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I purchased this phone from the network three in October 2012 on a 24 month contract and never looked back since.
In my eyes this phone has no faults at all, and I much prefer it to the iPhone 5 and 5s.
I have great network signal all the time, super quick speeds when loading web pages and apps, and it doesn''t lag at all. Although since the new iPhone update came out it slowed down a little, but this can be easily changed in settings but adjusting a few things.
I would highly recommend this phone to anyone, so far I think it is the best one they have made.
This phone is great for gaming (candy crush) and social networking like Facebook and Twitter, which can be downloaded for free of the iPhone app store, or viewed on the internet browser safari.
The only problem this phone has is the quality of battery life, when you use it for gaming or web browsing the battery soon drains, although it does quickly charge up, its still nevertheless a bit of a pain.
This phone has many other great things I like about it such as free iMessaging to other iPhone users if you have an internet connection or wi-fi, also it was the first iPhone to release siri where you can talk to a live robot and ask him or her various questions by clicking and holding onto the home button.
So if you are into your smart phones I would really recommend getting this one.
This is phone is the 4s version of apples' fabled 'iphone' first off for those of you who arent entirely sure what the 's' means in this phone let me give you a quick briefing... The main difference is one you cant exactly see just by looking at the phone, its internal, meaning that apple put a dual core A5 chip in the iphone 4s meaning its pretty much twice as powerfull - processor wise and the graphics off games, apps films or whatever are a heck of alot better too, as a side note - this chip is the same they have in the 'ipad 2'... interestingly.
The next step up from the standard Iphone 4 is the camera. Its gone from a 5mp (megapixel) in the 4 to a 8mp in the 4s, giving you a crisp clear snap from the back camera, However i must say from own experience (i use this phone) the front camera will still be a significant step down in photo quality as apposed to the front, it also cant seem to handle lighting very well on the front cam as many times ive noticed the picture to be very low resolution and sort of... 'staticy' if thats even a word.
-Back to the good note, the improved camera (back) will now capture video in a 1080p HD resolution, *if your not into resolutions and things like that basically this means your video recordings will be pretty much tip-top quality as theres not much improving to do on 1080p.
-other improvements include image stability and reduction of noise in your videos (less crackling)
IOS5 or Internet work operating system 5 is what the 4s is capable of containing, most new apps require high IOS to run, thats why you cant have some newer apps on the older versions of iphone like 3g for example, and with IOS5 theres a new- notification center you can access telling you whats going off on your most used apps with multiple tabs to view if you just want to see todays notifications for example. Its difficult to fully explain why having a newer IOS is better properly it just is, just like with windows computers Windows 7 or 8 will generally be better that say windows XP for example, the new operating systems are more compatible, faster and just in all better.
-4S has 'siri' -- a speech operated system which can navigate your phone for you just by talking. iphone 4 and older DO NOT have this function
-Very good App handling (opening and closing apps) by double clicking the home button users can quickly switch or close apps they have open.
-Dual antennae so if 1 is broke the other can be used.
Great phone, camera quality is improved and very good, IOS upgrade worth it, Faster and more powerfull than older iphone versions. in all worth buying or atleast choosing a contract with. Best phone ive had and ive had many many phones.
4 1/2 half eaten apples out of 5 :)
How do I know the iPhone 4S is great? Because, for the first time, I didn't rush out to buy the 5 and I still didn't change when the 5S and 5C came out. The iPhone 4S is the last model iPhone before Apple released the larger screen, primarily to compete with Samsung.
With the latest upgrade to iOS 7, the iPhone 4S is the perfect smartphone. The smaller form factor means that it fits perfectly in the hand and pocket and there are a significant number of accessories available given the length of time that it has been on the market. The processor means it is able to cope with the most recent games and 32GB of storage is ideal; large enough for a signfiicant music library and at a reasonable price. Most people won't need the 64GB which is available in the top-end model.
As with any smartphone, the real functionality comes with the software and iOS 7 is the simplest software to use. If you don't mind being locked into the Apple world, iCloud sync is fantastic; iTunes and the App Store offer the easiest way to get content and the updated look and feel of iOS 7 give this phone an almost new feel.
Given its age, it's likely that the iPhone 4S will become increasing unavailable from the mainstream network providers. If you are looking for a new contract phone, get it now whilst it is much cheaper than the newer models or if you're out of contract, you should be able to pick one up second hand at a greatly reduced price.
The iPhone 4S is the pinnacle of the range of smaller sized iPhones and if you don't want a large screen (and if you do, buy an iPad), it cannot be beaten.
I've had this phone since October 2012 and I love it works perfectly and I don't want a new phone because this one is perfect. Not one fault. Great signal, so strong and fast. Never had a problem with it and I have a 32GB IPhone. Would highly recommend this phone for anyone probably the best iphone apple have made. This phone is great for gaming and social networking, traded from a blackberry to iPhone 4S and one of the best decisions I've made. If I had any problem with this phone it would be battery life but it quickly charges so doesn't bother me can easily get through a day with regular use. The camera is fast and light and Internet connection is really strong. The phone has great perks like free messaging to other iPhones and being the first iPhone with Siri just makes it great. Many people complain about typing on iPhones however you get used to it quickly and autocorrect is helpful.
