Under the Hood
The first thing you will notice when you boot up the new phone is the speed. The iPhone 3GS was fast but this one blows it out of the water. iPhone 4 is using the same A4 processor which is currently in the iPad. Apps load very fast, and everything seems a lot snappier and more responsive. Apple has not released a statement about how much RAM the phone has but tech blogs such as "Engadget" say that it has 512MB. If so, this is a big difference from the 3GS and the iPad. I live in an area where I cannot get AT&T’s 3G but the standard “Edge" speed will blow your pants off it is so fast. A world of difference from the 3Gs.
The new 4.0 software is what iPhone users have been waiting for. Users can now multitask, which is very easy to use and makes it easy to switch between apps without exiting them. You can now set a background for the home screen, and put apps into folders. Mainly it’s the same software that you can currently download on other iPhones and some iPod touches but it runs so much more smoother on iPhone 4.
The iPhone 4 hands down has the best display that is out there. Apple has used something that they call a “Retina Display" for their new iPhone. As hard as you may try, you will not be able to see a single pixel on this device. It is very hard to explain, it is truly something you need to experience for yourself. It blows all the new Droid phones out of the water. Text and pictures are sharp and games are just absolutely gorgeous. This is a major selling point for this device, and if you put the iPhone 4 beside a 3Gs or iPod touch, the difference is night and day.
The new five megapixel camera is one of the new features that you will notice right off the bat. In terms of megapixels, the iPhone 4 is not up to par with recent Android phones, but it seems as that it takes better pictures. The camera has touch to focus that we have seen in previous models, and finally Apple has added a zoom! Along with the beefed up camera, you can now take 30fps 720p HD video. I took many videos with it and I can say that it looks stunning and will replace many flip camcorders. With the added flash, iPhone users can now take pictures in a low light setting. The pictures actually look quite nice. But where the camera really shines in outdoor pictures. I honestly could not believe how great the resolution was. The quality is better than most name brand cameras on the market. Check out the gallery to see how well the camera really is. I took it on a family vacation and I was very satisfied.
This wouldn't be a complete review if I didn't talk about Apple's new feature, Facetime. Facetime is the native video chat feature inside the iPhone. At this time, you can only video chat with other iPhone 4 users but the experience still feels very futuristic. I called one of my friends who has an iPhone 4 and all of a sudden, I see him staring back at me. Yes video chat has been around for years with webcams but only now are we able to see our family and friends wherever we are, and whenever we want to. That is, if you are connected to Wi-Fi. The major failure of Facetime is that you can only use this one of a kind feature when connected to a wireless network. I'm very sure that this will change over time and consumers will be able to use it over 3G but I don't think AT&T can handle it right now. Facetime is open source, so hopefully within the coming months, we will be able to chat with our friends on Skype and many other sites.