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This device just makes communication much more pleasurable,
This review is from: Apple iPhone 4 16GB Black (Wireless Phone Accessory)First I want to say this - if you are thinking about getting an iPhone 4S - don't. Get an iPhone 4, and wait for an iPhone 5 when it comes out instead. I'll explain why. First of all, you can buy an iPhone 4 on the cheap now (less than £300) while an iPhone 4S with the same storage space is £100-150 more SIM-free. It's not worth it. All you get is a slightly better camera (still not a match for a dedicated camera, even a compact camera is better), a dual-core processor (which makes it very very slightly faster for daily use, but it is almost negligible), improves graphics (if you like playing graphically intense games on a touch screen device, then this might be the only thing that is worth considering. For me though, touch screen games suck and I would rather play on a proper portable console with buttons), and Siri (this is a voice-recognition feature that allows you to do tasks such as sending texts, asking questions or making reminders through speaking to it. It's a gimmick. It's gets things wrong all the time and the practical uses are questionable (will you really be using this feature in public? It will just be embarrassing)). On top of this, the iPhone 4S battery life sucks compared to the 4. Don't believe me? Search it on Google. You would have to charge it everyday. I can get over 2-3 days of usage with the 4.
The iPhone 4 is just a great phone to use, and the most enjoyable. Sure it's got it's faults that seem to be more apparent because it's Apple, but it does a lot of things right, things that I actually care about. First things first, the battery life. As I've said, for a smartphone the iPhone 4 has really good battery life. I was expecting to charge it everyday, but it will easily last a day with heavy usage, and moderate usage gives 2 to 3 days. I've managed to get up to 4-5 days of use, which is really quite astonishing for a smartphone. Standby times are astounding and very long - iOS 5.1 means it only drops 2-3% overnight, which is really great. The phone charges very quick too - about 1 and half hours from 0 to 100%.
The build quality is in a class of its own. It just feels great to hold - not too thin but not too thick either. It feels slightly heavy but gives it a sturdy feel to it. It's a beautiful gadget - shiny, feels like a quality, premium product. And that's because it is. There isn't a removable battery, no - but that hasn't stopped the success of iPods. It would have interfered with the design of the product, which is the best really. It just feels...right.
Despite the phone being on the market for 2 years, the Retina screen is still looks fantastic. Sure, it's smaller than competitors at 3.5 inches, but it fits with the design so you can easily use this phone with just one hand. The resolution of the screen makes it still one of the sharpest screens on a phone, even if the contrast of the phone isn't the best. The screen itself makes it a joy to use in every day tasks. You don't have to zoom in a web page because you can still read it when zoomed out. Text looks clearer. Everything just looks clearer.
The 5-megapixel camera is pretty good for a phone, and is even better when there is a lot of light available. For night shots, it's not great, but that's expected for a cameraphone. It's decent and does the job, but don't expect to buy this phone for the camera alone (it produces lots of noise at night). The front facing camera is worse, but it's useful for portraits.
Despite the phone being only single-core, Apple proves that specs on paper don't mean everything. The phone is just so slick and smooth to use, from scrolling to zooming to just using it as a phone. It hardly crashes, it barely freezes and is so much more reliable than an Android phone. It's just feels good to use, and it's intuitive. Some things are simplified, but it doesn't make the phone worse.
Now for the negatives. Sure, it doesn't have flash. It's hardly a negative now these days. Most websites cater towards the iPhone now and you will hardly miss it when web-browsing is so slick on this device. No expandable storage. This is quite major, but I have a 16gb version and have managed to get a lot of what I want on it and still have room to spare. I often just moved any pictures/videos taken to my computer to make room, so it's not that much of an issue. It's a desired feature, but it's easy to move things about and make it less of an issue. Non-removable battery isn't much of an issue since the battery life is great anyway and by the time the battery does die you'll probably want an upgrade. iTunes is both a plus and hegative. Since I have an iPod I understand how it works and therefore putting things like music on it is easy. Photos and videos are a bit tricky since it gets fussy when it comes to supporting certain formats, but there is so much support for iPhones nowadays that there are many solutions to getting what you want onto your iPhone. The speakers on the phone are about average, not overly loud but it gets the job done. In the case of reception issues, I never get any, and I've even tried holding it 'the wrong way' and still nothing happened.
