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iPhone 4 Review

July 12, 2010 1 comment

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.

~TechnoNoob~

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Here It Is, The iPhone 4G

Steve Jobs On Gizmodo

Steve Jobs commenting on the Gizmodo iPhone 4G debacle.

Videos on MacLife including commentary from Steve on Adobe.

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Gizmodo iPhone May Not Be The iPhone You See In Stores

May 26, 2010 1 comment

Very interesting read from DIGITIMES, check it out.

Willie Teng, DIGITIMES, Taipei [Wednesday 26 May 2010]

A fan of Apple or not, one cannot deny that over the past few decades, the company has introduced products that have changed the way we go about our everyday lives. With the iPhone 4G expected to be unveiled in the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference on June 7 and multiple leaks in the past months, we sat with Digitimes Research senior analyst Ming-Chi Kuo to discuss and sift through the rumors and facts of the new smartphone.

Q: Is the iPhone 4G reported by Gizmondo the real thing? Will it be the same as the one introduced on June 7?

A: I believe so. At least it will be very similar. The leaked iPhone 4G had a tag that said “N90,” which is the internal development codename for the iPhone 4G, and very few people outside the company knew about it prior to the leak.

On a side note, Apple initiated the iPhone 4G project at the end of 2008. According to our sources, Apple actually has another product codenamed N91 for the project, which offers less change from previous iPhones compared with the N90. It’s a parallel product to back up the N90 in case there are major delays due to significant modifications in casing, display resolution, digital camera support and so forth.

Q: Display support on the iPhone 4G has received a lot of interests. What are your thoughts?

A: Display resolution is a critical specification, since two of iPhone’s competitive advantage are the App Store and support from application developers. If Apple changes the resolution for every new iPhone, it makes life extremely difficult for application developers since they would have to adjust the applications to ensure graphic quality.

We can see this issue brewing in the Android platform segment. I believe this is one of the main reasons why Apple has stuck with the same resolution since the introduction of the first iPhone in 2007.

Therefore, the resolution upgrade in the iPhone 4G needs to be significant enough to ensure competitiveness and minimal modifications in the next 2-3 years.

At the moment the highest resolution offering from the Android segment is 854×480, so the resolution of the iPhone 4G should at least be higher than 854×480, and mostly likely up to 960×640, which should provide the least interruption since it has the same length to width ratio as the resolution in current iPhones. It is also the same resolution as offered in the iPad, which should be a plus for developers to create applications that fit both devices.

Even if Apple introduces iPhone OS devices ranging from 3.5-9.7 inches in the next few years, 960×640 should be sufficient, which is another great news for application developers.

The iPhone 4G will also come with IPS (in-plane switching) panel with FFS (fringe-field switching) technology, which offers wider view angle and lower battery consumption. This is Apple’s attempt to strengthen the iPhone’s e-book reader functionality.

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~TechnoNoob~

AT&T Confirms To Employees iPhone 4G Launches In June

BREAKING NEWS!

Boy Genius Report is posting that the long awaited iPhone 4G will be launching in AT&T stores in June. Of course this really comes as no surprise, I just wonder who BGR’s sources are. At any rate we certainly hope to see the new iPhone soon.

~TechnoNoob~

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NOTE: THE PRESENTED IMAGE IS ONLY A CONCEPT, IT IS NOT THE NEW iPHONE 4G. IMAGE USED FOR DRAMATIC PURPOSES.

iPhone Faithful Choose Now Verizon or AT&T

May 26, 2010 3 comments

So with all this talk of Verizon and Sprint possibly getting the iPhone into their rosters by next year, where will you go? This kind of news has got to have AT&T in a panic. Many iPhone users are very unhappy with the AT&T service but have remained chained to them as a result of the contract between them and Apple. Some estimates say AT&T could lose up to 6million users if the iPhone is available on competing carriers. While I’ve never been a Sprint fan I think Verizon has a real shot at making a dent in AT&T if they do indeed get the iPhone. Maybe this is the reason AT&T has raised the fee to cut service early from $175 to $325, trying to hold unto customers with threats is less than effective I would say. Personally I have never had a problem with AT&T service but I think they are going to have to formulate a new game plan if they are to combat Verizon’s eminent arrival.

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iPhone 3GS “RollBack”

Reports coming in from MacLife that Wal-Mart is now offering the iPhone 3Gs for $97 with a two year contract. Of course this can only mean the iPhone 4G is just around the corner and with Apple no longer supplying the 3G, 4G handsets are sure to sell quickly. You have to love the strategy Apple has in play here, stop 3G distribution and deplete the stock then price drop on the 3Gs to deplete that stock further and hello 4G!

If you are considering the iPhone and don’t want to spend the big bucks on the new 4G this deal is for you! The 3Gs is a very capable handset, it will only be lacking a few hardware pieces the 4G will have. Otherwise it will benefit from the OS4 upgrade in everyway. So if you’re not to concerned with hardware and want to save a buck, better get to wally world soon!

~TechnoNoob~

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