The first round of iPhone 4 reviews (and a teardown) are in. But given the Gizmodo thing and prior announcement coverage, it doesn’t look like there’s much more to say. The most polished phone upped its game in both design and performance… yet is still shackled to AT&T.
For me, the “retina display” and enhanced camera are still the most interesting bits. I’ve been reading books on my 3GS, via the Kindle app, a few months. It gets the job done, but not in the most comfortable way. And I’ve wondered if a higher resolution screen might improve the situation. Then again, I’d probably just prefer a larger screen. (Such as the one found on the new $150 WiFi-only Nook.)
I can get behind “the best camera is the one that’s with you” sentiment. However, who wouldn’t turn down a bump in resolution (3 megapixels to 5), higher quality sensor, and the ability to shoot HD video? I now shoot hundreds of pics via my iPhone. Because it’s always with me. (Check out this dog.) Although the new LED flash isn’t something I’d use.
But here’s my problem with an iPhone 4 upgrade… I still experience about 8 hours a (work) day without AT&T service. Not to mention, while I’ve had my 3GS 51 weeks, AT&T has me pegged at the no commitment $600 price point. At $400, I’d be tempted. Whereas, at $600, I’m tempted to switch carriers. (For comparison, the wife, with a larger monthly spend, has been offered the $200 upgrade.) Also, I’m somewhat attracted to the new white iPhone 4. But it’s MIA. Hm.