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Apple IPhone - Yes, Or No, And Why?  
User currently offlineAlnessW From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 618 posts, RR: 1
Posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5828 times:

So I am wondering what your thoughts on the Apple iPhone are.

I've had a Samsung Rant for about 3 years now, and honestly... It works for what I need it for. That is - calling and texting. But I'm wondering if I'll need more in the near future.

With some big changes happening next year, mostly things like starting college and possibly moving out of the house, I am wondering if it will time for a smartphone. For a long time I thought, "What could I possibly need something like that for?" but like I said, I am curious if that will change.

I would see myself using a device like an iPhone mostly for the following - calls, text messages, email, internet, and maybe some applications for when I get bored. Being able to use WiFi would also be good, since I currently don't have a WiFi device. (I not own a laptop.) I am not the synchronizeeverythingtobeconstantlyconnectedandbeabletodotallatonceandasfastaspossible type of person, nor do I want to be.

About a year ago I got rid of my 2nd generation iPod Touch, mostly because I was not the least bit thrilled with it. The user interface was not well designed, the device had a hard time connecting to WiFi (not to mention that only about HALF of my applications only worked when there was WiFi, including the map software which came with the iPod!!!), the device was buggy at times, and Apple Tech Support was not very helpful. Granted, this was also before Apple added a camera, a microphone...

Another issue is that our family plan (with Sprint) currently does not include mobile internet. This means I would need my own contract.

A lot of people I know have iPhones, and from what I hear they seem to be happy with them. So I now ask you 2 questions:

1. Do you have an iPhone?
2. Would you recommend it?

By the way, I would likely not get the new 5th generation iPhone, but rather the free 4th generation.

Any advice on this matter would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!   

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User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2967 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5830 times:

Quoting AlnessW (Thread starter):
1. Do you have an iPhone?
2. Would you recommend it?

Yes and yes, very much so.

Instead of going for the free fourth generation one, though, I'd heavily recommend investing $99 for the 4S. It's a major improvement, specially since you want your phone to last at least two years.



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User currently offlineCXfirst From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 3039 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5818 times:

Quoting AlnessW (Thread starter):
1. Do you have an iPhone?
2. Would you recommend it?

1. I did, but not any longer.

2.

Depends on how you use a phone. If you want one that works out of the box, is easy to use, and will continue to do what it does well, then the iPhone is a very good choice (albeit an expensive one).

Android is better for customizing. If you are a power user and want your phone to do everything, I would recommend the nexus 4 or galaxy sIII (I have the galaxy SIII). There are so many things I do with it, that aren't there out of the box, but can easily be done with apps. For instance, I have LED lights that flash different lights depending on my notifications (missed calls, emails, messages, viber calls, etc.). I use NFC tags by my front door and in my car, which automatically turns on maps and navigation (and gps) in car, at home wifi turns on and some other functions (plus the reverse when I exit car and home). That's just some of the many different things android allows you to do.

But, all in all, in general, I recommend iPhone to my parents, and Android to my more tech savy friends.

Don't have much experience with Windows Phone.

-CXfirst



From Norway, live in Australia
User currently offlinevaus77w From Australia, joined Aug 2011, 143 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5802 times:

Quoting AlnessW (Thread starter):
1. Do you have an iPhone?

Yes, a 4S.

Quoting AlnessW (Thread starter):
2. Would you recommend it?

Definitely. Even if it's not an iPhone, any 3G/Wifi capable smartphone is a really handy thing to have, especially if you are starting college and possibly moving out. Always good to be able to look up train times, get GPS directions etc etc.

Quoting Braniff747SP (Reply 1):
Instead of going for the free fourth generation one, though, I'd heavily recommend investing $99 for the 4S. It's a major improvement, specially since you want your phone to last at least two years.

I'd second this, the 4S is a fair upgrade over the 4. I've been very happy with mine and see no reason to fork out $1000 for the 5.


User currently offlineAlnessW From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 618 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5790 times:

Quoting Braniff747SP (Reply 1):
Yes and yes, very much so.