I upgraded from my Apple iPhone 3 to the 4S around a year ago and haven't looked back since. I absolutely adore the additional features, including Siri and the extra storage space. The camera also seems sharper and easier to use than the earlier model, and there are some wonderful apps available to improve the image capturing experience. Connectivity is through Wi-Fi, 3G or bluetooth and has been very reliable, even whilst travelling. As most people will have an iPhone on contract, it's worth pointing out that data packages can be expensive (especially when roaming) and it can really pay to shop around before upgrading for the best deal.
Visually the phone is everything you'd expect from an Apple product, sleek, lightweight and well designed to fit into the average palm. The touchscreen display is just the right size for easy typing, and is suitable for viewing images and watching videos. The phone is surprisingly thin and lightweight given its power, and with the 32gb storage also means that you're saving space and money on needing to carry an additional mp3 player or camera.
There are a few issues with the 4S, including that the battery life can be very short - especially when 3G is on or when there are multiple apps running. Despite this, the phone charges relatively quickly and the battery life can be significantly extended with careful use. It's also worth noting that many of the phone cases available for the 4S can impact on the image quality of the camera or interfere with the flash. If you're wanting to take a lot of pictures it's important to check the case before hand, especially as this model scratches very easily without one.
I bought this phone second hand and yet it still performs excellently. It is built with maximum precision and durability. Although a bit pricey the phone is capable of many different things and has enough processing power to read and send emails, download apps from the App Store (games, utilities etc) and browse the Internet.
I have the 32gb model and i have 1,180 songs, 41 videos (TV programmes and films), 187 photos, 85 apps yet still have 1.5gb available.
The battery life is excellent yet it does depend on how your use the phone and the cameras are excellent with 1080p recording.
For people not use to these types of phones it is extremely easy to use with simple touching gestures to navigate through the phone.
On the downside however I do very highly suggest to get a hard case (a good one from Amazon is about 3 or 4 pounds) as both the back and front are made of glass. Although it doesn't cost a lot to repair this it still is a major hassle.
I bought 2 iphone 32gb for me and my partner from the apple shop, it is by far the best phone i have had for the things it does, really good camera which i use alot for work to take pictures etc to put on my website so no need for a camera, always have my emails at hand have my personal and business emails from it, i also have alot of games on it so it is getting its full use,one main app i use is around me which pinpoints anything you could think, for example you want to no were the nearest mcdonalds is it will find it and then direct you there through maps, another really useful app is an app called waze, if you are traveling somewhere short or long journey and you go onto your waze app it will tell you if there are any traffic jams or police on your journey, blackberry's were always thought of being the businessmans phone but i no alot of people that have changed from blackberry to iphone as it does alot more than the blackberry, good speaker aswell and good headphones, there are some bad points, mine and my partners freezes alot and sometimes during a text you will be writing it but no words are on the screen i have alot of dropped calls, the best piece of advise i can give is if you were to get one BUY IT FROM THE APPLE SHOP my partner has been in 6 times to the apple shop and if they cant fix the problem there and then they will give you a new one my partner has had 5 and ive had 2 i bought the extended warranty aswell which lasts for 2 years which is well worth it as any problems you have the piece of mind to go straight into the shop and get it fixed!!!
When I had to give up my company phone, I had the difficult task of deciding what I wanted for myself. Recently, the company switched from Blackberry to Apple, so I had some experience of both. I only really took the Samsung Galaxy into consideration as well. Between the Blackberry and Apple, the only thing I missed on the Apple was the light coming whenever I had a new message. For all other applications, Apple was superior. So the decision then was between buying my own Apple or going for the Samsung Galaxy. Less weight and a bigger screen size seemed appealing at first with the Galaxy. When actually handling the Galaxy, I became worried about the sturdiness of it. Also, the screen definition was not as clear as with the Apple 4S. One of the deciding factors between the 2 then become a security issue with downloading apps. As you might have gathered from my review, I am not a techy person (I just want a phone, be able to send/receive emails and install interesting apps). Downloading apps from an open source (and not knowing what some of them could actually do to my phone!) versus being screened and approved by Apple was an appealing thought for me. Decision made!
I have had the Apple 4S for about 6 months now and I have been very pleased with it! I have not had any problems with reception or calls cutting out. I have not really missed the light indicating new messages at all. In fact, I find it more peaceful this way! I have installed and enjoyed some great apps and the camera has been very useful for scanning documents as well as taking pictures/videos of course!
All in all, the 4S is a very safe bet and you will end up with an amazing little machine at your fingertips!
For the past few years, I've always bought Blackberry smartphones due to wanting a proper QWERTY keyboard and my dislike of unresponsive touchscreen devices caused by previous bad experience. Finally this year, I decided to change and buy an iPhone because of constant problems with Blackberries crashing and becoming slow. As I have purchased a few apple products in the past, I had high expectations of the iPhone - it surpassed them all! Although I thought the touchscreen would be an issue, the on-screen keyboard and responsive screen mean that I have no problems with using it, and prefer it to a traditional keypad now!
I decided to get the 32GB model due to wanting to use the phone as a replacement to my iPod which had recently broken, and have found that the storage is well suited to my needs e.g. quite a few apps and around (2000 songs). However, if you have much more than that I would reccomend getting the 64GB version as once you choose the amount of memory you are stuck with it as it cannot be expanded through external memory cards much like other phones can.
