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Introduction# If you know me as a person or whether you have read all of the reviews i have done on the latest technology you would know when i found out about the new release of the iPhone 4S i just had to get it. I took a morning off work which is bad, and went out to get it with my friend on the release from my local Apple Store which is not too out of the way for me. I heard that it was better than the iPhone 4 which i prevented from buying because i assumed they would get a new version out within a couple fo months. I have always wanted a white phone so for me the white iPhone 4S was what i wanted. I thought it looked alot better than the black but that might just be my personal opinion. I was happy buying without reading reviews because i love Apple products and they are worldwide known for their great products so i didnt mind at all. I have put this review in sections because it will be long i will warn you!
# SORRY THERE IS CURRENTLY NO PHOTO THE SIZE KEEPS BEING TOO MUCH #
Where I Bought My iPhone 4S# As you might have read above i purchased my iPhone 4S from the Apple Store which is in my local area and doesnt take alot of time to get to so it is great! The apple stores in general are very clean and high tech. All of the staff in the stores are very helpful and have great knowledge on technology products in general and also specifcally the Apple Products. The staff are very helpful and dont push the products on you which is great. The Apple stores also hold about 10 of each product so you can test them out before you buy which is great so you can determine for sure whether you want it. I tested out my iPhone4S before i purchased it and was happy with the service i received. Therefore i would definitely recommend purchasing the product from the Apple store. The only downside i can bring to the store is the fact that they very rarely have offers available which is bad if in argos you can a gift card or something when you buy the product.
Packaging# The packaging of the iPhone was great.The box was a good size and not too big which i loved because i hate oversized boxes! Just on of those things i dont like. The cardboard which the box was made out of looked very professional and made you want to by the product, the box is good quality and no damage can be made to it! The box is black or white with professional text on the front and the worldwide known Apple logo which was pretty shiny. The box was sealed which made sure that no-one had been into it. Inside the iPhone is placed in a secure tub which prevented the iPhone from being damaged. The iPhone was also covered in plastic sheets which i left on to prevent it being damaged for a bit, then i took them off because the air bubbles in them annoy me! Everything in the box was well packaging even the wires and the user manuals which is great. The packaging was of good quality and well thought through which is great on Apple's behalf!
User Manuals & Guides# The user manuals and guides which come with the iPhone are excellent and in my eyes they cannot be better at all. The user guides and manuals are very professional and easy to understand. The text in them is simple which makes it easy to follow. The text is in a good font as well and no squiggley writing which would make it hard to read! The text is also equal to the amount of high quality images in the manual. The pictures are clear and look like what you have infront of you which always helps. Everything is well annotated and easy to follow again. The user manuals and guides are also written in different languages which is great if you want to read the information in something other than the English language. If that information is not enough there are also videos and more manuals online. Therefore if the user manuals where damaged or you lost them you can download them from online, although mine were packaged brilliantly so i wouldn't have thought that they would be that damaged.
Battery Life# Battery life on this iPhone is fab. The current battery levels can be viewed at the top of the iPhone near the time and the bit where it says your network and the fact that it is a iPhone. I love that because so can easily view what battery levels you are on. The battery level also gives you a warning pop up box when you reach only 20% remaining, only 10% remaining, and also only 5% remaining which is great because it informs you straight the say of the battery level and prevent you from forgetting and it dying on you, or having to keep looking and judging how long you have left. The battery level also turns red as it does with most technology these days to try and draw your attention to the fact that your phones about to die! Apple claims 8 hours of 3G talk time, upto 9 hours of wifi use, 10 hours video playback and 40 hours of musical pleasure.My iPhone charge usually lasts a long time. I say usually it goes down alot faster if you are watching tv programmes, or videos, and also if you are listnening to them at a high volume. Texting and calls can also contribute especially if you are video calling! The battery life of the iPhone lasts longer if you keep the volume down and not on full blast, and if you are viewing, apps, internet pages and also photos. When looking through photo's and web pages my iPhone definitely lasts 9 hours or more which is great for non stop searching. For video's mine lasts about 10-11 hours which again is great because the ones i have are on loud volume and of high quality. The iPhone is also quickly charged up either by mains charger or USB, only takes around 1 hour. Overall i would give the battery life of the iPhone 10/10.
