U.S. iPhone 4 units start arriving, get activated, produce photos and videos

Invisible Shield for Apple iPhone 4!“One of the iPhone 4 owners who received a unit early hasmanaged to get his unit activated with AT&T and has posted test photos and video from the phone’s camera,” Electronista reports. “Apart from validating the very high-resolution screen, the samples provide a more detailed impression of the image quality than a Czech leak from earlier.”

Electronista reports, “Video samples also show that the phone produces particularly high quality 720p footage. Unlike some phones, which sacrifice the bitrate to achieve HD, video from the iPhone 4 shows few of the visual artfacts seen on other phones, such as blurring, blockiness or hitching frames.”

Read more in the full article, with videos and photos produced by the iPhone 4 along with an unboxing video, here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

18 Comments

  1. What do these people expect? Bad quality? Honestly, you know Apple… they do actually mean it when they say on their website that “[t]his changes everything. Again.”

    This iPhone will stun the world with its awesomeness. No, I’m not a member of the Apple cult. I just know a successful device and a good strategy when I see one. Of course, that doesn’t mean I’ll buy it!

  2. By the way, I was referring to these words in the Electronista article: “video from the iPhone 4 shows few of the visual artfacts seen on other phones”.

  3. Streaming the video doesn’t help to see how smooth it is… at least right now on my cable modem. Network congestion is usually high at this time of day.

    Wow. What a difference in looks between the old and new iPhone!

    I’m glad the new one will be my first although I might appreciate it more if I had one of the 3 earlier versions, especially the first one.

    3 year contracts up here in Canada so I wouldn’t have been able to upgrade if I’d gotten the 3GS last fall, so I thought I’d wait for iPhone 4. I am SO glad I did!

  4. Of course, things like the video quality is never mentioned by most of the tech media that are compelled to claim that the iPhone is “catching up” to other phones in the market. This is the problem with just evaluating a product based on comparing specifications.

    This is why most IT geeks don’t understand Apple products. They are more than their specs.

  5. @macintosher

    “What do these people expect? Bad quality?”

    Yeah I expected good quality from Apple. Hell I expected more than that when I waited online, early in the morning, to get my WiFi iPad on launch day. Since then I have had nothing but problems with wifi, battery life, freezing up, etc. Message boards were rife with similar complaints, a Google search will verify that, but it has been discounted to just a scant few units and not really a problem.
    To me it’s a problem. I just tried to post to another thread and my iPad froze to the point of NO button working and just hung searching for wifi until the MDN app crashed and my post was lost. Now I have to go to my laptop to post this.
    With my schedule I just haven’t had the time to set up a “Genius Bar” appt. to see if they can acknowledge and rectify this problem. This is MY first Apple product and the quality part of it has been a let down.

    And please refrain from the juvenile comments of taking this “piece of junk” off my hands for insulting amounts of money or even no money at all. All that does is underscore the general Mac Fanboy stereotype who wishes to do nothing but dump on Microsoft, extol the virtues of Mac, and hide or at best marginalize any legitimate issues or complaints with Mac hardware or software.

    I love my iPad, but without a reliable internet connection it is nothing more than a castrated media device.

  6. @ob1spyker
    No company produces products completely free from defects. Given the hardware and software design complexity of Apple’s product line, I would say that they do pretty darn well. And there are some things that are out of their direct control, including production quality issues and shipping.

    Apple generally does a very good job in dealing with defective products, but you will have to make the time to go to the Genius bar for help. It has been a while since the iPad launch and complaining on this forum will not help. Please write back *after* you have been to the Genius bar and let us know how Apple took care of your iPad problem.

  7. @ob1spyker

    “Yeah I expected good quality from Apple. Hell I expected more than that when I waited online, early in the morning, to get my WiFi iPad on launch day. Since then I have had nothing but problems with wifi, battery life, freezing up, etc.
    […]
    With my schedule I just haven’t had the time to set up a “Genius Bar” appt. to see if they can acknowledge and rectify this problem. This is MY first Apple product and the quality part of it has been a let down. “

    Wait… so you bought this thing almost three months ago, but you haven’t had time to have it checked or exchange it, and you are here ranting about it? Have you ever purchased a product that had a problem before, ever in your life? The normal course of action to actually bring resolution to an issue, is not to wait MONTHS and whine about it online, but to get off your butt and take action to get it resolved. They probably would have swapped it out immediately. It is NEVER going to be fixed if you just sit around and whine about it. Put the laptop down, and find a way to get back to the store and take care of it.

    Seriously. Hypothetically, if Apple has sold 3,000,000 of them so far, and 0.001 % of them had issues, that would be about 3,000 bad units. Sure, that’s a lot of bad iPads, but not unexpected. Does that warrant a general condemnation of Apple’s quality? I think not.

  8. @ob1spyker
    “I love my iPad, but without a reliable internet connection it is nothing more than a castrated media device”

    How is that Apples problem? I too have internet problems, when I can’t use my Vonage VOIP phone, or DL movies, I don’t blame those devices, cause I know what the problem is

  9. @HotinPlaya

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! There is that blind Apple ignorance I was talking about. Can’t be the Apple product, has to something else. That would suggest that the sun doesn’t shine out Steve Jobs butt.

    Think before you post. ™

  10. @ob1spyker

    Sorry to hear you’re having problems especially since this is your first experience. Needless to say Apple is no different to other companies in that they make a few duds here and there; but overall these experiences are few and far between with Apple.

    I personally had to take 2 iPhone 3G’s back to Apple due to defects, but the 3rd phone has performed like a champ for almost 2 years now; even surviving being left at a beach overnight!

    I know it’s a pain but take it back to the Genius bar and let them have it fixed/exchanged because you’re only prolonging your suffering!

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