iPhone 4 “Available” Today

In case you hadn’t heard, the iPhone 4 is officially out today, though it is going to be hard to find. If you haven’t pre-ordered it, your chances of getting an iPhone today are pretty slim. AT&T is saying that June 29 will be the release date for non-pre-orders.

“AT&T is on track to deliver iPhone 4 to customers who pre-ordered the device on June 15. We look forward to offering iPhone 4 to all other customers beginning Tuesday, June 29, when it goes on sale in all AT&T sales channels.”

From the reviews that are starting to pour in though, you might want to reconsider the purchase. Let’s take a look at some of the reports.

The screen is showing yellow dots. See Engadget and BGR. Evidentally there might be an automatic fix, as it may be a problem with the screen glue. BGR and Engadget posted followup reports citing the AppleInsider forum. It seems that the manufacturing process was a bit rushed. Not a big surprise, considering the volume of pre-orders.

Another problem is the apparent fragility of the device. Scratches abound, and some have managed to shatter the glass in a drop test. See Engadget‘s video. The glass is supposed to be able to withstand quite a punishment, but it doesn’t seem to be working as advertised.

Another major issue is the way you can interfere with your call just by holding the phone in your left hand. See Engadget and BGR. We had enough problems with signal quality on the 3G. Paying for another iPhone that can’t be used as a phone isn’t terribly appealing to me.

TechCrunch sums up all of these issues in a single post as well.

Given my experience with the iOS4 update I am not terribly surprised at these issues. Granted I was testing it on an iPhone 3G, but it still shouldn’t have crashed, nor bogged down the phone. The folders were nice, but tricky, and there were otherwise few noticeable updates to the OS. On the iPhone 4 front, there are theoretical fixes for the yellow screen and left-hand issues, but we’ll see how those play out.

If I were an Apple fanboy, I would wait a few weeks and let the dust settle. Since I’m not, I get to just watch the fun. If you have your heart set on the iPhone 4 and didn’t pre-order, perhaps you were actually lucky. Wait until the kinks are fixed and then splurge on the phone. You’ll have a better experience than those getting it today.

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  • Kati

    oh so very happy to have said buh-bye to my iPhone! and so far so good with my HTC…hopefully the next upgrade around will be to a Sony……fingers crossed!

  • http://jdpadgett.com Jared

    For me or for you, Kate?

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