My iPhone 4 is awesome

Well, I finally did it. After misguidedly buying what turned out to be a sub-par iPhone clone in 2008, then waiting almost five months after my arrival in Canada for the iPhone 4 to come out, I have, at long last, become the proud owner of Apple’s newest and finest cellular telephone.

I must admit I was a little wary, first because of the antennagate fiasco, then after hearing Scott complain about his iPhone 4’s flaky proximity sensor. I considered picking up an Android handset, but playing with the emulator in the latest Android dev kit left me unimpressed with the interface. I almost followed in Geoff’s footsteps by getting a free Palm Pre, but that device already seemed a little too last-gen to stay fresh throughout a two- or three-year carrier contract. Using an underdog platform has its caveats, as well. Besides, that 720p video camera on the iPhone 4 was awfully tempting.

So, on the afternoon of July 30, I headed to the local Apple Store to decide whether I’d take the plunge—or perhaps settle for a freshly discounted iPhone 3GS. I walked past the huge line to the entrance and waited in a second, smaller queue just so I could get in and play with the new iPhone. (I wasn’t ready to buy just yet.) The Apple Store clerk directed me to one of the free display units, and after, oh, about 30 seconds of rubbing my greasy fingers on it, I became a convert. Even the 3GS felt sort of like a cheap plastic toy in comparison.

I managed to convince myself that buying the newer device made more financial sense, too. Either phone would have tied me to a three-year contract, but the iPhone 4 was selling for just $159—and the Apple Case Program guaranteed me a free bumper. The 3GS was still selling for $99 when I made my purchase, meanwhile, which meant it’d only save me about 30-40 bucks before tax if I factored in the cost of a decent, after-market case. Not really worth it, right?

I had no intention of spending my Friday afternoon standing in line, so I walked down to the nearest Telus store, inquired about when they’d have iPhone 4s in stock (it would be a week), and promptly put down a deposit. After waiting almost five months, spending another week with my unlocked Nokia 6280 didn’t seem like such an ordeal. In case you’re Canadian and wondering about my choice of carrier, I picked Telus because of my less-than-stellar experiences with both Rogers and Fido, not to mention the fact that Telus’ $50-a-month iPhone plan is one of the cheapest around.

I’ve now had the iPhone 4 almost a week. How do I feel about my purchase?

Arthur C. Clarke once famously wrote, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Steve Jobs then totally ruined that quotation for the rest of us by adding “magical” to his roster of keynote adjectives. Mr. Clarke’s words keep going through my head when I’m using the iPhone 4, however, so maybe Steve’s on to something here. I think there’s just something about those two smooth glass panes, the spartan hardware controls, the near-invisibility of the pixels, and the smoothness and responsiveness of the UI. It all just comes together in a way that almost makes me forget I’m using a little computer… and that I’m not in a sci-fi movie.

Yes, yes, I don’t have much of a frame of reference, this being my first real smart phone and all. While I was gushing about the device last Friday evening, a friend of mine pointed out that his Motorola Droid also has a pretty high-res display and lets him do most of the same things. He’s right, of course, and I haven’t deluded myself into thinking Apple has somehow completely leapfrogged the competition. The smart phone market has become far too competitive for that. Still, I do think the iPhone 4 is the quintessential Apple product: an expertly crafted blend of proprietary hardware and software that just feels absolutely fantastic to use. It’s not that I couldn’t do the same things on another device; it’s that the iPhone 4 feels so right I wouldn’t want to.

Aside from the obviously fantastic display, my favorite part of this phone is its delightfully compact form factor. Even in the free pouch the guy at the Telus store gave me, I can barely feel the phone in my pocket. Yet it’s large enough not to be awkward to hold, and reading text on the big, impossibly sharp display is a joy, whether I’m checking something on Wikipedia, catching up on e-mail, or keeping track of my RSS feeds in Reeder or MobileRSS (I really need to pick a favorite). It didn’t take me long to become comfortable with the on-screen keyboard, either, and I like the little shortcuts, like how you can hold the _123 key to enter a symbol or digit quickly. The iPhone 4 just feels so nice in my hand I’ve caught myself taking it out of the pouch just to hold it. If that’s not a testament to Apple’s industrial design chops, I don’t know what is.

Since some of you must be dying to know at this point: yes, I can make the bars drop by gripping the device a certain way, and no, I haven’t run into the same issue as Scott with the proximity sensor. The display goes black and ignores input when I hold the phone up to my face, as it should. Frankly, I think that whole antennagate thing has been overblown. As unfortunate as its placement is, the antenna is well out of the way of my fingers when I make a call, and I don’t grip the phone tightly enough when using my 3G data connection for it to be an issue. I’ll take the free bumper, though, thanks.

