The Display in the Sun

As we mentioned earlier, the new glass is more reflective than the 3GS' screen. In direct sunlight the 4 is somewhere in between the usability of the iPhone 3GS and an AMOLED Android phone. The photos below should help convey that.

All of the screens were set to max brightness with automatic adjustments turned off. The EVO 4G came in as the worst of the bunch, while the iPhone 3GS was the most legible.


The iPhone 4 in direct sunlight


The iPhone 3GS in direct sunlight


The Google Nexus One in direct sunlight


The EVO 4G in direct sunlight

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  • MacTheSpoon - Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - link

    If you do have 1 bar all the time, then you're right: who cares? However, you may eventually find yourself in an area with less than 5 bars of reception and if you happen to hold the phone wrong then the antenna problem will drop your reception down to 0 bars. Then all the sensitivity of this phone at 1 bar will be irrelevant.

    Unless you spring for a case that Apple will not give you for free as they should.
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  • czesiu - Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - link

    I would love to see few more phones in the Signal Attenuation Comparison:) Reply
  • jed22281 - Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - link

    Can you please have a round up like this?!??
    Only problem is, I don't think we'll have solid/detailed info about the n9 till Sept @nokiaworld
    But we do know it'll be the 1st smart-phone using Meego (maemo's cousin)
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  • Finally - Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - link

    The straight lines, smaller dimensions and lack of unnecessary bulk make the 3GS feel like a car from the 90s, unnecessarily curvy. The styling is now so much more compact.


    (*sound of a cash register*) Ka-Shing! Apple Markting iBlah(tm) down to the very fine undertones...
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  • Finally - Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - link

    You forgot to mention that it is also INCREDIBLE, BEAUTIFUL & AMAZING!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nx7v815bYUw
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  • plewis00 - Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - link

    And 'Magical' Reply
  • Griswold - Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - link

    Revolutionary - again! Reply
  • Finally - Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - link

    http://theoatmeal.com/comics/apple Reply
  • JAS - Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - link

    "Why go to a fine restaurant [iPhone 4] when you can just stick something in the microwave [Google Android]?"

    "Why go to the park and fly a kite [iPhone 4] when you can just pop a pill [Google Andriod]?"

    * With thanks to Seinfeld's Kramer
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  • plewis00 - Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - link

    I agree and I like Anandtech articles for the same reason - the in-depth nature and accuracy is what I wait for.

    Do you know then with this Bumper case if a ZAGG (or similar) clear body armour set will still allow the Bumper case to fit? I don't think it matters too much as if the dock connector is obscured that will be a bigger problem for me.
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