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iPhone 4 - the sky is the limit? No - it even goes beyond there!!

Posted by: Dissol

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Dissol

 

Several weeks ago, I was able to upgrade my contracted phone to an iPhone 4.  Thanks to MyDL, I noticed that I did not have to change service providers, as my present one, MTN was now offering the phone.  I nipped into the MTN shop in Canal Walk, and walked out with my iPhone.

 

First impressions have been good.  It is solidly made.  It seems to synch fairly easily with my computer.  Although I normally don't worry too much about the camera quality on a phone (I don't expect my camera to be a phone), but the camera, and especially the video on the iPhone is very nice.  It can even enable you to take video in outer space (no, I am not going to try this!!!).


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Intuitive to use, and of course, loads, and loads of apps.  I find that whenever I meet a friend with an iPhone, we end up comparing and recommending apps to one another.  I shall cover some of my favourite apps in other posts.

 

Battery life, as with all smartphones is the limiting factor, but I have several different approaches lead for the car (new car has an iPod dock built in), external "power jolt" battery.

 

It also links nicely onto the WiFi network at home, and at the airport (I have an account with some free data from purchasing my iTouch some time ago.  In fact comparing the iPhone to the iTouch is interesting.  The iTouch is similar in size & shape to the iPhone 3.  The 4 is a little chunkier, and the screen seems to be a higher resolution.  In fact one downside is the finish on the phone.  The back is highly polished black plastic.  And I mean highly polished - put it down anywhere, and it slides off if you are not careful!

 

Signal quality - I know there were some issues reported about the signal quality if you held the phone a certain way...I have not noticed any specific problem, but the signal strength does not seem to be as good as with my old (useless) HTC.  Where I stay in Jo'burg, I could always get a weak signal, but the iPhone really struggled to pick anything up from the same area.

 

Would I recommend it?  Yes, without a doubt.  As a phone, a smartphone, an MP3 player, and even a camera, it does the job.  Battery life is poor (show me a smartphone that will last a full day using all the facilities).  This one is 32Gb - I would suggest going for the biggest you can afford...the apps will soon fill it up.  My iTouch is only 8Gb and that was a mistake…  Downside is that it automatically puts on all the same stuff from iTunes as you may have already on an iPod.  I would like to have 2 synch profiles.  I am sure that there is some facility for doing this, but it is not obvious.

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Dissol
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written by Dissol, October 13, 2010
Grrr...how do I embed a video properly in my post...it works when I have the post open in the edit window... smilies/sad.gif
Dissol
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written by Dissol, October 13, 2010
Charmed
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written by Charmed, October 13, 2010
The back of the iPhone 4 is GLASS not plastic! So don't drop it!

Some of my favourite apps are Dropbox, Plants vs Zombies, Talking Carl, Google Mobile App, Wordpress, Hipstamatic, Photoshop Express, Peggle. Facebook and Twitter goes without saying.

barrmar
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written by barrmar, October 13, 2010
Now that I can get the iPhone on MTN, it has become an option for my next upgrade.
My Data card was due for an upgrade, but they would only let me get a new data card.
Unfortunately, I am in for a loooooooooooooooong wait.
Charmed
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written by Charmed, October 13, 2010
I've also put my name down with MTN. I will be porting my Vodacom number. The things we do for an iPhone 4.
Dissol
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written by Dissol, October 13, 2010
Ah! OK black glass...which looks just like plastic!! I have dropped mine several times already (oops!)

I'll check out those apps. Mine are WhatsApp, Mobilenoter, pUniverse (replaced planets), Evernote, Wikipedia, BBC News, but I am going to check yours out. Twitter is good too. All these I can access with my phone - such a shame I can't use MyDL!!
Charmed
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written by Charmed, October 13, 2010
oh and get Pano - to take panoramic images! Very cool.

Do you have a US iTunes account?
OS GIKEN
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written by OS GIKEN, October 14, 2010
WOW...i actually had to decide on an iPhone and R400 odd more every month for the next 2 years...or a free BB Bold 9700 from work with free minutes...I got my BB Bold 9700 today, waiting for them to come set up emails etc...

I SOOOO would have gone for the iPhone...but alas, i got a good free phone and my R400 contract with MTN is stopping in Nov...so I'l finally be able to rid myself off those demons!smilies/shocked.gif
Dissol
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written by Dissol, October 14, 2010
So there is 2 more nice things about the iPhone:

1. Even I can set up the email on it - I don't need people to come & set it up for me!
2. Only the nicest people get them!! smilies/cheesy.gif smilies/wink.gif

I am sure Charmed would agree!! I have a UK iTunes account - which seems to be pretty similar to the US account...and far different to a SA account... smilies/sad.gif
Charmed
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written by Charmed, October 14, 2010
UK account is good enough. Enjoy it and we look forward to lots of blog posts! smilies/grin.gif
Charmed
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written by Charmed, October 14, 2010
Sorry one more thing, to embed a video, click on the "Source" button, top left of your post when composing, and then embed code, and switch back to normal mode.
Nita
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written by Nita, October 14, 2010
OS, so much more money to buy nappies with smilies/grin.gif
barrmar
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written by barrmar, October 14, 2010
OS - your work phone is for work. The iPhone is for other-than-work. The BB Bold 9700 is a good phone (I know, I had one), but it is not an iPhone.
Get the iPhone as well, and when you arrive home from work you can switch the BB off.
Picture the scene: you are taking your wife out for a romantic dinner. Every 90 seconds another spam work-message is delivered to your BB. You wife gets angry and walks out.
So, for the price of a pack of nappies, get the iPhone!
Dissol
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written by Dissol, October 14, 2010
no Barrmar, just the iPhone is needed for both - just turn the f***er off if at a restaurant!! I am often amazed at the people who appear not to know where that button is... Or at least in a busy restaurant stick the phone away, on vibrate if you have to have it on, and anyone should have time to leave the restaurant to answer it... Nothing worse than someone (and it is always the sort that have to speak in a loud voice!!) speaking on their phone in a restaurant.
OS GIKEN
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written by OS GIKEN, October 15, 2010
LOL Barmar, my cousin got his iPhone4 on MTN package yesterday...bastard keeps on calling me and telling me what a great phone he has and what a mistake I had made! LOL...I'm seeing him this weekend, I know I"m going to love that iPhone...bt I don't want to leave this work phone at home or with the wife...or maybe I can give it to the wife...coz she has a crap nokia...and I"ll get the iPohne and just swop sims...but then again, it has to be said this is my 4th phone in 2 years...the boss wont be happy!

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