iPhone 4 review roundup

The release of iPhone 4 is still a couple days away, but the official embargo for reviews has been lifted. Many of the big names in tech have posted their reviews of Apple's latest and greatest, and for the most part, they are nothing short of glowing.

Here are some choice snippets:

Engadget (Joshua Topolsky):

"Yes, there are still pain points that we want to see Apple fix, and yes, there are some amazing alternatives to the iPhone 4 out there. But when it comes to the total package -- fit and finish in both software and hardware, performance, app selection, and all of the little details that make a device like this what it is -- we think it's the cream of the current crop."

The Wall Street Journal (Walt Mossberg):

"I’ve been testing the iPhone 4 for more than a week. In both hardware and software, it is a major leap over its already-excellent predecessor, the iPhone 3GS."

USA Today (Ed Baig):

"The new iPhone 4 I've been testing for about a week and a half — along with the major refresh of the mobile operating system software at the core of recent models — demonstrates once again why Apple's handset is the one to beat, even as it faces fierce competition from phones based on Google's Android platform, among others."

CNET (Kent German):

"On the whole, this iPhone 4 has us more excited than we were last year when the the 3GS was born. The new features, particularly those in the new operating system, are long overdue and we welcome any efforts to improve call quality (remember that it is a phone, after all)."

Boing Boing (Xeni Jardin):

"The fourth incarnation of Apple's iPhone is an incrementally improved, familiar device—not a new kind of device, as was the case with the recent introduction of iPad. Yes, the notable features with iPhone 4—both the device and the iOS4, which came out yesterday in advance of the iPhone itself—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."

The New York Times (David Pogue):

"Now, the iPhone is no longer the undisputed king of app phones. In particular, the technically inclined may find greater flexibility and choice among its Android rivals, like the HTC Incredible and Evo. They’re more complicated, and their app store not as good, but they’re loaded with droolworthy features like turn-by-turn GPS instructions, speech recognition that saves you typing, removable batteries and a choice of cell networks.

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."

More reviews are sure to come in the next few days. It is also interesting to note that Gizmodo has no pre-release review available at the time of this post.

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OK just let me say this... im not a apple fanboy nor hater but most of those reviews are either pro apple or or apple fanboys except for Ken Sherman from Cnet and Xeni Jardin from Boing Boing. Engadget is known for being Apple fanboys anyways but thats a different story.

But it is nice to see that Apple added things that were already on other phones for years now but it just now gets recognized just simply because Apple did it?

The Iphone4 i will admit is a nice upgrade with nice specs and as someone else said it is nice to see that it is finally worth its price tag. The one thing that really kills the Iphone is the Att network thats the big killer of this phone imo. Inless another carrier verizon/sprint can get a iphone deal i will never have one. also, i plan to stick with my Htc Evo 4g has just as good feature set and is a really great phone as well.

ccoltmanm said,
Neowin should post the almost as many bad reviews about the iPhone 4 and iOS4. I'll be in line Thursday though.

Link? I'm close to buying one, don't want to make a bad choice.

Yeah but this is like compairing DVD to VHS. DVD still displays video, and plays sound just like VHS always did.

Also iPhone really is a consumer based device. I question the relating it to a product made for enterprise.

On a side now? iOS 4 has some odd little bugs in places you wouldn't expect (especially the iPod app) i hope they fix that soon.

crashguy said,
Yeah but this is like compairing DVD to VHS. DVD still displays video, and plays sound just like VHS always did.

Also iPhone really is a consumer based device. I question the relating it to a product made for enterprise.

On a side now? iOS 4 has some odd little bugs in places you wouldn't expect (especially the iPod app) i hope they fix that soon.


The relation to the enterprise comes from the new iOS 4 features, like VPN SSL, multiple Exchange accounts, and centrally managed deployment.

Please! The iPhone is still a joke when it comes to features for the enterprise. As for stuff like folders, multitasking, etc, BlackBerry has had these features implemented (and way better than Apple's current iOS4 implementation!) since BBs still used trackwheels. Apple is a joke in some respects.

And then there is *real* PUSH technology. RIM offers free API access to developers and only certain APIs are restricted -- access to these costs only $20USD and can be used pretty much unlimited times.

BBs don't need to be unlocked (which doesn't violate the BB EULA, either, BTW) or "jailbroken" to run apps.

And then there is the fact that BES completely kicks the iPhone's a** with enterprise security and device management capabilities.

Apple talks like they've revolutionized the phone landscape when, in reality, they're barely catching up with RIM, Google, and others in many important respects.

I recommend reading this article for more on why the BB is better in man respects: http://m.crackberry.com/new-io...tures-blackberry-always-had

whitebread said,
Please! The iPhone is still a joke when it comes to features for the enterprise. As for stuff like folders, multitasking, etc, BlackBerry has had these features implemented (and way better than Apple's current iOS4 implementation!) since BBs still used trackwheels. Apple is a joke in some respects.

And then there is *real* PUSH technology. RIM offers free API access to developers and only certain APIs are restricted -- access to these costs only $20USD and can be used pretty much unlimited times.

BBs don't need to be unlocked (which doesn't violate the BB EULA, either, BTW) or "jailbroken" to run apps.

And then there is the fact that BES completely kicks the iPhone's a** with enterprise security and device management capabilities.

Apple talks like they've revolutionized the phone landscape when, in reality, they're barely catching up with RIM, Google, and others in many important respects.

I recommend reading this article for more on why the BB is better in man respects: http://m.crackberry.com/new-io...tures-blackberry-always-had


Fanboy.

Besides, Apple aren't primarily targeting enterprise with the iPhone. What are you on about...?

King Mustard said,

Fanboy.

Besides, Apple aren't primarily targeting enterprise with the iPhone. What are you on about...?


He's on about Apple's recent attempts at breaking into the enterprise business... I thought that was made clear.

whitebread said,
And then there is the fact that BES completely kicks the iPhone's a** with enterprise security and device management capabilities.

Sure, its great.... At a cost of 1500 dollars for 5 licenses (5 devices) which is not what the average user uses a phone for. Maybe one day Apple will attack the enterprise market, but why, when they have a python grip on the average Joe market. For us real people, I like how cost effective it is to just subscribe to Mobile Me for cross device syncing and security.

I get my Exchange email, I get my ability to sync, I get pretty damned fast push service and if I lose my phone I can shut it off and brick it in one minute. That's all most people actually need.

I agree that BES is a s**t hot product. Shame the BB phones themselves are still s**t. BES is way too much to handle for small businesses (or home users) who just want mail on their phones. For that they should stop messing around and add support for Microsoft ActiveSync.
If I was an IT admin for companies with +100 phones I would be pushing for BB's. This is where they are king, an IT admins dream.
RIM were king for a long time but for some time now their steadily loosing market share to the iPhone. Love it or hate it, the iPhone is one very neat package which again supports push mail out of the box.

That article you posted is annoying too. They state figures of the number of apps for the iPhone and Andriod but mention download numbers for the BlackBerry. Why not state app figures on the BlackBerry?

"Really? The Apple AppStore has over 225,000 apps, Android Marketplace over 60,000 and BlackBerry AppWorld is steadily growing and now has over One Million downloads per day. Sounds like the development community is thriving to me."

Edited by ]SK[, Jun 23 2010, 6:40am :

whitebread said,
Please! The iPhone is still a joke when it comes to features for the enterprise. As for stuff like folders, multitasking, etc, BlackBerry has had these features implemented (and way better than Apple's current iOS4 implementation!) since BBs still used trackwheels. Apple is a joke in some respects.

And then there is *real* PUSH technology. RIM offers free API access to developers and only certain APIs are restricted -- access to these costs only $20USD and can be used pretty much unlimited times.

BBs don't need to be unlocked (which doesn't violate the BB EULA, either, BTW) or "jailbroken" to run apps.

And then there is the fact that BES completely kicks the iPhone's a** with enterprise security and device management capabilities.

Apple talks like they've revolutionized the phone landscape when, in reality, they're barely catching up with RIM, Google, and others in many important respects.

I recommend reading this article for more on why the BB is better in man respects: http://m.crackberry.com/new-io...tures-blackberry-always-had

I much prefer ActiveSync to BES, for one thing it's built right into Exchange and the other BES is completely overpriced and is a real PITA.

Well at least Apples improving but really until recently they have targeted the consumer market more and even from the unveil the other day its clear the consumer market is still their primary target.

I'm sure BB does do some things better, just as Nokia, Google and MS probably do their own things better as well.

whitebread said,
Please! The iPhone is still a joke when it comes to features for the enterprise. As for stuff like folders, multitasking, etc, BlackBerry has had these features implemented (and way better than Apple's current iOS4 implementation!) since BBs still used trackwheels. Apple is a joke in some respects.

And then there is *real* PUSH technology. RIM offers free API access to developers and only certain APIs are restricted -- access to these costs only $20USD and can be used pretty much unlimited times.

BBs don't need to be unlocked (which doesn't violate the BB EULA, either, BTW) or "jailbroken" to run apps.

And then there is the fact that BES completely kicks the iPhone's a** with enterprise security and device management capabilities.

Apple talks like they've revolutionized the phone landscape when, in reality, they're barely catching up with RIM, Google, and others in many important respects.

I recommend reading this article for more on why the BB is better in man respects: http://m.crackberry.com/new-io...tures-blackberry-always-had


Then save yourself the time of infuriating yourself and keep using your awesome BlackBerry.

Aaron7pm said,

Nah, Verizon just needs to change to SIM and Micro-SIM,
Not quite that simple they need to switch away from CDMA.

These reviews are ok but I'll be more interested to hear what writers from somewhere like PCMag.com have to say about iPhone 4. I've got one on order but I'd like some more critical analysis.

It is also interesting to note that Gizmodo has no pre-release review available at the time of this post.

fail.

bruNo_ said,

fail.

They weren't invited to WWDC either. They've pretty much been blacklisted by Apple (which should disprove any intentional leak theories..)

Poor Gizmodo..they deserve it since it took down an extra "wowww", "oooooooh", "aaaaaaah" when Steve Jobs presented the iPhone 4 for the first time