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+ This mobile phone has no outstanding positive points. - It scores very poorly on battery life.

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8.3 out of 10 based on 894 reviews.
Apple iPhone 3G: Smartphone with 2MP camera, Touchscreen and 320 x 480 display. See full product description

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Robert, Telford, Shropshire Basic text and chat user

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
easy to use. lots of apps to suit everyone.
Bad points:
not able to connect to any other phone besides another iphone.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Features 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 23 Mar 2010

Gill, Widnes Basic text and chat user

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Looks good, is fast to connect to the internet, the screen is clear and the app icons are superb
Bad points:
The battery life is very short, and bluetooth almost non-existent
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Features 8.0
Battery life 4.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 21 Apr 2010

peter, Manchester Music and entertainment lover

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
excellent apps and services
Bad points:
battery life is very short
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Features 8.0
Battery life 4.0
Design 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 19 Mar 2010

Sanjay, Easteigh

Score 1.0/10
Good points:
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 1.0
Ease of use 1.0
Features 1.0
Battery life 1.0
Design 1.0
Value for money 1.0
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0 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 18 Oct 2010

Malcolm, Warwick

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
everything is amazing Apps music phone camera I love it...
Bad points:
The Battery needs a bit of work.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Features 10.0
Battery life 6.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 10 Apr 2010

Confirmed purchaser Basic text and chat user

Score 5.0/10
Good points:
Using the internet browser and some free applications.
Bad points:
No camcorder on the phone. Text, you should go to the home page when you reopen not the last message sent/received. Slow to receive text messages often 2 hours after sent. Blatant technical fault as it just stops working at least 3 times a weeks. Battery life is poor even if I do not use the browser much. Expensive for what it is.
Overall rating 5.0
Ease of use 4.0
Features 6.0
Battery life 3.0
Design 5.0
Value for money 5.0
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Confirmed purchase: 08 Apr 2010

Mark, St Neots

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
It's easy to use and doesn't take long to get used to!
Bad points:
The battery life is not good at all!
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Features 10.0
Battery life 5.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 04 May 2010

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Product Features

Operating system iOS
Screen size (Inches) 3.5
Screen Resolution (pixels) 320x480
Type of phone Smartphone
Shape of phone bar
3G Yes
Touchscreen or keypad Touchscreen
Connections Bluetooth
Connections WiFi
Connections USB
Extra functions Email
Extra functions Camera
Extra functions Satellite navigation
Band Quad
Horizontal resolution (Pixels) 320
Vertical resolution (Pixels) 480
Camera resolution (MegaPixels) 2
Talk time (Hours) 10
Stand-by time (Days) 12.5
Depth in cm 1.23
Height in cm 11.55
Width in cm 6.21
Memory card slot No
Autofocus No
Weight (g) 133
FM tuner No
MP3 playback capable Yes
HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) Yes
Java Yes
Release date 2008-04-17
Release date 2009-12-17

Also known as: Brand New Apple iPhone 3G, Apple e 3G, Tesco mobile iPhone 3G, iPhone 3G

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Manufacturer's Description

Home Screen
Get instant access to whatever you need. The Home screen takes you to iPhone applications and Web Clips with a single tap — even when you’re on a call. And no two Home screens are alike. That’s because you can customize yours with whatever applications and Web Clips you choose.

Customize your Home screen.
Arrange the icons on your Home screen any way you want. Even move them to another Home screen. Create up to nine Home screens for quick access to your Web Clips and any applications you download from the App Store.

Add Web Clips.
If you check the same websites every day, create Web Clips and access them directly from your Home screen with a single tap.

Go home.
No matter where you are on iPhone, pressing the Home button takes you to the Home screen. You can also press the Home button to go back to your first Home screen.

With iPhone, making a call is as simple as tapping a name or number. All your contacts appear in a list you scroll through with a flick of your finger. And Visual Voicemail plays your messages in any order you want, just like email.

