3 YRS OLD, BUT THE IPHONE 4 STILL SELLS

LAUNCHED IN 2010, THIS PHONE FROM AP­PLE CO ON­TIN­UES TO BE A GOOD BUY

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - FRONT PAGE - BY NIDHI SINGAL

Afull-page news­pa­per ad­ver­tise­ment for a new flag­ship smart­phone is not news. But a full-page ad­ver­tise­ment for a phone that came out two years ago might not make sense to even ad gu­rus. But that is the clout of the iPhone 4, which at a cheaper ` 26,500 is still one of the best phones in the mar­ket. So how does the iPhone 4 stay rel­e­vant even in 2013?

DIS­PLAY

Ap­ple in­creased the iPhone 5’s dis­play to 4-inch from the 3.5 inch (mea­sured di­ag­o­nally) though re­tain­ing its width at 2.31 inches. This means, Ap­ple has just in­creased the height of the iPhone 5 by a 0.37inches. Hence, the 3.5inch Retina Dis­play of the iPhone 4 isn’t small in com­par­i­son to the lat­est ver­sion. Un­like some of the big­gish phones to­day, that need to be op­er­ated with both hands, the iPhone 4 can be com­fort­ably held and used with a sin­gle hand, us­ing the thumb to type. In­tro­duced in 2010, the Retina dis­play with 960x640 pixel res­o­lu­tion and 330 ppi pixel den­sity is still amongst the best around.

IOS 6

The big­gest ben­e­fit of us­ing an Ap­ple prod­uct is the democra­tised soft­ware sup­port one en­joys. As and when Ap­ple up­dates the OS, ev­ery user, ir­re­spec­tive of their lo­ca­tion, is en­ti­tled to up­date the phone’s soft­ware. When launched, the Ap­ple iPhone 4 ran the iOS 4. Buy one to­day and you will get it with iOS 6.

PRO­CES­SOR

In 2010, a 1GHz pro­ces­sor was con­sid­ered pow­er­ful enough to han­dle all op­er­a­tions. Now, the iPhone 4’s 1GHz sin­gle-core A4 pro­ces­sor might seem out­dated in com­par­i­son to the quad-cores

and dual-cores. But the fact is that we still don’t have much apps that need mul­ti­ple cores to run or can utilise this ex­tra pro­cess­ing power. So the iPhone 4 is still good enough and per­forms with­out any lag.

CAM­ERA

What good are megapix­els if you can’t get a good im­age? Most flag­ship smart­phones to­day have 8MP cam­eras and even mid­seg­ment phones sport 5MPs like the iPhone 4. But it still shines above the rest thanks to the back­side-il­lu­mi­nated sen­sor that is more sen­si­tive to light. It also features a pow­er­ful built-in LED flash. Ap­ple had also pi­o­neered HDR set­tings on a smart­phone with this model. Ac­tu­ally, this fea­ture has only re­cently started mak­ing its en­try into other phones. Com­bin­ing three im­ages cap­tured at dif­fer­ent ex­po­sure, this fea­ture can de­liver im­ages bet­ter than reg­u­lar ones. Along with still im­ages, one can eas­ily record and edit HD videos on the iPhone 4.

APPS

Ap­ple’s App Store is un­doubt­edly the best ap­pli­ca­tion stores to­day. Ev­ery­one crit­i­cises Ap­ple for its strict pol­icy re­gard­ing apps, but this en­sures that there are no bugs or mal­ware in any of its apps. A vast ma­jor­ity of apps on the store are still com­pat­i­ble with the iPhone 4. In case an app is not com­pat­i­ble with the de­vice, the store prompts you about the same.

BAT­TERY

The big­gest chal­lenge one faces with smart­phones to­day is the poor bat­tery backup. With so much loaded on th­ese de­vices, even the high-end ones fail to last a day with av­er­age us­age. But sur­pris­ingly, the Ap­ple iPhone 4 has no trou­ble giv­ing you a dayand-a-half.

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