The phone has all the features you would expect of a modern smart phone, along with some others that you may not think you need but will end up using constantly e.g. the popular 'Maps' app. Making calls is quick and easy, and the sound quality is great i.e. no crackling. Messages (the app for sending texts etc.) is also straightforward, and the addition of the conversation style view, where it shows all messages to and from a person in one screen, means it is quick to see what has been sent and recieved. Moreover, the integrated 'iMessage' allows you to send free messages to other iPhone and ipad users, saving you money!
The 8MP camera is one of the best I have used, and it even easily compares to basic digital cameras (with the same features you would expect e.g. flash, manal focussing where you can choose what to focus on). However, at night the picture quality does become slightly less and the images often appear grainy.
Siri is also a great addition to the features found on the iPhone 4, the predecessor to the iPhone 4s. Using Siri makes it easier to find things on the phone, and can tell you a variety of things by searching the web for you so you don't have to. It can also do things like search for nearby restaurants, and even tell you the latest sports scores!
The app store also makes this phone a clear stand out in the market, with a very wide range of apps and something suitable for everyone! With many free apps, you can extend what your phone can do with no additional cost and personalise it so it fulfills your own needs. The app store is constantly being updated too so the possibilities of what you can download expand greatly each time you use it!
One down side of the iPhone to me is the relatively quick battery drain compared to other smart phones. On an average days use for me, the battery can go from 100% to 0% in as little time as 12 hours, which can be very impractical if there are no charging facilities available. Compared to a Blackberry, this is very short as mine could often go a whole day without needing to be charged.
With this issue, and even though the price does seem quite high, I truly think you get good value for money when you buy an iPhone 4s, and would definitely reccomend this phone to anyone.
Having owned an iPhone since the very first model, I have many years of experience dealing with these Apple products. I currently use the latest model, the iPhone 4S 32GB in black. I can only praise this phone and that's not because I am an Apple fan, it is genuinely one of the greatest phones I have owned. I have used the 4S for around a year now and it is still running as well as the day I bought it. The build quality of the phone is second to none. It just feels right to me. The upgraded 8 mega pixel camera with its five in built lenses is quite simply the only camera you would ever need. It produces beautiful sharp highly detailed photographs that are a pleasure to view on the retina display but when transferred to the computer for viewing on the big screen also prove their quality. The faster processor chip gives a much needed performance boost when compared to my previous 3GS iPhone. Apps, email and web browsing all happen quickly and smoothly. I find Apples iOS system to be one of the most intuitive and aesthetically pleasing operating systems on any phone and is very stable to use. Quite simply it just works. There are a few little cons to owning an iPhone 4S but these are issues that have been around for some time. Some functions of the operating system you wish you could access from a single control panel rather than having to dig deep into the settings app on the phone. Things like turning the wifi on and off etc. I believe this is to be addressed in the new iOS6 software update to be released shortly. Also the dreaded short USB power cable and the not so great headphones that the iPhone comes bundled with are a bit of a let down. Overall I can recommend the iPhone 4S highly. It is something that I can honestly say I rely heavily on and it has never failed me yet. Just the best all round smartphone out there.
I've had a lot of phones over the years. Nokia, LG, Samsung, HTC.. I always thought the phone I had was great and was a real fan of HTC, determined to get a new HTC once my contract was up. However, then I got the iPod Touch and completely fell in love with the iOS (operating system). It just makes everything that one bit easier and it's as if it knows what you want. All the things I have thought would be a good addition to an interface is included in the iPhone. For example being able to categorise your apps and put them all in one place for you to find later. This, coupled with the fact that O2 were offering some great deals on the iphone 4s (unlimited texts and calls, with 1GB internet for £36 a month), made me opt for the iPhone 4S rather than the HTC I had previously planned on getting.
I decided to opt for the 32GB version because then I could sell my iPod and just have one device with all my media on it. I'm pleased with this decision, as now I can carry all my music, videos and apps in one hand! If you don't have that much music to carry around then the 16gb version would probably suffice, but if you've got 1000s of songs you want to carry around then the 32gb or 64gb version is your best bet. I also went for the white version because it doesn't show up marks, grease or scratches whereas the black one does. Both colours though are sleek and look good.
Messaging on the iphone is swift and simple. Even normal texting is like instant messaging and the iPhone's iMessage (which allows you to send messages and pictures to other people with iPhones without using your text allowance, and instead using wifi or 3g internet) is even faster. It's enabled me to send texts much quicker whereas with my HTC it could sometimes feel like a bit of a chore. I would be very unlikely to have long conversations but with the iphone I find myself having full conversations as if the person was here with me, sending and receiving hundreds of texts an hour sometimes! This is great for uni when sometimes the person you are contacting can live on the opposite side of the country. Another great addition with the iPhone is FaceTime, which allows you to video call other apple devices. This is great for keeping in contact with the family while you're living away, or keeping in contact with friends that live anywhere in the world! The video is crisp and clear, surprisingly good for a phone and better than a webcam which could be used for similiar services on, for example, skype. With the 4S's new 8 megapixel camera and 1080p (HD) video recording, you are sure to be impressed!
Calling is simple, and with the addition of Siri you needn't lift a finger! Simply request to call such and such a name and the phone will do it for you! The sound of calls is great quality and a real step up from my old HTC (I had the HTC legend which is relatively outdated now, so this isn't a criticism on the current lot of HTC phones).
