Apple iPhone – A Consumer Product Review

The iPhone is firmly established as one of the very top smartphones available. The 3G version has been available since June 2008 and offered several improvements over the original. These included a real GPS locator and 3G connectivity. At the same time Apple also introduced the ability to download applications onto the device. But does it all live up to the hype? This is a consumer product review on the iPhone.

Alongside the iPhone 3G, Apple released version 2.0 of the operating software. This was unfortunately quite buggy and made things such as writing text texts quite hard, as the virtual keyboard would really lag behind what you were typing. However, Apple soon updated the software and many of the issues became history. Owners could look forward to making the most of their iPhone.

Now there are over 15,000 applications available for the iPhone and over 500 million downloads have been made. That is a pretty staggering statistic and clearly the iPhone has changed the game for mobile phone handset makers, but do these really add value to the iPhone experience? There are several free apps that do help out. One is the Google application which has a very good voice activated search. Other than that many people download games, a great deal of which are free. Most iPhone users would agree that the games are far superior to those available on other handsets. If your iPhone has battery then you will never be forced to endure a moment of boredom.

So the games are great, but what else? The web browser is excellent for such a small device. You tend to click on links by accident too much, but I doubt this can be helped. The key issue with the web browser is that it doesn’t support flash, so film clips, on the whole, are inaccessible. If you are used to using plug-ins in your browser, you may also find yourself missing these. However, the key issue is the lack of MMS (picture) messaging. You can only send photos via email, which isn’t always ideal.

The key is to review your current handset and ascertain what features you really use. Then check out the iPhone and see if they are available. You might find a few surprises, but on the whole the iPhone experience is good.

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Two Basic Methods of Downloading and Watching Movies on Your IPhone 3G

If you are a movie buff and looking to enjoy your favorite entertainment on the go, downloading movies to your iPhone is the way to go and can put hours of enjoyment into your pocket. Before downloading movies onto your iPhone there are few things you will want to consider. Since there are so many available sites on the Internet for downloading a movie for your iPhone, you want to make certain you go with a reputable site that is legitimate and will not cause you problems with viruses and other malicious elements. You will also want to make certain your virus software is up to date before downloading anything.

Although it is possible to rip movies from DVD, if you would like your movies to be in the correct format (MP4), your best bet is to download them directly from a website like iTunes. The site provides literally hundreds of downloads from every genre for a very reasonable price.

In order to download from the iTunes site and set up your iPhone to watch movies you will need an account with iTunes. The process is similar to downloading to an iPod except the iPhone is a much more powerful version of the iPod.

If you do not mind converting your movie to the MP4 format, you will need to install a DVD to iPhone converter for Windows or Mac. The converter is also really handy for downloading YouTube, MySpace, and Google videos that otherwise rely on the Flash application in order to operate. Since iPhone does not support Flash you will need to convert them to MP4.

Another way to watch movies on your iPhone is to download them directly from sites on the Internet. There are many free sites as well as paid sites; however, many of the free sites also have many viruses permeating the environment so you probably would be better off paying a membership to a legitimate site with a good reputation. Most of the reputable sites will provide lifetime access with your membership and you will not have to worry about the expense of buying a whole new computer.

There is no limit to how many movies you can download, however, the amount you can actually store on your iPhone will depend upon your iPhone’s capacity. Normally, the standard size iPhone capacity ranges from 8G to 16G.

Basically, you are looking for two different methods of downloading and watching movies on your iPhone. You can opt to rip a favorite DVD movie to your computer and then install it on your iPhone 3G or you can choose to download movies to your iPhone 3G from a reliable Internet site.

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Top iPhone Complaints

We have the technology. Behold, the brand new iPhone 3G! In all its wonder, this new piece of equipment has single-handedly revolutionized cell phones now and forever. With more tricks and gimmicks than one could learn to use in a lifetime. It wouldn’t surprise me if it could keep you alive underwater!

