Product Type: Apple Smartphone
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Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5
Member Name: louisechackett
Apple iPhone 5
Advantages: apps, easy to use, looks nice, never gets boring....
Disadvantages: None really for me!
The phone arrived well packaged in a really sleek looking black box which immediately screamed expensive and top of the range to me. I was so excited when it arrived and immediately dove in to the box to have a look at the phone! Inside the box there was obviously the phone and a charger as well as a little tool which you need to insert your sim card in to the phone. O2 had also sent me a nano sim card which is what you will need for this phone and you may need to set this up but I found it really simple to do just by following the instructions on the packaging which involved sending a couple of free texts to a number. Also included in the box were some apple earphones with a little tool attached for changing the volume of your music and these were packed in their own little plastic box instead of just thrown in with the phone which is often the case with other phones I have had in the past! What surprised me with this phone is there was no real instruction manual on how to use the phone other than a few basic things and I would have appreciated a more in depth instruction booklet simply because this was my first iPhone and I wasn't really sure how things worked!
The actual look of the phone itself blew me away to be honest. I chose the black iPhone 5 as opposed to the white as I felt it looked sexier and would also be less likely to mark should I be handling it when applying my make up or something! It is a really thin phone and I was surprised by how light it was too because there was a notable difference between this and my old Blackberry torch. It just felt better to handle and looked much nicer too. The phone has a 4" screen which is virtually the full phone and it just looks so sleek and in my opinion is the perfect phone in terms of appearance. Buttons for changing volume and such like are small and unobtrusive and don't detract from the look of the phone at all. The back of the phone features the apple logo and a little bit of information about the make but this again isn't too noticable or in your face.
It has a 16gb storage, though others with larger storage are available and will cost more. I find this is more than suitable for my needs and I still have plenty of space on the phone.
The iPhone 5 took me through all of the set up things that I needed to do step by step and it was so easy to follow just by following the instructions on the phone. There is something simple about the way the phone works and so I felt confident tackling the set up even without a proper instruction booklet. You work through setting the time and date, an iCloud account and such like in just a couple of minutes so it is really nice and easy.
In terms of picking up contacts which were stored on my sim card the phone did this with ease but I found that the layout in the address book was a little bit different and so where as in my old phone Mum and Dad were stored under M in this phone it went to A taking the A from And as a surname so I spent a little time just editing some of my contacts in the address book so the looked as I wanted them to look but again this was really simple to do without an instruction booklet as it just seemed natural to know what I was doing with the phone.
One of the main things to know with the iPhone 5 is the button at the bottom of the screen is the main button on the phone and you use this to go back to the main menu at any point as well as for other things within applications on the phone.
Making calls is really easy on the iPhone 5 because down at the bottom of your screen there are a set of four icons which are probably frequently used and the phone icon is one of those. To make a call you simply tap on this and it will open another screen where you can tap favourites, recents, contacts, the keypad or access your voicemail. The touch screen is very responsive and so I find it easy to make a call. Call quality is excellent I find and you are able to put people on speaker phone if you need to just by tapping a button. At the end of a call you do need to remember to hit the end call button as opposed to just pressing the middle button on the phone which takes you to the main menu as otherwise the call will still be going on in the background!
Facetime is something that you can also access from the call menu but this isn't something that I have actually done as of yet because I don't make massive amounts of calls and it is something that is done between iPhones.
==Texting and typing==
Prior to having the iPhone 5 my main worry about the phone was that it was purely touch screen. My Blackberry torch was both qwerty and touch screen and you could use either of them and I tended to go for the qwerty key pad simply because if I ever tried on the touch screen I would type a load of rubbish! People with iPhones kept telling me that the iPhone was much more responsive and easier to type on and to be fair I wasn't totally convinced but when I got my iPhone I soon realised how true it was! The key pad that comes up when you want to type or send a message on the iPhone is a good size and as such I find that I can type reasonably accurately but what is even better is the auto correct feature on the phone! Quite often I can hit the wrong key if I am typing fast or walking and texting but more often than not the phone predicts what I want to say and gets it right. Of course "damn you auto correct" wouldn't exist if it was always right and I have been caught out a couple of times with this as my phone tries to change arse to area and etc to Eric all of the time for some reason! These are just a couple of examples and there have been many more!
