Product Type: Apple Smartphone
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Apple iPhone 4S 16 GB
Member Name: Fante
Apple iPhone 4S 16 GB
Advantages: Camera is decent for a phone, easy to use, stylish.
Disadvantages: Pretty big for a mobile phone, expensive, too many things that are not needed.
I had been using the Nokia 1616 for around 3 years before being convinced by my girlfriend (an avid Apple fan) to upgrade my very low-priced contract to the iPhone 4S, much to the relief of my friends and family who couldn't believe a vicenarian didn't own a smartphone. This was unfortunately a mistake. While the phone is surely great for the right user, I am seemingly the wrong user. I need a phone for texting and, more often, calling. The endless extra features are just superfluous and a bit of a gimmick to me. As with all smartphones, you also have to sacrifice on size and weight. The iPhone 4s is one of the smaller smartphones on the market but it is still much larger (particularly in width) than the Nokia 1616 due to its touch-sensitive, high-resolution screen.
I only found one feature beneficial: the conversations in text messages. It's indubitably helpful because it is easy to forget what you last text someone and vice-versa. Moreover, if someone sends a long message it is tiresome having to keep switching between the inbox and creating a reply in order to re-read what you are replying to. Hence, the iPhone's conversations were a brilliant new feature.
However, there are plenty of unnecessary features. For example, this strong focus on apps is strange. How many working adults actually sit and play these games on their phones? I personally found them all quite silly and seemingly designed for young teenagers. There are endless other apps to download, such as weather, TV, news, finance, books, and other 'useful' tools but they rarely get used and seem pointless on a phone. I watch the news on the TV or read it in the newspaper and on the computer. I cannot imagine a time where I would sit and read on my phone. Same goes for the web browser which I have only used once, simply to test it out. I have heard many note that emails on the go are a huge benefit of smartphones and I can empathise with this view to a certain extent. However, I check my emails in the morning and evening and anything of high urgency at work is done over the phone. I can't say that having emails on my phone has been any help at all.
One thing the iPhone excels in (like all Apple products), and better than other smartphones I've tried, is its ease of use. The touchscreen is perfect with just the right level of sensitivity and very high accuracy. The layout and presentation, as well the phone design itself, is all very attractive and simple. Its high-resolution screen has led advertising and fans to praise its video capabilities. Personally I can't possibly imagine sitting and watching something on such a small screen. And where would this even occur? I guess if you use public transport a lot it could be helpful, but I either drive or walk like most. Even if I didn't, it cannot be comfortable or that enjoyable to watch something on your phone.
Overall, I think smartphones are essentially a waste of money. I prefer the tiny size of my Nokia 1616 over the iPhone and its simple nature without all the unnecessary extras which are basically simplified versions of other electronic goods. For example, I have a Canon 7D camera, so why would I need a camera on my phone? I have an iPod Classic, so why the need for a music player on my phone? I have a laptop and desktop, so why the need for a web browser and email on my phone? I'm sure most also have these goods, so it surprises me that when a new phone is released, everyone is screaming about the 8mp camera - which is poor compared to a proper camera of any quality.
Call me old-fashioned, but I like a small mobile phone that lets me ring and be rang, not an all-in-one device with inferior versions of other products, and Angry Birds.
Summary: Nokia 1616 wins.