Good to know. Which generation do you have? 4S?

Quoting Braniff747SP (Reply 1):
Instead of going for the free fourth generation one, though, I'd heavily recommend investing $99 for the 4S. It's a major improvement, specially since you want your phone to last at least two years.
Quoting vaus77w (Reply 3):
I'd second this, the 4S is a fair upgrade over the 4. I've been very happy with mine and see no reason to fork out $1000 for the 5.

I appreciate the advice!  
Quoting CXfirst (Reply 2):
Android is better for customizing. If you are a power user and want your phone to do everything, I would recommend the nexus 4 or galaxy sIII (I have the galaxy SIII). There are so many things I do with it, that aren't there out of the box, but can easily be done with apps. For instance, I have LED lights that flash different lights depending on my notifications (missed calls, emails, messages, viber calls, etc.). I use NFC tags by my front door and in my car, which automatically turns on maps and navigation (and gps) in car, at home wifi turns on and some other functions (plus the reverse when I exit car and home). That's just some of the many different things android allows you to do.

Woah!  Wow! I don't think I'd need something THAT sophisticated! In which case an iPhone would sound like the better choice.

Quoting vaus77w (Reply 3):
Definitely. Even if it's not an iPhone, any 3G/Wifi capable smartphone is a really handy thing to have, especially if you are starting college and possibly moving out. Always good to be able to look up train times, get GPS directions etc etc.

My thoughts exactly.


User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6280 posts, RR: 34
Reply 5, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5718 times:

I don't see why you need a phone that costs at least $100 per month. You say you're just going to start college, this is a luxury you do not need.


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User currently offlinerfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 32
Reply 6, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5705 times:

Quoting AlnessW (Thread starter):
1. Do you have an iPhone?

Yes - a 4S for a little over a year

Quoting AlnessW (Thread starter):
2. Would you recommend it?

Yes, the 4S. Not any other model. My daughter and her two teenagers have iPhone 3 series phones. One of my best friends has a top line iPhone 5 series phone.

My wife got an Android phone at the same time as I got the iPhone.

I found the iPhone easier to use and adapt to after my years with a Blackberry and an early Android phone. The wife's phone has a steeper learning curve.

I don't like how the iPhone requires iTunes software to talk to my computer. I will not upgrade to OS6. I've seen it and tested it on the friends iPhone 5 - it is a step backward in capability and ease of use in my opinion.

Apple gave up their place as the innovator and leader in cell phones with OS6.


User currently onlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8697 posts, RR: 43
Reply 7, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5701 times:

Quoting AlnessW (Thread starter):
1. Do you have an iPhone?

Yes, I got a 4S in July (IIRC).

Quoting AlnessW (Thread starter):
2. Would you recommend it?

absolutely

I don't make a lot of calls, far from it, but I did want a way to check e.g. e-mails without having to open that most devilish of time wasters, my laptop. So I was going to need a smartphone.

Why the iPhone? Well, so far I have been nothing but happy with my Apple products. That was the major factor.

I actually like the "walled garden" that is the iOS environment - what's in the App Store is almost guaranteed to be safe and I get OS updates directly from Apple (as opposed to the phone manufacturer, which AFAIK is the case with Android), which means that I'll be able to use yet another gadget for much longer than its intended lifespan... just to give you an idea, my laptop is almost four years old and its battery is approaching its 1000th load cycle.
Throw in the compatibilities between iOS apps and OS X apps, nifty garnish like the iTunes remote app, product design and the multitude of apps that are available for iOS and the iPhone becomes a convincing offer.

Quoting IMissPiedmont (Reply 5):
I don't see why you need a phone that costs at least $100 per month.

Mine costs €35 per month plus whatever isn't covered by one of the three flatrates included in that, so my impression is that you're getting ripped off... and badly so.



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User currently offlinevaus77w From Australia, joined Aug 2011, 143 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5695 times:

Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 6):
OS6. I've seen it and tested it on the friends iPhone 5 - it is a step backward in capability and ease of use in my opinion.

