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In the smart-phone market, two giants dominate most purchases: Android and Apple. For many, they either stick with one brand, finding comfort in the familiar, and never finding enough reason to venture out to the other side. Some may be apprehensive, as a smart phone running on firmware and hardware made by either company is a big investment, but now there is a chance to try before they buy--iPhone Simulator.
The iPhone Simulator is an application for PC that allows users to sample using an iPhone without having to commit to a purchase of the actual Apple device. For those who want to change from Android-based devices, or wondering if a newer model of iPhone warrants a purchase, this program takes much of the guesswork out of the equation.
A simple Flash-based program for Windows, iPhone Simulator recreates the screen of an actual iPhone to be used on a Desktop PC. This gives user full control of functions one would find in an iPhone straight out of the box, its settings, controls, all with a simulated touchscreen movement. In addition to he basic feel and function of the Apple iPhone, users can use default apps that come packaged with a new iPhone, all complete with the complimenting settings and customization options.
Though thorough in what it allows users to experience as they wonder what an iPhone would be like to use, some things are kept from users of the iPhone simulator. The mobile version of the Safari Internet browser is not available, and neither is the Apple App Store. In addition, this program is based off the iPhone 3G, meaning basic features that were released with the iPhone 4G and later are not available.
To complete the feel of this are impressive visuals that rival that of the actual iPhone. This is may seem trivial, as it isn't substantive to how the iPhone works, but how well the iPhone Simulator looks is key when testing things out like wallpaper on the home and lock screens. It especially plays a role when using simple applications like the calendar, contact list, and adding and removing widgets.
Users may be confused at first--especially if they have a history with iPhones--because the experience rivals that of an actual iPhone. Some may find it hard to believe that this is a program built on Flash and not a true simulator of iOS firmware.
For those still unsure about whether to switch to an Apple mobile device, or if it’s time to upgrade to an iPhone 3G, this is the closest they will get to testing out the real thing.
A simulation that matches a true iPhone experience
Small file size
Safari and the Apple App Store are not available to users
The iPhone Simulator is based off iPhone 3G, making it dated by recent Apple releases.
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