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My favourite things about the iPhone
Apple iPhone 4S 16 GB
Member Name: claire405
Apple iPhone 4S 16 GB
Advantages: Make phone calls, text, browse the internet, play games, read books, sat nav... the list is endless
Disadvantages: You may get RSI from using it constantly, although I'm sure there's an app for that.
I've had my iPhone 4S for about a year now and I honestly feel lost whenever I am without it. Before that I had a very basic old Samsung with actual buttons that didn't do much more than making calls and texting. Obviously, it was a very big leap to switch to the iPhone. I know there are tons of iPhone reviews on the internet, so I thought I would just include my top 5 favorite things about it.
The first thing that strikes you when you pick up an iPhone is how slick and expensive it looks. It has clearly been designed with aesthetics in mind, something that marks Apple products out from other computer and mobile phone makers. The size and weight is just right to feel sturdy without being heavy on prohibitively bulky. I have always had a case on mine, which does mask some of the beauty of the iPhone, but does a great deal to protect it from scratches and bumps. I use it so much that it does get dropped on the floor at least once a week.
There are thousands of apps available to download to your phone. Many are free or have free versions with adverts. The list is endless. There's the flashlight, which turns the flash on the iPhone camera as a torch; the heart rate monitor, where you place your finger on the camera lens and it tracks your heart rate; newspaper apps such as the Daily Mail and the Guardian; BBC iPlayer (as well as ITV player, 4 OD and channel 5 player) to catch up on missed TV programmes, the kindle app to read e-books downloaded from the kindle store (useful for when you've left you kindle at home, and this will automatically sync with the page you're on) and hundreds of games, and apps for photo-editing and social networking. You will never get bored!
This used to be powered by Google Maps and has recently been changed to the Apple version, which isn't as detailed nd doesn't have the brilliant street view, but still uses the same principle to help you get about. I'm hoping this will be improved with future updates. When you open the maps app, the iPhone uses your 3G signal to tell you where you are on a map. You can switch it to the compass mode to show you which direction you are facing on the map. If you don't know how to get to where you need to be, you can enter the postcode or tap on the section of the map you want to get to and it will work out the quickest route to get there. You can switch between walking, driving or train according to which is more appropriate. Basically your iPhone is also a SAT NAV.
Now I know people have mixed opinions about Siri, but I think it's a marvelous addition to the iPhone. Basically, you can perform functions, such as setting a timer, making a phone call, sending a text, looking something up on wikipedia or opening a specific app by simply pressing and holding the home button and speaking what you want to do. And you don't need to learn specific commands, you just say it how you would usually speak. This saves a lot of time if you want to get to certain app or function, but you don't know where abouts on the menu it is. Also, if you are doing something that requires getting your hands dirty, such as cooking or dying your hair, you can quickly set the timer without any fuss.
This, at first, did not seem like any great innovation. At a specific time, an alarm goes off with a message displayed with what you wanted reminding about. But the iPhone goes one step further. It uses the phones GPS tracking to determine where you are, so you can set a reminder to go off when you reach a certain destination. For example, if you know you need to remember to take the bins out when you get home, but you don't know what time you will get home, you can set the reminder to go off when you get home. The iPhone detects when you arrive home and the alarm goes off and your message pops up. If it is not your job to take the bins out, this is particularly satisfying to set up on the iPhone of the person whose job it is and whom often forgets! Likewise, you can use it to set up a message for when you get to work or the supermarket, or anywhere you want. I usually set up reminders using Siri, which makes it even simpler, you press the home button to start up Siri and say "remind me to take the bins out when I get home". And that's it!
OK, that's my top 5. In summary, I struggle to remember how I lived my life before the iPhone. You will never get bored, or lost or fumble around in the dark again. If you are considering buying and iPhone, stop it. Just go and buy one right now.
Thanks for reading to those who have made it this far.
Summary: It just makes life easier and more fun.