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I wanted an iphone when they first bought them out but just couldn't warrant the prices of them or the tariffs involved. I've watched as apple have bought out new versions, updated versions and finally when the 4S came out I decided I could wait no more. I bought direct from apple so got an unlocked one which meant I was able to stick with contract I already had therefore saving myself a huge amount of money and when I weighed up the pros and cons of buying one outright as opposed to with a contract it really does work out cheaper.
As a phone this offers everything you could possibly want. As a smart phone it goes above and beyond. I never knew I would use a phone so much. I'm not ashamed to admit it has become and extension of myself.
The touchscreen is amazingly responsive and it's easy enough to set up that even the least tech savvy among us could do it without and problems. Apps are easy to find and download. The ability to have folders on the main screen is a great update as it means you don't have to scroll through pages and pages of apps to get to the ones you may want.
Last number redial is easy and the keypad for making a call is super responsive without being overly so that you end up typing a number several times (as I experienced with an htc I had). Setting up emails is a synch as it pretty much does it for you. In short this phone was (in the nicest possible way and without offending anyone) made for idiots. Adding music, photos, videos is just a matter of popping the lead in from your phone to your computer. The video quality is stunning and the sound is crystal clear. I can confirm they bounce really well. Mine has been down the stairs several times and thankfully is still as pristine as the day I bought it.
Siri is great for those of you that don't like to text (Ive named mine Donald) and he can do about 40 words in one go before you need to let him have a breather (it's ideal for texting someone when you dont have free hands). As long as you speak clearly he picks up the words and as yet I've not had a mistake from him. If you use him to look things up for you ask him clearly. He does get a bit confused at times. If texting manually check what's written before you send as predictive text can be a bugger at times and as yet (I've had the phone 4 months ) I've not found a way to turn it off.
Don't get me wrong. It's not all perfect. The whole thing apple have about not installing flash can be a pain but I dont blame them in a way due to flash draining batteries and that is where this phone (and apple tablets as a whole) fall down. Battery life is dire. When connected to wifi I can get the battery to last 48 hours at a push (that is with pretty much constant use). Outside of wifi I'm lucky if it will last 12 hours where it will constantly search for a 3g signal. I do turn off all apps when I'm not running them too to save on battery power.
Bluetooth connection to your computer missing is a pain. I don't always want to plug the leads in and go through the whole itunes scenario. Sometimes I want to send just one photo to my desktop but there is no function to do this if running a mac. All other bluetooth bits work (car connections, other friends phones etc).
The camera while basic (you have the option of flash on or off and nothing else) does take some great pics. If you're in to your social networking uploading your photos is easy as.
If you like personal ring tones, download an app called Dring. It will allow you to cut down your favourite song or record friends via the voice notes to allow you to use them as ring tones or message alerts.
In short if you've thought about it and talked yourself out of one, then think again. It will do all you want and more. You will not be disappointed (unless you work for microsoft or google and then you'll be gutted that your company can't compete)