iPhone 4S: A Comprehensive Review

Every year since the release of the first iPhone in 2007, Apple releases a new iPhone, raising the bar for other players in the smart phone industry.  The latest release from Apple is the iPhone 4S, one of the best looking smart phones in the market, despite the fact that it looks exactly like its predecessor, iPhone 4.  The 5th generation, iPhone 4S comes in three models: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. The new iPhone was officially launched on October 14 amid speculation that Apple was going to release an iPhone 5. Steve Jobs passed away shortly after the launch of the new iPhone, following an 8 year battle with cancer.

iPhone 4S
iPhone 4S

Design

Although the iPhone 4S appears to be a replica of the iPhone 4, most of its exciting, new features are on the inside. Key features include a dual-core processor, an 8 megapixel camera which is better than that of the previous iPhone and the amazing Siri intelligent assistant service. In addition, the new phone, unlike its predecessor is both CDMA and GSM compatible and therefore it is able to accommodate a large number of cell phone carriers. There is only one, barely noticeable, difference between the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S: the antenna design. The new antenna design is expected to solve the “antennagate” signal problem associated with the iPhone 4.

Interface and Functionality

A popular feature of the new iPhone is its Retina Display which produces realistic colors and sharp details. This display comes in the form of a 3.5”, 16M-color, LED-backlit, IPS touch screen with a resolution of 640×960 px. Secondly, the iPhone 4S comes with the iOS 5 and iCloud, a breakthrough combination that justifies the purchase of the new iPhone, despite the fact that iPhone lovers can still enjoy the iOS 5 experience on the iPhone 4. iCloud basically refers to a set of  cloud services such as iTunes in the Cloud, Documents in the Cloud and Photo stream all of which are designed to work seamlessly with the new phone, despite storing all content in the iCloud. Nevertheless, the best thing about the iOS 5 is its simplicity. Instead of layers upon layers of menus and submenus, the phone only has a home screen and apps.

Multimedia

As mentioned earlier, the new iphone features an 8 megapixel camera which when compared to the 5-megapixel camera of the iphone 4 can be termed as a decent upgrade. The new camera also features a new custom lens, an advanced hybrid IR filter and an f/2.4 aperture all of which allow for the most visually elaborate photos, where even distant objects are visible to the finest detail. It is now possible to shoot HD, 1080p videos using the iPhone 4S. However, the phone’s front facing camera which enables the use of FaceTime video chat remains the same as that of the previous model: with VGA quality.

Special Features

While the iPhone 4S has quite a number of additional exciting features, nothing is as exciting as Siri, the personal digital assistant that exists within the new iPhone. Simply put, this new feature allows users to ask spoken questions and receive answers in Siri’s voice. You can either request information on the weather, stock or any other topic of interest or ask Siri to perform tasks such as composing a message or setting an alarm.

iPhone 4S vs. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

One of the main questions on the minds of many phone enthusiasts is whether they should buy the iPhone 4S or wait for the Galaxy Nexus by Samsung. The new Samsung phone will be the first phone to run the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. As far as design goes, the Galaxy Nexus is a clear winner. As mentioned before, there isn’t much to be said about the iPhone 4S in terms of design since it is a clear rehash of the iPhone 4. The Galaxy Nexus will have a 4.65” Super Amoled HD display with a resolution of 1280×720 px which when compared to the 3.5” IPS display of the iPhone 4S, is pretty impressive. In terms of memory, the Nexus gets a full 1GB of RAM while the new iPhone gets 512MB.

However, the iPhone 4S’, 8 megapixel camera wins over the Nexus’ 5 megapixel camera. In addition, the iPhone throws in a lot of perks including auto focus, face detection and image stabilization for video. Nonetheless, both phones support 1080p video. As far as storage goes, the Galaxy Nexus will only be available in two forms: 16GB and 32GB while the iPhone 4S is already available in three forms: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. Both phones will not feature an SD card slot.

All in all, it is not possible to say which phone comes out ahead. It all comes down to user experience. Remember that a myriad of specs don’t always make for a wonderful user experience. However, it is safe to say that the new, iPhone 4S has a lot to offer.

Apple iPhone 4s