Apple iPhone 4 - 32GB - Black (Unlocked) Smartphone Reviews
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Apple iPhone 4 - 32GB - Black (Unlocked) Smartphone

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Mar 14, 2011
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Pros:Stunning 'Retina Display'Appstore ecosystem unlike any otherGreat Battery Life 
Syncing with iTunes simple

Cons:Expensive!'Antennagate' causes dropped calls. Very fragileNotifications System Out-of-dateLittle Customobility

The Bottom Line: For general app users, this is a must with the app store and multimedia. 3GS Users should miss this as their isn't too much you're missing. 


The iPhone 4, well where do I start: The Design - It's really quite exceptional. Currently it is the thinnest smartphone on the market, although Motorola's Atrix will soon change that. But it is still remarkably thin. Despite this, it is rather quite heavy for such a small device, but does have a good solid feel to it. However it is VERY fragile, although Apple boldy claims it's as strong as saphire crystals, it plainly isn't. I've had mine for a couple of weeks, and treated it like a baby. I wipe it every day with a linen cloth and I rest it in it's original box when i'm not using it. But it's still managed to get a couple of scratches, and for normal use over a few months, it will look bad. Although it will only be the back, as the front glass seems to be made of a stronger glass that doesn't scratch at all. Also the speakers are on the bottom, so if you're holding it in landscape, you will cover them, and the sound will be blocked, which is SO anoying when watching movies. Whats still quite amazing is the battery life. Unlike any other smartphone, it WILL last an entire day without being charged, while many samsung galaxy's will have their battery drained in a few hours when playing games or viewing movies.The 'Retina' display is just stunning. You have to go to an apple store and see for your self. It looks better than a magazine when browsing the web, its so crisp and clear. The colours are not as good as say the samsung galaxy's when watching video, but for general use the pixel density really looks amazing. The display is really leading the way. Unfortunately this is where the good things end. The call quality is abismal for such a phone, if it is a phone. The 'antennagate' problem is completely true, and I have been slightly embaressed when using my phone to 'hold it differently', as i cannot get a signal. However remember this is an iPhone, and it can do a lot more than make calls. Also iOS 4.0 still hasn't solved the major problems that aren't there in Android. The notifications system needs a serious reboot - its just stupid having a pop up for everything the iPhone gets notified for, and multitasking hasn't been helping it - it still takes quite a bit to switch applications. But onto the really important feature - the apps. This is what sells this phone, there are millions of apps on the store now, and of high quality, compared to the few thousands on Android (of which most are rubbish wallpaper apps thanks to Google letting anyone place their app). Its like the number of apps for PC and Mac; there just isn't any comparison. Also there isn't a 64GB model. I would recommend that if you're in it just for apps and already have an iPod etc. the 16GB should be good enough, but if you want to use it to store all your media, the 32GB is for you. 


Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): 800
Recommended for: Professionals On-the-Go - Internet and Email is a Must!


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