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I have received the iPhone 4 16GB as a contract upgrade from 3 - here are my thoughts after a week.
Taking it out the box - first thoughts is wow its heavy and it actually is quite heavy. The weight is due to the construction due to being made of an aluminium chassis with glass front and back covers and of course the added weight of the inbuilt battery.There isnt much in the box - the phone, usb lead, power plug, sim eject tool and a very thin guide.
The phone does look good in real aluminium around the edge against the black glass front and back finish is a great contrast. Turning it on the screen is amazing and shouldn't be spoiled with a screen protector. I had a screen protector on for a couple of days but it just made the display fuzzy and the constant air bubbles were a eyesore on my £650 phone... Apple developed this glass themselves and I'm pretty sure it wont scratch that easily.
Getting the micro-sim inserted was a bit awkward as you have you use the pin-like sim eject tool to eject a small drawer on the right of the phone. As you should only need to do this once its not a big problem.
You then have to connect the iphone to a apple/pc running the latest itunes to activate it otherwise you cant use it (i.e you cant use it straight out the box).
Once activated and turned on its quite instinctive to use just press what you want. As you download apps you might find it getting a bit crowded so if you press and hold on an icon they will all start to shake and will let you drag them around to rearrange them or drop one on top of another similar app (eg game) to create a folder so you can keep all similar apps together. Apps I recommend are eBay, Facebook, Skype, Windows Messenger and your own bank app. Annoyingly you only get the best performance when connected to WIFI. When I'm connected over 3G is really slow to the point I give up. I have also noticed the reception on the iphone is nowhere as good as my previous nokia.
I do find tying messages on the screen in portrait mode a pain so i rotate the phone to landscape - not much better but I make fewer mistakes that way. This makes me miss my Nokia E63 qwerty (blackberry type) keyboard.
The camera and video camera functions are very clear and easy to use.
Battery life isnt that good - but it is powering the 3.5" screen and wifi. I have to charge it fully nearly each day and that with light use and and hour or two wifi use in the evening.
I do miss the fact that I cant add my own memory card like in nearly every other phone. So I am stuck with the 16GB which is actually 14GB as the phones own software and settings etc. uses nearly 2GB.
At the end of the day it is just a phone and after a week I think of it as no more. Don't get drawn in thinking its the life changing, hyped up device they make it out to be. To be honest now I wish I'd got another qwerty phone and bought an ipod touch.
A great phone, but battery life is shocking. You do pay for the quality, and it is fairly easy to use. There are downsides; I travel a lot and it would be great to tether me phone to my laptop to use it as a modem, but at £15 per month with O2, this is a complete rip off, when you consider that with HTC and Samsung smart phones this is a freebie.
Back to the battery life, it can be extended by switching off various things like 3G, wifi, location services, data roaming etc..... I don't understand why Apple haven't built in, in settings a 'power saver' setting that automatically turns off unnecessary functionality.... and then when disabled it returns to previous settings (anyone any thoughts in that)
My partner and I each have this model, so review is based on experience with both.
I moved over from a Blackberry because I need to run Iphone/Ipad only Apps, my partner because her Android smartphone was stolen. By comparison, emails client and communications in general are poor on the Iphone (cw Blackberry) - no proper dedicated service, no simple sorting eg A to Z or by date, sender etc. SMTP server issues, so need to turn off WiFi when out to send, then back on when I get home (friends on other networks have same problem).
No UMA (connection to cellphone network via WiFi). Variable 2G and 3G reception - one Iphone is better than the other.
Battery life is poor and batery is not-removable.
Problems with Adobe Flash based web pages more common than expected, otherwise browsing is a pleasant experience.
Music etc encrypted, so cannot easily be copied to other devices. Everything goes via the dreadful Itunes which messes around with settings unless properly configured - not for the technovice!
Like a lot of Apple stuff an expensive flash gadget - techno-bling. Looks the part but doesn't deliver. The problem is for some apps there is no alternative.
If there had been a Blackbery option for my apps/software, I would have bought a BB Torch as did my son.
