Apple iPhone 4
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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.
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?
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.
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....
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.
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.
I was torn whether to get tethering or not. Because of the iPhone, I don't need it that much. That's why I have a Virgin Mobile "pay as you go" data card: http://www.virginmobileusa.com/mobile-broadband Thought it might be of interest to you.
..."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...
and connect other devices to the Internet through it. Check out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tethering For more info.