So it’s been several weeks since my last post and a lot has happened in the tech world since then. The biggest thing of course has been the release of iPhone 4. Well, TechnoNoob has finally got his mitts on one (we low budget tech blogs don’t get test products, bummer). At any rate I know there are tons of reviews, unboxings, videos etc. etc. on iPhone 4 already but I’m here to offer my own two cents.
Let’s start with the hardware first. The phone is solid, sleek and beautiful all at once, holding and looking at it gives you assurance that your coin was well spent. The glass front and back are absolutely stunning! One complaint I have, which I had with 3Gs as well, is the way the phone slips off any surface you place it on. Of course a nice rubber case will solve the problem, but I hate cases, I can live with the problem. The “Retina” display is eye popping! Comparing my 3Gs to the 4 side by side it’s easy to see the improvement in screen quality. As a matter of fact some of my 3Gs wallpapers that looked great on my 3Gs look grainy on the 4 because the resolution is so much better. Another improvement on the phone, a complaint I had on the 3Gs, is the volume control. I like the separate buttons for up and down volume better than the 3Gs’s rocker style volume control a small but great change.
Software isn’t really all different from the 3Gs with iOS4. You have folders, multi-tasking and zoom control on the camera. However some changes that are welcome and very useful are the front facing camera, HD rear camera and flash. Pictures on the iPhone 4 are much crisper than the 3Gs and video is simply amazing. The flash really works well for close ups at night, if you expect to take a picture half way across the room with the flash you will be disappointed. Facetime is a feature I have yet to test and will have to review at a later date.
Overall I love the iPhone 4. I think it’s the best smartphone on the market. Yesterday I sat to lunch with a friend who has an Android phone and he test drove my iPhone 4, he was much impressed. I know there have been recent issues in the news concerning the iPhone 4, namely the reception “death grip” issue. I can say that I have not had those issues with my iPhone 4 but I don’t doubt that some people have. I think your geographic location and networking traffic have a lot to do with any cell phone’s reception.
The iPhone get’s 4 out of 5 Noobs from yours truly. Why not 5 out of 5, simply put, every phone is going to have issues for someone. I have a few issues, though minor, with iPhone 4 which is why is doesn’t have a perfect score. In the end we as the users have to choose what issues we are willing to deal with and when to walk away to a different platform.
picture from Apple.com
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Found this article in the Wall Street Journal that talks about malicious software being delivered via the app stores in mobile devices. While the iPhone is not untouchable from these malicious apps from what The Wall Street Journal is reporting, Google’s Android phones are far more likely to be affected. Here’s a excerpt from the article, link to the full article follows.
Some security experts believe Google’s Android Market is more vulnerable than other app stores since Google doesn’t examine all apps before they are available for users to download.
A Google spokesman said the company has put in place security measures, such as remotely disabling apps found to be malicious and requiring developers to register with its Checkout payment service, and argued there’s no evidence for claims that its store poses a greater risk than others.
.Apple vets applications before they appear in its App Store, but risks still exist. In July 2008, Apple pulled a popular game called Aurora Feint from its store after it was discovered to be uploading users’ contact lists to the game maker’s servers. More recently, it yanked hundreds of apps it said violated its policies, some out of security concerns.
“Consumers should be aware that iPhone security is far from perfect and that a piece of software downloaded from the App Store may still be harmful,” wrote software engineer Nicolas Seriot in a research paper detailing iPhone security holes that he presented at a computer security conference in February.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs, speaking at the All Things D conference this week, said his company’s employees carefully curate the store. “We have a few rules: has to do what it’s advertised to do, it has to not crash, it can’t use private APIs,” or application programming interfaces, he said, adding that 95% of submissions are approved.
“Apple takes security very seriously,” a spokeswoman said. “We have a very thorough approval process and review every app. We also check the identities of every developer.”
Apple’s iPhone itself isn’t immune to mobile threats, either. Since 2008, security experts have identified at least 36 security holes in the phone’s software, according to a review of the National Vulnerability Database maintained by the Department of Homeland Security. One, identified in September 2009, could have allowed hackers to learn someone’s username and password from messages sent to servers when browsing the Web.