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Apple iPhone 4 16 GB
Member Name: phyllodes
Apple iPhone 4 16 GB
Advantages: Many features, Great quality, Nice screen, Apps, Good storage, Lovely sleek design, Good price
Disadvantages: Screen vulnerable to smashing if dropped
The iPhone has been going for a long time now, and I got my hands on one of these almost two years ago in replacement of a rather rubbish phone compared. In my opinion, the iPhone 4 is still an excellent phone, and it should be considered for purchase versus the iPhone 4s and iPhone 5 along with other popular smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S4. Although it may not carry the same speeds and functions and screen size, it is an incredibly useful phone for the current price.
The iPhone 4 features a 3.5 inch wide-screen multi-touch function retina display. It is of great quality and enables you to view photos and media with superb clarity and vivid colours. The home button sits at the bottom of the phone below the screen, which brings you to the home screen where you can view all your applications. The other buttons lie along the upper left side of the phone - volume control and a switch to turn the phone on/off silent mode. On top of the phone is the power button, which can be clicked to lock the phone and held to bring up the power off option. That's it for the buttons - all the functions are cleverly integrated into the multi-touch screen.
The iPhone 4 weighs just 137 grams, which is not bad at all. It is 58.6mm wide by 115.2mm long by just 9.3mm in depth. At under 1cm thick, it easily fits into a pocket quite discretely. Obviously this can be compared to even thinner modern versions and other phones, but it's still a great size.
The phone is made of excellent quality materials meaning it is pretty solid and will not have pieces falling off, unless you drop it! The design is very simple and slick, available in either white or black finishes. I have the white 16 GB version, which is great as it does not stain with dirt like most white clothes or other accessories do.
The iPhone 4 has tons of features as a modern smartphone. It has two cameras - one on the front, one on the back. The back camera is a 5 megapixel camera capable of 5x digital zoom with a flash function too. The front camera is not as powerful, but used for things such as facetime and taking pictures whilst the phone is facing you with ease.
The App store and iTunes score enable you to purchase/get 'apps' and music/videos respectively from a massive choice - many of which are free. Apps can help you in your day-to-day tasks - many of which feature functions that are not built into the phone. Other apps include games that you can play in your spare time and so much more. As they say, there literally is an app for everything! Even measuring your own heartbeat (admittedly you have to feel your own pulse whilst tapping the beat into the phone, so you may as well just feel it and count with a timer but anyhow...)
The phone has all the usual features that have been around for a while, except brilliantly displayed on this touch screen display - calculator, stopwatch, alarms, email, internet browser, calendar, address book, voice recorder, GPS and more. Youtube used to be a default phone application, but you now have to download a separate youtube application from the App store.
Obviously the phone has calling and texting abilities with MMS capabilities too. The Newsstand app enables you to read magazines and newspapers from the App store.
The touch screen works really well. You are easily able to scroll through web pages, photos and messages. You can pinch the screen to zoom in and out and hold your finger down to give access to more options so that you can manage text easily - copying, pasting etc. The phone has capacity for storing many photos, which can be internal or external along with videos, music and all the applications. The 16GB version has been plenty for all of my music (minus a few old songs) as well as a small number of games and other applications.
The phone also has a built in accelerometer, which is used to tell which way the phone is standing. This means you can easily change the phone display by tilting the phone. It becomes natural after a while and works really well. This also enables you to optimise web page and photo viewing.
This phone is incredibly easy to use. You don't really need instructions! You simply press with your finger where you want to go and what you want to do and it happens! You can scroll by sliding your fingers, zoom by pinching and even rotate by moving two fingers in a rotatory fashion.
The quality of phone calls is excellent - the speaker provides sound of good quality and people on the other end can always be heard (unless there is a signal problem). You can adjust the volume of the ear speaker to your liking too, depending on the environment you are in. It is very easy to type on this phone. I found it a little difficult at slow and was slow to start due to the small-ish size of the on-screen keyboard. However I quickly gained speed and now type at about one-third the speed that I can on a computer, which is pretty good going! The phone has a built in dictionary to make typing easier too, although this annoyingly replaces normal words with obscure ones sometimes and does not always work very well.
The phone comes with a charger, which can be plugged into a USB port (on any laptop/computer). This enables your phone to be charged and you can also sync data from your computer with the phone. Songs sync within seconds and movies sync surprisingly fast too within a few minutes depending on size. The battery is something that many people have had a problem with this phone. There are many ways to reduce battery usage such as quitting applications that aren't in use (as they stay open in the background) and switching off settings such as bluetooth/wifi/automatic location tracking. With plenty of use and knowing these tricks, the phone can easily last over a day before it needs a full recharge.
*Price & Availability*
This phone costs around £360 new but can be found for as low as £270 in black and white. It is not retailed by Apple anymore, who only sell the 8 GB version of the iPhone 4 at the moment. You can purchase it online through many other sellers and even on eBay where I originally bought mine. It is best to be very cautious when buying such an item on eBay however. I would try and see the phone in person before purchasing and also request a serial number to check on the Apple website that the product is legit (serial number can be found inside sim card tray). For under £300, this is actually a great price for a very functional phone and I would highly recommend it.
In summary the iPhone 4 is an excellent phone with many features that now is available at a reasonable price. It has a lovely display and is extremely easy to use, making life a lot easier with so many features usable whilst on the go! With the iOS 7 update coming out this September and compatible with this phone, it will soon be undergoing a revamp in terms of the design and function of the operating system. I would get your hands on one (or better - iPhone 4s/5) so you don't miss out!
Summary: An excellent phone with many functions, now at a reasonable price
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