"Negative Reviews CAN'T be from Actual iPhone Users"4.0 starson by Goldie0197
Pros: 1. Speed is Awesome
2. iTunes (being able to download videos
3. Picture and video clarity
5. Text message thread graphics
6. Cool Apps
7. Ease of setting up phone
8. Ease of touchflow
9. Mobile Me
I will explain everything else below
Cons: 1. Lack of MMS
2. Not being able to customize SMS, email, voicemail tones
3. Lack of any call filtering software. I enjoy my privacy
4. Lack of any type of in-store insurance plan like other carriers
5. Battery life
Summary: I don't think I would have liked the iPhone 3G because of lack of copy/paste as well as MMS but I don't understand the negative reviews with the new 3GS. Keep in mind I've only had it for 3 days and now I realize why there was a line wrapped around the mall the day this phone came out. It took me this long because of the negative reviews I've read on this website. But an review I read a few days ago convinced me to buy. It stated that most iPhone reviews are probably from people who don't actually have the phone and just repeat what others have said. Plus everyone that I've physically met who had an iPhone swears by it. So I took the chance and now I realize what all the hype was about. Now let's get down to the basics.ok, it's been a week and I love the phone more and more each day. I've travelled throughout the state of Virginia and believe it or not but I actually got better reception on my iPhone than my Samsung Omnia. I was not expecting to get better reception but I'm not complaining. I have one more test before I turn off my Omnia and that's when I go home to my house in NC since where I live is sort of in the country. If signal strength is still the same on the iPhone then keeping it is a no brainer. The phone downloads music, videos and apps extremely fast; no complaints there. Voice activation has recognized my commands all but once. And I was in the mall then so still no complaints. The games for this phone are awesome; graphics unmatched. I would rate the phone a 5 but I can't do that without MMS capability but that's on AT&T not the phone.
Several reviews have stated that people can't get signals on their phones. Well the representative at the Apple store showed me a digital map of signal strength in the entire US. I was able to view signal strength to all places I go on a regular basis and signal strength was the same on my Verizon phone. Unless one lives out in the country, I don't see people having to drive a mile from their homes to get a signal as some reviews have suggested.
I've downloaded videos, put 16G of music on phone and I haven't had any issues with phone overheating.
The camera takes good photos although it has no flash. I was told that it's the best camera on a phone which it is not. The Samsung Omnia through Verizon has a 5MP camera with a super bright flash. This is the phone I currently have but will be turning off soon. My new iPhone is replacing it. I will keep it for another few days and compare signal strengths in certain areas between the two. Signal strength and call quality (at this point) is the only reason I'd take the iPhone back. But if everything continues to go the way it is now, I AM KEEPING THE IPHONE. No other phone compares.
Using iTunes to download videos, etc is the coolest thing. And the videos are crystal clear as well as the sound quality.
Battery life seems to suck. Using downloaded apps drains the battery extremely fast. Just talking on the phone is ok. I will have to keep a charger at work, home, and in the car. I'm not sure if I can go an entire day without charging the battery.
What phone in 2009 doesn't have have MMS? I mean really. This boggles me. This is something that should have been on the 1G phone. My grandmother's 29 dollar phone can send MMS. Get on the ball AT&T.
Believe what you see on the iPhone commercials. On several other commercials, you'll see small print at the bottom of your TV screen when they show screen images on the phone that says "screen images simulated". They do this to present the appearance of clear pictures and videos. The iPhone commercials are 100% true. The phone does all it claims to do in the manner it claims to do it in. Within 15 seconds, I opened the phone, searched movie times and locations, and was watching a crystal clear preview of the movie (just like watching TV).
The GPS maps are awesome. I can do everything from finding restaurants, to attorney, to police speed traps all from my location INSTANTLY. With my Verizon, they lock these capabilities and you have to use their crappy VZ Navigator. The iPhone is much faster and cooling doing this. Also AT&T doesn't charge an extra $10 a month like Verizon.
Speaking of money. My plan with AT&T is cheaper than with Verizon. I have the same amount of minutes but since Verizon charges that $10 extra to use the GPS on the Samsung Omnia it puts that bill over.
I'm sure I will be able to write more after having the phone longer but after 3 days, the iPhone is worth it all. I'd never thought that I would ever get a way from Windows based phones but so far the iPhone kills everything else. I wrote this review to help people who are on the fence like I was. One of the determining factors was that everyone who I physically talked to who had iPhones, love them. Now I see why. If my opinion changes, I'll come back and revise my review.
Updated on Jul 13, 2009
Improvement(s) -- 1. Camera needs to be able to zoom. 2. Need to be able to customize SMS and email tones. That's all I could find.
