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 stnel (Currently owns)

    Pro:
    - Good value for the money, slow depreciation over time, user satisfaction for having the latest device for a full year or more (unlike others)
    - Display technology
    - Best 1080p filming on such device
    - Strong audio output, with large spectrum of frequencies

    Cons:
    - Display size
    - Unsatisfactory handling along an Android device, because of the lack of additional hardware controls besides the home button
    - Software seems old

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    • Battery life 8
    • Ecosystem 10
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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Keamy (Currently owns)

    Pros: Attractive, high quality and sturdy design
    Insanely good camera, Image stability...
    Fast and smooth.
    Call quality greatly improve over iPhone 4
    The screen is extremely crisp and stunning
    Battery life among the best (but not the best...WP7)
    iOS 5 is much needed
    Siri is very useful
    Beautiful and high quality Apps
    Ecosystem, iCould, Photostream is convenience.

    Cons: Same design
    Battery is not better than last year iPhone 4

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by rprather (Currently owns)

    I own the 64gb iPhone 4s (white) and love it. The screen is beautiful, though I do wish it were a little larger. Performance is snappy. The weak point is battery life, though I have to wonder if that is because I use it constantly. I recommend anyone buy the iPhone 4s -- be it my grandmother, my boss, or my sister.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Slade.run (Currently owns)

    The battery life is slightly worse than the iphone 4 and the call quality is the same crappy quality since the original iphone so dont expect anything great there. The camera on this thing is amazing, probably the best camera on a mobile phone I have ever seen. The software is great but I still feel the need to jailbreak. The phone is beautiful but fragile. I have dropped my about 20 times from 3 feet onto a wood floor and it still looks new. The screen is the same amazing retina. As for faster data speed on AT&T I have yet to experience it. Overall its a very solid product and the best phone currently on the market.

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    • Reception / call quality 6
    • Performance 9
    • Software 9
    • Battery life 6
    • Ecosystem 10
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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by ColinR (Currently owns)

    Design: Industry leading by a wide margin. I only have a few issues with the design.
    1. It doesn't slide into your pocket as easily as all previous iPhone's despite being thinner.
    2. The plastic between the glass and metal bands seems to be the weak point and is more apparent on the white model. It's the first place my phone has shown any signs of damage, and I've never dropped it.

    Display: Amazing. Could it be bigger? Maybe a little, but I would rather have the pixel density and pocket-ablity and easy thumb reach.

    Camera: I thought I got some good shots with my 3GS...

    Reception/Call Quality: Great, once I switched to Verizon, pretty mediocre on Sprint however.

    Performance: The advantages of Apple's closed platform is immediately apparent on this device, as all other iPhone's have been (especially at launch). The OS is incredibly snappy and fluid. Network performance is, in my experience, pretty average. On Sprint, 3G speeds were crap and sporadic and calling coverage was similar. The network made AT&T look great. On Verizon, I have much better voice and data coverage and everything is more reliable, if not ultra fast.

    Software: Excellent. iOS 5 strikes a great balance between being totally intuitive and appealing to power users. I see no downsides whatsoever to the closed system. iOS is mature and very capable. Maps are a weak point I'm sure Apple is eager to fix. Google simply smokes Apple when it comes to mapping at the moment. I'm not a widgets person, so I don't care that Apple hasn't taken a more aggressive approach to them.

    Siri: Awesome potential, but not as reliable as I would like right now. I absolutely want to see an API available to 3rd party developers, and I want it to have more hardware control. The great thing about voice interaction is it's impossible to visually overwhelm non-power users, yet it can potentially do a lot of work for power users. I'm glad Apple slapped BETA on it, however.

    Battery Life: Honestly I haven't seen much improvement over my 3GS. It gets through a day no problem, but not if I get into an intense gaming session... A battery breakthrough can't come soon enough, but Apple makes the best of it given the performance and quality.

    Ecosystem: Still the best. I have yet to see a practical downside to the controlled ecosystem.

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    • Battery life 8
    • Ecosystem 10
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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by alnemec (Currently owns)

    The iPhone 4s is a refinement on an already stellar phone. The only areas from improvement from my perspective are from a technology fanatics point of view.

    The new antenna setup in the 4S has given me superior reception and call performance over any other phone I have had on AT&T previously. But I believe there are always areas for improvement in the clarity of the conversation even though in this case its more on the carriers end than the phone maker.

    I find areas of the design that could be adjusted to maintain stronger visual continuity (notification center for example) but overall there are very few areas where the design doesn't feel very well thought out.

    Overall the iPhone 4S is a stellar phone that continues to refine one of the best phone designs on the market.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by gjac0m (Currently owns)

    Same design as the iPhone 4 but all new from the inside. Fastest smartphone on the market, the A5 chip is a real killer. It crushes anything you can throw at it, without hesitation. New back camera is awesome and take great shots. Siri is smart and usefull in everyday life.

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    • Battery life 7
    • Ecosystem 10
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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Andrew_Cybulska (Currently owns)

    Still the best in it's class. There are many competitors now, with the new Galaxy Nexus right up there along with it.

    Really the only choices you have on the market right now are iPhone 4S and Galaxy Nexus.

    There's enough that JUST works on the iPhone to make me recommend it. The software is still the fastest and smoothest on the market, the app selection is not only vast but of much higher quality than anything on the Android Market, and the support from Apple itself is bar none the best service from any company I've ever experienced.

    iPhone 4S. The right choice for you. And for America. And the world.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by juicywaterhouse (Currently owns)

    I dont' see why everyone can't agree - the 4s deserves a 10 in every category above, barring reception/call quality.

    Which phone has a better design? ... honestly
    Better display? - Not aware of any
    Better camera? - Hands down champ
    Better performance? - Least lag I've come across
    Better (not equal) software? - Okay so android 4.0 is equal, not better
    Battery Life (smart phones only)
    Ecosystem (nothing tops iOS)

    Really... how can anyone disagree there.. they seem to be simple facts of the industry.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by thekitch (Currently owns)

    Ultimately the only thing I would ask for is a 4inch display. Simply the best smartphone out there. The best software, the best apps, the best performance. Android is fine for a tablet I think. But my phone just HAS to work all the time consistently. iOS and the 4S make that a reality.

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