Pros Nice Aesthetics, cool apps, but it ends there
Cons Yellow spots on my display
Reception drops 2-3 bars every time I touch the phone
Calls Drop nearly every call I make
Summary If you are a smart consumer (which you probably are since you are reading cnet reviews) then you will stay away from the iphone 4. I bought into the hype and left behind my verizon droid to get on board with at&t and apple. Are there some "cool" things on the new iphone? absolutely. If you don't care about performance, and want to be popular in front of your friends, then the iphone is for you. If you actually plan on making calls without them dropping, DO NOT get this phone.I have seen all the "solutions" for the signal error and how I need to hold my phone differently.... Thanks, but no thanks. The phone has been returned- I am not going to pay top dollar so I can stand on one foot, pat my head and rub my stomach to get a signal. I'll have my hands wrapped nice and tight around the droid x and enjoy all 5 bars of signal
After all the excitement of receiving my preordered phone, it all went down quickly. My "retina" display had 2 large, noticable yellow spots. Reports are saying it is undried glue, and it may go away, but mine are still here. But my biggest gripe is that every time I touch my phone, i lose 2-3 bars of signal. Apparently apple is responding to this known issue by saying, "you have to hold your phone differently"
I apologize if this review will start to sound like a rant, but I need to share my frustration with the community. Cell phones have been around for almost 20 years now, and the iphone is supposed to be the best device on the market. I don't care how many apps it has, or how cool the front facing camera is, because if I can't make a simple phone call, then it is useless to me. I don't want to have to carry around an iphone and then a second phone to actually make calls. I can't really understand how all the reviews online are not bringing these problems to life.... maybe they are just scared of steve jobs, who know. All I know is that I didnt pay $400 for a screen with spots and a phone that cant keep signal. I will be returning the iphone promptly and sticking with my droid until the droid X is released.
Updated on Jun 26, 2010
Pros That screen, the camera, the UI, the Styling, New Battery, Cell Reception
Cons Those cameras, The UI, Cell Reception
Summary The minute you pick up the iPhone 4 (I'm going to call it 4), you know its high quality stuff. It's this thin, expensive feeling hardware. It's weird to hold it, because you're not used to this such build-quality. Now, the cameras on the 4 are interesting. Taking pictures is so quick, and I can press the button 4 times in a row with half a second between, and get 4 (fairly) clear photos. Video is pretty nice too. It rolls a bit (meaning things get skewed if you turn too quickly), but when just walking, it's fine. My only gripe with the new camera is that I can't change the white balance, add a tint, black and white, etc. I just want to edit the photos, without having to get another app to do it.
The iPhone UI is, well it just is. Nothing particularly spectacular pops out. It's super fast, thanks to the A4, but otherwise it's what I've had for the last 3 years. Multitasking is nice, but not all apps work yet. Folders is good, but only 12 apps? And hooray for background wallpaper. The one thing I really like about Apple in general, is they fixed little things, and the fixes shave just a little time off. For example, adding a contact is very quick. No more switching pages to add a name, going back, switching pages to enter the number, etc. It's all on one page, and works. I've found that all of the phone it seems.
The battery is splendid. It lasts quite long too. Although I'm not getting 24 hours, I did get 18 last night, with video playing from youtube, and going to my twitter and e mail client.
Cell Reception is improving, trust me. I get 2 bars on my 3G, and get 4 on my 4. It's improving. If they could just ease up on the dropped calls...
THE BOTTOM LINE: If you want a (very, very) full featured phone, that just works, quickly and beautifully, get a 4. If you want a phone that will last at least a day with you doing what you always do, get a 4. If you need a phone that has a high megapixel camera, get something else. If you want a phone without dropped calls, get a new carrier.
But I think once you see this for yourself, and play with it, and use it, you will just want it. Isn't that the way it is with all Apple products, though?
Pros faster processor (sorely needed), more memory
Cons what's that yellow hue on the left side of the screen? itunes is totally buggy, non-functional at times with update. Organizing into folders is a disaster with that ridiculous dragging that doesnt work. multitasking is not all its cracked up to be.
Summary Being a big iphone fan, I was surprised at how this phone did little to 'wow' me. It's not the be all-end all it was hyped to be. Sure, it's much faster than my old 3G, but that seems to be the only bright spot. To tell you the truth, the design is not so fantastic, and now it feels more 'squarish' in my pocket, whereas my old 3G felt more natural. All of a sudden, the screen appears smaller than it should be. Yes, I realize its the same size, and the phone itself is just more streamlined, but I would have preferred they kept the same size and increased screen real estate. There's also a very slight yellowish hue that I noticed running down the left side of the screen, culminating in a yellowish dot in the lower left corner. I've heard other people have this issue also. Reception is no change. I get dropped calls in the same spots driving as I did before, even though I put the phone down upright while driving..so the new antenna seems to be more style than substance. Yes, the screen seems a bit brighter, but I don't see so much of a 'startling' difference in quality. It's definitely not like going from an analog TV to high def...put it to you that way. My friend has a Sprint EVO, and not only is the screen noticeably much larger (fits in my pocket fine also), but the detail and clarity just blew away my 4G side by side...you should do the comparison for yourself if you can. Many of my old apps are not ready for 4G yet, so I'm stuck waiting for them to be updated. I have to admit...Apple released a product that's not quite ready for prime time...along with a version of itunes that is very buggy. I'd actually consider an Android phone, which already has all of the 4G's features and then some. At&t's quality, and that ridiculous 'tiered' data pricing makes you apprehensive to use the data the way you may like, which sort of defeats the purpose of owning a smartphone when you think about it. This is my honest, first impressions of the phone. Loved my 3G...just 'like' the 4G. i could be swayed to switch, which I never thought I'd ever consider. Make your own decision, but don't do it based on hype. Weigh your options carefully, and good luck!
lack of ability to draw some data from wifi and other from 3g
Still no Google voice app
Summary The second you pick up your new iphone you can just tell is a quality product. Everything is really fast compared to my 64GB ipod touch and the screen looks soooo much more clear. I love having just one device to carry around instead of my BB and my ipod. It synced quickly with itunes, which is where I manage my music/podcasts and I love the interface. Picture quality is great and video quality is good but as with all small camera's, shakiness will alway be an issue. This iphone is much louder than my ipod touch, nice for when I'm tooling around the house and don't have it hooked up to the stereo. Only time will tell if AT&T makes me hate the decision to move away from Verizon but as of now, I'm on iPhone owner for life!
Pros Display is incredible, I've never seen anything like it. It's very fast and with the new iOS4 it makes organizing and using my apps better than ever.
Cons The antenna on the outside was a poor choice. If your hand connects 2 or 3 of the metal bands, you lose reception like crazy. I've purchased cases for my previous iPhones, but this is the first time that I've felt that Apple should provide one!
Summary The pros definitely outweigh the cons for the iPhone 4. It's the best smartphone I've ever owned. I'm not considering returning it, I'm just shopping for a good case to cover the antenna bands.