Some things do bother me, of course. My biggest disappointment is probably the iTunes application, which alternates between sort-of-okay and clumsy. Why do I need to dig through the options and disable sync to copy music to the iPhone manually? Why doesn’t the App Store display star ratings in lists or let me sort apps by popularity? Why do I need to enter my password to “buy” free apps? And why aren’t apps automatically added to the program’s app list when I buy them from the phone? I know iTunes backs up application settings and everything, but the software’s weird, almost schizophrenic separation between computers, devices, and purchases seems very un-Apple. My only other gripe is with the default alarm clock app; I’d like to key in a number instead of using those little wheels. But I’m sure there’s a better, free alternative out there.

The iPhone 4 stops just short of perfection, in other words, but it comes awfully close. I’ve only scratched the surface of the huge app catalog, but I’m already overjoyed with what this device lets me do—and how quickly and easily it lets me do it. Honestly, I haven’t been this giddy about a new tech purchase in a long, long time.

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    • Cyril
    • 9 years ago

    You mean my extreme macro shot, which shows detail pretty much invisible to the naked eye? 😉

    Edit: Meant as a reply to #238. Finger slipped.

    • indeego
    • 9 years ago

    You can see a light “grid” pattern in Cyril’s picture above. I’m looking at TR from my Droid and I can’t detect this at allg{<.<}g

    • jackbomb
    • 9 years ago

    It’s kinda sad that an iPhone blog post gets more attention than a hardware review. I want my old TR back. I can’t even hide at AnandTech because they’re doing the same thing!

    Uh-oh, I might have to turn off the computer and go outside!

    • ironoutsider
    • 9 years ago

    What have you done TR?! Even WOW doesn’t have trolls who can start flame wars like this one!

      • 5150
      • 9 years ago

      Chuck Norris is a b#$ch!

    • StashTheVampede
    • 9 years ago

    I don’t own an iPhone (Droid user, happy so far), but here my quick rant.

    Had it not been for the iPhone and its heavy push to a mostly touch screen interface, we probably wouldn’t have nearly as many smartphones as we do today! Apple really pushed a well made consumer device out and helped bring the death to Windows Mobile (it needed to die) and PalmOS (ok, it was already dead).

    Now everyone is trying to copy the iPhone. Sure, there aren’t many players for OS market (we’ll get WebOS, soon), but I’m very happy with how Android phones matured.

      • ChronoReverse
      • 9 years ago

      Indeed. I like the current state of Android but before 2.1 I didn’t even consider them an option.

      I was still on a contract before this year but during that time, the iPhone was the only smartphone I’d consider getting simply because it was so clearly the best overall.

      It’s rather nice that there are alternatives now that are on even standing.

      • Coran Fixx
      • 9 years ago

      +1 I love my Android phone and acknowledge iphone’s part in pushing it along

      • SPOOFE
      • 9 years ago

      /[

        • StashTheVampede
        • 9 years ago

        I’m not fawning over the iPhone’s 1.0 product (in fact, I recommended many against it). They introduced a slew of ideas with it and simply incrementally upgraded each phone with refinement of those ideas.

        Android (nearly) entire setup is taking much of what the iPhone does and allowing several different carriers to run with it (marketplace, touch interface, etc). Google was smart in building Android so it would run on nearly anything, anywhere — they have already eclipsed them in terms of sales within the last few quarters (easy to do when your OS runs on every major vendor in the USA).

        I’m a big fan of what the iPhone brought to the consumers: a truly better smartphone than what was available at the time. When the iPhone was out, you were stuck with horrid Windows Mobile, Blackberry (which wasn’t truly targetted as a consumer device) and Palm.

      • A_Pickle
      • 9 years ago

      g[

        • adisor19
        • 9 years ago

        You should thank Qualcomm for that !! They brought on CDMA tech and presented it to the potential carriers as a MUCH better alternative to GSM since the carriers had total control of their network and their users from start to finish.

        With a CDMA phone, users can NOT activate a CDMA phone that has not been sold by said carrier. This ensures that the carriers decide WHICH features their phones can have and the handset makers have to comply if they want a piece of the pie.

