Apple iPhone 4S

8.0
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Reviewed by amazingatbasketball97 (Currently owns)

The iPhone 4S is a great phone. It starts with the absolutely gorgeous design. There is no phone even close to what this is. The only problem is that it is pretty heavy and it is fragile. The display is outstanding. My problem with the display is the screen is really small especially if you compare it to modern phones. The camera is also good. It could definitely replace a point and shoot camera.

My problem starts with the OS. I have been an iOS user since 2009 when I got an iPod Touch. When I got it, it was still on iOS 2. Then, in 2010, I got an iPad and now I got an iPhone 4S which is now on iOS 5. Now, it is greatly improved, don't get me wrong, and has the features and especially the apps to compete with any other OS. The problem is that it hasn't changed much. If you look at The Verge's iOS visual history article, you can tell: it has not changed much. Certainly it has lots of new features which are great, but the UI has not changed much at all. It looks the same as the original. It has gotten boring. They are not innovating like Google completely changing Android in Ice Cream Sandwich. iOS 6 has to be a big UI overhaul. Right now, the Galaxy Nexus has to be the best phone in terms of software.

The other big thing for the iPhone 4S is Siri. Siri is great. It is humorous. It works. It does a great job at understanding what you said and knowing the meaning and respond. The problem is, it is the most advertised feature of the 4S and I didn't find it to be all that useful.

In conclusion, the iPhone 4S is one of the best phones available. It sets itself apart with it gorgeous hardware, beautiful screen, great camera, and awesome internals. Siri is fun to play around with, but is not all that useful. iOS has the features to compete with any other OS and the apps for sure, but it may be behind now in an outdated UI.

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  • Design 9
  • Display 9
  • Camera(s) 9
  • Reception / call quality 8
  • Performance 9
  • Software 7
  • Battery life 7
  • Ecosystem 10
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