With the release of the iPhone 4S Apple is
taking a big bet. Instead of going with an all new design, they
chose to stick with largely the same 16 month old iPhone
4 with internal upgrades. At first glance the phones are nearly indistinguishable with the same 3.5 Inch Retina
Display. Everything is housed in between two sheets
of glass held together with a metal band that doubles as
While most phone designs become stale after
a few months theres no denying that the iPhone 4S still
looks and feels like a truly premium product. One of the major new features is the Apple
A5 dual core processor. Coupled with the iOS 5 operating
system the 4S is very quick, opening apps and multitasking
with ease. The responsiveness and little touches have
always been one of the best reasons to go for an iPhone and
the feeling of using a well oiled machine is alive and well
in this latest iteration.
Another major upgrade is the new
8 megapixel camera. Armed with backside illumination and
an F/2.4 Aperture the photos you can grab are very impressive
for a phone. The depth of field is quite reasonable and
there is lots of detail in most lighting situations. Video
is another upgrade in the 4S.
You can now shoot full 1080p video
at 30 frames per second and as you can see here the results
are quite good. Will I need a raincoat tomorrow? There's no
rain in the forecast for tomorrow. Siri is arguably the
biggest new feature. By holding the home button for a few seconds
you can ask Siri a wide range of questions.
Schedule a meeting
for tomorrow at 10AM. Its not quite perfect, for example it cant
open an app or do anything too complicated. It also requires
a data connection but overall Siri is one of the best new features
of the iPhone 4S. Its not all good news though.
While the 4S did gain a slightly larger battery between iOS
5, the new dual core CPU and Siri the battery life seems to have
fallen off in comparison to the iPhone 4.
While you still
should be able to get through a full day of moderate usage if
you are a heavy user more than likely youll run the phone out
before the end of the day. IOS 5 comes with the iPhone 4S and has
several nice new features. There is now a slide down notification
tray, similar to Android that allows you to take a look
at your new notifications at a glance. Youll also find
a new Reminders app which works well with Siri in helping you
keep track of everything you need to do.
The addition of
wireless syncing with iTunes, iCloud backups and over the air firmware
updates are all very nice additions but on the whole of it
iOS remains largely the same as in previous versions. It should
surprise no one that this is the best iPhone yet. It also shouldnt
be a surprise that it really isnt a huge upgrade. There is
no 4G support, no larger display, no new design and worse battery life.
For some this may be a deal breaker however personally Im
quite happy with the 4S.
It might not be the absolute best phone in
all categories but its still an iPhone. The speed and responsiveness
is very solid, the new camera is excellent and the design has
really stood the test of time. Now as a world phone available on
several new carriers and with up to 64GB of capacity, I think the
iPhone 4S remains to be one of the best phones you can buy. If you enjoyed this review be sure to leave
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