Apple iPhone 4

Apple iPhone 4

Among the best improvements is the 5 megapixel camera. Tap the screen for autofocus is now a lot smoother than before, and also sets contrast and white balance.

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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

The first thing you’ll notice about the new iPhone 4 is that it looks different to previous models. Not such stunning information until you remember that the all-new iPhone 3GS looked almost exactly like its predecessor, the 3G.

But this isn’t just different, it’s stunningly different. 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.

Zooming in on a web page will give you the idea of its amazing capabilities. Or gaze in awe at the smoothness of video on the TFT LED screen.

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

Among the best improvements is the 5 megapixel camera. 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.

Accessing the Apple Store’s 200,000 apps is simple on the iPhone 4 and it even doubles as an e-reader with iBooks. Also included is iMovie to satisfy your inner film director. Another handy inclusion is the compass that links to a better version of Google Maps than before.

Battery life is also vastly improved. Apple claim that it is up to 40% longer than previous iPhones.

Of course, you also get Apple’s renowned iTunes app. This, too has been updated, with Genius suggesting songs that are similar to the one you are listening to and the shake to shuffle feature. This can be so sensitive that you might end up listening to the first two seconds of every song in your collection unless you turn it off.

Now available on Three, 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

The display is such an improvement that it cannot be praised highly enough. And there’s the ever-present delight of Apple’s intuitive functionality.

What We Disliked

While network coverage is much improved there is a curious quirk with this phone. To facilitate making it smaller, Apple have placed the antenna, GPS and Bluetooth in a corner of the outside steel band. This is fine until you use your left hand, when your palm blocks reception. Apple’s response is simply to tell people not to hold it in their left hand.

Our Final Verdict

Now that iPhones are available on more than just one network, there are more flexible deals around to suit everyone. Once again, Apple have shown that where they lead, others try to follow,

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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
EDGE Yes
Bluetooth 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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