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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. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Nice post, very interesting, and who cares about the unboxing there will be tons of unboxing videos once everyone gets there iphone 4! Not near as many teardowns! Thank you.
    1. jds1469's Avatar
      jds1469 -
      Formatting takes space on the drive inside, and there is space taken for the operating system installed.
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      The LCD looks like it was damaged trying to remove it from the digitizer on the final image (lower left on the final pic)...wondering if they are fused together like the first gen iPhone
    1. iPh0wned's Avatar
      iPh0wned -
      So is it 256 or 512mb ?
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Are the people asking about why the 32gb isn't actually 32gbs being super meta sarcastic or do they really not understand how hard drives work while at the same time never looking at the available space in their damn phone?
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      the 29.06 GB data is on iPod touches too, it's because the firmware takes up space too

      Quote Originally Posted by snoozkewl View Post
      The unboxing is necessary, how else are you going to get at the device?
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      can't wait for my to come tomorrow lol
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by CrestonzFin3zT View Post
      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
      There's already unboxing videos on YouTube, as iPhone 4s began arriving yesterday.
    1. mzslave's Avatar
      mzslave -
      [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSvbZmGHGA0]YouTube - iPhone 4 Unboxing[/ame]

    1. fonz06's Avatar
      fonz06 -
      i should get mine sometime today.

      now im curious how to take the sim out if there isn't a sim injector tool
    1. dr0herb's Avatar
      dr0herb -
      Paper clip. Or old sim tool from previous phone.
    1. mzslave's Avatar
      mzslave -
      aaawwwww jealous
    1. fonz06's Avatar
      fonz06 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dr0herb View Post
      Paper clip. Or old sim tool from previous phone.
      im wondering if its going to be a different way to get the sim out.
    1. Amraam's Avatar
      Amraam -
      The reason 32GB formats to 29.whatever is because some people talk of 1KB as 1000B and others as 1024B.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Yeah, it sure sucks that they lie about capacity. My ipt is an 8gb and it really only has 7, and the 300mb os!. I don;t mind missing 500mb, but almost 3gb?! lame.
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      how do they lie about the capacity of the phone. sure its always 1 or 2 gb under what they say it is, but what about all that preloaded crap that makes your phone a phone? hmmmm no that cant be it apple is just trying to screw us.
    1. DomicanXxX's Avatar
      DomicanXxX -
      Sweet!!! I cant Wait to have my on my hands
    1. jabregousmc's Avatar
      jabregousmc -
      Ecd5000 is right. They're not screwing you. I believe it even says "*actual formatted capacity may be less"
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      as far as the sim ejector tool. its probably the same use anything that fits in that hole. I have used a Staple before. It works!
    1. Rokesomesmeefer's Avatar
      Rokesomesmeefer -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      Are the people asking about why the 32gb isn't actually 32gbs being super meta sarcastic or do they really not understand how hard drives work while at the same time never looking at the available space in their damn phone?
      Not that it would even help to understand how hard drives work since the iPhone does not have one.