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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.

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He is one of the pioneers of blogging in the country and considered by many as the Father of Tech Blogging in the Philippines. He is also a technology consultant, a tech columnist with several national publications, resource speaker and mentor/advisor to several start-up companies.

89 Responses

  1. Avatar for Strawberry 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!

  2. Avatar for harvey 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

  3. Avatar for misyel 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

  4. Avatar for melardenio melardenio says:

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

    As long as you have it jailbroken.

  5. Avatar for david 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 092288*****
    or email me at thecutem****@****.***

  6. Avatar for mazzie 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. =)

  7. Avatar for allan allan says:

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

  8. Avatar for aryann 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.

  9. Avatar for SnakeEyes 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

  10. Avatar for jazzme 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.

  11. Avatar for mazzie mazzie says:

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

  12. Avatar for adam adam says:

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

    Samsung Dual LCD Screen Camera

  13. Avatar for the real the real says:

    i know someone na nagbebenta ng iPhone4 from london, with microsim na. for those interested call me. 092283*****

  14. Avatar for mico mico says:

    @pinoydeal

    Alright! Thank you! :D

  15. Avatar for pinoydeal pinoydeal says:

    @mico we used cutter :)

  16. Avatar for mico mico says:

    @pinoydeal

    Thanks! Do you recommend a cutter? or scissors?

  17. Avatar for mico 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.

  18. Avatar for mico 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.

  19. Avatar for pinoydeal pinoydeal says:

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

  20. Avatar for mico 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!

  21. Avatar for mico 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!

  22. Avatar for Gian Viterbo Gian Viterbo 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. :)

  23. Avatar for pinoydeal pinoydeal says:

    anong shop sa greenhills meron?

  24. Avatar for ilham ilham says:

    i phone 4 have problem in signal.have solution?

  25. Avatar for Alex 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!

  26. Avatar for iphone 4 case iphone 4 case says:

    from what i know the recent software update fix will not fix the reception issue. even thought the customer service at apple says that it does, apparently you need to bring it back to apple to get it fixed. the second production of this units no longer have these issues though.

  27. Avatar for vance vance says:

    Offtopic: a review for htc evo.
    http://gizmodo.com/5554198/htc-evo-4g-review-a-war-machine

  28. Avatar for mr. bogus mr. bogus says:

    nice iphone 4 pero confirmed naman ang reception problem nito pag tinakpan mo yung butas sa bottom left side nung iphone 4 sensitive sa balat ng tao yung butas kung saan kumukuha ng signal ang iphone 4…. may solution yung mga nakabili na, yun ay bumili ng accesory na casing protector o rubber bumper…

    for me nothing new, parang iphone 3gs na may facetime feature….

    type nyo sa youtube: iphone4 signal problems

  29. Avatar for WINNER WINNER says:

    iPhone haters = LOSERS

  30. Avatar for cliffrosario cliffrosario says:

    argghh… So it’s the engineering design… hmm.. let’s see how Apple can get this one fixed..

  31. Avatar for carlo carlo says:

    http://gizmodo.com/5580587/applecare-the-iphone-4-update-wont-solve-the-antenna-problem

  32. Avatar for carlo carlo says:

    Sadly the firmware update that apple is pushing wont fix the reception issues, it will just change the way the signal bars are reported, the signal loss problem is inherent in the hardware design, that’s why buying those apple bumpers solves the issue, read it somewhere in engadget i think.

  33. Avatar for cliffrosario cliffrosario says:

    really.. HTC EVO has issues.. hmm.. can you refer me to that blog where you read it.. just curious..

    About iPhone 4’s reception issue.. I’ve heard that Apple’s pushing os update to fix the bug..

    Samsung Galaxy S’ UI Touchwiz is nowhere close HTC’s Sense UI.. pero I’ve read blogs about how you can get Sense with a Samsung phone.. though you might Brick your phone along the process..

    Hope Samsung listens to all the feedbacks provided and improve their UI.. with all the muscle/hardware under the hood of Galaxy S.. it’s a shame if we can’t exercise this workhorse of a phone..

  34. Avatar for Vance Vance says:

    HTC EVO is a failure from what I heard. Batt life sucks and marami pang ibang issues. It might not be released in here since it is exclusively for sprint! sila lang may 4G network so far!

    @effren, wala akong exact source, pero sabi nila straight from apple yun kaya mura..

    Samsung Galaxy S seems to be good..

    Nakakahinayang lang ang Iphone 4, maraming issues na hindi daw kaya iresolve ng SW updates!

  35. Avatar for android_fanboi android_fanboi says:

    iphone haters sucks!

    Only idiot people buying iphone 4 who can do just video calls over wifi with same iphone 4 too. And what, it has a good screen display? Your buying just because of that? Buy 32′ TV!

  36. Avatar for carlo carlo says:

    I agree with cliffrosario, to each his own. If you hate the iphone, stay out of iphone posts. I for one would like to buy this phone had it been cheaper than my desire :) android market is still years away from catching up with the app store. Any news on the signal problems? And isnt the screen supposed to be oleophobic or something? How come its a fingerprint magnet

  37. Avatar for Cliff Rosario Cliff Rosario says:

    @username : We iPhone lovers do understand your sentiment..it’s practically any individual’s “choice” on how to burn your own money so your name calling is a bit absurd.. And please.. stay out of the iPhone topics if you do hate the item..

  38. Avatar for username username says:

    Only idiot people buying iphone 4 who can do just video calls over wifi with same iphone 4 too. And what, it has a good screen display? Your buying just because of that? Buy 32′ TV!

  39. Avatar for Cartman Cartman says:

    Kung wala namang reception problems yung iPhone 4, then I’ll just go for it. Pero if madalas magkaroon ng reception problems, then I’ll go for the Samsung Galaxy S. Both looks super nice though.