But like almost every brand new technology these days, there are bound to be bugs involved. And this time, the iPhone 3G contains the whole colony. Widespread around the country (and around the world) is a panic of disappointment in the almighty iPhone and its lack of quality and reliability. Not only is it neither of those, there have also been complaints about almost every aspect of the phone. Just to list a few iPhone complaints:

  • The iPhone 3G doesn’t ring in sleep mode
  • It can’t sync notes except for using a web-based application which slows it down
  • Pulling up contacts to make a call slows the iPhone down immensely
  • Very hard to select text; even with an application that lets you copy, cut and paste
  • Notes are sometimes completely deleted one letter at a time if you hit Backspace
  • No removable battery – Must send to Apple to replace

But these are just some of the petty bugs that have been exposed about the iPhone. The main problems with the phone are of much greater importance. For example, the battery life is considered to be far below average and inferior to other cell phones that have been on the market for the past 5 years.

The lack of reception in certain areas has also been one of the largest topics of argument in iPhone complaint forums all over the web. One unsatisfied customer ( Liza reports, “The AT&T signal bars now indicate the phone receives the highest signal in my home….but the calls invariably drop out. I can’t begin to say how frustrating that is!!! I could kick myself for buying this piece of…so I can dump the phone”.

The customer service provided by AT&T is said to be horrendous as well. Not to mention over a hundred iPhone complaints but one new customer said, “I had the phone less than 24 hours and AT&T wouldn’t replace it” ( Originally, there was only one company providing service for the iPhone (AT&T). Can you say ‘monopoly’? Of course, now that problem has been fixed but this is just another issue going to show how many problems surround this new piece of technology. I could go on and on for light years about how many different complaints there have been regarding the new iPhone but it all boils down to one important understanding:

Overall, iPhone 3G is more of a toy than a useful tool that can be reliably used for conducting business. So if you love playing games, designing iPhone apps, and surfing the web to find weather stats in 4,901 different time zones, the iPhone 3G is perfect for you. But if you want reliability, great reception everywhere, great customer service and a flexible and competitive service plan, your best bet is to simply go with an alternative.

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Get the Best Out of Your IPhone

Apple iPhone 3G has taken the world by storm and while the wave of excitement hasn’t yet died down, many users want to get the best out of their phones. There are many tips and tricks through which you can increase the productivity of your phones.

The 1st tip is the use of dotcom key. The iPhone helps to type .com very easily while typing a web address. This really helps to save a lot of time but the ultimate time saver is when you click on the .com button a little longer, you would get a pop up list of alternative domains like .edu, .net and .org to select from while typing a web address. Another time saver is by tapping twice on the spacebar, you can quickly enter a full stop.

The 2nd tip is keyboard related productivity that can be derived from your Apple iPhone 3G. You can change a small letter to a capital letter by holding on to the shift key and then sliding your finger on the letter that needs to be changed. The phone also has a CAPS LOCK key which can be set by configuring your handset. In the phone menu, go to settings /general /keyboard and enable the caps lock function. To use this shortcut you have to double tap the shift key and the caps lock function would be active.

The 3rd tip would be to save the most important part of your Apple iPhone 3G – the battery life. Apple iPhone 3G can really be power hungry due to so many added gizmos functionalities that run simultaneously. You can add more life to your battery by temporary turning off the 3G connection when you are not using it and revert to EDGE (2G) or GPRS connection. You can also outsmart your Apple iPhone 3G by fooling the handset’s ambient light sensor that is located above the earpiece which uses less power by reducing the display light of the screen when held in a dark environment. All you need to do is hold your finger over the ambient display light and save some more of your phone’s battery.

The 4th tip is if you want a bigger keyboard, all you need to do is flip the phone into a horizontal position and tap the Safari browser address bar before you begin browsing and you would have a wider keyboard. In case while using your phone, any application gets frozen then you can simply press and hold the Home button for approximately 6 seconds and the application would close.

The 5th tip would be, if you want to change the language to French or German or you want to type some text in foreign words, you just need to hold and slide your finger on the letter key and a list of accented alternatives would appear.

Although you might find these tips in the manual but not many of us have the time to go through the entire manual and miss out on most of the tips and tricks that can help us use our Apple iPhone 3G more efficiently. Hope these tips would help you use your phones easily and efficiently.

Sanjana Antony