wifi network, enabling location services for GPS, agreeing to apple terms and conditions and also signing into your Apple ID account. Once setup has completed you can start using your iPhone straight away.
You'll probably want to set up a few things including your email. To set up your email is really easy, just tap the email icon at the bottom and you'll be guided through the steps on how to set up your email. It's really simple and only takes a few minutes. Once your email is set up you can access your email anywhere you want assuming you have an internet connection.
You may also want to download some apps to get you going. I'd recommend apps such as facebook, temple run, jetpack joyride, tube map (if you live in London), amazon shopping app. They are just a few apps which can get you going :)
-- CAMERA --
The camera is a 5megapixel camera with a front facing 1.3megapixel camera, they're okay for casual shots and even better when used with instagram (a photo app which lets you use cool effects with your pictures and share them). Obviously the camera isn't going to be the best but it does just fine for those quick snaps and I've never had a problem with it myself. There is also an LED flash on the front of the device which is handy for when you're lost in the dark!
-- MUSIC --
Depending on what size you bought, the 8gb, 16gb or 32gb determines how much music you're going to be able to fit on the device. I have the 16gb device and I haven't yet filled it and I have a fair amount of pictures, apps and music. However if you have a massive library of music the 32gb version may be best suited to you.
-- BATTERY LIFE --
Battery life is the only thing that lets this phone down, I have to charge it every day but lets face it... Most smart phones these days need charging every day. It's no big deal for me. You can always invest in a battery pack accessory for it too!
I love my iPhone and wouldn't change it for the world. Yes there are better phones out there with better specs but I like the fact iPhones are simple and easy to use. Every iPhone is the same and there is never any 'relearning' needed. You know what you're getting with an iPhone and there are no surprises. iPhones also maintain their value through the years so even after having one for 3-4 years, you can still sell it for a reasonable price assuming it's in good condition!
Summary: A fun phone which is definitely worth if you are one for apps!
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