iPhone 4: Nearly all it's cracked up to be
First look: Apple's new iPhone is faster, slimmer, slicker, better -- except for potential reception problemsFollow @pvenezia
Also, you can't tell the front from the back of the phone without looking. With the previous incarnations you could easily feel which side was which while it was in your pocket. The back was rounded, the front flat. With the iPhone 4, there's no tactile differentiation. In fact, both sides of the phone are glass, so unless or until you discover the location of the home button, you won't be able to easily orient the phone in your pocket. It may seem like a little thing, but I've only had the phone for a day and have already had several occasions to lament this fact.
But then again, I don't have a case for the phone. Nobody does. The aforementioned Apple Bumper Case just started shipping today. Until you have one, there's no alternative but to handle with care. I'm generally one to put screen protectors and some form of slim case on my phones, and the iPhone 4 really does scream out for some kind of protective cover, no matter the promises of scratch-resistance.
But however you slice it, no matter its detriments, from just about any angle you approach the iPhone 4, it really is a marvelous device. Assuming the reception issues are addressable, this iPhone is the best yet, and that's saying something.
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