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Can't wait for the iPhone 4? Neither could we. Ahead of its official Aussie release, we sourced an iPhone 4 from overseas and gave it the full review treatment
It’s a shame that Apple hasn’t bumped up the maximum storage capacity on the iPhone 4 to 64GB, especially given its 720p video recording capabilities and support for 720p movies. As it is, you can pick between 16GB and 32GB capacities, and once again there’s no memory card expansion slot for adding more memory.
There are subtle differences in the speaker audio quality between the iPhone 3GS and 4 – the former has a brighter sound and clearer high-end and mid-range, while the iPhone 4 has better bass response at the expense of distortion in the treble. With headphones on, the quality is a closer match, although the iPhone 4 has a slight edge with a warmer and more full-bodied sound.
The Retina screen makes a big difference to watching videos on the iPhone 4, although it really comes into its own when you watch them in high definition. We downloaded an episode of The Office in HD from iTunes, and the clarity and detail was simply extraordinary – on the same level as a high-end HDTV. Of course, the HD video takes up a lot more space – the 21-minute episode of The Office in HD took up 754MB, while the standard definition version was only 359MB.