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Apple iPhone 4 review

 Review: June 2010  
 

Last updated April 2013

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In a nutshell: The iPhone 4 is a flawed beauty. Its main attractions are the famous Apple ease-of-use and design, and the high-resolution Retina display. But the small screen, middling spec and signal problems count heavily against it.

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Another year, another iPhone. Released on the 24th June 2010 in the UK, the iPhone 4 is in many ways the best iPhone so far. But it's also the most expensive. Whereas the iPhone 3G S was available free on an (already very expensive) £45 per month contract, you'll have to sign up to an eye-watering £60 per month 24-month contract to get the iPhone 4 16GB free, and to get the 32GB version you'll have to shell out an extra £60 on top! On the cheapest tariff available, you'll still end up paying more than £800 over two years. We seriously question just how far Apple can keep pushing their customers, especially in these cash-strapped times.

There's also a problem with the new design. The stainless steel body of the handset acts as an antenna and Apple claim this will help to improve reception of mobile signals. But only if you hold it the right way, because if you place your hand over the bottom left corner of the phone, you'll see your signal drop to zero. Is that a problem? "Just avoid holding it in that way," Steve Jobs remarked. Apple's official statement is more sober, but no less reassuring: "Avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band." Actually that's quite hard to do, especially for a large device like the iPhone. Alternatively, you can buy a case to shield the antenna. You know, if this was any other phone, we'd simply have marked our rating down and advised you not to buy it. But this is the iPhone after all, and you can maybe learn to hold your phone in the way approved by Steve Jobs or buy a case and then the problems will go away. So, we'll drop one star from our rating and carry on with the review.

So, if you can handle the high cost and the signal problem you'll want to know what you get for your money. Well, what you get is a very high quality device that's approximately the same height and width as the previous iPhone, but considerably slimmer, at just 9.3mm thick. It still weighs in at a chunky 137g though. It smells of quality, of course, from the box to the accessories, to the device itself, but apart from the slimness it doesn't look very different to previous generations of iPhones.

The display is the same size as previous iPhones at 3.5 inches, but the new Retina display packs in double the number of pixels in each direction, giving a total of 960 x 640 pixels in total and fantastic image quality as a result. It can't beat the Samsung Galaxy S if you want the best display on the market, but it's probably second best and surely that's good enough.

Apart from the screen, the biggest change comes in the form of upgraded cameras. The still camera has been given a larger sensor so it takes better images at night and in low light, the resolution has been increased to 5 megapixels and an LED flash added. The video camera has been seriously uprated to record videos at HD resolution (720p). That places the iPhone 4 in the top league for video recording with only a handful of other phones able to match - the Samsung Galaxy S, the Samsung Wave and the Sony Ericsson Vivaz among them. But perhaps the biggest change is the addition of a secondary video camera that enables video calling. "People have been dreaming about video calling for decades. iPhone 4 makes it a reality," exclaim Apple, ignoring the fact that other manufacturers have been offering this feature since 2003. Note also that you can only make video calls to other iPhone 4 users and only on Wi-Fi. That's rather limiting.

The other main improvement is the battery life of the phone. Although the quoted standby time is the same, Apple say that talktime and web browsing time have been improved by around 40%.

Multi-tasking has also been improved so you can run multiple apps without slowing down the performance of the foreground app or draining the battery unnecessarily.

So, Apple have created one of the very best phones on the market, but potentially a flawed beauty. Does it work as a phone? Not if you have no signal! But there are ways to work around that if you really want to. Apple have certainly gone a long way to plug the gaps in the iPhone's capabilities, but it's phenomenally expensive. Is it worth the money? Is it worth the risk? Only you can decide.

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Apple iPhone 4 features include:

  • OS X Operating System
  • Assisted GPS with digital compass
  • 5 megapixel camera with touch autofocus, LED flash and geo-tagging
  • Video camera: HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio, VGA secondary camera for video calling
  • Display: 960 x 640 pixels (3.5 inch) touchscreen
  • Music player (AAC, Protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 1, 2, and 3), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV formats)
  • Video player supports 720p HD playback at 30 frames/second
  • Voice control, voice memos
  • Messaging: SMS, MMS, email
  • Memory: 16GB or 32GB flash drive
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), 3.5mm headphone jack
  • WAP, EDGE, HSDPA
  • Size: 115 x 59 x 9.3 mm
  • Weight: 137g
  • Quad-band (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) plus UMTS/HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • Talktime: 7 - 14 hours
  • Battery standby: 300 hours
  • Audio playback: Up to 30 hours

