Apple iPhone 4 in the Test

Love’s biggest enemy is not hate, but indifference. Therefore one has with Apple’s iPhone 4 also undoubtedly best chances of long-term togetherness, because while most conventional phones are rather SAIT its users after a short time, there is for the iPhone only two States of emotion: either you love it or you hate it. The iPhone never matter a.

  1. Apple iPhone 4 in the test
  2. Antennagate
  3. Photos and videos
  4. buy iPhone 4 from abroad?
  5. Multitasking
  6. Apple iPhone 4: conclusion
  7. Data sheet
  8. Rating

A relationship with such a star can be but also exhausting. Just the new fourth generation iPhone – simply called “4” – is hostility from many sides: on the closed file system and the T-Mobile and iTunes binding it has become accustomed Yes now almost (“tight rein!”), also seems to be almost discussed that Apple controlled the app store itself, and with an iron hand leads (“censorship!”).

That’s why the antenna problem must be currently, also glass front and back in a fall would instantly shatter and at all it was Apple’s new iPhone 4 Yes not so good as it is anywhere. Say at least the critics. Or is it envy?

We say: Oh, Yes, the iPhone is good. Even before the connect database neutral point tables, 4 413 points is shiny and does well compared to its predecessor 3GS quite a few places. The new – again not by the user-replaceable – battery now theoretical 29 days and well restrained using two days holding through in standby mode has a big share of it.

Also the small improvements in the facilities bring the device forward: there is now a character counter in SMS app, iPhone 4 moves data up to 5.8 megabits per second in the mobile network with HSUPA, supports the Wi-Fi n standard and today has a 5-megapixel camera.

When handling the iPhone 4 perfect workmanship and the liquid surface makes good equal 15 points – thanks to the new A4 processor Apple, who does his duty in the iPad, apps like animations slipping so impressively fast about the display, that currently no other smartphone comes with. The iPhone is clearly the scale, also thanks to the new iOS4 operating system, that can finally multitasking.

Radiant highlight: retina display

But the real highlight is the display itself. Referring on the retina of the eye “Retina” baptized by Apple, the 960 x 640 resolution pixel screen with one under partial perspective impressed razor sharp and absolutely fascinating readability. Here, Apple has understated: most fonts are represented as printed, Web pages can be easily read without zoom, photos are vivid and often more spectacular than they are in reality. The display dissolves even finer than the eye can perceive.

Small downside: In direct sunlight can be seen more on the screen of the predecessor 3GS, the Transflective properties of the 4 display have become worse. In the readings that reached iPhone 4 about the evaluation of its predecessor – acoustic and GSM get slightly worse than for the 3GS, the UMTS values slightly better. To be comparable with other mobile phones, including the default values on the dummy head.

The iPhone 4 is an iPhone

Otherwise, the iPhone 4 in spite of all innovations remains just an iPhone – coping in everyday life is pleasantly unremarkable, it all works so, as it should. The outstanding new features – especially the camera, the display and the much-improved battery – to win love so quickly, that it’s no longer can imagine after a few days, as without it was. Best conditions so that is one fantastic iPhone 4 even after months not indifferent.

According to many reports from users, the antennas of the iPhone 4 are sensitive to the touch of a certain place – connect has measured in the laboratory.

“Give us quiet the debt, you can keep the rest” – much like the fantastic four in their hit Apple responded to the allegations of many owners, the iPhone 4 would have to touch certain locations on the antenna frame a reception problem. Alarmed by the large media coverage, countered the manufacturer with a press conference, in which it sought but mainly to prove that even smart phones of other manufacturers received weaker depending on the handle – not a particularly convincing appearance.

After all, Apple promises a free protective cover every iPhone buyer (to order via the iPhone app “iPhone 4 case program”), which protects the questionable interface of antennas from unwanted bridging.

Background: the new iPhone 4 is the metal frame of the antenna. On the left side top Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS data are collected, the top, right and bottom will spark the iPhone 4 with GSM and UMTS. It now contains the black interface between mobile wireless antenna and network / data radio antenna left bottom and this bridge, you can see the field strength display in how the reception performance is reduced – in areas only weakly by mobile phone to interruptions and talking crash or the collapse of the Internet connection. It can also frantically pushed after software update to iOS 4.0.1, which specifies the display of field strength, nothing will change.

