Review for: Apple iPhone 4 - 16 GB - Black (Unlocked) Smartphone
excellent device!!!iPhone 4 is thinner, shorter and ever so slightly heavier than iPhone 3GS. Gone is the curved plastic back plate, replaced by a flat glass panel and a shiny metal band that wraps around the perimeter of the device. This is the first major redesign since the original iPhone debuted three years ago. The basic design - touchscreen and single front-panel button - is the same as it's always been, but the styling cues, accents, and overall hand feel are markedly changed.Most striking is the screen, which has a new sharpness from its special 3.5-inch Retina display that gives a 960×640 resolution – the highest of any smartphone. The camera, featuring 720p HD video recording, appeared to be much better quality – it has a five-megapixels sensor, compared to three on the 3GS, and features an LED flash that also doubles as a video light when recording.
Running the new 4.0 software and with an A4 Apple processor inside, response times seemed markedly faster than its predecessor.
If you’re a gamer, you will appreciate the addition of a gyroscope to the iPhone’s motion-sensing capabilities, and if you are just a general user, improved battery life that allows up to 10 hours of internet browsing on Wi-Fi means the iPhone will still be lit up and functioning long after the Evo, with its weak battery life, will have shut down.
On the bright side, FaceTime video calls are fantastic, likely because there's no cellular signal involved (you're limited to WiFi calling). Video and audio are great, it's easy to switch between front/rear cameras and landscape/portrait orientation in the middle of a call, and the narcissist in me loves flicking the preview window from corner to corner instead of paying attention to the person I'm FaceTiming with. Apple was incredibly smart to make video calling "just another button" in the standard phone interface, making it much easier to place a video call on an iPhone than a comparable Android device. The limitation with FaceTime, of course, is that for now you can only make video calls between two iPhone 4s. But that's kind of the point, from Apple's perspective.
Usually I wrap up phone reviews by saying - or at least thinking - that a week or two with a new smartphone is hardly enough time to get to know it, let alone be able to tell how it'll hold up over the long haul. In this case I've got the opposite feeling. By now all iPhone owners are familiar enough with the operating system, the iTunes/App Store ecosystem, and the way an iPhone works that a few weeks with iPhone 4 is plenty of time to get to know the thing. The question that remains isn't how well Apple's new phone will hold up over the long haul so much as whether or not Apple will be able to fix the issues that are plaguing the device right out of the gate, or if they'll wind up as part of the cost of being an iPhone user.
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I have received the iPhone 4 as a contract upgrade from 3 - here are my thoughts after a week.
Taking it out the box - first thoughts is wow its heavy and it actually is quite heavy. The weight is due to the construction due to being made of an aluminium chassis with glass front and back covers and of course the added weight of the inbuilt battery. There isn't much in the box - the phone, usb lead, power plug, sim eject tool and a very thin guide.
Battery life isnt that good - but it is powering the 3.5" screen and wifi. I have to charge it fully nearly each day and that with light use and and hour or two wifi use in the evening.
The phone does look good in real aluminium around the edge against the black glass front and back finish is a great contrast. Turning it on the screen is amazing and shouldn't be spoiled with a screen protector. I had a screen protector on for a couple of days but it just made the display fuzzy and the constant air bubbles were a eyesore on my very expensive phone... Apple developed this glass themselves and I'm pretty sure it wont scratch that easily.
Getting the micro-sim inserted was a bit awkward as you have you use the pin-like sim eject tool to eject a small drawer on the right of the phone. As you should only need to do this once its not a big problem.
You then have to connect the iphone to a apple/pc running the latest itunes to activate it otherwise you cant use it (i.e you cant use it straight out the box).
Once activated and turned on its quite instinctive to use just press what you want. As you download apps you might find it getting a bit crowded so if you press and hold on an icon they will all start to shake and will let you drag them around to rearrange them or drop one on top of another similar app (eg game) to create a folder so you can keep all similar apps together. Apps I recommend are eBay, Facebook, Skype, Windows Messenger and your own bank app. Annoyingly you only get the best performance when connected to WIFI. When I'm connected over 3G is really slow to the point I give up. I have also noticed the reception on the iphone is nowhere as good as my previous nokia.
I do find tying messages on the screen in portrait mode a pain so i rotate the phone to landscape - not much better but I make fewer mistakes that way. This makes me miss my Nokia E63 qwerty (blackberry type) keyboard.
The camera and video camera functions are very clear and easy to use.
I do miss the fact that I cant add my own memory card like in nearly every other phone. So I am stuck with the 32GB which is actually less as the phones own software and settings etc. uses nearly 2GB.
At the end of the day it is just a phone and after a week I think of it as no more. Don't get drawn in thinking its the life changing, hyped up device they make it out to be. To be honest now I wish I'd got another qwerty phone and bought an ipod touch. If you love touch screens then there is now doubt this is the best there is - if you are not sure - go and try one for a while in a phone shop or try a friends.
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