Surfing the internet is where for me the iPhone really is a step up from the rest. It's quick to load, it's easy to zoom in and out, you can easily select text to copy and post onto other apps or text messages. Everything you could want from a phone is here, right at your fingertips.
Where the iPhone really stands out though is in its app store. While other phones may boast better processors (although the effect on performance is really, minimal) the iPhone boasts a better experience because it offers you more than other phones. More games, more apps to make your day easier, more education, more everything. There's something for everyone in the app store and thousands of things to help you stay productive throughout the day!
If deciding between the iPhone 4 and the 4S, I'd ask yourself what you are really looking for in a phone. The 4S is slightly faster and has a better camera, and has the addition of Siri. However if none of this interests you, you would probably be better going for the 4 and saving a few pounds. Siri itself is more of a gimmick at the moment, and while it is fun I don't often find myself using it. If you are one that really likes to keep up to date with their phone though you may want to hold off until the iPhone 5 arrives, projected to release by the end of this year!
Really I couldn't ask for more from my iPhone. Until something new comes along that really blows the iPhone out the water, as Apple originally did when the unveiled their phone in the market, I can see that I will be sticking with Apple phone devices for a long time to come.
I recently bought the iPhone 4S 32GB in black, and it is definitely the best phone I've had so far. It's my first iPhone, so I can't compare it to previous models, but compared to my old smartphone (an LG optimus), it is much quicker, easier to use, and has way more features. If you're changing from anything but an iPhone 4, you do need to get a new micro sim, but it's easy to switch - I just went into my local o2 store and they set it up for me straight away, including changing my contacts over. The phone itself is easy to set up initially, it walks you through connecting to wireless etc. Again, email is easy to set up, and you can link it to multiple accounts so you get all your email in one place. You can also link to your calendar, e.g. in outlook, so when you change something on your phone or in outlook, it automatically updates the other which is great! The camera is another good feature, at 8MP it takes good quality photos for a phone. I have to say, I don't use the Siri feature very much, but having played around with it, it has an impressive ability to understand what you're asking it to do!
To iPhone or not to iPhone, that is the question.
The iPhone is a premium priced handset and purchasing one is normally a big decision. But is the iPhone 4S for you?
In my opinion, yes. Having previously owned an iPhone 3GS, the improvements that have been made in the iPhone 4S are fantastic. The 'Retina Display' is fantastic to behold and the smoothness and speed that the new A5 chip offers makes browsing through your phone a pleasurable experience.
Apple's new Assistant feature basically turns the iPhone 4S into your very own (computerised) personal assistant. I can ask him/her any question and he/she is very quick to give me the answer. You can also use Siri to send hands-free texts or call someone without having to hunt through your phone. If you purchase this phone, be sure to ask Siri "How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuch wood?" and enjoy the answer.
As mentioned above, the iPhone 4S sports a 3.5" Retina Display. Although it has become common ground for smartphones to have atleast 4.0" displays, it is definitely not needed on the 4S. Pictures and applications are colourful and the Retina Display makes the images very crisp. Furthermore, the phone sits very comfortably in the hand and one hand is enough to operate it as your thumb can reach all over the screen.
Camera and Video and Sound:
The iPhone has an 8 MP camera and 1080p HD recording. These specifications, along with the many features that allow the phone to shoot high quality pictures and videos (Tap to focus, LED flash and video stabilization) make it a mini digital camera as well as a phone. It also sports a VGA-quality front facing camera which allows you to Facetime and Skype as well take pictures of yourself and friends without having to fully extend your arm and twist it into uncomfortable positions!
The format for the music player on the iPhone remains the same as previous versions. However, this is not a bad thing. Why change something that is easy to use? As for the sound quality, the speakers are still very loud and clear and the equalizer allow you to play each song exactly how you want it.
Other Important Bits:
The new dual-core A5 chip in the iPhone 4S allow it to respond to your every need in a precise way and even though my phone is filled to the brink with apps, I still haven't noticed any change in speed. Also, my Sat-Nav is now collecting dust in the cupboard as the iPhone's GPS system allow it to guide you through the streets just like, if not better than many cheap to medium priced Sat Navs.
One final issue that people always have with iPhone's are their battery life. Some complain that by midday the iPhone is screaming to be recharged. Although this may be a problem for some consumers, it has definitely not been a problem for me. As tedious as it sounds, to get the best performance out of your phone it is always worth reading the booklet that accompanies it. When I first purchased the phone, I used it till the battery ran down to zero, then charged it overnight. It is important to remember that these batteries are lithium-ion and like the old nickel-based batteries, they do not have memories. So it doesn't matter if you only charge to 80%, it will not affect your battery life. For me, I never let it drop to below 25% and this allows me to use the phone moderately for at least a day.
Having used Android, Blackberry and iPhone's, I believe that the iPhone is the entire package. It provides you with style and precisions while sacrificing nothing. Yes it is expensive, but you are paying for quality and if you are planning to make full use of the App Store, iCloud and the many other features that the phone brings with it, you will NOT be disappointed.
A few months ago I was due an upgrade on my contract after owning an iPhone for 2 years.
I contemplated upgrading an Android device, or a Blackberry, due to the deals my network were giving me.
I ended up getting the new Blackberry Bold 9900. The first few days were fine, as it was exciting having a new phone, however after a week it really started nagging me. The poor battery life, having to deal with crashes on a daily basis etc. Then I also started missing the vast array of Apps available on the App store. The thought of having this phone for 2 years was a nightmare!
