- Reception and call quality No problems here although there was an "antennagate" controversy a while ago. The noise cancelling mic also improves call quality a tad.
- Display By 2011 standards, it's still a pretty remarkable display with high pixel density and viewing angles. The size and technology could be better.
- Battery life The battery lasts up to two days at times which is better than most modern smartphones.
- Camera No comments
- Ease of use iOS is very user friendly and thus has a super low learning curve. You can just pick up the device and use it.
- Design and form factor The industrial design is top notch and relatively timeless. Among mundane plasticky smartphones, this one gets it right.
- Portability (size / weight) With a 3.5" display, the iPhone 4 is highly compact and very portable. It's pretty lightweight although substantial in the hand.
- Media support iOS still lacks compatibility with some media files. Other than that, there's the iTunes store and no lack of content.
- Durability For the most part, metal and glass are more durable materials than plastic but the iPhone 4 won't take kindly to a drop.
- Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.) The App Store is still the best app ecosystem on any platform to date.
I wouldn't recommend it over the iPhone 4S if you can spring the extra $100 but at $100 it's not a bad deal if you're on a budget.* Plus, if you're into jailbreaking, there's no jailbreak for the iPhone 4S yet (as of 12/6/11).
*the recommendation isn't so much for gdgt users as for people buying phones in general.
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Durability rating changed from 2 to 3