Pros Like butter! Fast performance, awe-inspiring display,camera is pretty damn sweet,battery life is much improved, super sexy design
Cons Antenna issue that I don't need to explain. arrogant public responses to antenna issues, glass scratches more easily than one would expect, AT&T's coverage in San Francisco SUCKS
Summary I've tried to focus on hardware in my review but the hardware in concert with ios 4 is a very substantial and welcome upgrade. I really like using this phone for gaming, texting, email and web surfing. I was initially sent a deffective phone and had to jump through some hoops to have it exchanged (although they were very professional and nice). That coupled with the antenna issue made me resist liking this phione. It seemed like a lot of hassle for little improvement. After using the phone for a few days, I have come to really love it. The camera and display alone make it a worthy upgrade. After a rocky start, I am very happy.
"really unimpressed"on by newguy5
Pros faster than 3g, not much faster than 3gs. sleek looking design (doesn't feel very comfortable though)
Cons terrible reception. apple is lying about something. the bumper case will not work with any aux input except standard apple headphones. the bumper case has too much rubber that prevents a standard AUX cord from plugging into the iphone.
Summary fast...not lightening fast as reviewers explain though. barely, barely, and i mean barely faster than the 3gs. you would not notice the difference unless you compare the two side by side and navigate them simultaneously to see which opens a program faster. the battery did seem to be better but it is not a huge percentage better. the resolution is nice, but again, it's really not breathtaking or anything. gotta say, even in the "pro" section, besides a body change, it really is not a huge difference in the 3gs model.
i had the phone on opening day and returned it today. i dropped 90% of my calls. most of them were from my home. every time i touched the outer antenna, within about 30 seconds i went from 5 bars of coverage to none or "searching" status. many times in texting (because i would still touch the antenna), i would get "could not activate cellular network." i bought a case as some people have suggested to do to fix the problem. well the case didn't work either. it simply doesn't like the fingertip touch. i've tried touching different areas and no matter where i touch, if i touch the antenna at all i lose bars rapidly. apple has said it's a software problem...nope. i don't drop a single call with my 3g on os4. it's clearly a design flaw and apple does not know how to fix it.
lastly i'm just going to add that apple keeps saying they are going to put out a software update in a few weeks. please realize this is a ploy to keep you from returning your iphone for a return credit. they may put out an update, but it probably won't help, and it certainly will be past the time you needed to return it for your money back. they also tried to charge me a restocking fee and i ******* at them for this. i've never been swayed by the politics of which network is better, blah blah nonsense, but apple has almost done it to me now, and i just might move on from ATT after this. big thumbs down steve jobs.
Pros Faster Internet Then 3GS
Incredibly Fast Browser On Wifi Then 3GS
Incredibly Clearer and Defined Screen then 3GS
Flash With Camera
More Durable Feel..higher quality build than 3GS
No Reception Problem When holding my Phone in any way.
Cons Battery not much better than 3GS
Seems harder to hold securely with the new design
No Adobe Flash Technology ( I know..you heard this before)
Awkward Design Of "Multitasking" Program.
Summary I was on the fence as to buying the 4.0 verses keeping my 3GS. I saw little value in going with the Iphone 4 after all the hype about the reception issues when holding the Iphone 4 in certain ways and extending my contract another 2 years with ATT.
Well now I think the reception talk is BS with my personal experience with my Iphone 4. I have NO TROUBLE with reception at all. Please keep this in mind as there is a lot of negative hype about reception issues. My reception is as good as my GS.
I compared my 3GS side by side to the Iphone 4 side by side using wifi. My testing showed that the Iphone 4 is approximately 2-5 seconds faster than the 3GS. This is very impressive. Also thru side by side comparison regarding the display differences is astounding! The 4 was so much more crisp with text that is is astounding. The text on the 4 was crisper, more defined with more deeper colors than the 3GS in side by side same website comparisons. I was always happy with the GS screen quality, but never realized that it wasn't very crisp compared to the 4. There is a SIGNIFICANT difference between the two.
Its is nice to have a flash for photos and video as I was growing tired of the 3GS poor picture taking in lower light conditions.
Build Quality - It feels more dense, heavy and durable than the GS. The materials used to produce the device seems of higher quality materials.
Battery Life- I am sick and tired of Mr Jobs touting longer battery life with each successive model without following through. He touted last year that the GS has better battery life than the G which I feel was BS, since I had both models.
I don't appreciate exaggerations of features that don't follow through with their hype. The battery life of the 4 is a little better than the GS, but not significant.