After 2 weeks of owning the Blackberry, I went to the Apple store and bought myself a 32gb iPhone 4s.
This is possibly the best decision I have ever made! I got all my Apps back, much better battery life, and decided from that moment, I will never stray from an iPhone again.
Although pricey, I believe an iPhone is worth every penny. It can be whatever you want it to be thanks to the hundreds of thousands of Apps. It is reliable, the styling is modern as are the materials used, and the support from Apple is first class!
As for functions, the iPhone's camera is amazing, especially when shown on the incredible retina display. Colours are bright and true to the real thing. There are no issues with speed, everything runs smoothly even when 32gb of storage is maxed.
Anyone thinking of purchasing one should do so ASAP!
Purchasing an iPhone, for most people, is quite a big decision. iPhones are not cheap phones that last for a year or so then if they break it won't matter. These are high quality smartphones that cost hundreds of pounds (upto £600 depending on the storage capacity) which to most people, me included, is quite a large amount of money to be spending on a mobile phone, especially in the current climate. An iPhone isn't just a purchase on the off chance because it looks nice, it is an investment. Reviews play a hugely important role in peoples buying decisions - I should know, I read countless Amazon reviews and spent time researching the new features before purchasing mine and I think that it is important for the reviews and articles about such a popular, expensive spartphone to be as full of information as possible - and also be as honest as possible rather than acting like the product is God's gift! Not that it's awful or anything, but i'm sure you all get my jist. This is why i've decided to write an honest, detailed review about my iPhone, the new (and old!) features, the overall quality.. and how much I love it!
**What's an iPhone?!**
I'm sure everyone reading this review will of heard of an iPhone at some point in recent years, as these phones are so hugely popular and they're also available pretty much worldwide. In fact, I bet about 80 percent of people reading my review own an iPhone themselves, however for those who have been living in a cave for the past few years (!), an iPhone is a phone made by Apple Inc (who also make iPads, iPods and macbooks). The iPhone has a touch screen and is marketed as a 'smartphone'.
A smartphone is a mobile phone which has advanced features - for example it has access to the internet, is able to play music, has a high quality camera and so on. A smartphone is essentially a pocket sized computer with so many brilliant features it's almost unbelievable, after having owned an iPhone for over two years I can see why they're so popular. Prior to my purchase of the iPhone 4S, I actually owned an iPhone 3GS, which I had on contract with Orange, however when I saw the advert for the iPhone 4s I knew that I just had to have it, so waited until my 18 month contract was over (luckily when I saw the 4s I only had 3 weeks left of my contract!) and then bought it.
I wasn't sure whether to get a contract or pay full whack and own it outright, but in the end after reading *alot!!* of reviews and trying it out for myself in the Apple Store, I purchased it, contract free. iPhones were first introduced in early 2007 by Steve Jobs, Apple's co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer. Since then there have been several different models (aka generations) released including the original iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and the most recent is the iPhone 4S, which is the model that I am reviewing. To be honest, despite the fact that I love my iPhone, I am still not completely sure that I will be keeping it for the next five years or so as at the rate technology is changing there will likely be a new version released soon with ten times the features etc which I do see as a downside because the iPhone 4S will be old news within no time, however for now I am content with the wide range of features and quality.
**Price and availability**
This is probably the most important part of my review, because who doesn't want to know the price or available options when buying such an expensive product? The price for the iPhone 4S does vary quite a lot. It can be purchased for a set sum of money but it is also available on a contract through phone companies such as Orange, O2 etc. The contracts range from 12 months up to 24 months and average at £36 a month depending on which company you opt to go with. As previously mentioned, I purchased my phone for the full price as I felt it was better value and I wouldn't be tied to just one phone network. I purchased my iPhone from the Apple Store as I felt that this was the best place to go to get excactly what I wanted (I wasn't willing to risk buying a dodgy one from eBay!) I paid £599 for my 32GB iPhone which is a hundred pounds more than the 16GB version at £499 and a hundred pounds less than the 64GB version at £699. Prices will vary where you buy your iPhone from but I doubt that even from somewhere like eBay you'd be able to get it for much less than £450.
**Value for money**
Obviously with such an expensive phone it's important to know if it's actually worth it. I bought my iPhone at the beginning of October last year, so have had plenty of use out of mine and I can honestly say that I am already addicted to it and take it everywhere! I think it was worth every penny, because it's so easy to use and so handy - it's got everything a laptop/computer would have but can fit in my pocket meaning I can check my e-mails and facebook no matter where I am. It also has a camera which is good quality and so many other features and it's incredibly sleek and attractive in design. It's very sturdy despite how neat and compact it is and for the high quality and countless features, I do think it is worth the money.
However, if you have a laptop and use it most of the time and don't really venture very far and don't need to regulary text, call or e-mail on the move then there isn't much point in getting an iPhone to be honest, because it is just like a mini laptop. If you haven't got money to blow and have to choose between and iPhone and laptop, I would go for the laptop as the only advantage that an iPhone has got when compared to a laptop is the camera and the phone function, which are available on laptops anyway (eg webcam, skype).