        After Rambus, Qualcomm is the second most evil tech company on my list. They own MOST of the key patents related to OFDM frequency modulation and have purchased key startups (look up Flarion) to solidify their stranglehold on the the 3G and 4G wireless technologies. Even thought CDMA as a standard is now dead (all CDMA carriers are abandoning it for either LTE or WiMax but even WiMAX carriers like Sprint/clearwire are thinking of going LTE full stream), the harm is already done : consumers have been indoctrinated to buy their phone from the carrier.

        At least in the US, until LTE gets deployed to Verizon, i don’t think there is hope for change.

        In Canada, since Rogers had started getting a lot of market share due to the better GSM/HSPA handsets available, the 2 other big carriers had to choice but to build an HSPA network.

        Again, all this thanks to Qualcomm and their evil plan of consumer wireless control.

        Adi

    • ironoutsider
    • 9 years ago

    This thing is a really nice phone, my buddy here at work has one and the display is amazing. But, I have to say that I LOVE my droidx. I mean, I get my emulators, **Pron** apps, bittorent, and flash support is on its way this month. Apart from that, turn by turn navigation is freaking awesome, google goggles, text translation from images, etc….

    In all honesty, I dont’ think I can ever buy an apple product. I just feel like the brand is really “snobby” and “uppclass”. I mean, I’m not poor by any means, but I don’t know…. I guess I just dont like steve jobs lol! I’m not going to diss on this phone though, its an awesome phone, but I dont’ like the company or what they have to offer, so rather than QQ about it. I just bought a different phone that does what I WANT it to do.

      • Corrado
      • 9 years ago

      Doesn’t that make you a snob for not buying a product because of its image, regardless of anything else?

        • ironoutsider
        • 9 years ago

        Android is based on an open source community of developers. I feel that they “play nice” with other dev’s more and make for opportunity for the small dev guys who can’t afford to re-program all their apps specifically for one phone.

        On brand alone, I think I would agree that would make me snobby, but from what I can tell, the android OS is a lot more developer friendly and more open to devs. In that sense I guess is what I’m using the word snobby for. Yknow, closed off, too good to work with others.

        I’ll admit it is a perception and I’m not actually sure how easy it is to start developing on the android platform since i’m usually too busy to take on any more than the projects I got going at work. But in the past I was always inspired by the linux community and their message of open source information. The idea that knowledge should be something that’s free and organic. Since Android was based on that, I figured they followed the same philosophy.

        I guess what I’m trying to say is I chose the android based platform on a philosophy of open market. But, l’m aware that it’s possible that i’m just a sheeple since I haven’t dev’d yet on this platform and don’t actually know how open its market place is. I

    • wingless
    • 9 years ago

    The iPhone 4 and Samsung Captivate (Galaxy S) share the same SoC Hummingbird (Apple A4) processor. The cool thing about the iPhone 4 is you can put the Android OS on it!

    §[< http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/06/iphone-hacked-android-froyo/<]§

    • 5150
    • 9 years ago

    200th Post!

    • cybot_x1024
    • 9 years ago

    meh.. my Nokia 3310 still beats the iPhone 4

    • Dingmatt
    • 9 years ago

    Only idiots go out and buy proven flawed hardware… That is all

    • can-a-tuna
    • 9 years ago

    I bet your antenna reception ins awesome too 😀

    • bentbent
    • 9 years ago

    If my N95 needs to be replaced in the near future I will first take a long hard look at Windows Phone 7 models, then Nokias and properbly end up with an Android of some sort.

      • cegras
      • 9 years ago

      edit: wrong reply.

    • YeuEmMaiMai
    • 9 years ago

    lol I guess another sucker can be added to the list of getting the pleasure of Steve Jobs fucking them in the ass…….lol

    • Da_Boss
    • 9 years ago

    double post….

    • danazar
    • 9 years ago

    I got the iPhone 4 on launch day. Other than an annoying number of call drops (not related to “antennagate” since I got a bumper on Day 1 and the call drops would happen even when I had 5 bars) I love it a lot more than I loved my 3G.

    • Chrispy_
    • 9 years ago

    I just don’t get the apple hatred. It’s nonsensical:

    If the big PC names like Dell and Microsoft had half the panache and focus that apple has, they’d be putting out much more usable and refined products.

    I dislike Apple for the ignorant zealots that are attracted to the simplicity of the brand, and that’s not really Apple’s fault.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 9 years ago

      Or maybe it is Apple’s fault because that’s exactly how they target their marketing hype machine often with embellishments that are anywhere from greatly stretching the truth to outright lies.