Updated on Jul 20, 2009ok. I just spent the weekend at my home in NC. It's out in the suburbs and surprisingly I got 5 bars about 95% of the time. I was on the extended network but there was no difference in call quality. This was the last hurdle for me as far as if I wanted to keep the iPhone compared to my Verizon Samsung Omnia. It's a no-brainer; keep the iPhone. There were pockets down I85 where I got no signal with the iPhone. I picked up my verizon phone and was immediately able to make a call. So thumbs up to verizon on their network. But these 1-2 minute pockets on no signal isn't enough to make me take the iPhone back to the store. The rest of the 98% of the trip, I got good signal strength. In summary, keep the iPhone and don't believe the blogs where people are trashing AT&T's signal strength. Or better yet, get the phone for the trial period (like I did) and test it for yourself because like everything else in the world "results will vary." The iPhone is great for me between VA and NC
Updated on Jul 27, 2009ok, the phone is still the best on the market by far. Now that I've travelled more places, I realize the network isn't as good as Verizon's. I think the motto's of both company's are correct. Verizon has the most reliable network while AT&T has the fastest. If I go down any backroads with too many trees, my calls fail with the iPhone. Also, I signed up for MobileMe which is a great program. It allows my iPhone to sync with my laptop over the air. It also allows me to locate my iPhone through it's GPS in case I lose it. Google MobileMe to learn more. It's cool but there are some snags with the program. There could be actual snags or user-error on my part. I haven't figured it out yet. There is no way I'm getting rid of this phone especially since they can be jailbroken and used with another carrier. I met a guy that had his iPhone on T-Mobile's network.
Updated on Aug 4, 2009ok I'm going to break this update in to two updates because each update is only alllowed 1000 characters. Here it goes. MobileMe is FANTASTIC. I won't type all the details here but google it. I LOVE MobileMe and it works exactly as advertised and it's super fast. I can sync wirelessly and interchangeably between my work computer, home computer, and iPhone instantly. On a more sour note, I just discovered today the iPhone has no type of task manager. Tasks cannot be added or deleted from the phone and have to be typed on the computer and synced to the phone. Also DO NOT get the apple bluetooth earpiece. It's worse that the 1st generation bluetooths back in 2004. This is a music/media/fun phone first and a business phone second. I previously had a windows-based phone which is business first and fun second therefore if you want to manage several tasks and have an extremely busy calendar, this phone is not for you. But there are apps that can be downloaded for your every need.
Updated on Oct 24, 2009This is response to kendrickmeadows. You're right. The iPhone is not a smartphone. You can't customize the iPhone as much as you can a smartphone. I've actually been able to download apps to convert my iPhone to perform some of the capabilities as an iPhone so I'm still happy. Smartphones are business oriented first and fun phones second. The iphone is fun first and business second. Now that I've had the iPhone for a few months now, the only things I can't do with the iPhone as I could with my smartphone is, I can't customize my text message tones and email tones. Other than that, I can do all other things that a smartphone can do. Of course I had to find apps for that but I'm ok with that because now I have the best of both world. I have the fun, easy, user-friendly phone out of the box and (with apps) I have the smart, business-oriented phone. You can't beat it. Apple still needs to drop At&T though. Getting ringback tones on AT&T is so hard compared to Verizon.
Updated on Oct 24, 2009In response to darkcocoa50. To me, to pay the early upgrade fee depends on when you are eligible to upgrade. I would probably wait if I were you because by the time you are eligible to upgrade, there may be a new version of iPhone. It seems Apple is rolling out new versions about every year and a half. Since you "love" your current phone, I'd wait and get the next generation iPhone for a cheaper price (upgrade) than get this one and pay more for it. I hope this helps.
Updated on Oct 24, 2009In my original review, I put battery life as a con. I'd like to retract that now. Battery life has not been a problem. I can't go multiple days without recharging but I can go all day (from about 5:30 in the morning to 7:30 at night when I get home) without recharging. That's pretty good considering I'm looking at videos and doing a lot on the phone throughout the day. I'm actually surprised that I'll still have 30%, 40%, sometimes 50% battery life when I get home, especially since the phone stays connected to the internet.
Updated on Oct 24, 2009Lastly, for those of you who don't have bluetooth, I bought this contraption (don't know the name of it) from the Apple store that allowed me to connect the phone to the speakers of the car which in turn allows to to play the iPod, listen to apps (such as Nav apps turn by turn directions, Trapster, and Pandora, etc.) This is sooooo cool. I no longer need satellite radio. I can listen to internet radio, which unlike satellite radio, is customizable via my iPhone through the speakers of my car. I can also place and receive phone calls through this contraption. If you have auxilary plugs in your car, you should get good sound quality, if you don't then you'll have to get the contraption that's tunes to the FM radio which is still pretty good but can have some rough spots. It's still worth it to me. I don't know the name of it but it costs $99 at the Apple store and all you do is plug it in to your cigarette lighter and you're ready to go.