Could you kindly elaborate on what makes you say that?

I also have not upgraded to iOS6, but mainly to avoid Apple Maps. God why did they have to get rid of Google maps...idiots.


User currently offlineCXfirst From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 3039 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5689 times:

Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 6):
I will not upgrade to OS6.

As for the OP. If he buys the phone new, even the 4S as opposed to the 5, he will automatically get iOS 6. There are ways around this to go back, but it is not that simple and probably not worth the hassle.

Quoting AlnessW (Reply 4):
I don't think I'd need something THAT sophisticated! In which case an iPhone would sound like the better choice.

Don't get me wrong, it does work well out of the box as well, but allows much more customization if you are into that. I'm very enthusiastic about my tech gadgets, and love being able to customize the phone right to my needs. My siblings keep on thinking that I'm not happy with the phone, and keep thinking it is being problematic because I keep tinkering with it, but that is simply because I love doing that, and every week, I find better ways to use it, and constantly improve it. This is the reason I will never go back to iPhone, I've become so accustomed to this, and I'd go crazy with the relatively locked iPhone software.

I'm already becoming annoyed with the iPad for this exact reason, and have considered selling it and buying a nexus 7 or nexus 10.

-CXfirst



From Norway, live in Australia
User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2967 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5659 times:

Quoting AlnessW (Reply 4):
Good to know. Which generation do you have? 4S?

Yeah, I have the 4S and have a decent amount of experience with 4 and 5. 4S, especially if looking at it from a cost standpoint, is the best way to go.



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User currently offlinemoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 3875 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5660 times:

Quoting AlnessW (Thread starter):
1. Do you have an iPhone?

Yes - I've had every iPhone since they first launched.

But my Nokia Lumia 920 arrived today, and my iPhone4S is about to go up on Ebay.

Quoting AlnessW (Thread starter):
2. Would you recommend it?

Yes I would.

So why have I just stepped away from the iPhone? Because I've had enough of it - the UI has stagnated over the past 5 years, the development cycle has gotton convoluted, slow and delivers less and less in the way of improvements, and I'm bored of Apple tbh.

Case in point - I have an original iPad, 2.5 years old at this point. Safari is crashy and buggy, the UI now lags and other things are creeping in. However, I cannot get just bug fixes or security fixes for it - I am forced to upgrade to the latest version of the OS, which brings with it a slower, more laggy experience, removes decent apps and replaces them with broken native versions and other issues.

My iPhone3G was near useless after I upgraded it to iOS4, and my iPad had basic functionality removed or fundamentally changed when I upgraded to iOS5. So now, I stick with the last version of whatever the phone came with and refuse later updates - been burned too many times.

Am I better off with Windows Phone? No idea, but Im willing to give it a go. Why not Android? Tried it in 2011, hated it badly.


User currently offlinerfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 32
Reply 12, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5634 times:

Quoting vaus77w (Reply 8):

Could you kindly elaborate on what makes you say that?

I find it slower and 'clunkey' compared to OS5. Both on a new iPhone 5 and an updated 4S. That is probably just my perception, but perceptions are reality.

Frankly OS6 reminds me of Windows Vista - taking a good OS and upgrading it with too many pretty but useless features.

Also I use Google Maps extensively. In my experience Apple never gets the first version of software bug free enough to qualify as a good beta version when they release it. I've made a living since 1992 til 2009 working on Apple compunters and devices.

I don't like the OS update removing basic key functionality and apps.

I love the iPhone camera(s). I've got $1200 of digital SLR and another $2500 of film SLR cameras, and the iPhone takes 95% of my photos.

Again just my opinion. I'm using my 4S to type this.


User currently offlineiFlyLOTs From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 458 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5632 times:

1. Yes I do have an iPhone
2. I would recommend it. BUT it isn't the only phone I would buy.

I have the iPhone because I last had an android phone and it never worked right. I talked to people from the service provider and they all said that it was more the phone than it was android but I feel like it just put me off to androids for the time being. Will I stick with an iPhone? For the time being I think I have to for the next two years, I just got my 5 about three weeks ago. But if there is something that I get told is better then I don't see the reason for paying for the apple logo.



