First of all, let me just say that I actually like my iPhone. Now that’s the positive out of the way. You could probably take this as a mid-term ownership review of the iPhone for the most part. However I won’t be mentioning what I love about the iPhone only the increasing amount of gripes I have with it.
The iPhone 3GS is a poorly made phone, it’s made with cheap components and according to iFixit the most expensive part is indeed the touch screen, a part which is well known to go wrong with most models of iPhone.
iPhone wise I’m on my 6th and I’ve only ever paid for two. One from 02 for £180, the first gen, and the other I indirectly paid for through my Contract with which I took out for the 3GS. The good thing about Apple is every time one of there poorly made phones breaks under warranty, they are happy to put one that has been factory refurbished in your hands at no extra cost. It’s nice to know that with Apple your phone is easily replaces so long as it’s covered by warranty however at the rate these phones break down you need to know that. My iPhone 3GS at the moment is packing in again in a similar way to one of the replacements I had, it constantly thinks it’s plugged into a dock and won’t allow me to use the built in speaker, and since it’s no longer covered by Apple on warranty, it is to remain like that for good as I refuse to pay the astronomical fees that Apple will want to fix this out of date phone.
The battery for the iPhone is also absolutely terrible and always has been. It was shocking on the first gen, shocking on the 3G and shocking on the 3GS. The iPhone four for this very reason has a much bigger battery than any previous generation taking up more space under the hood than any other part of it. This is necessary and from what i’m told from other iPhone users, their iPhone 4’s still don’t hold out through a full day without a mid day charge or docking.
Then there is 02 and there contracts, I was convinced into a contract for 24 months. 2 years for those of you who struggle with life. Now this is a long time and with this contract, i’m entitled to one phone for the duration of it, the one I had in the start, my iPhone 3GS. Now at the time it seemed like a bad deal, if I were to opt for a six month shorter contract I would have been offered something that could of only been deemed useful for a fingerless mute. So here I am with a phone that I have doubts will last 7 months and is now severely out of date. This wouldn’t be so bad if 02 actually had a good service, the majority of times I have rang for help, I’ve been waiting for 30 odd minutes before an annoyingly clueless “tech support” person answers and is about as much help to me as a violin would be to an armless man. Then theres the signal, not only is 02 signal terrible everywhere, 3G hardly exists where there coverage maps clearly say there should be and I’m dropping calls left right and centre, not only this but Apple recently announced that they’ve been using the wrong calculation for the signal bars all along, so even when I’ve got full signal chances are my signal might actually not be that great and when I’ve got no signal and unable to get hold of anyone, my phone might actually just be suggesting the lack of signal rather than guaranteeing it.
24 month contracts are ridiculous.
The iPhone is not the best phone at everything like Apple so boldly claim.
02 tech support is awful.
Just because a phone can be replaced easier than others doesn’t mean it should. The phone should work in the first place.
The iPhone 4 will probably be past it’s time when I’m due an upgrade so we’ll see whether the iPhone 5 is enough to keep me in on the iPhone game but for now I would seriously consider getting another smart phone. A lot can change in 7 months though. We will see.