A lot has been made about the iPhone 4’s struggles with connectivity - especially after an e-mail from Steve Jobs telling a user to avoid holding the iPhone incorrectly - but how much does it really affect the average user’s experience? According to Steve Fenech, not much.
Sure, some iPhones do struggle with connectivity and not everyone will always be happy about how their connection, but from a broader perspective, the iPhone 4 is generally the leap forward that many people were hoping it could be - Apple skeptics, perhaps, included.
For that reason, let’s take a stroll on the brighter side of things and see if we can’t come up with five reasons the iPhone 4 just ain’t all that bad.
Multi-tasking is a must-have for the modern day iPhone addict, so it’s actually a little surprising that the iPhone’s version took so long to develop. In the iPhone 4, multi-tasking essentially operates by allowing you to access your currently-operating applications (you can double-click the home button to find list) and easily switch over to the application you want to switch to. Done. Very handy in many attention demanding tasks (like Gaming, for example!) It might not exactly be the multi-tasking of a laptop (depending on your operating system, you should have no problem finding the other programs you’re running), it’s still a step forward that actually brings some attention to the problem and, well, basically fixes it.
People talk about bodies on women and cars - it’s not something you hear a lot about when you’re talking about Buying the iPhone. But thanks to a 24% slimmer iPhone 4 (compared to the 3GS), as well as a new stainless steel hardware casing and glass touchscreen, there’s a lot more to like about holding and transporting the new iPhone. Expect more general durability as well as a more convenient fit in your pocket: hopefully you won’t have to wrestle through your “skinny” jeans just to check the time anymore.
Some people could give a hoot about sharper clarity, but those people have probably never worn glasses before. Increased pixel density means that the iPhone 4 actually poses a challenge to the iPad pixel count while being obviously smaller. The new sharpness should create a more HD-like interface that makes watching TV shows and movies a much better treat. Combine this with other add-ons and you’re in for a better overall iPhone experience.
In addition to the multi-tasking features listed above, you’ll find that the apps simply have a better relationship with each other. A notification on one app can pop up while you’re using another app - this is much better if you plan on multi-tasking while waiting for something to load. You’ll find this creates a more PC-like experience, further blurring the line between smart phone and personal computer. When you need to switch over between apps, you can freeze one app while loading the other - using the aforementioned double-click home button technique.
Even though iPhone hackers and the iPad had them already, it’s time that the common user experiences a custom background of his/her choice and that’s exactly what the iPhone 4 finally delivers. This confirms any suspicions after the release of the iPad that it signified a change for the iPhone. Now even your grandma should have very little problems when setting her own iPhone background. Okay, she might anyway.
As you can see, when you take a closer look at the actual benefits and increased or new features of the iPhone 4, you’ll find plenty to smile about. Sure, you may need to hold the iPhone correctly, but if you really have little connectivity problems you’ll be happy to end up with the latest leap forward in the world of smart phone technology.