Excerpt: While the iPhone 4s does not look much different from the iPhone 4, it does boast both hardware and software related improvements. As you may know, the iPhone 4 had some problems with dropping calls due to the placement of its antennas. The iPhone 4s has been redesigned to eliminate this problem, and it is no longer necessary to worry about how to hold the phone to avoid dropping important calls. The processor is also upgraded, with the A5 CPU being used.
Excerpt: The disappointment that accompanied the announcement of an iPhone 4S last week was largely because it didn’t look much different to an iPhone 4. With all of the pre-launch hype about a completely redesigned ‘iPhone 5’ with a larger screen and perhaps a more robust case, that disappointment is perhaps understandable.
Pros: Powerful processor and stunning graphics performance, Faster download speeds, industry leading 8MP camera, Siri personal assistant, new iOS 5 features and iCloud support, Ability to export video to external displays
Cons: Looks very similar to the iPhone 4, No LTE (4G network) support
Excerpt: Camera operation has been improved to make image-taking easier; the volume-up button on the side of the body lets you hold and shoot much like you would with a compact, and there's the option of double-tapping the menu button to access the camera straight from the locked screen. Both of these features have been made available to existing iPhone 4 users with an update to the iOS 5 operating system, however two new features not included on the iPhone 4 is full HD video...
Summary: Apple’s latest iPhone is billed as ‘the most amazing iPhone yet’ and it’s difficult to disagree. While retaining the design and fantastic retina display of the award winning iPhone 4 , the 4S brings improved performance, one of the best cameras in the business and new innovations like the virtual assistant ‘Siri’.
Pros: Premium design and build, Smooth, simple interface, First class camera
Cons: ‘Siri’ still needs polish, Relatively few customisation options
Conclusion: The iPhone 4S is every bit a smartphone, and an excellent one at that. The range of functionality that it delivers, along with the entire ecosystem that it inhabits, still make it one of the best phones on the market. Apple has done an excellent job pushing things like the App Store and incorporating features that see wider adoption, like AirPlay, its wireless streaming system, for example.
Pros: Quality design, new iOS 5 features keep it competitive, PC-free living, new camera is excellent
Cons: There isn't a huge change from the previous version, battery needs careful management
Conclusion: Overall this smartphone is a power hungry beast. With its A5 processor everything seems so fast and smooth from playing games to surfing the web. The new camera is the best camera I have used on a smartphone and Siri is just a pleasure to use, this really is a new way to experience mobile phone technology. If you’re looking for one of the fastest smart-phones on the market with a brilliant camera and a beautiful operating system then this is the phone for you.
Summary: The Apple iPhone 4S is more a running upgrade to the popular iPhone 4: read our Apple iPhone 4S review to discover the faster dual-core processor, better camera and optics and new antennae – UPDATED 2 DECEMBER 2011