Some drooling over iPhone 4, others not


PETALING JAYA: In.Tech got “Yays” and “Nays” on the just unveiled Apple iPhone 4 when it conducted a straw poll to find out if many Malaysians would be buying the device when it is released here.

Danny Ho, 27, a corporate affairs senior executive, said he would get the new phone largely because of the many improvements that have been introduced since the previous model, the iPhone 3GS.

“I like the new improved slim design of the iPhone 4. It looks much better than the 3GS,” he said.

“But I must add that I don’t find the video-chat feature that compelling. Most phones now already have this.”

Marketing consultant David Wang, 29, said he is also eyeing the iPhone 4.

“To me, the higher-resolution display is a big draw factor. Apple’s claims that the screen is close to print resolution means that users will be able to read on it more comfortably despite the small screen,” he said.

Wang is also looking forward to the video-call feature. “Though it is limited to a WiFi connection, this shortcoming can be easily overcome by using a WiFi hotspot creator,” he said.

A hotspot creator is a device that creates a WiFi hotspot in your pocket, basically turning you into a moving hotspot via 3G (third-generation) mobile data technology.

But several other Malaysians haven’t caught the iPhone 4 fever.

Khoo Hsu-ee, 26, who works in the legal profession, isn’t interested in getting one. “While there are plenty of cool features, I don’t see the justification in getting a new phone just for that because I wouldn’t be using all the functions,” she said.

“Even now I don’t utilise the video-chat feature on my current phone, and I don’t see myself making video calls in the future.”

Avid iPhone user Albert Lim, 26, would like to get an iPhone 4 but he’s still tied to the current cellular data plan for his 3GS. “Unless, of course, the service provider allows me to upgrade my iPhone without a penalty,” he said.

The IT-support staff is attracted to the iPhone 4’s built-in camera and its ability to record 720p high-definition videos. But like Khoo, he’s not interested in the video-chat function.

“The feature has been around on other phones for a while but I’ve seen no need to use it,” he added.

Local telco Maxis Communications Bhd, which now sells the iPhone 3GS with data plans, has announced that it will be bringing in the iPhone 4 in coming months.

Digi Telecommunications, the other iPhone 3GS distributor in the country said it is still negotiating to bring in the new iPhone.

++++ Apple’s iPhone 4 webpage, http://bit.ly/9xW6X9

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