Apple’s iPhone 4: The good, the bad, and the ugly

The iPhone 4 has been met with mixed feelings. It’s got upgrades, certainly, but only as many as it has problems.

Its upgrades include a substantially higher-resolution screen, which renders photos, text, and apps look remarkably crisp and smooth. It’s also got a revamped 5-megapixel camera with all-around improvements. And with so many great photo editing apps, the iPhone leads all mobile devices in the photography capability department. Then there is FaceTime, the video calling feature. While its overly dependent on your wireless connection and can suffer rather terribly if you’re not using a strong WiFi, it’s a fresh and innovative feature that is sure to delight consumers – just remember that it’s a first for mobile devices and will likely improve immensely in future generations.

On the negative side, there are of course the phone’s reception issues, which we have already covered. On top of that, there is the matter of the iPhone’s battery life. Optimistic reports suggest up to 30 hours of battery life, but many complain that it’s actually slightly worse than that of its predecessor’s. And, like many new tech devices, it’s buggy. Hardware-wise, there is again the reception concern, as well as reports that the device can overheat when fully utilizing its new multitasking features and cease to work at full capacity until turned off to cool. Consumers have complained of strange bugs and quirks while managing photos, texts, and mails, but over the phone’s coming software updates, these minor issues would expectedly be resolved. And there has been disappointment that the biggest iPhone capacity still sits at a mediocre 32 GB.

All in all, critics and consumers alike have had praise for the emergent device – but perhaps it has not entirely lived up to the hype.

What are your thoughts on the iPhone 4?