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Apple iPhone 4S
Apple's iPhone 4S has a faster processor (A5 chip) and an upgraded camera, all the benefits of iOS 5, and SIRI, a useful and immensely fun voice assistant. Call quality on some providers is admirable, and the data speeds, while certainly not 4G, get the job done.
Poor battery life. It's about time we get a larger screen. Not completely fixed antenna reception problems in spite of dual antenna.
With a dual-core processor, upgraded 8 megapixel camera with Full HD video recording, the latest iOS 5, iCloud and the voice-activated Siri intelligent assistant, there's plenty of reasons to regard the new phone. Expensive and technically it hasn't got very much that rival handsets haven't, but it's the best that Apple have ever made. In fact that makes it very good.
The iPhone 4S has the same glass and metal construction as the i phone 4. You won't find any creaks or loose parts, and the only plastic used on the phone is for the home button below the display.
Apple's use of glass for both the front and back of the phone may be questioned by those who tend to drop their phones often, as it has a tendency to shatter, despite it being reinforced.
The i fone 4S' display is noticeably different than the Super AMOLED Plus screens from Samsung, as it's not nearly as saturated and punchy. However, the colors seem more accurate, and the screen is just a joy to look at.
The new A5 dual-core processor (as seen in the iPad 2) makes things noticeably faster. Apps launch quicker, web pages load faster, multi-tasking is more fluid and resource-hungry apps like Pages now allow you to edit documents without any lag. Competitors will argue that their phones have been able to produce similar results for months, and they'd be right, but it remains a little upgrade.
Conclusion: The iPhone 4S isn't the king of cell phones, but it's part of the royal family nonetheless. Even without 4G and a fair screen, this phone's smart voice assistant, SIRI, the benefits of iOS 5, and its spectacular camera make it a top choice for anyone ready to upgrade.
SIRI: use your voice to set reminders, send a text or check weather.
A5 chip processor
iOS 5 Operating System
Siri intelligent assistant
Assisted GPS with digital compass
8 megapixel camera with touch autofocus, LED flash and geo-tagging
Video camera: Full HD (1080p) up to 30 frames per second with audio, VGA secondary camera for video calling
Display: 960 x 640 pixels (3.5 inch) touchscreen
Music player (AAC, Protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 1, 2, and 3), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV formats)
Video player supports 1080p Full HD playback at 30 frames/second
Voice control, voice memos
Messaging: SMS, MMS, email
Memory: 16GB, 32GB or 64GB flash drive
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n), 3.5mm headphone jack
WAP, EDGE, HSDPA
Size: 115 x 59 x 9.3 mm
Quad-band GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) plus UMTS/HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
Talktime: 8 - 14 hours
Battery standby: 200 hours
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The good: Apple's iPhone 4S has a faster processor and an upgraded camera, all the benefits of iOS 5, and a useful and immensely fun voice assistant. Call quality on the Sprint model is admirable, and the data speeds, while certainly not 4G, get the job done.
The bad: It's about time we get a larger screen.
The bottom line: The iPhone 4S isn't the king of cell phones, but it's part of the royal family nonetheless. Even without 4G and a giant screen, this phone's smart(ass) voice assistant, Siri, the benefits of iOS 5, and its spectacular camera make it a top choice for anyone ready to upgrade.
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The iPhone 4S caught many by surprise, with Apple expected to release the iPhone 5 - but instead we got an iPhone 4 with overhauled innards.
While the masses were initially disappointed, the iPhone 4S features a glut of top-end tech that is designed to put it on a par with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S2 - but does it manage to do that?
The changes to the iPhone 4S are easy to document - the camera has been upgraded to 8MP (with an improved aperture ratio), the CPU is now the same dual-core A5 processor as seen in the iPad 2, and a seven time increase in graphical processing power.
Also we've got Siri, Apple's voice recognition service - will this be a game changer for mobile phones or will it be nothing more than a gimmick?
As we've mentioned, the iPhone 4S is almost identical in outward design to the iPhone 4, which might irk those that like to show that they've got the most up to date device from Apple when out and about with friends.
However, the flip side of this is that things like the plethora of iPhone 4 covers on the market at the moment will still fit.
Apple has slightly changed the design of the iPhone 4S somewhat though, by changing to a dual-band aerial design, making sure it doesn't encounter an embarrassing repeat of antenna-gate we had to endure with the iPhone 4.
For all those that haven't seen the older version of the phone, we'll take you on a tour of the new handset: the top of the iPhone 4S houses the power/lock button, as well as the headphone jack, plus a microphone for noise cancellation.
The right-hand side of the phone is devoid of any buttons, but holds the slot for the micro SIM card, which pops out using the included tool (or a paperclip).
