Reviewed by Renverse (Currently owns)
When the 4S was announced with the same design as the previous iPhone, I was a little let down. I wanted a new design, but that doesn't mean the iPhone 4S's design is bad. No, not at all,. it's actually still very good, and has aged beautifully.
The Retina display is very bright and sharp as ever, no surprises there. It's still very much the best display on the market.
The Camera on the 4S is amazing. You can get some really detailed shots out of it, and even in low-light the grainyness of the photo is not even noticeable.
The hardware itself has a few problems– most notably, the speakers. I keep muffling them while holding my phone in landscape model.
Call quality seems fine for me, reception also has no problems, but there have been a few quirks. My 4S kept throwing me SIM errors when I tried to use it with my old Micro-sim. The solution was to request a new one, and the errors stopped.
Performance, is very good. Typical of an iOS device.
The best part about iOS is Siri. She's really very useful in some cases, like setting alarms and reminders, but where I am she can't look for places so that really knocks her usefulness down a notch.
Battery life is pretty good for me. I have not experienced the iPhone 4S battery problem.
The ecosystem on iOS is, of course, great. 500k apps and counting is an amazing number and app quality is really high.
The iPhone 4S, as it stands, is the best phone all-around. It does everything very, very well, and you won't be disappointed should you chose to get one, just don't hope for fireworks or anything– iOS is fairly, unspectacular, if you're looking for that kind of stuff.
- Design 8
- Display 10
- Camera(s) 10
- Reception / call quality 9
- Performance 9
- Software 8
- Battery life 8
- Ecosystem 9