For the last few years we have got a new iPhone model each year and this year we got the iPhone 4. I have been using this model for almost a month now and I won’t spend several pages going through all the details since you most probably read a few iPhone 4 reviews already but I’ll go through the most important updates and share my personal view of the phone.
The antenna problem
The steel frame surrounding the phone does serve as an antenna for WiFi and cellular connection and there was a lot of buzz around the antenna problem a few weeks ago. I have done quite many phone calls during this month, sometimes deliberatly using the ‘death grip‘, but during these four weeks my phone haven’t dropped a single call. The reception has always been excellent – and this might be because of the fact that we have a very good GSM network in Sweden but the antenna problem is a non issue to me – at least with the phone I have.
The iPhone 4 features a new kind of display called ‘Retina Display’. It has an ultra high resolution of 960 by 640 pixels which basically means that it’s impossible to see the pixels. It’s very close to looking at printed paper. It also has a very good contrast ratio (800:1) and you can also see the display from a wider viewing angle than previous models. The iPhone 4 features by far the best display on any mobile devicce I have come across. The only problem with the display is that it’s still kind of hard to use it in conditions with direct sunlight but it’s no worse (or better) than any other model out on the market. Overall, the display is shockingly amazing.
The iPhone 4 features two microphones. When you’re shooting video it’s utilizing the top one and when you’re talking with someone it’s using the bottom one. But the top one is still active. It’s used for noise cancellation and it actually works quite good. Even though you’re in the middle of some noisy traffic the person in the other end can hear you perfectly.
A few months ago I was about to buy a small pocket camera that I always could bring with me. I wasn’t satisfied with the camera quality of the current iPhone model I had (the 3Gs) but now I’m happy that I didn’t. The iPhone 4 can snap some really good photos! Even if it’s darkish thanks to the LED flash. And it also shoots HD video (720p) at 30 frames per second. Just check out the photos uploaded at Flickr shot with an iPhone 4 to get an idea of the quality you can expect. Oh, and all photos in this review are shot with the iPhone 4. It’s good enough for shooting the stuff you might want to snap here and there – and there’s of course a bunch of really neat photo apps that help you shoot even better photos. Check out iMovie for instance, it’s absolutely awesome. But when it’s time for some serious shooting I’ll bring my Canon EOS 550.
Even though my girlfriend also has an iPhone 4, we haven’t used facetime that much. I think it’s more of a gimmick than a really useable feature but it’s a nice way to call for free if you’re abroad and have access to a WiFi connection and the person you’re about to call also has an iPhone 4 and access to WiFi.
The iPhone 4 features the new A4 processor. It’s the same processor that you can find in the iPad and along with the 512MB of RAM it’s a really fast device! The new phone also got 802.11/n capable WiFi and you can access data a whole lot quicker as well (according to my test at home I can download at around 25Mbit and upload at 10Mbit connected to an Airport Extreme on a 100/100 fiber).
My iPhone 3Gs could hardly last a whole day without charging, and that was painful especially when you were out travelling. The iPhone 4 has an increased battery life and Apple says it lasts about 40% longer and that sounds reasonable. I would love to have even longer battery life of course but it’s now at least on an acceptable level.
Other cool stuff?
Yeah. The 3-axis Gyro is really cool. Some of the games are similar to the Nintendo Wii style of gaming and you can really impress your friends if they haven’t seen an iPhone 4 before with this feature.
The last few years I have been using the following phones as my main phone: Sony Ericsson k800i, Sony Ericsson K810i, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3Gs and now the iPhone 4. The first iPhone I had was really a revolution. When I broke the display on my iPhone 3G and had to go back to my K810i for a few weeks – I hated it. The 3Gs was even better and the iPhone 4 is absolutely lovely. It’s fast, features an amazing display, so many apps that it’s impossible to try them all, has a great camera and it also looks extremely nice. I give the iPhone 4 my warmest and heartiest recommendations, and it’s the best phone I’ve tried so far, all categories.