I have wanted an iPhone for the longest time. I have always looked on in envy at iPhone owners, with their modern, sleek designs and huge choice of apps, and wished they were not quite so out of my price range! So when Three Mobile asked me if I would like to take part in their Blogger Penpals Campaign and try out the latest iPhone for a few weeks, I jumped at the chance!
The idea behind the campaign is to use the iPhone as a modern day mixtape, and for each blogger to leave exciting little bits and pieces on the phone for the next blogger to find. Having made some wonderful blogging friends myself who I write to and send little parcels of suprises to regularly, this idea really appealed to me!
I received the iPhone from Charlotte Eliza, who had already downloaded some great apps to try out, such as Evernote and Pinterest, taken some lovely pictures and left one or two cheeky messages for me to stumble across while using the phone!
One of the first things I typed into the App store was Christmas. I know, it's only November, but for me, I start getting into the festive spirit even before Halloween is over! I found the most wonderful app for my Christmas countdown. Dreamdays creates the most beautiful countdowns I have seen, with its simple, modern design and dreamy free backgrounds, It makes counting down to any important event a lot more stylish!
Another fun little app I found was Xmas Haircut, where you can cut, brush, style and grow Santa's hair or a Christmas trees branches in a barber shop! Their facial expressions, chuckles or noises of concern were endlessly amusing to me! I just found this a really cute, addictive extra little piece of Christmas cheer to have on the phone.
I also found an app called Elf Yourself, where you put your face on an elfs body and watch them dance to different Christmas songs. This is hilarious and definitely a must try! I've been getting all my friends to download it and its been the cause of a lot of laughs!
I thought I should probably download a few non-Christmas related apps too, and had a look for some new games to try. Happy Street is an adorable little app where you build your little fox a town and gradually, more and more cute new friends arrive to make friends with your character and you watch the town grow and grow. Highly addictive! And for all those who were proud owners of a Nokia 3210... you can get Snake for your iPhone!! The controls are even the same buttons as the old Nokias, and they make that familiar clicking sound! I was so excited when I found this app, and it bought back a lot of memories for me. It made me realise how much technology has changed even since I was at school. Those 3210's were so cool, and we all thought how amazing things like snake and sending little pixel black and white stick men to your friends were. Now look at what the iPhone 5S can do!
Another new discovery for me was the app SpringDo. I am an obsessive list writer, and this is the cutest little list making app I have ever seen! The fonts are adorable, and you can even cross things out as you do them, rather than just deleting them!
I loved using the camera on the iPhone. My old Samsung really does not compare, picture quality wise. The pictures are the same standard as my little point and shoot camera, and with the use of apps like VSCOcam, you can add some really beautiful effects to them. Another photo app I love is LabelBox, which lets you add super cute washi tape labels to your pictures!
I loved being the owner of a 5S for a few weeks, and leaving a little trail of surprises for the next blogger, lovely Charlotte, who is my dear friend and Penpal outside of this campaign too! I couldn't bear the thought of going back to using my rubbishy old Samsung after using a shiny new iPhone for a while, and sadly *cough, cough* it finally gave up and died on me during this time anyway. So, I may have been a little naughty and purchased the new iPhone 5C. Oops!!
Are there any apps you would recommend?