i Phone 3G S- Great internet phone
I love the i Phone for easy access to social networking sites and e mail accounts. The internet connection is useually very fast and the screen is a nice size for viewing Facebook, Twitter and emails.
Text messaging on these phones is still quite basic. The chat featue is very good but you cannot view any messages which you have saved on your sim card and there are no delivery reports. Also the phone doesn't have the handy LED lights to show missed call, text messages alerts etc and battery on the i Phone does run down very very quickly.
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I love iPhone 3GS; I hate iPhone 3GS
I love the iPhone 3GS for a number of reasons. It has a very usable touchscreen and Apple has proven itself to be a touchscreen pioneer. The screen is very responsive and the icons & on-screen keyboard are easy to navigate, even though someone switching from a BlackBerry will make a few mistakes at first until they become accustomed to typing on the iPhone's keyboard.
The other thing I (and most people) love about the iPhone is that it has an endless supply of apps, though some are more useful than others. Also, the 3GS has enough horsepower to run those apps smoothly and quickly. The 3GS also has one of the best browsers found on a mobile device and, in my opinion, bested only by the mobile version of Google Chrome on new Android-based devices like the HTC Desire.
I also hate the 3GS for a number of reasons, the biggest of which is its poor battery life. If you use your phone a lot during the day, especially surfing the web, using apps, using IM or sending and receiving email, forget about your battery lasting a full day unless you disable certain feature like 3G, Location Services, Bluetooth & push email which, in my opinion, are the reasons for owning a smartphone in the first place. What makes matters worse is that the iPhone isn't designed for you to be able to swap in an extra battery, so as the battery progressively gets worse during the period you own it, you'll either have to keep charging it or send it to Apple under the battery replacement program, if it's eligible.
Another BIG reason I hate the iPhone is its lack of multitasking support. Sure, there is "an app for that too" (3rd party) but that app will have to be running in the background, which isn't ideal & which will further compound the poor battery life issue.
Email handling is another area of contention. While the iPhone does have its own rendition of "push" email, I don't find it to be as efficient as that on a BlackBerry. For example, if your mail is hosted on Google Apps and your mobile network is working fine, I find that with a BlackBerry, mails arrive INSTANTLY as they reach your inbox. In addition, thanks to the Google email plug-in for BlackBerry, you get true IMAP mail handling, where your inbox and sent items are synchronised accurately with Google Mail and mail you've read on the device shows as read in your Google inbox. This does not work as seamlessly with the 3GS.
In summary, the iPhone 3GS is a very loveable device because of its host of features and endless capabilities through apps. However, to users switching from some other platforms, it can often be seen as not so loveable at times.
Apple will soon release the version 4.0 of the OS, which should remedy (to an extent) some of the gripes with the iPhone 3GS. However, persons switching right now from platforms like BlackBerry will be sorely disappointed with its pathetic battery life, mediocre email handling & lack of true multitasking and the initial euphoria with "finally owning an iPhone" might fade into frustration.
I would recommend the 3GS for persons who like a lot of apps and who need some of the apps that are only available at the moment or, frankly, that work better on the iPhone. The iPhone 3GS is also an excellent device for portable gaming due to its hardware & apps.
For more serious email users & those who need to switch between apps easily, perhaps a BlackBerry 9700 or even the new HTC Desire (which is very Desirable and has quickly-growing app support) would be more ideal.
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Try it before you buy
It is not a bad phone, however it is advertised as the most advance phone in the world... And I do not totally aggree with it.
Starting with the negative points:
1) There is no sms forwarding (it is not possible to forward a sms), no mms. These features should be resolved with the 3.o firware update in June. Let's wait and see what comes out of it.
2) There is NO chance of doing video calls
3) It has a very poor camera (2 megapixels). Nokia and samsung already have cameras with 8 megapixels.
(points 2 and 3 are in my oppinion devastation for this so called best phone in the world.
4) There is no software yet for speech with GPS (a voice telling you to turn right or left). However, it is also advertised that nDrive will launch a program for the 3.0 firmware... Lets wait and see as well... The competitors already have really good programes in this area (Nokia)
5) The battery is totally rubish. If you try to listen to musics... you have about 2 hours of battery. You have to use the resource of external batteries (already out there but still too expensive and not that good either)
6) the back up into the computer is not as easy and efficient as in other phones and it keeps asking you to buy another software.
7) Cannot pair up with other devices via bluetooth, only with other iphones (e.g. - you cannot receive a photo via bluetooth from a nokia phone of your friend)
Now the good points:
1) The applications - games and all sort of programs and mini programs you can put on. really fun and useful.
2) Good mail program and web browser
3) iPod - no matter what people say, the ipod it is still the best portable music, video and photo player ou there
4) Wi Fi - Very good, efficient and reliable
5) The app store - you can easy surf and buy all sort of applications on the app store... Free and paid apps
Hopefuly the new firmware will correct some of these difficulties... Let's just hope it will be enough to stay "ahead" of the competition.... Nokia and Samsung are already doing a pretty good job with similar devices
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Just what I needed and much more....
I needed a new smart phone for business purposes (& a bit of pleasure too!) I'd done lots of research on what my needs were and the Apple iPhone ticked all the boxes, and a few more too.
The price was right. But buying an expensive product on ebay needs to be bought from a reputable seller. This too was right.
When it arrived I was amazed at the size of the box - very small compared to others I have. But it was all there. I spent most of the weekend getting the feel of it and basically playing with it. I've mostly downloaded music onto the iplayer, and am figuring out how to put movies on to it for when I travel. The range of apps is mindblowing - so I reckon this phone will keep me entertained for quite some time.
The touch screen is beautiful to use. Very sexy! I've tried a few protectors and would recommend getting one to keep it looking good.
It's a good sized phone to handle - ok bigger than an ordinary mobile/cell phones - but not unduly cumbersome. It feels solid and not too heavy.
The screen is a good enough size for internet use and the keypad just about copes with my large fingers!
Overall I would recommend this phone - to business people, travelers, music/film lovers, gamers, shopaholics... just about anyone really!
The only downside....? My wife now wants one too!
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Apple iPhone 3GS White (16 GB)
Having owned and used the previous 2 iPhone versions I have always been a great fan. The 3GS is a great improvement to the 3G version. Its very quick, efficient and works alot smoother. There are so many things that you can do be it playing games, taking photos, watch films or even checking the news on the net. There are tons of apps you can download available through itunes.
The camera is greatly improved with the higher pixel rate, zoom and also video recording which were not on the 3G version. With the new OS 4.0 released it makes this iPhone even better as more functions such as multi tasking and creating folders are available. Phone calls and SMS messages are simple to complete using the on screen buttons and keyboard. Surfing the internet is alot quicker through wifi and 3G which is a vast improvement to the previous model.
The build is solid and compact as with all Apple products. However, as with all iPhones they become prone to scratches and marks from putting them on surfaces. The majority of iPhone users all have theirs wrapped in some kind of protection such as rubber silicone or a hard case. Not only does this hide the beautiful appearance of the phone but also sometimes make them look bulky and larger than they are. But if you want a scratchless phone than its a must as I have seen some in very bad conditions.
With the new iPhone 4 being released I still think this phone will still be a contender and sought after as Apple have discontinued selling them. Instead they have released an 8GB version for around £419 which I feel is just pointless as the new ones are selling from £499.
There are plenty selling on ebay for around £250-£400 some 16GB and some 32GB. So get yourself a bargain as many people are selling them quick and cheap ready for the new one.