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Not good as a phone at all :-(
on 9 April 2010
Ok this is the 3g version I am reviewing and not the 3gs, so I am not aware of any improvements that may have been made on the newer model.
Good bits:- I do love the iphone, but unfortunately not as a phone. It's brilliant for everything else, a lot of the apps are really great and are either free or really cheap and there's virtually an app for everything! The calendar is great and easy to create a reminder. The Ipod function is really good and I think it sounds better than the separate Ipods themselves! Video player is great. Wifi internet is great and had no problems connecting to my wireless network at home.
Now for the bad news:- I don't like the fangled way it organises your text messages. They are stored as a continuous conversation, rather than inbox and sent box etc, fine if you like it that way, but there's no option to change it. You can use your own ringtone, but it has be in AAC format and it's a real long winded way to get it on the iphone, you can't just transfer the mp3 file via bluetooth and be done with it. Bluetooth, aah yes. It has bluetooth, but it's picky about what devices it connects to. Will only connect to other iphones and not to my laptop (which has bluetooth built in) or another brand of phone. Text message alert tones, you can only use the 6 rubbish pre-loaded ones and not your own custom one, which I have done on previous phones with no problem. Sending a text message to a group of people is long winded, you have to add everyone's name individually. There is an option to mark contacts as "favourites", but for some unknown reason this doesn't integrate with the text messaging function. The camera:- for the price apple are charging for these, you would expect them to put a better camera on it and at bare minimum a flash! It really is awful. And last but not least is the horrendous battery life. This device really is a juice guzzler and don't be surprised if you have to charge the blessed thing everyday.
I have sent some feedback to apple about some of these issues and they really need to sort these issues out, as some of the phone functions are really backwards.
To conclude this review, my advice is this. If you want all the apps, ipod and games etc, then buy a Touch, they are fab. If you want a mobile phone with a good camera, then I suggest you go for a manufacturer that know how to design one, because it isn't apple.