      • A_Pickle
      • 9 years ago

      g[

        • Chrispy_
        • 9 years ago

        Oh man, you really /[

          • cegras
          • 9 years ago

          The problem is Apple’s ads have set a stereotype in concrete that a lot of people actually believe.

      • srg86
      • 9 years ago

      It’s simple. I want to use a device the way I want to use it, or in the case of App, run what I want. I don’t want to be dictated to by the likes of Jobs.

      Apple products are far too locked down. Itunes is also a nightmare.

    • gtoulouzas
    • 9 years ago

    Good call on the user-unfriendliness of Itunes, Cyril. I love my iphone 3G, but the interaction with my computer is so clumsy and ill-designed that it’s made me seriously think about switching to a Samsung Galaxy 9000 for my next upgrade. Itunes is simply awful! For some bizzare reason, they thought it would be a good idea to eschew the simple, drag-n-drop functionality that works just fine on my 5-year old ipod and replace it with their problematic “sync” that tries to delete purchased apps and songs whenever you plug the damn thing to a different computer. And no “rtfm” hogwash, please. You shouldn’t have to delve into the freaking manual for tasks as simple as dropping a video, photograph, or music file into your iphone.

      • sydbot
      • 9 years ago

      Lack of drag and drop, the exact reason why I never replaced my Creative Nomad after it died (over 3 years ago). I always felt kinda bad telling my mother and sister basically to screw themselves when they needed help syncing music to their iPod and Sansa, syncing just made me angry at how little control I had over the process.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 9 years ago

        Umm…if you have ‘little control’ when syncing you aren’t doing it right. There’s a difference between having control over syncing/loading music&video and moving the individual files/folders manually.

    • FireGryphon
    • 9 years ago

    Blog writers are like cheerleaders.

    • bjm
    • 9 years ago

    Apple haters of today have a lot in common with the “M$ is evil!” group of yesterday. Remember them? Folks calling Bill Gates the devil and how his name equals 666? The vitriol and nerd rage was strong toward Microsoft. And of course, all of their achievements were excused away by the rabid liberty patrol against the evil monopolizing Microsoft.

    Today, the tables are turned. Apple is leading the mindshare in the ever growing smartphone and slate markets. Like Microsoft and Bill Gates, Apple is hell and Steve Jobs has become the devil. The rabid liberty patrol has been dispatched, armed with their pitch forks. Instead of chanting “M$ is evil!”, they’re spouting “R! D! F! R! D! F!”.

    I mean… it’s funny. A lot of folks here got on PRIME1’s case for his green-shaded nVidia glasses and how he was almost blinded by it. Yet, many of those same posters suddenly become exactly like him and the “M$ is evil” group when anything about Apple comes up. And no matter how good of a product Apple releases, they will HATE it.

    Oddly enough, the ironic thing in all of this is the whole “Apple fans are elitist idiots who just buy the products to show much better they are than everyone else. Arrogant bastards.” Yet, its stated from a high-horse position that they are the wiser for not having purchased an Apple product, and are so much smarter than the flocking sheeps! Whos’s arrogant now?

    Bah, ah well.. Welcome to the Internet, right?

      • Chrispy_
      • 9 years ago

      Arguing on the internet is like competing in the special olympics – even if you win you’re still a retard.

      And before someone complains that the term “retards” is politically incorrect, you’re in the politically-immune nation of INTARNETS, and we all lose all rights by default.

      • cegras
      • 9 years ago

      Personally, I just don’t care for apple products. I don’t care much for the market segment they are targeting either. That said, I don’t like the way the company handles itself.

      I acknowledge that objectively it makes the best products in the spaces it sells in. However, because I don’t agree with the company’s principle, when I do upgrade my phone in a year or so, I am sure there will be a ton of good alternatives.

    • A_Pickle
    • 9 years ago

    I’d buy another Windows Mobile 6.1 device before buying an iPhone.

    • PenGun
    • 9 years ago

    You did not like the SDK kits emulator’s interface? It has nothing to do with the real phone at all. Just gives you a picture of it you can click on with your mouse.

    It’s nothing like the phone at all.

    • blastdoor
    • 9 years ago

    I predict that it’s just a matter of time before TR drops all positive stories/posts about Apple like this one. The readership here skews heavily in the apple-hater direction, and eventually TR is going to have to give the people more of what they want, and keep the staff’s use of apple products a closely guarded secret.

      • ludi
      • 9 years ago

      The tinfoil hats are available on Aisle 3, and there’s a bluelight special on Reality at the front of the store. Carry on, Kmart shoppers.

