Even Though I Am Buying It, I’m Not Sold – iPhone 4

So if you have a pulse you probably heard that Apple officially announced the iPhone 4 this week which will be released on June 24th.  I am a HUGE Apple guy and currently own the iPhone 3GS, the just updated Mac Book Pro i7 and the iPad 32G Wifi model along with a number of other add ons that I really didn’t need, but really wanted.  Not sure why, but I was underwhelmed by the new iPhone’s capabilities and have decided to play devil’s advocate on this one with the list below pointing out the new features and also why I feel each one isn’t as buzz worthy as the media has made it.  I think that when a Realtor or anyone else for that matter invests in a new phone, especially one as hyped as the iPhone 4, it is important to dig deeper than just the headlines that have been thrust at you.  So without further ado here are my bullet points on the new features of the iPhone 4 and my honest thoughts on why it may not be the game changer many have made it out to be.

Is the iPhone 4 a game changer

  • Feature: The new iPhone 4 is 24% thinner than the 3G and 3GS models
  • Reality: I have never once felt like my 3GS was not thin enough and have never heard anyone else voice that concern so really no reason to celebrate here
  • Feature: iPhone 4 will have 40% better battery life
  • Reality: The battery life on the 3G and 3GS sucks and improving it by 40% will bring it up to normal. Again, not really sure we should thank Apple for a battery that doesn’t die quickly
  • Feature: New antenna that wraps the phone will improve call quality and decrease the number of dropped calls
  • Reality: Phones first and foremost shouldn’t drop calls.  Just like with the battery getting better, I am not ready to pat Apple on the back for selling me a phone with good reception
  • Feature: iOS 4 is a brand new operating system that finally allows multitasking and placing multiple apps into a single folder
  • Reality: iOS 4 will also work on the existing 3GS phones and isn’t exclusive to the new iPhone 4.  Further, for my thoughts on multitasking see my thoughts on battery life and antenna
  • Feature: Retina display eliminates pixels completely from the human eye and will provide the most vivid screen to date on any smartphone
  • Reality: I have never once looked at anything on my 3GS and thought it was in the least bit pix-elated except for maybe YouTube but that has nothing to do with the phone
  • Feature: Facetime will finally bring video calls to the world a la the Jetsons
  • Reality: It is a wifi only feature and has been available for YEARS, it’s called Skype.  Just don’t see myself at home or work under a wifi network and choosing to video chat with my phone over my Mac Book Pro
  • Feature: HD 720p video with iMovie for editing right on the phone
  • Reality: You will still want to own a stand alone HD video camera (if you don’t already btw) and I just don’t really see that many people editing videos on their phone

Expecting to get some grief on this one and I welcome the debate with open arms.  As the title of the posts points out I will 100% be buying the iPhone 4 and for anyone who has never owned an iPhone they are indeed “magical devices”.  The purpose of this post wasn’t to discredit the new iPhone and all it’s glory rather to accurately break down each NEW feature of the iPhone 4 and whether or not they will live up to the hype and indeed change the game!

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  1. Luke Brookhart June 10, 2010 at 4:18 am - Reply

    I’ve got to say, that while I’m an Android user myself, I do believe the higher resolution screen over the old 3GS is pretty huge. I’ve compared my Droid to the 3GS and the the Droid display is ridiculously better. I think once you’ve personally seen the iPhone 4, you’ll agree that it’s a massive improvement and a worthwhile upgrade.

  2. Chris June 10, 2010 at 4:23 am - Reply

    Can’t say that you won’t be right Luke but I am just saying I have never wished my 3GS had a better resolution. Maybe I don’t know what I don’t have!

  3. Jean Richer June 10, 2010 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    I am also a APPLE fan 100% (ask everyone who knows me). I was also very excited to see all the new features on the iPhone 4. I think that it is a very nice phone, lots of great features but after reading your blog it made me take a step back and think twice. Yes the cool factor is there but I am in a contract which means I would have to pay the full price for a phone that doesn’t do that much more. I am torn because I do love to get the latest gadgets but how much do I need to spend to have the latest, after all I just got my new iPad, which I think is AMAZING!

