Engadget Reviews the iPhone 4

Engadget has a review of the iPhone 4 ready. Here is their wrap-up on the device:

We’re not going to beat around the bush — in our approximation, the iPhone 4 is the best smartphone on the market right now. The combination of gorgeous new hardware, that amazing display, upgraded cameras, and major improvements to the operating system make this an extremely formidable package. Yes, there are still pain points that we want to see Apple fix, and yes, there are some amazing alternatives to the iPhone 4 out there. But when it comes to the total package — fit and finish in both software and hardware, performance, app selection, and all of the little details that make a device like this what it is — we think it’s the cream of the current crop. We won’t argue that a lot of this is a matter of taste — some people will just prefer the way Android or Symbian works to the iPhone, and others will be on the lookout for a hardware keyboard or a particular asset that the iPhone 4 lacks — but in terms of the total picture, it’s tough to deny that Apple has moved one step past the competition with this phone.

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Now, we all know that the guys at Engadget can be nitpicky, so if they are happy with iPhone 4, I’m betting that its really a good device.

Go read Engadget’s complete iPhone 4 review.

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29 comments

  1. yes, I agree with the Engadget review. i have seen the hands-on video in the site. Even downloaded it. I have had a glimpse of the exquisite hardware in the video. I have also experienced its ios UI on my iphone 3g with a handds-on experience, after downloading and installing it free of charge from the itunes store. Although some features were missing. The iphone 4 is a gorgeous and great device and the ios 4 is superb.

    the only other offering I want to compare it with is the Nokia N8. If the N8’s UI is anything that can at least approximate the iphone 4, nothwithstanding its less than stellar hardware configuration I might gun for it on account of price. But for now at least, the iphone 4 is where my eyes lie.

  2. I still want my hardware qwerty preferably side sliding with a wide touch screen. I am not carried away with fluid interface and all that. Give me a solid and functional smartphone that meets my needs and does not put a hole in my wallet.

    Can we please have a review from a non american site pls.

  3. @IG: Good question. I read up somewhere that with a pair of scissors and a steady hand, you can convert your regular SIM into a micro-SIM. Of course, if that is correct, you can forget about using that SIM on regular mobiles – unless you can find a microSIM adapter.

  4. I wonder if there are other phones (apart from this one) that use the microSIM.

    If so, it looks like our telecoms providers need to start providing this type of minuscule SIM.

    You can use an adapter to enable the use of this microSIM on a ‘regular’ phone. The reverse is not possible..

  5. @Yomi Adegboye. You are correct. In PCworld, A normal Sim card was trimmed to fit in an ipad micro-sim card Dock. And it worked hitchlessly.

    But my question remains on what MTN, Glo, Zhain and Etisalat are waiting for? Why don’t they get the iphone 4 with a deal from Apple for us here in Nigeria. Why do they have to allow us to get our units Sim-free and expensive from the UK Apple stores?????

  6. @archie. Apart from 3G and 3.5G, the iphone 4 also has gprs. All these are found in Nigeria. Especially in LAgos where I guess you are. And by the way, the iphone is not a 4G phone. The only 4G phone in the world that is Wimax Compliant is the HTC EVO.

  7. @deoladoctor. Try not to show your dispassion for the iphone too much while ignoring some of its laudable functionalities and features. The iphone 4 to my own estimation beats many other smart phones in the market in body materials, design and hardware. I understand you don’t care about the user interface of a device, relying more on functionality. But my question remains, supposing you can get both (intuitive UI and functionality) in a device, isn’t it rightfully better? Isn’t that device truly a game changer?

  8. Update from Engadget; the quintessential Lines is already happening in the APple stores all around the world. People lining in queues to buy the iphone has become something like a trademark to each iphone launch. In one Apple store in the UK, the queue is 197 people long!

  9. @Deoladoctor. You doubt the authenticity of the Engadget review? Engadget has made their reputation based on unbiased review of Tech products and gadgets over the years. Perhaps what I should do is make an article on the Meta-analytical review of most of the online hands-on experience reviews of the iphone 4 on the net to show you views from other countries. The iphone 4 is something to get. But it will cost an arm and a leg! It is about 499 pounds sim-free (Factory unlocked) in the online UK Aplle store for the 16GB variety!

  10. It is amazing to read all the comments above.

    Without holding back any word, The Apple iPhone 4 is the most gorgeous smartphone in the word right now that is available to mass market and if you want more you can always ‘free’ your iphone.

