Following my recent review of the new iOS4 software update that was released for the iPhone 3G, 3GS and iPhone 4, I have now decided to do a quick review of the brand new device that Apple released around a month ago; the iPhone 4. I’m sure you have heard a lot about this phone and all about the new features that it has, but is it really as good as Apple are claiming that it is and do all the new features of the phone really work as well as they should? Well, we’ll take a look.
We’ll start by looking at some of the new features that the phone has and then we’ll decide what sort of a job Apple has done with them.
The 5 Megapixel Camera
That’s right, Apple have finally gotten their act together and installed a camera that is of a decent quality on the new iPhone 4. All of the previous iPhone’s have been quite shocking really, I mean just 2 megapixel camera on the iPhone 3G and then they sort of improved it with the 3.2 megapixel one that they installed on the iPhone 3GS, but these have still been a long way behind what most other phone manufacturers have been giving us.
We are still not saying that this 5 Megapixel camera is the best they could have done, in fact, it really isn’t. Most other phones that are being developed these days have got a minimum of 5 Megapixels and it seems that Apple doesn’t really care too much about this aspect of the phone, but they have added a flash at least.
HD Video Recording
This is a fantastic feature of the phone. The iPhone 4 device has the ability to record in HD. Yes, it’s not full HD as such, but it’s still pretty good for a phone. I have looked at some of the videos that have been taken with the new iPhone 4 and I have to say, they are pretty stunning for a phone and you really wouldn’t have thought that a 5 Megapixel camera was behind the footage. Another great thing about this is that the flash makes shooting video in the dark easily and you will be really surprised about how good the footage looks in the dark. Apple has really made a fantastic job of this part of the iPhone 4.
The Retina Display
This is probably my favourite feature of the new iPhone 4 and the feature in which Apple has really made the iPhone 4 enter into a league of its own. The new display on the iPhone 4, named the Retina display, has got 4 times as many pixels on the screen as the old iPhone did. In fact, Apple actually claims that it has so many pixels, that it is more than your eye can actually see. This means that in theory, you shouldn’t be able to tell that the screen is made up of pixels and you should simply see the image on the screen as if you were looking at something in real life.
Although this isn’t exactly true, as it seems that you need to hold the phone at arm’s length for this to be true, Apple have still done an amazing job in this area and it is better than any other phone display that I have ever seen.
The Camera on the Front
That’s right, Apple has put two cameras on the iPhone 4, one on the front and one in the usual place on the back. So what exactly is this new camera for? Well, it’s something called Facetime. Facetime is a new addition to the iPhone and basically, it is Apples version of video calling. The best way to think about Facetime is that it is like Skype, but on your iPhone. Overall, Facetime and the front facing camera work well together, with the camera giving a great quality picture. The only downside to this feature we feel is that you can only use Facetime to call another iPhone 4, and who has an iPhone 4 yet really?
In conclusion, it seems that the iPhone 4 has got some extremely interesting and technological features. Whether or not it is worth the price that Apple are charging for the phone and whether or not there are better phones on the market will be up to you to decide.