Michael Koerbel shot the film “Apple of My Eye” using only the iPhone 4 and edited with the iMovie app. It took him 48 hours and the result is simply amazing. In Video Quality Comparison: iPhone 4 vs. Flip Ultra HD I mentioned:
I donâ€™t know what it is but watching the 720p video captured with the iPhone 4 feels weird on my 17-inch MBP. I think maybe my display isnâ€™t up to the task with slow liquid crystal response times or it might be the 30fps. If I were to guess itâ€™s the 30fps. With this type of video capturing capability on the iPhone 4 the only type of video that would look good is slow panning.
I am eating my words now.
Dell’s Streak is a sexy 5-inch Android-based tablet headed to AT&T. The 5-inch LCD sports a 800×480 pixel format and is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass. The Streak is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon, sports a 5 megapixel camera and a front-facing 640×480 camera, and comes with Bluetooth 2.1+EDR (a bit of a disappointment since Bluetooth 3.0 is already out). Connectivity is broad: UMTS 2100/1900/850MHz, GSM/EDGE 1900/1800/900/850MHz and HSDPA 7.2Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps. The US packaging with its clear acrylic case is a looker too. More information about the specs can be found at Dell.
According to MobileCrunch, the HTC EVO 4G OTA update that started yesterday morning soon after resulted in some users getting their EVO 4G bricked, jailbroken and stock versions. Sprint and HTC have temporarily halted the OTA update:
While the vast majority of consumers successfully downloaded and installed the most recent HTC EVO 4G software update, we have received a handful of reports from customers having some issues with the update. In light of this, HTC and Sprint have decided to temporarily halt distribution of this software release until we can investigate further. We expect to be able to resume software updates shortly.
Give Sprint a call (888-211-4727) and ask for a replacement and a credit to your phone bill for the month. You might also give your local Sprint store a try.
Cameron Hunt has posted up a video titled “The Spot“:
I can literally pause and resume a loading web page just by touching my finger to “The Spot”.
The reception issue that Steve Jobs is denying the existence of (read Steve Jobs On iPhone 4: “There Is No Reception Issue. Stay Tuned.”) is just a single spot on the lower left corner of the iPhone 4. Just don’t touch that little spot.
Sprint has its second 4G smartphone, Samsung’s Epic 4G. The Epic 4G is a rebranding of the Samsung Galaxy S Pro that is different from the non-Pro in that it sports a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The Android 2.1 smartphone sports Samsung Mobile Display‘s (SMD) 4-inch Super AMOLED display, a Hummingbird CPU running at 1GHz, a 5 megapixel camera on the back and a 640×480 front-facing camera, 720p video capture, and WiFi BGN. Like the HTC EVO 4G the Epic 4G has mobile hotspot capability, which you will need to pay through the nose (an additional US$10/mo) on top of the $79.99/mo you’ll be paying for 3G/4G service that includes 450 anytime minutes. One interesting feature of the Epic 4G is DLNA connectivity but loses the HDMI connection.
There is a Sprint-made table on Engadget comparing the Epic 4G and HTC EVO 4G to its main competitors: AT&T Apple iPhone 4, Verizon HTC Incredible and Motorola Droid X. The Epic 4G is coming in the coming months. The Epic 4G page at Sprint.
New Yorkers paying AT&T for wireless service should be getting better service. The company’s internal testing shows voice quality in Manhattan improved 47% compared to last quarter. That’s an interesting statistic:
“I think my iPhone 4 has better voice quality now.”
“Yeah, about 47% better.”
“Yup, 47% better than last quarter.”
I think it would be much more effective if AT&T and other companies measured and communicated improvements that make sense to customers. For instance:
AT&T wireless customers should be able to connect and experience less dropped calls in these areas: West Side Highway, Cross Bronx Expressway, Newark, Long Island City, Sunnyside, Oyster Bay, Upper East Side between 87th and 94th…
Now wouldn’t that make more sense to New York City customers since those dead zones are where they experience the most frustration with AT&T? The iPhone carrier finished upgrading its 850MHz 3G in The Big Apple. Read the press release for all the details. The upgrade was an increase in wireless capacity in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens. AT&T expects its customers to experience “improved 3G wireless voice and data connectivity and performance, especially during peak hours.” But we all know it isn’t just AT&T who needs to continue improving connectivity.
Christopher Breen at Macworld has found something invaluable: you can copy iMovie clips from the iPhone 4 to the iPad via the iPad Camera Connection Kit ($29, ships in 4-6 weeks at the time of this writing). The iPad sees the iPhone 4 and earlier iPhones as a digital camera. Once the iPhone is connected to the iPad the iPad’s Photos app will launch. Tap the iMovies you want to copy and the magic begins. The 720/30p iMovies will look much better on the larger display on the iPad. Of course they will look even better on displays with at least a 1280×720 pixel format.
The first iPhone 4 TV ad started airing in the US just yesterday on the 27th. A longer version was shown during Steve Jobs’ keynote at WWDC 2010, which I later watched online. The ad centered around the iPhone 4’s FaceTime feature deeply resonated with me as I am sure it will with you.
PS: You can download all of Steve Jobs’ keynote on iTunes by subscribing to the Apple’s Keynotes podcast.
On June 28th Samsung will let loose its N230 netbook sporting a 10.1-inch anti-reflective LED-backlit LCD with a 1024×600 pixel format. Samsung claims there is no mirror effect in bright conditions. That’s a solid change in direction from mirror to actual display. Battery life is rated at 13.8 hours with the optional 66Wh battery and the standard 32Wh battery will last the N230 for up to 7 hours. The N230 is powered by an Intel Atom N450 running at 1.66GHz or a 1.83GHz N470. Weight is less than 1kg or 2.2 pounds with a thickness of just 23.2mm or 0.91 inch. Connectivity options include Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi BGN, and optional 3G. via Engadget
Apple announced on June 28th that it has sold over 1.7 million iPhone 4’s in just three days from June 24th to June 26th (source: PR Newswire). One iPhone 4 sold every 0.15 seconds during that time frame. Did I do that math right? That’s insane. Steve Jobs:
This is the most successful product launch in Apple’s history. Even so, we apologize to those customers who were turned away because we did not have enough supply.
That’s good news for Apple but I would like to hear an official statement from Apple what it intends to do with the yellow ugliness (read Yellow Discoloration on iPhone 4 LCD and iPhone 4 Yellowish Discoloration Goes Away With Time?) on some Retina Displays and the reception issue (search “iphone 4 antenna” for all related posts) before I buy. And I’m staying tuned.