Reception problem is demonstrated in the laboratory

Connect has demonstrated this effect in the Testfactory: conventional measurement (see image gallery) without hand on the head of art, you can see that the iPhone itself has an excellent reception. One takes it with pointed fingers in the hand and it got to your head, because only little – as with any other phone changes also. If one includes the device with your full hand , collapsing the reception however to around 25 decibels – in areas with poor coverage, this can cause the connection outline. That this not only the shading of the radio signal by hand is to blame, you see what dB entail only a loss of around 10 on the measurement antenna short-circuited by wire.

So, what is the conclusion?

It is clear: for any phone you can attenuate similar receive by clumsy covering of the antenna like the iPhone. This one finger is enough already – so affects not only the damping by the hand, but the antenna is miffed by the touch.

The measurement with the bumper, the iPhone itself by a tight gripping hand not particularly impress settled in supplying evidence. The reaction of Apple’s, to offer free protective covers, has been so the only right – also if a constructive change as final solution was certainly more convincing of the problem.

Clearly, you could when every phone call also, to keep non-critical in the hand the iPhone. But that would be as if you should look for when his new car, a constant, always exactly in the middle to make the brake pedal – because the car slows down or not with full power. In everyday life an absurdity. But who knows, maybe Apple is working, Yes on a Hardware Update. To want, it would be iPhone fantastic detail on this. By the way, Really top GPS reception – is faster still has no cell phone before can start with the navigation.

The paper values read well: 5 megapixel resolution, a LED Flash, a “backlight illuminated sensor”, which should have a higher sensitivity than the conventional sensors – Apple has powerful upgraded the camera on the iPhone 4.

In addition, the pixels of the sensor should be larger than comparable models. The camera is able to record HD video in 720 p format, a front-facing camera enables video telephony with 640 x 480 pixels.

What remains is the interface in which sharp can be auto focus precisely on this area with a tap on an image area. Now, there is a five-times digital zoom – controlled via a small slider in the display what but comes at the cost of image quality.

So, the theory seems far from the practice? Especially in sunlight, which are pictures colorful and crisp sharp. But darkens, the image quality will be greatly reduced. The LED flash is unfortunately not much help – providing good services as a flashlight, photos are but pale and artificially so. Close-ups in turn succeed remarkably well with the new iPhone, even video recordings convince with liquid, soft movements – this function is clearly more than a gimmick.

Bottom line: A proper digital camera can not replace the new iPhone 4, but the camera delivers more than just party snapshots for the Internet. In good light conditions the photos looking at it hardly, that they come from a cell phone, close-ups of documents or the like succeed well, the quality of the videos can be also seen. Thus, the iPhone in terms of camera is finally available on the amount of time.

Bind to the Telekom or buy a contract-free iPhone abroad? Connect has been compared.

The iPhone 4 is to have – for example, when our neighbours France, England and the Switzerland SIM-lock-free directly from Apple in many countries. In Germany, Deutsche Telekom holds the exclusive distribution at least until autumn.

Because many people ask themselves, if they start a short trip and the buy contract-free iPhone to. We have done the math: the Telecom offers complete language flat and minute packages with voice and data usage for its iPhone customers. And you pay once for frequent users. So there is a iPhone 4 contract free in England and France in the small variant 600 Euro – Deutsche Telekom, however, strongly subsidized.

And with a discount card power users not save also, on the contrary: you pay at the end of over 2200 euros more than with the most expensive Telecom-complete minute package. Even normal users, two hours chatting in the month, are well served at Telekom. Otherwise it looks for some users: who spends just over 10 euros for voice and data in a month, can save with a contract-free device.

When the new iOS4, applications can remain active in the background and perform certain services.

True multi-tasking, so that a program in the background remains fully active, the iPhone does not offer. Instead seven services in the background can continue to run, including VoIP (for Internet telephony and chats), location (for Navis), audio (for music player and Web radio), as well as push and local notifications (messages and information are pushed by means of pop up on the display, either via Server or by a program in the background).

The main services are likely to be “Task Completion” and “Fast App Switching”. The former allows the app to finish a task like sending photos. Fast app switching freezes the State of the program, allowing seamless working on when the app is called again.

The advantage of this implementation: the apps in the background should need little power or performance, only disk space is required. Works in practice this outstanding, just with the navigation apps from TomTom and NAVIGON – that feels like real multitasking.

