iPhone 4 Read Hands on iPhone 4 [HD or 4G] review here
Check out the latest iPhone 4 review, specification, key features, and iPhone 4 price over here from the TechRadar Mobile Phones Editor Gareth Beavis. Take a look at the VDO which is gonna show you how this iPhone 4 is gonna look like in 360 angle. iPhone 4 was guessed to be called iPhone 4G or iPhone iPhone HD, but Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple has just named it only “iPhone 4” to eliminate the confusion of the bobile technology support (I mean 4G is not quite available yet at this moment).
And that’s not the only thing that’s been renamed. iPhone OS4 is now iOS4 – presumably to reflect the growing realisation that the iOS4 is an OS for more than just a phone.
The iOS4 release date is 21 June while Apple has finally been able to break the cycle of having to charge iPod touch owners for the new OS.
The most impressive things about the new iPhone includes the stunning screen, with 326 pixels per inch (but no OLED sadly). It has four times as many pixels as an iPhone 3GS and 78 per cent of the pixels of an iPad according to Apple.
More impressively, there’s also something truly brand new for a smartphone – a gyroscope – using something called 3-axis gyro – that could really cement Apple’s place in the handheld gaming market. Sony and others might as well give up now.
Here is what Apple Staff say about this iPhone 4 on the iPhone 5 debut.
It’s what is gonna change the way we communicate forever
FaceTime video calling on iPhone 4
As his ‘one more thing’ Jobs also announced video calling (called FaceTime) and made a call live on stage to Jonny Ive, Apple’s design guru. This looks good – though it’s Wi-Fi-compatible only between iPhone 4s for the remainder of 2010. We bet networks would charge the earth for it sadly and Jobs admitted as much by saying Apple needs to do some talking there.
You can also flip the video between the two cameras – which is a cool touch – while calls can also be in portrait or landscape.
Many pundits are being down on FaceTime, but until we’ve got it in-hand, we’ll remain positive. We’d find it a lot more useful if video calling could work with the Skype app, though.
There’s also the most welcome boost of 720p (30fps) video recording, as well as a better camera – both of which we’d expected before the announcement took place. Sadly though, you’ll have to pay for the iMovie video app to edit and process video – it’s $4.99 in the US – which was a bit of a surprise. However, it looks like a superb app for a few quid.
The iPhone 4 US release date is 24 June with pre-orders starting on 15 June.
the iPhone 4 screen has “960 x 640 resolution, which is even better than the WVGA used in phones like the HTC Desire.
“But it only has an 800:1 contrast ratio, which is far lower than that possible with OLED-based phones, although Steve Jobs says the new IPS tech used is better.”
Thinner, better battery life on iPhone 4
Jobs clearly believes iPhone 4 is a thing of beauty, comparing the front and back glass finish to “a beautiful Leica camera.” We’d agree – the new handset is also 24 per cent thinner than the iPhone 3GS – 9.6mm. According to Apple, that’s the thinnest on the planet.
Even our previous criticism of the design proved unfounded – the lines on the side of the device are actually part of the antenna system and not actually a dodgy design decision. It is, however, a bit of a shame the key switches remain the same.
Although it was a forlorn hope, we wanted the rotation lock found on the iPad. The separated volume buttons will be better though – we often press the volume up when we want down on the current models.
It takes a micro SIM (of course) and has a 5MP camera WITH A FLASH on the back. About time. It’s LED, too. 5 megapixels is hardly anything to shout about though, even if there is a 5x digital zoom and tap to focus feature – still, the camera is a bit so-so in terms of spec.
There’s also a noise cancellation mic as we saw on the device leaked to Gizmodo. Jobs was candid about that experience, joking with the audience at WWDC as to whether they’d previously seen the new device.
Pleasingly, there’s also improved data, with 802.11n wireless connectivity as well as ability to take advantage of fast 7.2Mbps data networks.
Naturally, it’s also powerful, with Apple’s A4 processor. That’s the same as in the iPad, which we’d previously predicted. Jobs says this gives iPhone 4 a 40 per cent boost in terms of battery life over the 3GS.
That’s a lot better, but hardly stunning and those iPhone owners who have to charge at least once a day won’t be hugely impressed.
There’s no 64GB iPhone 4, but there is 32GB and 16GB models which have the nominal prices of $199 and $299 each before contract. That’s hardly cheap and we’ll wait to see with baited breath how the UK networks react.
Also, in a move that reflects its growing unease with Google, Apple is also adding Bing and Yahoo as options within the iPhone search.
However, we’re certainly fans of iPhone 4 – some of the stuff Jobs demoed looks stunning and with the news that Farmville and Guitar Hero are coming to the device, iOS4 is surely set to dominate the handheld gaming market, too.
What’s new in iPhone 4
Dimensions and weight
The new iPhone doesn’t manage to shed any weight, at 137 grammes though it will be the ‘thinnest smartphone ever’ according to Jobs, with the iPhone 4′s dimensions coming in at 4.5 x 2.31 inches, and 0.37 inches thick.
Doing away with the old plastic back of previous models, the iPhone 4 will feature glass on both sides, surrounded by an aluminium rim. The rim, which features aluminium buttons for volume control and all the ports, will also form part of the phone’s antennae system.
Sharing the Apple A4 processor with the iPad, the latest chip should see super-speedy load times and data processing.
Due to the re-jigged internals in the iPhone 4 the battery is claimed to be 16% larger than the current iPhone. Jobs claims that users will experience up to 7 hours talk time on 3G, 6 hours of 3G internet use and a claimed standby time of up to 300 hours, meaning users may be able to skip a nightly charging session once in a while.
This is the big one, the new ‘Retina display’ that Apple claims will put the iPhone 4 above contenders using AMOLED screens. The 960 X 640 display packs 326 pixels per inch and boasts a wide viewing angle, to improve the browsing and video playback experience.
After years of begging from budding iPhone photographers, Apple has finally conceded and included a flash on the main camera. As for the lens, rather than upping the megapixel count, Apple has focused on making low-light photographs look better, meaning users should be able to snap away at any time of day and achieve great results.
There is also a second front-mounted camera that will enable users to make video calls over Wi-Fi, using Apple’s patented ‘FaceTime’ software.
As well as the standard accelerometer and GPS functions of the current iPhone, the latest model will feature a gyroscope, opening up the possibilities for a whole new series of apps – including the rather funk Jenga-like demo Jobs showed off at WWDC.
Just like the 3G iPad, the iPhone 4 will only take the latest incarnation of SIM cards.
The iPhone 4 will feature a secondary top-mounted microphone for noise cancellation purposes.
The new rear-mounted camera will be able to shoot videos in 720p. Expect YouTube to be flooded with a series of high-definition clips of pet cats in the wake of the iPhone 4 launch.
While it’s not exclusive to the iPhone 4, the newly-named iOS 4 will have exclusive features for Apple’s latest gadget. Along with multitasking, folders, iAds and iBooks (all revealed earlier this year), the iPhone 4 will feature:
FaceTime – Apple’s name for their patented video-chat facility. Apparently without any set up, users will be able to chat using either camera on their shiny new iPhone 4′s.
iMovie – After shooting in 720p, users will be able to edit and polish their efforts in iMovie before unleashing them on the world.