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post #1 of 17
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Coolest Features of iPhone 4
By Stephen Hopkins
The goodies the fourth-generation iPhone has to offer.

The iPhone 4 will arrive June 24 in 16GB ($199) and 32GB models ($299).

Current AT&T users under contract will be able to upgrade to the iPhone 4 six months early. It's pretty, fast, and packed with new features.

But what are you really getting, and how has the iPhone 4 been improved over the iPhone 3GS?

The A4 Processor, higher resolution screen, and 802.11n are some major upgrades. We've rounded up the best new goodies packed into the iPhone 4.



A4 Processor
The iPhone 4 has received a major upgrade in the processing department thanks to the A4 CPU, the same one that powers the iPad. The A4 runs at 1 GHz, a 67 percent increase in power over the 3GS' old Cortex processor.

iOS 4
The iPhone OS has been renamed, and the latest iteration has officially been christened iOS 4. The new multi-platform OS (iPhone and soon iPad and iPod Touch) packs some features iPhone users have been clamoring for since day one.

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post #2 of 17
Can't wait, gimme gimme gimme!
post #3 of 17
I'm so sick of the drama at Apple regarding what they determine as open when they are one of the most closed companies I've ever seen.

Steve Jobs has done wonders for the company but I'm sick of the guy and sick of the fanboys and sick of the press who treat him and his company like they are faultless and so wonderful.

So, of course I bought the iPhone, Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and iPad...
post #4 of 17
Yeah, but Apple trains run on time....

post #5 of 17
Don't really care for the iPhone - sure it's cool but I would NEVER pay for the dataplan that AT&T forces you to get.

That said, I am now super-stoked for the new iTouch. Been wanting one of those for a while - thinking one of those is now tops on my christmas list. (Assuming Apple doesn't gimp it to keep iPhone sales up).
post #6 of 17
Why the big fuss about an upgraded phone? Maybe I'm a minority, but I only use my phone to talk, text, and figure my gas mileage.
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by D_Strasse View Post

Don't really care for the iPhone - sure it's cool but I would NEVER pay for the dataplan that AT&T forces you to get.

That said, I am now super-stoked for the new iTouch. Been wanting one of those for a while - thinking one of those is now tops on my christmas list. (Assuming Apple doesn't gimp it to keep iPhone sales up).

Have you heard that the Touch will get the "Retina" display?

I hadn't seen any mention of that, only that we current Touch owners get iOS4 for free this time around. Which is $10 worth of cool.

I, too, would like this phone (as the HTC Incredible doesn't do forward facing vid chat). But, I won't buy one due to AT&T's prices, policies and network availability.
post #8 of 17
*Yawn*
post #9 of 17
Maybe in a year Apple will catch up with the EVO and the Incredible. I still like my Droid better then the new Apple. Bigger screen, physical keyboard, a back button, full multitasking, and in a couple of weeks full Froyo goodness (tethering and Flash). Oh, and it is $100 less and runs on Verizon.
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by MrTripps View Post

Maybe in a year Apple will catch up with the EVO and the Incredible. I still like my Droid better then the new Apple. Bigger screen, physical keyboard, a back button, full multitasking, and in a couple of weeks full Froyo goodness (tethering and Flash). Oh, and it is $100 less and runs on Verizon.

???

$199 is the same price for Evo. $149 is best price for Incredible.

Too bad both aren't available unlocked on TMobile.
post #11 of 17
yes the new iphone has great new features at&t won't allow you to use on their network
and the features you can use on at&t are limited by a data cap, save your money wait for verizon or sprint to get it.
post #12 of 17
The iPhone 4 is a pretty device for sure, but that and its high pixel density screen are about the only things I can think of that it has in its favor when compared to the latest crop of Android based devices. Battery life as well, though I think all Android phones have replaceable batteries.

I've owned plenty of Apple hardware in the past and recently switched from my fourth iPhone (and second 3gs) to the Sprint EVO; it really is the far superior device for my purposes. WiMAX (I'm in Seattle, which has pretty great coverage and speed), tethering / mobile hotspot, video chat over 3g/4g in addition to wifi, and the features promised in the Froyo OS upgrade - mainly V8 javascript engine and Dalvik JIT. Plus you can actually customize the phone (and not just change ringtones and wallpaper).

I've already started writing personal apps for the device, without having to pay a $100 fee for the SDK, and might even get around to publishing a few, without having to worry about rejection based on a seemingly arbitrary set of rules.
post #13 of 17
Re: EVO Nice!

I went to the Sprint store to check them out last Friday. it is a gorgeous device.

My employer has a discount plan with Sprint for -20% on service and $25 off the phone. I am very tempted. It appears that a little-known detail of Sprint is that they allow free off-network roaming to Verizon's net, if Sprint is unavailable.

I am in a non-4G area, though (for 1000 miles in all directions). So, the extra mandatory $10/mo fee irritates me, since I get absolutely no value for it.

So, you don't think that the EVO's size is too large and unwieldly to use as a pocket carry device?
post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by BoulderGeek View Post

$199 is the same price for Evo. $149 is best price for Incredible.

I was referring to the Droid, which is $99. I almost went for the Incredible, but I really like the Droid's physical keyboard.

iPhones aren't bad handsets. The first one was revolutionary and I had fun using it. At this point Apple is playing catch up to Android for handsets and is looking over their shoulder on tablets. In any case, the competition is good for consumers no matter what device you prefer.
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by MrTripps View Post

I was referring to the Droid, which is $99. I almost went for the Incredible, but I really like the Droid's physical keyboard.

iPhones aren't bad handsets. The first one was revolutionary and I had fun using it. At this point Apple is playing catch up to Android for handsets and is looking over their shoulder on tablets. In any case, the competition is good for consumers no matter what device you prefer.

To get technical for a second, the "Droid" is a generic branding of Verizon's top Android handsets. Technically, HTC has the Droid Incredible and while Motorola was the first "Droid" it is considered the Droid Milestone in some circles (especially in Europe).

On another note, why does AVS have all these articles on the iOS4 products and none on Android/Froyo? Where is the app for Android?

Brandon
post #16 of 17
ATT works better for me than Sprint in many ways. I didn't like Motorola's Flipback so the 3GS was the best for me at the value ($97). Looking forward to iOS4 for Netflix but didn't care so much about the 4's features to pay the extra $100. Hopefully we get more customization because it's ridiculous that my Samsung Impression crap-phone can block numbers, customize text tones, and some other stuff.
post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by BoulderGeek View Post

Re: EVO Nice!

I went to the Sprint store to check them out last Friday. it is a gorgeous device.

My employer has a discount plan with Sprint for -20% on service and $25 off the phone. I am very tempted. It appears that a little-known detail of Sprint is that they allow free off-network roaming to Verizon's net, if Sprint is unavailable.

I am in a non-4G area, though (for 1000 miles in all directions). So, the extra mandatory $10/mo fee irritates me, since I get absolutely no value for it.

So, you don't think that the EVO's size is too large and unwieldly to use as a pocket carry device?

I picked up the Evo on launch day. I was on the fence, debating whether to wait for the new iPhone or go with the Evo. I was very concerned about the Evo's size, but now that I've had it for a full week, its not an issue at all for me. It easily fits into my pocket and is thin enough to not be annoyingly large. I've been blown away by the flexibility of the Android OS and I'm super happy I chose the Evo over the iPhone 4.

I think there is a little too much hype over the iPhone's higher resolution screen. The Evo screen is still beautiful and I never see pixels. Even after just 1 week with the Evo, I don't think I'll ever be able to go smaller than 4.3" ever again. My old iPhone's screen just looks cramped now.
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