Apps and App Store# Apps are great from Apple. The Apple App store holds over 250,000 apps so there is definitely something for everybody. By purchasing the apps which you want you can personalise your phone and make sure you have the things you like. Apps fits onto the pages of the home screen on your iPhone. There are usually 16 apps per page which can be altered if you want a certain amount on each one. If you want to move or delete apps this can be easily done by pressing and holding down on a app for a few seconds. The apps then start to shake and can be moved around or there becomes a cross for you to delete them. To get apps onto your phone you can either plug it in and buy it from the app store or buy it from the app store on your iPhone. Both of these options require a internet or WiFi connection. Apps are very cheap from the Apple App Store most being free or 99p which is neither here or there in my eyes. Some of the more developed apps such as SatNav apps and others do cost more but there aren't alot of them. To download you need a iTunes account which is free. Downloads are very fast, and efficient. After download the apps appear on your homescreen.
iTunes# People mostly know iTunes for being downloaded on the computer as a application, but iTunes is also pre-installed on your iPhone. iTunes is the place you go when you want music and videos downloaded on your iPhone. iTunes is easily and efficiently downlaoded onto your computer or laptop. To download simply visit the apple website which i will add onto the bottom of the review and look for the program. It is free to download which is great. Apple have provided step by step instructions along with the program which makes downloading it alot easier. Once downloaded (it doesn't take long at all about 20 minutes if not less) you can plug in your iPhone through the USB which came in the box and add music and bits to your iPhone. The computer version is needed if you have your own music already downloaded or music on CD's to be put onto your iPhone. The version on your iPhone can only be used for music you have purchased through iTunes. Music on there is usually 69p per track or £4.99 etc for a album. The price of music on iTunes is alot less than purchasing the CD, or album in a store. iTunes is great and easy to use for all ages. Another great reason to get an iPhone!
Look&Feel# The iPhone4S is very similar to the iPhone$ in the shape and size. The look of the iPhone is very sleek and modern which is great. The iPhone which are released always look good. The iPhone comes in white or black so you can decide on which one you want depending on your taste. Both of the iPhones are the same the only difference is the colour. This iPhone is very squarish with curved rims which look stylish. The phone itself is lightweight which is great and something which you want. The housing of the phone is shiny and looks modern. The fact that it is shiny means that it is easy to clean if you get something on it which is great especially if you are to buy the white iPhone. The button is at the bottom of the phone as of most Apple products. The sound comes out of the top via the retangle shape at the top of the phone, this is easy to clean as well which is great. The camera is also located at the front and back. The sound buttons and lock buttons are located around the phone and are easy to use which i will come onto later.
Durability# The durability of my iPhone has been great. I have heard that some people have managed to break their screens of their iPhones but nothing has happened to mine personally. I do tend to throw mine in my bag alot and take it everywhere and it has no scratches as of yet and there is definitely no damage to the screen which is great. When i first got the phone i left the plastic sheet on for a bit to make sure that there wasnt any scratches but soon removed it because there was air bubbles which started to annoy me. If you do tend to scratch your phone i would definitely recommend purchasing screen protectors for the phones screen. They can be found on eBay for about £1-£2 which is not alot if it means that your phone wont get damaged.
Camera# The camera on this phone is absolutely great and in my eyes couldnt be better. It has to be the most improved feature of the new iPhone. The camera is 8 megapixel which is great and means you can take digital camera quality photos from your phone. The great thing is the fact that i myself carry my phone almost anywhere, and therefore you can take pictures when you want where you want because you will always have a like camera with you. There are two cameras which makes it easier to take photos from different angles. You can take one of yourself and friends from the front, and thinga around you from the back. The cameras also have wider aperture's which means that the camera is exposed to more light which means that the camera photo's are better quality. The colours are also far more vivid and brighter which means that the pictures and videos are great. The videos are also helpful with the stabilizer integrated in the phone so therefore even when walking or jogging the video seems alot more stable than it does with usual camera. This makes the videos more smooth and better quality.
Siri# If you didn't already know what Siri is it is a personal assistant which can be found onb your iPhone4S. Siri was brought into the market so you can talk to your phone and tell it what to do. The primary good things about this is the fact you dont text and call whilst driving you speak to your phone which for me the distraction is the same but obviously people have different views on that! Siri is great but currently works better in the USA as it has more features over there and therefore you can tell it what to do more. Although the basics are covered over here in the UK. You can tell your iPhone to send a message and it will send it to the contact of your choice, same with setting reminders for whatever date you want. I was suprised when i first used it because it does pick up your voice well which surprised me because i thought that it wouldnt be that good. Siri is a really good feature of the new iPhone and cannot be found yet on any other. When compared to the rival Assitant on the Android i have to say the Apple version is alot better when it comes to picking up your voice. I would definitely recommend giving siri a go!
iCloud# I love iCloud, and it works really well with my phone and also the iPad2 if you have one! iCloud stores your music, photos, documents and more, and wirelessly pushes them to all your devices. iCloud is basically iTunes on your computer but pre-installed on your device. On iCloud it creates back-up's of documents and also holds them, music videos and photo's can all be put onto this handy little app which is on your phone. After this you can wireless send the objects to other Apple devices which you, your family or even friends may have. My friend a couple of weeks ago compared it to being a little bit like bluetooth which explains the app really. The app fast and efficently sends things which is great especially if you need to do it in a rush. iCloud is really easy to use and i think it is a great addtion to the new phone! With iCloud, you can have iTunes automatically download new music purchases to all your devices the moment you tap Buy. You can also access past music purchases from any of your devices — wirelessly and without syncing (as off Apple). Photo stream on iCloud is also great, you can take a photo and send it to people and the photo soon will be everywhere you want it to be!
Wifi & Signal Connections# Wifi and signal connections on the new iphone in general are great. I mean i cannot talk for all networks because i simply havent tried all of them but i am with O2 and the service could not be any better. The general signal is really good and responsive and i have never been in a position where i could not get signal as of yet. The phone calls are always good quality coming out of the phone and messages are sent instantly which i love. Another great thing about Apple products is the fact that WiFi on them is fantastic. WiFi connections are easily connected to with a click of a button, and the strength of the signal is great. This is fab for when you are out and about and are in a wifi zone as you may as well take use of the services. WiFi is now in most places but if you have internet on the iPhone you may not use it unless you are on a limit contract which it could come in hand. Even without wifi the internet on the iPhone works great, and very fast which again is a plus for the iPhone.
Picture Quality# The picture quality on the new iphone is great. It has HD quality which is something i love about the phone there is never come a stage where i wasnt happy with the screen quality. The screen shows hundreds or even thousands on colours which really enhances the picture quality. The lights are really bright which can be changed with the brightness button which can be found on the Settings Menu. The picture quality of the pictures taken by the camera are also great which i have mentioned earlier. The picture which goes behind the apps is great quality as well which is good because it really makes the apps on your phone stand out. Picture quality is also great when viewing videos and tv programmes on your phone, the images are free flowing and are almost HD which i could not complain about. Wehn on apps the picture quality is the same great quality. I definitely could not fault the picture quality of the phone or any Apple product in general.
