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iPhone 4 - The future has arrived
Apple iPhone 4 32 GB
Member Name: tenkilos
Apple iPhone 4 32 GB
Advantages: Superb functionality, design & user-friendliness
Disadvantages: battery could be better
I have been a somewhat typical opinionated consumer occupying the opposite half of the Apple-o-mania. Over the course of a number of years, whenever my contract came up for renewal, I religiously studied reviews & technical specifications of all the available phones in order to pick the best the market supposedly had to offer. The numerous ads showing how much more powerful than the iPhone these handsets were, how their battery power prevailed, how their screens were better, how they had more memory, better camera... well I'm sure you've heard it all before as well.
In the end every single Nokia, Sony Ericsson & Samsung very predictably failed to impress, most of their functionality was inaccessible to mere mortals with no postgraduate computing qualifications and I was eagerly waiting for my next to upgrade.
Eventually push came to shove and after another useless Sony with a keyboard which either refused to acknowledge your input or typed your chosen letter 3 times in a row, I gave in and patiently waited until my contract ran out and upgraded to the iPhone 4.
Having had a number of "top" handsets recently and having played around with a number of the competitors, I think I can safely say that the iPhone is a phone from an alternative universe when put next to any of its rivals. The key reason for this is its focus on the consumer. Apple have, as always, thought about the customer first and ensured that their handsets are geared towards the people who would want to use them rather than wowing with a set of numbers and useless specifications.
In terms of hardware, the first thing you notice is the screen. I have no interest in the technical aspects of how it works, etc, but the quality of the screen is second to none. The resolution is great, the colours vivid and it really feels like a high quality computer in your pocket. The camera on the back does not have the greatest resolution of mobile phone cameras, nor does it have the most amazingly powerful flash, gazillions of zoom or a fancy name lens yet when comparing the pictures taken with an iPhone to those with the above "qualities", it is surprising how good the iPhone photo quality is given its supposed inferiority. In fact, having owned a number of flagship Sony Ericsson camera phones, I can safely say that the numbers advertised mean virtually nothing.
On top of the quite obviously superior build quality, great design & looks, the iPhone boasts by far the most user-friendly operating system in existence. It is intuitive, simple to use, extremely user-friendly and geared towards people who don't want to point away with their scroller/stylus or use a de-facto immitation aka Android. The Appstore offers every single useful piece of software anyone would want - from countless games to useful gadgets and enhancements to Apple's own functions.
All in all, it is hard to think of anything that comes even remotely close to the iPhone in terms of quality and user-friendliness. If you're still having doubts or delusions about the superiority of other handsets, then you really need to open your eyes. I'm not some kind of an Apple fan who has upgraded from one iPhone to the next and now that the prices have finally come down, you would be kidding yourself not to get one. Make sure you use a cashback website which virually offsets the upfront costs and makes the contract that much more affordable!
Summary: By far the best phone on the market at an affordable price. Drag yourself into the new century!