    Please make a comparison review for the 3 phones. Thanks! :D

  40. Avatar for android_fanboi android_fanboi says:

    4yrs ago…

    Every once in a while a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything,” he told his audience yesterday. “It’s very fortunate if you can work on just one of these in your career. The iPod changed everything in 2001. And we’re going to do it again with the iPhone in 2007.
    – Steve Jobs

    and now in 2010 we have the Android Phones -Thank you iPhone whehehe :D

  41. Avatar for Pink Pink says:

    Yugger! you should’ve reviewed the white one =P I looove it!!!

  42. Avatar for Kim Roa Endaya Kim Roa Endaya says:

    :D

  43. Avatar for Cliff Rosario Cliff Rosario says:

    hmm.. Abe favors Iphone 4 and I too but… Samsung Galaxy S seems to be a good deal.. since Android’s playing Catch up with iOS 4 when it comes to Apps Store.. But I also would like to say that HTC EVO would’ve been a nice gadget too if they were to release a version in our market..

  44. Avatar for iPhone app iPhone app says:

    Great phone

  45. Avatar for Kim Roa Endaya Kim Roa Endaya says:

    and also @abeolandres you should have shown the multitasking feature of the iOS4 using the iPhone 4…just wanna see how snappier is it than my 3gs… :)

  46. Avatar for Kim Roa Endaya Kim Roa Endaya says:

    iPhone 4! Yay! My 3GS is kinda jealous again…:))

    @abeolandres does that iPhone experience the said signal reception issues?

    and how do you exactly cut a regular sim to a microsim? just curious…:)

  47. Avatar for Efren Sy Efren Sy says:

    @Vance – Can you share the specific location of the black market with which they are selling iPhone 4 with those said prices you mention.
    I hope this is credible.

  48. Avatar for Vance Vance says:

    black market sell iphone 4 15K 16Gb and 18K for 32Gb hehe..

  49. Avatar for jillsingian jillsingian says:

    @abeolandres hi sir. Did you experience the reception prob with the iPhone 4?

  50. Avatar for vance vance says:

    any reception issues and screen problems like what was already confirmed by Apple themselves? hehe. Oh, another thing, FW or SW update will not fix said issues..

    Grey Market is selling one for P82K open lined. 16GB version…

  51. Avatar for revx revx says:

    you’re holding it wrong :D

  52. Avatar for Efren Sy Efren Sy says:

    Authentic na talaga yan!
    Yes!
    :)

  53. Avatar for MyMaria MyMaria says:

    WOW! *drools*

  54. Avatar for Apollo Apollo says:

    Samsung wave is the best. Same spec but at a lower value. Worth every penny!!!

  55. Avatar for the yawner the yawner says:

    What I like about Apple’s iPhone series is that it ups the ante with the competition. So, I wouldn’t be surprised if another technology comes up that’s on par with Retina display but still has the advantages of a Super AMOLED screen. On an Android phone of course. :D

  56. Avatar for Mary Mary says:

    Nice phone

  57. Avatar for ipad case ipad case says:

    That looks soooo good , but i think i’ll wait a bit for the price to drop , i’m very cheap this way

  58. Avatar for MIKE MIKE says:

    all i want is 4″ super amoled, 12 mega pixel wl xenon flash smartphone

  59. Avatar for Teknisyan Teknisyan says:

    nice… but I think that white iphone4 has a better aesthetic than the black one. :)

    For those who have not read the reception issue on iphone 4, you can visit my “worthless” blog: :) Apparently some smart dude used the wrong formula in calculating the signal strength of the phone.

    http://www.teknisyan.net/2010/07/root-of-iphone-4-reception-issue.html

  60. Avatar for Nico Nico says:

    Was watching the video you took and noticed that even though you were holding the black bands on the antenna, the signal was not going down. Is this the real case? Did it experience any signal loss?

  61. Avatar for Mon Makuto Mon Makuto says:

    Comment kayo ng comment, wala man kaung pambili, mga pulubi.

  62. Avatar for John Ray Cabrera John Ray Cabrera says:

    can you also do a comparison between the three? iPhone 4, Samsung Galaxy S, and HTC Desire?

  63. Avatar for Kraven Kraven says:

    Greenhills sells it @ 40k to 45k..according to one vendor this must have been smuggled before it gets to the US. They also sell Ipad at 30k…so far it’s better than my 3gs…but I prefer to update to os4 than to purchase iPhon
    e 4…

  64. Avatar for Jesse Navarro Jesse Navarro says:

    sir abe, pa share naman how you got your iphone :)

    waiting for your review on it.

  65. Avatar for animohosting animohosting says:

    it looks good!

  66. Avatar for miko miko says:

    i-review na yan! =)

  67. Avatar for lyza lyza says:

    ok na ba sya to use, ung available na unit sa greenhills,i mean na-jailbreak na po ba?thanks

  68. Avatar for harcheng harcheng says:

    @abeolandres does the unit also experience signal problems when held “incorrectly”?

  69. Avatar for harcheng harcheng says:

    @abeolandres does the unit also experience signal problems when held “incorrectly”?

  70. Avatar for Apollo Apollo says:

    Go for Samsung wave!

  71. Avatar for Patricia Patricia says:

    So among the three, which one do you prefer? =)

  72. Avatar for joeyoliver joeyoliver says:

    Sir, may iphone 4 na sa greenhills. 40k.

  73. Avatar for drichhhh drichhhh says:

    @abeolandres which do you think is the better buy overall? Galaxy S or IPhone?

  74. Avatar for drichhhh drichhhh says:

    @abeolandres which do you think is the better buy overall? Galaxy S or IPhone?

  75. Avatar for arlenetamayo arlenetamayo says:

    @abeolandres how did you get one?

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