4 is launching officially tomorrow. Pre-orders are
arriving today and some lucky pre-order customers received their
phone yesterday.Every year the iPhone launch frenzy seems to
only grow more massive. This year pre-orders quickly
sold out. So what's the fuss about? We're about to
find out. Today we present to you a pair of early reviews and
the first teardown of the phone. The overall message?
Most will be willing to put up with some minor software or network
bugaboos in exchange for the iPhone's unparalleled hardware and
packaging.Without further ado, let's first begin with perhaps
the first complete teardown of the phone. iFixIt has
taken a shiny new iPhone 4 and torn
it into tiny pieces. While the most expensive
iPhone 4 has a capacity of 32 GB, the unit only has 29.06 GB of
Samsung NAND, leaving you 28.77 GB after the 301 MB install of
Apple's OS and supporting software.According to the report,
the case design's modifications mean that it will be easier to remove
the rear panel (to replace the battery, for example) but harder to
replace the front glass. Moving on, there's a 3.7V 1420 mAh
Li-Polymer battery, 512 MB of Numonyx RAM (as
rumored), and an A4 processor with 1 GHz Cortex A8 Core onboard
(although the final clock speed dictated by the OS is unknown).
Other previously mentioned improvements include dual microphones, a
5-megapixel camera with LED flash, and a new screen made of
Glass, a chemically strengthened alkali-aluminosilicate thin
sheet glass that is reported to be 20 times stiffer and 30 times
harder than plastic.IFixIt seems
pretty impressed with the design. They write:
what can only be described as a work of genius, Apple has integrated
GSM, GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth antennas into the stainless steel
inner frame.The dual purpose stainless steel inner
frame/antenna assembly addresses possibly the two biggest flaws
concerning previous iterations of the iPhone: continuous dropped
calls and lack of reception.
those who reviewed the phone had similar reactions. All
Things Digital and Wall
Street Journal editor
Walt Mossberg loved the Retina display, scratch proof casing (which
survived several 3 foot drops on hard surfaces), and improved
camera. He says the multitasking might fall a bit short as only
some apps are allowed to truly multitask, in order to save battery
life. He explains:
fact, for many scenarios, such as games, Apple’s version of
multitasking is really just fast switching among open apps that save
their place. And, even to achieve this, the apps must be updated. For
some users, this limited version of multitasking will be a
biggest complaint, though was the
network. He states:
most important downside of the iPhone 4 is that, in the U.S., it’s
shackled to AT&T, which not only still operates a network that
has trouble connecting and maintaining calls in many cities, but now
has abandoned unlimited, flat-rate data plans. Apple needs a second
as with its predecessors, I can’t recommend this new iPhone for
voice calling for people who experience poor AT&T reception,
unless they are willing to carry a second phone on a network that
works better for them.
everyone else, however, I’d say that Apple has built a beautiful
smartphone that works well, adds impressive new features and is
still, overall, the best device in its class.
also reviewed the
device. Joshua Topolsky bragged about the iPhone 4's battery
life and managed to squeeze out 38
a charge. The site was disappointed though at the lack of
widgets. The thing that most ticked it off though was
notifications. Topolsky writes:
at version 4 of this OS, and we're still plagued by these intrusive,
productivity-freezing alerts. If you're as busy as we are, then you
know what it's like to get invite after invite for your calendar,
text messages, and push notifications that just stall the phone out.
While every other modern OS-maker has figured out an elegant way to
deal with notifications (including the forthcoming Windows Phone 7),
Apple clings to this broken system. Why? We can't really say.
to the hardware, Engadget showed the iPhone 4 a
whole lot of love. Topolsky says the camera works great in low
light conditions, video calling is slick, and that you "won't
find a better display on a phone."
site concludes its iPhone love-fest commenting:
can't overstate how high-end the design of the iPhone 4 is. The 3GS
now feels cheap and chubby by comparison, and even a phone like the
HTC Droid Incredible -- which just came out -- seems
not going to beat around the bush -- in our approximation, the iPhone
4 is the best smartphone on the market right now. The combination of
gorgeous new hardware, that amazing display, upgraded cameras, and
major improvements to the operating system make this an extremely
the iPhone 4 really the "best phone" on the market?
That's up to you to decide, but that's the opinion being voiced by
early reviewers. And, hey, it even comes with free
quote: Impressive how the best handset on the market has some distinct flaws...
quote: That means other phones are even more flawed.