I do spend quite a lot of my spare time when at home on my laptop but find the iPhone handy for when I am out and about and want to check up on stuff (eg Facebook) and it's also handy for when i'm waiting around for appointments, buses, trains etc as I can listen to music, watch films or even speak to my boyfriend (and see him at the same time) on Skype!! I have got a feeling I will get the absolute most out of my laptop when I am back at university as it will be so handy for when i'm sat in the library studying and need to look something up without waiting around to use the university computers.
**Physical appearence and connectivity**
iPhones have a very distinctive appearence, they're a wide rectangular shape and very sleek. The iPhones are quite flat and compact and the iPhone 4S is 4.5 inches high, 2.31 inches wide and 0.37 inches deep. The shape is handy because it fits into the palm of my hand easily and it's easy to grasp securely, with not alot of effort as it's so light - it weighs just 4.9 ounces which when compared to a lot of other phones is extremely light. The iPhone is available in two different colours; white and black. I have the iPhone in white as I personally think that it's much more feminine (sorry to any men reading this who have a white iPhone - lol!) and I also think the white one is slightly less common than the black ones. I also like that it's a little more distinctive, so it comes in handy when my friends leave their iPhones laying around the house - I always know which ones mine as i'm the only one out of my friends (apart from one of them) who has a white iPhone.. which is nice, 'cause I feel a little unique lol!
The front of the iPhone is taken up by the 3.5 inch touch-screen, along with a button at the very bottom of the screen. I have no idea of the actual name of this button - I think it's the home button (?) however this is the button that takes you back to the main iPhone screen (eg if you're on the internet and press it, it will take you back to the main iPhone screen which has all of the icons) and it is also the button that wakes the iPhone up when it's locked itself (this happens when it's been inactive for a certian amount of time).
This button is circular with a square on the middle. It's excactly the right size for a thumb or finger and looks very neat. I love how large the touchscreen is; it's so easy to use and I can use more than one finger at a time which is handy when I am writing a long message as it takes much less time with two fingers rather than just one!! The iPhone casing is very glossy and expensive looking, and on the back of the iPhone it has the Apple logo, which is a silver apple which is an apple, underneath the apple logo it has 'iPhone' written on it. There are two small round camera lenses - one on the front and one on the back with the LED flash next to the one on the back, and on the front at the very top above the screen there is a 'strip' - this gives the phone its signal I think.
The on/off button is at the very top of the iPhone on the top right corner, it's easy to use and access and because it takes quite some pressure to push down, there's no worry of it turning itself off when it's in my bag - I walk quite fast and my iPhone probably gets thrown all over the place inside my bag so it's good that it can't turn itself on or off by mistake. On the left hand side it has the two volume control buttons which are easy to use, and there's also the ring/silent button. On the very bottom of the iPhone there's the pin-dock connector. This where the USB plug used to charge and sync the iPhone is inserted. Next to this on the left side is the built-in microphone and on the right hand side of it there's the built-in speaker. There is also a small hole which is the stereo headphone minijack, and all of my earphone fit into it fine. There's a small slot on the iPhone which can be opened either by Apple or by yourself with the help of a tool that they give you. This slot is for the mini sim to go in. The sides of the iPhone have a very modern, sleek silver metal rim which adds so much elegance to the phone; without it it wouldn't look half as good in my opinion.
**What comes in the box?
The iPhone comes in a compact rectangular white box, which has a picture of the iPhone on it along with 'iPhone 4S' written on the sides clearly. The box is made of good quality, smooth to the touch cardboard with the iPhone securely inside. Inside the box, along with your iPhone you get: a pair of Apple earphones, a white USB cable, a micro sim, a white plug that connects to the mains iPod via the USB cable, and two booklets - a quick start guide and an information booklet. The iPhone also comes with two of the Apple logo stickers which I chucked away as I saw little point in them.
There are seriously so many acessories available for the iPhone, ranging from chargers to cases. I love that there is such a huge range of iPhone cases as it enables me to change it regulary meaning I don't get bored of it - it's just like putting a little outfit on it, haha how nuts do I sound! There are leather cases, wooden cases, silicone cases and even specially shaped cases which resemble cartoon characters!! Accessories can be purchased from pretty much anywhere and hugely vary in price depending on the design and quality.
The iPhone is available with either 16GB, 32GB or 64GB storage capacity. I have the 32GB, which is more than enough for my needs. I have so much music on it (4,706 to be precise) as well as over 20 short videos, 650 photos and 110 apps.. and I still have over 5GB of free space! Obviously though if you have very large, high quality music and picture files or very large apps (some take up over a thousand megabytes of space) it will take up more room. The speed of the iPhone despite being so crammed full of data is impressively fast and it doesn't lag or freeze etc.
I've found that despite how lightweight and delicate looking my iPhone is, it's actually quite durable. I've dropped it more than once and it didn't smash, although obviously I would not reccomend doing so! I was a little worried at first that the iPhone would scratch easily as it is so smooth and shiny. It does scratch a little but as long as you have a protective case it'll be fine and even if the back does get scratched, it'll be easy to cover up. The screen of the iPhone doesn't get smudgy or dirty easily which is suprisingly considering how much I wipe my fingers across the screen, it doesn't attract dust at all which is good and I barely ever need to clean it as it doesn't get dirty easily. I like how durable it is as that way I don't worry about using it out of the house, and it fits into my pocket and small clutch bag. Obviously though despite the durability of the iPhone it's not break-proof. I've had friends who have smashed or cracked the screen from dropping it by mistake, and I am also aware that the iPhone can get water damaged quite easily, so it's better to be safe than sorry and not use this while in the bath!!
