According to Verizon the physical changes between their new CDMA iPhone 4 and the original AT&T iPhone 4 basically amount to the new CDMA radio. However, we've spotted another potential headache for those looking to switch between the AT&T handset and the new Verizon version: the ringer mute switch and volume buttons have been moved, meaning AT&T iPhone 4 bumpers won't fit on the Verizon handset.
Protecting your iPhone is something that all owners want to do. The smartphones are fragile and a drop could spell doom for your gadget. Scratches on the screen will certainly annoy you for the life of the device. The best way to keep the iPhone from getting scratches on the screen and from getting broken if you drop it is a case and screen protective film.
Welcome to this week's edition of the SlashGear Week in Review! This is the last edition before Christmas; I hope you have your shopping done! Last Sunday we went hands on with the LG VL600 LTE modem and it was really cool. We like the service, but the scant data limits of 5GB and 10GB will keep many from adopting if they plan to use it as a broadband alternative. Monday some really cool cases for the iPhone 4 surfaced from Gear 4 that fans of Angry Birds will like. The cases come in three styles with colors and characters from the Angry Birds game.
If you are the proud owner of a new HTC HD7 Windows Phone 7 smartphone you will want to keep the thing shiny and looking new. What you need is a case that is as cool as the smartphone is. Speck has announced a new case for the HD7 that should be launching really soon called the PixelSkin HD.
If you want more runtime for your iPhone 4 odds are you will be searching for a battery case or external battery soon. A new case has surfaced from dexim for the iPhone 4 called the Super-Juice Power Case that will give you more runtime from your gadget. The case has an internal rechargeable battery that charges via an included micro-USB cable.
Apple retail stores have apparently suspended sales of slide-on iPhone 4 cases over suspicions that they can scratch or even crack the glass back-panel of the fourth-generation iOS smartphone. According to Cult of Mac's sources in the case industry - who are rather dramatically referring to the issue as "Glassgate" - Apple is now testing all iPhone 4 cases individually to see if they damage the handset; the delay in Apple Store sales could see manufacturers like Mophie and Kensington experiencing significantly underwhelming holiday sales, despite having ordered significant amounts of stock.
Kensington has outed its latest iPad accessories, and oddly enough the company's KeyFolio Bluetooth Keyboard and Case looks decidedly similar to the GearZap iPad KeyCase we've just reviewed. Like the KeyCase, the Kensington KeyFolio has rubberized keys and a faux-leather case, and promises up to 90 hours of solid use from a single charge.
Apple's on-screen keyboards and auto correction technology isn't half bad in iOS, but it's still fair to say that consuming text on the iPad is an easier endeavour than entering it. The Cupertino company's own iPad Keyboard Dock is one way to address the issue, though not especially portable; the GearZap iPad KeyCase - sold by AIDACASE in the US - attempts to remedy that, being a combination Bluetooth keyboard and folio case. Have our typing prayers been answered? Check out the full review after the cut.
We can't say we've ever thought the iPad fell short when it comes to battery life, but Kensington obviously aren't content with its 10+ hours of runtime. The new Kensington PowerBack Battery Case with Kickstand and Dock is basically a mophie juice pack for the Apple slate, combining a battery good for an extra 5hrs, edge-protection and a useful three-position stand that will work in both portrait and landscape orientations.
When "antennagate" turned into a whole "thing," Apple's Steve Jobs went out on stage and talked about the situation. He told everyone watching, which eventually made it to everyone else, that the iPhone 4's antenna issues weren't just plaguing the iPhone 4, but that it was a problem with the whole smart phone industry. But, while Jobs can't fix the entire industry, he did offer up a free case program, as well as extending the normal 14-day return policy to 30-days. But, it's September 10th today, and the program is coming to an end in 20 days.
Ah, the Apple Newton - spiritual predecessor to the iPhone and a PDA cruelly axed before its time. It seems a surprise that we've had to wait so long to see an iPhone Newton case, then, but happily Charles Mangin is taking on the challenge; his iNewt project will take an expired Newton MessagePad 2000 and trim it down to perfectly wrap around an iPhone 4.
So far it seems he's managed to hack apart one old Newton and craft a custom bay for the Apple smartphone, doing some re-logoing along the way. A simple hatch door keeps the iPhone 4 in place, and we're guessing there'll be some sort of pass-through cable arrangement so as to charge and sync the handset without necessarily needing to remove it from the case.