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Reviewed by anugakarthik from india on 3rd Sep 2013
Apple iphone 4 mobile is never an older phone and hence its proved with its market penetration. The apple iphone 4 8 GB price is much affordable with comparison to any other fancy phones in market.
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Reviewed by Hassan from UK on 21st Mar 2013
I used to be a blackberry user, and well yeah... BlackBerry's aren't so great anymore. I went and bought the iPhone 4 just to see what the hype of Apple is about and I actually love this phone. The touch screen is so smooth, the display is great, the exterior buttons work great unlike my old BlackBerry Bold 9900, the browser is so fast, I have kind of big hands and I'm getting better at typing on the phone, the look of it is just awesome, the apps are the greatest and over I love it! If I had to pick out on any bad things, I'd have to mention only the battery and the auto-correct. Hopefully they make a better one in future iPhones but to be honest, coming from a blackberry to an iPhone, everything is better. Auto-correct can create some silly mistakes while you type, I think they should make the phone learn what you say so it understands what you will say while typing instead of. Sure there may be faults but I don't see any major ones. I think this phone is great
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Reviewed by Predator from London, UK on 28th Jul 2012
I had to change my Iphone 4 three times. Once lower home button broken. Would not work, I had been given new one by Apple. Second time power off/on button stopped working. The spring busted was the diagnosis. Now after installation of 5.00 software upgrade it became useless. The phone switches on and off by itself. Would not let me answer the phone as it loses touch functionality for few minutes.
All in all, 3 changes in 11 months and still many issues. Avoid at all cost
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Reviewed by missbxxx from Scotland on 9th Jul 2012
I think this phone is perfect. It's battery life is good and it is so easy to download apps and browse the web. However do not buy it if you are simply looking for a phone.
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Reviewed by Cheryl from UK on 1st Jun 2012
Well, did a review back in march, loved it then but now I hate it. Finished charging at 8am & it's now 12:15pm & almost halfway through battery! Go onto different apps & throws me out of them, don't often get signal & am paying nearly £40 a month for this. Hate it, only decent thing is camera, it looks good & that's about it!
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Reviewed by Koula from UK on 28th Apr 2012
This is such a disappointment and I am stuck in a long expensive contract with it now, not to be able to access the internet and do things that I could do very quickly with my old HTC. Yes, the apps are great, but of what use are apps when you can't make a phone call or search the web? I will try and get out of this and hope Vodafone value my custom to give me any other device... do not be fooled, unless you are in a 3G area, these phones are very very slow.
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Reviewed by lee from uk london on 22nd Apr 2012
when it comes to mobile phones iv never seen a brand have so many issues and still lead the race by miles also a brand that the more it gets back media the more popular and sales go up and so it should and heres why

regardless of its many faults along the years including software issues hardwere issues which seem to be something most users are to a point ok with (all smartphones have bugs in os not just apple. having had every iphone made a long with many other makes starting at nokia os (first real uk smartphone os) having seen the steps the mobile phones have taken is another reason apple are far ahead at the moment android phones and os is ok and in some cases feature iphones dont have like flash support but having had most android phones as i write this on my sg s2 android still seems quick far behind apple in the race for top spot tho are at least seen as in the race the like of nokia now adays are not blackberrys are not even anything like what we are talking about but are good for sms mms emailing if you get a 3g one but lets continue

Why do apple lead the way why do so many people like apple iphone well lets turn on an iphone 4 16gb and see first thing regardless of any fancy names or sizes the iphone 4 -4s ipad 2 retina displays are il use the word BEAUTIFUL in terms of smartphone screens this is the leader from you turn in on you get a feel of a quality that uv not felt before not just looks but quality this is important as the phone loads up you will notice that everything moves fast and smooth and SEXY the ease of use once again not matched along side a touch screen that is so responsive once you get use to it you will always notice the difference with other brands of phone everything just runs at a quality unmatched

theres more if thats not enuf there are tweeks you can apply for further quality (this is known as freeing apples limits that they place on the user ) we could complain about but that only makes them bigger once you get all issues out the way and have tweeked your iphone the way you want it the truth becomes realised

THERES NOTHING ELSE LIKE AN IPHONE MORE ISSUES THAN ANY OTHER PHONE YET AT A LEVEL OF QUALITY UNMATCHED TO THIS DAY WHICH ONLY GOES TO MAKE APPLE STRONGER

PRICE
YES APPLE IPHONE ARE A LOT I THINK THE VALUE BASED IS CORRECT IN THE CURRENT MARKET WITH SUPPLY AND DEMAND THIS ONLY MAKES IT STRONGER AND ADDS TO ITS LONELY NUMBER ONE STATUS (THE TOP IS ALWAYS CRITISED MORE THSTS WHY THERE TOP

HTC AND SAMSUNG ARE 2ND AND 3RD THEY HAVE APPEAL BUT NOT QUALITY AND CAN ONLY BE SEEN AS MID RANGE SIDE BY SIDE WITH AN IPHONE

SO AT THE MOMENT THE IPHONE 4 IS STILL THE BEST PHONE ON THE MARKET IT BEATS 4S IN PRICE WHICH MAKES IT THE NUMBER 1 CUSTOMER CHOICE PHONE ANYONE WHO CAN OFFORD THE EXTRA FOR THE UPGRADE VERSION 4S SHOULD AS IT ONLY GOES TO ADD SPEED BETTER CAMERA AND A FEW THINGS TO THOSE WHO CAN SHOULD BUT FOR ALL THE

