iPhone 4 is here!

Since Gizmodo posted the original shots of that “lost” iPhone 4 prototype I’ve been waiting extremely patiently for Steve Jobs to do his thing at the official launch. Today was that day.

As some of you may know I’m one of those unfortunate folks who, while a fan of technology and one who takes part on many different platforms, has gone without mobile access to those platforms. I do have an iPod Touch, which when there’s WiFi is awesome, but there are so many more times when WiFi isn’t around, and I’m jonesin’ to be connected.

So since I’ve held out for so long, I figured it’d be worth it to invest in the upcoming iPhone 4. With today’s launch there are a few things that tell me this is going to be a great investment, including (in no particular order):

  • Multitasking – finally the ability to do more than one task on the device!
  • Flash – should’ve had this from the start, and is one of the biggest complaints I hear from iPhone users
  • Front-facing Camera (though a camera period is great since I’m a Touch user.)
  • 960 x 640 @ 326 ppi – great resolution and something I wasn’t expecting
  • Sleek design – it’s exactly the kind of style I like; very modern.

More specs can be found on Apple’s website.

Rogers says it’ll be carrying the device, and you can sign up to receive word on any upcoming info regarding the release. We do know it’ll be released in Canada sometime in July, and in the States pre-ordering starts on the 15th. I can’t wait.

Will you be upgrading to the next version of the iPhone? What features stand out for you the most?

My Musical Fix: Vampire Weekend

Artist: Vampire Weekend

Album: Contra

Release Date: January 12, 2010

For a couple months now Vampire Weekend‘s follow up release to their self-titled album has been a constant on my iPod Touch. Contra has been billed as a West Coast album by an East Coast band (cant find article) and after a while I began to understand. It’s the perfect album to listen to for a pick-me-up, when it’s cloudy or anytime in the morning when you need to get going.

The first song, Horchata, can be a bit of a weird one if you’re listening for the first time, but once the song picks up its somewhat weirdly placed vocals seem perfectly in sync with the background music. Moving on to song two, White Sky, we get a much more catchy tune. Listening on a crowded bus or subway can be a bit weird once the loud vocals kick in, but if you adjust your volume or just don’t care, then you can get over it.

I enjoy the ENTIRE album front-to-back but Holiday is the first song that really gets me into it. It’s a fast paced, upbeat song and it just seems to make everything right again. California English has a great start with its vocal effects. It’s another fast-paced song that keeps the tempo of Holiday and another you’ll want to listen to over and over again. Taxi Cab and Run slow the album down a notch, but it comes back with Cousins, which is the fastest song on the album (and even faster on the radio).

Giving Up the Gun is a great song to sing along to with slower vocals but a energetic tempo. The video (below) goes perfectly with it and has a surprising amount of cameos in it to boot. Diplomat’s Son is an awesome song, simply because it has M.I.A. as the background beat for the first part; it has a bit of an electric-reggae feel and to me is the song that has the best west-coast feel on the album. Ending with Contra the album goes out on a slow, relaxed note; almost like a sunset on a summer’s day (cheesy?).

What are your thoughts on the album?

(w00t this is my 50th post!)

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