Among all the smartphones that exist in today’s market, the iPhone, particularly its latest incarnation called the iPhone 4, is the most celebrated. It is obvious that the iPhone 4 improves upon the features found in the iPhone 3GS; however, some consumers have reported the iPhone 4 to be a backward step. Examining what the iPhone 4 really is all about will lead to a definitive verdict.
The first noticeable difference between the iPhone 4 and the 3GS model is its form factor. While the back of the 3GS model has a rounded bulge, this has been replaced in the iPhone 4 by a flat surface. The new design of the iPhone 4 makes it one of the flattest smartphones available in the market. The aluminosilicate glass panel in the front are claimed by Apple to be 20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than standard plastic, making the phone more durable. If the claim is true then the iPhone 4 should be more suited towards constant touch screen usage.
The iPhone 4 contains the usual trappings of previous iPhone models such as the accelerometer, connectivity options, camera, and micro-SIM storage but provides significant improvements as well. The display of the iPhone 4 is called a high-resolution retina display that boasts of a 960 x 640 and 326 ppi resolution. The accelerometer has been improved courtesy of a gyroscopic sensor, enabling the iPhone 4 to compute positional information with greater accuracy. The A4 chip as well as the 512 MB eDRAM provides more efficient processing of data. Add to that a longer battery life of 7 hours of 3G talk time, a 5-megapixel camera with a four-element lens, LED flash and backside illumination sensor, HD video recording, and a video calling feature called FaceTime, it appears to be that the iPhone 4 really has a greater edge over the iPhone 3GS.
Despite great advantages over the iPhone 3GS, the iPhone 4 is not without fault. There have been issues with regard a loss of signal strength when the lower left edge of the phone is touched, resulting in a lot of dropped calls. While Apple has released a statement not to touch those portions of the iPhone 4 when making a call, isn’t it the purpose of the phone to be worry free? Why should people worry about a technical fault when Apple should have rectified it in the first place? It’s no wonder why that PC World removed the iPhone 4 from its list of top 10 cell phones back in. Some users also have reported a “green halo” on images captured by the iPhone 4 under certain lighting conditions as well as errors in its compass application.
Despite the great upgrades, the iPhone 4 does suffer from some major design issues. It would then be probably better for interested individuals to consider getting a free iPhone 3GS via a 2-year AT&T subscription. It may even be better, for those who have experienced the positive aspects of the iPhone 4, to get instead the newly released iPhone 4S. After all, the iPhone 4S resolved some of the major design issues with the iPhone 4 through a redesigned antenna system, improved camera and processing speeds, and the new software voice assistant.