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I bought this phone on Ebay to upgrade from the 3gs which I thought was a super phone but a little bit dated now. I found the 4S a big improvement, especially on the battery consumption. With the 3gs I used a battery pack all the time. I am of the older generation (OAP) and I find the 4S easy to use and am beginning to use it more and more to connect to the internet. One of the real differences is the Siri application which I find a novelty but not really helpful when I really need it. Possibly need to persevere with it. Like all touchscreen phones I still manage to dial numbers by mistake but all in all I am very impressed with it. The quality of the camera is excellent. Can't really find any dislikes.
The price I paid on Ebay was £245.00 which I think is a real bargain as it is in first class condition. I take extreme care when buying phones on Ebay, doing my research and only buying from someone with over 50 positive feedbacks.
I bought the iPhone 4S as replacement for a phone I'd outgrown. I always said I would never have an iPhone but as I had unwittingly over the years acquired an iPad and ipod it made sense as I can access everything between the three devices and that is incredibly useful especially for photos and music.
The iPhone 4S is smaller than 5s and 6 but it is a sturdy phone, and I have just updated to iOS 8 aswell so it has the same operating system as the 5s and iPhone 6. But doesn't cost nearly as much thanks to manufacturers pumping new models out year in and out.
Right the cons as with all apple products you cannot expand the memory so if you are going to go for any of their products always go for 16gb and over or storage will become a problem very quickly and leave you frustrated. I wouldn't recommend 8gb even for kids as they love their games and music as much as an adult.
Design wise it is a small phone but the screen has good resolution but if you don't like small screens then avoid this phone. I have just come from using the samsung galaxy note and although it is quite a size decrease I find the iPhone 4S feels better quality and although the galaxy note and iPhone 4S have the same 8 mega pixel screen I think the iPhone 4S pictures are of a much better quality, as it has a better lens. As I have learnt it is all about the quality of the camera lens not the millions of pixels all phones brag.
All in all I'm pleased with my purchase I still chuckle as I always said I would never own an iPhone. A lot of my friends and family have iPhones so it's great being able to use the handy FaceTime gadget to communicate.
If you're looking for an iPhone on a budget but with the same operating system of the pricier newer models then this is a good buy.
I will point out one important fact regarding networks. iPhones generally are not unlocked mainly because it costs between £60-£100 to unlock them. Do check with sellers of any iPhones whether they are truly unlocked. My son bought an "unlocked" iPhone and it was very misleading as it wasn't unlocked and he ended up buying nearly every sim on the market to try to get it to work, as seller didn't have decency to return his message when asked about network provider. So make sure you research first.
I bought this product on release day and can easily say its one of my best buys ever.
A lot of people were disappointed with only a 4S, and not a 5. However, the specs are the same as suspected for the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 4 design is gorgeous anyway, so i am not bothered.
The device is extremely fast and zippy. One obvious area to show this is web browsing, where it smashes the iPhone 4, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S II and the HTC Mozart.
The boot up of the device takes around 12-15 seconds, compared to the iPhone 4's 27-33 seconds.
Siri is a great feature of the iPhone 4S and works extremely well. Unfortunately, I don't use it that often.
The new camera is exceptional and beats my digital camera by a mile. The 1080p video recording is phenomenal, and it comes with auto-video stabilisation.
The death grip antenna gate issue has completely disappeared in the iPhone 4S, and i get much better signal.
Battery life was appalling at first. I then optimised the battery by running it down to 0% and then charging it all the way to 100% and it's ok. Nowhere near as good as the Samsung Galaxy S II, but better than the iPhone 4 and 3GS.
When I decided to upgrade my normal standard mobile phone, I decided to go with a touch screen as this is the way the world is going.
I was worried that I wouldn't be able to use the screen well as I have used friends mobile phones with touch screens, the sensitivity was awful on them, The iphone sensitivity is great and you only have to touch what you want once.
Its a great size and not over heavy (could be abit lighter though) I've placed a screen protector over the screen.... I think these are a nightmare to get on, the general part of getting them on is easy, its the removal of the air bubbles that is a pain!
The iphone has everything you would ever need from a mobile and much more. Calls, Texts, Emails, Internet, Music player and great downloadable apps that are free ( you can buy premium apps as well).
It is very easy to use, set up and get to know, the graphics and sounds on this are amazing.
The only down side i can find on this phone is that the battery life really sucks and goes flat really easy, Since having the iphone ive had to charge the battery every single night and sometimes sooner if ive been playing on apps for a while. I have found other iphone users also have this problem as well.
I would defo recommended this as a phone to have unless you need a phone with great battery life, I was worried spending so much money on this phone but I can now happily say its worth it.