Holding The Phone- It seems harder to hold the phone securely with the new boxy design. Maybe it takes time to get used to, but not yet as I feel afraid I will drop the phone more than the GS.
NO FLASH Technology - This makes me mad. I think it should have been installed with an option to turn off in the Settings. It is disgusting that if you go to certain Flash sites you can't view the sight, also you are shut out viewing many web-casts and radio streams. That is BS! I tried the EVO at the Sprint Store and went to my favorite website..MSNBC.com and played a video link directly from their site, which is not the case with the iphone. You can't play any video off the MSNBC regular homepage on the iphone. That sucks.
Multi-tasking (IOS4 Issue) - Multitasking is very limited, as it puts the burden on the App Developer to revise their app to allow for multi-taking. I am not sure why Apple places the burden on the App Developer verses making their IOS4 Multitasking a "blanket" effect as to allow all current Apps to have multitasking abilities without rewriting their current APPs.
Closing An App - The way you have to close an APP is awkward and not meeting the "Apple Way" as far as simplicity.
You have to close and App by going to the Toolbar and holding down the App to close it. This set-up is tedious and needs a refinement. Maybe Apple with correct this with the next update. You should be given a choice to either close an App or place it in the suspended Task Bar area when leaving an App. I think this design has been overlooked by Apple.
I recommend buying this phone based on swift internet browsing with incredibly crisp display characteristics as compared to the 3 GS. Those two reasons alone warrant an upgrade. I am quite impressed.
"Very frustrating"on by bl056302
Pros Good looks, decent battery life, nice screen
Cons Doesn't work well as phone, OS isn't that great, many bugs
Summary I've had the phone for about a week now and it is pretty annoying all the flaws that it has. I drop a lot of calls and it seems like even the 3G connection is very spotty at best. The new OS doesn't feel all that new. I have an Android phone for my work phone and it is much better for customization and seems quicker. Bottom-line is that I'll be returning this in the next 14 days.
Pros Retina Display, Upgraded Camera / Video Recording, LED Flash/Light, Slightly Faster than 3GS
Cons Reception issue is unforgivable and even with a case it still drops when you hold the phone in your hand, yellow spot on my retina display, bulky feel (the rounded edges of the 2G, 3G and 3GS are definetaly better in my opinion).
Summary I have been a happy iPhone customer since the very first model, and have purchased each unit within weeks of it's release (if not the same day) except for the iPhone 4 in which I waited a couple months before I said, "I'll give it a shot for the new camera, facetime, and the retina display despite the antenna issue since I've always used a case on every other model, and I'm getting a free case that will fix the problem."
Well I was pretty impressed at first... the retina display really does look excellent, and the camera does take very nice, sharp, quality pictures and video, and the light/flash is a very cool feature too.
Later that night, I tested the reception issue by turning off WiFi, running Pandora Radio, and holding my hand over the bottom left hand side of the phone like you're NOT supposed to, and sure enough, Pandora cut out, and the song continued to play shortly after I removed my hand.... pretty big bummer. So even though it doesn't fit perfect, I put my original iPhone 2G Speck Case on it (which I've used for both the 3G and 3GS with no problems), and my heart sank when the bars started to slowly drop one by one when holding the phone in my hand with the case on.
So I did the same test with Pandora with the case on, and although it didn't cut out, it still seemed to load songs slower, but like a sucker, I still decided that I was going to keep the phone in hopes that the new case that Apple was going to send me for free would do the trick (by the way, I like how Apple wasn't going to ship my free case until late September... well after the 30 day return period).
Well the next and second day I owned it, I was looking at a PDF in iBooks, and noticed a little yellow spot on the lower left corner of the screen. At first I thought it was part of iBooks, but then I realized it's one of those yellow spots people have been complaining about.
That was the last straw... I took the phone back to the Apple Store within a couple hours and then had to drive to AT&T also to have them reactiviate my good ol' 3GS to boot. Not only that, but when I went in to Apple to return the phone, they didn't even bother to ask why I was returning it (but I let them know anyway), and didn't even apologize for the inconvenience when I did. At least they gave me a free SIM card to take to AT&T because I guess they can't use the old one... who knows?
All in all, Apple has left a very bad taste in my mouth with this iPhone 4 release. In my opinion, it is definately worth waiting until they come out with a new design or go with the 3GS. The 3GS is a solid unit, so stick with it if you already have it, and if you're considering an iPhone 4, go with the 3GS until they fix the 4 or redesign a completely new one.
By the way CNET... you're text boxes for typing these reviews SUCKS!!!