Tap into calls.
Tap any phone number in Contacts, Favorites, an email, an SMS text message — or almost any other application — to make a call. If you have a lot of contacts, use the search feature to quickly find specific names. iPhone also makes it easy to talk to more than one person at the same time. With a tap, you can switch between calls or create a conference call.

Make contact.
Building your iPhone address book is simple. Contacts sync via iTunes each time you connect iPhone to your computer. You can even add contact information directly from Maps and SMS messages with just a few taps.

Answer in a pinch.
The stereo headset that comes with iPhone features a high-performance microphone — fitted with a windscreen for added clarity — that also serves as a Send/End button you pinch to answer or end calls.

See your voicemail.
Listen to your fourth voicemail message without listening to the three before it. Visual Voicemail shows you a list of all your messages — and who they’re from — so you can play them in any order you please.

Get push contacts for enterprise.
With support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, iPhone gives you push contacts and lets you access your company’s Global Address List.

Email on iPhone looks and works just like email on your computer. With support for popular email servers and providers — including MobileMe, Microsoft Exchange, Yahoo! Mail, Google Gmail, and AOL — and most industry-standard IMAP or POP mail systems, iPhone puts email in your pocket.

See it all.
iPhone supports rich HTML email, so images and photos appear alongside text. And you see email attachments in their original format, not as stripped-down versions. Rotate, zoom, and pan in more than a dozen standard file and image formats, including PDF, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; and also view iWork attachments.

Send fast.
iPhone recognizes email addresses in different applications. If you run across an email address on a web page or a map listing, for example, just tap it and iPhone opens a new message with the address already in it.

Type smart.
The intelligent iPhone keyboard with built-in dictionary predicts and suggests words as you type, making it fast and easy to write email.

Get push email for enterprise.
Receive and respond to work email fast on iPhone. New support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync gives you push email that arrives automatically.

iPhone features Safari — the most advanced web browser ever on a portable device. And with 3G and Wi-Fi, you can browse the Internet really fast. iPhone also syncs your bookmarks from your PC or Mac and has Google and Yahoo! search built in.

Browse anywhere.
Access the web with Safari whether you’re connecting via EDGE, faster 3G, or even faster
Wi-Fi. iPhone automatically connects you to the fastest network available.

Zoom with a view.
Get a closer look at any web page by zooming in and out with a tap or a pinch. View websites in portrait or landscape mode: Rotate iPhone 90 degrees and the website rotates, too.

Clip it.
If you check a website frequently — a favorite newspaper, blog, or sports site — why not create a Home screen icon for it? Make a Web Clip with Safari, and your favorite sites are always just a tap away.

With its beautiful 3.5-inch widescreen display and Multi-Touch controls, iPhone is also one amazing iPod. Browse your music in Cover Flow and watch widescreen video with the touch of a finger.

Touch your music.
Scroll through songs, artists, albums, and playlists with a flick. Browse your music library by album artwork using Cover Flow. Even view song lyrics that you’ve added to your library in iTunes. Get a call while listening to music? A pinch of the microphone on your iPhone headset pauses the tune and answers the call.

Watch in widescreen.
iPhone brings you a video experience unlike any other portable device. Watch TV shows and movies from the iTunes Store on the 3.5-inch widescreen display. Just tap to bring up video controls whenever you need them.

Sync it all.
Audio and video from your iTunes library sync to your iPhone when you connect it to your computer. Choose what you want to sync and iTunes does the rest.

With a chat-style view and an intelligent Multi-Touch keyboard that predicts and suggests words as you type, iPhone texts smarter than any smartphone.

Text like you chat.
SMS messages appear on your iPhone as an ongoing chat, so it’s easy to pick up a conversation where you left off. Scroll through conversations with a flick, or scroll to the top and tap the Call button to talk live.