IPHONE 4 IS THE WINNER

ANY PROBLEM GO IN TO APPLE AND COMPLAIN THEY WILL CHANGE IT OR SOLVE YOUR ISSUES WELCOME TO THE FUTURE OF THE SMART PHONE
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Reviewed by Anto Giscard from India on 14th Apr 2012
Love this phone - you can't really complain on anything but the few limitation in terms of flexibility like Andriod phones is the one that I would recommend to Apple
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Reviewed by anand from uk on 20th Mar 2012
absolutely fantastic, if you can get trhis on a good deal then forget android just get an iphone, i had a htc desire before and changed for this and this is alot better than the desire. im paying 18.50 for mine but if you can get a good deal (£20-25) then go for it, its not worth 30/35, in that case just get the 4s.
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Reviewed by Cheryl from UK on 16th Mar 2012
I have the iPhone 4, have had no problems with it at all apart from battery life which is what I expected, doesn't lose signal, have no problems with the apps, just love it :-)!! Did have the iPhone 3GS but my sons had that now I've got this!!!
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Reviewed by Alain from UK on 25th Feb 2012
Have a 16Gb and 8Gb one, battery time is very poorly compared to my old Nokia N97 and E90 yet this is due to the apps mostly. In general I am quite pleased with them although I recognise what Simon said about not being able to adjust ringtones other than the standard ones. With my N97 I could just select a MP3 song and chose to make it my ringtone. Apart from that my 16Gb dates from spring 2011 and shows battery capacity and my 8Gb dates from a month ago and does not show it and it is hard to adjust settings, that is not intuitive at all. So therefore rate it with 4 stars instead of 5....
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Reviewed by Simon from Denmark on 14th Feb 2012
Waste of money... lots of problems with its battery, camera, customizing, ring tones too low, etc....as well as with its iTunes... they rip people by this phone. I just sold mine today and I am happy.
My advice to Apple learn how to improve rather than telling lies to people.
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Reviewed by Carly from UK on 1st Feb 2012
CANT FAULT, OUTSTANDING !! ESPECIALLY WHEN JAILBROKEN.
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Reviewed by Amy from USA on 29th Jan 2012
Hate this phone, battery is bad, Camera isnt great,
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Reviewed by christine from uk on 14th Jan 2012
Ive had issues with dropped calls on the iphone 4 and 4s, but at the end of the day i have returned it to the apple store and they have replaced my phone with a brand new one..No having to get it sent away and be without a phone for upto two weeks. These phones are excellent and so easy to use i would recommend an iphone to anyone.
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Reviewed by molly from uk on 12th Jan 2012
a amazing phone saved songs and just love it xx
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Reviewed by Lewis from Uk on 17th Dec 2011
Had plenty of phones over the years. Basic handsets to blackberry to android devices to iPhones to android and now back to iPhone. There is just something about the iPhone 4 that is, to me anyway just perfect. Easy to use. Easy to live with. No problems like I've had with android devices having more settings and options to customise it which sent me mad. I loved my 3gs until it fell to its death. I've never been happy without it. Went to a samsung galaxy mini to see me through the tough times, well hardly a phone to shout about. It did the job until I got the iPhone 4. I paid nothing for the handset and I only pay £18/month for 600 mins anytime any network, unlimited texts and unlimited data (well 500mb) on T-Mobile. Easy when you know how to get what you want when you complain about their customer service department. All in all the best phone. Until battery technology improves to make the 4s last as long as the 4 then the 4 rules.
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Reviewed by Jackie from Northern Ireland on 3rd Dec 2011
I've had my iPhone for 14 months now, and I love it.. I've never gotten bored with it, it looks stunning, battery (to me anyway) actually lasts longer than a laptop battery, this is goin by constant use. If the phone is just used for texting and making calls the battery has lasted 2+ days. I've never had a problem with signal, if any other phone can get a signal so can mine. The only time the phone has ever hung up mid call was when I had a flip cover, got rid of the cover and problem solved (all over covers work great :) ) the touch screen is quick and very easy to use (my extremely techtarded 86 yr old Granda could work it! And considering he just about knows what a computer is, that's got to be a plus on user ability front ) the only quibbles I've had are; u have to buy your ringtones (considering I keep mine on vibrate it actually isn't that big of a problem for me) at the start when the clicks went back or forward the alarm went weird for a few days, although with the latest update this is no longer an issue.. Since updating to the iOS 5 it's even better! You no longer need to link it to a computer for anything now, which is great. My phone has also been dropped a number of times, on lots of different surfaces, and even with the most basic of covers, it' still looks new :) absolutely love this phone.. Needs 10 stars!
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Reviewed by Ash from UK on 1st Dec 2011
I always use this website whenever I get a new phone so I thought, even though this phone has been out for quite a while, I'd review it seeing as I've only just jumped on the bandwagon! Waited for the new iPhone to come out so I could pick one of these up cheap on PAYG (got one for £350 brand new from ebay) and then stuck a SIM only contract in and bingo, a fairly affordable way to get an iPhone 4. First I must say, it's an absolute beauty, I could have one just to stare at it all day, and then it doesn't disappoint when using it either! Having come from a BlackBerry Bold, I was apprehensive about the touch screen but my god it's amazing, I've had the phone for 2 days and already I don't miss the physical QWERTY of the Bold. The phone in itself doesn't cease to amaze me, with the fantastic web browsing on Safari and some truly amazing apps that make any dull situation fun! Battery life is a good day (day and a half with light usage) but I won't complain because we all know about the battery life of an iPhone (and besides it doesn't seem to be any worse than my friend's Glaxy S2) In summary, yes there are other phones that are technically better, however the iPhone just does almost everything perfectly. Solid 5 Stars.
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Reviewed by Mike from Scotland on 21st Nov 2011
Had the phone for a while now and never had an issue with the phone (thats not to say didnt have issues with itunes!) but this is about the phone, Its expensive but I think its worth every penny and would recommend it to anyone, brilliant display, best battery ive ever had, never crashed (got the phone on Feb) and with recent updates its even better
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Reply by mike from wales on 27th Mar 2012
i think it is verry good to i to got it in feb and yes it does have an incredebul battery

