Apple iPhone 4 Review: The Apple iPhone 4 was released in June 2010 and replaced the Apple iPhone 3GS from the year before. With the release schedule of these phones now regular as clockwork, this yearly update was perhaps the most significant one yet. Arguably since the inception of the iPhone, the specifications of the phone lagged other models, notably the Galaxy Series. But on the positive side the software was a far more integrated system – the link between iPhone and Mac was far stronger than Android/PC.
One of the major upgrades in this model was the display. The technology changed from TFT to an IPS panel and whilst the display remained at 3.5 inches, the resolution doubled. It was now a 640 x 960 resolution display – in terms of image definition this was a massive improvement. Another improvement saw the rear panel of the phone shift to a glass one, and the frame was metallic. This allowed for a far more premium feel to the phone at no real change in weight.
Finally the phone gained a front-facing camera and was the first iPhone model to do so. Apple’s FaceTime app was pushed strongly as a result of this.
This phone remained current for a surprisingly long time. It was not until October 2011 when the Apple iPhone 4S was announced. This phone kept the same look and screen but updated the camera and the processor became a dual core.
Apple iPhone 4 Review Pros:
The build was excellent quality, and was truly befitting of a premium phone. The shape of the phone was refined which allows for some proper buttons on the side.
The screen was billed as a ‘Retina’ display and was one of the highest resolution screens available at the time. Images appear sharp, and with the IPS display also have far better contrast, much like the Super AMOLED displays.
The camera was a bit of a weak spot in the Apple phones but gained some major upgrades. The resolution was now 5MP and for the first time featured a flash. Another first was the front-facing camera which allowed for selfies and also video calling.
iOS4 comes shipped on the device. Although older iPhones were upgradable to this, there was a far smoother feel on the iPhone 4 due to increased processing power. One of the main beneficiaries of this was the ability to multi-task rather than run one app at a time.
Apple iPhone 4 Review Cons:
As with all iPhones, no external storage was possible. This meant that heavy media users would have to consider a larger variant of phone – and this was to be much more expensive than just paying for a memory card.
The phone was also heavily restricted to iTunes for data transfer. Bluetooth or USB transfers were not allowed.
Some apps also came with some harsh restrictions. The on-board web browser would not run Flash applets. FaceTime would only work over Wi-Fi and even then only to a iDevice with FaceTime, narrowing its use.
The phone had its antennae on the side of the phone, which caused reception issues if it was held in a particular way.
Current Pricing and Future Prospects
Of course, like all Apple devices this is a classic phone. Many older models have gone out of real world usage as they would not support newer operating systems and hence apps. The phone is about the cheapest iPhone there is now (the Apple iPhone 3GS is more expensive) and refurbished versions are available cheaply. Any great condition phone with original packaging should be worth considerably more in future.
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