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iPhone 4 - the perfect smartphone?
Apple iPhone 4 16 GB
Member Name: froamer
Apple iPhone 4 16 GB
Advantages: Great screen, app store, better battery life, better build quality, faster, gyroscope and compass
Disadvantages: Slightly more tinny speakers
I owned the iPhone 3G and just upgraded to the iPhone 4 16GB. All I can say is wow, it's everything iPhone but just so much better.
The screen is amazing, with vivid colours and the clearest text I've seen on any mobile. The processor is so much faster I started playing all my own games once again, the multitasking allows me to receive VoIP calls whilst I'm in other applications. The battery life is much longer despite winding the brightness up so I can revel in the gorgeous screen quality.
On the downside I find the internal speakers slightly more tinny than the iPhone 3, but the build quality is amazing with the back as well as the front made of toughened glass rather than plastic.
The screen itself seems to be allergic to fingerprints compared to the iPhone 3G which was a fingerprint magnet.
The metal surround acts as the antenna for WiFi & phone which can cause reception loss if your hands join the two antennas together at the crease (bottom left corner of the phone). This is particularly easy to do if you hold the phone in your left hand. However, the majority of phone cases including the Apple bumper case solve this problem and anyone who doesn't put such an expensive device in a case is frankly mad. If you buy an iPhone 4 before end of September 2010, Apple are giving away a selection of cases for free (their bumpers and a selection of 3rd Party cases).
The iPhone 4 also includes a compass and a gyroscope. Many apps are taking advantage of these features, for example if you are used to the iPhone 3G you will love the compass integration with the maps application since rotating the phone automatically rotates the map so you can see the direction you are facing. The amazing Gyrorama app (available in the app store) lets you view 360° panoramic scenes by spinning on the spot as if you were holding a window into the scene.
The 5MP camera is a great improvement and time between snaps is much quicker so it is easier to capture that important moment. It takes 720p videos and there is an LED flash for stills and video.
If you're thinking of using your iPhone 3G SIM note that the iPhone 4 takes a micro SIM which is smaller than the iPhone 3G SIM. I have seen YouTube videos of people cutting a standard SIM card down to size, but I opted for a new SIM card.
I can't think of a single bad thing to say about the iPhone 4. It does everything I want elegantly and everything I didn't know I wanted to do amazingly.
Summary: Well done Apple, another amazing product
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