Like any Apple product, mobile enthusiasts have been eagerly anticipating the release of the iPhone 4. But since it was such a hyped-up event, Apple had a lot to live up to and a huge fan base to impress. The phone has n....
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Like any Apple product, mobile enthusiasts have been eagerly anticipating the release of the iPhone 4 in Australia. But since it was such a hyped-up event, Apple had a lot to live up to and a huge fan base to impress. The phone has now hit the streets and it is time to weigh in on whether the phone has lived up to expectations or is it a disappointment.
First, let's consider the specs. Simply put the Apple iPhone 4 is a smartphone with email, text messaging, a headphone jack, and up to 840 hours of talk time - just like the other previous iPhones. So what’s new? The iPhone 4 now provides a better, faster and more flexible experience across its user-interface and management of software then its predecessors, with the iOS4 update allowing multiple applications to be open at the same time without a major drain on the battery and the ability to multi-task with 3rd party apps.
The customizable home screen wallpapers are a nice new touch, and iOS4 also now offers folder organizations and SMS search. The email interface is much improved, with a unified email inbox and email archiving with Gmail. You get full iPod functionality, with the ability to create, edit, and delete playlists.
Improvements have also been made in the hardware department with the handset containing a 5 mega-pixel camera and LED flash on the backside of the phone and a VGA quality camera on the front. This means that not only can you light and shoot 720p HD video at 30 frames per second, but also capture your own face for video calls and self-portraits.
Another stand out feature of the iPhone 4 is the high resolution LED screen. Measuring in at 640 x 960 pixels, the multi-touch Retina display offers 4 x the amount of pixels found in earlier versions of the same sized handset. The resulting images are clean, crisp & free of pixilation.
Even if you were satisfied with the functionality of the first or second generation of iPhones, the design of the new one is worth checking out – you will either love it or hate it. It is incredibly thin, but it is more metallic and square than the previous models. The durability and sturdiness may have improved, but Apple is well-known for its elegant designs and soft curves, which are missing here. And part of the reason the designers switched to this designer is also the most controversial problem right now: the antennae. The metal band around the outside edge of the phone acts as an antenna and was meant to improve the signal strength of the phone; however holding the phone a certain way can cause dropped calls and poor reception. Getting the right case will be essential.
All in all, the functionality and speed of the new iPhone is unmatched. The software set-up will impress old iPhone users and maybe even create a few new ones. The iOS4 update is beautiful to see on the stunning display. The hardware updates are great, though, may have missed a few steps. The shape and size is unique and a bold step in a new direction for apple, but the antenna problem could really be a bother.
So whether you are a dedicated iPhone user looking to upgrade your handset or a first-time purchaser interested in the benefits of Apple mobile technology we feel that the iPhone 4 packs a powerful punch when it comes to functionality, software features and design. A definite improvement from the previous 3GS model and arguably the most sophisticated Smartphone on the market, the iPhone 4 certainly lives up to expectations.
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