        • blastdoor
        • 9 years ago

        Since when is giving customers what they want a tin-foil hat conspiracy theory? TR readers hate Apple. TR needs readers to make ad revenue. It makes more sense for TR to give their readers what they want, just like it makes more sense for AppleInsider to give their readers what they want.

        Nothing tin-foil hat about that.

          • ludi
          • 9 years ago

          Few points to that.

          1. Any time you have an open comment section, you’re at risk of finding a false consensus and/or false polarization, because the people with the strongest opinions are most likely to contribute. That doesn’t mean they constitute a majority of readership or represent the prevailing opinion.

          2. TR used to be vocally anti-Apple from the top down, but the management have been converting ever since the iPod and iPhone lines became popular and steadily improved. Ditto for the readership — pay attention and you’ll see it. Far from being progressively more and more anti-Apple, the exact opposite has been occurring.

          3. Apple has not been on best behavior of late, particularly in relation to that lost iPhone4 that Gizmodo picked up and in their general policies toward jailbreaking and warranty replacements. That’s going to have some short-term blowback regardless of what people think over the long term.

          4. You wrote this: “eventually TR is going to have to give the people more of what they want, and keep the staff’s use of apple products a closely guarded secret.” If that isn’t tin-foil hat material I don’t know what is.

            • leor
            • 9 years ago

            actually, the top down anti apple bias started to shift when they actually started making GOOD computers.

            for a good while there during the end of the power pc days apple was making very overpriced, underpowered machines, then claiming on the basis of some very specifically chosen and suspect benchmarks that their machines were faster.

            when they shifted over to intel, they basically became another high end PC maker with prices in line with or cheaper than any other very high end pc maker like alienware. After OSX 10.3 they also provided a very nice, stable, alternative OS with unix roots, what’s not to like?

            apple certainly has a a culture that follows it that creates very strong feelings on both sides, but the people who fly into a hissy fit when they see an apple logo are just as annoying as the zealots who will buy anything with an apple logo on it and honk on about how apple invented the printing press.

            apple makes some really nice devices and this is a tech site. Get over it.

      • mcnabney
      • 9 years ago

      Yes, because the free add that is this article is so unwanted by Apple…..
      If it wasn’t for the constant hype, there would be a lot less demand for the product. It is a decent phone, not the second coming of Jesus.

        • blastdoor
        • 9 years ago

        Your reading comprehension skills need work. Re-read my post and think harder.

      • End User
      • 9 years ago

      Keep the Apple content coming I say.

      I’d like to see TR introduce Linux content into mix.

        • FuturePastNow
        • 9 years ago

        And change its name to… Ars Techreport?

          • ludi
          • 9 years ago

          Whoa. Full circle, it would be.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 9 years ago

      The commenting readership maybe, but my guess is that the Apple blogs and posts bring as many if not more clicks than the other news posts.

      Personally, I think they should continue to write about what’s interesting to them. There’s nothing more dull to read than disinterested writing. The readership will change.

    • Forge
    • 9 years ago

    I was all set to buy an iP4 a few weeks back. Then my iPad had an ‘incident’. After that delay got resolved, I was more hesitant, but still interested. A co-worker’s Android distracted me. I was ready to go for the Google integration, but there are no affordable Droid plans! Back to square one and looking at iP4 again, then a former co-worker had me set up her new bluetooth gadget…. And I watched it dive from 4 bars to 2 as I picked it up. Cosmetic problem or not, seeing 2 bars on an iP4 being held inches from 5 bars on my iPad was jarring.

    Now I’m looking at super-cheap, super-small handsets and staying contract free. 🙁

      • ChronoReverse
      • 9 years ago

      Makes me wish Google would make a Nexus Two for next year.

      Something with either a Retina Display or Super AMOLED, combined with at least a Hummingbird CPU, using the iPhone4’s camera sensor, running at least 2.2 stock Android, a properly functional GPS, at least 4GB of internal storage, a color trackball or notifications light, a good external speaker, noise cancelling mic, front-facing camera with at least a LED flash and an antenna is that is competent.

      Have I missed anything to make a phone that would be “just right”?

      • A_Pickle
      • 9 years ago

      You should check out old Windows Mobile phones. 😀

        • ChronoReverse
        • 9 years ago

        Eh, I was looking into the HD2 and played with my friend’s Touch Pro (now running WinMo 6.5 which made it a bit better). I would consider it if I was looking the crappy Android 1.x devices but compared to the 2.x Android phones, there’s not much to entice me to WinMo.

