In case you missed it, Apple has recently released their new flagship product, the iPhone 4. It’s not available in Canada yet, but will be soon. And so, the question is: will you upgrade?
The iPhone 4 offers a myriad of upgrades, including a totally redesigned, industrial look. I for one think it looks great, and what’s the point of upgrading your phone if it isn’t obvious you have the better one? (roll your eyes if you must, some of us live for this)
The iPhone 4 comes with a new, improved “retina” display that brags over 60% of the iPad’s pixels in a small fraction of the size. The resolution of the display is so high in fact that the human eye is supposedly unable to distinguish a pixel.
On top of this the phone also sports front-and-back cameras, the rear including HD video recording, and the front camera for face-to-face video chat, branded “Facetime” by the computing giant.
On paper, the iPhone 4 looks fantastic – however, the phone isn’t without its problems.
Apple has recently undergone an explosion of bad press regarding their new product, because of an issue with the phone’s external antenna. Supposedly, if the phone is held in a specific way (which appears to be one of the most comfortable ways to hold the phone) you’ll experience drastically reduced signal strength and dropped calls. This problem is mitigated if you put the phone in a case, but at the end of the day i don’t think that’s the point. I don’t put my iPhone in a case, and wouldn’t want to with this phone either.
There are even products being designed strictly for the purpose of making fun of Apple’s blunder, like the Antenn-Aid sticker.
So I’m torn. I’ve always been an Apple fanboy – last 3 laptops have been macs, I’ve had numerous iPhones, an Apple TV, and most recently an iPad (which to be frank I’m disappointed in, but that’s another matter) and I fear that this phone issue may be too big for me to overlook.
Apple seems to be a marketing company before a hardware company these days, and that paradigm shift is taking its toll. Rather than release a product when it’s ready, Apple is sticking to a strict product release schedule – apparently at the cost of product quality.
So I’m torn. Had we a better selection of Android phones in Canada (like sprint’s amazing new EVO 4G by HTC) I’d already have made the switch.
What do you think?
Submitted by: Kyle M.
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