The news is all alive today. First, it was Motorola’s XT720. Now, its the turn of the iPhone 4.
Apple has finally made the iPhone 4 official, and it has some impressive specs too:
- 9.3 mm thickness!
- 3.5-inch display, with 960 x 640 pixels and 800:1 contrast ratio
- Improved battery life
- 5MP autofocus camera with LED flash + 5X digital zoom
- 720p@30 video recording + LED flash will double as a video light
- Front-facing videocall camera (sadly works only over Wi-Fi!)
- iBooks for the iPhone – download and sync with the iPad
- Sapphire glass front and back panels
- Entire stainless steel rim is the antenna
- 1 GHz Apple A4 CPU
- 3-axis gyroscope
- Micro SIM like the iPad
The new pixel rating of the screen is simply awesome. The N900’s awesome display, for example, rocks 800 x 480 pixels. With both displays sized 3.5 inches, the iPhone 4 simply blows it away at 960 x 640 pixels. That is a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch for the iPhone 4, against the N900’s 266.
The higher the pixel density, the better everything looks.
For further illustration, the Nexus One’s display has a pixel density of 252 and that of the HTC Evo 4G is 217. The current iPhone, with its resolution of 320×480 has a PPI of about 163. The iPhone 4 display is to die for. Oh, boy!
5 mpx (though lagging behind existing and upcoming 8/12 megapixel monsters from competitors) cameras and 720p video recording are a sweet welcome as well. But what was Apple thinking with the video-call camera limitation? The idea of implementing microSIM is quite odd too, but the iPad sold in droves anyway, so…
Also, at 9.3 mm thickness, this toy is thin!
Lastly, the OS on which the iPhone runs has been re-branded as iOS. That now places the iPhone and the iPad under the same umbrella.
The good news for iPhone 3G and 3GS users is that iOS 4 will be available as an upgrade to them. This should be sometime in June, so get ready to enjoy the new goodness – at least the OS part! It is doubtful though that unlocked iPhones will be upgradeable, so if you use an unlocked iPhone, as you must if you are here in Nigeria, don’t get too excited.