Product Type: Apple Smartphone
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From the great Apple
Apple iPhone 8 GB
Member Name: passion10
Apple iPhone 8 GB
Advantages: Features, camera, apps I could go on
Disadvantages: Their are newer versions
Where to begin.. Oh I know. I Love This Phone. To those of you who have read my other reviews, particularly in this case my previous (and one of my first reviews) on the iTouch 2G 32GB will know that I loved it, simple as.
The itouch was my favourite gadget it did everything that I wanted. Just not when I wanted it.. You see the iTouch as amazing and feature filled as it is, is useless outside your own house, or anywhere you do not have access to an internet connection. What is the point in having a web browser or email client on your device (that is supposed to be portable) if you can only use it when near a Wi-Fi hot spot? This is where I got bored of the iTouch and moved to an iPhone.
And I can honestly say that I have not looked back since.. Albeit I miss having 32GB of storage capacity (I only have the 8GB model phone) But I can honestly say that I am a gabilliontrillion times more satisfied with the iPhone than I was the iTouch.
Sure it has more or less the same featues, but the iPhone is a phone. You can make phone calls and send text messages and ofcourse browse the web through your 3G or EDGE connection, or when you are home through Wi-Fi. It is everything the itouch is not. The fact that you can do everything it is capable of doing without the necessity for Wi-Fi, it gives you so much more freedom!
Now enough about preaching about how amazing it is (which it is!!) every phone has its down sides. The iPhone is no exception. Straight out the box this phone is amazing. But it lacks a few features that iPhone fans and enthusiasts have been screaming out for, pretty much since v1.0. Features such as a little known thing called Multitasking? You know that thing that pretty much every other smart phone can do. The Nokia N95 (Which was one of my previous phones) for example, and more recently, and posing a direct threat to the iPhone is the Palm Pre, which can multitask straight out of the box. But hold your horses and dont go pleadging your heart and soul to Palm just yet, because there is a solution to this problem.
This solution is called Jailbreaking (no it doesnt break your iPhone) This is something that if you have done your research you will know a little about.
Now basically all this does is replaces the firmware (the version of software installed) with a version that is identical, however allows for the installation of third party applications (which Satan (Apple) does not allow you to do) This includes the application called Multifl0w. This gives you the ability to multitask different applications on the iphone (obviously some application such as the ipod, the phone and email do work in the background) applications such as games, other utilities. this is useful to switch between two applications that you need to obtain information from. It is much faster and more convenient to multi task between these applications rather than contrantly closing and reopening them.
Of course Multifl0w is just one just advantage. Other useful applications can then installed such as the MobileTerminal which is a command line emulation interface that allows you to run various commands to achieve certain tasks, as well as giving you admin rights and priviledges to the bios of the phone.
Jailbreaking is indeed a useful modification to make to your iphone, however Apple do not condone its use and therefore if anything happens to your iPhone, they will not make good of your 1 year warranty, however if you can restore the iPhone back to default prior to getting it seen to, then they will be none the wiser ;)
There is also one other very note worthy feature that jailbreaking allows you to remove the SIM lock on the phone, which means that you can put any networks SIM card into the phone and use the phone on that network (where as at the time of this review, only Vodaphone, Orange and O2 are official carriers of the iphone)
Now, obviously you do not just get the handset in the box, you would expect the usual Apple minimalistic packaging, you wont be dissapointed, you are obviously greeted by the phone when you open the box, but under the handset you have a wall socket adapter, your iphone cable (which is inserted into either a USB port or the wall adapter) and ifcourse the iPhone headphones that let you know that you are being accepted into the Apple family. The headphones themselves have a little button and microphone on the right headphone that allows you to play and pause music as well as answer and hang up on phone calls, this quite useful if the weather is not appropriate to get your glorious device out.
A lot of people complain about the battery life. The main culprit of the excessive battery drain on the iPhone is that people leave the Auto-Brightness feature turned on, this really drains power as the phone is constantly checking its surroundings to change the brightness to the optimum settings. But this really strains the power usage. Another rather laughable things I saw was someone complaining the battery life lasting only 3 hours and it needed to be charged many times a day. The user of this iPhone had the brightness set to full, Auto Brightness turned on, Bluetooth turned on and connected to a device, 3G turned and Wi-Fi turned on. It was no wonder his battery life was running down the drain!
Overall I have to say that the iPhone is an amazing device and I have not looked back since getting it, especially after wanting one for so long.
The aesthetics of this phone are fantastic, it is just amazing to hold, and to touch and use, the OS is simple and easy to use.
Final note: GET ONE!
Summary: A brilliant mobile
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