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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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iMovie And More On New iPhone 4G at WWDC 2010

More iPhone 4G from WWDC 2010

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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Apple tv Coming Back To Kick Ass and Chew Bubble Gum, And Steve’s All Out Of Gum

May 28, 2010 3 comments

By Joshua Topolsky posted May 28th 2010 10:19AM Via Engadget

If you thought that Apple’s foray into the world of home entertainment died with the last iteration of the Apple TV, you’re quite wrong. A tip we’ve received — which has been confirmed by a source very close to Apple — details the outlook for the next version of the Apple TV, and it’s a doozy. According to our sources, this project has been in the works long before Google announced its TV solution, and it ties much more closely into Apple’s mobile offerings. The new architecture of the device will be based directly on the iPhone 4, meaning it will get the same internals, down to that A4 CPU and a limited amount of flash storage — 16GB to be exact — though it will be capable of full 1080p HD (!). The device is said to be quite small with a scarce amount of ports (only the power socket and video out), and has been described to some as “an iPhone without a screen.” Are you ready for the real shocker? According to our sources, the price-point for the device will be $99. One more time — a hundred bucks.

Not only will this be priced to sell (like hotcakes), it seems that Apple is moving away from the model of local storage, and will be focusing the new ATV on cloud-based storage (not unlike Amazon’s streaming scheme, though we’re talking instant-on 1080p, a la Microsoft). For those still interested in keeping their content close, there will be an option to utilize a Time Capsule as an external storage component, but the main course will be all about streaming. The new ATV will do away with its current OS X-lite variation as a operating system, and will instead adopt the iPhone OS for the underlying experience. There’s no word at this point on whether apps and the App Store will be coming along for the ride, but it makes sense given the shared platform. Of course, scaling iPhone apps to that 52-inch plasma in your living room isn’t exactly a no-brainer. Perhaps not surprisingly, Apple won’t deliver the ATV news at the upcoming WWDC — that event will be focused on the capabilities of the new iPhone — but development on the product is most definitely full steam ahead. Is your TV screen the next battleground in the platform wars? Survey says: hell yes.

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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.

read on here

~TechnoNoob~