Apple iPhone 4 review: First look

We take a quick look at the newly launched Apple iPhone 4 to see if expectations match the hype.

With the 3GS, Apple claimed difficulty in cramming a better camera into the ozone. It has managed to overcome that hurdle a fair bit.

In low light, we've still spotted noise on videos, but so far nothing that would put us off editing and sharing our videos. There's an LED to illuminate scenes, which can be set to auto, off or on. In video mode, on means permanently lit. For stills, it switches to a flash mode.

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We've also spent a little time playing with iMovie, an optional app that will cost you 2.99 from the App Store. That takes the iPhone 4's editing capabilities beyond the basic trimming option that it (and the 3GS) are capable of out of the box.

The 3GS's camera was a slight improvement over the 3G but nowhere near enough to warrant switching to the iPhone if you were dead set on a camera phone. Thankfully, we've seen much better results, as with video, in lower lighting conditions. We haven't snapped anything close to Apple's shots taken in the glorious light quality of sunny California, but the results so far make us want to keep snapping, rather than reaching for a dedicated compact in disgust.

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