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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Reception and call quality Holding the iPhone 4 with your hand covering the bottom left area of the antenna causes a dramatic decrease in reception, sometimes dropping your call entirely. poor
  • Display It has the sharpest looking screen I've ever seen on a mobile device. Super high resolution. Looking at it from a normal distance, you can't see the pixel grid. great!
  • Battery life Battery life is much better than the iPhone 3GS. I can actually make it through a full work day without the battery dying out. good
  • Camera No comments
  • Ease of use No comments good
  • Design and form factor It's an incredibly sleek device. It's a shame to have to cover it up with a case to solve the reception issue. good
  • Portability (size / weight) No complaints about the weight of the phone, it feels solid. It's really thin, but not so thin that it's uncomfortable to hold in your hand. good
  • Media support No Flash support obviously, but I can't say I miss it. All of the videos I want to watch work just fine, and all of my media syncs flawlessly with iTunes. good
  • Durability The front and back are coated in glass; if you drop it, you're in trouble. Apple says the glass is quite scratch-resistant but that doesn't seem to be the case. so-so
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.) There's no denying that iOS has the largest selection of apps out of any smartphone platform. Accessories have been a little slow to hit the market. great!
Detailed review
It's no secret that the iPhone 4 has a bad spot on the antenna that will affect the signal when touched. I've noticed that data transfer speeds drop significantly whenever I cover that spot with my hand. Apple clearly messed up here, and although they claim it's a problem that plagues nearly every smartphone, I've never run into this problem when using other devices. But the screen is gorgeous (I hate looking at my iPad now) and the apps are fantastic, so I put up with it.
review history
2010-07-22
Edited comment on Display
Edited comment on Durability
Reception and call quality rating changed from 3 to 2

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