Product Type: Apple Smartphone
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Smart phone for dumb people
iPhone 3GS 8GB
Member Name: walsha11
iPhone 3GS 8GB
Advantages: handy, I didn't pay for it, easy(ish) to use
Disadvantages: can't cancel texts, emails can be frustrating
So hearing that you might be wondering why I own a iPhone in the first place. Well, I have owned what my friends affectionately referred to as 'the brick' for many years. I was never interested in having the newest phone or the latest gadget I just wanted something that worked and did everything I needed it to do. That was before the age of smart phones that can access the internet and just about do everything except give you a manicure. I used my brick happily for many years and was on a pay as you go contract which worked fine for me. That is until I started to find I was spending a lot of money on credit, more than I might on a monthly contract. So I went with my friend to a phone shop and talked to the salesperson about setting up a contract.
I had decided I wanted to switch to Orange as they offer great deals (like 241 cinema tickets and meals out) and generally any feedback I've had from friends has always been positive. So the man very kindly explained in layman's terms what I could expect to pay and what I would get for this. After his steadily trying to convince me to go for the most recent iPhone (the iPhone 4 at the time) and pay a whopping £90 for the phone I opted for the iPhone 3GS on a £35 a month contract with the phone for free. The contact is for 18 months and then I believe I get an upgrade...maybe.
I was pretty happy with my decision but the salesperson and the friend I took with my did look at me as though I was insane for not wanting the most recent phone on the market. To me it made very little difference, as long as it did everything I wanted it to do. So here are some of the positives and negatives of this phone.
- Text Messaging -
I find texting way easier on this phone than any one I've used before. With my brick you would receive a message, read it, and then go to reply. It would constantly annoy me that you couldn't see the message as you wrote your reply and also that you couldn't see your previous response either. In the iPhone this is solved because the messages appear in one continuous stream, each person being given a colour to indicate the respective messages. I love this system and it definitely has made my life far easier. I also really like the qwerty key board on the phone, which is relatively easy to use design the obvious autocorrect related hilarity. My fingers are quite small and so are the keys so it is fine for me but I can imagine with larger fingers people might struggle to use this keyboard, though the majority of people out there seem to cope just fine. My only major dislike is that once a message is being sent you have no way of cancelling it, I had this option on my old phone and it was a life saver when you realised you'd sent it to the wrong person or made an embarrassing spelling/grammatical mistake. You also as it is sending can't see the recipients name, which always sends me into a wild panic thinking I might have sent it to the wrong person.
- Phone Calls -
Phone calls are also really easy on the iPhone. You have a little phone symbol at the bottom of your screen which then gives you the option of either selecting a favourite, recent, contacts or a keyboard to type in the number. From here you can also access your voicemail. I like this new system as it helps me organise my numbers really clearly and also see my recent calls very clearly on screen. When someone calls you it appears on the screen and you just have to slide the bar across the answer, this is easy in theory but when you are trying to hold a million things I think I'd just prefer a simple button.
- Battery -
This was one of the things I struggled most with when I first got the phone because the battery life seems to drain ridiculously quickly. I have since discovered if you adjust the brightness settings and turn off wifi etc you can save yourself energy if the phone is really low. It only comes with one charger which I have plugged in next to my bed so I can't keep one in my handbag for emergencies. And there are plenty of times where I've forgotten to charge it and it switches off, which is deeply irritating especially when you work as much as I do. I've got into a bit more of a groove with charging it lately and tend to do it every 2 days. It takes about an hour to charge fully which is fine for me, I guess it just takes a bit of getting used to.
- Camera -
The camera is really good on the phone, you basically get an album of all the photos you've taken and they are easy to view and flick through. The quality of the camera is good, though the iPhone 3 doesn't have flash like the 4 which means you can't use it in the dark or at night. I don't tend to use mine that much but it is nice to have it if there is a special occasion. They have recently updated software on apple so my last update on my phone through my laptop gave me the added function that when I press the round button you can drag a little camera to open the camera ready to take a photo. This is really handy for me as often it is quite a lot of hassle unlocking the phone and opening the camera, especially in those candid moments that you might otherwise miss. The photos can be uploaded onto your PC and can also be posted on facebook through your phone, I find this really handy and another great advantage to this phone.
- Music -
So this phone is basically an ipod too. My ipod nano broke a year or so ago so it is really handy having this phone to store my music on. Mine is almost full to the brim because it is only an 8GB, which seems to hold roughly 20-30 albums on it. This is fine for me but for someone with a more extensive collection it might be better going for a phone with a large memory, they do come in a 16GB and 32GB as well as the 8GB. They also give you these great apple headphones with a little switch on the wire which means you can remotely change the song and the volume. This is a great advantage for me as the hassle of getting the phone out of the case would probably put me off listening to music otherwise. You can also play music without the headphones though this can sound a little tinny as phones and laptops tend to and, by the way, is totally anti-social to do in public.
- Apps -
It took me a while to figure out apps but basically they are these fun little things you download onto your phone, some are free and some you pay under £1 for. There are absolutely millions of these but I'll tell you a few of my favourites.
Orange Wednesdays - saves you from sending a text to orange, you just click to get the code.
Odeon - a great app for film times and bookings, works better than the website!
My Fitness Pal - you basically tell the app how much you want to weigh, your current weight and other measurements and then you tap in what you are eating and it tots up your calorie intake against how much you should be having. Totally free and really handy.
Draw something - I'm sure you know this one but its a fun game that lets you connect with friends and draw for points which can buy you new colours. Addictive, but drains my battery too much.
Whatsapp - basically like a messenger service that allows you to connect with people who have different phone, like blackberries. Only 69p and worth every penny.
- Internet and Emails -
So you have a little button on your screen which allows you to go on the internet and another for your emails. The emails you connect to your hotmail or gmail for example and then you can opt in to have notifications every time you receive an email. I don't because I found these quite annoying but it is probably useful if you use your email for work. The only thing I found really annoying is that if you delete emails on your laptop they don't get deleted on your phone, so you end up having to delete the same email twice which is dull and repetitive. The internet is very easy to use, even for a techniphobe, and allows me to access dooyoo when not at home and other favourite sites. Be careful that where you can you log into known wifi or hotpots because otherwise your bill can have some added charges if you go over your internet allowance. I tend to be fine, but it's best to join a connected wifi when you can as this doesn't use up your quota.
- Other Functions -
So there are standard things like a calender, weather, maps, calculator etc. The best one for me is the alarm which I use everyday. You programme in times for the alarm to be set to and then each night I just switch the times on that I want and it rings in the morning as directed. I find this great because on my old phone you had to programme each time in separately every night, whereas on this phone they are stored for you.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this phone. It has some great and really useful applications for modern life.
Summary: A great phone which connects you to the world
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