In case anyone thinks I am anti-Apple, my main computer is a Macbook Pro my first decent Apple computer (out of 3).
I would not recommend because of the very bad email issues.
Firstly I have been used to Samsung products, which carries a normal sim card, the ip4 requires a micro sim, which means a replacement sim or getting the original cut.
When I eventually registered, set up user names and passwords, and worked out the basic settings. Then proceeded to view the apps, the fone comes with basic apps. New apps from the app store required the user and pass to install, (not required with Samsung),
However I was notified the the password and user was not recognised, so I reset it which I installed the same and the notification said the user and password is already in use, yes I thought its mine but app store didn't recognise it, I set up another this was excepted so I installed skype, which seemed to be successful, then for some reason my gmail would not work, I was informed I needed to, you guessed it install the app, which I thought ok back to app store, not so app store didnt recognise my user and pass, well as I had no choice to forget this stressful operation as I had already taken 4hrs with this, while packing for my holiday, I got off with no gmail installed.
Two weeks later and home again, my son who has the same fone attempted to set apps up for me, he had quite a performance with this, eventually he set it up, yet again new user and pass, so now I can install my new apps.
The screen picture quality is very good, however the sound is cause for concern, I have now set up a bluetooth cube amp which works well, no I'm not deaf, the phone amp obviously is not a high amp output, I have spoken to other users of these fone, the conclude that the sound output is not good.
I have worked out how to send gmail which by the way is a blown over wigwam, I can now even send attachments.
On a positive not this iphone is very quick on connection to wifi, locates networks with ease, has a great messaging keypad with spell check, with drop down word, eventually I may have more positives for this device, at present out of 5, I give it 3.
My conclusion is knowing all this I would of purchased another samsung, I went with peoples advise that the apple is the bees knee's not so, for Americans maybe.
Hope this helps first timers.
Rob iphone4 user.
Main Disadvantages in my personal opinions:
Hardware design is prone to reception issues
MicroSIM card support only
No flash support for the web browser
No true multiasking for all applications
Facetime video calls only work over wifi
No file transfer over bluetooth or usb mass storage mode
No hardware shutter key for the camera
No FM radio
No stereo speakers
No microSD card support
No smart dialing
Poor loudspeaker performance
To be honest i went mad for this phone got one for £370 and after i got it all the bad points i found out about the phone the hassle you gotta go through if you want a song for your ringtone . the apple sign up wants bank details even if applications are free. .
some features are good . the net is fast . ipod sounds good . camera is nice quality but i do not think the phone is worth the money i wish i kept my blackberry torch .
when i eventually get onto the main screen after fiddling around with the home button to get the screen to show up the phone works fine, minor chip in the camera which causes fuzziness and blurryness when take pictures but from previously having an iphone the megapixels are fantastic very good, i bought this priduct because i have had an iphone before and it was brilliant to use. very easy to access emails and take photos and upload them on to websites. great phone for business matters. the phone comapred to other phone is top dog couldnt live without an iphone its the best phone out. no dislikes about the iphone make (apple) bes phone going for this century, amazing little gadget. pretty much does everything. tells you the weather hourly, news updates, stocks in the world, dowload free apps easy and quickly.
not so good as i hope it will be, i prefer the htc much more, afer a few weeks problems start occuring regarding wireless, and the fact is that i do not have the time to change it but nether the less this must not happen to a new phone, avoid
Excellent looking phone when you get a white silicon cover too :)
But doesnt look a patch on the black one without a cover!
Battery is shocking - as always with all iphones
I bought the iphone (used/2nd hand) as i have friends with them who thoroughly recommended it to me and i must admit using the facetime app is great. I'm finding i have to charge it every day.
However.... having owned a Samsung for 2 years and gotten used to it and how it works (operating system, menus etc) i've got to admit i really do prefer the way they work, the 'feel' of them, the lightness of them compared to the iphone which really does feel like a 10yr old brick by comparison.
Overall... i'ts a'phone' and an average teckkie phone at that. Had it for 3 months now and wish i'd stuck with Samsung :(