Apple’s Flawed Masterpiece: An In-Depth Review of the iPhone 4

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15 Responses

  1. Eschase5 says:

    Be prepared for the Fandroids to start trolling. According to the Fandroid creed no one is allowed to write anything about the iPhone and Apple unless it is completly negative.

  2. Steven Amani says:

    Excellent and well balanced review. Well done!

  3. Ted says:

    VERY WELL written, one of the best, most balanced reviews ever. Thanks!

  4. BrianM says:

    for me the most natural way to hold my iPhone 3G while making a call is with the thumb and 2 fingers, thumb on left side, one finger on top, one on the right side. maybe a 3rd finger farther down on the right side.
    for me trying to use the palm like pictured isn’t comfortable.

  5. Thomcarl says:

    Flawed Masterpiece, is an oxymoron. Good review, I don’t have a problem with the way I hold the phone, doesn’t make any difference on my phone.

  6. Eli says:

    Thanks for the kind comments, folks.

    BrianM-Making and receiving calls isn’t all we do with our iPhones. When I’m browsing the internet, or doing anything that doesn’t require an awful lot of typing, I’ll hold the phone as depicted in my left hand and use my right hand to peck at the screen. The issue extends to data as well, because when you lose reception, you lose your data connection.

  7. Fandroid says:

    Fandroid here…

    I own a 3G and a 3GS and hate Apple’s controlling stance and their buggy firmware/software. Although they are slowly getting better and iOS4 with iTunes 9.2 has solved some bugs wrt handling of large libraries, but many bugs still remain.

    And now that there are viable Android alternatives, I never plan on buying another iPhone due to their continued crAppie politics and the fact that you don’t actually own the phone you payed for but are instead borrowing it indefinitely from Apple.

    But this was a good review with lots of useful information. And as soon as Apple quits fighting the jailbreak movement and pushing their DRM crap (and I do mean pushing in the sense of drugs to a junkie), I plan to reconsider my aforementioned decision.

  8. Paul Freeman says:

    On the whole a balanced article, and good to read people’s views on the iPhone 4.

    But, one thing that constantly amazes me is how people are so impressed by FaceTime.

    I don’t know what the situation is in the US, but here in the UK 3G phones have had face to face video calls since the very first phones came out almost a decade ago. No one uses it of course, but it’s as easy to access as it is the iPhone (Contact, option, make video call on a Sony Ericsson) and it works across multiple phone providers and models, over a normal cell connection.

    And Facetime seems no easier then using Skype due to the constraint of WiFi only. With the small exception of not needed to pre register.

    So to me, it seems not so much a glimpse into the future, but a look back at the past which people choose not to use, and by ignoring existing standards and creating new ones it doesn’t seem a very consumer friendly way of going forward with a technology.

  9. Eli says:

    Fandroid-I hear what you’re saying and I don’t entirely disagree. I think we must accept at this point that Apple’s greatest strength-its top down control of the user-experience-is also its greatest weakness. Before you make the jump, take a hard look at the things that do work for you on the iPhone and go into a store and see if you can duplicate them on Android.

    Paul Freeman-Yeah I played with some of the earlier incarnations of video chatting on phones and I found the experience to be lacking. The ones I tried were coming across at 12 frames per second and were low resolution and just not an improvement over an ordinary cell call. Face Time to me is the future, because once truly high speed wireless networks are in place, Face Time, or a variation on it, will be how we make all of our calls. The video component isn’t even the big deal here. It’s the improvement in audio quality and the movement to a system where voice and data are no longer bifurcated in the artificial way that they are today. That’s the future of cellular communications that I was referring to.

  10. SatisfiedOwner says:

    This was one of the better reviews… maybe its because I agree with all you said? I appreciate after a week of us how in every way I can imagine it is a better phone than my 3GS. Well, except all that glass makes me nervous.

  11. Elinator says:

    one of the most elaborate and well detailed iPhone4 reviews I have read.

    Makes me wanna consider the Android!

  12. Robert says:

    When I read the author’s view on the apple’s on-screen keyboard, and the transition from physical to virtual, I couldnt help feel remiss that he talked about Google’s voice-input, but did not mention Swype, which is available for Android and Windows mobile. All I want is for Swype to add the little microphone in the corner, like the android keyboard and I’m all set.

  13. Adrian says:

    Excellent review.

    I’m currently considering the iPhone4 or the Blackberry Bold 9700. It’s a hard choice but I am leaning to the iPhone…

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