Type right.
Text with speed and accuracy on the predictive Multi-Touch keyboard. As you type, iPhone suggests corrections. It also features a built-in dictionary and even learns words you use often.

Get together.
Save time by sending an SMS message to more than one person at the same time. Add as many recipients as you want.

Maps with GPS
Find your location, get directions, and see traffic — all from your phone. Maps on iPhone 3G combines GPS, Wi-Fi, and cell tower location technology with the Multi-Touch interface to create the best mobile map application ever.

Find yourself.
iPhone 3G finds your location via GPS or by triangulating your position using Wi-Fi and cellular towers. Drop a pin to mark your location, bookmark it, or share it with others via email. iPhone 3G also finds points of interest by keyword: Search for “coffee” and iPhone shows you every cafe nearby.

Enjoy the view.
Just like Google Maps on your computer, Google Maps on iPhone lets you switch between views of map data, satellite images, hybrid view, or street view. Multi-Touch makes the difference. Tap to zoom, pan, and change your view on the move.

Get directions.
Get directions to wherever from wherever. View a list of turn-by-turn directions or follow a highlighted map route and track your progress with live GPS tracking.

See traffic.
Maps on iPhone shows you live traffic information, indicating traffic speed along your route in easy-to-read green, red, and yellow highlights.

Shop the iTunes Music Store over both Wi-Fi and cellular networks. Choose from millions of DRM-free iTunes Plus songs. And pay the same price you do on iTunes on your computer.

Buy on the fly.
On iPhone, you can access the iTunes Music Store over both cellular and Wi-Fi networks — and buy high-quality, DRM-free iTunes Plus songs. So no matter where you are, you can browse New Releases, What’s Hot, and Genres. Take a look at Top Songs and Top Albums. Or find exactly what you’re looking for with a quick search. Play a 30-second preview of any song, then tap once to buy it. Your music starts downloading instantly, and you can keep tabs on its progress by tapping the Downloads button. You can also access thousands of free podcasts on the iTunes Store, download them, or stream them live via Wi-Fi or your cellular network.

Sync it back.
When you connect iPhone to your computer, the music you bought on the go syncs to your iTunes library. If you’ve only partially downloaded a song to iPhone, your computer completes the download automatically.

App Store
Tap into the App Store and you’ll find applications in every category, from games to business, education to entertainment, finance to health and fitness, productivity to social networking. These applications have been designed to take advantage of iPhone features such as Multi-Touch, the accelerometer, wireless, and GPS. And some are even free. You can download them wirelessly and start using them right away.

Get applications anywhere.
The App Store on iPhone works over cellular networks and Wi-Fi, which means it’s accessible from just about anywhere. Browse categories, do a keyword search, or take a look at recommendations. Then download and install applications directly onto your iPhone.

Stay up to date.
Buy an application from the App Store and you always have access to the latest version. iPhone tells you whenever an application update is available. When a red number appears on the App Store icon, you know how many updates are ready to download.

iPhone makes it easy to make plans. The built-in Calendar goes with you anywhere, works with a tap, and syncs seamlessly to the calendar on your computer.

Add events.
Your schedule is always in your pocket with iPhone. Add events to your calendar and set a custom alert with a few taps on the Multi-Touch display.

Stay in sync.
When you sync your iPhone with your computer, the events you’ve created on the go sync back to Microsoft Outlook on a PC, and iCal or Entourage on a Mac. And all the events you’ve added on your computer sync to your iPhone.

Get push calendar for enterprise.
Now that iPhone supports Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, meeting invitations are pushed to your iPhone and appear immediately. Check for schedule conflicts, review the meeting agenda, and see who else is attending. From anywhere.

iPhone keeps you entertained with a YouTube application that opens right from the Home screen, so you can watch YouTube wherever you are. Videos load fast over 3G or Wi-Fi. Find a video you like? Bookmark it or share it with a friend.

Watch what you want.
Explore Featured, Most Viewed, Most Recent, and Top Rated videos. Or search for the video you want with a keyword search. Once you find what you’re looking for, bookmark it to watch later.