Reviewed by Paul from UK on 18th Nov 2011
Well Apple Iphone ....hmmm had both 3 3s and now iphone 4....brilliant concept if you want to play games stupid apps and the like....BUT AS A PHONE ITS NOT VERY GOOD ..POOR QUALITY DROPPED CALLS AND EASY TO DIAL WITHOUT KNOWING.. AND MUTING CALLS WHEN UP AGAINST THE EAR..However brilliantly made does feel quality I must say.... I will be moving away from Apple next time ....fed up with the do it our way or not at all attitude of Apple...
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Reviewed by jake from UK on 24th Oct 2011
this phone is amazing. i am surprised about all the bad reviews it has been getting. i have had no problem what so ever with signal or calls. the design is sleek and cool, the apps download relatively quickly and the camera is amazing. great job apple :)
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Reviewed by James from UK on 22nd Oct 2011
I've had my iphone 4 for a year now. I love it. It's my phone, camera, Tom Tom Satnav and my mini computer. Used it for running and recording stats and playing my running song tracks. Apple's customer service has been great. I didn't even want one but now I'm 'turned'. I really hate itunes and its backup -probably just me and I hate the signal drop but I use a case to protect it and rarely ever hada signal problem unless my mobile cell provider doesn't cover the area etc. I would like it to be tougher but a case/screen protect sorts that side out. Love it
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Reviewed by s ward from UK on 12th Oct 2011
I would not reccomend this phone to anyone had it for a couple of weeks and it was absolute pants couldnt do a thing with it couldnt even get a signal
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Reviewed by hotcheese from UK on 9th Oct 2011
the best phone on the market it's as simple as that
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Reviewed by DS from UK on 5th Oct 2011
Amazing phone, battery life 2-3 days normal use, easily 1 day with loads of use. Apps are great, call quality great, no complaints. Got in on a tesco (O2) plan, £270 for the phone for a 12 month contract at 35/m. So now I can get a 10p/m sim only deal and keep it another year. Highly recommended.
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Reviewed by Arun from UK on 16th Sep 2011
I just don't know why people are going crazy for this phone that doesn't give you exclusive access to all the features. In the Middle East people are buying this phone for USD 650+ (16GB). Retail sellers claim that they are fully unlocked but still you need to crack the phone to use it full functionality. May be itís the popularity of the name or it could be the different taste but, I do not believe that it is worth that much. Also, there are no authorized service centers for Apple products here. Something happens out of warranty, you just forget it because you could buy a new phone with the repairing cost. Why donít people see excellent phones like HTC Sensation, Desire S & Samsung Galaxy S 2, which have much better features, exclusive access to the features and full support? It is all about the name.
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Reviewed by Carole from UK on 14th Sep 2011
Great phone! What more can i say!
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Reviewed by Thomas Tittenshaw from UK on 11th Sep 2011
Had problems from day one with poor reception, replacement issued with plastic surround which seemed to cure that issue! Sound during calls is not as good as my cheap backup phone, and itunes is a git.
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Reviewed by Amman Latif from UK on 7th Sep 2011
this piece of kit is the best around, i have had it glued to my hand since i purchased it, it has never once let me down, no phone can compare to the iphone, roll on iphone 5
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Reviewed by baz from UK on 22nd Aug 2011
had the 3g then 3gs now 4 great phone bit dear but value comes at a cost
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Reviewed by aidan from UK on 5th Aug 2011
truly excellent phone, ive owned it over a year now, and it has to be said that it is the best phone i have ever owned. period. and i have owned many phones including an iphone 3gs.
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Reviewed by Jess from UK on 1st Aug 2011
I love this phone! Wasn't sure about getting it but I am so glad I did. Internet is fast, good sound quality, you will never get bored with the I-phone. Only thing is the battery doesn't last long if you are using the internet. I have to charge it every night otherwise it doesn't last. But overall an outstanding phone. rating: 5 stars
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Reviewed by Deb from UK on 29th Jul 2011
A lot of these reviews now are quite old - bought this phone back in Feb 2011 after carefully reviewing it for several months. I have been absolutely blown away by Apple - I love this phone and like a lot of the people in the reviews below have had absolutely no problems with my signal either - the look of the phone is superb and the accessories you can buy for it are great - I pre-empted the signal problem and bought a cover for the phone early on just in case but never had the problem (although the case is fab anyway) cannot recommend highly enough. I can see myself staying with Apple now and in the future.
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Reviewed by Chris from UK on 26th Jul 2011
Hi well hav loved nokia and had nokia's for years Work got me an iphone and would just like to say after 2 weeks WHAT A PHONE great app's once you get used to the phone its so easy to use would never go back ....
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Reviewed by Paul Lambert from UK on 16th Jul 2011
It's the dogs danglies. Best phone I've ever had (and I've had a lot). Nuff said...
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Reviewed by Lee from UK on 27th Jun 2011
