Tuesday, April 20, 2010

I'm not an Apple Fanboy, but Droooooooool......

Gizmodo has an iPhone. I know, I know, EVERYONE has an iPhone... except me. :`(

I think it's clear that I'm not a fanboy, but this isn't just any iPhone. It's the new iPhone that Apple hasn't released yet.

What's new
• Front-facing video chat camera
• Improved regular back-camera (the lens is quite noticeably larger than the iPhone 3GS)
• Camera flash
• Micro-SIM instead of standard SIM (like the iPad)
• Improved display. It's unclear if it's the 960x640 display thrown around before—it certainly looks like it, with the "Connect to iTunes" screen displaying much higher resolution than on a 3G
• What looks to be a secondary mic for noise cancellation, at the top, next to the headphone jack
• Split buttons for volume
• Power, mute, and volume buttons are all metallic

What's changed
• The back is entirely flat, made of either glass (more likely) or ceramic or shiny plastic in order for the cell signal to poke through. Tapping on the back makes a more hollow and higher pitched sound compared to tapping on the glass on the front/screen, but that could just be the orientation of components inside making for a different sound
• An aluminum border going completely around the outside
• Slightly smaller screen than the 3GS (but seemingly higher resolution)
• Everything is more squared off
• 3 grams heavier
• 16% Larger battery
• Internals components are shrunken, miniaturized and reduced to make room for the larger battery

I'm sure the throngs of Apple's followers will read things like "3 grams heavier" and "Tapping on the back makes a more hollow and higher pitched sound" as features, but a better camera with a flash and front-facing camera are a few much-needed improvements.

With the new squared design, does anyone else think it looks sort of Droid-ish? Gizmodo even calls the new design  "industrial." Motorola spent a lot of money positioning the Droid as the tougher alternative to the "prissy" iPhone. Perhaps Apple is trying to combat that image a bit. Then again, we're talking about a company who called this a computer.

And until Google Goggles comes to iPhone, even the new iPhone will still lack a certain level of coolness. Oh well. Droooooool.


ChildsPlay said...

Google Goggles -- Sweet!

Gabe Smith said...

I know! Google Goggles is one of the greatest selling points of the Droid, in my opinion. But rumor has it that they're going to release a Google Goggles app for iPhone, so we'll see.

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