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User currently offlineplaneguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1240 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5616 times:

I just swtiched from Blackberry to iphone 5 and regret it daily. Because it is a work issued phone these are my only two options. iphone is not intuitive, touch screen typing sucks, it uses too much battery power (any app you use stays open) unless forced closed, and it takes about 6 months (so I'm told) to get it configured the way you want. It also drops calls more than my blackberry did (same network provider, same locations).

I hate my iPhone. Unlikely to change my mind.



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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24884 posts, RR: 46
Reply 15, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5601 times:

Quoting planeguy727 (Reply 14):
I just swtiched from Blackberry to iphone 5 and regret it daily.

   You sound like my wife.

She was given an 5. Really found the device less then intuitive (its those Apple'isms) and lacked some important features out of the box like ability to customize alert sounds and their volume per type of event plus the huge navigation/map fiasco which she relies on regularly for work.
So after a few months, in came a HTC Android device as replacement which she really seems to love.


Over the weekend I played with a windows phone. That OS looks rather simple yet quite useful. Will be interesting to watch imo.



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User currently offlinemoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 3875 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5591 times:

I really don't get why people love Blackberry - I've had to both use and develop for it, and to be honest you couldn't pay me these days to do either, it was so poor.

User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2967 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5576 times:

Quoting moo (Reply 11):
Case in point - I have an original iPad, 2.5 years old at this point. Safari is crashy and buggy, the UI now lags and other things are creeping in. However, I cannot get just bug fixes or security fixes for it - I am forced to upgrade to the latest version of the OS, which brings with it a slower, more laggy experience, removes decent apps and replaces them with broken native versions and other issues.

I have the first generation iPad which runs iOS 5 (can't do 6) and while it is not as fast as the newer ones, it rarely crashes and runs generally fine.



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User currently offlinemoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 3875 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5574 times:

Quoting Braniff747SP (Reply 17):
I have the first generation iPad which runs iOS 5 (can't do 6) and while it is not as fast as the newer ones, it rarely crashes and runs generally fine.

I can crash Safari on demand, which basically means there's a potential security issue there   (the crash is based on page content, not user interaction).


User currently offlineArrow From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 2676 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5567 times:
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Quoting Braniff747SP (Reply 17):

I have the first generation iPad which runs iOS 5 (can't do 6) and while it is not as fast as the newer ones, it rarely crashes and runs generally fine.

Ditto for me. Strangely, mine developed the dreaded green screen syndrome intermittently and I thought I was going to have to replace it. But about six months ago, the green screen syndrome vanished and has not returned. Otherwise, it works just fine.

On the iphone -- sorry, I'm a contrarian. My wife had one for work and it cost "work" a fortune in roaming fees when she travelled, even though she was very careful with it. We cut ourselves back to very simple cell phones that can make and receive phone calls -- AND NOTHING ELSE!! No texting, no nuthin'. I still have to beat up my service provider every once in a while because a text makes it through the blocks -- but otherwise. I'm happy.

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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12217 posts, RR: 35
Reply 20, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 5551 times:
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If you are still looking to buy, be aware that Best Buy is currently running a sale on the iPhone 5, selling it for only $149 for the 16GB version. I am buying mine after work, replacing my iPhone 4 (which two years ago replaced my 3G).


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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7694 posts, RR: 21
Reply 21, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 5548 times:
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Quoting Arrow (Reply 19):
Technology will be the death of us

Always has been, always will be!   

I have an SIII, and am still thrilled with it several months on. I have played with iphones and just don't find them nearly as intuitive or customisable. The joy of a good Android phone is a high degree of tailoring to your own particular needs - you can make it as simple or as complicated as you wish (and in my case, change the battery if you desire and expand your memory to whatever is available on the market.



