Apple iPhone 4S review: The iPhone 4S may look identical to the iPhone 4, but it boasts several improvements under the hood
Good Gear Guide.au
4 March 2012
Summary: If you're upgrading from an iPhone 4, Apple's new iPhone 4S is best described as an evolutionary rather than revolutionary upgrade. However, for current iPhone 3G and 3GS users, or those switching from another platform, the iPhone 4S is a significant upgrade.
Pros: Excellent performance, Improved 8-megapixel camera, Siri voice assistant
Cons: Identical design to predecessor, Upgrading from an iPhone 4 less appealing
Summary: The basics The Apple iPhone 4S is the latest addition to Apple's iPhone range, packing some exclusive features and some big updates into the same skin as the Apple iPhone 4. Read our Apple iPhone 4S review to see if the changes make it worth upgrading.
Pros: On the face of it, the Apple iPhone 4S looks identical to the Apple iPhone 4. That's no bad thing, as even a year on, it's still one of the nicest looking smartphones on the market. It also offers the best quality, proving tactile and strong. The inclusion of Siri is one of the biggest differenti...
Cons: If you don't think you'd use Siri, you'd be just as well sticking to the Apple iPhone 4 over the iPhone 4S. Sure, the camera is better, but there's nothing wrong with the iPhone 4's 5-megapixel snapper. The iPhone 4S's ancestor also manages perfectly well when it comes to speed and responses, and...
Summary: Launched late in 2011, the iPhone 4S was expected to steal the smartphone spotlight away from Samsung’s all conquering Galaxy S2. Shrugging off disappointment that this wasn’t an iPhone 5, the updated 4S still managed to create an awful lot of fuss.
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.
Excerpt: The phone also has dictionary support implemented throughout the UI. This means you can select a word in any native app and choose to see its definition. Moreover, dictation support has also been integrated, and it does the typing for you - provided you speak slowly and clearly into the mic.
Pros: Fluid UI; Impressive camera; Spectacular display; Great audio quality; Superb battery; Excellent for gaming; Rich App Store.
Cons: Ridiculously expensive; iTunes dependability; Limited codec support; Siri is not practical; No FM Radio; No file sharing over Bluetooth; No mass storage mode.
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.