Quickly gazing at the smartphone for the very first time, it tastefully can be seen that Apple decided to go back to the drawing board this time around as it sheds the previous look of the iPhone 3GS with a totally new one. Clearly it looks like an iPhone from afar, but upon closer inspection, you can meticulously feel the love that went into building and crafting this device together.
Essentially the handset is encased by two pieces of strong glass which are held together by the brushed stainless steel band – used also to help aid the handset in receiving better cellular radio connections. The smooth glass found in the back replaces the glossy plastic one that’s been in use with the previous two iterations and essentially make it flat – even the lens on the camera follows the flush pattern. As much as we adore the strength of the material and radiance it offers, it’s a prone for all the nasty baddies out there that take away from its shiny luster.
Additionally, when holding it for the first time after being accustomed to the curved backing of the iPhone 3GS, it doesn’t hug your hand as good as we’d like it to – still, it didn’t take too long before we got used to it. Clearly it’s one of the thinnest smartphones (it’s actually said to be the thinnest) we’ve seen to date. It’s also narrower than the previous versions of the product.
Following suit, the iPhone 4’s construction feels solid throughout every nook and cranny as there is no denying that it can repel the wear and tear of age. Flaunting an almost identical weight to its older sibling found with the iPhone 3GS, it’s evenly balanced and makes the phone feel even more durable, however, we’d be appalled to think about the consequences of dropping it.
Overall, the fresh look of the iPhone 4 has a somewhat nostalgic tone as it makes us harken back to the 80s when Sony’s beta-max units were all the rage with their metallic exterior and knobs jutting out prominently. Its industrial design provides a modern update which tastefully exemplifies an old time favorite look that will surely keep gazers close-by.