iPhone 4 Review: To Buy Or Not To Buy?
If you’re a gadget whore then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t get the iPhone 4. It’s the cream of the crop according to major gadgeteers.
Unfortunately, AT&T wifed up Apple’s winning invention while their failing network of “Raising The Bar” doesn’t mean squat. I have my doubts that the stainless steel band makes much of a difference with cellphone reception, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
While the new iPhone has all the bells and whistles, the 3GS and 3G can be updated with the new operating system known as iOS 4. However, not all features will be available to each generation. This knocks the 2G out of the picture and the 3G will soon follow.
For the 3G, the following features are disabled: multitasking, background wallpapers, bluetooth keyboard support, and “data protection.”
When running iOS 4 on the 3GS, you get limited multitasking (the ability to run apps simultaneously); folders for grouping related apps; and, for email, a unified inbox for multiple accounts and the ability to present messages as threaded conversations. The camera app snaps pictures a lot faster and finally has a digital zoom feature.
One thing I do miss is being able to set the double-click home button to pop up my iTunes. When playing games, the flaw on “multitasking” appears—it actually leaves the app rather than where you left off. Other than that, it works just fine for other apps.
The iPhone 4 will be available in stores June 24. The Apple stores are scheduled to open at 7am on Thursday but I would check with your local retailer for details. It’s $199 for the 16GB & $299 for 32GB with a two-year contract from AT&T.
Will you fall into the hype?
iPhone 4 Hands On-Apple WWDC 2010: