After what has seemed like an eternity, the iPhone 4 is almost upon us having been officially unveiled at WWDC 2010 earlier in the month. Set to launch tomorrow to much fanfare and excitement, all but the most die hard Apple critics are eager to get hands on with the latest addition to the iPhone family. While most will have to wait for the official launch, a select few journalists have been, with Apple’s blessing, using the device for the past week.
Unfortunately the Mobiles Blog wasn’t one of the lucky few hand picked by Steve Jobs and co. but we are on hand to give you a roundup of the reviews that have started hitting the net and surprise surprise, they’re pretty unanimous in their praise for the new iPhone.
Josh Topolsky, Editor over at everyones favourite tech site Engadget, noted that the new design left the iPhone 3GS feeling “cheap and chubby by comparison” and “outclasses pretty much every smartphone on the market in terms of industrial design“. The design was one thing that had split people down the middle with just as many liking as loathing the iPhone 4 but it looks as though the design really needs to be seen and held to be appreciated. The Engadget editor-in-chief was also won over by the new Retina display commenting “we can tell you this: to our eyes, there has never been a more detailed, clear, or viewable screen on any mobile device.”
“We’re not going to beat around the bush — in our approximation, the iPhone 4 is the best smartphone on the market right now. The combination of gorgeous new hardware, that amazing display, upgraded cameras, and major improvements to the operating system make this an extremely formidable package.” – Josh Topolsky, Editor-in-chief, Engadget
Walt Mossberg, technology editor for the Wall Street Journal, was similarly generous with his praise, again lauding the inspired new design (we really can’t wait to get our hands on one of these things!). Mossberg commented that “Physically, the iPhone 4 is attractive and feels great in the hand” and also put to bed fears of fragility adding “I dropped it several times from a few feet onto a hard surface with no problem, and it acquired no scratches at all in my testing, even though I didn’t use a case or coddle it.” This will come as little surprise to those familiar with Gorilla Glass, the material that has been protecting laptops, televisions and mobile phones for years.
“I’ve been testing the iPhone 4 for more than a week. In both hardware and software, it is a major leap over its already-excellent predecessor, the iPhone 3GS.” – Walt Mossberg, WSJ
David Pogue, Journalist for the New York Times did have some criticism for the iPhone 4 launch but leveled it squarely at Apple’s much maligned exclusive US network partner AT&T. Here in the UK, we have the luxury of choosing from multiple networks so problems around network exclusivity are a thing of the past. Pogue did also point out that todays smartphone market is far more competitive with the emergence of Android but the iPhone is still the undisputed king of the hill;
“this must still be a nerve-racking time to be Apple; the iPhone is no longer the only worthy contender. Phones running Google’s Android software are gaining rave reviews and packing in features that iPhone owners can only envy. The Android app store is ballooning, multiple phone makers are competing, and Google updates the software several times a year. Apple releases only one new model a year, so the new iPhone had better be pretty amazing to compete.”
“It is.” – David Pogue, New York Times
So, there you have, three of the biggest names in mainstream technology journalism and three glowing reviews for Apple’s latest iPhone. Did you really expect anything else? Click here to register for updates for the iPhone 4 and stay tuned on the Mobiles Blog for our full review early next week.