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I <3 my iPhone!!
Apple iPhone 4S 16 GB
Member Name: xkatyygx
Apple iPhone 4S 16 GB
Advantages: Amazing operating system and in general the best smartphone out there.
Disadvantages: Price!! Siri is a bit of a novelty.
So I recently bought an iPhone 4S when my old phone got stolen so I decided to splash out and get a nice new smartphone! I bought it from eBay brand new for £260 so I'm just going to get started with the review
It's a rectangle shaped phone with rounded corners and a flat back which is the same shape as the iPhone 4 and personally, I prefer the shape of this phone to the shape of the 3GS, I think it looks nicer and is nicer to hold in my hand. It has a silver trim around the edge and a white/black back with glass over it and an apple logo, then some information like 'Designed by Apple California'. On the left side of the phone there is the volume controls and then the mute switch and on the right side there is the sim card section which is unique to the iPhone as it has it's own compartment compared to other phones where you take the back off to insert the sim card.The front of the phone is mainly taken up by the screen which is 2"x3" but underneath that there is the round home button and above it there is a camera and microphone. The design of the handset looks very slick and expensive and you can clearly see that a lot of time has been spent on the design of the phone. I have a case on the back and screen protectors on both sides, the screen and back can get scratched quite easily so don't put it in the same pocket as your keys or just throw it in your bag!
The iphone operates the iOS system which is the same system that operates all the iPhones, Ipods and iPads. The system is honestly, the best system I have ever used on a phone, it is so smooth and easy to use. Immediately when you switch on the phone you know what to do, there are no complicated set up instructions, you just switch it on, plug it in to itunes and set up your language and wifi.
When calling on an iPhone, I have no problems with quality which I have heard has been a problem in the past with previous iPhone models. I have never lost a call which I am very pleased with.
The music player that comes with it is impeccable. When you plug it into itunes you can sync all your songs or certain songs on to your iphone, you can create playlists of your favourite songs or songs for when you do certain things like when you workout. You can sort your songs by artist, song name, composer, genre or album. It comes with the generic, white apple earbuds but personally, I prefer to use my own headphones because I find them better quality and more comfortable.
The big new launch that was with the iPhone 4S was Siri, the voice activated helper. Personally, I think it's quite fun to play around with once in a while but the novelty does quickly wear off. You can talk to it for a while if your bored but ultimately, the apple system is so easy to use that it's quicker to just do it yourself. To access siri you just press down the home button and it pops up and bleeps to let you know its recording.
The maps on apple are always rubbish, and personally i don't like them and don't use them. It was the same when they released the iPhone 5, they just get the maps wrong with roads, villages and even towns in the wrong place or just not there!
The app store is brilliant, there are so many amazing apps on there and it is the best application service in the world of smartphones. Any app is downloadable at the click of a button and there literally is an app for everything!!
I use the camera on the iPhone a lot as I love to take pictures and I find that the camera is very good quality, occasionally photos have come out blurry as you have to have quite a steady hand but for me that isn't a problem. I also like that there is a front camera as well as that means I can take photos of myself or me with friends and be able to see what it's like rather than taking 12 photos and having 1 half decent one!!
One negative about the iPhone is the battery life, it doesn't last very long at all. There are things you can do to improve it like turning the brightness of your screen down and turning off 3G but I still find that my battery life runs out rather quickly.
I was testing an iPhone 5 in the apple store and personally, I noticed no real difference apart from the weight and extra half an inch in screen size. If you have a 4S I don't see the point in upgrading really as all the features of iOS 6 are available on the 4S.
In conclusion, I believe it is the best smartphone on the market. It is simple easy to use and although it is very expensive, it does look amazing and it works brilliantly too. You can do pretty much everything you need to do in say to say life on an iPhone 4S!!
Summary: In my opinion, the best smartphone out there.