An actual iPhone Product Review
I have received the iPhone 4 16GB 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 isnt much in the box - the phone, usb lead, power plug, sim eject tool and a very thin guide.
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 £650 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.
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.
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 16GB which is actually 14GB 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.
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iPhone 4. In a word, FANTASTIC.
The iPhone 4 is a totally awesome phone albeit a little on the expensive side, usability is second to none and is by far the main reason for me getting one, the touch screen is fantastically responsive and the screen keyboard seems to learn how you type and adjusts it self accordingly, auto word correction is an absolute must and saves me so much time when typing. I know that I have made a number of typos whilst writing this review but every single error has been corrected by the phone with the correct word. In a word this phone is FANTASTIC.
Time for a little update, had this phone for several months now, and i still think its the most amazing phone that i have ever used, and this is from someone who owned the first mobile phone model released in the uk, it was a nec, had 2 massive batterys one on top of other then a handset nattached by a curly wire and a 12 inch rubber ariel, standby time 4 hours, talk time 20 minutes, cost £3500.00 on contract to vodaphone, just one tariff then which was £25 per month 25p peak 10p off peak, no inc mins and texts hadn't even been invented 25 years ago. good old days, nah, give me the future every time. x
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iphone 4 (unlocked)
The iPhone 4 is arguably the best smartphone on the market. It's build quality puts others to shame, it has a style all of its own, its operating system is the easiest and slickest to use, its app store is unsurpassed, and it has some class leading features. Just be prepared to pay for the privilege.
Most striking about the iPhone 4 is its new design. While the front is classic iPhone with its single piece of glass, single button, and symmetrical black bezel, the back has moved away from the curves of old to be replaced by a completely flat sheet of aluminosilicate-toughened glass (what do you mean you haven't heard of it?!). Combined with the new flat stainless steel sides, this gives the phone a particularly industrial, minimalist look and feel that is sure to split opinion even more than existing iPhones have.
To our minds the concept is sound and we really like the exceptional fit and finish of the phone but certainly the front bezel does now look a bit tired. In particular this seems to be because the iPhone 4 is slightly narrower and taller, yet retains the same size screen, as previous models. This makes the screen look a bit lost in the vast blackness of that bezel. It's still a pretty stunning design overall but there's definitely a prototype/engineering sample feel that takes the edge off.
In addition to the normal microphone, Apple has added a second one on the top edge, finally giving the iPhone noise cancellation. This greatly improves the phone's ability to suppress background noise and bring clarity to your voice when making calls. In our tests it proved very effective, successfully filtering out the noise of passing cars and other background din. It's a welcome feature, but it would of course be remiss of us not to point out that this is a feature other decent phones have had for many a year and the iPhone is really just playing catchup here.
Though not as revelatory as the introduction of video and auto focus seen on the 3GS, the camera on the iPhone 4 is still a notable upgrade. With a five megapixel sensor and including an LED flash, its core specs are merely inline with most smartphones and still trail most dedicated camera phones. However, a camera is about more than just its megapixel count; there's the lens quality, sensor size, image processing, ease of use, and performance.
As such Apple points out the sensor in its camera is of the new backside illuminated variety that are supposed to have inherently better lowlight performance than conventional sensors. This was certainly borne out in our tests, where we noticed less grain and colour distortion in the iPhone's photos. It also seemed to reproduce detail and colour better overall than many standard phones we've tried. Be under no pretence, though, it is still well within the realms of phone-camera quality.
Another new internal feature of the iPhone 4 is a three-axis gyroscope, which gives it the ability to detect pitch, roll and yaw. Along with the existing accelerometer this gives it six-axis of motion detection, allowing Wii-mote levels of gesturing to control games and other apps. Sadly we couldn't get hold of any applications that took advantage of this, though expect them to
start arriving thick and fast
Despite all these hardware improvements, Apple has actually managed to improve battery life with you getting up to 7h 3G talk time, 6h 3G browsing, 10h Wi-Fi browsing, 10h video playback, 40h audio playback and 300h on standby.
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Looking for a phone that does it all...
