Video: iPhone 4 First Impressions

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We know, a lot of you that read this site aren’t iPhone users. But as smartphone enthusiasts (which defines the pocketnow staff, and probably you as well), it’s difficult to ignore what Apple has brought to the table with the iPhone 4 thanks to some really premium hardware. In this video I go over some initial impressions of the device.

To start, I find it to be not as thin as the marketing guys at Apple would like us to believe. If you consider just the metal band around the edges, sure, it’s thin, but adding that to the thickness of two pieces of glass makes the iPhone 4 not so thin anymore. It also seems thinner than other smartphones because it rests flush on a table top, while most other smartphones have a slight curvature on the back. So when you place the iPhone 4 flat on a table and put an HD2 or Nexus One next to it, the iPhone looks much thinner because the other two devices aren’t sitting completely flush with the table.

Beyond that, the hardware is indeed super sweet. It feels very high quality in hand, and has a good amount of weight, making it feel substantial. The glass on the back is an interesting design element, but it doubles the work you have to do to keep the device clean of fingerprints.

The Retina display is incredible. For the first time on any phone, I can no longer see pixels. We’re going to do a video dedicated to the Retina display.

And, oh yes, I talk about my 11 hour wait in line at an Apple store at the end of this video. Here’s a hint: for the next Apple product launch, don’t get in line unless you’ve reserved a unit. Or, bring plenty of reading material.

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About The Author
Brandon Miniman
Brandon is a graduate from the Villanova School of Business, located near Philadelphia, PA. He's been a technology writer since 2002, and, in 2005, became Editor-in-Chief of Pocketnow, a then Windows Mobile-focused website. He has since helped to transition Pocketnow into a top-tier smartphone and tablet publication. He's so obsessed with technology that he once entered a candle store and asked if they had a "new electronics" scent. They didn't.