Sound Quality# Sound quality on the iPhone is also the top quality much like all of the Apple products. Sound quality is something i definitely look for in a phone because i do tend to listen to music quite a bit when i am out and about. The soudn qualtiy on the iPhone is really good especially when it comes to listening to music. The sound quality comes out really good from the sound player on the top of the iphone and also from out the earphones which come with the phone. I have also bought some SkullCandy headphones which i have found the same great quality sound come out of. The sounds are really clear and vibrant! The sounds of the music are better if you buy the music of iTunes but other than that the quality is great! Sound quality is also very good for the videos on the phone and the tv prgorammes. For me the sound quality could not be better, and is better than my Apple iPod which i also own. The top quality sounds which come out the phone is another reason why i bought the phone from Apple.
Value For Money# For me the iPhone has a great value for money. I understand it is alot of money and some people dont want to spend that much money on a iphone but for me it is definitely worth it. The phone looks so stylish and modern. The new iCloud and Siri technology on the phone as well is so developed and a great feature on the phone. Despite you paying alot for the phone, the quality definitely shows up when compared against other phones in my eyes. I believe that i can always rely on a Apple product and that is why i am willing to pay a little bit extra for there products. The iPhone is great as well because it mixes the like of a Nintendo like console, a iPod, a camera, and a phone so everything which you need is in one. I feel that the value for money can be alot better as well if you decide to purchase the phone on contract. After all that equates to around £35 per month and calling credit, texts, and internet included. Overall i would definitely recommend the iPhone.
Age Range# For me the iPhone is for everyone, obviously there are age limits for the younger ones but i feel with the new generation of apps the phone can be for any gender, any age and any personality. With the iPhone you can change almost everything to suit your needs, for example, you can download different apps to go with your personality, you can change the background to your liking, and download music and tv programmes which you want to watch and use. The black and white colours of the iPhone means that they are not aimed at any gender in particular or any age range which means they suit everyone. There are thousands of apps which are under loads of categories which means you can also change them for business use or personal use. As i said before i feel the iPhone is for anybody but the younger ones is perhaps not a good idea with he amount you are spending on the phone in my eyes. I sometimes let my little niece play on mine, she is 5 and can work certain games well, and it is also a good way to educate them and keep them amused so i think the iPhone is great when being diverse - for anyone.
What GB Should I Choose?# I would have thought that the question on all of your minds is how much capacity you want to purchase. You might be reading this review and wanting to know what to buy. I have placed my review on the 64GB because this is the iPhone i have, although you might not want this. As a guideline there are three iPhones one which is 16GB, one which is 32GB, and also one which is 64GB. The three iPhone models in all: an 16GB which is sold for around £399 (no contract) an 32GB for approx £499 (no Contract), and the 64GB, for £699 (no contract). I purchased a 64GB because i do love to have lots of music and videos on my iPhone. I have 64GB and it holds loads, in my eyes possibly to much but i wasnt going to risk the fact of running out of memory. Since buying a iPhone i have found the 64GB is ALOT of storage and would therefore recommend buying a 32GB, if you hold quite a few songs and videos but other than that not alot i recommend the 16GB. The price difference is a little but it is definitely worth paying that little bit extra for alot extra memory.
Customer Service From Apple# The customer service from Apple is top class. They are a worldwide known company and there customer service definitely does not let them down. The user guides and manuals are easy to follow and understand. If you feel that you need extra help there are many ways which you can contact Apple. You can call there call centre which is great. The people who answer the phones are very helpful and try there best to solve your problem. You do not get put onto the silly music call centres have very often and they answer almost immediately. If you dont want to ring, emails are also available. Email in and a expert individual will contact you back from Apple within a few days with useful information. If you dont want to take none of these options there are step by step guides available online, video tutorials, and online forums. All of the contact details i will try and provide below! I would give the customer service 10/10 because of the range of contact options available and the quality of them.
More Information# If you want more information on the product you can find it at the website below which is the official website of Apple. Here there are tips, links to buy the product, 3D views and much more, all you need really. If you have any questions i will be more than happy to help!
Overall# My thoughts overall are that the iPhone is definitely worth buying, in my eyes anyway. The mix of modern, stylish, and new comes otgether great in one little package. I could not be any happier with my purchase. Thanks for reading and rating everyone - its really appreciated! :) xx