Apple iPhone 4S

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Reviewed by jbarraud (Currently owns)

As an iPhone 4 owner I had two criteria that would justify the upgrade to the 4S. An improved camera (I take a lot of photos) and a faster processor (I play a lot of games and edit photos). The iPhone 4S delivered on those in spades. The camera is better than any other phone camera and many dedicated point and shoot cameras. And the dual core A5 processor delivers a significant performance boost. The addition of iOS5 and Siri was just icing on the cake for me (and I love me some icing). I've only come across two key issues. The first deals with reception, particularly data. But I fault this to the carrier (AT&T) as even before I got the 4S data service seemed to take a nose dive in certain areas. The other is battery life. In general the battery life only seems slightly worse than my iPhone 4, but there are times when my battery will drain at an alarming rate. From what I can gather from "the internet", this is a software issue with the OS that deals location based apps that don't want to let go of acquiring your location. The typical fix that seems to work is going into your recent apps launch bar and quitting them all if you find your battery life to suddenly be plummeting. As I said, this seems to be the common theory of the battery issue, I'm not stating it as fact. But the force quitting of apps works for me every time.

In general I couldn't imagine life without this phone (ok, I can... serenity now. serenity now!).

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  • Design 10
  • Display 10
  • Camera(s) 10
  • Reception / call quality 9
  • Performance 10
  • Software 9
  • Battery life 7
  • Ecosystem 10
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