Advantages cellphone with ipod, camera and internet all in one and in your pocket, loads of apps to download
Disadvantages battery life, syncing with iTunes, rubbish default earphones
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The Apple product that has been discussed, loved or hated for almost a year. I'm sure you've already read a review on it, so you might as well read one more. And just in case you are not really interested in the iPhone...did you know that the Apple logo at the back of the iPhone 3G works excellent as a mirror? Not that I care so much about my good looks, but cmon, people eat buns with poppy seeds all the time!
Screen: 3.5inch, 480 x 320 pix, resolution 163 ppi
Front - Home button – the only button on the front face of the iPhone 3G, unlocks the iPhone - then slide to unlock, closes menus to bring you to the desktop, opens favorites. If an application gets stuck, holding Home button for about 6 seconds should force closing it.
Top – Power button switches the iPhone on and off, activates and deactivates (then slide to unlock) the standby mode.
When there is a call incoming, press once to turn off the ringtone, press twice to reject the call.
In combination with Home button reboots the device (hold both of them for a few seconds) and has a printscreen function (hold Home and Power for like a second, until the screen flashes).
Left side – a volume control button and a sound on/off switch
Right side – no controls/buttons
Bottom – charger/USB cable socket (only compatible with Apple cables)
Back – camera, Apple logo, type specification
What you get in the box: the iPhone 3G, white Apple handsfree earphones, white USB cable which also connects the iPhone with the charger plug, polishing clout, 2 Apple logo glow-in-the-dark stickers (this I found funny), a tiny gadget to open the simcard rack (looks like a paperclip),warranty and a quick-guide booklet.
What you have to do when you bring it home is insert your simcard (unless you have bought it with one) and connect to a computer where iTunes is installed and let iTunes activate your iPhone. This is a completely automatic process and takes like a minute, so everyone should be able to do it, then you can disconnect and start enjoying your iPhone.
The default desktop contains preinstalled apps (those you cannot erase), you can have up to 9 screens of icons, 16 icons per screen plus a 4-app-dock at the bottom - the apps in the dock don't change as you browse your screens. You browse the screens flicking your finger to left or right.
You can manage the app icons by holding your finger to an ico for a few secons until they start to shake and then drag and drop to put them where you want to or delete those you don't want by tapping the little cross.
If there was a new event (like a missed call, new sms or update) you will see a number in red circle above the ico it applies to.
Background is simply black and the wallpaper you set will only appear when unlocking from the standby mode.
You can keep it messy or arrange the apps thematically or as you want so you will know approximately where to find what kind of app.
Very handy stuff that improves both battery life and also makes using iPhone more comfortable. If you look at the top left corner of the black frame on iPhone’s front face, you will see 3 dark red dots. A little bit like a sniper’s gunsight, isn’t it?
Ambient light sensor – Not so vital as the above mentioned one, but also comes handy. If the auto-brightness option is on in your Settings, then the display adjusts to the environment automatically – becomes brighter in sunlight and dimmer in darkness. This helps to save battery life.
iPod – or Apple’s mp3 player, if you want. You can view a list of tracks, artists, favorites, playlists.
Double tap the screen (or tap the little button in top right corner) when playing a track and it’s picture will turn around to show you a list of tracks from the given album, very handy, especially if you like your music list sorted according to artist name, like this you can easily view the whole album available on your iPhone.
NOTE: I won’t analyze the internet connectivity much because that’s a matter of your provider and not of the iPhone. I can only say that I used the same type of mobile internet with my previous cellphone and it was remarkably slower than on the iPhone.
And the whole concept of zooming in/out moving two fingers towards or away from eachother makes the web browsing a pleasure.
Each contact has a conversation shown in a live chat style (appears as if on MSN, ICQ or other messengers) with a detailled timestamp, contact's name appears on top and below the convo is a gap where you can type new SMS for that contact. Sent messages are in green and aligned to right, received in grey and aligned to left.
What I thought was weird about iPhone is the organisation of SMS messages. You don't have a classic inbox, sentbox, outbox or optional folders to create.
