1. You Might Not Be Able to Make Calls
You know how the joke goes. The iPhone is great for many things — except of course, for making calls. Forget network strain from AT&T and bad reception, word on the street is that “holding your iPhone 4 will degrade the reception and the cellular signal.” We’re not kidding. Checking further into this new phenomenon reveals that this may be an iOS 4 problem, making it a software issue instead of a hardware issue. Video from users across the web with the old iPhone 3G upgraded to iOS 4 shows that reception problem is now plaguing the old phone with the software update. Note to all non iPhone 4 users, you may want to wait a bit before you upgrade to iOS 4, let them work out all the potential kinks. (Update: Antenna problems are confirmed. Apparently some people are holding the phone the “wrong” way. But in all seriousness, Anandtech has an in-depth coverage of this issue along with a well-written review).
2. Your New iPhone 4 Comes With Free Yellow Spots
Nope. We’re not shi*ting you. Your new iPhone 4 may come with yellow spots and/or bands across the screen. Thankfully, it appears to be residual left-over from a sealant/bonding agent that should disappear over time. Apparently Apple is shipping these units out so fast to meet with demand that some bondings aren’t completely sealed, thus showing up on screen. Apple support has stated that the residue from manufacturing should disappear within a couple of days, though some iPhone 4 owners are stating that the yellow spots/bands are still present (maybe they’re impatient Apple owners, word is that there just might be a few of them out there…). If you’re plagued with the yellow spot problem and the issue isnt resolved, you shouldn’t have any issue getting a replacement phone from Apple, though you should check if a unit is available before you take the phone back to the store.
3. AT&T’s Network Continues to Strain Under Load
Imagine having the latest and greatest, only to have bandwidth and network speed issue when you’re using data on the phone. Without question, the iPhone 4 will be a successful product, the previous three generation has almost ensure this sure bet. But getting Apple’s latest will also mean another two year with AT&T, a network that has been heavily taxed through the past three year with heavy iPhone usage. Though Steve Jobs have often said that he firmly believes the issue will be replicated no matter the carrier Apple choose to go with, industry leaders begs to differ as Verizon has consistently shown their network to be stable and fast (course, this is a non-issue in Europe and Asia). Let’s not forget AT&T’s recent removal of unlimited data plan, and going with the possibly more expensive tiered rates for data. If data is mission critical for your smartphone, you might want to opt with another network…
4. There Are Great Alternatives Out There
Google’s Android-based smartphones has surpassed the iPhone during the first quarter of 2010 in terms of market share. It is now the second largest smartphone market in North America, right behind the slowly eroding BlackBerry from Research in Motion. Of course, this doesn’t suddenly mean that the iPhone is now out of the game, analysis expects that Apple and Google will trade heavy blows through the next few quarters as sales data are released, and to be fair, many Android-enabled phones are also given away in 2 for 1 deals at certain carriers.
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Still, when you look at the latest generation of smartphones, there are plenty of alternatives. From the well-built Droid Incredible with better UI than previous Android phones, to the first WiMax 4G-enabled EVO 4G, to the venerable but open Nexus One. Not to mention the recently newly refreshed Droid X. Android phones are known to be open, flexible, and hackable. You may want to tether your newly minted iPhone 4 to your iPad, but due to “software limitation” as stated from Apple, it’s not going to happen (after all, why would pay another $130 for a 3G version of the iPad if you can easily tether it to your iPhone). Making your phone into a mobile hospot for the iPad and seven other devices isn’t an issue though on the Droid Incredible or EVO 4G. Heck, the hotspot feature is free on the Palm Pre Plus (WebOS may not be completely dead yet, as hinted recently by HP).
Haters Gotta Hate?
There are definitely a few more reasons why you shouldn’t get an iPhone 4, but for every reason we can come up with, an Apple fanboy (or enthusiast) can come up with 500 other reasons why you should. And often times they’ll be right. If you’re not a gung-ho Apple fan, and you just want a smartphone that fits your need, there is no doubt that you should shop around. This is a great time for gadget/smartphone lovers. Never before are there so many alternatives. Never before is the market so competitive. As competition continues to heat up across carriers, phone manufactures, and app developers, you can bet that the sure-winner in all of this are the customers.