So I’ve explained the situation on my blog before, but just in case you want to know and don’t want to go trawling through previous entries, I broke my iPhone 3GS and before that I had absolutely no intention of upgrading as my 3GS was doing just fine. I know that an iPhone 5 is imminent but I don’t really care, I’m going to get one of those as well.
So now I have an iPhone 4 which I bought brand new and so far it’s been excellent. This, however, was to be expected. The iPhone 3GS was a fantastic phone so there was no reason it’s newest version should be any different and in all honesty, it is fantastic. As I thought, the iPhone 4 doesn’t offer many features that would entice a 3GS owner to upgrade, it’s got the odd new feature here and there but to drop near enough half a grand on one, you’ve got to have features that are worth that and personally I don’t think it is justifiable. That said my phone broke and I needed a smart phone as soon as possible and the iPhone was the simple and easy choice.
There have been some features that have stood out more than others so far and also some things that may not necessarily be boasted as features by Apple and the network providers that have changed about the phone that I like.
For example, the iPhone 4 is better at taking calls than the 3GS. In fact, if you don’t bother with the “death grip”, the signal on the phone has generally been much higher than it used to be with the 3GS and it’s made my phone a lot nicer to use because, well, I can actually use it. I’m still lacking in 3G signal in my area but that’s not the phone, that’s the networks fault.
As for the speed of the device, I’ve noticed the increase over the 3GS that the A4 processor has given the new iPhone but it’s nothing too significant that gives me the “wow factor”. It does run pretty smoothly as a rule though and I’m not complaining about that.
One of the main things that’s made me use the phone more is the battery life on the iPhone 4 is significantly better than that of the iPhone 3GS. I feel now that when I am bored, I can actually play a session of Angry Birds in the middle of the day without having to worry about being able to ring someone late at night. It’s better, but hopefully with the iPhone 5 the battery life will be further improved. I want the days of being able to charge your phone once a week to return!
The other thing that I’ve used a lot more since I’ve got the iPhone 4 is the camera. The iPhone cameras have always been really good. I remember my 2 megapixel, first-generation iPhone was taking better pictures than most competitors phones that had 5-8mp sensors and the iPhone 4 is no different. It’s 5 megapixel camera, a 1.8 increase on the 3GS is significantly better than the 3GS and it loads up a lot faster so you don’t miss so many shots. There have also been some awesome apps for photography with mobiles lately such as Instagram and Photosynth. The flash is also an added bonus as I can actually have pictures on nights out with my phone now or just take pictures in the dark. Surprising how useful it has come in really seeing as I usually always have a point and shoot or SLR on me anyway.
The retina display is nice, but it’s not really something I cared about before and I can’t really say it’s something I care about that much now either. There’s no reason to complain about it, I’d be pretty annoyed if the iPhone 5 didn’t have one or at least something as good but it wasn’t a feature that made me want to rush out and buy an iPhone 4.
The overall build quality of the iPhone 4 is way better than the 3GS as well. It feels sturdier in your hand, the lack of cheap plastic is a lot nicer as well. I also decided to get a nice Mulberry leather case that covers the whole phone as a bit of protection this time round, I don’t think it’s time to be on my 11th iPhone just yet. I’m trying to avoid scratches and dents but one here and there is inevitable if it belongs to me. I also like how it feels slightly heavy, it makes me feel like I had more for my money and that it’s actually a luxury product. Fingers crossed I’ll be able to keep this one until the iPhone 5 comes out without it breaking or me dropping it.
Overall it’s a great phone, I looked into many options as to what phones I could get, some were cheaper, some were on Windows Phone 7, something I really like the look of but I decided it would be easier to just buy another iPhone and stick my 3GS backup onto it. Simple and easy and I’m locked into the Apple eco-system now whether I like it or not. Bring on the iPhone 5!