I find texting and typing in general so easy on this phone because it is so responsive to my touch and now I wonder what I was worried about at all to be honest!
On the bottom of the phone with the phone icon there is also a mail icon where you can link various email addresses should you have them. I just have my yahoo account linked to my phone and find it really easy to keep in touch with people or contact people via email on the spur of the moment rather than needing to be at my computer. It is such a good tool to have on the phone.
One of the things I was most excited about when I was planning on getting an iPhone was the fact that I was going to be able to download lots of apps for it. You do this from the app store which comes loaded on to the phone and it is really simple to use once you have created your apple id during the set up as you just enter your password for any apps you want to download to your phone. Someone told me before I got this phone that you have to pay for lots of apps on an iPhone but I can honestly say the only one I have paid for is whats app and that was 69p for the year and you have to pay for that across all phones anyway!
In the app store there is everything that you could possibly want and I have to limit myself sometimes because I don't want to overload the phone with too much even though I am sure it could cope! Apps that I have on my phone currently are facebook, twitter, whats app, snapchat, words with friends, candy crush saga, you tube, google, instagram, instacollage, amazon, paypal, a banking app, minion rush, a countdown to Christmas, my fitness pal and the trainline. All of these apps work really well and you will be asked when you download them if you want to allow them to notify you if someone contacts you for example and so I tend to do this just for the ones like twitter and facebook where I want to know if I have been contacted but the others I just check in as and when I feel like it.
What is brilliant is because this phone has such amazing graphics is that you can download and watch movies from itunes for example if you wanted to. You can easily play games or watch videos on you tube and know that the viewing experience is going to be brilliant. I was actually blown away by the quality of the games and such like on the iPhone because my old Blackberry was nowhere near as good graphically.
You won't ever be bored with an iPhone because of the fact you can download so much to do and it is true that it is just a mini computer in my opinion. You can save notes and reminders as well as input things in to your calendar on the apps which come pre installed on to thephone. I certainly use my phone as a planning tool inputting my work rotas and such like so I can easily check if I am free on a certain day. I can do banking on my phone, add things to my wishlist for Christmas or check the weather so long as I have a connection to wifi or a good signal on my phone.
The camera is one of my favourite things about the iPhone 5. It has an 8 mega pixel camera which is probably pretty standard really these days but for me it seems so much better than any camera I have had in the past and on my most recent night out I didn't actually bother taking my camera because I had my phone in my bag.
What you can do with this camera is tap the screen where you want to focus and it will then focus on that part of the scene and it really does focus well. I have not had a photo come out blurry or fuzzy when I have done this. A little tip is to zoom on the camera you need to almost pinch the screen and then spread out your fingers and that will then zoom in. I had to look on google on how to do this as there was no instructions on this provided!
You can also press a button when in camera mode which is on the top right of the screen and this will flip the camera so it is looking at you....great for taking selfies! The only issue here is that the flash doesn't seem to work in this mode and so it can be a pain if it is dark. I do love that the camera flicks forward though and sometimes use this feature to check my make up is ok or to reapply lippy!
The camera has a video camera attached too and when in camera mode you just flick across to the video camera icon on the screen and then you are free to record. You can't seem to zoom when in video mode though which is a bit disappointing and one of my only criticisms of the iPhone 5 to be honest.
Photos and videos all save in the little app pre installed on the phone called photos and in there you can create mini photo albums of family, nights out or whatever. All photos will still save in the main album though and should you delete a picture from here it will also remove them from other albums. There is an automatic instagram album included here if you download the instagram app and I personally love this app as you can really make pictures look better with all of the little effects and I think I would feel a bit lost without being able to instagram my photos.
iTunes is one of the apps pre installed on the phone and through this you can purchase music, ring tones and text tones. Whilst I have purchased ring tones and text tones for around 69-99p each because this is the only real way to have a good ring tone on your phone I haven't paid for much music. The reason for this is I have an iPod and therefore I have iTunes on my laptop and my PC and so I am able to add music to my phone in this way.
