When you see it for the first time, the change from the previous 3GS is significant. The iPhone 4 looks clean, minimalistic, high-tech and altogether more premium. Its dimensions of 115.2x 58.6x 9.3 mm and weighing a mere 137 grams make it a comfortably usable handset. Its features are of course state of the art: the capacitive Retina Display with a resolution of 640x 960 pixels, showing more than 16 million colours. For the normal eyes, this resolution will look seamless, it is nigh impossible to find individual pixels, making the phone an incredible tool for playing videos, browsing the net, looking at pictures or gaming. The screen naturally supports multi touch, as well.
Other features – from GPS access through to Bluetooth, 3G internet, a 5 megapixel camera complete with LED flash, WiFi to accelerometer – are of course important, but they are more or less amongst the default tools a smartphone has to boast with these days. The three most important are:
An iPod: Yes, just like before, the iPhone 4 features a fully fledged iPod, with all the bells and whistles from coverflow view to easy usage and with plenty of internal storage (16GB or 32GB) you can keep your entire music collection on you at all times.
The iOS4: The previous iOS has a small number of complaints about features it lacked. Multitasking and copy-paste are such examples, but these have been addressed with iOS4. The phone’s software is new, shiny, extremely easy to use, and customisable with folders for different apps and personalised home and lock screens.
The AppStore: The single most important factor one has to consider when thinking of buying a new smartphone. The store is easily accessible, features over a hundred thousand applications, and the use of it is quite straightforward. A huge proportion of applications there is free of charge. As smartphones tend to feature the same or highly similar functions, an application directory of this size does mean the edge over other, less popular devices. Also, Apple monitors the apps and checks them before publishing, making sure they comply with a quite strict minimal quality level. This means only the best apps make it to the AppStore.
It is an accepted theory that with the iPhone 4, Apple has made up for any technological drawbacks it might have had against his rivals, but the vast array of apps the Store boasts can mean a long time before any of the rival platforms can show a versatility merely resembling Apple’s. Also, we can see that Apple has significant momentum on the smartphone market: its competitors are only trying to keep up; they have failed to show any significant innovative breakthrough yet, be it design or function. Chances are you already know someone who is the proud owner of an iPhone 4. Take a closer look and be amazed at its quality, versatility and ease of use.