Friday, December 17, 2010

Intro & The iPhone 4 review

Dear Reader

My name is iMike (Mike Green); I like that alias because it describes me, I'm always connected, connected to the Internet that is. In some ways I feel I am a late bloomer towards technology, I did not get my first computer until 1996 and old Classic Mac (all-in-one). Some of my more savvy friends tried to educate me about world wide web, foreign terms to me at the time. The game changer for me was when I started working at Vision Crew Unlimited and watched the CG artist create special effects for commercials, TV and films. At the time they were using Mac's 8600's and 9600's, state of the art in the late 1990's. I asked a ton of questions and watched the techs do their amazing work.

Today, I consider myself a tech head, I love technology, especially gadgets that enhance my life. I bought my first iPhone 3 two and half years ago, after being an avid Black Berry user. I liked the sleek design, the ease of use and how easily it sync to all three of my computers. On the negative side, the battery life was less than acceptable and the AT & T coverage was challenging in areas outside major metropolitan areas. The iPhone 4 has good battery life, and AT & T has improved their cell and data coverage to more places.

I did not experience the death grip as some users have experienced, but I should note I bought a case for my iPhone at the time of purchase to protect the phone from accidental drops. Comparing the iPhone 3 to the iPhone 4 is like trying to compare a Kea to a Porsche. Programs opened faster, games played better and the screen was two-hundred percent better than the iPhone 3. I cannot compare the iPhone 4 to the 3GS because I did not own one. The single feature that stands out for me is the camera. The camera is amazing, the still images are sharp, the colors are vivid, the video quality is life like. Light is important, if you want to shoot a good image you need proper lighting; especially if you are using existing light and not the flash. I shot some footage on the Amtrak heading to Eugene, Oregon from Los Angeles. I placed the iPhone 4 against the window and held it very straight. The footage was clear, the hues were very realistic, my friends were stunned by the quality the footage, my point and shoot camera is now collecting dust under my bed.

I plan on writing more about the iPhone 4 in future blogs.

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