Flashback: iPhone 4, the phone that made Apple a camera and display powerhouse

15 September 2019
The Retina Display kicked off a resolution war with other smartphone makers. Also, this was the first iPhone with a front-facing camera.

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AnonF-85937, 15 Sep 2019This was the first iPhone I truly liked, the design was abs... moreFun fact, Steve was still working with Apple until he died in 2011. Projects such as Siri and the design of the iPhone 5 were the last things he overlooked.

I personally think the iPhone 5/5S/SE are the best designs because the front glass is nice and sleek, the sides are blocky and easy to grip, and the back is made from Aluminium meaning they don't crack if dropped. I find that design is more ergonomic than the iPhone 6/6S/7 design, which feels too thin and rounded for my tastes. The iPhone 8 has a glass back which is worse, but at least it can do Wireless Charging slowly (under 10W) at the same rate as it does Regular Charging (under 10W)... wait, that's not worth the trade-off !!

The iPhone X/r/S/11/Pro/Max design is the worst.
Looks horrible with the notch, weird aspect ratio, the slippery bezels, and fragile-smudgy-glass backside. Then again, almost all phone designs have been bad the last 5 years.

True, 15 Sep 2019When Gsmarena Have No News They Come Up With FlashBack.Every Sunday they make flashbacks, it is been for many years, wake up

  • Techlius1

iPhone has really be on tech industry for a long time. Their experience cant be over endangered. I love iPhone and i love gsmarena

Complete Icona. Best design and smartphone of its time, still having iPhone 4S in my collection as best Apple iPhone creation, no doubt.

  • Xvestor

" a recipe that has been copied by just about every phone maker since."

gsm seems forgot , apple iphone 4 design inspired from sony design prototype, even steve job acknowledge how beautiful Sony design.

  • AnonD-784107

Kingslayer, 15 Sep 2019iPhone 4 https://youtu.be/KEaLJpFxR9Q Crazy to think J... moreI had an Iphone 4. Brilliant phone. Fast. Had a decent camera for the time. But the OS was too restrictive. Everything needed syncing through itunes. And a few years ago i found android its good. And never looked back. Still love iphone

iPhone 4

Crazy to think Jony Ive and Scott Forstall no longer work for Apple and neither one got along.

For any iPhone fans accusing Google for ripping off iPhone X's gestures...


I know my phone history like I know my history of music, movies, video games, NBA, and horse racing. I can go detail with my time with iPhone from June 2010 until I sold it at the end of August 2013. I just don't want to because my love for Android grew the last six years or so. Looking back at the iPhone 4 fondly isn't in me and I loved it from 2010-2013.

I thought iPhones were cool from 2007-2013. Haven't really been interested them since. And I owned an SE from 2017-2019. I find iOS still annoying. I discovered Android Pie (Aug-Oct 2018) is the best version of Android software I have ever experienced and I plan to get a Pixel, Pixel 2 XL, and Essential to remain there.

9 years has passed since iPhone 4 was released, but the newest iPhone 11 still has the same 326 ppi screen, while Android world moved over 400 ppi and now made unable to see individual pixels.
Apple needs to step up their game, if they don't want to be left behind.

  • L973

...and it has the Wifis :P
(or Bluetooths, I don't remember exactly... anyone else remember?)

Oh this phone was the best! I remember the experience of using this phone (my boss had it, and he was quite close to me personally).
At that time, if left alone on a table, I couldn't stop myself from picking it up and admiring it.
The screen was gorgeous. Galaxy S had that oversaturated first gen superAmoled display and I much preferred the iPhone's display quality.
Camera too was ahead of its time in quality!

If only Steve Jobs was alive. He could be a pain in your keste if you were working with him, but when he pushed hard, Apple made trend-setting devices. Now, they just play catch-up to other brands.

  • AnonD-706668

Hahaha Apple is camera powerhouse ! Don’t made me laughter

  • Anonymous

Kangal, 15 Sep 2019The original iPhone (2G) paved the way for phones to transf... moreTrue words about the competition.. I remember attending Nokia training on the X7 (mid 2011), and I remember challenging the representatives from Nokia and asking them if this seriously was their answer to the Iphone 4S and Samsung Galaxy series. .now thats a fail big time 😀

  • AnonF-85937

This was the first iPhone I truly liked, the design was absolutely stunning. IMO the iPhone 5 range had the worst looking design and iPhone 4 had the best look followed by the X and 11 range.

  • Anonymous

Tim Cook should carry this and thinking of what is doing

The most beautiful smartphone ever made.

Impressive, right? They've accomplished SO much back then for the better of the industry. But then something went wrong I guess :) Actually this kind of news (flashbacks) is very entertaining and informative. Keep it going!

  • Anonymous

Krisbenea, 15 Sep 2019The era when antutu and pubg aren't the parameter for the b... moreI don't actually care about benchmark for phone. If you're buying graphic card for pc, I stil understand, but benchmark for phone just doesn't make sense.

  • Satya

The longest lived phone ?? Launched in 2010 and available till 2014 !! I’m sure to say iPhone 5s is the one that has the longest life out of all iphones ever... launched in 2013 ...it was actively available till 2019 mid(India)

First iPhone I ever bought with my own money and the only time I bought a phone on launch day (June 24, 2010). I have some fond memories of this phone. I even got a free case for it thanks to Antennagate.

From June 24, 2010 until getting my HTC One M7 on May 24, 2013, the iPhone 4 was probably still my favorite smartphone at the time. I would watch that intro video with Scott Forstall and Jony Ive over and over. But like every Apple product I got with the exception of my MacBook Air, I started to hate it as years go by. I just hated how I was forced to update to iOS6 after I had it unlocked from AT&T.

Still, iPhone 4 was the last iPhone that Steve Jobs ever introduced on stage. Even had a zinger at the Gizmodo guy who leaked it. Didn't really age well because the CPU/GPU was pretty weak. By 2013, games like Subway Surfers and Sonic Rush would lag like crazy. The 4s was the better one because of its 7x stronger GPU and better antenna arrangement.

If I did a Top 10 favorite list, iPhone 4 would probably still make the cut but at the bottom of the pile. I'm very content with my Pixel 3 back on Pie and LG G5 stuck on Nougat. I could use both for the next 5 years. While iPhone 4 was really only good for 2 years. The upgrades from 2010-2014 were still bigger jumps yearly compared to the latter half of this decade.

The era when antutu and pubg aren't the parameter for the best phone or how good a phone is