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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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Mobile Apps Ripe For Malicious Software

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.

By SPENCER E. ANTE via The Wall Street Journal

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.

full story here

~TechnoNoob~

AT&T Getting More Cool Phones

Found this post over on BGR.

by Boy Genius on June 1st, 2010 at 12:01pm via BGR

One of our AT&T sources let us know of a couple new handsets due to arrive on AT&T’s shelves. First up is the HTC Aria. Supposedly the smallest Android handset from HTC, we’re looking at a rumored 3″ display, HTC Sense, 3G, Wi-Fi, a 5 megapixel camera, and EVO-like styling. The last two we have practically no information on, other than them being Samsung units, obviously. We do have the full model numbers — Samsung Captivate (i897) and Samsung Eternity II (a597) – but we’ll keep digging for more information on those.

~TechnoNoob~

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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The Dell Streak

BGR reporting on the new Dell Streak handset coming to the UK. I have to say this is a nice looking handset, read the story below.

by Michael Bettiol on May 25th, 2010 at 1:57pm via BGR

As if resident of the UK didn’t already have a line-up of handsets to chose from that would make even the most reserved American green with envy, today Dell announced that it and O2 will be releasing the Dell Streak in early June. A giant amongst smartphones, the Streak features a 5″ WVGA capacitive touchscreen display, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, 16GB of internal memory, support for microSD cards up to 32GB, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1, 7.2Mbps HSDPA and 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. To debut with Android 1.6, Dell says the Streak has been “designed with the future in mind” and will be subject to OTA updates which will bring Adobe Flash 10.1, Android 2.2 “Froyo”, and video chat apps to the Streak before the year’s end. Pricing has yet to be announced, but the Dell Streak will be available online and in stores from O2, at Carphone Warehouse, and later “later in the month at Dell.co.uk.” Oh, anyone whose thinking of making an easy buck brining these bad boys over to the US better move fast — it’s coming here “later this summer.” Click through for the press release. READ MORE HERE

~TechnoNoob~

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