The bottom of the phone is pretty standard, with the Apple connector and dual speakers which pump out the (actually quite decent) sound.
The left-hand side of the phone sees the rounded volume keys, with the top one of these also acting as the camera shutter button to make it easy to snap with the new iPhone. We've also got the silencer switch too, which has been slightly moved upwards from the previous iteration.
As you can see, Apple has altered its antenna band technology to move the gaps that plagued the iPhone 4's reception to a less-touchable location.
The iPhone 4S comes with iOS 5.
The iPhone 4S is the flagship model for the new iOS software from Apple, making it much snazzier once more.
We'll walk you through the big changes to start with - and Notifications is up there with the best of them.
The new system apes Android by using a drop down menu from pretty much anywhere in the phone to let you see all manner of updates, weather news and messages, plus new notifications will now ping across the top of the screen rather than plopping straight into the middle of the screen like before and disrupting whatever you were doing.
It's not revolutionary by any means, but it's well-integrated and makes the whole system feel a whole lot different to iOS 4.
The lock screen is now called into more use than ever before too, with new notifications sitting on top to be easily accessed without needing to mess about inside the phone.
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I own the iphone 4S and I looooove it! I do not have service through AT&T or Apple. Instead I have my service set up on mobile WIFI so I can use my home or office internet connection, or use Skype wherever I can get a satellite connection and still have it work great as a regular telephone, when WIFI is not available. I use Virgin Mobile for regular cell phone service. Now that they've updated their technology, I can finally use my iphone with Virgin, Yes!!! You can use a 3G network, or facilitate any WIFI connection to which you have access. The internet is fast for a cell phone.
I use this to erase all my junk mail and unwanted messages instead of the laptop computer. I can move through my inbox faster with the touch screen technology. The screen is clearer than that of my laptop computer, great graphic quality sooo easy to use. When I want to get online and not have to boot up a computer, I use this instead. Good rugged design is able to handle a lot of abuse and keep on ticking. If I had to ask for improvements. I would ask for a screen that's easier to keep clean and improved battery life. Maybe even a standard USB port on the side to import media from your computer without the use of itunes. While ipad, ipod or iphone will never fully replace a regular computer and can't even compare. When a laptop computer is to heavy to carry along, iphone is defiantly the next best thing.
I bought this phone because I had finally reached the point where I was utilizing my iPod touch more and more and I wanted the features I had on the touch to have better quality (i.e.-camera,certain apps,etc.). Plus it was a handful having it AND my old phone. That and I was already established with iTunes and it was very easy to transfer my stuff to the phone.
I love the camera. Pics are clear and bright. I am having a lot of fun with just using the phone itself creating my personal ringtones and pics. I keep finding all kinds of little things either in Settings or one of the built in apps that are actually useful to me. I LOVE facetime. It allows me to see my family (who have iphones) that are out of town. I wish it worked between all smartphones though.
The messagaing app is fun. I do wish we could create wallpapers for it like you can on the free texting apps. That I find frustrating.
The home button seems to stick sometimes and I'll have to push it a couple of times. Lately safari has been missing my bookmarks. I find I have to turn off then on the phone to retrieve it. Don't know what that is...
Overall I am very happy with the phone and look forward to filling all 64BG with music and pics.
The iPhone 4 is no small thing to review. As most readers of Engadget are well aware, in the gadget world a new piece of Apple hardware is a major event, preceded by rumors, speculation, an over-the-top announcement, and finally days, weeks, or months of anticipation from an ever-widening fan base. The iPhone 4 is certainly no exception -- in fact, it may be Apple's most successful launch yet, despite some bumps on the road. We've already seen Apple and AT&T's servers overloaded on the first day of pre-orders, the ship date for the next set of phones pushed back due to high demand, and die-hard fans in line outside of Apple locations a week before the phone is actually available. It's a lot to live up to, and the iPhone 4 is doing its best -- with features like a super-fast A4 CPU, a new front-facing camera and five megapixel shooter on the back, a completely new industrial design, and that outrageous Retina Display, no one would argue that Apple has been asleep at the wheel. So the question turns to whether or not the iPhone 4 can live up to the intense hype. Can it deliver on the promises Steve Jobs made at WWDC, and can it cement Apple's position in the marketplace in the face of mounting competition from the likes of Google and Microsoft? We have the answers to those questions -- and many more -- in our full review, so read on to find out!