Only downside: not just the programs waiting in pause position, but all the land in the new taskbar, which after double-clicking on the hardware button below the display visible is whether or not they are multitasking -.

Also you can not see at first glance, whether an app running on a service in the background can be. That is in principle not necessary, requires but transition: so you have a chat manually log out, manually stop the Web radio, and the Navigation instructions Singh also blithely, if you stop the vehicle before the target. Finally, to close the app, on the taskbar long press and individually close the applications with pressure on the minus sign.

“We remain Troy” – what write the fantastic four on the flags, probably also applies to most iPhone customers.

And we can give them after this test absolutely right: the iPhone 4 is a successful evolution with revolutionary elements – display, camera and battery have evolved dramatically.

The interface and programs running liquid and stable and you become accustomed so fast, that one frightens 3 G – first at the step backwards on an older iPhone – especially on the. However, the iPhone is an iPhone remained, and thus also the Apple characteristics such as the locked file system and the compulsion of iTunes. Who is getting into it, gets a piece fantastic in almost every way of technology. In detail other manufacturers may have developed similar to good and even better solutions – but the overall package when the iPhone 4 is so consistent like never before.

Remains the thing with the antenna – Yes, other smartphones also have these problems and Yes, the error you will notice not much in everyday life in the majority of cases, because the reception itself is excellent. Still, The iPhone 4 has a weakness. The love for the device itself is surely greater than this flaw – but fans and if Apple decides to a hardware modification, at least the buyer of the second hour on an all around perfect relationship forward.

Data sheet

Operating system iPhone OS 4.0
Processor / clock speed (MHz) Apple A4 / 1000
internal memory (MB) 29100
Memory card slot
QWERTY keyboard / touchscreen / multitouch / /
Battery type / variable Li-ion /.
Headset / data cable /
Size of memory card
Charging cable for the car / holder for your car /
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 / / /
GPRS / EDGE / UMTS / LTE / / /
HSDPA / HSUPA 7.2 / 5.76
Wi-Fi standard 802.11b / g / n
… Headset / Handsfree / A2DP / /
… Object push / OBEX / AVRCP / /
… SIM access, phone book / HID / /
USB type / storage / charging / /
Type / size (inch) TFT / 3.5
Resolution (PX) 640 x 960
Number of colors 16.7 m
Call list / language selection /
Situation profiles / airplane mode / vibrating alert 1 /. /
Handsfree / mute /
Email / POP3 / IMAP / HTML / / /
Contact management
Phone numbers / E-Mail addresses (number per contact) 12 / 3 / 3
Image / notes field / date of birth / /
Appointment management
Day / week / month view / /
weekly / annual events /
Alarm clock when device is off
Sync: Outlook / Mac /
Notes: Outlook-sync
Look at Word / edit /
Consider Excel / edit /
PDF Viewer / calculator / voice memo / /
Web / frame / Java / Java scripting / / /
Flash / https / home / Favorites / /
Audio format: MP3 / WMA / M4A / AAC / / /
Video player / full screen display /
Video format: 3GP / MP4 / WMV / /
Integrated camera
Resolution (megapixel) 5
Receiver GPS / A-GPS /
Navi-software / onboard / offboard / /
Navi / route planner /
Dimensions in mm 115 x 59 x 10
Weight (grams) 137
Endurance D power (hours) 10:33
Endurance interview E-Netz (hours) 12:29
Endurance conversation UMTS (hours) 4:48
type. Endurance (hours) 4:37
standard radiation factor / SAR value (manufacturer) 0.18 / 0,930


ENDURANCE (125) sufficient 81
Endurance talk (35) 22
Persistence display mode (90) 59
EQUIPMENT (175) sufficient 90
System (65) 25
Scope of supply (0) 0
Display (40) 28
Connectivity (20) 7
Phone features (10) 8
Messaging (10) 8
PIM (0) 0
Office (0) 0
Web browser (10) 6
Camera (10) 3
Music and video (5) 2
Navigation (5) 3
HANDLING (75) very good 67
Ease of handling 40
User interface 12
Processing quality 15
MEASUREMENTS (max. 125) poor 62
Transmission and reception quality GSM (15) 12
Transmission and reception quality UMTS (30) 23
Acoustic measurements send (30) 13
Acoustic measurements received (20) 14