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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.

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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 user Score

Reception and call quality

77
 

Display

97
 

Battery life

79
 

Camera

82
 

Ease of use

96
 

Design and form factor

94
 

Portability (size / weight)

93
 

Media support

81
 

Durability

77
 

Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)

96
 
 
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 up to my expectations. iPhone 4 is no different. The hardware upgrade is huge with this device. The original iPhone felt like a luxury device, with the iPhone 3G and 3Gs the phone reached such popularity that lost that luxury status and feeling. iPhone 4 oozes luxury, the sleek, solid, form factor give the device a nice weight in the hand but a slim profile in the pocket. The new camera system is also a big improvement. Screw carrying a Flip or a point and shoot camera, or for bothering to keep Skype running in the background on my laptop hogging RAM for that matter. You got my number?? Facetime me. Even the built in speaker, volume buttons, and mute switch are improved. iOS 4 makes all the right moves. Despite its lack of a notification management system and active desktop widgets, this is still the OS to beat in the mobile space. Back in June 2007 nobody really knew what to do with a dead simple, super functional, computer in their pocket. iPhone lets people now do everything they can't live without plus cutting edge new features, at blazing speeds, in the tiniest package, with unbeatable battery life to boot. There is no iPhone killer, except the next iPhone. Get you're own so you'll stop asking to use mine. (Sounds like I drink the Kool-Aid, I know. But I'm a PC. And every device has flaws. Love it or hate it, iPhone is its own world.)
 
100
rob335
This is what I think is one of the best iPhones, but it does have some flaws, like all of the gaps between all of the antennae, which if you hold the iPhone 4 like you would any other phone, the signal drops (significantly on some, and not by much on others). It is perfect when paired with iOS 4 - so much RAM to run most if not all apps WITHOUT CRASHING!! over 200MB RAM (at least I think it is MB) The front facing camera is quite useful, but facetime... that is different - iPhone 4 to iPhone 4, not that useful, as i doubt that all of your friends have iPhone 4s, so not many people to facetime, and THE NUMBER TO CALL TO FACETIME AN APPLE EMPLOYEE DOESN'T WORK IN THE UK, so that is no use to me!! Anyway... a 5mp camera and flash is such an improvement - really nice photos, so crisp!! Overall... a great phone, but just one flaw. allbeit a very major one with the signal!
 
80
fostermatt
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
100
mergaltroid
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
90
shawnI
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
shawnmichael
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
80
judson
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
90
english06
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
itcrashed
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget