Neowin Member Reviews: iPhone 4 Experiences

It's that time of the weekend again, where we showcase a member submitted review from our forums.

This week instant.human was selected for his very in depth experiences with the iPhone 4. Enjoy!

I bought the iPhone 4 because my iPhone 3G contract was running out and I needed a new phone.
In January of this year, I had a short intermezzo with a Motorola Milestone, which I really liked design-wise. Also, I wanted to try out Android, because I found it interesting to see what it was capable of. I really loved it but I eventually went back to my iPhone 3G. That was not due to the fact that Android was, inferior or anything, because it's not; But I really like polished and good looking UI design and in my experience, most 3rd Party Apps from the Market were not that polished while they certainly did do the job. I was lucky because I had the 3G lying here and I could just return.

However, when my contract ran out, I was thinking about the Galaxy S and the Desire and of course the iPhone 4.
I ended up buying the iPhone, because I got a nice rebate for being a good customer of Germanys exclusive iPhone provider T-Mobile and I just got used to the iPhone way of handling things.

You can now bash me for being biased but I just wanted to get out of the way that I was not only in the market for the iPhone for iPhones sakes.

So I ended up waiting a few days because of very high demand and got the 32GB iPhone 4 black (of course...).

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I have an 32GB iPhone 4 that I bought to replace a 32GB iPhone 3GS that I gave to my wife. When I bought the 3GS, I wanted a decent case for it, and the Apple store didn't really have what I wanted, and luckily the AT&T store had an Otterbox Defender which I have grown to depend on for keeping the 3GS safe.

I waited for the Otterbox Defender for the iPhone 4, which arrived about four weeks ago, so about three weeks ago I bought my iPhone 4 from Best Buy (Oh, did they ever screw up that sale). It immediately went into the Otterbox, so I have had no issues with the signal strength. This past weekend, in visiting a friend, I took the case off, and placed my finger in "the spot" and the signal attenuated from four bars to no service in less than two minutes.

I love the feel of the phone over the 3GS. The flat back and front give it a very satisfying feel. In the case, it's lighter than the 3GS also in it's case. Makes it even more pleasant when holding for extended periods.

The battery life is better than the 3GS, but the current version of Skype if left in the background still drains the battery way too fast. The front-facing camera is cute, but Facetime as the only client makes it less than useful. The primary camera is great in bright or medium lighting. Low lighting brings out a lot of grain, although the LED flash works pretty well.

As a flashlight, the LED flash is something I would not want to be without, it's very bright, and makes a very capable flashlight.

The device it self feels a bit faster than the 3GS, but not remarkably. The extra working RAM helps for some tasks, but I haven't really stressed it yet. The display is really nice. The reviews don't kid when they talk about how crisp the text is rendered. Looking at the 3GS and the 4 side by side, the screen is whiter and the text is extremely sharp. Even looking at the screen close up, I can't see individual pixels without a magnifying glass.

Comparing the wireless, I don't see any real difference between the 3GS and the 4. I think I WANT the 4 to be better, but pound for pound they are too close to call.

Finishing up, I mentioned I bought the 4 through Best Buy. The fellow who set it up was obviously untrained, but even the more experienced worker thought you had to set it up with an AT&T SIM card, when I new the device shipped with one, since it is a mini-SIM. Also, I wanted them to convert my individual plan into a Family plan, and instead they set up a new plan. Very long story short, I was very pleased with the patience and capability of the AT&T support staff.

I have been using HTC Desire for a few months now. And I just ordered an iphone 4, going to sell my desire on ebay. The thing is, yeah Desire is stunning. But the primary functions of the my mobile phone nowadays is, %70 listening to music, %20 other multimedia functionality, like watching anime, reading comics, and browsing the web. %10 is pretty much other apps, and to be honest, I don't really like to talk on the phone (I know it might sound weird), I just call a friend, to figure out where we gonna meet for drinks or similar and that takes less than 30 seconds.

Based on that usage statistics, even just for the music part, iphone is still much much better than android. The music player in Android, crashes occasionally, its sometimes laggy (I got a 16gb memory card), and just doesn't feel smooth.

So I guess I will make a happy transaction to iphone. Let's see what windows phone 7 will bring to the scene.

