Apple iPhone 4S

Verge Review

Reviewing the iPhone 4S is in many ways a lot like reviewing the original iPhone 4, except that it's not. The device, which was just announced at a special event on Apple's campus, is very much the same phone the company released in June of 2010 — but it's also something completely new. While much of that sameness comes from an identical physical appearance, and nearly identical specs (in some places), there's much that's fresh here. Besides packing the successor to Apple's custom A4 CPU...

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Basic Specs

Thickness 0.37 inches
Weight 0.31 pounds
Form factor Slab
Screen size (diagonal) 3.5 inches
Carriers Verizon Wireless, Sprint, AT&T
Operating system iOS
Launch OS version 5.0

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Height 4.5 inches
Width 2.31 inches
Thickness 0.37 inches
Weight 0.31 pounds
Form factor Slab
Color Black, White
Loudspeaker Yes
Noise cancellation Hardware (multi-mic)

Display

Screen size (diagonal) 3.5 inches
Technology IPS LCD
Pixel arrangement RGB
Resolution (Y) 960 px
Resolution (X) 640 px
PPI 330
Touchscreen type Capacitive

Connectivity

Carriers Verizon Wireless, Sprint, AT&T
CDMA Yes
CDMA frequencies supported 1900, 800 / 850
GSM Yes
GSM frequencies supported 1900, 1800, 900, 850
UMTS / HSPA Yes
UMTS frequencies supported 900, 2100, 1900, 850
Max WWAN downlink speed 14.4 Mbps
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
802.11n frequencies 2.4GHz
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version Bluetooth 4.0
Tethering / mobile hotspot Yes
Media streaming AirPlay

Processor

Manufacturer Apple
Model A5
Clock speed 800 MHz
Number of cores 2

Memory

RAM size 512 MB

Storage

Internal size 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB
External No

Front Camera

Resolution 0.3 megapixels
Video resolution VGA
Video framerate 30

Rear Camera

Resolution 8 megapixels
Flash LED
Focus type Autofocus
Video resolution 1080p
Video framerate 30

Software

Operating system iOS
Launch OS version 5.0

Interface

Video out Yes
Headphone jack 3.5mm
Other ports iPod

Sensors

Sensors Compass (Magnetometer), Proximity, Ambient light, Gyroscope, Accelerometer

Battery

Removable No

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by H.L (Currently owns)

    Simply the best designed phone on the market, both from an aesthetic perspective as well as an engineering perspective.
    iOS is the best software ecosystem out there, hands down. I just couldn't recommend any other phone, and I couldn't live without the quality apps I use every day that are only available on the iPhone (notably, Things and Tweetbot)

    The only downside is the abysmal battery life.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by lanemiles (Currently owns)

    I upgraded to the iPhone 4S after having the iPhone 4, both on Verizon. To me, the iPhone 4S takes what was already amazing in the iPhone 4 and, well, doesn't do much else. The speed difference because of the A5 chip is really non-noticeable: both phones are fast. The new camera is pretty awesome, although the front facing camera is still sub-par. Siri is cool, and useful while driving and with reminders, but that's about it. Also, voice recognition and control is the opposite of where technology is headed. I want fewer people to hear/see/know what I'm doing on my phone, not more. All in all, the iPhone 4S kicks ass and takes names...just as well as the iPhone 4 did.

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by sonelone (Currently owns)

    Where to start...

    First of all, this phone still looks very nice, just like the iPhone 4. However, that is also a con because the design is starting to look very old. Also, a cover is basically required because the glass build along with the weight makes for a fragile device, even though it may feel durable. The display is also still very nice, although I would have preferred a larger screen(between 4 and 4.3 inches). The camera is very nice, with a fast shutter speed and great image quality, although some pictures look a bit saturated. It competes with the likes of the N8, Amaze 4G, Galaxy SII, and whatever other really good camera phones. The performance is still excellent and very fluid, as with the iPhone 4, but the software still seems lacking compared to ICS and WP7.5. However, the app selection is still unrivaled and is definitely still the best. Call quality is good, but not as good as the DX2 and Galaxy Nexus and the speakers on the phone still seem very low quality(carries over from iPhone 4). Overall, this phone is great and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a device that is simple to use. For those that want more control and options, go with the Galaxy Nexus.

    P.S. Siri really isn't that great. She is very buggy and gets old very quickly.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by anbdesign (Currently owns)

    Excellent smartphone, you cannot go wrong picking the iPhone 4s. The camera is absolutely amazing. I don't use Siri as much as a thought I would, but nevertheless, every detail from hardware to software has been completely thought through. The device feels great in your hand and the material choice makes it feel like a substantial product, worth paying $200-$400 for.

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by angel841 (Previously owned)

    The phone is good, fast, a huge upgrade from my 3GS. But my main problem with the phone is the call quality. It has the worst call quality I ever had on a phone. During call I can hear static and like a wind noise and echo with the headphones. I even tested 3 iphone 4S; two 32GB white and one 16GB white and all had the same problem. I dont know if its AT&T but the call quality is bad. Even I had to return it and go back to the 3GS(which is very slow on ios5). I have tested other 4S of my friends and none have those problems. Maybe its that I am unlucky.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by iRube (Currently owns)

    Best screen
    Best ecosystem
    Slick design, but becoming dated
    Battery life seems shorter than the iPhone 4
    iOS operating system is still the best... But becoming stale for longtime users.

    Siri is fun, but I don't use it as often as I thought I would. I don't notice much difference between the iPhone 4 & 4S.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by uncleho (Currently owns)

    A really incredible phone. The software and hardware work together as one, and are really fast and powerful. The battery life can be shady at times, but it is a great phone overall. Siri is one of the best features on it, and I use it every day. It is great having over 600,000 apps to choose from, and I think it is one of the best phone platforms out there.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by geelmeel (Currently owns)

    Over all a great phone. I do wish their was a choice of different sized models and that the battery life was better. I have tried android phones and the software is still quite glicky. Windows phone 7 phones are very nice but don't have the eco system of the iPhone.

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  • 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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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by Jarrrod (Currently owns)

    A fantastic phone which demonstrates Apple's devotion to sheer perfectionism.

    This is a truly cool, industrial design with the sole letdown of being easily breakable when not protected by a case.

    The screen is market leading and will blow you away, again and again. It's actually half the reason i was so drawn into buying this product.

    Siri is the start of a new line of intelligent automated assistants and will no doubt become a key feature of other apple products as it grows into a super intelligent assistant.

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