iPhone 4 At Dialaphone
Since the release of the iPhone4 on the 24th of June this year, iPhone fans have been buying up the handset in droves and we ourselves got chance to test this out a few months back and gave it a recommended Award.
We found it to offer a series of new features that separate the latest model from the 3GS (and despite our conclusion in the above review, we now feel that the hi-end retina display is being supported in games properly, so there is a lot more content being pushed out to warrant consideration).
The general changes, such as the addition of multitasking on the phone's operating system and the interface, which received its own make over, have had customers buying the phone consistently. But there are also hundreds of other smaller changes that have combined to make the phone one of the most sought after mobile phones in recent times. Of course you can get most of the features on the older 3Gs with the iOS 4 update, but combined with the above mentioned Retina display (see video below), Face time video calling and improved CPU performance, it is certainly - now - the better option to go for (even though the 3Gs is still being sold).
Here are just a few of the other OS features that the iPhone 4 offers...
Application Folders – Whilst you are still limited to a given number of apps in each category folder, the ability to organise your cluttered home screens into categories is a welcome addition. The folders are ordered using the categories on the iTunes app store or on the phone itself, so you can keep things nice and tidy.
A new Mail app – With Apple refusing to allow iPhone users to download a different email application, this new app will be welcomed by most phone owners, who will be aware that the previous software had not been updated since 2007, a very long time in the world of mobile phone technology. It provides access to all of your mail under one universal mailbox or you can opt for single mailboxes, in a nutshell it’s easier to use.
Fast Switching Between Apps – With the dawn of multitasking on iPhones, a fast and efficient way of switching between apps is required and Apple have not disappointed. Although the multitasking does not keep all open apps running, the software now allows apps to be frozen so you can switch between apps and they are restored to exactly as they were when you left them.
Local Notifications – Notifications now no longer work just within individual application. With the new multi application system, a new notification system has been introduced. This means that if an app is left open and you are in a new app, the former can still notify you if something has happened. This is an important tool on an operating system that has no toolbars or anything like it. In short a very important progression!
In our monthly round up of some of the best deals, Dialaphone are currently offering the iPhone 4 on a number of O2, Vodafone and Orange contracts.
There are about 40 deals in total, some of which offer a free phone, unlimited calls, and texts, though the line rental is £65 a month for 18 months (O2). The lowest cost line rental, with the best compromise of calls and data seems to be the Vodafone £50 a month deal (18 Month contract). You have to pay £29 for the phone, but you do get 750MB data allowance per month, 1200 minutes and unlimited texts.