Had the iPhone 4 since day one, yes I was one of those idiots that waited in a queue for hours but im glad I did, I love the phone.. never had any probs with dropping calls, infact ive never dropped a call feels so much better than the 3GS and the screen and camera are amazing.

I often service and repair iPhones, all the 3G and 3GS range were relatively easy to service or replace parts. Smashed screen are the most popular and the 3G / S is easy to repair.
The iPhone 4G is a whole different matter. It has to be the biggest pain in the ass to service of any Apple product. There are a few easy parts to replace such as the rear camera, battery or back cover, but anything else requires a 80% strip down. Just to replace the screen, LCD or digitizer, the iPhone requires nearly everything inside to be removed. Also the screen, LCD and digitizer are all one complete assembly (Kerching!!! £££££££), where in the 3G /S the LCD separated from the digitizer and screen.
Because of these facts i wont be upgrading to the 4G any time soon, which isn't so bad as the 3GS still feels just as fast. I just hope Apple don't pull support for the 3GS too quickly, like they will with the 3G next year.

"That depends. There have been numerous cases of companies failing because they tried making too many different products as well."
Care to elaborate on that?

"A great example is GM. They have dropped several of their brands to focus on their core products."
Newsflash. GM and all the other auto manufactures are trimming model brands because the economy is in the tank. No one is buying new vehicles. They just got out of bankruptcy. What do you expect them to do?

speedstr3789 said,
"That depends. There have been numerous cases of companies failing because they tried making too many different products as well."
Care to elaborate on that?

"A great example is GM. They have dropped several of their brands to focus on their core products."
Newsflash. GM and all the other auto manufactures are trimming model brands because the economy is in the tank. No one is buying new vehicles. They just got out of bankruptcy. What do you expect them to do?

Plus, even though GM scaled back some, they still have MANY choices for EVERY different type of car out there. So yeah, Speedstr's right, the GM metaphor doesn't work the way you wanted it to.

Having come from an iPhone, I was lucky in that I had a chance to play with the new iPhone, HTC Desire and the Samsung Galaxy S. All phones had their strengths and weaknesses but the Samsung won me over.

ManMountain said,
Having come from an iPhone, I was lucky in that I had a chance to play with the new iPhone, HTC Desire and the Samsung Galaxy S. All phones had their strengths and weaknesses but the Samsung won me over.

I haven't played with a Galaxy yet. If I didn't get the iPhone 4 it would have been the Desire. Is the galaxy better than the desire or just a personal preference for you?

The Desire was a great phone but it drained battery too quickly and had a tiny amount of internal memory. The Galaxy on the other hand I found used battery more efficiently, comes with 8 or 16GB internal memory, has a gorgeous screen and felt a lot quicker to use. In fact, the Galaxy hardware wise is the most powerful of all the smart phones and it was an instant hit with me. For my needs, I honestly can't find fault with it.

I was one of the lucky ones who picked one up on release day. It is a brilliant phone to hold, to use. But it really is a problem that I can cripple my phone with literally one finger.

Benjy91 said,
I was one of the lucky ones who picked one up on release day. It is a brilliant phone to hold, to use. But it really is a problem that I can cripple my phone with literally one finger.
I'm not denying that you can do this, but I haven't been able to. If I rest my whole palm, it goes out, but if I use one finger, it stays right where it is. Maybe I just don't have very conductive fingers.

andrewbares said,

Why do you think Ford makes a Fusion, an Edge, a Flex, etc?

Not one car type fits everyone. A compact car might be good for you, but I like a pickup truck. Exactly the same with phones, HTC makes some with keyboards, some without, some with bigger screens, some with smaller ones.

If Apple made an iPhone with a keyboard, then it would open a whole new market for them. If Ford only made pickup trucks, they would be loosing out on the entire sedan car market. It's good business to expand your potential market in any way possible.

Well said man.

There's no doubt iphone's iOS has the best UI. Android's OS gives more freedom to do anything you want, but still there's lots of polishing to be done and it's not perfect as iOS imo. Only 2 complaints of the iOS are no flash support and not enough options to customize.

