Review : The iPhone 4…

I finally got it!!! After being in a confused state for a month over which smart-phone to buy, I decided to opt for the Apple’s newest and finest cellular telephone…

I must admit I was a little wary, first because of the antennagate fiasco, then after hearing complains about iPhone 4′s flaky proximity sensor… I considered picking up an Android handset, but on getting reviews and playing with the emulator it left me unimpressed. I also thought about picking up the Palm Pre, but that device seemed a little too last-generation… Besides, that 720p video camera on the iPhone 4 was awfully tempting…

So, i asked a friend of mine to buy the “sim-free” version in UK for me, as he was going to come to India in a weeks time… which costs approximately 43,000 Indian Rupees… Yaa i know that’s hell expensive but all Apple gadgets are expensive, its a fact that we have to live with…

I’ve now had the iPhone 4 almost 6 days… How do I feel about my purchase???

Well its almost what u call “magical”… The two ultra smooth glass panels, united with a classic brushed steel band… Then the near-invisibility of the pixels, and the smoothness and responsiveness of iOS 4… It all just comes together in a way that almost makes me forget that couple of months back I was criticizing Apple’s iPhone and opted for a Blackberry… It feels like its an artistic master piece rather than just a smart-phone…

The Looks

The first thing that you would notice is its sleek redesign… The iPhone 4 is much slimmer (9.3mm), flatter, and feels like a much sturdier smartphone than the iPhone 3GS thanks to stainless steel along the edges and reinforced glass on both sides (said to be 30 times harder than plastic)… It also feels a tad heavier, by just 2 grams (now 137g). The volume up and down buttons are now metal and separated… The iPhone 4 is available only in black at this time, but a white version will be coming later this year… Maybe Apple would solve the antenna problem in it…

The Screen

Apple has been boasting about its new “Retina” display, with its incredibly high-resolution of 326 pixels per inch (ppi), four times sharper than past iPhones… This is quite evident when you’re reading text on websites and emails on the 3.5-inch screen… Even more noticeable, however, is how much better the contrast is on the new iPhone 4, with much deeper blacks and richer colours compared to the iPhone 3GS—with a screen that looked washed out when viewed side by side with the iPhone 4…

The Camera

Compared to other smart-phones, iPhones always lacked in the camera department… The new iPhone 4 takes much better pictures with its 5-megapixel camera, LED flash and a larger sensor that delivers better low-light performance… The iPhone 4 can also shoot HD video (720p quality at 30 frames per second) and despite not having good zoom, the clarity, colour and handling of motion was very impressive – especially for a smart-phone…

One of my favorite new features of the iPhone 4 is FaceTime, which can best be described as a Skype-like webcam chat between two people over a Wi-Fi connection – but both chatters need an iPhone 4 (Apple says they’ll “open up” the software in the near future so that it’ll work on multiple devices, and over 3G networks, too)…

Conclusion

Without question, the iPhone 4 is the most impressive smartphone in the market right now… Not to mention it works well with the roughly 250,000 apps already available at the iTunes App Store… The iPhone 4 stops just short of perfection, in other words, but it comes awfully close…

Something I know you would be dying to find out… YES, I can make the bars drop by gripping the device a certain way, and NO, I haven’t run into any issue with the proximity sensor… The display goes black and ignores input when I hold the phone up to my face, as it should… Frankly, I think that whole antennagate thing has been overblown… I’ll take the free bumper, though, thanks… ;)