        2010 is basically the year when Android stepped forward and became a worthy competitor to Apple. Microsoft is still behind.

          • A_Pickle
          • 9 years ago

          Well, I was replying to Forge…

          …but okay: I wouldn’t go with many Windows Mobile devices today either, because most of them are desperate to compete with Android and the iPhone on a “prettyness” basis. Windows Mobile ain’t pretty, that’s a fact of life. If you try to make it pretty, you will hate it. It will be slow and incompatible with EVERYTHING.

          But vanilla Windows Mobile? If you seek functionality, then look no further. Android and the iPhone are nice, but Google and Apple are carrier bitches. They gave your rights away the day they started signing exclusive contracts.

            • ChronoReverse
            • 9 years ago

            Except I ended up getting a Nexus One. I do not have the restrictions that you speak of.

            And don’t say it’s been discontinued because you can still buy them as a developer phone even now.

            • A_Pickle
            • 9 years ago

            A Nexus One would be awesome, but… they’re expensive and only work on networks that suck here in Cheyenne, WY.

            • ChronoReverse
            • 9 years ago

            If it’s too expensive then get one on a contract? I thought $500 for an unlocked smartphone is an average price?

            There’s two versions anyway allowing it to work on most carriers.

            • A_Pickle
            • 9 years ago

            Bleh. Contract phones never again. You pay way too much.

            That said, I was unaware of the free and open nature of the Nexus One. Ideally, I’d get an Android phone if there was one with the form factor and specs of a Blackberry Torch. 😀

      • yokem55
      • 9 years ago

      I bought my Droid Incredible off contract, and now I use it with a VZW based prepaid provider. Very limited in terms of 3G data use, but my cost of ownership over 2 years will be 1/3 that of a VZW plan.

        • A_Pickle
        • 9 years ago

        You can get prepaid data plans?!?

        Whoa. WHOA.

      • Corrado
      • 9 years ago

      Check out T-Mobile then. If you bring your own device, you get a cheaper plan. You can pick up an HD2 on Craigslist in the area for ~ $150-200 and then end up paying $60/mo for unlimited * on T-Mobile. The HD2 even has a pretty decent Android firmware floating around now making it the poor man’s EVO.

    • sreams
    • 9 years ago

    “Frankly, I think that whole antennagate thing has been overblown. As unfortunate as its placement is, the antenna is well out of the way of my fingers when I make a call, and I don’t grip the phone tightly enough when using my 3G data connection for it to be an issue.”

    I think it is really sad when someone who calls himself a journalist makes such a nonsensical statement. Are you honestly saying that because of your singular experience, that the antenna issue is “overblown”. A journalist should know better. The only way to judge the weight of this issue is to see how many people it affects and how severely it affects them. A single person’s experience is nearly meaningless in the measurement of the impact of this problem.

      • Cyril
      • 9 years ago

      This is a blog post, not an exhaustive report about the iPhone 4 antenna issues. All I’m doing is relating my personal experience and opinion about the issue; nothing more. If you want cold, hard facts, check out our front page and reviews. 😉

        • sreams
        • 9 years ago

        If you were relating your personal experience, you’d conclude that the issue was not affecting you… not that the issue was “overblown”, which is a claim regarding the impact to all users, not just you.

      • uclajd
      • 9 years ago

      No, it was journalists who overblew (?) the problem by using anecdotal stories to draw conclusions. 4.0 had lower return rate than other iPhones, yet the conventional wisdom was “Crisis! Recall!”. The “journalists,” most of whom never held an iPhone 4 in their hands, were judging the phone based on a few forum posts, and ignoring that 99.5% of the customers were thrilled with their purchases.

      I now return you to your regularly-scheduled AAPL hate.

        • sreams
        • 9 years ago

        Return rate doesn’t mean much in this scenario. The iPhone 4 is a great device. I own one. I like it. I’m aware of the antenna issue and can easily reproduce it with one finger. I bought it knowing of the issue and of the workaround. I am not interested in returning it and getting something else. That said, I think the problem should be fixed, period. If I buy a car that has a faulty FM radio, I’m not going to return the car. I am going to demand that it be fixed, however. Return rates are a useless way to measure this problem.

    • bentbent
    • 9 years ago

    I love not having any Apple products, I often find my self checking myself out just to see that I don’t have any apple ware anywhere, it’s just that awesome.

