Apple has amazed the world with yet another feature-rich smartphone. The 4th edition of the iconic iPhone has brought some major improvements to an already solid product. A solid seller since it’s inception, the iPhone continues to include new
features and tweaks to the user experience that leaves you speechless. If you already have an iPhone you can probably stick with it until the next product release; however, if you are new to the Apple or smartphone worlds, you’ll definitely want to at least check it out.
The iPhone 4 features a large and high-quality touchscreen that makes it easy to get around on the phone. Apps are easy to install and most are free to download and use through the iTunes App Store. One of the most impressive features to be added to this new version is the second camera so that you can use video chat. We’ve been waiting for the engineers at Cupertino to realize that iChat is worthless without this for years.Out of the entire lineup of smartphones presently available on the world’s cellular phone market, the Apple iOS has the most mature marketplace for buying and downloading smartphone applications. The variety of both free and commercial apps for the new iPhone remains top of the heap. Almost any itch that you have when it comes to apps to make your life easier can be satisfied with just a few clicks, and if you also own an Apple laptop or desktop computer you can use the same iTunes interface to purchase apps for them, too.
Be sure to purchase the Apple Care package when you get this phone. Sure it’s a touch expensive, but it’s one of the industry’s best warranties for electronic gadgets. I’ve never had a problem getting an Apple device replaced that failed or that broke while under warranty. Also, I would highly recommend that you get a bluetooth headset as the included earphones have a short cord and are not very loud.
Overall, the iPhone 4 is an excellent purchase for most people; however, some people with more business-centric usage habits may want to look elsewhere (Blackberry, Palm Pre, etc). While iOS has applications that fill most users’ needs, some business-class professionals find the iPhone lacking some features required to interface with their enterprise computing environments (something which RIM has made Blackberry OS perfect for from the beginning).
I rate this phone a 9/10 simply because of the prohibitive pricing and the lack of available carriers, but if you have the money and already are a user of AT&T or Verizon (any possibly T-Mobile in the near future) its a solid purchase that won’t disappoint. If you have kids who want an iPhone, buying the cheaper version with less storage space would probably be a good idea as it can save you significant sums of money while still getting them the slick phone that they want to show off to all of their friends.