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92
Engadget
Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
92

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

Pros
  • Amazing new industrial design
  • Retina Display is stunning
  • iOS 4 makes major improvements
Cons
  • Annoying pop-up notifications
  • Reception is improved, but still has issues
  • Desperately needs widgets
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Scores

Engadget

92
 

User Reviews

100
TJM6
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
90
fraines
I've carried an iOS phone in my pocket for 3 years now, and they always live...read more
100
rob335
This is what I think is one of the best iPhones, but it does have some flaws,...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
81
Average Critic Score

Reception and call quality

70
 

Display

92
 

Battery life

80
 

Camera

80
 

Ease of use

82
 

Design and form factor

89
 

Portability (size / weight)

80
 

Media support

83
 

Durability

68
 

Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)

97
 
 
90
Engadget
We're not going to beat around the bush -- in our approximation, the iPhone 4 is the best smartphone on the market right now. The combination of gorgeous new hardware, that amazing display, upgraded cameras, and major improvements to the operating system make this an extremely formidable package.
 
80
USA Today
Cutting through the hype, Apple has given longtime diehards, and first-time iPhone owners, plenty to cheer about.
 
80
AllThingsD
Apple has built a beautiful smartphone that works well, adds impressive new features and is still, overall, the best device in its class.
 
80
Boing Boing
The notable features with iPhone 4 ... are mostly tweaks. But what tweaks they are: Apple's focus on improvement is as much key to the quality of its products as innovation. Still, there's one flaw it can't completely eliminate: the unreliable quality of calls placed over AT&T.
 
80
CNET
With iPhone 4, Apple again shows that it's a powerful player in the smartphone wars. It won't be for everyone, and AT&T remains a sticking point, but the handset's striking design, loaded feature set, and satisfying performance make it the best iPhone yet.
 
80
New York Times
If what you care about, however, is size and shape, beauty and battery life, polish and pleasure, then the iPhone 4 is calling your name.
 
80
iLounge
It surpasses every past model in horsepower, screen quality, data speeds and versatility while either rivaling or improving upon their feature-for-feature battery life, and the price points are reasonable given the quantity and quality of capabilities Apple is offering.
 
70
Ars Technica
Numerous peers of ours who had no intention of getting an iPhone 4 began reconsidering it after seeing the screen ... the signal/antenna issue appears to be a serious concern; we hesitate to straight-up recommend the iPhone for this reason, though in the real world, it may not affect you as much.
 
70
Gizmodo
Like a parent with a child too lazy or too difficult to live up to his potential, I'm frustrated and confused and sad. ... So like most, I focus on the good qualities. The speed, the camera, the screen. So what if he throws a tantrum when I hold him wrong? He's my boy.
 
90
Pocket-Lint
While there is space to improve the iPhone, you don't necessarily feel you are missing out. What you have is a device that is an excellent multimedia platform and open to a new generation of unfolding possibilities.