Overall iOS wins for me, and also iphone 4. There are just way too many Android devices out there and every month there is a new Android phone. Atleast with a iphone I can upgrade every year than every month to stay up to date.

App store also has more apps compare to Android market, but am sure Android will only get better unless apple starts giving customers what they want.

Shahed said,
Overall iOS wins for me, and also iphone 4. There are just way too many Android devices out there and every month there is a new Android phone. Atleast with a iphone I can upgrade every year than every month to stay up to date.

Why do you think Ford makes a Fusion, an Edge, a Flex, etc?

Not one car type fits everyone. A compact car might be good for you, but I like a pickup truck. Exactly the same with phones, HTC makes some with keyboards, some without, some with bigger screens, some with smaller ones.

If Apple made an iPhone with a keyboard, then it would open a whole new market for them. If Ford only made pickup trucks, they would be loosing out on the entire sedan car market. It's good business to expand your potential market in any way possible.

andrewbares said,
It's good business to expand your potential market in any way possible.

That depends. There have been numerous cases of companies failing because they tried making too many different products as well. Thats also the reason that many car makers are actually trimming down their lines instead of expanding them. A great example is GM. They have dropped several of their brands to focus on their core products. Many of the vehicles they made were just slightly different versions of the same models (different trim levels, slightly different interiors or exteriors, etc. ). That would be a VERY good comparison to HTC's numerous models of phones.

andrewbares said,
It's good business to expand your potential market in any way possible.
Not necessarily. For one a single product is easier to market. Sure, you may alienate some users by not catering for those that want a keyboard but you can more effectively sell to those that don't want one. A lot of Apples success has come around by not having too many devices competing with each other in the one area differentiated by small differences. iPods are a bit of an exception but even then there was a pretty large difference between a shuffle, Nano and Classic.

The other thing is as soon as they add a keyboard they open up potential software issues for developers. Not huge but it would complicate things.

I guess i nthe end of the day, regardless of what some thing, Apple isn't run by idiots and if they felt they had a substantual lot to gain by adding a keyboard model they would. But sometimes you hit a point where you are just becoming redundant even if you get a few more sales from that model. I mean, perhaps they would open up sales to more customers by having a phone that could take under water photos, but that doesn't mean it's necessarily good business to make it if the costs and investment is high and the potential market is low.

andrewbares said,

Why do you think Ford makes a Fusion, an Edge, a Flex, etc?

Not one car type fits everyone. A compact car might be good for you, but I like a pickup truck. Exactly the same with phones, HTC makes some with keyboards, some without, some with bigger screens, some with smaller ones.

If Apple made an iPhone with a keyboard, then it would open a whole new market for them. If Ford only made pickup trucks, they would be loosing out on the entire sedan car market. It's good business to expand your potential market in any way possible.

And that's great. Until you realize how many bajillion different Android devices we have, and how so many of them are still on 1.5 etc etc.

Good Job dude.
I am keeping my blackberry for now, but am getting the new iPod Touch as soon as it hits the store.
I am impressed with the performance of the iOS 4 and its performance. Also from what I've seen by playing with my friend's iPhone 4, the screen looks great and the camera is quite good too.
Cheers

I'm not an Apple fan, my first Apple device was the iPhone 3G, then I went to a Nexus One and now I'm using my iPhone 4 (on AT&T by the way) and I must say that for my lifestyle and use the iPhone is by far the best device I've owned so I agree with this review.

And if you feel adventurous there's always a big jailbreaking community out there that wants to give you back some of the freedom that Apple sometimes don't want to give you (the main reason why at the same time I really like the iPhone but don't like Apple).

Thank you very much for putting my review up here... I really appreciate it and never thought it was good enough to end up here. Thanks for your trust!

instant.human said,
Thank you very much for putting my review up here... I really appreciate it and never thought it was good enough to end up here. Thanks for your trust!

Yeah, that honestly wasn't much of a "review"....

andrewbares said,

Yeah, that honestly wasn't much of a "review"....

yeah, that's why I didn't call it that in the first place. I did here for simplifying and to not have to write "I didn't think the text I wrote, which I called "iPhone experiences" was good enough for the front page. But for you I just did.

Big Daddy Cool said,
imma gona be gettin me iphone 4 when its out in India

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