“Now that I’ve spent some quality time with the iPhone 4 I can safely say it’s by far the best smartphone on the market — it’s even better than other overhyped phones slated to be released mid-summer! And I say that with a brand new Motorola Droid X (coming out July 15) in one pants pocket and the just released HTC EVO from Sprint in the other,” Clayton Morris reports for FOX News. “The iPhone 4 beats them all.”
“Let’s start with the screen, which Apple has branded a ‘Retina Display.’ It’s the most crisp display I’ve ever seen. Reading books via the newly launched iBooks app is stunning,” Morris reports. “The most marketable feature is FaceTime, which is what Apple is calling the new video call feature. Sure, others have tried to do video calling and have succeeded, but it’s never been this easy to do.”
Morris reports, “What about the biggest complaint of all? You know what I’m talking about — dropping all those AT&T calls. Well, Apple redesigned the phone so that the antenna is built into the stainless steel body. Does it work? In the dozen or so calls I made with the phone in New York City, both indoors and outside, I didn’t drop any calls. That’s a huge improvement. I had trouble connecting on at least three occasions and that may have been typical New York City cell traffic. The real test will come with long-term use.”
“Speaking of design, the form factor of this phone is super thin and incredibly solid,” Morris reports. “It makes my current iPhone 3GS look bloated and old. The new Droid X looks like it was designed by a committee that couldn’t decide on one design — so they combined two of them. Everything about the build of this phone feels solid — even the stainless steel buttons.”
Morris reports, “A remarkable display, beautiful hardware and intelligently designed software all add up to now make iPhone 4 the phone to beat.”
Read the full review here.