When you're top dog, everyone watches for you to stumble and fall. The iPhone 4 is the biggest thing in the smartphone world right now. As a result, any flaws it has are bound to attract an unreasonable amount of coverage. That said, when huge threads on the Apple forum fill with users complaining about a specific issue, it is probably time to take notice.
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"Is anyone experiencing a real slowness in the 3G data speed on the iPhone 4? I had a friend race me to a website with a 3GS, and hers blew mine away. I'm even getting some disconnects when I try to hit a webpage... my friends with 3G's and 3GS's are fine..."
iPhone 4 users in the UK have also reported this same perplexing issue, which seems to exonerate AT&T from any wrongdoing here. BGR reports that a YouTube video and a number of photos have been taken of the iPhone 4 beside a 3GS. The older phone has a good 3G signal, while the 4 switches over to EDGE or staggers forward at 30 kbps.
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It is too early in the game to say that these issues persist in all iPhone 4s, or whether they are hardware or software-related. For the time being, spurned users should complain as loudly as they can. Apple will listen...eventually.