Product Type: Apple Smartphone
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Apple iPhone 4S 16 GB
Member Name: ask_eve
Apple iPhone 4S 16 GB
Advantages: Fun, useful, stylish looking, simple to use, loads of apps to choose from, fast
Disadvantages: Still can't get a song as my ringtone :(
The iphone itself is slightly different to the iphone 3gs. It's more square shaped and doesn't have the rounded off back that the old phone had. It's got a silver trim around the edge and the back is shiny white with the silver apple logo on it. Mine doesn't say the gb on the back like my old one used to but I definitely bought the 16G. The front of the the iphone looks exactly like the 3gs with the round home button and a nice big touch screen. The only difference which I didn't notice at first is the camera which you can use to take pictures of yourself. The volume buttons are different on this model and are round rather than the original 'bar' which I've found easier to use. The mute button is in the same place and is easy to use by just sliding to the side. The lock button is located on the top right hand side and locks and lights up the phone with a simple press. The sim card is located in a different place which baffled me for a second when I first got it out the box. It's on the right hand side now instead of being ontop, not really sure why though. The overall look of the phone is really smart and you can tell it is good quality and expensive. It's quite comfortable to hold, not as nice as the 3gs to be honest because it's not curved but it's ok. It's quite light at just 140g. The shiny new screen and lovely clean back made me buy a case before I got the phone as it looks like it will scratch really easily. My iphone 3gs ended up battered and I knew I didn't want this one to end up the same way.
One of the biggest things that attracted me to this phone and my favourite feature is the camera. My old phone's camera was pretty poor and didn't have a flash which meant most pictures turnes out too dull and grainy. The iphone 4s boasts an 8mp camera with LED flash. It also has different lenses and face detection. I've used the camera more than anything else on the phone since I had it and have to say it is fantastic! I've got some lovely pictures of my grandchildren and christmas decorations and the image quality is fantastic. I've also found that you don't lose the quality as much when you zoom in to take a picture. I haven't printed any of the pictures off my new phone yet but I will be soon. The camera is much more responsive and quick than on my iphone 3gs and allows you to take pictures in quick succession which is great for action shots of the kids running round.
As with other Apple products, you've got the appstore which allows you download just about anything. You can find books, magazines, games, videos, software, social networking sites and more on there. Loads of the apps are free and some are paid apps, but they're not really expensive, usually about the £2 mark. You need to have an apple id which is just my email address and a password which you enter to download things which I think is really good as it stops anyone from downloading things you don't want or might have to pay for. The appstore is great and is really easy to use. You can navigate through a well organised library of games, utilities and more, press on them for more details and just click install if you want it. I've never paid for an app from there so I'm not sure if that's much different but I wouldn't imagine so. I've managed to get my favourite social networking site on my phone, a few games, instagram and dailymail which is brilliant to have a read if you're out and waiting around. I've also downloaded a torch which allows you to put the flash light on permanently. This has been brilliant for when I've just got into bed with the light off and dropped something or when trying to put my phone on charge in the dark. It's quite bright and comes in handy so it's definitely an app I'd recommend.
The phone itself is easy to use. The menu is laid out on the phone when you unlock it with the main things (contacts, messages, pictures, camera and calender) being on the first page. When you download apps, they appear on this menu and can be moved around so you can have them where you want. Other menu's like the settings are easy to navigate through just by scrolling and clicking on what you want and the black text on white background makes it really easy to read. The settings on the phone are easy to change and are quite clear. The only thing I struggled with was finding where you change the battery to display how much percent is left. I looked everywhere and found it eventually in the usage sub menu. When my home button broke on the previous iphone, I discovered the accessibility menu in Settings. This offers help for anyone suffering some kind of disability i.e. a voice-over for hearing problems and larger text. The assistive touch puts the home button on the screen which is ideal for when you've broke the original button! I thought it was really good when I discovered these extra settings to help people who might have trouble using the phone as this isn't something I've seen on other phones and it gives others the opportunity to use the same technology which I really liked.
I was amazed to discover the sat-nav on my phone just the other day. My old phone had one but it wasn't great and was quite temperamental and slow meaning it wouldn't keep up with where I was on the road. The one on the iphone 4s is fantastic! You just click on maps, type where you are and where you're going and you set off as a little blue dot on the map. The phone also talks to you like a sat-nav giving you directions which I think is brilliant, especially if you were to get lost and didn't have a map or sat-nav with you. It came in handy the other day and I think it was a great idea to have it installed on the phone as standard so you don't even have to download it.
I'd heard about Siri before I bought the phone but not a lot. It basically allows you to use voice control to complete tasks i.e. sending a text mesage or opening an app. You press and hold the home button to bring up a microphone. When it comes on, you say what you want and Siri responds with it, be it opening facebook or offering you a suitable web search. He also talks to you which I thought was really cool, I ended up having a strange, one-sided conversation with a pre-recorded robot when I first had it. You can turn his voice off so the results just come back on the screen but it's quite good when he talks back. I must admit, aside from playing around with Siri when I first got the phone, I've not actually used it to perform a basic function as I'm so used to just using the phone normally and also because I feel a bit stupid talking to my phone when I'm out the house. I do intend on trying to use Siri more though, especially for sending longer text messages as it could save time.
Another good point about the iphone 4s in comparison to the 3Gs is the charger. The new iphone requires a 'lightning' connecter which is much smaller than the original charger but the iphone 4s still has the normal 30-pin one so you don't have to change any of your accessories or docking stations or anything like that if you upgrade to the 4s. Also, if you''ve upgraded to the 4s from one of the other iphones, you'll have a spare charger with your old and new charger :)
The iphone 4s I have is running on ios 6.0.1 which it says is the latest software. The phone is really quick and responsive which is great as my old one had a terrible lag when texting and taking pictures. It means the phone doesn't freeze or close apps randomly like my old one did which drove me mad! The battery life on this phone isn't tooo bad. I thought it was worse than my 3gs but found that was just because I was on it non-stop when I first had it. I find a full, overnight charge lasts the iphone all day then I charge it again in the evening when I go to bed. That's taking into consideration my pictures I take, web-surfing, texting and phone calls throughout the day. If I play music on the phone then the battery drains quite quickly so I don't tend to bother.
You can get the iphone 4s on contract from around £30 a month (based on o2 shop prices), which I'm assuming would be a 24 month contract. You can but the iphone 4s brand new from Apple for £449.00 but it's much cheaper to shop around on amazon and ebay where they're a lot cheaper, both new and secondhand. The great thing about having such a popular phone is the amount of cases and accessories you can get for it. I never buy phone cases from the phone shops as they're always extortionately priced but I look on ebay as they have lots and lots of lovely designs to keep your precious iphone safe and looking lovely. I tend to opt for the silicone cases as they're easy to put on and have a slightly softer feel to them than the plastic cases. They also prevent your phone from slipping off surfaces which has saved my phone quite a few times.
I don't want to ramble on too much about the phone as it is incredibly similar to the earlier models aside from a few little differences. I must admit though, aside from not being able to have a song as my ringtone, I can't find a fault with the phone as of yet. I've only had it for about five or six weeks so it's early days in what I'm hoping will be a long relationship but so far so good! I would definitely recommend this phone to others as it's brilliant. I use it all the time for the simplest things wether it's checking social networking sites or my bank or just looking at what the weather forecast is. It's a great handy phone that's easy to use and worth every penny, I just hope it lasts well.
Summary: A brilliant phone that I don't think I'll ever get bored of