News Analysis: The iPhone 4 is a fine product that has earned the many plaudits it has generated. But there are still some faults with the smartphone that should be addressed. Take a look at 10 first impressions of the iPhone 4 after 24 hours of use.
iPhone 4 is officially available
. And although not everyone got their hands
on the smartphone before it was sold out, the company's device is easily the
most coveted release of the year. For good reason. The iPhone 4 is a
well-designed, highly reliable smartphone that easily bests any of the previous
devices that came before it. The iPhone 4 boasts several new features, comes
with Apple's latest iOS 4 operating system, and performs almost all of the
tasks that most consumers expect.
there are also some issues with the iPhone 4. It's hobbled by a poorly devised
antenna that's causing users to drop calls. It also doesn't help that the
device's camera is a bit too underpowered when compared with the competition.
Simply put, for all the good in the iPhone 4, there is some bad. After 24 hours
with the device, those issues show themselves just as quickly as all the great things
1. The antenna is a problem
All the reports of the iPhone
4 having antenna issues are absolutely true
. Because Apple decided to put
the antenna around the outside of the device, folks who hold the smartphone in
a way that covers up the lines around the sides will experience dropped calls
and connection issues with AT&T's network. For its part, Apple has said
that users need to learn to hold the smartphone in a different way, indicating
that it doesn't plan on addressing the issue. That's unfortunate. After making
more than a dozen calls, a few were dropped while using the iPhone 4. And
unfortunately, data transmissions were brutally slow while holding the iPhone
as I normally do.
2. Retina display really is that good
Upon booting up the iPhone 4, consumers will be shocked by how
beautiful its display is. Not only is the text far more crisp than on previous
versions of the smartphone, but even
the apps are more capable of displaying detailed content than in the past
That alone makes the iPhone 4's display the best on the market. The improved
display has even done wonders for the iPhone 4's virtual keyboard. Pressing the
correct keys is now much easier, and there is a significant reduction in the
number of spelling errors. Apple's Retina display is the real deal.
3. The speakerphone is fantastic
One of the main issues with the iPhone 3G was that its
speakerphone just didn't work nearly as well as most would have liked. The
iPhone 4 addresses that issue with what could be the best speakerphone ever
offered in a smartphone. Not only is the reception quality second to none, the
iPhone 4 doesn't require users to be close to the device to be heard on the
other end. Even better, by using the smartphone's speakerphone, it cuts down on
all the antenna issues that would otherwise hamper calls that are placed
without the speaker.
4. FaceTime is incredible
Since the iPhone 4 has only been available for a day, as of this
writing, it's tough to find other folks who have the ability to chat over video
from one iPhone to another. But in those few cases where it is possible,
FaceTime simply delivers an experience unlike anything I've had with a
smartphone. The video quality is outstanding and the ability to switch between
cameras is a welcome feature. Plus, it adds an entirely new dynamic to
communicating with people with a smartphone. Connectivity over 3G would be
nice, but that's a small price to pay for what FaceTime offers.