I4 Phone Reviews – The Pundits Weigh In

BITS – TECHNOLOGY – NEW YORK TIMES
By NICK BILTON

Technology reviewers and blogs all around the world are weighing in with their thoughts about the new iPhone 4. Below is a collection of reviews and pointers from the technology world:

If you want to see the iPhone 4 fully naked and ripped down to its innards, iFixit can help. The Web site dissected an iPhone 4, sharing photos and specs of the phone. Then, iFixit gave the photos to Chipworks, a computer chip seller, which identified the type of chips used and even went as far as to show the circuitry of each pixel. (ISuppli, which has assessed the cost of making popular Apple products, takes a little longer to produce its analysis.)

Ars Technica offers a thorough review and explanation of iOS4, the iPhone’s operating system. The site notes that although the new operating system has some new and notable features, “There are, however, some obvious downsides.” The review walks through the multitasking and app switching, application notifications and user interface updates.

In addition to an in-depth review of the phone, Engadget noted that several scratches seemed to have appeared on the back of its iPhone 4. Apple has said that the glass used for the phone is the toughest yet, but Joshua Topolsky, Engadget’s editor, said the scratches are “hard to see unless in bright light, but they look pretty notable to us for a five-day-old unit.”

Included in CNet’s review, you will find video and slick pictures. CNet says: “This iPhone 4 has us more excited than we were last year when the the 3GS was born. The new features, particularly those in the new operating system, are long overdue, and we welcome any efforts to improve call quality (remember that it is a phone, after all).”

Walt Mossberg of The Wall Street Journal took the iPhone 4 through some rigorous tests, dropping it several times from several feet onto a hard surface without any problems. Mr. Mossberg wrote: “In both hardware and software, it is a major leap over its already excellent predecessor, the iPhone 3GS.” As for the negatives, he says, “The most important downside of the iPhone 4 is that, in the U.S., it’s shackled to AT&T.”

Xeni Jardin of BoingBoing also shared a review of the phone. Ms. Jardin loves the feel of the new phone, writing: “The squared-off, thinner, steel-and-glass form is more masculine, more substantial. Like a really hot designer watch.” But she laments that the phone is still only available on AT&T, writing: “Still, there’s one flaw it can’t completely eliminate: the unreliable quality of calls placed over AT&T, which remains the iPhone’s only U.S. carrier.”

MacRumors shows the results of a “bench test” of the phone, testing the speed, processor and memory of the new iPhone and the previous 3GS model.

And of course, David Pogue of The New York Times did a review. He loves the new phone, calling it “amazing” and saying that the public has already made the call over whether Apple has released another great phone. Mr. Pogue takes note of the competition that wasn’t there for previous iterations of the iPhone:

Phones running Google’s Android software are gaining rave reviews and packing in features that iPhone owners can only envy. The Android app store is ballooning, multiple phone makers are competing, and Google updates the software several times a year. Apple releases only one new model a year, so the new iPhone had better be pretty amazing to compete.

It is.

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