iPhone 4 Review – Is That Apple’s Most Successful Launch Yet?

June 23, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The much-awaited iPhone 4 has finally reached customers with orders being delivered a day before schedule and various reviews of the device have already been posted internet-wide. The device has been praised on many forums for the amount of new features that are a part of the phone.

The design of the iPhone 4 has been appreciated in many reviews, especially due to the new sleek industrial look of the phone that is thinner than its predecessor, the iPhone 3GS, yet includes additional hardware such as a front facing camera and a more powerful processor. The iPhone 4 also looks more sturdy and classier than the iPhone 3GS.

The iPhone4 is fitted with a new A4 processor from Apple which is present in the iPad. However, the phone’s responsiveness has only increased slightly leading Engadget’s review of the device to mention that the processor speed may actually be lower than 1GHz.

The iPhone 4 is equipped with another unique feature. The stainless steel band that is present around the phone has been converted into antennae for the UMTS, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS systems. The innovative method has reportedly reduced the frequency of dropped calls, which was a huge issue on earlier models of the iPhone.

The clarity of the iPhone 4’s screen is also extremely high, thanks to the new Retina Display that is present in the handset. The richness of the on-screen colours have also been increased, making it easier to read text on the phone. The content can also be viewed very well on the phone’s screen both in broad daylight and in low light conditions without any strain on the eyes.

The iPhone 4 contains a 5 megapixel camera which is a huge improvement over the 3.2 megapixel camera that is part of the iPhone 3GS. The camera is also quicker and more efficient in performance, partly due to the presence of iOS4 as the operating system on the device. The additional LED flash and the 5x digital zoom feature that is new in the iPhone 4 also help in taking extremely clear and wonderful pictures.

Apple’s new video calling feature in the iPhone 4 called FaceTime is good but it can only function on WiFi and reportedly a strong WiFi signal, to maintain the connection. The phone’s battery is also quite capable of being able to power the device for a long time, even for 38 hours on a single charge, according to Engadget.

The iPhone 4 has surely lived up to the hype in terms of features. It has raised the bar for smartphones in the market as well. There certainly are a few glitches that Apple needs to work on, but they are mostly software-related and can be dealt with in the next version of the iOS as well. Overall, the iPhone should definitely feature in many must-buy gadget lists this month.

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