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User currently offlinecaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5519 times:

I jumped ship from Android to iOS. I miss being able to customize, but I dont miss the instability, the dodgy looking UI (looks are up to the beholder), and the random crashes. i have a 4s and it has been a very positive peaceful experience. IOS doesn't wow you, but as a PhD student, I have very little to be wowed. My phone works excellently, it is reliable, and fast. It syncs well with my computer and iPad. I will not be looking out of the Apple ecosystem for a while.


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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24884 posts, RR: 46
Reply 23, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5482 times:

Quoting moo (Reply 16):
I really don't get why people love Blackberry

From an enterprise end I don't think you could beat it.

Its certainly not a media or entertainment phone, but it did what people primarily needed - make calls, email (including security) and do things like various alerting quite well.

Unfortunately BB has his the pause button and lost out in the interim.

Many companies have had to try other OS flavors out there, but everyone including iOS leave gaps in must haves for many enterprises and business users.

In my view Apple makes sharp products for what they are, but they all come with various quirks and restrictions.

Could be interesting to see what BB has to reveal in January with its new BB10 OS and hardware, along with how the windows phones take hold. I read a piece a few weeks back about CIO's being quite curious about the appeal of WP8 as it could dovetail nicely into corporate setup and run important apps like MS Office natively on the phone directly.



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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21415 posts, RR: 54
Reply 24, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5465 times:

Quoting planeguy727 (Reply 14):
iphone is not intuitive,

It may look that way when you're just starting at it with entrenched habits adapted to a previous platform, but most of by now hundreds of millions of users don't have made that experience.

Quoting planeguy727 (Reply 14):
touch screen typing sucks,

For me having keyboards with proper international layouts as I need them plus purpose-adapted ones (numeric vs. QWERTZ) is a big boon over the old mechanical keyboards with tiny buttons. The virtual iPhone keyboard is actuall not quite as simple as it looks at first glance – it's software is rather sophisticated and when you know and exploit its features, typing on it can actually be very good, but it can take some practice to become proficient. Again previous habits can be a liability there.

Quoting planeguy727 (Reply 14):
it uses too much battery power (any app you use stays open) unless forced closed,

No, that is simply incorrect.

Normally only the foreground application can be running and that only while the display is unlocked. Otherwise all apps are frozen and will not consume power.

There are only relatively few exceptions to that rule, and only a specific subset of tasks can actually still continue to run even while the app is not in the foreground (such as music playback, GPS tracking and only a small handful of others).

Unless you're explicitly asking an app to continue on with one of these tasks, it will immediately be frozen once you leave it or switch to another app. Apps usually save their current state when they're frozen, so it often appears as if the app was still running when you get back to it, when it has in fact just restored its saved state from before.

As long as there is enough memory, inactive apps remain cached in RAM until they're pushed out by demands of the active app. In that case they should actively save their state, but some don't do that, so with these apps you can see a slightly different behaviour when re-opening them depending on whether they had been cached or actually reloaded from storage.

The "app switcher" you can invoke with a double-click of the home button is not a process viewer! It is only a usage history of all apps, which is even persistent across reboots. Explicitly flushing an app from there will also cancel any actually running background task and remove it from RAM, but that is usually not needed.

You can force an app to not just un-freeze in RAM but actually reload and restart that way if it should actually have acted up, but that is rarely necessary.

Battery usage relates primarily to use of the display, of course, plus potential background data services being enabled (mail push with frequent traffic, for instance). A modern smartphone uses a lot more power than an old-style feature phone simply because it's a much more powerful device providing a lot more functionality; But the iPhone is actually one of the best in that regard.

Quoting planeguy727 (Reply 14):
and it takes about 6 months (so I'm told) to get it configured the way you want.

Huh? How is that? The settings are really not that complicated.

Quoting planeguy727 (Reply 14):
It also drops calls more than my blackberry did (same network provider, same locations).

Which model, which network and which service generation?

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 15):
lacked some important features out of the box like ability to customize alert sounds and their volume per type of event

Alert sounds can be customized. Relative volumes only to a certain extent, however.

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 15):
plus the huge navigation/map fiasco which she relies on regularly for work.

Did she actually experience any "fiasco"? For me the navigation has worked very well so far.