I bought this product due to a faulty Blackberry that I was using. I had people who I knew that owned iPhones and they informed me of how good their features were. I wasn't unfamiliar with Apple products however, as I do own an iPod and had an iPod Touch. I like pretty much everything about this phone, its ease of use, the amount I paid for it was very respectable, the memory capacity compliments me because I like to download apps and take a lot of photos and videos from various events and trips and the 16GB allowance lets me do this comfortably. With already having an iPod, there isn't a great need for me to have music on the phone therefore that has left me with even more memory. Despite this, there is one hitch that I think I and many other iPhone users can relate to - battery life. I don't know if I was doing anything wrong with how I charged it but the battery falls quite dramatically and it requires a recharge every evening before the next day. It's not too much of a hindrance at the moment but I could find myself in a situation where I need battery and the phone is flat which evidently isn't practical. I believe there are more reliable handsets that have a better battery life however they don't have the features of an Apple machine and that is something that you cannot outdo.
This phone left me surprised and shocked. I was originally going to purchase the iPhone 4, but chose the 4S as I had enough money in the piggy bank, as it is the latest model to date. One of the many things that disappointed me is Siri's extremely slow response time, even with full wi-fi or 3G strength. Secondly, the 4S does not have the option to switch off 3G, for some people this isn't much of a problem. However I would like the option to switch off 3G to save battery power. I also noticed for the extra money the 4S is worth there isn't really much difference from the iPhone 4. I understand it has the processor of an iPad which does make surfing and other things noticeably faster, however the battery is still unreliable. Having to turn down brightness after half a day is irritating. The screen is clear, texting is a breeze. I really like the iMessage when texting another iPhone with iOS 5. The speaker for music is crystal clear, plus making it brilliant for phone calls and speakerphone is good. I wanted the phone unlocked for use with my GiffGaff sim but phone shops are unsure how to unlock the 4s so I'm using orange for a while (With my self-made microsim, I'm not paying £15 for something I can do myself) But overall I'm happy with its performance, stylish look and its incredible speaker. Sadly let down by slow siri and easily dead battery.
It isn't the world's favourite smart phone for nothing. For starters, the siri voice control actually works. Although this was entirely the reason I thought this phone, because I'm tetraplegic, and require voice control to use it efficiently. The display is crystal clear, and it is typically easy to use for an Apple product. Quite expensive though, but I guess we pay for what we get.
There are however one or two things I don't like. First of all, I wasn't aware that you require a different type of sim for the iPhone than any other phone. The SIM remains one of the few things in the world that is still standard, and Apple have to go and change it for no reason. This of course means I couldn't use my old Sim with my numbers etc on it. I also don't mind being told where I can shop, and what software I can use. This is something that Apple neutourious for. You can only download apps from their own App Store, (obviously) and you can only use iTunes to sync it to your computer, just like any other Apple handheld device.
Overall very good phone, not perfect, but definitely worth the money if you are going to use it properly.
Easy to use, even for an old fart like us. Bought so could use great SIM only contracts rather than be tied to expensive GBP25 plus contracts - so far working a treat. Battery lasts well, everything works as expected and got for less than half price compared to buying new. After just 6 months, we are pounds in compared to a similar deal (unlimited data etc.) on a phone and usage type contract. as expected, Bluetooth set up easy and links with existing ipads - would I do the same again - yes I would.
Excellent phone! Battery life should be better. Other than that it's an excellent phone. Camera is amazingly clear and sharp, Display is crystal clear, Apps are unlimited, Lightning fast!
Overall in general a fairly decent mobile phone to own, very easy to use and plenty to do on it, along with very good facilities to send text messages and do phone calls. There are plenty of applications free of charge in the app store which is good, as a lot of them try to make life easier, and to help with day to day tasks.
In terms of it's battery life, I am not very impressed. You would think that a big company (Apple) would be able to create longer lasting batteries for their products. Some days the battery can be completely dead before the end of the night, which doesn't suit me, as I like to be able to use it to text or do phone calls in the evening, which is sometimes a pain because the charger I have is tiny, so I have to be right next to a plug socket while using it on charge.
One thing that concerns me about the phone is the screen, it's extremely delicate, meaning if I happened to drop the phone just once, it may crack very easily, which for me is a big worry.
In terms of its value for money, I bought mine second hand, because I feel they are very over priced brand new, but second hand they are fairly good for the value of money, but it's whether or not you are prepared to take the risk of it having a few scratches or usage marks.
So to sum up, without waffling on too much in this review, It's a good phone, had no problems with it up to now, it's very easy to use and has loads of good features. The battery life and the delicateness of the screen are a little bit of a problem but can be over looked. So overall I'd give it a 4 out of 5 rating.