The unlocked GSM model 4S is the latest model to work with Consumer Cellular's micro-SIM. Consumer Cellular's affordable service is the only reason I allowed myself to purchase an iPhone. Consumer Cellular service currently costs so much less than any other service provider for some iPhones that it can be less expensive to purchase the right iPhone outright for use with their service than to pay off a contract for two years with another provider. (If a reasonably priced unlocked GSM model 5S was available, I might have purchased a SIM card cutter to resize Consumer Cellular's micro-SIM down to a nano-SIM in order to have the convenience of the 5S fingerprint unlock. The only hesitation would be that at this point, there is no guarantee that full functionality would remain after the resize.) (FYI: Using the traditional unlock does not interfere with answering calls on the 4S.) The only complaints about iPhone 4S service seem to be from those who try to change service providers on phones subsidized by contract. They track such phones by serial number and then block service to them. That's why I made sure my 4S was brand new and factory unlocked. It's my first iPhone so all I can compare it to is my 2nd generation iPod touch and my 3rd generation iPad. The 4S seems trigger-happy when it comes to making/answering calls. One false move and it connects you. There is also no stretch zoom in contacts. There is tap zoom in contacts, but with its trigger-happy dialing, it's too easy to make a mistake that way besides expanding the onscreen keyboard simultaneously so that it's impossible to access the entire keyboard and see what you're typing at the same time. I thought the 4S camera would be better. It's nothing like Nokia's lumina, but I wouldn't want the insecurity of windows on a smartphone. In conclusion, I think I made the best choice for me for now.
These phones are built tough, you can tell the moment you first pick it up. Solid metal frame, nice weight, and you can just immediately sense "quality".
The screen is very responsive to the touch, the colors are vibrant, all the apps to get you going installed right out of the box.
Calling is a snap, and it's very easy to swap between recent calls, contacts, keypad, and voicemail all from the phone screen. Missed calls, voice mails, and text are easy to spot. Texting is a breeze as well with a very responsive keyboard.
The battery life seems up to par and the phone will last through a day and nights heavy use...needing to charge it before bed each night if you use it a lot.
The icing on the cake is Siri, and that is why I upgraded from an iphone 4 to a iphone 4s. "She" makes things so much easier with voice texting, voice activated calling, answering questions, and a huge upgrade to GPS with the voice helping you along.
All and All I would definitely recommend buying the iphone 4s. They are super affordable now, and still an amazing phone. No need to blow your savings account on the iphone 5, they'll be cheap enough in a year or so!
Great phone still nowadays.
Iphone is that kind of device you can trust. I was a huge fan of android phones and used to worship Samsung and hate Apple. Now it´s the opposite.
First time with my 4s on hands I installed the essencial apps (viber, skype, facebook) and it had me on my first skype call. Did it not freeze and plus I could multitask while videocalling and go back to skype aftwards without a drop in call quality of freezing up. (Galaxy s3 I had crashed facebook on the very first day).
Everyghint else works as it should. Reliable GPS, great sound, great screen with superb outdoor visibility. Never had an issue with battery life. Usually lasts for 2 days with regular txting, calling, browsing and facebooking. When I go biking I usually track my workout using SportsTracker and with GPS on all the time plus some txting, 3g for maps, photo taking and else it lasts for 6-7 hours. That´s amazing in my opinion. BUT we always wish a better battery life, and I´m not different, I´d be flattered to have some extra juice. In te other hand there are bunches of external juice packs available for iphone and I got one.
One think I noticed is that I never have to close apps or restart phone because it´s slow. My phone goes 30 days straight without restarting while my motorolas or samsungs had to restart almost everyday and frequently close apps to free some memory.
Iphone maybe doesn´t share files via Bluetooth, or NFC, doesn´t support SD card expansion memory and doens´t have nifty tricks as android but IS RELIABLE and READY TO USE.
Only thing I really miss is shortcuts for toggling connectivity like airplane, bluetooth, gps, wifi.. but seems like iOS 7 solved this problem so looking forward to it become available :)
iPhone 4S buyers looking for an unlocked version of the new phone can now grab one directly from Apple.
The company has just started selling an unlocked and contract-free version of its new phone. In a nutshell, that means you can use the iPhone 4S without shelling out money for the usual two-year carrier contract. You can then jump from one network to another by picking up and inserting a micro-SIM card, which is available from each supported carrier.
An unlocked phone is especially handy for people who travel around the world and want to be able to use it across a range of countries and carriers.
Of course, there are one or two catches.
The unlocked edition of the iPhone 4S supports only GSM carriers, so using the phone with CDMA-based Verizon Wireless or Sprint is not an option. And since there's no two-year contract, you'll pay the full, non-subsidized price for the phone. The 16GB iPhone 4S runs $649, the 32GB version costs $749, and the 64GB model is priced at $849.
Apple's Web site currently shows a wait time of one to two weeks for the unlocked iPhone, the same number of weeks you'd wait for the regular subsidized version. As usual, you can buy the phone in either black or white.