And if it was really that much of an issue, why not get one of the dedicated navigation apps?

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 15):
So after a few months, in came a HTC Android device as replacement which she really seems to love.

Great. Hope it stays that way.

Quoting moo (Reply 18):
I can crash Safari on demand, which basically means there's a potential security issue there   (the crash is based on page content, not user interaction).

It's got nothing to do with security. The iPad 1 has relatively limited RAM (keeping cost down and battery life up back then), and what you're seeing are out of memory conditions closing the app. That's not a "crash" in the sense you've implied.

Also see Settings > General > About > Diagnostics & Usage > Diagnostic & Usage Data

Quoting Arrow (Reply 19):
On the iphone -- sorry, I'm a contrarian. My wife had one for work and it cost "work" a fortune in roaming fees when she travelled, even though she was very careful with it. We cut ourselves back to very simple cell phones that can make and receive phone calls -- AND NOTHING ELSE!!

The iPhone usually only sips data in tiny portions unless you enable all its bells and whistles such as mail push, manual app updates while you're abroad and the like. Of course when you use data-consuming apps such as photo uploaders and the like, data usage can also go way up.

It is pretty simple to restrict its data use only by explicit user demand, such as when you're connected to a WiFi network.


25 Post contains images KaiGywer : Bought my iPhone 5 today. After trading in my 4, I walked out of there with a 5 with Geek Squad protection for $33
26 Post contains images AlnessW : Some of these posts are getting a little off-topic... I was wondering more about the device as a whole, not as much the operating system or how it com
27 Klaus : From what is known, Google effectively held their turn-by-turn navigation hostage in exchange for more control over the actual app (which was always
28 moo : Nope, definitely a crash - I can replicate it even after a factory reset and no third party apps installed, let alone running. In that state, even th
29 Klaus : No, it's likely still just an out of memory condition and not an actual crash (you can check the actual cause as explained above). Memory is just as
30 Post contains images moo : Oh for crying out loud - I know what it is, and it has nothing to do with "out of memory". You can defend Apple to your death, but sometimes Klaus yo
31 Klaus : If you continue to refuse to actually look into the event logs, you don't know what it is. I habitually debunk what is bunk. Show me the event log fo
32 bueb0g : Of course, although the iPhone is a good choice, you can do this on any modern iPhone. Apple's product will give you a smoother experience over the c
33 Post contains links aloges : Since a couple of people have talked about maps, I thought I should recommend an alternative to Google and Apple: Ulmon. Their apps use OpenStreetMap
34 planejamie : Absolutely YES! I got my iPhone 5 just over a month ago and I switched from being fairly anti-apple and using a Samsung Windows Phone to using an iPho
35 MSPNWA : No. I own an iTouch however (and MacBook Pro). Not for most users. I can't stress enough how important screen size is, and the iPhone falls behind in
36 Post contains images Maverick623 : The expected pissing match between Klaus and Moo aside , pretty much any smartphone will work just fine for you. I have a Galaxy S 4G (T-mobile, whic
37 Aesma : My sister is 20 and she's not careful enough with phones, she's lost or killed many, so when getting a smartphone at 18 she went the cheap route (Sams
38 NZ107 : Well taking the first point into account, why would you want a product with exactly the same UI as what you used on your iPod touch? What makes you t
39 bueb0g : True, but they come with apps, which is a bit lame. The Google Play store is pretty decent, and I'm fairly happy with it, but the Appstore has higher
40 Post contains images AlnessW : OK, well I can live with that. Good to know. I do recall being a bit "locked and controlled" back when I had an iPod. Uh oh. My worst fears! Well let
41 LAXintl : Yes absolutely, matter of fact once I was with her. We were headed out to a ranch. Not only were we given the wrong freeway exit we were directed to
42 Klaus : It is important – it just goes both ways. I hate it when I'm on the go and I have to stop and free both of my hands just to use my phone for someth