This is it!
The apple iPhone 4 32gb is a great bit of kit. As soon as its in your hands it feels quality and certainly looks quality to. With its glass front and back and slim design you know straight away that you are holding a well built apple product. It oooozes quality and you may be tempted to not even bother with a case, I would get a case if I were you. Imagine dropping your beloved iPhone 4 only to watch it smash! The phones great but I have always been wary about having my phone, "naked" with no case. I would rather feel happy in the knowledge that its protected and safe. (have a griffin silicon style case which protects it - any case in my opinion is better than nothing along with a screen protector)
When you use the phone your instantly amazed at just how clear the screen is. The pinpoint accuracy on photos really is noticeable. The screen resolution really is the best out there. Games look excellent and everything just looks sooo much better than the previous versions of the iPhone. The screen alone is a good enough reason to have the iPhone 4.
The 5 mega pixel camera is a welcome addition, pointing, shooting and looking back at photos is all done smoothly and literally anyone could use the iPhone camera. Its great. The video camera now shoots in 720p HD quality and again this is excellent. Finally a decent photo / video camera on a phone. The quality is more than enough for every day use. I don't use my digital camera anymore, my iPhone ones enough for more but im sure there are people out there that would disagree, so be it! I won't argue that a seperate digital camera provides better results for the more serious photographers out there, but for the rest of us, using the iPhone 4's camera to capture moments while your out and about, its great.
The whole phone is speedier and using GPS and maps is a bit quicker to. 32gb storage should be enough for most people out there. iOS is being updated regulary and this provides welcomed additons to the software eg Air Print (print to any wireless printer - this works very well indeed) it's great to see the software being updated and making it easy for any one to update their phone.
I won't harp on anymore about the iPhone 4. For me the phone's perfect. Perfect for gaming on the go, sending and receiving emails, surfing the internet and more. It really is like having a laptop in your pocket.
If you want a simple phone, that anyone can use, no messing about, the iPhone 4 is the way to go.
Since getting the iPhone 4 i havent looked back. It's an excellent purchase I would recommend to anyone.
Being able to check your emails everywhere, with no hassle.
This is the best smartphone on the market.
Easy to use, looks great and overall an excellent phone.
| Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
It’s slimmer than its predecessors, and now features a glass shell made from the same super-strong aluminosilicate material used for helicopter windscreens, which makes it tough and scratch-resistant. The stainless steel band that runs around the middle of the iPhone, like the buttercream filling in a particularly delicious Victoria sponge, not only helps strengthen the overall construction, but is also part of the iPhone’s cellular and Wi-Fi antennas.
The difference in screen quality between iPhone 4 and previous models is acute. The new iPhone’s special “retina display” has four times the resolution of the iPhone 3GS, and Apple claims the pixels are so small that they can’t be detected by the human eye. That means that icons, text and pictures are pin-sharp on iPhone 4, with crisp, defined edges. Colours are luscious and seem to pop out of the screen, while whites appear brighter, and blacks take on a deep, inky hue. In short, it’s the kind of screen performance you’d expect from an AMOLED display, but Apple has somehow managed it with a simple backlit LCD screen. Where this display really comes in to its own – more than with photos, more than with movies, more, even than with web pages – is with ebooks. The iPhone 4 supports iBooks, Apple’s own ebook reader software, and the pages of Winnie the Pooh are rendered with a clarity and precision you simply do not find on any other device, not even an iPad.
There are plenty of other hardware improvements, too, including a five-megapixel camera with LED flash that’s capable of taking some great shots in lowlight conditions. And the iPhone 4 can also capture high-definition 720p video at 30 frames per second. The makers of the Flip range of camcorders should be very worried indeed; videos shot on the iPhone 4 look fantastic, with good colour balance, while a version of iMovie for the iPhone makes it incredibly easy to edit clips using the iPhone and create a pleasing, professional video ready for sharing. The new A4 processor ensures everything zips along, and the bigger battery makes a world of difference – not once, in the time that I have been testing the iPhone 4, have I had to give it a lunchtime boost.