Posted by: Dissol on Oct 13, 2010
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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!!!).
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.