      • ChronoReverse
      • 9 years ago

      That’s really weird…

        • bentbent
        • 9 years ago

        Not any stranger than “The iPhone 4 just feels so nice in my hand I’ve caught myself taking it out of the pouch just to hold it..”

          • ChronoReverse
          • 9 years ago

          I find myself unable to refute that =)

    • phez
    • 9 years ago

    Telus just released the HTC Desire for $80/3year or $450 no contract.

      • ChronoReverse
      • 9 years ago

      The Desire is extremely similar to the Nexus One and is overall inferior to the Galaxy S, Droid 2/X/Incredible, and Evo 4G offerings in terms of Android.

      The iPhone4 of course, is better in most ways if only because of the 6 months time since the hardware for the Desire was released (not to mention the ways iOS was superior even before).

    • ChronoReverse
    • 9 years ago

    Argh. Didn’t hit reply

    • Decelerate
    • 9 years ago

    I seriously don’t understand all the arguments about the iPhone4’s lack of possibilities accounting for the reason-bashing.

    If products would be based solely on raw performance and “what it can do”
    -We’d never buy a bigger screen
    -Betamax would’ve won vs VHS
    -We’ll all be using Unix

    Basically, it’s all about the execution.

    • adisor19
    • 9 years ago

    Love seeing the Apple haters froth at the mouth in the comments 😀

    This just made my morning !

    I absolutely love how this hardcore PC site and its staff has turned more and more to Apple even thought most of the articles and news posts are still very anti Apple.

    Now, about the iPhone 4..

    The antenna issue is real but the circumstances where it actually affects the phone are blown out of proportion. Shorting the 2 antennas when the signal is strong won’t drop a call or stop the data from transferring. This only happens when the phone is in a poor coverage area. As Cyril mentioned, Robber’s and Bellus’s networks are pretty top notch in terms of coverage.

    The proximity sensor issue is also very real and i’ve seen it happen as well. It looks like they didn’t take the time to properly calibrate the sensor and in certain lighting it just doesn’t block the screen like it should. It is NOT fixed in 4.0.2 but it will be fixed in 4.1.

    The only reason Apple released 4.0.2 is to block jailbreakme.com

    Adi

    • cegras
    • 9 years ago

    From my brief experience with the iphone4, I found nothing particularly special about it. Moreso when I considered when I would use it, and said to myself: practically nowhere.

    I think you are just suffused in new-toy syndrome, and perhaps in about a few months you will establish a new ho-hum baseline.

    Also, the antenna issue is very real. Try covering that one spot with your finger and then 3G browsing. It’s impossible. This situation arises when you hold the phone with your left hand while scrolling around with your right.

    The phone was also surprisingly heavy, and I felt no heart palpitations when I gazed upon its ‘beautiful industrial design.’

      • mako
      • 9 years ago

      I’ve played a bit with my friend’s iPhone 4; I also found the phone surprisingly heavy, and larger than I expected it to be. Couldn’t replicate the antenna issue, though.

        • cegras
        • 9 years ago

        Didn’t try it with signals, perhaps Canada’s network is more reliable than AT&T’s.

        But I know that I could kill 3G browsing by touching that certain spot.

    • crose
    • 9 years ago

    Things will never make you happy. Hugging your loved ones is much better. Hopefully they won’t smack you.

      • sweatshopking
      • 9 years ago

      +111111111111000000000000000 this guy i love. call me 😉 we should hook up sometime.

    • dearharlequin
    • 9 years ago

    Yeah, don’t listen to the flamers. Sure it has a few shortcomings, but it’s a remarkably slick device — the majority of the cudos going to the UI.

    • Usacomp2k3
    • 9 years ago

    $50 a month is pretty good, especially Canadian. They’re just too darn expensive for me to consider.

      • PetMiceRnice
      • 9 years ago

      I’m sticking with my land line, which costs me about $22 a month.

        • Corrado
        • 9 years ago

        Let me know how getting your email and what not when you’re away from home works out on your $22 land line. And don’t tell me that ‘you don’t need to get your email while you’re not at home’ because some/a lot of us do, especially for work.

          • 5150
          • 9 years ago

          Well, based on your argument, some people don’t need/want e-mail away from home.

          God I wish I was one of them.

            • Usacomp2k3
            • 9 years ago

            I don’t get them. I may want it, but not for that price. If I really need it, wifi hotspots are pretty easy to find and if I’m to/from work, I always have my laptop and my wife has her Zune HD on her so we’re covered there. I certainly wouldn’t get $70 use for it over my dumb-phone.

