iPhone 4 Lives Up to the Hype

Critics love the awesome camera, screen, and new features
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2010 7:29 AM CDT
This file photo taken June 7, 2010, shows the new Apple iPhone 4 in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
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(Newser) – The iPhone 4 hits tomorrow, and tech reviewers everywhere are incredibly impressed. Here's what they're saying:

  • The iPhone 4 is “a major leap over its already excellent predecessor,” writes Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal. The new features work very well, and the redesign “manages to make the 3GS appear bulbous by comparison.”
  • David Pogue of the New York Times almost doesn’t bother reviewing it. “What’s the point?” he writes. They’ve already sold tons of these. “The public seems perfectly capable of sniffing out a winner without the help of tech critics.” But for the record, yes, the iPhone 4 is "sweet."

  • The much-touted “Retina Display” screen is gorgeous. “There has never been a more detailed, clear, or viewable screen on any mobile device,” raves Engadget. Shots from the 5-megapixel camera “look stunning,” and FaceTime video calling is “actually a teensy bit amazing.”
  • But there’s one big glaring problem, notes Xeni Jardin of Boing Boing: “AT&T still sucks, and the best engineering out of Cupertino won't change that.” There are still plenty of dropped calls, to say nothing of the data plan issues. But bottom line: “Would I buy it? Yes.”

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