Pros Ease of use, full functionality with my iMac. Smooth operation in most cases. The iPhone 4 is my first version of this device, and I have found it to be a good choice. I love the apps, many of which are free. The size and weight of the device, too!
Cons No indicator light, surprisingly low 5MP camera, battery life for a big app and text user. These are my chief complaints...and not all that damaging for the phone
Summary I had a Droid X, which is the king of the smartphone world, if you talk to most folks. I liked the DX, but I could not import my contacts from my Mac to that phone, which was not acceptable to me. I did not want to take all of them to Google, so I traded up (in my mind) to the iPhone 4. From that first hour, I had all of my contacts, as well as selected music and photos imported into the unit and I haven't looked back.
I power cycled the phone for the first time in more than a week, whereas the DX needed that at least once a week, or it would begin crashing apps, and such; point to iPhone. I enjoy the smaller size and weight than the DX, because I don't want to feel like i am holding a massive block in my hands, so again, a point to the iPhone.
If you are looking for a highly functional, user friendly, keep you in touch with everyone type of phone, then the iPhone is for you. You will have no problems maintaining productivity while out of the office, because this phone allows you to do almost everything you could do in the office! I'm impressed and hope to find even more to like about it.
Pros Polished OS
Intuitive User Interface
Easy Application Management
Cons Lack of Customizations
No Home Screen Dashboard
No Dual Mode GSM/CDMA Network Capabilities
Summary I have been a Verizon wireless customer for years due to the lack of customer service from Att&t, but that is for a different review. As with any phone, the iPhone has its pros and cons. Prior to receiving my iPhone I had an Android phone and I think both OSes are great.
I prefer the IOS over the Android because it is polished and the applications do not become memory hogs. With my Droid, I had to manually perform application/system management to extend battery life. Often, with my Droid, I would find my battery drained in a matter of hours and unusable as it sat on the charger. In my opinion, the battery life helps push the iPhone ahead of the Droid.
The iPhone is not as customizable or as flexible as the Droid. Apple is very conservative with its technology and is never on the bleeding edge. Apple is also very restrictive with third party application support such as Flash. What this means for the consumer is a very stable and polished OS.
Bottom line was I wanted a polished and stable OS that I could use with my current iTunes Media library without the need for third party applications for media management on my phone. I also wanted the phone to be compatible with my e-mail and calendar while providing good call quality. The iPhone delivered on all my requirements.
If you want bleeding edge technology with a highly customizable OS AND don't mind a minor glitch every once in a while, then I would recommend an Android based phone.
As far as 4G is concerned, we are a few years out before it is widely available. The issue with data and voice at the same time doesn't really bother me personally, because I don't multi task on a phone like that. The lack of GSM support is a minor issue, however it is cheaper to use a rental/prepaid phone while out of the country than pay for international roaming.
Pros Tech work of art. Ease of use. Easy setup. Great support from Verizon/Apple. The picture is very clear. Haptic can be turned off. IPOD music download saves big bucks. Easy camera/cam. use. IPAD books upload. Contacts from Verizon were easy to upload.
Cons Cannot use internet and make a phone call at same time.
Summary This is an exceptional phone that set the standard for smart phones. Set up is simple and It makes using the internet a breeze. Most all internet sites sites support this excellent phone and extracting useful data and applying it through use of the phone is very easy. This phone is an excellent iPod. The Verizon and Apple support is top notch. Being able to use Wifi from my iPhone 4 was easy to set up and fast over my airport extreme router. fThe only drawback is not being able to use the internet and the phone at the same time. A minor trade off to have access to this fantastic phone on such a reliable network. Would recommend this phone to any current Verizon customer or those looking to switch to a more reliable network.
Pros Crisp and extremely responsive screen. This is most definitely the best touch screen I have ever used. I can see why no physical keyboard is necessary. Sure you can type much faster on a physical keyboard, but it's becoming archaic and obsolete.
Cons No indicator light! I have never owned a cell phone with no indicator light. My Star Tac 15 years ago had one...15 years ago!
Summary Not such a smart smartphone. I am convinced that people who call this device "the king of smartphones" have never owned other smartphones. Other than the lack of an essential feature, voice quality is comparable to my Droid minus constantly hanging up on people and dialing random numbers due to the sensor not sensing me on a call. Since I mainly use my phone for business, it was getting a little embarrassing.After 3 months of using the iPhone4, I can say with certainty that I fully regret using my upgrade for this overrated phone. My biggest issue, except those I have already mention, pertains to the iPhone speaker.
Great for playing games, but I graduated from college years ago.
Great for listening to music, but I need to conserve my battery to avoid having to charge the phone through the day, since I can't carry around an extra battery pack as I did with my Droid.
I have to constantly turn on the phone to see if I have missed any calls, emails, or SMS. No customizable chime to remind me that I have missed these either; and NO, THERE IS NO APP FOR THIS!
So if this feature is as important to you as it is to most smartphone users, I'd hold out for the iphone 5, which is rumored to come with an indicator light -- how innovative.
Updated on Jun 22, 2011
The speaker is so small that if I lightly place my finger over it, the sound becomes extremely low and muffled. So if any little thing in your bag obstructs the tiny little grain of rice sized speaker, you won't hear a thing.
If you've never owned a smartphone or you're just an iFan, the iPhone is a good start. If you're a serious smartphone user, don't fall for all the hype.
Pros The Screen, the battery life, the sexy and sleek design, the reliability of the OS, the ease of use, the camera, and the sheer volume of applications.
Cons NO FLASH PLAYER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No pure multitasking. Antenna gate is still a minor issue, but even less of an issue on Verizon's beefy network that plows through walls and buildings like they aren't even there. Price of Apps.
Summary The reliability of the product pure and simple, you ask this phone to do something, and it does it. There is no waiting, almost no app crashing and the OS never crashes, at least if you don't jailbreak it. And the battery life is amazing. THIS IS THE MOST RELIABLE SMARTPHONE ON THE MOST RELIABLE NETWORK, that about says it all.