Upto a few weeks ago i always purchased Nokia handsets, but after two nokia fones with maemo{Nokia n900} and symbian 3{Nokia n8}, and then finding out the platforms were being dropped by Nokia I felt it time to try an alternative. After doing lots of homework on the net and in stores I kept looking at the iphone handsets. I use the ipod touch so am familiar with the general workings of the devices. I thought about the signal issues with the iphone 4 and the app's apple offer and the price of the device as I always buy my handsets outright. Now after using the iphone 4 black 16gb handset I can now say with confidence that im blown away with it. I use a rocketfish gel cover that protects the back and sides which stops signal drop, although im right handed so im not actually hit by this issue. Yes the app store has lots of fun app's but also lots of very useful ones too. Im amazed that I can now set my sky+ to record while im at work ! The battery life is pretty much on par with most smartfones on the market. I tend to recharge 1-2 days depending on use. Syncing is very easy with Outlook although uses of windows 7 should be aware that outlook no longer ships loaded onto the machine. I use pop3 e mail which does not allow extra e mail folders, and only gives you inbox,sent and trash which could be an issue if you want to organise lots of incoming e mails. After using the Nokia N8 this fone is a breath of fresh air. I use the internet very frequently and the N8 was such a chore with a slow clunky browser, even using opera mini only helped a little.It was embarrasing when i tried to open a site to show a friend and stand their waiting while it decided wether it wanted to open or not ! Now compare that to the iphone 4 internet experiance. Blows it out of the water ! One major downside is the cost of the device but you really do get what your pay for.
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Reviewed by paul from UK on 26th Jun 2011
Overpriced rubbish. Calls drop constantly as Apple never bothered sorting the reception issues (apart from offering a cover case as a little sweetner....the arrogance!) Please do yourselves a favour and opt for HTC incredible s as this phone truly kicks iPhone add without robbing you blind at every turn. Steve jobs is lucky he still has a job after this version 4 fiasco. If you do stupidly opt for iPhone4 and discover major problems.....don't worry.....apple will bring out a new version to quickly make your newly flawed gadget a worthless piece of dated junk. Avoid, avoid, avoid!
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Reviewed by Chris from UK on 5th Jun 2011
Theres no questioning the fact that this is the best phone on the market. Theres nothing else to say its just amazing. Yeah it will take some getting used to but so would other phones. If you couldnt afford this phone the cheaper and the less luxurious option which is the Samsung Galaxy S. Which I had before my Ihpone 4 and I was quite dissapointed with the Galaxy S. The Iphone 4 is just wow!
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Reviewed by bigballan from UK on 29th Apr 2011
Upgraded from a 3gs, it lasted one week, bad reception where the 3gs was great, everything else fine, but no good when you drop calls...phone was £100 on a £30 24 month contract...so got my cash back, ordered an HTC desire which was free and £20 contract for the same deal. Wow now i have a real phone, that does what its meant to...and i have saved £340 over 2 years..sorry apple, you have lost another customer...
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Reviewed by James Rai from UK on 26th Apr 2011
I'm no Apple fanboy and reluctantly tried the iPhone 4 for VoIP and video calls via 3G/wifi. It's Grown on me and replaced my notebook for quick browsing. And email is a godsend. Phone calls are fine, but video calls when a passenger in a 89 mph car in the middle of nowhere drops signal lol This phone is awesome and I use it for everything and anything! Get it on a contract and stop complaining! Apple have done a great job and the signal problem is hyped up! Full strength here!
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Reviewed by john from UK on 21st Apr 2011
the iphone4 is clearly a fone you buy if you think paying loads of money makes you feel important when infact most get them free on contract. who in there right mind would pay what apple asked? mine went back to 02 it was a pile of overrated rubbish. terrible signal. well i could have done what most do and kept it to make me look good. but i prefer something that works. hopefully apple will some day get this peace of junk right. this is there 4th go now
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Reviewed by Steve from UK on 19th Apr 2011
Strange, looking at reviews for this people seem to give mainly either 5 or 1 star!!! Ive no issue with signal or call dropping. I personally think this phone is an awesome machine that unless you are unlucky, jealous or stupid you would never give it 1 star. It does cost an arm and a leg but you value things by how they make you feel, and does this little phone put a smile on your face! Has to be 5 stars for me.
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Reviewed by kumar from UK on 19th Apr 2011
i like i phone
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Reviewed by Saifullah from UK on 18th Apr 2011
The best smartphone in the world
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Reviewed by Joe from UK on 16th Apr 2011
My I phone is the best mobile I've ever had. If the battery life was 4 times what it is it would be perfect ! :)
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Reviewed by gary from UK on 16th Apr 2011
i had iphone 4 today on upgrade and was shocked at how rubbish it was i had a 3gs and it was nothing new,my gf got a galaxy s and we tested it loading things and the galaxy beat it every time i loved my 3gs but now ill be going to android its much better
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Reviewed by tommy from UK on 3rd Apr 2011
I have had every iphone thats been out soo far but im a bit dissapointed with this one as im getting just about 1 bar for signal strength my phone has dropped calls constanyly and im lucky if i get 2-3 hours battery life soo im not to impressed to be honest im not sure if its the vodafone network im with causeing me these troubles but ive had just about enough also i just want to add that the ios is looking just a bit boring cumon apple you can doo better :)
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Reviewed by justo74 from UK on 30th Mar 2011
Dropped calls?? What dropped calls?? Can honestly say havent had a problem with this and even tried covering the dreaded bottom corner and .... All fine The phone looks great 'esp with no cover on', feels great an works great, ok battery life not overly great but then again not many phones with this capability are .
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Reviewed by mark from UK on 27th Mar 2011
This phone is a triumph of marketing over product, much better phones on the market for a lot less money.
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Reviewed by Joe from UK on 25th Mar 2011
