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The iPhone 4 measures 4.5" x 2.31" x 0.37" and weighs 4.8 ounces. It can be had in 16GB or 32GB capacity and records 720p video and has a 5MP still camera. FaceTime video calls can be made on the phone and it has WiFi, Bluetooth, and lots more. The biggest new feature for many will be the new screen with higher resolution.
I have been trying to buy a new iPhone 4 for a while now. I mentioned before that I had a hard time getting my hands on one even when I decided to go against my nature and order online. AT&T will only let you use normal credit cards not check cards even if they have the Master Card or Visa logo on them. I finally ran across a new iPhone 4 in Walmart of all places a few weeks back and have been using it for a while now.
I dropped my iPhone 3GS and cracked the screen. It had some issues inside as well with the thing getting stuck in reboot loops and generally driving me crazy. We have probably all heard about the antenna problems with the iPhone 4. I guess some folks may have issues with the antenna. However, I have not had any issues at all so far. I don't cup the bottom of the device so perhaps the "don't hold it that way" advice from Steve Jobs really is the solution.
The screen is so much better than the screen on my iPhone 3GS, even before the cracks, it's no comparison. The screen is much crisper and video and games look much better on the iPhone 4 than the 3GS. I have also been very happy to see that battery life is much improved on the iPhone 4 compared to my 3GS. Even before I dropped my 3GS, the battery was only good for half a day if I played lots of games or streamed lots of video.
I have used the iPhone 4 to stream video for over an hour after making several calls and playing games on the thing and at the end of the day the battery was still more than half-full. Finally, I can use the phone the way I want to without having to worry it will run out of juice.
I have long lamented the poor camera quality that the iPhone 3GS has. The camera on the iPhone 4 with its flash and HDR mode is much better than the camera on my old phone. The iPhone also takes high quality video. I think FaceTime is cool, but that feature for me is a gimmick. I only know one person that uses an iPhone 4 that I care to see when I call. I bet as cool as the feature sounds, few will use it frequently.
I am a bit nervous about the glass front and back of the iPhone 4. After cracking the screen of my 3GS in a drop, the thought of being able to crack the front and back of the iPhone 4 makes me sweat. If you have a 3GS and you are wondering if the upgrade is worth it, the answer is certainly yes. The better screen and camera are worth the upgrade. If you are on the original iPhone, you most certainly want to upgrade.
The iPhone 4 is a very worthy upgrade for most users from the 3G/3GS and the original iPhone. I have still not found a device on AT&T that I would rather have than the iPhone 4.
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