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White iPhone 4: beautiful, but thicker

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White iPhone 4: beautiful, but thicker

The white iPhone 4 is now available in Apple Stores throughout the country, but the hype around it wouldn't die down as the latest handset by Apple is slightly different than the original black iPhone 4 – it's thicker. Apple itself claimed that it's “worked to get every detail right,” but it seems that carries a price measured in a hair of additional thickness, or if we have to be exact, it's 0.0079 inches (0.2mm).


Not a big deal you might think, and you'd be right if it wasn't for case makers, many of whom have designed exclusive cases compatible with the iPhone 4, or as it might turn out – compatible only with the black iPhone 4. Apple would probably hate to hear the word fragmentation, but as minor as it is, that's what seems to be going on with Cupertino's products: first the Verizon iPhone came with a redesigned antenna and slightly moved volume buttons, which rendered some cases incompatible, and now the white iPhone 4 continues this trend with the added thickness. Here though, most cases still fit perfectly as the change is really minuscule.


Even more interesting, however, is the reason behind the added girth. Senior VP at Apple, Phil Schiller, mentioned that an extra coat of UV protection has been added along with other modifications to help preserve that snow white cover more white and less yellow. Official specs haven't reflected that tiny change and still list the thickness at 0.37 inches (9.5mm), but the fine print says that "Actual size and weight vary by configuration and manufacturing process." If you've held both iPhones, could you notice the difference? Don't hesitate to let us know in the comments below!


source: TiPb and Engadget


White iPhone 4: beautiful, but thicker

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posted on 29 Apr 2011, 06:07 8

1. cheetah2k (Posts: 768; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


OMG its a fat white elephant BWAHAHA!

posted on 29 Apr 2011, 10:19 5

2. Jonathan Bond (unregistered)


too fat for me. im going to get a Samsung Galaxy S II. It's thinner, newer, faster, more vivid screen, and fits comfortable in the hands.

posted on 30 Apr 2011, 01:15 1

10. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


haha yaaaa... just wait till they get sued

posted on 30 Apr 2011, 20:49 1

14. kymani (unregistered)


u have no taste in phones an iphone 4 is better than a samsung galaxy s omg wat the heck man!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 29 Apr 2011, 11:01 3

3. XxVerbalxX (unregistered)


Big phones need lovin too

posted on 29 Apr 2011, 12:39 3

4. Kjayhawk (Posts: 281; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


But they gotta pay!!!

posted on 29 Apr 2011, 12:51 2

5. Bulletshifttsi (Posts: 11; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)


LMAO couldn't of set it better myself.

posted on 29 Apr 2011, 13:16 1

6. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Wow, that's a huge difference, lol. This should be on the headline news.

First thing I did was actually compare the two iphones and I didn't notice the difference at all. Bumper cases still fit perfectly and so do my other cases. The big difference that I have noticed though, that I think is worth writing about than this article, is the obvious difference in display quality. The white iphone has a warmer tone, while the black one has a cooler tone. Also, the white iphone renders much deeper blacks (amoled-like), compared to the black iphone.

posted on 29 Apr 2011, 16:35 2

8. josh (unregistered)


Let's think logically here... why do the blacks look blacker on the white one? Obviously because there's a bright white bezel which ur also seeing around the screen. Period. Done.

posted on 29 Apr 2011, 13:36 2

7. obnoxious9162775 (Posts: 32; Member since: 25 Apr 2011)


Leave it to Crapple to have a white Iphone come out one year after the original release date. Now to find out it is thicker than the black one. I am sure you fanboys are excited for this one. Dumb ass!!!! Fanboys, or fanbots, or whatever you are be called, Suck on that!!!!!!!!

posted on 30 Apr 2011, 01:16 1

11. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


ummm no thanks... u can go die with ur non-white-non-amazing-noniphone

posted on 30 Apr 2011, 00:21 2

9. daniel_bargs (Posts: 323; Member since: 27 Nov 2010)


white sheeps are fatter than black sheeps

posted on 30 Apr 2011, 12:53 2

13. vishu9 (Posts: 251; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


LOL...hahahaha

posted on 30 Apr 2011, 09:13 1

12. Slammer (Posts: 924; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


I would be curious on the signal reception of the white over the black.

The added thickness could be evident of a possible redesigned antenna specification. The time between in which they halted production and then resumed, would make it possible to alter the design.

It was my speculation that they would eliminate the impedance issue by isolating the outside bezel antenna in some way and adding another within the hardware to compensate. Can anyone confirm this?

I'm not dismissing Apple's claim of paint process. However, it seems the antenna design concept would more effectively contribute to girth size.

John B.

posted on 01 May 2011, 11:28

15. SmartPhoneKing (unregistered)


so much drama over black n white phone...lol.......

posted on 01 May 2011, 19:15

16. dami8n (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 May 2011)


iphone are rip off merchants lol and there phones are shit as fook

posted on 01 May 2011, 19:18

17. dami8n (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 May 2011)


i feel sorry for anyone with one off those things i just recieved my motorolla atrix the WORLDS MOST POWERFULL SMARTPHONE and galaxy s phones are awesone too lol iphones laugh laugh the app store is pathetic pay for every app u dumb bunnies lol android ROCKS

posted on 13 May 2011, 09:01

18. Mrs Rod (unregistered)


I am sure that most of the people who is making a big deal out of white iPhone being Thicker wouldn't even notice by them selves if no one pointed out to them first!!!
and about the ones that defend other phones over our dear iPhones i have one question WHAT ARE YOU DOING CHECKING REVIEWS FOR IPHONE?
i love my iPhone and i'm never going around to read other phones reviews i can care less about them since i wouldn't trade my iPhone for any other phone...

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