Apple iPhone 4

Apple iPhone 4

The iPhone 4 also boasts Apple’s latest operating system, iOS4, with many eagerly-awaited updates and improvements running under the 1Ghz processor.

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Our Rating: 94%

Best Value for Money Plan

Price Plan The One Plan
85.2%
Texts 5000
Minutes 2000 anytime/any network
Internet 1GB
Handset Cost £29
Monthly Cost £29
Contract 24 months

The One Plan

Currently, Three's most extensive price plan. The only One you are likely to need, this '3' price plan gives you 2,000 (yes 2,000!) anytime, any network minutes, 5,000 Texts, 1GB internet usage and 5,000 minutes of calls to other 3 mobiles each month.

Value for Money
The One Plan
 
iPhone 4 8GB Black No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 2000anytimeany network 1GB £29 £29a month
 
Value for Money
The One Plan
 
iPhone 4 8GB White No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 2000anytimeany network 1GB £29 £29a month
 

Ultimate Internet

The ideal Three priceplan if you want to use the internet on your smartphone as much as you like, without worrying about how many megabytes you’re using. With no data limits and built-in usage alerts for calls and texts, you can relax and enjoy using your phone.

Value for Money
Ultimate Internet 500
 
iPhone 4 8GB Black No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 500anytimeany network Unlimited £29 £25a month
 
Value for Money
Ultimate Internet 500
 
iPhone 4 8GB White No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 500anytimeany network Unlimited £29 £25a month
 
Value for Money
Ultimate Internet 1000
 
iPhone 4 8GB Black No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 1000anytimeany network Unlimited £29 £29a month
 
Value for Money
Ultimate Internet 1000
 
iPhone 4 8GB White No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 1000anytimeany network Unlimited £29 £29a month
 
Value for Money
Ultimate Internet 1000
 
iPhone 4 8GB Black No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 1000anytimeany network Unlimited FREE £40a month
 
Value for Money
Ultimate Internet 1000
 
iPhone 4 8GB White No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 1000anytimeany network Unlimited FREE £40a month
 

Essential Internet

If you're not a heavy data user, the Essential Internet tariffs from Three are for you. With a fixed data allowance, Three guarantee you can’t accidentally spend more than you planned. When you reach your data limit, Three will send you a text alert. If you want more data, you can add 250MB data for £2 or all-you-can-eat data for £5 - both last for 30 days. Or just wait till your allowance refreshes next month – Three will block data usage until then so you can’t accidentally run up any extra data charges.

Value for Money
Essential Internet 500
 
iPhone 4 8GB Black No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 500anytimeany network 250MB £29 £25a month
 
Value for Money
Essential Internet 500
 
iPhone 4 8GB White No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 500anytimeany network 250MB £29 £25a month
 

Pay As You Go

Pay As You Go
 
iPhone 4 8GB Black No Contract
Details Cost  
iPhone 4 8GB Black | ThreePay £399.99
 
Pay As You Go
 
iPhone 4 8GB White No Contract
Details Cost  
iPhone 4 8GB White | ThreePay £399.99
 

Our Apple iPhone 4 Review

At last, the iPhone's exterior designers are back from their extended holiday and offered a new model that is strikingly different to previous models, even before you turn it on. It has a stainless steel band, housing volume controls and the GPS antenna, sandwiched by super-toughened glass that is ’30 times stronger than plastic’.

When you first see the ultra-clear display spring into life, it’s a breathtaking moment. Apple has named the new screen technology Retina Display, as it’s supposed to offer more colour information than the retina can handle. This may be true, it may be not. What is real is the clarity of the 960 x 640 screen that crams 326 pixels per inch into the 3.5 inch screen.

And no matter how close you press your eyes to the screen, it is virtually impossible to the pixels, so no more jagged lines on web text. It is truly amazing to see this, considering the first iPhone launched only in 2007.

The iPhone 4 also boasts Apple’s latest operating system, iOS4, with many eagerly-awaited updates and improvements running under the 1Ghz processor. RAM has also doubled, from 256Mb to 512Mb, with a choice of either 16Gb or 32Gb. Just when you think Apple can’t improve existing things, they go off in another direction and make things better.

Among the best improvements is the 5 megapixel camera, replacing the poorer quality of the iPhone 3GS’s 3 megapixel offering. Tap the screen for autofocus is now a lot smoother than before, and also sets contrast and white balance. There’s a worthwhile LED flash and picture quality is stunning, even when zoomed all the way in.

Battery life is much better than in previous models. Apple claim that it lasts up to 40% longer than previous iPhones. This is good news as the iPhone 4 is so great to hold and use that you’ll be using it all day long.

Access to the Apple Store’s 200,000 applications is here and they’ll also look a thousand times better. Apple’s renowned iTunes app has also been updated, with Genius recommending songs that are similar to the one you are listening to and the shake to shuffle feature.

Now available on Three network, this loveable device is available from around £30 per month. Good value when you consider that, once you’ve picked it up, you may never want to put it down again.

What We Liked

It’s a great object of beauty, both to look at and to use. Its ease of use is up to Apple’s usual standards. By this standard, it would seem that phones are becoming loaded with so many cool features that we may forget that you can also use them to call people.

What We Disliked

There are still connectivity issues when using the iPhone as a phone, but things are slowly improving.

Our Final Verdict

The sound quality, visual quality and functionality put the iPhone 4 streets ahead of other smartphones in this sort of class and price range.

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General

Form Factor Candybar
Dimensions 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 (mm)
Talk Time 840 mins
Standby Time 300 hours
Weight 137 g
Quad Band Yes
Accelerometer Yes

Photo and Video

Integrated Camera Yes
Camera 5.00 megapixels
Camera Flash Yes
Video Player Yes

Phone

Polyphonic Ringtones Yes
Smart Phone Yes
Internal Memory 16GB or 32GB

Messaging

Instant Messaging (IM) Yes
MMS Yes
Photo Messaging Yes

Screen

Colour Screen Yes
Touch Screen Yes
Screen Resolution 960 x 640 pixels

Connectivity

3G Yes
Bluetooth Yes
EDGE Yes
Email Yes
HSDPA Yes
WAP Yes
Web Browser Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
GPS Yes

Music and Radio

MP3 Player Yes
MP3 Ringtones Yes

Additional Content

Downloadable Content Yes
Downloadable Games Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes

Apple iPhone 4 Full Specification

General

Form Factor Candybar
Dimensions 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 (mm)
Talk Time 840 mins
Standby Time 300 hours
Weight 137 g
Quad Band Yes
Accelerometer Yes

Photo and Video

Integrated Camera Yes
Camera 5.00 megapixels
Camera Flash Yes
Video Player Yes

Phone

Polyphonic Ringtones Yes
Smart Phone Yes
Internal Memory 16GB or 32GB

Messaging

Instant Messaging (IM) Yes
MMS Yes
Photo Messaging Yes

Screen

Colour Screen Yes
Touch Screen Yes
Screen Resolution 960 x 640 pixels

Connectivity

3G Yes
Bluetooth Yes
EDGE Yes
Email Yes
HSDPA Yes
WAP Yes
Web Browser Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
GPS Yes

Music and Radio

MP3 Player Yes
MP3 Ringtones Yes

Additional Content

Downloadable Content Yes
Downloadable Games Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
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