Share from anywhere.
Email your favorite videos to your favorite people. Tap the Share button on any YouTube video detail page and iPhone creates an email with the video link already in it.

Photos + Camera
With a built-in camera and an advanced photo application, iPhone is the most photo-friendly phone ever. It takes snapshots, automatically syncs photos with your PC or Mac, displays albums with the flick of a finger, and posts pictures directly to a MobileMe Gallery.

Snap photos.
The iPhone camera snaps shots with a tap. Photos you take appear in the Camera Roll, and they sync back to your computer the next time you connect. iPhone even geotags your photos with information about where they were taken.

Sync photos.
iPhone uses iTunes to sync the photos you have in iPhoto on a Mac or Adobe Photoshop Elements and Adobe Photoshop Album on a PC. All the photos on your computer sync to your iPhone, so you can look at them — and share them — anywhere you go.

Share photos.
Show thousands of photos from the palm of your hand. Rotate iPhone to see a photo in landscape. Pinch to zoom in or out. Drag to reposition. Email a photo to a friend, set it as your wallpaper, or share it in a MobileMe Gallery.

Save photos.
If you run across a great image on the web — or get one in an email — save it to your photo library on iPhone. From there, it acts just like any other photo: You can set it as your wallpaper, share it on the web, or pass it on.

Stocks, Weather, and Notes
Get stock quotes and weather reports with a tap. Use Notes to jot down information you want to keep with you, remember for later, or share via email.

Check stocks.
Stocks on iPhone shows you performance information for any stock you choose. When you want more details about a stock’s performance, tap the Y! for instant access to Yahoo! Finance.

Get weather.
Check worldwide weather at home or away. Add the cities you want, then flick back and forth to get six-day forecasts for each. Tap the Y! to open a Yahoo! city guide that shows you what’s happening, rain or shine.

Take notes.
Forget the pen and paper. Use Notes on iPhone to write yourself a quick note and keep important information on hand. There’s even a built-in email function that lets you send notes to yourself or others.

Calculator on iPhone combines the simplicity of a pocket calculator with the power of a full-featured scientific calculator.

Calculate simply.
When you tap the Calculator icon, iPhone shows you a simple application with addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and memory functions. Use it just as you would a pocket calculator.

Calculate scientifically.
Rotate iPhone and your pocket calculator transforms into a sophisticated scientific calculator with dozens of functions for solving complex scientific and advanced mathematic problems.

3G Speed. Worldwide.
3G technology gives iPhone fast access to the Internet and email over cellular networks around the world. iPhone 3G also makes it possible to do more in more places: Surf the web, download email, get directions, and watch video — even while you’re on a call.

Multi-Touch Control
With its large Multi-Touch display and innovative software, iPhone lets you control everything using only your fingers. Type using the predictive keyboard, glide through albums with Cover Flow, scroll through photos with a flick, or zoom in and out on a section of a web page — all courtesy of Multi-Touch.

GPS and Beyond
GPS technology and iPhone software come together to create a new dimension in mobile phone mapping. Get a fast fix on your location. Track your progress as you go. Use applications that take advantage of GPS navigation features. All from iPhone 3G.

Accelerometer. Made to Move.
iPhone responds to motion using a built-in accelerometer. When you rotate iPhone from portrait to landscape, the accelerometer detects the movement and changes the display accordingly. So you immediately see the entire width of a web page, view a photo in its proper aspect ratio, or control a game using only your movements.

Smart Sensors
Built into iPhone are two small but intelligent sensors that pick up cues from the environment and adjust the screen accordingly. These sensors both work to maximize the battery life and improve your iPhone experience.

The intelligent, software-based iPhone keyboard does more than a physical keyboard ever could. It’s there only when you need it, it adapts to any application, and it changes its keys to support typing in 21 languages. All you do is tap.


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