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July 07, 2010

iPhone 4 First Impressions

I got to check out the iPhone 4 yesterday and, once again, today with Art (@artsamaniego) and we placed it side by side the Samsung Galaxy S and the HTC Desire — then comparing the Retina Display, AMOLED and Super AMOLED display of the three.

First, here are some of my first impressions of the new iPhone 4.

The device feels heavy for its size — this is due to the metal and glass construction of the iPhone 4 in a compact design. The design looks more industrial, leaving a hard, cold impression. It definitely doesn’t have the same look as the previous 3 generations of the iPhone.

The iPhone 4 is a smudge-magnet — not only in the front panel but the back panel as well. The glass plates in front and in the back attracts fingerprints like there’s no tomorrow (a nice and simple bumper case with iShield might solve that though, including the signal issue).

The camera is impressive — takes pictures really fast with good quality images. We couldn’t test FaceTime but was able to try switching the camera view from the back to the front with ease. I’m thinking the ladies will use this feature as a mirror.

The device feels way more snappy than the older iPhone 3G I used to have — definitely has the same performance as my iPad.

We compared the display of the iPhone 4, HTC Desire and Samsung Galaxy S — the Desire is bright and crisp, the Galaxy S is brighter but the iPhone 4 definitely has better resolution and a more refined display.

Here’s a 1-minute clip I took of Art’s iPhone 4 (he went to great lengths to get this unit and Manila Bulletin spent over 80k just to have first unit shipped to the Philippines).

Asked when the iPhone 4 will be released in the Philippines, Globe representatives replied that they are still confirming but would not say if it’s September or October.

Guesstimate: iPhone 4 Price on Globe
Globe iPhone 4 Public Launch
Finally: White iPhone 4

89 Responses to “iPhone 4 First Impressions”

  1. Alex says:

    I’ve been reading some of the posts. iPhone4 generally is the better phone overall. It sets the standard. Most want to beat it but can’t. People bash the iPhone4 ’cause it’s the best. I guess that’s the price of being on top. It’s indeed second to none. Kudos iphone4!

  2. ilham says:

    i phone 4 have problem in signal.have solution?

  3. pinoydeal
    Twitter: PinoyDealPH
    says:

    anong shop sa greenhills meron?

  4. Gian Viterbo
    Twitter: gadgetpilipinas
    says:

    I’m drooling over your post Abe! I’m getting a review units of Samsung Galaxy S and Samsung Wave later from Samsung. I hope Globe can also lend me a review unit of the iPhone 4 in 4Q 2010 so I can compare the 2 phones.

    As always, great post! Kuha ka na ng sa’yo tapos i-review mo na. We can’t wait for it, you know. :)

  5. mico says:

    I have mine delivered for this 22nd. :D

    Hopefully I can have it by next week, I bought it in U.K. para factory unlocked.

    Problem ko lang kung san ako pwede magpa-microsim. Lahat ba ng Globe centers nag-ooffer na ng micro-sim?

    Thanks!

  6. mico says:

    Next iPhone update meron na atang solution guys.
    I have mine delivered from U.K. para factory unlocked.

    Prob. ko lang kung san ako pwede magpa-microsim.
    Lahat ba ng Globe centers nag-ooffer na ng micro-sim conversion?

    Thanks!

  7. pinoydeal
    Twitter: PinoyDealPH
    says:

    You can just cut your globe sim in a micro sim size it worked out as we did

  8. mico says:

    Well, over-hyped lang daw ung signal issue. Sa press-con ng Apple, 1% lang ang may signal issue. nasa website nila yung vid.

    I wonder why people bash Apple. Sure, maganda nga yung phone ng ibang competitors, wala lang nga silang App Store. I know konti lang ang mag-aagree sa akin. Kasi hindi naman bumibili sa Apps mostly ang mga iPhone users dito sa Phils. Mga 95% lang dito siguro ang gumagamit.

    See it for yourself, 100,000+ Apps sa Apps Store (U.S.), kahit combined sa lahat ng Apps ng ibang competitors hindi maabot yan.

    IMO.

  9. mico says:

    Well, over-hyped lang daw ung signal issue. Sa press-con ng Apple, 1% lang ang may signal issue. nasa website nila yung vid.

    I wonder why people bash Apple. Sure, maganda nga yung phone ng ibang competitors, wala lang nga silang App Store. I know konti lang ang mag-aagree sa akin. Kasi hindi naman bumibili sa Apps mostly ang mga iPhone users dito sa Phils. Mga 95% lang dito siguro ang gumagamit. Jailbroken halos.

    See it for yourself, 100,000+ Apps sa Apps Store (U.S.), kahit combined sa lahat ng Apps ng ibang competitors hindi maabot yan.

    IMO.

  10. mico says:

    @pinoydeal

    Thanks! Do you recommend a cutter? or scissors?

  11. pinoydeal
    Twitter: PinoyDealPH
    says:

    @mico we used cutter :)

  12. mico says:

    @pinoydeal

    Alright! Thank you! :D

  13. the real says:

    i know someone na nagbebenta ng iPhone4 from london, with microsim na. for those interested call me. 09228390529

  14. adam says:

    Ganda ng Iphone.Pero gusto ko yung white color parang mas madi -differentiate mo sa old model.:-)

    Samsung Dual LCD Screen Camera

  15. mazzie says:

    hi!.. does anybody know where we can get the HTC Desire at a good price?.. thanks.. =)

  16. jazzme says:

    guys guys don’t get too excited with ipad
    coz it’s a worthless piece of junk
    it’s just an over sized ipod.
    it doest have any memory expansion slot
    no web cam, no usb slot
    or kahit tv out manlang sana.
    the casing is sturdy though. the back casing is made
    out of aluminum.

  17. SnakeEyes says:

    For guys asking for microsim, as far as I know meron si Globe pero right now for postpaid pa lang (used for postpaid plan for iPad).
    Just inquire na lang to your nearest Globe Business Center. :D

    Hope yuga can also provide some reviews on the reception issues. Eto na lang nag ho-holdback sa akin para bumili… hehe

  18. aryann says:

    guys.. can u help me..naguguluhan talaga ako kung iphone 4 ang bibilhin ko iphone 3gs na lng.. wala pa kasi ung white ng iphone 4 nde pa release sa Singapore. kung iintayin ko to sa Philippines malamang mahal.

  19. allan says:

    @mazzie: i saw an HTC DESIRE at WELL.COME at SM bacoor around 27-28k.
    May Legend din sila.

  20. mazzie says:

    @allan

    thanks a lot bro!.. do u think its better to wait for the EVO 4G?.. or malabo nang dumating yun dito sa atin?.. anyway salamat again. =)

  21. david says:

    Hi i am selling Brand New iPhone4 16Gb

    Factory Unlocked. Can be used with any network simcard.

    Price is at 40,000 php.

    Meet up at metro manila areas when buying.

    Text me at 09228885765
    or email me at thecuteman23@yahoo.com

  22. melardenio says:

    the Iphone 4 is the best I think for todays phone. Very mobile and versatile..

    As long as you have it jailbroken.

  23. misyel says:

    Hi, does anyone knows a shop safe to unlock my iphone 4? Others told me in greenhills but im hesitant kc maraming manloloko ngayon.. tnx

  24. harvey says:

    hi huys just want to ask if ok lang ba yung software unlock ng iphone 4?
    wala bang magiging problem regarding dun if ever maunlock mo sya ?

    help nman po dyan?
    anu suggestions will be highly appreciated
    thank you

  25. Strawberry says:

    FOR SALE, BRAND NEW IPHONE 4 FOR A CHEAPER PRICE!

    Still unlocked and sealed, fresh from California.

    I’m selling iPhone 4 Black for P30,000 only and iPhone 4 White for P32,000 only.
    Cash basis only. Contact me at my TM Number, 0935-922-3889. Look for Strawberry. :)

    Meet-ups at Mall of Asia, Greenbelt, SM Bacoor, SM Molino, Alabang Town Center, SM Las Pinas Center and SM San Lazaro. Thanks!

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