Reviewed by TMAGS (Currently owns)
What could be seen as a minor improvement over a somewhat flawed design, the iPhone 4S is a modest step ahead of last year's iPhone 4. No iPhone since the original has challenged the status-quo in the smartphone market, and the iPhone 4S builds upon solid foundation. Adopting a single chassis that has both a GSM and CDMA chip, the iPhone 4S could have been a real step forward for the global cell phone market, and remove the carrier form the purchasing decision--much like how it was with the original iPhone. The iPhone 4S is available on Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint, and available in 16, 32, and 64 Gigabyte capacities in black or white. Prices start at $199, and stop at $399, and Applecare+ protection is available for all models for $99.
The iPhone 4 took everyone's breath away with an all glass design with a metal band wrapping the sides. The 4S has an identical design with minor antenna position tweaks. Underneath the hard to scratch glass is a gorgeous 3.5" 960x640 display that has excellent viewing angles. While I would have wished to have a larger screen, the 3.5 inch display is sufficient for quickly typing out messages and quick emails.
The camera inside the 4S is simply one of the best cameras available in a smartphone. Responsive, clear, and easy to use, only the cameras on some of the high end android phones (Galaxy 2, from samsung in particular) managed to be at the same level.
This is something you seriously need to try out. I didn't use it at first, but eventually you find that certain tasks are actually faster when dictated to siri.
Call Quality / Data Services
Your mileage will definately vary on this topic, but when comparing the AT&T model against the Verizon model, I noticed no difference in call quality, but data seemed a bit faster on the AT&T model--but only slightly.
You can walk out of your house with the confidence your phone will last the day, maybe two if you disable location services, reduce screen brightness, and keep media consumption to a bare minimum.
Apple has proven that the walled garden approach to app downloads provides a better experience for novice to intermediate users, but advanced users will mock the inability to modify core elements of the phone, or add widgets.
The 4S is a solid choice, and is probably one of the best mobile experiences on the market today.
- Design 8
- Display 9
- Camera(s) 9
- Reception / call quality 8
- Performance 9
- Software 9
- Battery life 7
- Ecosystem 9