You only have one SMS folder where conversations are kept. Before you open a conversation you can see the list of convos and beginning of the last msg in each one including time stamp for msgs sent/received today, "yesterday" for msgs from yesterday and name of the day for older msgs.
PRO: Like that you can easily view the whole convo, not only yours (sentbox) or the other contact's (inbox) part of it. It's great you don't have to close the convo if you want to reply because you can type a reply directly.
CONTRA: You cannot erase one single SMS message, you only can erase the whole conversation. That comes annoying when you are likely to send SMS like "ok" or "see you" or "thanks", so the convo gets flooded by one-line messages. It's also annoying if you are the kind of person who doesn't care about keeping the sent messages and only wants the received ones.
AppStore can also be accessed through the iPhone directly. All apps you have downloaded (doesn't matter if in iTunes or iPhone) will stay in iTunes, so you can uninstall and instal them again without paying twice.
Battery: Life or Death
This could be better, let's admit it. If you are used to keeping your cellphone on also through nights and you don't use a screensaver, now it's time to change your habits. The iPhone has an auto-lock function or you can lock it pressing the power button, the lock switches off the screen while the device stays operational - in standby mode. It is recommended to set auto-lock on short time (options are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 minutes or Never) because the screen uses much of the battery.
I keep stuff that I don't use off - that goes for 3G, wi-fi and bluetooth. It's a matter of a few seconds to activate them, so why keep them on when I can't or don't use them.
I have auto-lock set on 2 minutes, I thought 1 minute was too short because when you are doing sth and wanna lay the iPhone down for a moment, it locks before I can get back to it, so 2 minutes suit me better. When I'm done working with the iPhone, I always immediately lock it clicking the Power button instead of letting it wait 2 minutes. With a few calls, some smsing, Safari and iPod usage my battery lasts 24 hours easily. If I cut on the usage a bit, it can be 2 days as well.
I know that sounds funny compared to other phones, but you have to realize that the screen needs a lot of juice, as well as all the network services.
I do think they could have put a better battery into the iPhone, but maybe that will come. And with a little bit of wise usage it's not such a disaster.
What's really stupid about the battery is the fact you cannot change it yourself. Well, you can, but then you have to disassemble the complete device to get to the battery which is located under its motherboard. This is a job for an authorized service point, if you do it yourself, you lose the guarantee.
You need to use your iPhone wisely else you'll have to charge the battery very often. Another way to go is buying an external battery or an iPhone case that has a battery inside.
This is my first Apple product, I wouldn’t call myself an Apple fan, because I’ve grown up among ppl who only used PCs and mp3 players, no Mac computers or iPods etc. Apple is also considered somewhat pricey around here, so I never had a reason to go explore.The iPhone made a change for me as it caught my attention while the first generation was brought to the market but back then I had just bought a new cellphone, so couldn’t afford another one and I kinda ignored the iPhone.
The iPhone gives freedom I didn’t know of before. The touchscreen is awesome and responsivity of the device is really high, generally it’s way faster than my previous phone, it's swift doing what yu want it to do and it looks cute. I love the flick-browsing function, zooming and typing on the touch-keyboard is a pleasure once you have practised it a little.
What I really dislike:
The iTunes!!! I wish it would be possible to simply copy files into iPhone, because I find the syncing (synchronizing) process stupid and messy, as everytime you sync only the files you selected are copied to the iPhone. So let’s say you want to add one more song or a few applications and if you also want to keep those you already have on the iPhone, you have to sync those, too.
I wish the iPhone had a call recorder and video recorder and that I could erase SMSes one by one.
If you are about to buy a new cellphone and you aren’t determined which one you want and aren’t really fixed to a hardware keyboard, I suggest you go check on the iPhone 3G a little bit just to make your choosing process a little more complicated.
P.S.: Sorry if I’ve typed „iPhone“ instead of „iPhone 3G“ somewhere in the review, the review is really about iPhone 3G, so don’t let it confuse you.
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