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iPhone 4 features: Hands-on with 5 megapixel, front-facing, and 720p video camera

The iPhone 4 was officially launched today and after picking mine up, I was eager to test out the new cameras. The rear camera is 5 megapixels and features 5x digital zoom and 16:9, 720p HD video recording. It also has a built-in LED flash that can be used for photos or video. The front-facing camera is VGA quality and can be used for both 1.4 megapixel stills and 360p video as well.

So how do the iPhone 4 cameras perform? Find out after the break!

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iPhone 4 drop test

So you have your shiny new iPhone 4 and are wondering how sturdy the Gorilla Glass really is? Well, the people at iFixYouri have done yet another test and this time with a real, functioning iPhone 4 -- and they've captured it on video.

WIth a sunny Florida backdrop, they held the iPhone 4 at about 3 ft from the ground and dropped it at an angle. They choose to drop the iPhone 4 on concrete -- which is probably one of the rougher surfaces -- but did choose a spot that was devoid of pebbles and debris.

On the first drop, the iPhone 4 still functioned normally and only had some slight scratches on it. On the second drop, the iPhone 4 was more scratched and no longer turned on (which may be a greater cause for concern than the glass breaking or chipping). The third drop gave the phone a chip on the edge. It was on the fourth drop that the iPhone 4 screen completely cracked.

Depending on your point of view, this may show great durability or perhaps shockingly weak performance. I was quite saddened by the lack of durability and scratch-resistance. I would have at least expected the iPhone 4's Gorilla Glass to endure a good 10 drops at 3 feet without shattering. What do you think?

Video after the break. (Warning: Extreme iPhone brutality. May be extremely painful for those who do not yet have the iPhone 4 -- like me.)

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iPhone 4 vs iPhone 3GS in Pictures

You didn't really think we'd let you get through a day without setting the iPhone 4 down next to the iPhone 3GS, did you?

The verdict? Well obviously we prefer the iPhone 4, but we will say that the lack of a curved back has us flipping the device around quite a bit post-pocket-pull. But the iPhone 4 is thinner, feels nicer to our hands, and... well there are a lot of "ands," the last of which is ...and you'll have to wait for our full review for our full opinion.

Ok, we'll let one thing out now: while you may have pooh-poohed the Retina display from what you've seen before, when it comes to viewing text there's just plain nothing else like it out there. We've included a detail shot of the Retina Display up against the iPhone 3GS's display after the break (along with the rest of the gallery) and we're pretty sure it'll put most arguments to rest. Yes, it's not necessary to read web pages or ebooks, but seeing electronic text at this level of refinement changes you, deep down, and suddenly all other electronic text looks like amateur-hour.

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iPhone 4 gallery

Pictures of iPhone 4 and Test Photos / Video

So truth: we spent way too much time taking these shots of the iPhone 4. But the device, she is pretty; and glossy, so it took awhile. Truthfully, though, don't blame us or our camera's adoring eye, we just couldn't help ourselves.

We also too a trip to the park to bring you some sample images from the iPhone 4's 5 megapixel camera and shot some video from both the front and the back - with a loud fountain in the background to see how the microphone could handle it.

We include all of the above after the break. You're definitely going to want to take a look at the (completely unedited) shots of a water fountain we took. We're including an extra close-up crop so you can see the level of detail the camera can pull off.

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iPhone 4 unboxing with FaceTime, Bumper

TiPb unboxes iPhone 4, gets some FaceTime

We had to unbox the iPhone 4 for you all even though it's moved beyond "exciting tech blog event" to "necessary ritual." We left the burning incense out, though, and replaced it with some quick comparisons to the EVO 4G and the Nexus One. Toss in a quick FaceTime video chat and feature discussion and a quick look at the Bumper accessory and you're looking at an unboxing extravaganza.

We'll be bringing you more iPhone 4 impressions, pictures, videos, and thoughts from the entire TiPb team for the rest of the day, week, and - heck - year. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, video after the break!

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Just get an iPhone 4? Here's what you need next!

Today Apple's iPhone finally went on sale which means a bunch of you either just got one or are just about to get one. Unboxing done, device powered up, new features explored, you're looking at it and trying to figure out what you need to do next. Don't worry, TiPb's got your back:

  • Get up to speed. We have a complete iOS 4 feature walkthrough up and waiting to help you figure out all the new stuff Apple has jam-packed into their latest OS. Save yourself some time and check it out.

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Possible explanation, fix for iPhone 4 yellow splotches?

Okay, this is thin, but seeing how some of team TiPb are experiencing the dreaded yellow splotches on their iPhone 4, we're clinging to threads here -- forum threads in this case from Apple Insider:

Apple is using a bonding agent called Organofunctional Silane Z-6011 to bond the layers of glass. Apparently, Apple (or more likely Foxconn) is shipping these products so quickly that the evaporation process is not complete. However, after one or two days of use, especially with the screen on, will complete the evaporation process and the yellow "blotches" will disappear.

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July 2 iPhone pre-orders shipping early?

We don't want to get anyone's hopes up here, but one of our readers just sent us his shipment notification and tracking info for a second round, July 2 iPhone 4 order and it looks like he may be getting it a tad early -- June 30 according to Apple and June 28 according to FedEx.

Now there's many a slip between an arrival and a ship, so let us know if any of you are also getting your iPhone 4 shipment emails or tracking info, and what your dates are showing.

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Some iPhone 4 showing yellow blotches on Retina Display?

Seems like some iPhone 4 users are unboxing their new beauties and promptly finding some unsightly yellow splotches on the ginormous Retina Display:

In the bottom 10% of the screen there are three blotches about the size of shirt buttons that discolor the screen a brown/yellow color." You can see a demonstration of that anomaly in the image to the right.

Apple doesn't have enough stock to do exchanges yet, but it sounds like some folks are going to be heading over to the Genius Bar to swap them for fresh, functional devices just as soon as they can.

Anyone here seeing that problem? Let us know.

[Apple Discussion via TUAW]

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Apple Stores already selling out of iPhone 4?

One of our forum moderators, Justin Horn, just watched Apple Store employees at The Falls in Florida tell people that they'd "sold out" of iPhone 4, and if they were at a certain point in line (i.e. further down than Apple had stock to cover) that they could start making their way home.

We're betting this doesn't include those with confirmed reservations, but if you were thinking of heading down just to try your luck... good luck.

We've seen lines go around (and around) the block, and mobs of people in front of the Apple Stores. Bigger lines than the iPhone 3GS launch, bigger than the iPad launch, some Apple employees are saying these are their biggest lines ever. And that's with Apple doing pre-orders and starting deliveries yesterday.

If you're in line and your Apple Store is starting to sell out, tell us where

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