The iPhone 4 still has so much mileage in it, it is unbelievable. It runs just as fast as when it came out 2 years ago. Considering it's cheap as chips now (for an Apple product, haha) it's definitely an essential phone and it just doesn't disappoint on the whole. It's a lovely phone to use, and despite its age, iOS5 makes it feels new and up to date. Awesome phone, Apple should be proud of it.
EDIT: Thanks for the positive feedback! Just to give you a quick update: It's the 21st August, and the iPhone 4 is still going strong as ever. However, I'd like to inform you that it is strongly rumoured that the iPhone 5 will come out on September 12th.. If you can wait a few weeks, no doubt you can pick yourself up a brand new iPhone 5 and avoid buyers remorse, or at the same time pick up an iPhone 4 at an even great reduction when the new one comes out. Regards!
EDIT 2: So, the iPhone 5 has been released. My thoughts personally? Rather disappointing. I can't see much difference from the 4, let alone the 4S, that would make me want to upgrade and buy a brand new iphone. I still think the 4 has been the best iPhone that Apple has made, and it does represent good value since it retains most of the essential features from newer iphones. Apple only sells iPhone 4s in 8gig versions only so I recommend finding a higher storage model online. The iPhone 4 still has better battery life than the 5 (judging from tech specs). Still very happy with the 4, and I think the design is nicer too.
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Initial post: 14 Jul 2012 15:46:13 BDT
Awesome feedback, I love it. Thanks pal for the overview.
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jul 2012 04:09:08 BDT
You're welcome. If you got any questions, feel free to post it here.
Posted on 31 Jul 2012 11:07:25 BDT
Really helpful review, thankyou! Just wanted to know what network you are using it on and if that makes much of a difference to the using the phone. i.e. - signal and speed, than other networks?
In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jul 2012 18:43:52 BDT
I'm actually using a 3 Pay As You Go sim which is pretty good when it comes to freebies and internet. For instance, for £5 of credit you can get a whole month of internet on it - pretty good imo. Plus free texts, internet and minutes to other 3 numbers. However bear in mind that I don't think 3 has the best signal for calls, but some of the best internet coverage and value. Also, it's easy to accidentally use internet when you haven't paid for a monthly internet package, and so your credit can easily drain fast without you even knowing (as some applications might use internet without your permission, especially the notifications within the iOS itself). So it's definitely best to turn off Data in settings if you don't use internet much, or if you plan to use Pay As You Go on 3. The data charges are rather expensive if you don't buy internet beforehand. Other than that, it's a good value network.
Posted on 6 Oct 2012 00:53:47 BDT
Mr. J. L. Nicholls says:
Really grateful for this review, having purchased the iphone 4 online then getting a little buyers remorse after some not so positive comments on review sites about the 4 v 4s v 5 comparisons. I feel like I have made the correct choice cheers!
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Oct 2012 13:56:16 BDT
Yeah, the iPhone 5 is supposed to have pretty awful battery life. Could be a software problem, but I doubt it when it uses more power with the same battery capacity.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Oct 2012 12:32:39 BDT
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Mr. T. White says:
The best way to buy an iphone is to use an "I'm alright jack" approach to others' misery:
14 hour shifts.
One phone assembled every 30 seconds for FOURTEEN HOURS AT £60 per week.
Workers disallowed from talking to each other.
Try researching their factory conditions before deciding to purchase.
Posted on 18 Jan 2013 09:51:58 GMT
Very informative, g
Posted on 2 Feb 2013 16:49:22 GMT
iphone 5 has faster processor and bigger screen with higher resolution. All that makes battery life shorter.
Posted on 24 Apr 2013 15:08:00 BDT
I estimate you have another year before your home button starts to malfunction, then.
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