Summary: The iPhone 4S exterior is similar to the iPhone 4, but the phone gets the A5 dual-core processor. Other 4S exclusives, is the Siri voice recognition system comes with iOS 5. There is also an upgraded 8-megapixel camera, the sensor gets an upgrade too with something called backlight illumination, and an image signal processor that enables face detection and 26 percent improved white balance.
Pros: +Siri is a novel application, +Camera rivals point and shoot devices, +Retina Display still good after a year
Cons: -No local Siri support, -Similar design, -Apple iPhone 4S, -Power Plug, -USB cable, -3.5mm Headset, -SIM eject tool
Excerpt: Although it looks just like the iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S has a new dual antenna that eliminates the reception problems that plagued the iPhone 4. A new dual-core processor makes the phone run ever so smoothly, and we love the voice-activated Siri intelligent assistant.
Motorola Droid RAZR vs iPhone 4S – is there even a comparison to make?
7 November 2011
Conclusion: The Droid RAZR is really amazing, and you should definitely think twice or three times before going with the iPhone 4S instead of it, especially since the retail price will be only $650 for an unlocked unit – that’s cheaper than Apple’s new flagship!
Sprint iPhone 4S slow data connection speeds infuriate old and new customers alike – UPDATED
6 November 2011
Excerpt: While Sprint formally acknowledges some complaints, they refuse to admit that there is a problem. I am a new customer to Sprint, preordered the iPhone 4S on launch day, and love the device – but not the service. I have been following many blogs on this subject and have to add my own experiences to the situation.
Is the iPhone 4S worth the money or should you go with an Android smartphone?
5 November 2011
Conclusion: Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the current mainstream OS, is also much sleeker and nice than the simplistic iOS, not to mention that it can be customized to your will if you want to. I would say that the iPhone 4S is not worth getting and you’re much better off going with a high end Android cost for the same price, or if you really want to stay with Apple, you should wait for the iPhone 5, which promises to be much better and will arrive in about half a year, as confirmed by...
Galaxy Nexus vs iPhone 4S – Apple’s and Google’s Android flagship phones compared
4 November 2011
Conclusion: Even though, let’s say, you won’t use all the hardware power that either phone offers, Android 4.0 is definitely worth considering – its customization abilities and the sleek interface is really great – moving from the simple iOS to it must feel like graduating and going to college :-). The Galaxy Nexus looks and works better than the iPhone 4S, but if you’re buying your first phone, either of these devices is fine.
Excerpt: Since 2007, Apple has annually released a new iPhone at its WWDC event. Every year brings something better about the smartphone, like the addition of 3G connectivity or a beautiful Retina Display. But this year, Apple thought a little differently about its iPhone release cycle. Instead of having new iPhone hardware at WWDC 2011, Apple talked exclusively about the software that runs on it, specifically iOS 5 and iCloud.
Conclusion: When speaking strictly about quality from the photos and videos I’ve taken the past few days, the iPhones 4S has the better camera. The iPhone’s videos are much smoother thanks to it’s stabilized lens, and the photos (on average) come out to be a bit more clearer/sharper. It’s not substantially better, nor in anyway is the camera on the Galaxy S 2 bad, but it’s still better.
Excerpt: The iPhone 4S is part of an interesting tale. It was the device thought to come in addition to a new iPhone 5. The 4S was supposed to incrementally increase the specs found on the iPhone 4 and offer a lower price point, while the iPhone 5 would provide a huge jump in design and power. When Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S with no iPhone 5, it was clear that for at least the next ten or twelve months, it would be considered Apple’s flagship phone.
Conclusion: Putting out a new chassis design, whether large or small, requires a ton of resources and effort. There are up front design, tooling, prototyping and manufacturing costs that have to be recouped over the life of the product. The newer the product, the less likely Apple is to re-use its design. We saw this with the first generation iPhone and Apple TV, both of which saw completely new designs in their second incarnations.