This is the best phone I've ever had
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Reviewed by Unit from UK on 23rd Mar 2011
Outstanding tech. Much nicer to use than the Blackberry and Android offerings (Desire HD) that I've been able to look at. No issues, no bugs and superb build quality.
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Reviewed by Chris G from UK on 22nd Mar 2011
After many years of buying the top models of Nokia and Sony Ericsson phones, I now have a Iphone 4. This is my first Apple product. I learned something quite fast, If you handle the Iphone 4 as a expensive phone and dont drop it, dont talking under a waterfall, using it as a skateboard or hammer, itīs actually pretty good. To the people who got issues with the Iphone 4, call support and get help instead of all this wining, you grownups and you paid good money for your Iphone 4, so use the support. This is the most awesome mobile/computer/toy/bling-bling/game machine I ever had, and from now on, ever will have. When I contacted support, it was the best phone support experience ever. No hassle, no waiting for 20 minutes on hold. Very professional service.
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Reviewed by mike from UK on 22nd Mar 2011
worst phone ever.had every i phone, have I mac and I pad no more apple phones reception none existant
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Reviewed by mark from UK on 17th Mar 2011
apple cant seem to get the iphone right it get worse i have the gignal problem plus it freezes a lot and hang up its going back to 02
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Reviewed by paula from UK on 16th Mar 2011
i hate this phone its tied down to itunes to much and signal can be bad, apple have a cheak asking the money they do why? because its a faulty phone from the start with the signal problem a lot get, any one who says this phone is good must work for apple mine is terrible
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Reviewed by Kevin from UK on 11th Mar 2011
You don't like the iPhone 4? Are you MAD?????
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Reviewed by Legesy from UK on 8th Mar 2011
Like others I really wanted to like this phone. I researched for weeks to try and decide whether to buy one or not- finally did and quite under whelmed. Ok, so you can do pretty much anything on the phone, but the battery does not last long, you're lucky if it lasts a day! It is easy to use but can sometimes freeze. Also the Internet is very slow at times! I'm currently considering taking the phone back and getting a blackberry.
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Reviewed by daz from UK on 8th Mar 2011
hi just thought i wud chip in the debate not about hating, i was goin to buy the iphone 4 but the price just seemed too much is just a phone isnt it? but what really put me off is everything has to be done though itunes. that and the price but me off so went for used nexus one £220 and fully unlocked more free apps on android market get updates striaght away, apple is a great brand but please drop your prices or they will lose to out google and android
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Reviewed by LOL from UK on 6th Mar 2011
FANTASTIC
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Reviewed by hamzaa from UK on 6th Mar 2011
best phone ive ever had.no signal drops at all.so worth the money.excellent retina display awesome reception
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Reviewed by sauna from UK on 5th Mar 2011
i hate this phone ive had it now for 2 months and tied to a contract i cant get out off, battery is bad i get just a few hours. screen isnt as big as most, you cant upgrade memory nor change the battery yourself, keep clear my mate has the htc desire and its a better phone
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Reviewed by Pruds from UK on 26th Feb 2011
This is a very clever phone that is totally let down by an appalling battery. It would not survive a day of average use. Rather than being the thinnest smartphone Apple, for once, should have concentrated on functionality rather than style.
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Reviewed by aimankay from UK on 25th Feb 2011
I was sceptical when i bought it and didn't like it for the first week and then I installed few apps and now i love the phone. I can't even think about going to SonyEricsson which I used to like more than anything. One thing though that it's not easy to put your ringtones and use it as storage without installing iTunes which you cannot install on every computer.
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Reviewed by Tony from UK on 23rd Feb 2011
There is no way that the iphone 4 is inferior to any other phone on the market incl the Samsungs - I've had both - anyone who gives less than 4 stars for apple i4 I believe has never had one
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Reviewed by rodney from UK on 20th Feb 2011
complete pile of junk signal problems screen is small compared to most other smart phones, bad batt life, mine suffers from lagg and can takes ages to boot up
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Reviewed by seamus from UK on 18th Feb 2011
paul b. what a load of junk this phone is apple people seem to put up with apple phones just because its from apple i have the signal problem that cant be fixed with any update its a design flaw battery life is awful and you cant carry a spare battery as the phone has to be ripped apart to replace battery another apple ploy to get money from apple fans. its so locked down you can do anything with it. i used a mates for 1 week just to try it out and was glad to get rid of it look at the editors review on here they mention the signal fault and all other sites mention it. well apple fans at least you will be getting the iphone5 and all you can do is hope apple take time to get it right. each to there own but no way i would have this phone about me faults that can be sorted with updates is no problem but the signal problem is a design fault and will never be soreted thats the worst fault you can have shame on you apple
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Reviewed by brooke from UK on 17th Feb 2011
i dont no why everyone say thing about signal nothing rong with it it a brill phone
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Reviewed by shaft from UK on 17th Feb 2011