As you would expect from a brand that manufacturers mp3 players the music player on this phone is exceptional. The music is always crisp and clear and it goes up quite high as well so you can play it through the speakers on the phone as opposed to listening through head phones if you chose to.
The side of the phone has a switch to turn the phone on silent for work or meetings but this does not affect music being played even if your phone is on silent.
==Wifi and signal==
For the most part I have no problems with my phone as I can often use my wifi at home or can pick up 3G when I am out and about. I have a couple of issues though where when I am in my back yard the wifi is no longer visible on my phone and when I go to work the signal is shocking to the point that sometimes I don't get whats app messages, emails and such like. I didn't have the same trouble with my old Blackberry in the same places and this was also on O2 so I find it a little odd but this doesn't cause me issues all that often so whilst it is frustrating I grin and bear it because I really do love this phone. 3G isn't apparently all that wonderful in my local area but I find my phone quite often picks it up when I am out and about.
The iPhone 5 has a icon at the bottom of the phone with the phone, mail and music icons which is called safari and this is your internet browser. I tend to go through the google app to search for things but if I have a specific site I want to go on I will go through safari. You can have various pages open at the same time if you need to and can just scroll through them with ease. The browser is really responsive so long as you have a good connection to wifi or a good signal and you can find anything you want to through that.
It is true that smart phones are like computers as we use them for so much and so battery life can be reduced. When I first got this phone I was convinced that it must be faulty as my battery seemed to by dying quickly but what I wasn't aware of was the fact that just pressing the middle button on the phone doesn't actually exit an app! It leaves it running in the background. It was my cousin who told me that to exit apps you need to press the middle button twice in quick succession and then this brings up open apps. You should touch and hold one app and this brings a little red minus sign on them which once clicked closes the app properly. If I were to tell a new iPhone owner one thing about the phone it would be this because if you don't shut apps properly your battery won't last.
I plug my phone in every night and charge it over night. If I am at home all day I find that by around 8pm my phone is down to about 20% battery and will start warning me that the battery is low. If I am out and about or working I find my battery dies quicker because of the fact it is looking for a 3G signal or something or perhaps just because I am taking more pictures or playing more games and so I have to charge my phone at work quite often. I would say purchase a spare charger that you can keep in your bag and use at work or whatever because you are bound to need it. Some people swear by in car chargers but I don't drive so this doesn't apply to me.
I have to say based on my usage and the phones capabilities I think the battery life is fair and comparable to my Blackberry. There are some tips online that you can use to reduce your battery draining and these include turning off wifi unless you are going to connect to a known source, turn of location services as these drain your battery as well.
I have set up a password on my iPhone and I did this for two reasons. One is that I did not want my phone to go on apps or accidentally call people whilst in my bag or pocket but also because I don't want people to get on and be all over my personal items in the phone. It is really simple to add a password in the settings and I would advise everyone to do this.
Another thing I would advise is to get a protective case for the sides and back of your iPhone. I have a clear silicone case and it doesn't interfere too much with the look of the phone but really does protect it from accidental drops. I dropped my phone in M&S not long after I had got it and everything felt like slow motion as it dropped but the silicone case protected it from any damage and so it is well worth the couple of pounds it will cost to get a case.
I adore this phone, I really do. It does absolutely everything that I could want it to and I love the fact that I can download free apps which keep me organised and entertained to boot. I love that each time I plug my phone in to my laptop that I have the option to back it up so if anything should happen to it I have a restore point. This is actually the first mobile phone that I have bothered to insure which I think speaks volumes as to how gutted I would be if I lost or broke it and couldn't afford to replace it with another iPhone. I know some people who have said that they would never have another phone after having an iPhone and for me this is absolutely the case because I am now absolutely an apple convert where at one point iPhones just didn't interest me at all.
The phone has a gorgeous design which for me is second to none. It isn't too big that it doesn't fit well in my hand or pocket or need a stylus for use but it has a really good quality large screen which is a perfect size for my needs. It is responsive and has so many little extras that you will always be learning new things about your phone! I totally recommend this iPhone 5 as I am sure you can tell!
Thank you for reading my review!
Summary: I am an apple convert!
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