iPhone 4S Review

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Date: October 5, 2011 Review by: Simon Tay

Seller: Apple Inc.

Find My Friends app

  1. Quickly & easily see locations of those who’ve opted to share their location with you
  2. you can tell their longitude and Latitude, from this application
  3. can invite friends to share their location for a limited time
  4. Invite your friends to share for a few hours while they’re driving to you, so when they call you lost you can more easily re-route them.
  5. there are parental controls too — no creepy stalkers iStalking

iTunes Match

  1. Scans your library, adds all the good stuff that iTunes has to add, and uploads anything that isn’t in iTunes already.
  2. You can stream your entire library by just tapping on it, playlists too
  3. Intelligently stored on device
  4. Matched songs upgraded to 256 kbps AAC DRM-free format
  5. $24.99/year
  6. iTunes Match available End of October 2011 (U.S.)

iCloud

  1. iCloud stores your apps, music, documents, photograph, calendar, books & contacts
  2. iCloud is free for iOS 5 & Lion users with 5GB of online data free but you can buy more if you want
  3. iCloud available October 12, 2011

iOS 5

  1. Notification
  2. iMessage service between iOS 5 users
  3. Twitter Integration
  4. Reminder app
  5. Yelp with location aware
  6. Newsstand – magazine
  7. Double-tap on home button to take a photo
  8. Volume up to take photo too
  9. New Safari updates – readable page, tabbed browsing (iPad)
  10. Mail updates now, adding rich formatting. Indentation, moving addresses around, flagging them
  11. iCloud assisted wireless updates (no need a computer anymore)
  12. iOS 5 will drop on October 12, 2011!

Infinity Blade II will be available on the App Store 1st December 2011.

iPhone 4S Specification

  1. 2X Faster Download, Theoretical download speeds are now twice, 14.4Mbps (HSDPA) versus 7.2 on the iPhone 4.
  2. intelligently switch between the two antennas between transmit and receive
  3. 3G Talk Time (8 hrs), 3G Browsing (6 hrs), Wi-Fi Browsing (9 hrs), Video (10 hrs), Music (40 hrs), 2G Talk Time (14 hrs)
  4. Dual core processor
  5. Up to 2X faster CPU
  6. Dual core graphics
  7. Up to 7X faster graphics

Video Recording

  1. 8 megapixel
  2. 1080p HD video recording
  3. Wireless mirroring
  4. AirPlay
  5. Video image stabilization
  6. Temporal noise reduction

Camera

  1. 26% better auto white balance
  2. Face detection
  3. New Apple Designed ISP (Image Signal Processor)
  4. Five element lens
  5. 30% more sharpness
  6. f/2.4 aperture
  7. Hybrid IR filter
  8. Better Color accuracy
  9. More color uniformity
  10. Backside illumination
  11. 73% more light
  12. 33% faster capture
  13. 8 megapixel sensor
  14. 3264 x 2448
  15. 60% more pixels

Beta Siri voice command

  1. Natural Language
  2. Conversational
  3. Contextual
  4. Personal
  5. Works with built-in apps
  6. Dictation anywhere
  7. 3G + Wi-Fi
  8. Can use hands free using bluetooth headset!

iPhone 3GS 8GB FREE with 2 years contract

iPhone 4 8GB $99 with 2 years contract

iPhone 4S Black and white versions 16GB: $199, 32GB for $299, 64GB for $399 with 2 years contract

Pre-orders for the 4S start this friday, the 7th October 2011

It’ll hit US, Canada, Australia, the UK, France, Germany, and Japan on October 14th. In the US it’ll be Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint!

It will hit 22 more countries, On the 28th October!

  1. Austria
  2. Belgium
  3. Czech Republic
  4. Denmark
  5. Estonia
  6. Finland
  7. Hungary
  8. Ireland
  9. Italy
  10. Latvia
  11. Liechtenstein
  12. Lithuania
  13. Luxembourg
  14. Mexico
  15. Netherlands
  16. Norway
  17. Singapore
  18. Slovakia
  19. Spain
  20. Sweden
  21. Switzerland

I purposely skipped over the iPod shuffle, iPod nano & iPod touch because it’s all old news just probably different prices…that will be available on October 12 too.

There had been plenty of disappointed folks in the technology community half expecting iPhone 5 to come out blasting the competitors away with better design outlook with thinner hardwares but obviously the higher the expectation the higher the disappointment.

Personally, I find the form factor for the iPhone 4S (or iPhone 4) design is already relatively solid & I quite like it very much already and have not much complaints about it’s performance other than the dying “home” button which is always the wear & tear problem.

Now with the SIRI upgrade to the iPhone 4S, the home button probably will “die” off much quicker then normal but many may debate it’s not wear & tear but other software or memory problems due to background running apps which will have NO issue for iPhone 4S because of higher CPU power (& probably higher memory but not stated)

I’m quite happy that the camera got a much better upgrade which can probably kick many dedicated cameras & camcorders OFF the market and make many iPhone 4S owners to become great reporters on the street!

The Siri voice commands are nothing new in the market but it’s implementation are much easier & with more tighter integration with yelp, maps, weather, schedules, reminders & messages makes me feels like a spy (if it works with my asian accent hehe) and excellent for the blind.

There’s twitter integration which is great and there’s no facebook….I think Apple should just BUY twitter & integrate into Gamecenter which will be WONDERFUL.

Although the battery life stated for iPhone 4S are pretty nice but it didn’t specify the battery life for gaming which probably will use more CPU power then video watching or 3G Internet browsing.

Time will tell if I need to invest in battery packs when I get my hands on iPhone 4S, probably not.

Overall, the specification bump are not super amazing on the LTA (4G) fast internet but it’s almost similar in speed or have the NFC chip payment integration which is currently not widely adopted yet (Paypal will win this round or even Apple iTunes account payment can win NFC).

My advice for people holding iPhone 4 now to wait for your contract is over before investing on iPhone 4S (which probably by then iPhone 5 may come out) & iPhone 3GS & below owners to get this iPhone 4S as it’s definitely an excellent smart phone to upgrade to. (Better battery life, retina, Siri, faster, best camera & more)

My contract for my iPhone 4 still left about 6 – 7 more months to go hence unable to upgrade without topping up additional cash (early adopter penalty) which I’m not willing to do for now so I will wait faithfully for the contract to end before investing in iPhone 4S or iPad 3. 😀

Do share what you feel and if you will queue up for the iPhone 4S in the comments below! 😀


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Seller: Apple Inc.



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  • Damon Aldora

    I
    got my iPhone 4S when it came out, and I can say that it is a huge improvement.
    The reason I say that is because I had the iPhone 3GS. Even though I really
    wanted an iPhone 4, I heard a lot about the antenna issues and just waited. Now
    that I’ve been using the iPhone 4S, I have not had a single call dropped. I
    would have so many dropped calls with my other phones. Since the 4S has a
    dual-core processor and the faster data speeds, downloading things has become
    something I don’t have to wait for! I am big on streaming movies and shows, and
    the iPhone 4S doesn’t disappoint. There is one app that I loved using on my 3GS
    that is so much better on the 4S, and that is the DISH Remote Access app, which
    lets me take my TV anywhere I go. Any channel that I subscribe to or have
    recorded on my 922 SlingLoaded receiver can be streamed to my phone! What is
    really cool is that it doesn’t take up any space on my phone, so I have more
    room for music and apps. As a customer and employee of DISH Network, I have
    been using the app for the longest time, and TV is so much better when you can
    take it with you!