Expert Review of Apple iPhone 4 8GB Black
Apple iPhone 4 is another product by Apple in the iPhone series but it has gone through a major design overhaul as compared to its siblings, with the usage of glass and metal,which makes it look far better than its ancestors. The changes in the design are positive and laudable and the steel band around its sides works as an antenna of the phone. This amazing piece of gadget comes packed in a size of 115.2 mm x 58.6 mm x 9.3 mm and the rounded edges with metal casing at the back makes it feel more comfortable in hands. The weight of 137 grams enables the users to carry this superb device with them wherever they go and its slim and light body can easily slip down through the pocket without taking much space. It is a fourth generation device and is the successor if iPhone 3GS and is famous for its video calling facility along with the consumption of media such as books and periodicals, movies, music, and games, and for general web and e-mail access. Starting from the top, it has a 3.5 mm headphone jack with a capsule shaped power button and there is a tiny hole, which works as a microphone, the left side houses the individual volume rockers along with a mute switch.
The separate volume buttons help in easy operation and are raised and have good tactile feedback, making them very easy to find and press with the thumb while in a call. The right side is the new location for the SIM card slot and the bottom edge has the main microphone along with the dock connector and speaker, where the front of the phone has the familiar home button, speaker and a front facing VGA camera that can be used for the built in FaceTime application, as well as for self-portraits. The back of the device holds a 5 MP camera with LED flash and a battery which resides under the back cover. The user can access a huge number of applications and can avail the facility of so many features which keeps on adding day bay day with more updations. Application like unified inbox allows the users to see messages from all their accounts in a single place, organize messages by threads, open attachments in third-party applications, and more, ibooks application enable the users to read books from eBook reader and book store application and the Home screen wallpaper changes the background wallpaper on the home screen according to the choice of the users.
User Interface and UI functionality
Apple iPhone 4 comes with a 3.5 inches LED-backlit IPS TFT Retina display which lives up to the hype, and is capable of showing a resolution of 640 x 960 pixels with a pixel density of 330 ppi, which makes sure that not a single pixel is visible to the naked eye. The image quality is nothing short of spectacular, the colours look rich with color combinations from 16M colors, and the contrast is perfect. The display is very bright, and more importantly, remains readable under direct sunlight. This amazing device has Fingerprint resistant oleophobic coating on front and back and the screen is made up of scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass. Running on iOS 6.0.1 platform, iPhone 4 is powered by 1 GHz Cortex-A8 processor, which provides an amazing speed to this device and the Apple A4 chipset lighten up every pixel on the screen to bring an unclouded view. To increase the graphics performance and to widen the gaming experience, Apple iPhone 4 comes pre-loaded with PowerVR SGX535 GPU and the operating system on which it runs, is iOS 6.0.1. With this highly advanced operating system, the user can access more than 7,50,000 applications and the users can organize these applications into folders very easily, by just holding the finger down on an icon and then drag it on top of another icon to create a new folder with those two icons inside it. Each folder can have a maximum of 12 icons.
The folder will be named automatically depending on the category of the programs, but the users can rename it according to their choice and wish. One can run more than one applications at one time and if the users want to switch between the applications, they just need to double press the home button and the recently opened applications will appear at the bottom. This strip of icons scrolls left to right and if the users scroll all the way to the left, they may see some special options depending on the application they have open and if the users want to close an application, they just hold the finger down on the icon till a minus symbol appears and from there they can just tap the icons to close them. The whole UI experience revolves around the iconic Home button, as well as the touchscreen. The touch response is excellent, and there is no lag or framing in the transition effects. Apple iPhone 4 lets one choose the wallpaper background image of their choice. It also supports a folder system to group applications and dumping one icon onto another creates a folder containing both applications.
The photo gallery of Apple iPhone 4 is filled with eye candy and takes full advantage of touch gestures. To avoid showing the black border around pictures, the gallery zooms into every image before displaying it. This actually looks good, since it uses the entire screen. It is a complete multimedia device which can operate many multimedia applications very easily and smoothly. Various audio formats such as AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV are supported on this device, which allows the user to play and record music files on this device and the video files, which support formats such as H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile Level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format. The users can enjoy the full on entertainment on Apple iPhone, which can play n-number of audio and video files. The 3.5 mm headphone jack enables the users to attach speakers or woofers with the device, but there is no FM radio connectivity in iPhone 4.
Pictures and Video quality
Apple iPhone 4 makes the users happy with the kind of quality images that it display with vivid colors and razor sharp clarity. The 5 MP auto focus iSight camera brings the images come alive and this camera comes with features such as LED Flash, Touch focus, Geo-tagging, HDR, etc. and can capture images with a resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels along with recording full HD 720p video with 30 frames per second. The secondary front facing VGA camera captures 480p videos with 30 frames per second and enables video calling over Wi-Fi network only.
With Apple iPhone 4, the users can roam in the huge world of Internet with connection through EDGE, GPRS, 2G, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Hotspot and WLAN. To have connection with the nearby devices this smartphone has the facility of Bluetooth v.2.1 with A2DP and a USB port to attach the device with a Laptop or PC.
Internal and External Memory
Apple iPhone 4 does not have any microSD card slot to expand the external memory of the device but it comes loaded with a huge internal storage capacity of 8/16/32 GB with 512 MB of RAM. The users can select memory according to their need and preference.
Applications and Gaming
In Apple iPhone 4 the AppStore is the ace up Apple's sleeve, which has recently hit the milestone of 5,00,000 applications. For an application freak, there is no better place for him to get applications with such ease. Several applications are free and can be downloaded from this application store very easily. The gaming performance of the device is excellent and one can play many games over this crystal clear screen and these games are backed by the good quality GPU , that helps in making the gaming experience a fun and will take gaming to a whole new level.
The battery of Apple iPhone 4 is rechargeable and can keep the device working for a talktime up to 7 hours on 3G and 14 hours on 2G along with a standby time up to 300 hours on both the networks. The user can play the music up to 40 hours on this fantastic piece of gadget. It has Li-Po 1,420 mAh battery.
Apple iPhone 4 offers connectivity to 2G and 3G GSM networks only at a bandwidth of 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz and 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz, respectively. The users can upload or download files at an amazing fast HSUPA speed of 5.76 Mbps and HSDPA speed of 7.2 Mbps, accordingly. The HTML (Safari) browser has several features including tabbed browsing, auto fill, and Google search suggestions. The browser feels faster than ever, and renders text with accuracy.
Apple iPhone 4 is a good and astounding piece of gadget, which is fully loaded with many applications and features that can keep the user busy all the time and can easily manage all the data of the user appropriately. But this fourth generation device carries a heavy price and also there is some issue with the reception of the device, which makes it face tough competition from the current player in the market such as Apple iPhone 4S, Apple iPhone 5, HTC One V, Samsung Galaxy S Plus, HTC Desire S, Sony Xperia Ray, Samsung Galaxy W, HTC Desire HD, Motorola Atrix, Nokia Lumia 710, HTC Radar, Nokia Lumia 800, Samsung Omnia W, HTC Wildfire S, HTC Sensation XE, HTC Sensation 4G, Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung Galaxy Ace, Samsung Epic 4G touch, Motorola DEFY, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S, HTC Titan, HTC Desire S, HTC Desire X, Nokia Lumia 920, Nokia Lumia 820, Nokia 808 PureView and many more.