    Points
    The iPhone 4 is selling so much that Apple is on its toes to meet demand.
    Turning a regular sim into a micro sim is no big deal.
    I certainly wonder why our network providers has refused to sell phones this way.

    The saying now is ipads sells in thousands but the iPhone 4 sells in tens of thousands

  11. iPhone 4 Update:

    For some it’s a yellowish spot in the bottom of the display, for other the spot can take up a whole band across the screen. Not everyone is seeing it though – it’s early to tell if this is a common problem or just a few defective units.

    Another thing that Apple bragged about was better signal reception on the iPhone 4. Well, users quickly spotted a problem with that too. Obviously holding your hand tight over the bottom left corner will cause the iPhone 4 to go from zero bars to full and back to zero again, while standing in the same place. Check out this video demo by Engadget.

    Read more on this at GSMArena via Apple – Support – Discussions – Flawed screen …

  12. @ Afewgoodmen

    @archie. Apart from 3G and 3.5G, the iphone 4 also has gprs. All these are found in Nigeria. Especially in LAgos where I guess you are. And by the way, the iphone is not a 4G phone. The only 4G phone in the world that is Wimax Compliant is the HTC EVO.

    Thanks for the clarification.

    But my question remains on what MTN, Glo, Zhain and Etisalat are waiting for? Why don’t they get the iphone 4 with a deal from Apple for us here in Nigeria. Why do they have to allow us to get our units Sim-free and expensive from the UK Apple stores?????

    I have been waiting for an answer to this question for so long. @ all, Any ideas why?

  13. Here’s something that Steve Jobs forgot to mention in his keynote address.

    Concerning the reception issues that plague iPhone 4, Apple says “You’re holding the iPhone 4 the wrong way”!

    An excerpt:

    Gripping any mobile phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance, with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas. This is a fact of life for every wireless phone. If you ever experience this on your iPhone 4, avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band, or simply use one of many available cases.

    Like the guys at Engadget, I find that ridiculous too. It is simply bad design. Not that iPhone fans would care.

    Sources:
    DailyMobile
    Engadget

  14. The grip issue is a problem. But it doesn’t make the iphone un-useable. And just like Yomi says, it will not be a deal breaker for a lot of Iphone fans and a lot of people. The iphone is still selling in droves. And from conservative estimate from NPD, i.5 million iphones were sold just on the opening day! Can you any other phone create the same amount of hype, interest, and also beat that. I strongly doubt that!

  15. One more thing, Yomi. Sorry for going off topic. But for the past two days now, I have been unable to log into mobilitynigeria site. I thought it was a local problem until Deoladoctor told me that he couldn’t do the same too.

  16. The iphone 4 grip issue appears not to be present in all iphone 4s. That is some have it and some don’t. Apple would fix the problem by an iOS 4.01 update soon, says appleinsider/computerworld today.

  17. “Reception issues observed by new iPhone 4 owners, derided as the “Death Grip” by bloggers, appears to actually be a software issue that an iOS update is expected to resolve early next week.” APpleinsider rumouring an Apple iphone software Engineer’s comment on the official Apple iphone 4 users’ forum!

  18. Yes we have seen many smartphones come with issues like the Nokia N97 with its cover scratching camera issue and GPS, Samsung wave with Virus etc and now iPhone 4 with yellow spot and Death grip. This sometimes makes one wonder what has happen to quality control test.

    Anyway, its good to here that Apple will come up with an update for iOS4 to correct the issues. While we wait ‘You know you are holding your iphone4 the wrong way if you lose signal’.

  19. Offline, just felt like sharing.

    Should i say, i was privileged to have a minute or two with an iPad 16GB wifi only, it felt a little bit heavy. The screen is not bad and it looks really responsive and you had better give it a strong hold so that it does not slip.

    Overall looks like a good device but i kind of feel that who ever is buying an ipad will certainly have a smartphone and a pc/laptop too.

  20. Sorry to be off topic
    @bosun99uk When you must have a smartphone and a pc/laptop, what then is the need for an ipad. I thought it was made to bridge the gap between those two and not to become a third ‘carry about’.

    @Yomi & Afewgoodmen et al
    Must you all have to go on net to know how to convert regular sims to micro sims? Back in those days when double sim phones were just about coming out, there were phones sold by buyright.com (i think they were called computerport.com then). You buy the phone, they then trim your sim cards (each worth about N10,000 back then) into micro sim size while you were holding your breath and mutterring some prayers or incantations, then insert them into the phone. You go life with each sim one at a time.

    You see, we’ve been doing it long before ‘them’.

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