Review: iPhone 4
Bluetooth worked well on the iPhone 4. I was able to pair the phone with my Bluetooth headset and a set of stereo Bluetooth speakers with no trouble. If you pay for the service, you can use Bluetooth to tether your laptop to the iPhone 4's Internet connection. Unfortunately, you can't transfer files to and from the iPhone 4 over Bluetooth. No luck sending pictures or music files to and from the device wirelessly.
Clock and Calendar
The iPhone 4 gets a big clock on the lock screen and a smaller clock in the top notification bar, which is present in almost all apps. There is a full clock app where you can set up numerous world clocks and alarms. There's also a stopwatch and a countdown timer. The calendar app works very well, too. It looks great, and I had no trouble synchronizing the calendar with my Exchange service.
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Though there are many location based services and navigation apps available from the App Store, the iPhone 4 comes preloaded with very little in the way of maps and directions. There is a nice version of Google Maps on board, and it offers satellite views and solid points-of-interest searching. But you won't get free turn-by-turn directions on this device like you will on Nokia's phones with Ovi Maps or newer Google Android phones. Still, if you don't mind paying, there are plenty of good navigation options available, including AT&T Navigator, a TeleNav app, and apps from Navigon, TomTom and many others.
The iPhone is the best gaming platform among all smartphones, and it might even rival dedicated portable gaming devices. Motion sensitivity works very well, so you can steer a car or fly a plane just by twisting the phone around in space. There are also plenty of A-List games available from the best development and publishing houses. The iPhone 4 adds gyroscopic functions, which should add even more motion sensitivity and better control options. The phone also packs a powerful processor and loads of RAM. It's easy to see why the top selling apps in the App Store are games.
Sep 12, 2012
Verizon Wireless today said that users of iOS 6 devices will be able to use the FaceTime feature over Verizon's cellular network without paying extra for it. The feature will be available to the iPhone 5 and other Apple devices as a part of their monthly data allotment.
Feb 14, 2012
Google today provided a minor update to the Google+ application for iOS devices. Google+ version 220.127.116.1178 adds the ability to set instant photo uploads, see who has +1'd your posts, and adds access to the What's Hot stream.
Mar 13, 2012
T-Mobile USA CTO Neville Ray today said that company was able to develop its current LTE migration strategy thank in part to the collapse of its acquisition by larger rival AT&T. "We're getting new AWS spectrum as a result of the termination of the AT&T deal (pending regulatory approval), which we will use for LTE," said Ray.
Mar 10, 2012
A small company called Vocre is offering an application that lets users conduct a FaceTime-like video chat that includes live language translation between the two participants. Users can join a video chat session and communicate even though they don't speak the same language.
Mar 8, 2012
iPhone owners can now download content from the App Store over 3G cellular data networks that are up to 50MB in size, which is an increase from the previous 20MB limitation. The size increase applies to applications and music.