Can you spot the difference between the new iPhone 4S (left) and its predecessor the iPhone 4? No? Aside from that tiny black antenna band on the side we couldn’t either but under the surface Apple have been hard at work. With longtime rivals HTC and Samsung releasing real “iPhone killers” in the Sensation and Galaxy S2, the 4S had the heavy burden of bringing the “best Smartphone” crown back to Apple Headquarters. Question is; did it succeed?
Well for starters the iPhone 4S is definitely a step up from the 4. It’s been equipped with a faster processor, better camera and a number of awesome new features including Siri; a ground breaking voice activated Personal Assistant (PA). With this app enabled you can tell your phone to text anyone of your contacts, ask it to set an alarm or even have it provide navigation to a location of your choice.
While Samsung and other Android phones have similar apps, they simply can’t compare with this bad boy. Thanks to it’s state of the art Artificial Intelligence; Siri isn’t limited to a set of specific keywords like its competitors. It actually places you request in context in order to understand exactly what you want it do.
There’s also the brand new A5 dual core 800MHZ processor which still isn’t quite as powerful as Android Heavyweights like the HTC Sensation XE (1.5GHZ) but is a major improvement over the iPhone 4. Apps launch quicker, web pages load faster and multi-tasking is more fluent.
The new operating system (OS); the IOS 5 provides some brand new wireless features such as “airplay” which allows to you stream your Videos wirelessly to your TV. There’s also iCloud which enables you to wirelessly send music and documents to other Apple devices as well air print which allows you to print wirelessly as well.
Apple have also added an “Android Style” Notification Centre which gives you the ability to quickly view emails, messages and reminders. As if that wasn’t enough, the new 8MP Camera is so good, many believe that it’s the beginning of the end for compact cameras. Even in the dimmest of settings; the 4S produces excellent quality pictures and also records in 1080p HD.
Aside from the fact that it’s restrictive(it doesn’t accept micro SD cards), a tad expensive and has a screen which isn’t quite as big as many had hoped , the only major drawback is the battery draining bug which plagued early users. However Apple have since released an OS update (IOS 5.1) which seems to have solved the problem.
So did the iPhone 4S complete its mission? Well not quite. While it’s definitely on a par with the Samsung Galaxy S2 and HTC’S new Sensation XE, it’s hard to recommend it over those android phones unless you’ve got a few other apple devices to maximize its features. Since iPhone 4 users can get most of the new features by simply upgrading to the new OS perhaps it worth waiting for the iPhone 5 which expected to be released sometime next year.
Rating – 9/10