iPhone 4 Review

Posted: June 24, 2010
iPhone 4 Review

Apple fan boys are rejoicing over the arrival of the iPhone 4. Kevin Pereira and Alison Haislip review the next generation phone that measures 0.37" thin with the new Retina Display, 5 megapixel camera, HD video and more.

What You Need to Know

  • The iPhone 4 is amazingly thin and light (though a little heavier than the 3Gs)
  • It’s not as smooth as other iPhones, but it still feels sturdy
  • The phone has oleophobic glass on both sides (it’s supposed to repel fingerprints), but you can still see a ton of them
  • OLED screens are more vibrant, but don't seem as bright as the retina display
  • The retina display looks a lot smoother and more detailed (960 x 640 versus 800 x 480)
  • Now that larger phone screens are coming out (like the EVO), the iPhone's screen is beginning to look kind of small
  • The phone’s processor feels almost twice as fast than the 3Gs, especially when launching apps and running them in the background
  • Multi-tasking is not quite what we thought; most apps don't take advantage of being in the background and will occasionally have to reload
  • It's also not as easy to use as the Palm Pre's card system
  • Making folders is also a nice addition; It's simple to just drag and drop your apps and clean up your home screen
  • Overall, the phone's touch screen interface is still the best and now that they're adding functionality we've needed for awhile, it's that much better
  • The 5 megapixel camera with LED flash takes great pictures, worlds better than the 3Gs and this is a huge improvement that iPhone users have needed for a long time (you can also take pictures with the front-facing camera)
  • 720p video also looks amazing, and you can edit it with iMovie on your phone (the iMovie app is a little confusing, but we were able to add transitions, titles, and make cuts in about ten minutes for our ten second feature)
  • Strangely, you have to upload your video to your computer to get the full HD resolution, because it automatically compresses it if you e-mail
  • FaceTime is also a lot of fun, and works well over Wi-Fi; you can switch between either camera and rotate the screen to change your view on the other person's phone
  • Reports online are saying that if you grab the phone at the bottom, it may interrupt your signal
  • It hasn't been consistently bad like some are saying
  • The underlying problem is still there, though, iPhones still drop calls on AT&T


  • The iPhone 4 is $200 with a contract, and now AT&T has two levels of data plans, 200 MB a month for $15 or 2 GB a month for $25
  • It costs $20 more for tethering
  • This is all in addition to your texting and minute fees

Overall Rating

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UPDATE: iPhone 4 users are reporting drops in reception related to how the antenna is handled.  Are you having similar issues?  Leave us a message in the comments.


Comments are Closed

  • lowkevmic

    Wow, I was really surprised to hear how honest these guys were with this gadget pron. I still feel they were sort of trying to defend the iphone for losing reception if you hold the phone long enough. Because truth of the matter is, there shouldn't be reason why a phone should lose reception, except for a bad calling area. No matter how I hold my phone, me holding it should cause me to lose bars.

    Now according to BBC America, they reported the same issue, only because the guy making the report couldn't call in to his office due to his call dropping from the antenna issue. As for this amazing screen of the iphone, I don't know, because when they did the side by side with the Incredible, the colored letters in the Google logo, seemed a little faded in dull on the iphone when next to the incredible. This is so typical of Apple. They get the fans so excited about this new revolutionary product, but when it finally gets here, you wished they spent a little more time working the kinks out of it. The review though was very honest, and I give G4 props for being subjective even with big bad Apple.

    All this did was make me more excited for the new Droid X coming out in July. Everything the Iphone 4 has, just minus the crappy phone service.

    Posted: June 25, 2010 11:55 AM
  • ClauseValca

    at&t works just fine for me and i live way down in south texas in a cheap little city called laredo. my iphone 3GS rocks although ive only had it for a few months but i kinda do wish i had waited for this baby. i honestly did not think the new iphone was going to be cooler (cuz i mean, how cooler can it get) but it actually is way cooler than mine :(

    Posted: June 25, 2010 10:15 AM
  • g1-and-only

    Well it sure did look like the incredibles screen was brighter more vivid

    Posted: June 25, 2010 10:00 AM
  • Darkpuppy

    Wow ok Australians get ripped off when we buy laptops but you guys are totally screwed with you iPhone plans and telecommunication provider.

    Posted: June 25, 2010 6:06 AM
  • Darkpuppy

    Wow ok Australians get ripped off when we buy laptops but you guys are totally screwed with you iPhone plans and telecommunication provider.

    Posted: June 25, 2010 6:05 AM
  • willpeeps88

    at&t got rid of the unlimited data plan because no one hardly ever went over 2gb so your bill isn't so high for a service you don't use

    Posted: June 25, 2010 5:03 AM
  • Adakazane

    At&t works awesome for me... I am definitely upset that their "unlimited" data plan is now limited... But I always have a good signal except when at Camp Atterbury... Hmm, I think the military and verison have something going on... :D

    Posted: June 25, 2010 2:48 AM
  • Onikinou


    Posted: June 25, 2010 1:15 AM
  • Enjoji

    @wileyjdub Yeah, My service is a lot better than what I hear described in the popular media too. Idk. I still think that is there is a chance of getting into that limited contract though, I'd hold off. My 3GS with iOS4 is like iPhone 3.75, just missing the high def and flash and facetime that no one will have.

    Posted: June 24, 2010 11:41 PM
  • wileyjdub

    I guess since att works great for me its a five out of five.

    Posted: June 24, 2010 9:26 PM
  • chilejonx

    hate that att bends its customers over and screws them like that. unlimited data plan is limited to only 2g.wtf. just say limited data plan then.

    Posted: June 24, 2010 5:45 PM