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First Look: Apple iPhone 4

It’s here! After a seemingly endless wait, we finally have gotten our hands on the new iPhone 4! To sum it up in one word– incredible (though I’m still not sold on it being worth waiting in line for hours for…). After using it for the past few hours, here are some of my initial thoughts, which I’ll follow up on early next week with a full review.

The iPhone 4 screen, on left, compared to the iPod touch 3rd gen– this new screen is THAT much better

  • The screen is amazing— This has to be the greatest screen I’ve ever seen on a phone, and it really comes through when looking at apps like mobile Safari. Text and pictures render beautifully, with everything coming off crisp and insanely clear.
  • The new design feels great in the hand— Coming off a 3G and 3GS the iPhone 4 initially feels, for lack of a better word, awkward. It’s not bad, but different from all iPhones before it. You get used to the new design however very quickly, and it actually is quite nice– it feels really sturdy in the hand, like your carrying something more than just a chunk of plastic.

  • The cameras are really nice— Both cameras look to take very impressive pix. Now obviously this is very basic testing right now (just some quick shots), but the new cameras do overall look a lot nicer. Pix in low light are much better even without the new flash (which in my brief use I found to be only so-so. It’s nice to have, but not really spectacular in terms of quality), and the 5 megapixel camera on the back takes some really surprisingly, and refreshingly, nice shots.
  • It’s fast!— While it’s nowhere near the speed jump as the 3GS was to the 3G and first iPhone, but multitasking on the iPhone 4 does seem to run much faster and smoother on here than on the 3GS (particularly in apps like the camera where shots are taken almost instantly).
  • The new antennas make AT&T a LOT faster— While I can’t yet talk about phone quality, I can say this much about AT&T and the new iPhone 4 antennas that now surround the phone– the 3G network speed is now crazy fast. I’m consistently seeing 2 megabits or more download and over 1.5 megabits upload. In simple terms– the 3G internet on the iPhone has gotten much, much faster (of course, this may also be an AT&T improvement as well, but when I ran the same test on my old 3GS it showed the same impressive download speeds, but much slower upload speeds– and I mean much slower like only .25 megabits). Browsing the web on my iPhone has never been easier or faster.
  • Speakers are much louder— This is something I really am happy to see, as one of the big low points of the iPhone 3G and 3GS to me was the very inconsistent speaker quality. On those iPhones it was pretty much hit or miss to see if it works well, but on the iPhone 4– whether on calls or watching YouTube, the speaker is really loud, really clear and finally really good.

So those are just some quick thoughts on the new iPhone 4, keep it peeled here for our full review in the coming days.

And any other readers out there who’ve gotten their iPhones– what you think? You think it was worth the wait? Let us know in the comments.

Big thanks to my bro, Akiva, for helping take some pix.

Recap from IDF: Hands on with 2 New HP Laptops, the Pavilion d8 and Envy 15, and Intel's Core i7 for Laptops

HP Pavilion dv8 and Envy 15

HP’s Core i7 packing Pavilion dv8 and Envy 15

While at IDF we got to see a bunch of sick new laptops coming to the Best Buy’s and Walmart’s near you very, very soon. We’re talking about some insane new stuff, and HP and Intel really pulled out all the stops here—sleek designs, incredible amount of features, and previously unheard of power for laptops. Wanna learn more? Who we kidding, of course you do—and we got a bunch of pix and more info on both of these major bad boys after the break.

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Recap from IDF: Hands on with 2 New HP Laptops, the Pavilion d8 and Envy 15, and Intel’s Core i7 for Laptops

HP Pavilion dv8 and Envy 15

HP’s Core i7 packing Pavilion dv8 and Envy 15

While at IDF we got to see a bunch of sick new laptops coming to the Best Buy’s and Walmart’s near you very, very soon. We’re talking about some insane new stuff, and HP and Intel really pulled out all the stops here—sleek designs, incredible amount of features, and previously unheard of power for laptops. Wanna learn more? Who we kidding, of course you do—and we got a bunch of pix and more info on both of these major bad boys after the break.

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Live From IDF: Hands on with the Archos 9 Windows 7 Tablet

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The Archos 9 Windows 7 Tablet

For what seems like forever, there’s been talk of Apple making an all touchscreen tablet for the Mac. Now see, if you’re a Windows user (even though now there is talk of Microsoft making their own tablet…. but we’ll cover that another time), you can pretty much point and laugh at every Apple “fanboy” who freaks out with each Apple event and rumor hoping for said inevitable tablet—as thanks to Archos, you got a real, and really nice looking Windows tablet that’s ready to make full use of the upcoming Windows 7’s improved touch features.

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Playing Hearts with your fingers!

At IDF, we made sure to stop by Archos’s booth and check out the Archos 9 for ourselves, and we came away pretty impressed. The Archos 9 tablet looks great and is insanely thin and light that taking it around wherever you go should be a breeze.

Archos did though do a couple things interesting with the tablet—for one, it doesn’t use a capacitive, more finger friendly touchscreen like those on the iPhone and iPod touch, instead going with a surprisingly very responsive resistive touchscreen (usually with resistive screens they only work well if you use a stylus or pen like object to tap the screen– but if we hadn’t known before that this was resistive we would have definitely thought it was a capacitive screen. That’s how good it is with just using your fingers! Though that lack of a capacitive screen also means no gestures like “pinch to zoom” etc). It also has a lot of the netbook type specs like 9 inch touchscreen, 1 GB RAM, 1.2 GHZ Intel Atom processor, 1.3 megapixel webcam, Bluetooth, 60-120 GB hard drive…, but all this isn’t a terrible thing, as Archos is planning to sell this at a very solid price of $499 when it launches with Windows 7 on October 22nd.

Oh, and if your worried about using an all touchscreen device like this to write long reports or take notes in school, don’t be. Archos plans to be selling a very thin wireless Bluetooth keyboard along with the Archos, which also is pretty solid and will definitely make things a whole lot easier.

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For more info on the Archos 9, see Archos’s site here.

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