The battery life on this phone is suprisingly good. With the amount of features it has I thought it'd be dead within a few hours of constant use, however I can use it all day before it starts showing as low in battery. I like that it gives you a warning when it's started to become low, as that way I am able to either charge it or quickly finish whatever i'm doing. Charging the iPhone is simple and it doesn't take too long either.
**Phone calls and call quality**
Well, in my opinion, the quality of the phone calls and the ease of actually using the phone for what it's meant for (ringing people) is the most important thing to mention. Making a phone call is extremely simple and I had gotten used to it within the first day of having my iPhone. To make a phone call, you simply 'click' (well, tap with your finger) onto the green 'phone' icon. This is at the very bottom of the screen in the left hand corner. Once you have clicked onto it, it brings up a list of options, for example it gives the option to see recent callers (handy for when my phones been off but the caller hasn't left a message), your contact list, the option to listen to voicemails and of course the option to ring someone by typing the number into the phone.
Apple state on their website that the iPhone 4S has a data speed of 14.4 Mbps (compared to the iPhone 4 at 7.2mbps), meaning that the phone connection doesn't lag and is as clear/good quality as possible. Calling someone is really simple and quick and it takes me literally 2 seconds to find a contact and call them. The sound is honestly crystal clear and hanging up is easy too - I hate those phones that haven't got clear buttons and make it hard to hang up from a call, where as the iPhone 4S has got a big red button labelled 'end' - once you press it, the call will hang up. While calling someone it gives a rundown of how long the call has been going on for under the contact name and it gives the options of muting the call, loudspeaker and facetime - facetime is amazing but I will go into that later. The call quality is brilliant and I have had no issues at all with people complaining about the quality of my phone (no 'I can't hear you' or 'your phone sounds weird' comments at all). Obviously if somewhere that has a low signal, the call quality will be slightly reduced but not to the point of being ridiculously bad. The loud speaker is also good quality and doesn't sound echoey or tinny.
**Text messages and chat**
It's simple to text on this phone and it's full of small features too. To text someone you simply press on the green 'messages' icon. This will bring up a list of any messages that are in your inbox. It will show the name of the person who sent it along with the message. If it's a long message then you will have to click onto it to read it. There is a search bar at the top of it which is handy, because if you type a certain word or phrase it will bring up any messages so it is really time saving if you want to refer back to what someone said but can't remember the exact phrase that they used etc. On the top right hand there is a symbol showing a square and a pen which you simply click on to write a message and in the top left corner there is an edit button which you click when you want to clear your inbox.
If I recieve a text then a small red circle pops up on the green 'messages' icon showing the number of unread texts that I have. It's a little like the Facebook notification symbol really! With the iPhone, once you send a message and recieve a message back, it will show on the screen like an MSN or Skype conversation would, so it's more like chat then actually text messages. The messages are displayed in bubbles and it shows the time when the message was sent next to each message which is a good feature too as you can see how long it takes someone to reply which helps to work out if they're too busy to talk if that makes sense!!
The mesages are also colour coded. The messages that the other person sends are grey and the messages that you send are green, which I like, but i'd like it if there was an option to change the colour scheme of the messages as it's very bland and unisex. It is also possible to connect to the internet directly from a text message if someone sends you a link, for example if i'm bored i'll ask my boyfriend or a friend to send me a good music video or something on Youtube and I can then click on it and be straight on it. Sending pictures is also a quick and easy process.
At the top once you've clicked onto a message it gives you an option to call the sender or edit the messages you have sent. To type a message back, you simply click onto the reply button (the sqaure with a pen) and a virtual keyboard will appear. It is so easy and quick to use seriously! Predictive text is also available to help avoid spelling mistakes but this often leads to more hassle and awkwardness than it is worth so I have mine turned off!! iMessage is the messaging system that the phone uses. This is a live chat rather than just text messaging and it can be used only with people who have an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad - it's an iPhone version of blackberry messenger basically! It's totally free and really fun and easy to use.
FaceTime is amazing! It is just like Skype and so easy to use. To start facetime you just call someone then press 'facetime'. If they accept the facetime call you will be able to see them, and they'll be able to see you. You can type while on facetime or just talk, and you can also mute it if you'd rather just look at eachother than talk lol. You can also email the person you're talking to while on facetime. It's a great feature, and helps me keep in touch on a more personal level with old friends; seeing someone on the screen is a lot different to just seeing a message. Although FaceTime is quite a large feature it doesn't take too much time to load. It usually lags a little at first but after a few seconds it soon catches up and runs fine. It can be a little awkward at first because you have to hold the camera aimed at your face, which can result in an achey arm, however I usually place it on a window sill or table then sit in front of it - that way the person on the other end can see me properly rather than just seeing a close-up of my face!! The sound quality on FaceTime is fab and I would really reccomend it.
