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  • iFixit Tears Down iPhone 4 While Critics Build it Up



    As many iPhone 4 buyers eagerly await the impending arrival of their new Apple smartphone, the first individuals to savor and soak up the fresh features and attributes of the 4th generation iPhone have already done so. They're the critics, gadget gurus, and other major media titans who have been afforded the opportunity to scrutinize the iPhone 4 ahead of its official release and launch. And so far, the iPhone 4 has thoroughly "wowed" critics in the first batch of reviews we're seeing.

    From USA Today to the Wall Street Journal, the heavyweights are weighing in. And there's a general consensus among said critics: the iPhone 4 is pretty wicked cool. According to Walt Mossberg, of the WSJ, the “new iPhone keeps Apple top of class“ despite a few issues with poor signal reception logged in the review. Ed Baig of USA Today joined in the praise by adding that "I was impressed with the quality and ease of FaceTime calling. Josh Topolsky of Engadget has words that will sound like music to the ears of Apple fans hoping the new iPhone 4 battery represents a marked improvement from previous generations. "The battery life on the iPhone 4 has been outstanding thus far," says Topolsky, "exceeding our expectations for longevity during testing."

    While thousands upon thousands of Apple customers will be sharing their own experiences and reviews in the hours and days ahead, even the fearless team at iFixit is finding only minimal disappoints with the iPhone 4, which they are thoroughly tearing down. What's one of the minor letdowns you ask? "We'd expect our 32 GB iPhone 4 to fulfill its promise and give us, well, 32 GB," reports iFixit. "Unfortunately it has an actual capacity of 29.06 GB. Given the fact that 301 MB of 'other' data is being stored in memory, this leaves the user with 28.77 GB of free space." For the most part, however, the iPhone 4 is a work of beauty. For example, "In what can only be described as a work of genius, Apple has integrated the UMTS, GPS, Wi-Fi, and bluetooth antennas into the stainless steel inner frame."

    Despite what everyone else has said thus far, it's ultimately your opinion about the iPhone 4 that counts the most. And if you're among the fortunate few to receive your device in the hours ahead, there's an excellent possibility you will develop strong opinions and reactions before the day is through. And we invite you to share them with us here.

    Image via iFixit




    This article was originally published in forum thread: iFixit Tears Down iPhone 4 While Critics Build it Up started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 44 Comments
    1. CrestonzFin3zT's Avatar
      CrestonzFin3zT -
      lets see videos of unboxings not teardowns...even though this is a bit interesting...first!!!!

      edit: I will make an unboxing of my iphone...i should be receiving it tomorrow and i'll start recording as soon as I hear the door bell. lol
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      ^^^ What good does an unboxing video do? We all know exactly how it's packaged...
    1. Xadamx1's Avatar
      Xadamx1 -
      Yeah I don't understand the point of an unboxing either.
    1. badass1469's Avatar
      badass1469 -
      very nice
    1. MPS3's Avatar
      MPS3 -
      all this hype makes me want one so badddddddddd
    1. Mrinfame's Avatar
      Mrinfame -
      True I'm going to check it out at my apple store nearest me first then I'm going to wait for the guineas to cut their sim cards and see if the unlock developed by the dev team works if that works than i'll upgrade but I wouldn't want to get sticker with a new expensive iPod I'm on t mobile
    1. p3eps's Avatar
      p3eps -
      There was an unboxing video on engadget about 10 hours ago!
      Not very exciting - just a kid removing the iPhone, charger, headphones and USB lead.
    1. justinpotter81's Avatar
      justinpotter81 -
      Unboxing a brand new iPhone is something I would like to see especially since it seems I won't be getting one anytime soon, thanks to all u nerdlingers :jealous much:
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      Right!!! The new members seem to only care about being the first post!!! There's no prize for first people! Just proves that you are new to the community. And we can already tell by the number of posts that you have. Please, please, please, post something of interest and value if you want the real prize.... Knowledge and sharing. Which is why you should be here in the first place.
    1. Faxmonkey's Avatar
      Faxmonkey -
      Quote Originally Posted by Xadamx1 View Post
      Yeah I don't understand the point of an unboxing either.
      It's like porn, but for nerds. You're supposed to imagine you're the one doing the unboxing and feel all tingly inside as a result. Unlike porn, however, masturbation is not considered an appropriate response to an unboxing video.
    1. globol's Avatar
      globol -
      Lmao!!!
    1. capttanhowdy's Avatar
      capttanhowdy -
      ^ lmao
    1. Xadamx1's Avatar
      Xadamx1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Faxmonkey View Post
      It's like porn, but for nerds. You're supposed to imagine you're the one doing the unboxing and feel all tingly inside as a result. Unlike porn, however, masturbation is not considered an appropriate response to an unboxing video.
      Okay then in that case, for all you nerds so you can have your 'nerdgasm.' iPhone 4 unboxing set to music | Unboxing
    1. skatertrash's Avatar
      skatertrash -
      so, really, what happened to that 3.23gb of disk space? man, although I am completely sold and I cannot wait to get my new phone, I feel short-changed about there not being a 64gb version. With 28.77gb of space, I will BARELY be able to fit my entire music collection, not to mention apps. Sad...
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Quote Originally Posted by iFixIt View Post
      Awwww, how cute! Who's a good custom-built ARM processor? YOU'RE a good custom-built ARM processor!

      But seriously, WOW, I didn't know it was that small. By the looks of Apple's pics, I thought it was about the size of a U.S. Kennedy half dollar.
    1. snoozkewl's Avatar
      snoozkewl -
      Quote Originally Posted by Xadamx1 View Post
      Yeah I don't understand the point of an unboxing either.
      The unboxing is necessary, how else are you going to get at the device?
    1. sobeniceguy2's Avatar
      sobeniceguy2 -
      I find this post amazing! I look forward to getting mine.
    1. BlackHoleSlam1994's Avatar
      BlackHoleSlam1994 -
      I mite get this but it is so stupid that we have to wait another year to see if verizon gets the iphone >
    1. Fhadso's Avatar
      Fhadso -
      Is that the chipset?! Wow, it's TINY!
    1. XenoSaber's Avatar
      XenoSaber -
      I don't like the idea of an unboxing vid either, just reminds me that I don't have one yet because of stupidity. I know I shouldn't but I'm going to have to run around town tomorrow to see if I can get my hands on one. I guess the apple store, as much as I dislike the idea of launch day at one, could be my only hope.