    Thanks Chris for a great review and making us think. The jury is still out.

  4. Chris June 11, 2010 at 1:00 am - Reply

    Your welcome Jean. Let it be clear I am thrilled that these updates are coming it’s just that I am not going to sing Apple’s praises for a better battery and antenna. Should hve already been there!

  5. Kate June 11, 2010 at 3:35 am - Reply

    Love the level of detail in this article! I had to snicker and wonder if years of purchasing Microsoft products has eliminated or merely dulled our revulsion to charging for Beta products.

    (Right now, I’m sticking with my Droid–need Apple to expand/change service providers.)

  6. James June 20, 2010 at 12:53 am - Reply

    I, to some extent, agree with the battery comment but as far the display features, the video editing, HD video rec., Facetime, and multi-tasking on the iPhone 4. I have to disagree.

    Some of these features may not be a big deal to some, but take for instance the retina display… explain to me why people buy blu ray DVD players and LED TV’s if a box set from the 80’s works just fine? Also, Facetime may be a WI-FI only experience at this point in time, but like everything else with the iPhone it’s only hold back is ATT’s network. I wouldn’t knock this feature for ATT’s inability to handle the load. It’s also something new to the iPhone since the only thing close to it is the Knocking Video app which is still only a one way video stream (Correct me if I’m wrong. Is there any other app for this at the moment? Two-way video chat?). Lastly, I wouldn’t knock the feature of movie editing on your iPhone just because you think it’s not going to be popular… that’s the same they said about the PC and the car phone. 😛

    Btw, I didn’t buy into the iPhone until they came out with the 3G since I’m not big on early adopting (for this very reason-the iPhone still needed video and flash and not to mention 3G service) and let me tell you, some of these features are a big deal to those of us who are still with the 1st gen and the 3g iPhone’s. Why pay $100 bucks to buy and outdated iPhone 3GS that will probably receive it’s last software update with the 4.0 OS when you can invest another $99 and get the iPhone 4 and be up-to-date for at least another year to two years.

    Thanks for the post and I apologize if I came on a little strong but I love my iPhone and I am looking forward to getting my iPhone 4… don’t ruin it for me. lol. 😛

  7. James June 20, 2010 at 12:58 am - Reply

    Oh ALSO, I agree with you on the new phone being thinner… I hope it doesn’t feel like the Motorola Razor… I can even hold that phone with my shoulder to my ear!

    • Chris June 20, 2010 at 1:24 am - Reply

      Good stuff James. I really wrote this as a 3GS owner and if you have ANY PHONE but that one your points are valid. Be excited my friend.

  8. Madison real estate June 26, 2010 at 3:13 am - Reply

    You forgot the front-facing camera (sorry if others have already commented about that, I only had time to read the article). For me anyway, that one is huge!

  9. Richard McDonald July 27, 2010 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    Now that the Iphone 4 has been out for over a month, has it lived up to expectations? Are there any areas where is fell short?

    • Chris July 29, 2010 at 1:39 pm - Reply

      Lol. I think it fell way short PR wise. Whether the “death grip” is really an issue or not the way Jobs responded with “don’t hold it that way” was probably a mistake.

  10. Anna Hansen August 31, 2010 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    I am currently using the Google phone “My Touch” I am happy with it’s features, but am thinking about switching to the I-Phone for it’s numourous apps. Is it truly better?

    • Chris August 31, 2010 at 9:31 pm - Reply


  11. Secular One September 28, 2010 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    I don’t have a cell phone. I do have a Nov07 white macbook which I love. I’m currently looking at the soon to be released Notion Ink ADAM Tablet over the ipad. Apple is now a disappointment for me as they seem to want to destroy net neutrality by using apps which only they cntrl.

    Sad for a Corporation that ran a 1984 type ad years ago. Apple has taken the computer out of its name and with good reason. Soon they will cntrl your experience. They will adjust the screen to a blur or crystal clarity. They will cntrl the horizontal, the vertical. The rest of our lives we will live in the App Zone [controlled by APPle]

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