Pros Speed, Retina display, flashlight APP uses the LED flash on back of phone for a very bright light source, smartest phone available to anyone!
Cons Occasional dropped calls.
Pros Great Display
Good correction algorithm when typing
Cons Brain-dead, featurless applications.
Terrible text display on the Messaging App
Poor implementation of Task Switching
Alert system flawed and does not integrate well with multitasking
Summary The iPhone4 is my first Apple product. I have a client who has 2 MacBooks and have been so impressed with their UI, display and reliability that I decided to take a chance with the iPhone4. Unfortunately, it has not been a great experience and I will be returning the unit to AT&T. Here's why:
1. The text messaging application has such a bad user interface that it is basically unusable. If you are using the phone for text messaging, be warned. Each message exchanged with the same user appears in a running dialogue with one party left justified and the other right justified in these little bubble like windows. I made the font larger so I would not need reading glasses to see the text. However, the app does not resize correctly and the bubbles do not expand to make room for the larger fonts. In addition, they don't expand past their half of the screen even though there is no message directly across. The end result is missing text that you can't do anything to view.
In addition, if you turn the phone sideways to try to get the bubbles to re-format, the keyboard expands upwards and takes up the bottom 75% of the screen. With the status bar on top, you can't even see a single line of text.
This is the worst written app I have ever used.
The Calendar is very simple and does not include a ToDo list. Barebones and barely adequate.
You can zoom into areas of text applications but this is basically useless. Instead of pinning the text to the left edge, zomming moves the text around in a 360 degree free-fall zone that makes reading any text that wraps from line to line a real chore.
On the plus side, I have been able to connect to my home and wireless networks without any issues. I have also been able to sync the iPhone to my Yahoo email and Calendar (you must get the beta upgrade to the Calendar for the sync to work). I have also created custom mp3 ringtones with iTunes (meaning free ringtones) and assigned different ringtones to different contacts.
However, and again, this shows a lack of vision in software design, there is no ability to customize any of the alert sounds. Apple probably wrote the cheezy pings and pongs directly to the chip and you can't replace them. I don't know about you but I get more email and text messages than phone calls and it would have been nice to customize the alert sounds just like the ringtones. With the processing power that is under the hood, I should be able to assign customer ringtones to every type of alert from every different contact.
Another brain-dead app is the Weather app. I know this is a minor application but you can't see a detailed weather forecast in the app. Only the current tempature and the predicted high temp for the next 6 days. If you want detail, you have to click 3 times. The first takes you to Yahoo's weather site with the same brain-dead display as in the app. The second click takes you to another screen of local news. What a waste. However, you finally get a link to weather.com which you can click on for your 3rd click.
With such a beautiful display, it's a shame that Apple didn't incorporate Themes and Widgets into the Home Screens. Especially with the new multitasking, wouldn't it have been nice to have a home page with the weather, the time and a cool graphic? I've been able to do these kind of themes since my first smartphone, a Palm Treo (whatever that first Treo was called, 600?). I guess the iPhone4 just isn't that smart!
Let's talk about alerts. When you get an alert for a text message, alarm or whatever, a popup window appears with 2 choices plus the summary text of the alert. You can close the alert of open the app that caused the alert. There is no 'Remind me in X minutes'. Once you dismiss the alert it is gong forever. There is no alert diary you can where you can view it later. If you want to see the details of the alert, you would have to leave your current app. Again, a poor use of multitasking.
Overall, except for the display and ease of syncing, I feel like I am using a device that was developed in the 1980s. I have heard from other longtime iPhone users that the basic applications were not updated at all since the previous 3GS. If you still want an iPhone, I guess you need to make sure your budget includes enough money to purchase the apps you need from the Apple App Store. However, I have yet to find a text message replacement app. The texting apps all piggyback on top of Apples Messages app; they do not replace it. So if you were expecting to use your cool, new iPhone4 for texting, you might be disappointed.
On the positive side, when Apple introduced the first Mac in 1983, you had to pay them extra for the keyboard. They threw in AppleWorks for free but that was a pretty featureless suite of applications. 27 years later, I think that those applications still live in the iPhone4. However, at least now, the keyboard is included and they haven't started charging a monthly fee for keystrokes. Yet!
Pros Lots of great toys. I have had all the Iphones = but this one is BAD NEWS.
Cons Worst PHONE I ever had. And all JOBS can do it lie about it.
Summary They should recall this junk and give us all a new one. The case is going to take 2 mths to get at this point, so I bought something to hold me over. It drops calls all the time - its the DESIGN - DONT BUY IT until they fix it.