The iPhone 4 is the new 4th generation slate smartphone successor to the iPhone 3GS. It is particularly marketed for video calling, consumption of media such as books and periodicals, movies, music, and games, and for general web and e-mail access. However upon launch users discovered they had difficulty making and recieving calls - why? Find out here.
The iPhone 4 was released with wide market anticipation. But did it live up to the hype? In my view ‘no’ but only because of the false start it was given. A mobile phone that has difficulty in making and recieving calls is not really a mobile phone. That said Apple were quick to diagnose the issue and offer early adopters a ‘free’ bumper that deals with the casing (thus signal) issues. But be quick – you have to download the app and request a free case – and you only have until the end of the month to do it! Other than that – the iPhone 4 is very sexy, if not slightly on the heavy side.
What went wrong with the iPhone 4?
Upon release users reported signal issues when holding or gripping the handset on the lower left side. It seems the antenna, which is aluminum (again hence the weight) that circle the outside of the phione ‘shorts when held by the human hand. Apple refused to recall the phone (probably to avoid brand damage) but instead to issue free cases that seem to have resolved some of the issues. Orange report that they have not received any such issues on their network.
As a result I have been spending some time trying to evaluate the iPhone versus it’s competitors, namely the Google Android enabled Samsung I9000 Galaxy S. Here are my key findings:
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