Apple iPhone 4 Review
By Ricky Mauch
- June 26, 2010
Pros: The new Apple iPhone 4 offers better performance, a new display, and a revamped design. It also comes with lots of goodies, both by itself and through the iOS 4 update.
Cons: The new multitasking feature has some trade off, and it new home screen folders are limited to just 12 apps. There’s still no 64GB model.
Finally, the latest iPhone has arrived and it is the new Apple iPhone 4. It now comes with a new display, faster processor and lots of new features. It has been slightly redesigned as well and now runs on latest iOS which is version 4.0. With iOS 4, users can now enjoy long-overdue features and other tweaks. The new iPhone 4 is a sleek & satisfying device and is still competitive in an increasingly crowded market place. Though the iPhone has been upgraded, many are saying that the iPhone 4’s call reception is still problematic, and you actually need to use a case or a bumper to avoid any issues with touching the new iPhone 4’s antenna. Yup, the multitasking feature is now available but it has its drawbacks. There’s also this, FaceTime video calling feature that you should not miss! Should you buy the new iPhone 4? Well.. if you are an iPhone fan, most often than not, you already ordered the new baby or probably already have the unit. But if you are still thinking twice, yes you’re right as you need to think it over since the iPhone 4 is quite expensive and for sure that a revamped iPhone 4 will be released anytime soon. But then again, there’s no denying that this new Apple iPhone 4 is an awesome device that offers a wonderful user experience. By the way, the new iPhone 4 is now available exclusively over at AT&T in the US. It costs $299 for the 32GB model or $199 for the 16GB version with a 2 year service agreement. If you want an iPhone 4 without a contract, then you'll have tp pay $699 or $599, respectively. OK, let us talk about its design. With the 3G and the 3GS version, it seems that Apple only tweaked the original handset's design. However, with the new iPhone 4 it seems that it’s a whole new ball game. A lot has been changed inside and out and I approve all of the iPhone 4's changes. Its front and back sides are made up of glass, and both surfaces are flat. It has a stainless steel border that circles the entire phone making the iPhone 4 looks clean, svelte, and unmistakably something that has been made by Apple. The new iPhone no longer wobbles when resting on a table, since its back is flat. The iPhone 4 is available in black and white colorways. Its rear face is made of glass which is shiny and beautiful. As per Apple CEO’s Steve Jobs the glass better resists scratches and cracks than those that are made of plastic, and it is also more durable. The new iPhone 4 feels solid in the hand, though I did not like its sharp corners. The new iPhone has dimensions of 2.3 inches wide by 0.37 inch deep, and it is as tall as the iPhone 3GS, but slightly thinner. It is lightweight too, weighing just 4.8 ounces. It now comes with a new front facing camera for video conferencing, new LED Flash, main camera lens, and a noise-cancellation microphone which is located on the phone's top side. Just above its volume controls, you will find the usual mute switch. The SIM card slot is now located on the right spine and is now a Micro-SIM variant, just like the iPad. As per Steve Jobs, Micro-SIMs allows more space for its larger battery. Lots of things have been untouched like the Home button- it is still in its normal place which is below the display; the 3.5mm headset jack and power key are still sitting on top next to the aforementioned noise-cancellation microphone; & the 30-pin connector, microphone, & the speaker are located at the bottom end. Unfortunately, the battery is still not user replaceable. What is in the box of the new iPhone 4? The unit, small wall plug, a USB/30-pin connector cable, & the standard Apple earbuds. What’s weird is that there’s no SIM removal tool that came with the previous versions. iPhone 4’s stainless steel border is not just there to accentuate the device but also functions as two new antennas that circle the entire device, minus three small notches. The 1st antenna – this one runs from the notch on the top of the device to the notch on the left spine is for Wi-Fi & Bluetooth. The 2nd antenna – runs from the top notch down the right side & around to the bottom of the device is for EDGE and 3G. The iPhone 4 now features a new retina display that can render up to 940x640 pixels of resolution (326 pixels per square inch). Retina display is said to be 4X the resolution of previous iPhone models. It makes use of the same IPS screen that's found on the iPad and has a 800:1 contrast ratio. Even though it is not AMOLED, I still like the quality of the display, and just above it you will see the VGA camera lens. It has proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, & accelerometer which are also available in the previous iPhones. The new multitasking feature in the iPhone 4 can be accessed by simply double-tapping the Home button. It is easy to manage and to open a running app, you just need to scroll though the menu and tap the icon just once. If you want to end an app, simply use a long press on the related icon then click the tiny delete icon. Switching apps is easy as well - as you move back & forth, you will return to the exact point you left. Now you can add multiple Exchange accounts, organize e-mails by thread, and jump directly to individual inboxes. You can also resize photos before you send it, & open attachments with your preferred app. The virtual keyboard remains unchanged. Other features include Spellcheck, new searching options, gaming center, iPod player,camera with zoom and flash, Face Time and much much more. Like my ratings with other iPhones, the new iPhone 4 for me is 4 stars!