          • MadManOriginal
          • 9 years ago

          Maybe it’s time for a new job then. What’s it like being your employer’s bitch 24/7? 😉

            • Corrado
            • 9 years ago

            Having email and internet on my phone awards me the ability to not have to sit in a cube 8 hours a day 5 days a week. I can go do whatever I want all day and respond to pages and emails from my bed, from my porch, from anywhere that I have cell reception. Whats it like being tied to a desk for 40+ hours a week and not home with your wife/kids/pets/hobbies/whateveryoulikebeingaround?

            Some of us are THAT important to the companies we work for, and are handsomely rewarded for it. We get $500 a week for doing on call/after hours here. Theres three of us so I get an extra $1000 a month 8 months of the year and $500 the other 4. Thats an extra $10K that I couldn’t otherwise make if I wasn’t getting email and pages on my phone. Couple that with the fact that I can expense up to $150 a month of internet/phone bills, and it comes out pretty win for me.

    • Voldenuit
    • 9 years ago

    l[

    • no51
    • 9 years ago

    Since the rest of the commenters are probably going to flame you, i’ll go the other way. Congrats Cyril, have fun with your iphone. GET FRUIT NINJA. DO IT

      • sweatshopking
      • 9 years ago

      fruit ninja is ok. the best and ONLY game worth buying on the app store is angry birds. popcap maybe too, but really 99.99% of them are teh sucks. 200,000 apps, but most of them are blind clones, or horrible. same with android.

        • no51
        • 9 years ago

        dunno about angry birds, my first impression when i played it was theres a ton of these on addictinggames.

          • sweatshopking
          • 9 years ago

          there are. it’s just a better clone than most. touch screen devices are poor gaming devices.

    • BoBzeBuilder
    • 9 years ago

    Be weary of Rogers Cyril. Check your invoice regularly. They’ll shamelessly overcharge you for this and that if you’re not careful.

      • axeman
      • 9 years ago

      He went with Telus.

    • potatochobit
    • 9 years ago

    do you think a new model with an antenna fix is coming?
    I have been waiting, I plan to get a white model

      • glacius555
      • 9 years ago

      People say that latest iOS 4.0.2 update fixes all the issues, including ones that Scott has, wonder if he can confirm it?

        • derFunkenstein
        • 9 years ago

        4.0.2 “fixes” the jailbreakme.com jailbreak exploit and that’s about it.

    • pdjblum
    • 9 years ago

    My not having an iPhone is awesome.

    • Flying Fox
    • 9 years ago

    -[

      • End User
      • 9 years ago

      I’m happy with my iPhone 4 on the Rogers network here in Toronto. 6.16 Mbps down and 2.92 Mbps up at the moment.

      I’ve been with them for 14 years and I’ve not had any issues.

        • sweatshopking
        • 9 years ago

        you’re in toronto. you shouldnt. come to ns, and see how great rogers is.

        • lex-ington
        • 9 years ago

        Just wait till they $#*& up your billing one time and absolutely refuse to fix it for you. . . . . then you’ll find out just how badly your credit can get screwed and your life with it . . . . . .and yes, I am talking from experience – which is why I will stay with Telus and their locked phones.

          • sweatshopking
          • 9 years ago

          I had a mess with telus. they shut off my phone, whilst i was away on business in toronto, due to a 600$ overage on my blackberry for data. I had a samsung feature phone. i called htem, they admitted they made a mistake, turned it back on. next month same thing. this went on for 8 MONTHS. i finally cancelled, said F you guys. 6 months later, i found out they had hit my credit with a 14$ remaining balance, that i Never receive a bill for. they even acknowledged they don’t send out bills for such low amounts. and I was like WTF! 2 hours later, they agreed to send a letter to equafax.

          Bell shut off my home phone at my remote farm, in the middle of winter, when I had a 7 month pregnant wife at home, and I was away on business, because THE PREVIOUS PHONE NUMBER OWNER HAD AN OUTSTANDING BALANCE.

          my point is, ALL the Telecoms are crooked bastards. I would try to avoid all of them as much as possible. the only one i would recommend at ALL is eastlink. A growing privately owned telecom. though i personally think telecommunications should be a public entity.

    • dpaus
    • 9 years ago

    Ironically, I just came from the Apple Store (in Atlantic City) myself. I was quite impressed with the iPhone 4, especially the display, but I just can’t get past the combination of the non-replaceable battery, the non-removable storage, and, well, Steve Jobs. I know I really shouldn’t let that last one count, but it does…

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