After spending a full week with the newest iPhone, I can report that it's - surprise, surprise - a pure delight.

After spending a full week with the newest iPhone, I can report that it's - surprise, surprise - a pure delight.

The iPhone 4 (16-GB model is $200 with a two-year AT&T contract, 32-GB model is $300) boasts a couple standout features, including the FaceTime video chat feature and a Retina display sporting the highest resolution on a cell phone screen today.

My experience securing an iPhone 4 wasn't so bad. I reserved the phone online in five minutes the first day Apple took pre-orders. I did have to stand in line for six hours to pick the phone up from the Apple Store in Easton Town Center, but it was more enjoyable than you'd imagine.

Being among 2,000 people who were jazzed to be some of the first to own the phone was an appropriate overture to that moment when I first played with the gadget.

And I haven't been disappointed for a second since. I've had no calls dropped. No antenna/reception problems. No scratches on the all-glass front and back. No defects on that gorgeous 3.5-inch screen. Just hours upon hours of fun.

I purchased my first iPhone in 2007, then bought subsequent models in 2008 and 2009.

The iPhone 4 is the best looking of the bunch. It's slimmer, lighter and has much improved memory, processing speed and battery life.

To make that FaceTime video-calling ability possible, the phone has cameras on both its front and back. The main 5-megapixel camera on the back has a 5x zoom and a flash.

This iPhone can finally do more than one thing at a time - it has fast app-swapping and multitasking. And with 225,000 apps available to use on this handheld computer/phone/media player/game system, that's a good thing.

Not knowing anyone else who has an iPhone 4, I took advantage of Apple's 888-FACETIME phone line, where an Apple associate connects with you using FaceTime and takes you through all aspects of this awesome feature.

Talking with Dave, the cheerful associate, was a good enough feeling at the time, but I'm looking forward to the real thing.

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