Siri Siri is probably the most talked about feature of the iPhone 4S and it's incredibly handy as well as entertaining. Siri Siri has voice recognition and it 'speaks' back to you to awnser questions. Mine has a man's voice, although I think there's a woman's voice too. He has an english accent and it's obviously quite a mechanical, computerised voice. Once I got used to it I began using it everyday, usually as a form of entertainment to be honest - some of the replies are hilarious, for example my boyfriend told Siri that he needed to hide a body and it replied with 'What kind of place are you looking for?' along with a list of funeral services! You can have conversations with it too which is fab when i'm bored and need a laugh - I told it I loved it once and it replied 'Oh stop it, Daisy!' Haha. It really is fab. It can read texts out for you if instructed, and with a simple instruction it can also reply to them for you. It can play certian songs, playlists and open certian apps too. It can do pretty much anything, it can be even used as a timer.
The thing that I mostly use Siri for is playing songs. I simply tell it clearly to play a certian song.. eg "Play 1901 by Birdy" and the reply will be something along the lines of "Ok, playing 1901" or "Ok, here you go". It can tell you the current weather, the forecast etc and my boyfriend's Siri on his iPhone refers to him as Daddy for some reason - I think he's got it set to that as his name haha. Siri can add reminders to the reminder list to save typing them, eg if I say "Remind me to get cheese from Tesco when Marc gets home", Siri will reply "Here's your reminder for when Marc gets home". When using Siri you need to fill out your contact details on your iPhone for example your email address, name, date of birth etc. These aren't compulsary I don't think but it makes it funner - my Siri knows my DOB and name which I think is cute!! The possibilities are endless. It can find numbers, find contacts, do Google searches if instructed and so on. The programme is easy to use, but you do need to speak clearly and slowly in order for it to understand what you said or you can get some strange, random replies.
**Camera and picture quality**
The iPhone 4s has the best camera i've ever had on a mobile phone and it is as good as (if not better) quality as my digital camera. The built in camera is 1080p HD with 8 megapixels. It is designed with special optics to collect as much light as possible, resulting in stunningly clear, vibrant photographs. The camera has loads of options including face recognition (which is very accurate), photo editing tools with which you can adjust the size, brightness etc and it can also remove red-eye. It also has a feature called HDR. This takes three photos at once (each less than a second apart) and then layers the best part of each picture together to create the ultimate piccie - so clever and it definetly works as i've had stunning pictures with my iPhone. I have an 8 megapixel digital camera and although it's the same megapixels, the overall finish and quality of the photos is much, much better. The camera focuses well and i've never had issues with blurry pictures because it captures them so quickly, for example it was my cousins little boys christening last weekend and he was waving his arms about when I took a picture, but there was no blurriness in the picture at all.
The camera is quick to take a picture - almost instant, but it can also be put on timer too for family pictures when there's not a spare hand to hold the camera. I love the 'mirror image' feature of the camera too. It has two cameras, one at the front and one at the back. The one in front captures whatever is in front of it, and I can only see what i'm photographing from looking at the screen which is fine and dandy but when I want to take self shots of my self it can be awkward with normal phones, but with this one it's easy. With one simple click the camera suddenly shows the person holding it due to the camera on the front, meaning I can see myself on the screen when taking a piccie - this saves so much time faffing around getting into different positions as I am able to see what looks best straight away. I love the camera and viewing the pictures is easy, it displays them as small square icons and to view a larger version I simply tap it with my finger. I have transferred several pictures to my laptop from my iPhone and even on a large screen the pictures still look great.
You can add different features to the iPhone for example Facebook and twitter. It comes with Youtube on it already which is handy. The iPhone 4S has iOS as its operating system, which is mega fast so no complaints there. The basic features that it comes with are..
The calculator is fab and really easy to use. It has all of the basic numbers and multiplications (eg plus and minus), however, it doesn't have the devide symbol as far as I know, maybe i'm just been stupid and can't find it but i'm pretty sure it doesn't have it which isn't a massive disadvantage but I think it's a bit silly for it not to have it.
This is handy as it lets you flick through the different days and it can go either forwards or backwards to see what date it will be on a certian day.
This is handy for when wanting to write something but not having paper spare, or when i'm bored I will write a draft of a review and then type it up when on the laptop. The notes can be saved or deleted.
This stores any photos you've added onto your phone via the USB lead and it allows you to create different folders and rename pictures.
This lets you browse through different apps and purchase them if you like. It is easy to do but you have to be logged into iTunes to be able to make a purchase. I am always careful when browsing incase my finger slips onto 'buy now' by mistake!
This lists all of the music on your phone. It is catergorised in a number of different ways; song title, artist name, or you can 'shuffle' for a random playlist. It is also possible to create playlists of your favourite songs. When you click on a song it will bring up the picture from the song's album if there is one and it will play straight away with the artist and song name at the top. If you turn the iPhone sideways you can flick through all of the albums on the phone.
This is the internet, it's so easy to use! The iPhone 4S has bluetooth and connects to the internet wirelessly. With one click i'm online and I am able to go onto google or whatever site I want. The screen can be turned sideways to be wider which is handy and if you tap the screen it will zoom in.
Downloading things is easy peasy and it's very fast. All you need to be able to connect to the internet is a wireless internet connection - I can use mine pretty much anywhere there is a wifi internet connection which doesn't have a password.
There are also volume controls, an alarm clock and basic settings.
This phone is amazing. It's full of features and is like a mini laptop! It does everything even the most hard to please person could wish for and the quality shines through. The speed is incredible and I really can not fault it. Although the iPhone 4S is expensive, I would certianly reccomend it as it's a great investment. 100% reccomended, 5/5!