Have an iPhone4 for 3 weeks now...it's absolutley brrrilliant and had no problems whatsoever, some people are just 'Apple' haters. The quality of the phone is far superior in all aspects to many if not all others. Have jailbroken mine and opened up a whole new world of customisation. Shame Apple are so greedy making users pay for so much for apps. 10/10.
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Reviewed by Paul B from UK on 15th Feb 2011
I really do think that the majority of people who "slam" the iPhone 4 haven't actually got one! Yes, there are some niggles but it makes the updates that much more exciting. The market is swamped with smart-phones now and its all down to personal choice. Try before you buy is the best advice to give. They are all different, believe me, I've had most of them! My most recent was the Nexus S - superb smartphone.... The Android market is getting better and a lot of the popular iPhone apps are now available for Android. There is just something about Apple products - they just "hit the spot". The iPhone 4 has better battery life than the 3GS, the camera is better, messaging and email are intuitive and easy to use and screen is fantastic. I rate it five stars because it does what it is supposed to do and more! Gone are the days where you just make a call or text from your phone. People expect so much more and in my opinion the iPhone 4 delivers it, in every respect!
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Reviewed by gary from UK on 15th Feb 2011
if you look at what you get for the price then your being well ripped off. i had the iphone 4 on line rental usd it for 1 week and sent it back. i was getting the well known well covered well talked about signal problem also my screen had rainbow like colours around the edge another well known fault with the iphone4 now any one who wants to accept these well known buit in faults must need there head looked but then most get them free on line rental cause no one would pay what apple asked. its a fashion phone just for show and people who think there better than you. i got mine replaced with the samsung galaxys line rental is half the price and the phone has no serious problems and works well its not perfect but much better than the iphone4 will ever be. i beleive apple are working on the iphone 5 now all you apple snobs can hope they dont mess the 5 up. if you look at iphone reviews they have got worse not better. so if you rate this phone should have been recalled to sort out the signal problem and any one who has one and kept it then your very silly indeed. GOOD LUCK APPLE PEOPLE WITH YOUR IPHONE 5 AND LETS HOPE APPLE GET IT RIGHT
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Reviewed by Jake from UK on 14th Feb 2011
I've had the iphone 4 since August 2010 and when compared against the 3GS - it is by far the better phone. Firstly, the iphone 4 allows you to have a good grip in your hand, instead of an annoying curve around the back. As well as this, every phone - whether it be the iphone 4 or a balst from the past suffers from some sort of signal loss when holding it in a certain place and because of this, the signal loss problems are irrelevent to the iphone. Top notch phone!
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Reviewed by Tofeeq from UK on 11th Feb 2011
Did you know that iPhone's are the second best phone and I am writing with a iPhone I have one
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Reviewed by K from UK on 10th Feb 2011
The people giving this phone 1 star ratings are clearly Apple haters and have never owned the iPhone. Anyone who has used the iPhone knows that 1 star is a poor score for such a great phone. Haters are insecure people!
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Reviewed by Grahame from UK on 4th Feb 2011
I owned an iphone 4 [bought it from o2 on PAYG] it was singulaly the worst phone I have ever owned. you need to jailbreak it to get any form of function from it! [far too limited NO bluetooth file transfer???] it is to me all form and no function. I got rid of it after 4 months and purchased a Galaxy S what a breath of fresh air it is.
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Reviewed by annabele from UK on 3rd Feb 2011
all snow and no go am afrid for the iphone 4 its on its way back to 02 no good to me if it loses signal
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Reviewed by Jerry from UK on 1st Feb 2011
Bought The iphone 4, then after a week got Boardof it, its no That Differnt than the Previuos iphones, Really dissapointed, when it costs Like over £500, you'd expect a lot of Mobile for that Price,
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Reviewed by johnathon from UK on 1st Feb 2011
where do i start well upgraded to the iphone4 from the 3gs and to be honest the 3gs is a much better phone getting the signal problems that so many other folks are getting. i cant work with this phone any longer i have returned it no way its worth the monthly payment of 50 notes i have missed important calls i need a phone that can at least take calls. got a good offer on the samsung galaxy s so far its working really well....sorry apple you have went back with the iphone 4 not forward
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Reviewed by Martin from UK on 31st Jan 2011
Have just decided to upgrade to iphone 4 and to be honest I cannot fault the handset at all. The build quality is mint and have never experienced any antenna issues with it. The web experience is brilliant and the interactivity between facebook, twitter and web just works as they say. No regarets on a T-Mo 18 month upgrade deal at £35 pm and £159 for handset. Batteyr life is variable between excellent and poor if using games, videos etc but this is comparable with android handsets etc
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Reviewed by MissCheeky from UK on 31st Jan 2011
I have had the iPhone4 for 2 months now and I have to say its the best phone I have ever had. Previous to my iphone 4 I had the blackberry bold and I thought I would never buy an Iphone as i hate touch screen but the touch screen on the iphone 4 is so responsive and the resolution screen is just so clear, you can't see a pixle. The Apps are really cool and the games are just ace. There is an app for everything possible. I love the iphone 4 its an amazing phone so if your thinking of getting one, i would highly recommend it.
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Reviewed by wilma from UK on 31st Jan 2011
very poor concidering what you pay for i have signal trouble from the start............o why did i go down the iphone road and buy this phone there must be better out there
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Reviewed by anne from UK on 29th Jan 2011
