Baig reviews iPhone 4: Once again, Apple’s handset is the one to beat

Invisible Shield for Apple iPhone 4!“Even its most strident critics — folks frustrated by AT&T’s dropped calls, people who never cozied up to a multitouch display — must concede that the iPhone is the smartphone by which others are measured,” Edward C. Baig reports for USA Today. “The new iPhone 4 I’ve been testing for about a week and a half — along with the major refresh of the mobile operating system software at the core of recent models — demonstrates once again why Apple’s handset is the one to beat,”

“Buyers won’t be disappointed,” Baig reports. “The killer feature is what Apple calls FaceTime video chat. The promise that you and the person you’re talking to on a phone can gaze into each other’s eyes dates back to when LBJ occupied the White House. No one has really nailed video calling through the years, at least not the way Apple has nailed it here, with certain limitations… Both you and the person you’re talking to need an iPhone 4, though Apple hopes to make FaceTime a standard that would permit video calling across numerous devices.”

Baig explains, “Both parties need to be connected to Wi-Fi. FaceTime doesn’t work over AT&T’s cellular network, even though you typically make the initial call through AT&T. It takes a few seconds once you tap the FaceTime button for AT&T to hand the call over to the FaceTime application.”

“There are other iPhone 4 features worth crowing about: high-definition video recording, super-crisp display, a handsome and thin stainless steel and glass design,” Baig reports. “Apple says the glass is chemically strengthened to be 20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic. To reinforce the point, an Apple executive dropped it in front of me. The phone was undamaged. Inside is an A4 processor, the power-efficient chip used in the iPad.”

Baig reports, “As with previous iPhones, the latest model breaks new ground. FaceTime video calling on the iPhone 4 is one of those cool ‘seeing is believing’ features, and it arrives on top of several across-the-board enhancements. And iOS 4 is a mostly terrific software upgrade. Cutting through the hype, Apple has given longtime diehards, and first-time iPhone owners, plenty to cheer about.”

Much more in the full review here.

10 Comments

  1. Now someone is bound to climb to the roof of some building to see how high you need to go to drop it and break it.

    I hope the steel breaks the blades of the blender they will try to blend it in.

  2. It seems that ATT will steal the iPhone’s positive spotlight with all the reviews focusing on it as the biggest drawback. Steve better unchain Apple from that ball quickly, otherwise innovation will have to slow down at Apple.

  3. Face time is a promise – not a really useful feature right now unless the person you are talking to has a iPhone 4 and both of you with a network connection that is actually working. So, we’ll have to wait until it is universally available and, by the time it is, every phone maker will have it including those who had it before Steve rolled it out the other day.

  4. @Maconymous

    I suspect the reason for AT&T;’s willingness to allow people early upgrades is to lock them in for the next two years before Apple allows it on other networks.

    For me, I think I’d only possibly consider Sprint, since it appears Verizon has the worst customer service policies in the industry.

    But lets face it, the carriers all suck. Our best hope is someone comes along and wipes the floor with all of them.

  5. With the growth and spread of WiFi networks, I’d say that Face Time is more than “a promise”. Apple was one of the key players in making the home WiFi network easy to set up and maintain, and now with budget hotels and even Starbucks offering free WiFi even E.T. can “phone home” and see the family. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  6. Apple should just spend some coin and build a service network; maybe even a VOIP system. They could call it Apple Mobile Enterprise Network. And everybody would say… A.M.E.N. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  7. You need help. Please RUN, not WALK, to your nearest psychotherapist and have him/her explain what “actuality” means. (HINT: XBox games don’t play on Nintendo machines, but that doesn’t mean they’re non-existent. Got it?)

    Face Time is only a promise if you’re a DroidFanBoy or–heaven forbid–a Blackberrian. For those of us who respect and utilize TRUE innovations, the feature is fantastic and more than a little welcomed. Sucks to be a GoogRimmer right now, huh?

  8. The last time I noticed a weirdo using a blender to grind the iPad into powder.

    Now to repeat the same stunt on the iPhone4, he seriously will need a blender with diamond blades.

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