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Apple iPhone 4

A new release from Apple is guaranteed to provoke excitement along with speculation, rumours and just plain wild gossip. The Apple iPhone 4 release was no exception. But does it live up to the pre-release hype? Let’s take a look.

At first look the iPhone 4 is impressive – a simple and timeless design consisting of 2 slabs of glass wrapped around the sides with a stainless steel band. Apple appears to have captured the appearance of a “beautiful old Leica camera”, as Steve Jobs put it.

According to Apple the highly durable glass front and back is comparable in strength to sapphire crystal.  It also includes brand new internals, including a new CPU and double the memory of its predecessor. Another nifty feature is the VGA camera on the front and a 5-megapixel camera on the back.

The user interface screen on the iPhone 4 is a stunner. Apple calls it the “Retina Display” and it gives what is undoubtedly the most clear, detailed and viewable screen ever seen on a mobile device.

The iPhone 4 also has a brand new operating system – called appropriately enough iOS4, also used on the iPad – which lets you multi-task. So you can listen to music, upload or download pictures and carry on a conversation at the same time. Applications, such as uploads or downloads, can carry on to completion in the background while you finish your call, for example.

A nice new feature for the user interface is the use of folders. You no longer need to look at row after row of icons on the screen – they can be collected together in folders which you can rename, making navigation through your apps much simpler.

So how does the iPhone 4 stack up against the iPhone 3GS? Here’s a quick comparison table between the 2 models:

 Features iPhone 4 iPhone 3GS
Size115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm115.5 x 62.1 x 12.3 mm
Weight137 grams135 grams
ProcessorApple A4600 MHz Cortex-A8
Display3.5 inch IPS 960 x 6403.5 inch 480 x 320
Main Camera5-Megapixel AF with flash3-Megapixel AF
Front CameraVGA   None
Face Time Video CallingYesNo

Looks like Apple has another killer product on their hands!

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