its a bit of a joke having to put a band around it to get a signal i didnt know this until i got mine on upgrade terrible signal problems the only people who would pay the money are people who beleive because its from apple and you pay silly money that its good well it isnt mine is rubbish and going back. apple wont be able to fix the signal problem until they bring out the next apple maybe the apple 5 lol it would need a complete redign and that wont happen so its a waste of money.....
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Reviewed by tony from UK on 29th Jan 2011
cant understand what all the hype is about i had mine for a few days and sent it back battery life is the worst ever losses signal depending where you hold it. no way is this phone good not even 4 star you can get better and cheaper. i got mine replaced with the htc desire hd and now thats what you call a good smart phone little big but good
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Reviewed by Mr G from UK on 28th Jan 2011
Love i9t amazing peice of kit!
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Reviewed by lewis from UK on 28th Jan 2011
like the iphone for because its easy to use and its quite fast and its got wifi on it so you can go on the internet when ever you like
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Reviewed by dean from UK on 19th Jan 2011
Had phone now for 3 months still cant put it down no problems with signal, trully fantastic phone and smaller than galaxy s and htc desire hd (which my brother has and has just sent back for loss of signal lol) i was a bit aprehensive about the iphone 4 at first due to the supposed issues but friend had one with no probs, and same with me
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Reviewed by lumpy from UK on 15th Jan 2011
had the iphone 4 since i upgraded in november . never had a phone that is so good at everything. i used to spend a lot of time on the laptop but this piece of kit almost makes it obsolete!!! life will never be the same again!!!!
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Reviewed by Kev1003 from UK on 12th Jan 2011
What a piece of kit this is!! I have never owned a phone that does so much so well and is very easy and intuitive to use. Expensive but superb!
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Reviewed by mark from UK on 12th Jan 2011
Apart from the battery life which is VERY poor (3G), you cant really beat it.
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Reviewed by nav from UK on 12th Jan 2011
i bought it just 4 days ago and it is rubbish bought the htc wildfire and thats superb
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Reviewed by Ben from UK on 7th Jan 2011
Had my iPhone 4 for just over a month now and am very pleased with it. Previously had the Samsung Galaxy S which feels cheap and plastic in comparisson.
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Reviewed by Drew Peacock from UK on 6th Jan 2011
Ever since I got this there have been problems. The new software update has meant its not functioning properly and when I first got it there were major signal problems. It attracts tones of fingerprints and you get the feeling that if you drop it, it will just smash and fall to pieces. For the price it is a joke. Its SO EXPENSIVE.
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Reviewed by rick from UK on 5th Jan 2011
iphone 4 not fit for purpose...no signal! useless. my old nokia has full signal..i phone has just one bar showing..why? did they turn down the sensitivity to extend battery life?
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Reviewed by gaz from UK on 3rd Jan 2011
best phone i've ever had. had loads of phones in my time and this is the daddy make no mistake.
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Reviewed by william from UK on 2nd Jan 2011
very poor reception avoid over priced and doesnt work well
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Reviewed by iceman from UK on 31st Dec 2010
I have owned a lot mobiles including Nokia, SE, Balckberry and so on but I can say without hesitation iphone is the best. I purchased the bumper case to protect it from falls. The touch screen in flawless I have never had any issues with drop calls etc either, battery life is awesome and screen is wiothout a doubt the best out there. I think it all comes to personal taste, the iphone is classy, full of features and a joy to use I would recommend it anyone, one thing you must appreciate there is not a single phone on the market which is absolutely perfect. You just have to choose which suites you better.
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Reviewed by Linda dP from UK on 30th Dec 2010
I have had this phone for two weeks and can honestly say it is the best phone I have had (and I have had them all!!!). It is fast, responsive and intuitive. It does not drop call or overreact to touch either. It may be expensive on the whole, but will probably save me a fortune in the long run as it will stop me buying and selling phones every few weeks, as now I have finally found the phone of my dreams!!!! Highly recommend!!!!!!
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Reviewed by naveen from UK on 30th Dec 2010
superb
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Reviewed by Stephen from UK on 29th Dec 2010
My first iphone and i must im loving it. facetime is brill and the cameras hdr is great aswell. yeah id say the call dropping mite be a problem for some people but only if u hold it with ur left hand when on a call and im right handed so no problems there.
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Reviewed by D Clark from UK on 28th Dec 2010
I have had the iPhone4 for 4 months now and I am to say the least far from impressed! For me the most glaring ( and galling) omission is the lack of " full Bluetooth". I have read about emailing pictures, but what if your recipient has no email on the phone? ( i don't) MMS? why send it that way and incur an unnesasry cost? I bought my iPhone on pay as you go, the. Anttena gate issue is another deal breaker, in order to realise full functionality I have had to jailbreak the bloody thing!!? When other phone users get all the above "out of the box!!" the sound isn't that good either the camera is mediocre at n Best, all in all, a flawed design made worse by the strangle hold of the mac empire. I am asked on occasion to get my joke of a phone out to transfer a file and I cannot. DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE!
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