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30th September 2014
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At just 9.3mm thick, the iPhone 4 is the world's slimmest smartphone. But with multi-tasking, HD video recording and a beautiful high definition display it's proof positive that great things really do come in small packages.
After four years of Apple releasing increasingly jaw-dropping mobiles, it's perhaps not surprising that the iPhone 4 is another landmark for smartphones. As you'd expect, it's the best iPhone yet and could be the greatest handset we've ever seen.
As with all Apple phones, iPhone 4 buyers are able to choose from thousands of free and paid for applications to download from the App Store online software market. But this time around, Apple has installed a powerful 1GHz processor, which means you can use several applications simultaneously. This combines with the new IOS4 operating system for one of the smoothest and fastest smartphone experiences around.
Adding to this great handset's appeal is the five megapixel camera, which teams a five times digital zoom with tap-to-focus functionality and an LED flash, so that even the least able photographers can take great snaps. And it's even more impressive at capturing moving images, recording 720p HD video. Your mini movies can then be played back on the super high-density Retina Display.
But that's not all. The iPhone 4 is the first in the series to come with a secondary, front-facing camera for video calling, so you'll be able to see and speak your nearest and dearest no matter how far away they are.
Other features of the iPhone include a media player and web browser to keep you entertained, e-reader functionality thanks to the pre-loaded iBook app, with thousands of classics and brand new titles available to download, 16GB of storage space, 3.5mm headphone jack, gyroscope, push email and a multi-touch user interface for an intuitive smartphone experience.
The iPhone 4's battery offers up to seven hours talk time or 40 hours of music playback and ten hours of viewing media.
The white edition of the iPhone 4 marks the first time that an Apple smartphone has ever been available in a colour variant. And by common consent, it's a move that makes a great-looking mobile even more appealing.
And that's not to mention the other design features that the handset is home to. Not least the amazing glossy aluminosilicate glass employed in its construction. This is a material only normally found in windshields of helicopters and high-speed trains and means that the handset is so robust that it puts the majority of so-called tough phones to shame.
But that's not all. The scratch-resistant coating also ensures that the iPhone 4's other standout design feature, namely its stunning super-high density, 60-by-640 backlit LCD screen stays looking as good as the day you took the handset out of its box.
Finally, the iPhone 4's looks are burnished with the stainless steel band that runs around the rim of the phone. This not only adds to the handset's hard-wearing qualities, but it doubles as anntennae for improved call reception in a perfect marriage of form and function.