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The gadget to convert Apple doubters,
This review is from: Apple iPhone 3GS 32GB UNLOCKED Mobile Phone (Wireless Phone Accessory)I have never previously been anything other than disappointed with any new mobile phone - they tend to sound great and then turn up plastic-y, heavy and technically disappointing. But this? A thrill from the moment you get the box (that lovely Apple packaging) - and it just keeps getting better. It looks beautiful, feels beautiful and is so damn sensible (or as Apple call it "intuitive"). Yes, it has all the sexy gizmo things that techies rave about, and hordes of apps etc etc. But the thought which has gone into making the thing easily usable is mindblowing. There are somewhat retro things like a real volume control (a whisper thin bit of chrome, that is just obviously a volume control - but only if you are looking for it) and a silence button (that has a red bit underneath which shows whether the ringer is on or off). The calls come up on screen with big easy questions like "Accept call" and End call" - you couldnt misunderstand what to do with this phone if you tried! In fact I would call it the perfect mobile phone for the technically challenged (though they might not need a lot of the other features!). Another bit I like after switching from a Samsung is that the speaker slot is a proper speaker connection not a proprietary, so you can use your lovely noise cancelling headphones or whatever.The touchscreen keyboard is fantastic - I had really not believed that it could work, but the number of false keys is really low,and the device often recognises what you are trying to say anyway.
On the slightly more "business" front I was dubious about ability to sync with outlook which is vital, but it couldnt be easier, or work better. Likewise ability to view word/excel/adobe dox - simply not a problem. In fact with the ability to switch to landscape view, I find reading adobe documents easier than ever before. In fact, having become a microsoft person simply through years of exposure which has led to a huge comfort zone with microsoft things, I am seriously considering shifting to apple next time I get a computer - or at least getting an ipad!