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Ultimate iPhone 4 gallery: Unboxing, comparisons, and screenshots

Apple iPhone 4

Apple's fourth generation iPhone has drawn intense interest from both consumers and business professionals. Here is TechRepublic's full photographic report of the new smartphone, from unboxing to how it looks in the new Apple case to visual comparisons with other popular smartphones to screenshots of the new iOS 4 running on iPhone 4.

Photo credit: Jason Hiner / TechRepublic

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28 comments
nasanawaz
nasanawaz

microsim is big drawback i think and playlist edit is very good

herb_williams
herb_williams

I feel the HTC HD2 and HTC EVO are better phones. I don't see what the big deal is unless you have a iPhone 3GS. The rest of the industry has the same stuff.

gri
gri

I'd go with HTC Evo anytime...

KenDAWG
KenDAWG

It looked like the HTC EVO had a much brighter screen than the iPhone4

gri
gri

and bigger screen!

bastien
bastien

TR guys...can you update the gallery to a nicer slider or ajax type gallery where I don't have to wait for each page refresh?

gri
gri

agreed, an update of slider is in need!

jeff
jeff

It's even more annoying on a netbook, because most of the image is off the screen...

Vulpinemac
Vulpinemac

Bigger display and better resolution.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Why not suggest viewing on standard laptop? Even bigger with higher resolution. Oh, wait; a desktop with a 22" monitor! Now we're talking size and res, and apparently those (and a willingness to spend money) were your only criteria.

jasonhiner
jasonhiner moderator

We're working on a new gallery display with larger photos and faster flipping between images.

bowmanb
bowmanb

Yeah, that's it; put a bumper over that antenna, that?ll improve reception! LOL

Vulpinemac
Vulpinemac

There is perfectly good science in that response and if you have to belittle it, then you honestly don't understand radio technology, much less computer technology. Maybe you're not old enough to remember rabbit ear antennae for televisions or single-rod antennae for AM/FM radios. An interesting factor was that if you touched the antenna, you could sometimes increase the signal strength, sometimes decrease it, it really depended on how and where you touched it. The metal frame of the iPhone 4 is part of the antenna system. If you touch it one way, you can actually improve signal strength and reduce the chance of a dropped call; however, if you touch it another way and happen to bridge that gap between two antennae parts, you can have the exact opposite effect, killing signal. The bumper isolates the metal frame from your hand, preventing that short between the two antennae, but also preventing that signal enhancement. The fact that the antenna is now on the outside of the phone means you still get better reception than one where the antenna is hidden inside the case. As such, the bumper is a fix that will improve reception over a shorted antenna and offers better reception than the iPhone 3G(S). It really does do the job.

cbader
cbader

In image 37, one of the phones says 'No Service'.

jasonhiner
jasonhiner moderator

the phone literally has no service. It's no longer connected to an AT&T Wireless account.

ICan2
ICan2

I have AT&T too!

Michael Kassner
Michael Kassner

That's probably why the No Service is shown.

cbader
cbader

I know, still thought it was funny considering all the issues that ATT has had with their network.

michael.darezzo
michael.darezzo

So glad this function is back from the 'grave'. With all the concern over the bandwidth for AT&T I thought this was a goner! Now I just need to figure out how badly this is going to cost me....

ScottyUK
ScottyUK

O2 charge an iPhone tariff of ?8.51, on top of the contract tariff. I am informed by our O2 Account manager that if you want to use the iPhone for tethering, you basically have to pay an additional tariff of ?8.51. They are also now capping usage at 500Mb per month. They are touting a USB dongle based mobile broadband solution for ?6.38 instead, carrying it's own data limit of 1Gb per month. I assume that the iOS allows a mobile operator to lock down the functionality? I have seen this too on the HTC HD2 from O2. The HD2 is able to act as a WiFi hotspot, the menu is not available on the handset from O2.

Dave.57
Dave.57

I downloaded the ap to test the 3G speed here. SWFL I have to wonder how much data this test uses. ??? The upload speed with the 4G (721kbps) is more than 10 times better. The fastest previous upload speed on a 3gs was 55kbps. The fastest wifi upload was 260. The fastest 3g download speed was 2600 on the 3GS. The 4G is better I got a 3833kps download speed. I really don?t think any more download/upload speed is needed at this point. If at some point the antenna issue bothers me I'll try the scotch tape over the seam trick. The iphone brightness has a factory setting at 2/3 of max. It's brightness can be increased.

chrisbedford
chrisbedford

..."phone tethering"? That the phone works only on one network? (We 3rd-world hicks don't always understand a lot of American terminology, it often seems to us as if you have a name for everything whereas we would say "the phone is dedicated to the XYZ network"...) Coming to you from Sunny South Africa, where it's mid-Winter and 18 C (about 64 F), a lovely mild & clear day with no wind. Eat your hearts out...

eM DuBYaH
eM DuBYaH

you use a cable to connect your phone to your computer and use it for internet access.

SniperTech
SniperTech

An additional $45.00 a month for AT&T. Even for those with the grandfathered "unlimited" data plan. AT&T Charges you just to have the option...