Everything you need to know about the iPhone 4

As you may have already read on practically all tech blogs and publications, the iPhone 4 has been launched! This post highlights the top new features of this new gadget. This phone will be available in-store June 24, and will be available in 16GB and 32GB models (Black or White)

On the outside…
  • Completely flat, with a thicker edge that’s a band of stainless steel alloy (5X stronger than steel) that serves as the phone’s antenna.
  • At 9.3 millimeters, it’s 34 percent thinner than the iPhone 3GS and is currently the thinnest smartphone on the market.
  • “Retina Display”: Four times the depth of 3GS. 3.5-inch multitouch, with 960 by 640 resolution. 320 pixels per inch. 800:1 contrast ratio. Oleophobic coating.
  • Front- and back-facing cameras. Back: 5-megapixel with LED flash, supports HD video. Front: VGA, up to 30fps.
  • It has split circular buttons for volume.
  • Second microphone for noise cancellation.
  • Micro-SIM standard. (A normal Sim card from any maltese service provider will NOT fit!)
  • Dimensions: 4.5 in. tall, 2.31 in. wide, 0.37 in. thick. Weight: 4.8 ounces. (a bit heavier than 3GS)

On the inside…

  • Processor: Apple A4, the same chip used by the iPad.
  • Battery: 16 percent bigger than 3GS; rated for 40 percent more talk time. Ratings: 7 hours talk; 6 hours 3G browsing; 10 hours Wi-Fi browsing; 10 hours video; 40 hours music; 300 hours standby.
  • Three-axis gyroscope joins existing accelerometer and compass.
  • Connectivity: UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz only); Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR

What about the software?

  • iPhone OS has been renamed to iOS; the new version is iOS 4.
  • Selective multitasking.
  • App folders for home screen.
  • FaceTime: videoconferencing over Wi-Fi.
  • iMovie for iPhone, with up to 720p support.
  • iBooks: purchases load to iPhone, iPod, iPad.
  • Photo and video geotagging.
  • Unified e-mail inbox.
  • Home screen wallpaper.
Apple tries very hard to promote the device as being something totally new, totally revolutionary… unfortunately the thing is that most of the features above are already available in most top of the range smart phones. The only great feature that is probably not available anywhere is the new “Retina Display” and it’s the first device to feature this kind of resolution on a mobile device. This is probably not a feature worth buying a new iPhone for.
Let us know what you think in the comment section below! will you be buying a new iPhone?

19 comments

  • I don’t think anyone should even consider buying it unless any of our providers start supporting micro-SIM.

    I called up Vodafone a while back when the first iPhone 4 prototype leaked. They (sadly) replied that so far they didn’t feel there was any need for such a SIM since no phones supported it. meh.

  • Unfortunately that’s true… most providers in Malta are slow to implement the latest technologies. I still remember in fact, that the iPhone 3G, started appearing in Malta almost by the time the 3Gs was already being talked about internationally.

  • You can easily cut a standard sized sim into a micro sim format using a sharp razor knife. for all those who are not that handy, there are punches (around €30) than can do the job. there are also adapters so one can get back the standard sized sim once it’s been cut (like the old camcorder small cassette to vhs adapters)

  • This is what i hate about apple. First they launch the iphines with locked networks. or else you got to pay way more to get it unlocked. Now, not only its going to be locked, though with a specific sim.

    i cant understand this. if they want to take over the market so much, why make it extra difficult? either they got some hidden dude that has access to all major service providers saying that sims will eventually change… or else they just developing the iPhone to compete and piss people off.. anyhow, none makes sense. though its a beautiful piece of equipment.

  • @Kyle Deals with mobile networks are very lucrative so they want to protect that business, plus who knows what other big brother crap they can do by limiting sim use.

    Their strategy is simple really – make something so beautiful it’s hard to resist (and sells itself) and take the mickey out of everyone. Restrict everything and make it expensive. Long live Android!

  • they are not making it any more difficult that it ever was. they are using micro sim format because there is simply NO SPACE in there!

  • I hope this model is better than the last one!

    I have an iphone 3G 16 GIG and it is absolutely rubbish as a phone and horrible to use – in fact I now only use it as an ipod for playing music and reverted back to my Nokia phone.

    Admittedly most Apple products are beautifully designed as far as looks go, but their software crashes constantly, and their user interface has a logic of its own – though one must admit that Apple have started a revolution in the music world.
    With Apple products, you either love them or hate them – there is no ‘in between!

  • I forgot to mention that itunes is a NIGHTMARE to use.

    I also have a Sony Walkman MP3 player that knocks the spots off any ipod in terms of sound quality and ease of use.

    To upload music files into the Sony player all you have to do is drag the files/folders into your player as you would do in any other windows application and your music is transferred in seconds (maximum – a few minutes)!

    With itunes this can take ages (one time a WHOLE NIGHT!!)and after this long wait I discovered that itunes had deleted a lot of my music!…Very frustrating!!

    On a POSITIVE NOTE…..congratulations for your EXCELLENT WEBSITE !…I’ve just added it to my ‘Bookmarks’.

  • I am not a fanboy of Apple products myself. I got an iPhone 3GS because it was the best phone system when it came out. Android was still in its infancy back then. I never had any problems with itunes (I have around 900 music tracks) and the iphone never crashed once during this 1 year i had it.

  • sound the alarm!! apple fan boys on the loose!

    Noel : Everyone know that iTunes for windows is the shittiest and slowest piece of software ever!

  • 100% agree with Jonathan – Not spending more money on iShit anymore!

    @Noel – Unless you barely use your iphone for browsing I can hardly imagine it NEVER crashed.

  • I have my doubts if this phone can actually withstand a hard fall to a concrete floor. The ipad has been reported to be a very weak device and gets easily damaged, i think this might be exactly the same

  • i do 1-2 hrs a day of browsing on the iphone, checking emails and using various apps. i never had any problems in the 1 year i had it. the few people i know personally who have an iphone don’t have any problems with it either.

  • you must have a special iPhone, my 3G version crashes often and has terrible battery life! not even half a day :(

  • Simply cannot believe that – The 4 people I know with an iphone (whether 1st gen or 3GS) all complain about the bloody thing crashing, not installing apps properly, headphone socket messing with sound profiles (i.e. if you pull the headphone jack out too quickly the iphone won’t realise and will assume you’re still using headphones).

  • I have a 3GS with latest 3.1.3 firmware. It seems that I am lucky that I don’t have all these problems you all mention.

    If I had all these problems I wouldn’t stand it for 1 month. I would simply get rid of the iPhone and get an Android.

    When it comes to battery life I make sure that once a week it’s 100% drained before recharging. ni-mh batteries can sometimes be a bit sensitive but the “discharge once a week” trick usually takes care of everything in the long run.

  • That’s exactly what i did in fact, i just ditched the iPhone and just got myself and HTC Desire :)

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