SIM Free Apple iPhone 4 32GB Review Part 4 – Setup and Use
In this article I will deal with my experiences in setting up and using the new SIM free iPhone 32GB.
iPhone 4 setup
Before you tackle setting up your new iPhone I would recommend making sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your PC or Mac. This can be done by the update facility in iTunes itself.
Once you connect your iPhone 4 you should be given instructions on how to register the device with Apple. After this you will then be able to synchronise your iTunes library, podcasts, photos, bookmarks, contacts and calendar with your new iPhone 4.
After the initial sync, which could take anything up to an hour if you have a lot of data, you are then able to choose if you want to sync your iPhone with your computer whenever you plug it in. Manual syncing can be chosen if so desired. If you change your mind, these options can be changed later using the position screen in iTunes.
Using the iPhone 4
In general use, the operation of the iPhone software has not really changed. So far have noticed a few differences, the main one being the use of nameable folders for storage of your apps. This makes the management of multiple apps much easier as you can separate them as you wish (such as putting all your games into one folder). Moving apps requires you to simply press and keep up the app icon until it shakes and a cross appears in the top left hand corner. You can then drag them around or automatically create a new folder by placing one app onto another. Apps can also be deleted or rearranged using this method.
Another neat addition is the ability to set personalised backgrounds from either Apple’s own wallpaper or one of your own pictures. The ability to set different wallpapers for both homepage and the menu background are also present.
I also like the way switching between apps has been implemented. Double pressing the home button brings up a menu at the bottom of the screen where you can view open and recently used apps and select the one required.
Although I haven’t used Facetime however, it looks as though it could be one of the mobile communication revolutions of the next few years. Although video calling is nothing new, the inclusion of it on the current iPod Touch models along with its ability to work over a Wi-Fi connection (meaning free calls) makes it look set to be widely adopted by Apple’s huge user base. The front camera records your confront for the other person to see, whilst the rear facing camera can be used to show the person you are calling what you are truly seeing, with the ability to switch between the two during a call. I’ve looked at using yahoo chat for iPhone in the past and hopefully Facetime will be a viable different. I can’t wait for someone I know to get either an iPhone 4 or one of the new iPod Touch MP3 players so I can try it out!
The new 5MP camera seems to take great photos, and can also record dramatically looking video at 720P resolution, consequently bringing it on a par with the same video recording resolution that has recently released in Android version 2.2, dubbed FroYo – meaning Frozen Yogurt! I was disappointed to notice that the iMovie editing software is not included for free, iPhone 4 users will have to buy it from the App store – I think this is a bit stingy by Apple when the iPhone costs so much money in the first place.
In addition to the antenna issue, the over sensitive character of the closeness sensor has also been highlighted as an issue with the iPhone 4. The closeness sensor is supposed to prevent accidental inputs being made into the phone whilst it is up to your confront. Users have experienced problems with this not working correctly and as a consequence unwanted commands have been processed by the phone during telephone conversations. Despite the possible problem, I haven’t experienced any such issues so far and I have used the phone quite intensively over the past few weeks. If anyone does have an issue, Apple is likely to issue a fix with the release of either iOS 2.1 or possibly, due to time constraints, iOS version 2.2.
It remains to be seen whether future production versions of the iPhone (including the white iPhone 4) will offer a fix for the antenna problems as the issue of free iPhone bumpers really isn’t a satisfactory solution. This is something to look out for if you are in the market for an iPhone.