Hands-on with Apple’s stunning iPhone 4

“We had the chance to spend a half an hour with the iPhone 4 in its natural habitat: an Apple-designed demonstration center in the Moscone West convention center, right after Steve Jobs’s 2010 Worldwide Developers Conference keynote. So we tried as many of its new features as we could, and got a feel for Apple’s most significant iPhone upgrade yet,” Dan Moren and Jason Snell report for Macworld.com.

“When you first heft the iPhone 4, you still get the sense that it is an extremely solid, well-put-together device. According to Apple’s specs, the iPhone 4 is a tenth of an ounce heavier than its predecessor, the 3GS, though as it measures in at a narrower 2.31 inches (to the 3GS’s 2.4 inches) and a thinner .37 inches (compared to the 3GS’s .48 inches), you get the impression of an incredibly dense device,” Moren and Snell report. “And somehow, as with every subsequent iteration of an Apple product, the company has managed to make its earlier designs look almost clunky by comparison—using the device gives you the impression that this is the handset that Apple has been waiting to make for the last three years.”

Moren and Snell report, “At 326 pixels per inch, the iPhone 4’s display offers a level of legibility that you’ve come to expect from the printed page, not a computer. The original iPhone’s high-resolution screen (163 pixels per inch) was already a huge step up from what we’d expected from a computer display, but the iPhone 4’s screen is in a completely different category… The screen uses the same in-plane switching (IPS) techniques used on the displays in all the iMacs and in the iPad. As a result, the display is bright and colorful, with a massive viewing angle that really does look great, no matter which way you hold it.

Photos and videos are absolutely spectacular on the iPhone 4. It really is like looking at a self-illuminated photographic print, not a computer image. High-resolution videos play smoothly and look immaculate.”

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