Today I’m saying farewell to an old friend who has been with me every day since September 2010. Let me be clear, there’s nothing wrong with the phone (apart from the battery lasting about 3 minutes between charges!), but it has value right now, I’m guessing in the region of say, 1,500-2,000 RMB. Holding on would only erode that value. That’s what I told myself anyhow. So I guess predictably, I’m the owner of a brand new iPhone 5.
I’ve been a bit sheepish about announcing this to the world (in as far as you can be sheepish while publicising the event on your blog!). I hate the idea that people might think I’m one of those crazy, materialistic people who trade up as soon as the next model is released. I’m not. I completely ignored the 4S when it came out. But the old iPhone 4 is starting to show its age, creeking under the pressure as the new apps continually stretch its modest processor. And the camera can take 10-15 seconds to warm up before it will allow me to snap a picture.
First impressions? Well, it feels exactly like the old phone, except faster, more responsive, lighter and of course, it’s longer. Here are the key improvements (over the iPhone 4, not 4S):
- Longer length allows an extra row of icons / folders on the screen which makes a big difference and also makes it much easier (less scrolling) when reading material.
- New “Earpods” are significantly better than the headphones previously supplied with older models.
- Comes with Siri which is better than you might think if you’ve not used it before. I’ve asked it for football results and it finds them for me within seconds and you can send emails or ask it to wake you up at a certain time, all without needing to touch the screen.
- “Panorama” function allows you to take ultra wide images by panning across the scene and works seamlessly. I had an app that did this on the old phone but it was pretty rubbish.
I actually traded down in terms of memory from 32GB to 16GB after I checked my old phone and found I had only used about half of its capacity, mainly because all movies and TV shows were long ago transferred to my iPad. After deleting some superfluous apps and photos, I was comfortably within the 16GB limit of the cheapest iPhone 5 model.
One thing I love about iPhones is that any time you change phones, the sync process means that within minutes, your new phone is basically an exact clone of your previous phone. Everything is copied across. Even my alarm wake up call was already correctly set in the new phone and the call history list was there to. Amazing!
I did freak out slightly when I checked the call time. I had the phone less than 4 hours but it was showing that the aggregated call time was one day and 21 hours. Had I been sold a used phone? In a panic, I went on to Google and quickly found out that when you sync a new phone, it copies across your call time. So my ole iPhone 4, over the course of 2 years, had mad calls lasting 1 day and 21 hours (2,700 minutes). It doesn’t really make sense to me to carry this across to a new phone, but it’s nice to know that I haven’t been scammed!
So, who wants to buy a mint condition, boxed iPhone 4, once used by a famous China blogger. For Caturday fans, at least 50% of all Caturday pictures were taken on this phone making it a rare collectors item for true Tommy and Hui Hui fans!