43 Rara : This just sounds very contradictory. If you indeed develop and are intimate with the inner workings of software and hardware, of what actual risks ar
44 NZ107 : So how does it compare to kakao talk and viber?
45 KaiGywer : I think the screen size of most (good) Android phones is generally too big. I need to fit my phone in a pocket, since I don't carry a purse (or murse
46 Revelation : Background: I'm a few weeks away from being off my current contract, and am considering iPhone5 and Galaxy S3, leaning towards the S3, although it's a
47 PMUA787 : I have had rather bad experiences with Apple in general, starting with the Ipod and the Itunes software to the point I recently uninstalled ITunes on
48 tugger : Well, based on your title and opening post there are kind of two sets of questions:: No for me on the iPhone. And the primary reasons are 1.) it essen
49 ushermittwoch : I've had an iPhone, a Blackberry and now I use an HTC One X. In short, the only thing that the iPhone does better than the HTC is play podcasts.
50 KaiGywer : Correct, with a contract. AT&T, Verizon or Sprint,depending on who has service in your area.
51 Post contains images AlnessW : I appreciate you taking the time to answer the actual question instead of contributing to the above debate. It seems as though the iPod Touch is beco
52 RayChuang : Having played around with an iPhone 5, I can say while I very much like the iOS 6.0.1 software, it's still hampered by a cellphone whose display is ju
53 KaiGywer : Sounds about right for the smallest plans for any smartphone on the major carriers. I think my plan is about $80 give or take after a corporate disco
54 tugger : Right, normally with Cricket most people bring their own compatible phone (however they purchased it) and they will reassign it to their network. Cri
55 AlnessW : Interesting to know. I thought that seemed odd, however... I was hoping that this was possible.
56 Post contains links chrisair : Yes. I have an AT&T iPhone 5. Yes. Absolutely. I've never been a fan of the Samsung phones--they feel really cheap to me, whereas my iPhone 3, 4,
57 FlyDeltaJets : I own an andriod phone (Galaxy SIII) Love my phone. Easy to use out the box very customizeable If you just want a super easy to use phone then go iPho
58 AlnessW : I also just found another non-contract plan with Virgin Mobile for $35 a month. This includes texting and data. They also want $349 (I think) for the
59 Braniff747SP : $99 is a contract-only price. Can you? Sure, but it'll cost you a few hundred in break-contract fees to your chosen carrier.
60 AlnessW : How much are we looking at, here? $300-$500?
61 virginblue4 : I have absolutely no problem reading the text on twitter from even further than arms length away, and that's using an iPhone 4S with an even smaller
62 AlnessW : Seriously? What a waste! ----- So I've been shopping around for contract (or non-contract) options. Contracts with AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon were
63 KaiGywer : Not really. The phone is expensive. The reason you can get it cheap through the major carriers is that they subsidize the purchase price for you. In
64 AlnessW : Interesting to know. I am thinking just bite the bullet, pay the big price tag for an unlocked phone, then save on the monthly bill, and not be locke
65 TLG : I didn't look this up just now to verify, but I believe Virgin Mobile sells the iPhone 4 for $349, and with that you can get the 300 minute/Unlimited
66 Rara : I always calculate the total cost of ownership for two years and compare that. Gives a much clearer picture of what you really have to pay.
67 Tardis : My phone is the 4S. It's a global phone, easy to use, incredible aps, and is very easily customized. The good folks at my service provider told me the
68 StarAC17 : It depends on how much the carrier subsidizes the phone and how far along you are on the contract. Basically most of them carrier will subsidize abou
69 Braniff747SP : Depends on the carrier and how long you stay with them. Paying the 'subsidized' price for a phone over a two year contract ends up costing several ti
70 Post contains images AlnessW : Alright folks, and the winner is... (drumroll please) ... Cricket Wireless! I went to their store today and bought a black 16GB iPhone 4S for $399. $5
71 JoeCanuck : I currently have a Samsung Note...which I like a lot. This is my third Android device...not because I hate Apple, but because they haven't offered wha
72 Post contains images Rara : Milestone to Note, that's my planned upgrade path as well.
73 Post contains images KaiGywer : There ya go Enjoy
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