Apple iPhone 4 – Will It Change Everything… Again?

6 07 2010

When Apple introduced iPhone in 2007, it was an advent of a revolution. It actually changed everything. Sadly enough, I was one of those people who initially condemned iPhone without even using it due to the following factors with reasons accompanying them:

  • Look Ma!, no buttons – How would I type those long SMSes!? I hate the onscreen keypads I’ve been using on the HTC Touch.
  • No Memory Expansion Card Slot either – I was used to filling all of my Nokia Phones and memory cards with loads of music, pictures and applications.
  • Irreplaceable Li-ion Battery – Li-ion battery will inadvertently die someday; also what if the Phone gets hung by some application, you just can’t remove the battery, replace it and restart the phone.
  • Looks delicate – Accidents do happen, what if the screen breaks?.

But, these factors soon dwindled as the furore of approval for the iPhone grew larger and larger across the globe. It made me reconsider my foolish and prejudiced dislike, making me buy the original iPhone in December 2007, just to see what was making the world go gaga over the device. And boy, am I glad on my decision. iPhone 2G is the best mobile phone I’ve ever owned.

Before iPhone, I had been infamous for changing my phone every 6-12 months, as I always wanted to be up to date with the technology of the moment. But with iPhone, it’s been almost 2½ years and I still don’t feel that I am left behind on what the current technology has to offer. Even the recent 3G and 3Gs models by Apple didn’t get me excited as much as I would have wished.

However, with the announcement of iPhone 4 (mind you it’s not 4G as popularly believed), the 4th iteration of iPhone in June 2010, being advertised with the tagline “This changes everything. Again.”, Apple could have hit the jackpot. Again. And Yes!, this time I am actually very excited.

Apple’s Official Promo Video for iPhone 4

The sales figures till now have been overly positive, however, if iPhone 4 would be able to live upto the hype and expectations and really change everything as it did with the original iPhone is yet to be seen.

So what’s really new in the new iPhone 4? Wanna know? Read on:

  • Apple A4 Processor (same as in iPad) clocked at approximately 800 MHz.
  • 512 Megabytes of main memory.
  • Bigger and better battery than ever.
  • Multitasking (Finally!)
  • 5 Megapixel camera with (a much needed) LED flash.
  • Photo and Video geotagging.
  • Dual Cameras for Video Calls – tagged “FaceTime” by Apple.
  • Dual Microphones – One for the calls and the other for suppressing unwanted noise and background sounds.
  • Sharpest, most vibrant and highest resolution screen ever on a Phone (960×640 pixels crammed into the same 3.5-inch screen as earlier iPhones) – tagged “Retina Display” by Apple.
  • HD Video Recording and editing (720p with 30fps, however the editing requires a separate $4.99 purchase – iMovie from the App Store)
  • Sturdier Build – Replacing the plastic back, iPhone 4 is now situated between two glossy panels of aluminosilicate glass — the same type of glass used in the windshields of helicopters and high-speed trains. Chemically strengthened to be 20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic, the glass is ultra-durable and more scratch resistant than ever.
  • Sexier Body – Between the two glossy panels, iPhone is mounted using a reinforced stainless steel band which is five times stronger than regular steel, acting as a chassis which also functions as both iPhone 4 antennas. The iPhone 4 is also slimmer than the earlier iPhones and is the thinnest smartphone ever with a thickness of just 9.3 mm (0.37 inch).


Dimensions Comparison – iPhone 2G vs iPhone 4

  • Attachment Support in Mails – .jpg, .tiff, .gif (images); .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel).
  • Last but definitely not the least, in fact this one has got me the most excited – Apple has added a Gyroscope in this iPhone. Don’t know what a Gyroscope is? See Steve Jobs demonstrating it himself at the WWDC held on June 7, 2010 below:

Steve Jobs demonstrating the Gyroscope in iPhone 4




One response

6 07 2010

Cool research by Cook Vicks

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