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Poll results: What does the iPhone 4S miss the most?

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Poll results: What does the iPhone 4S miss the most?
Last week, the iPhone 4S was announced. With the usual craze, outpour of news articles and opinions, but something was missing. That something was the iPhone hype right after the announcement. Apple had been (possibly unintentionally) building momentum by putting off the big unveiling to October, and rumors were raging wild speaking about two iPhones being unveiled, a bigger screen on at least one of them, a huge redesign, thinner body, all those things that makes fans worship Apple.

But instead we got a quiet upgrade - you can hardly tell the new iPhone 4S apart from the old one. Sure, inside it’s better with a dual-core A5 processor, a new 8-megapixel camera capable of capturing 1080p videos and some new software including the “world changing” Siri personal voice assistant, which we’re still very uncertain about. So, bottomline is there were disappointments. Last week, we asked you which was the biggest one and here’s what you said.

“A bigger screen was a must-have,” more than half of you agreed on. It was the single most expected but missing feature. A dealbreaker? The iPhone 4S has already sold out, so for many - it’s not, but it’s definitely the biggest letdown.

Second to that comes the design. Sure, we loved the monolith almost rectangular piece of glass that the iPhone 4 is, but given that Apple is a design-centric company, nearly 20% of you found this to be a big disappointment. The last two features you missed almost as much as a redesign, were a cheaper price tag and LTE connectivity. So what say you, voters, are you getting the iPhone 4S even with all its shortcomings, for better or worse, to love and to cherish till death does you apart?

Poll results: What does the iPhone 4S miss the most?

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posted on 10 Oct 2011, 06:10 5

1. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2971; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


I have no objections to the poll results your honor......

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 10:08

47. Matt P (unregistered)


What is with the "must have a bigger screen" How much bigger do you need them to be? If you want big get a tablet. A mobile phone needs to be mobile, not need a laptop sleeve.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 06:15 5

2. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Well look what we got here. Apparently most people dislike the new iPhone because it still has a 3.5" screen. They want a bigger one!

Hey, look what I found!
http://www.redmondpie.com/ever-wondered-why-the-iphone-has-a-3.5-inch-screen-this-might-be-an-appropriate-answer/

Too bad, Apple lovers. Too bad.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 06:33

6. Victor.H (Posts: 411; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Ha, interesting, ilia! Still that graphic sounds far from convincing - usually when you hold your phone it rests mostly on your fingers (in my case at least). This leaves so much more space for your thumb that I guess one wouldn't have a problem reaching out the other side even on a 5.3-inch handset like the Galaxy Note.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 06:41 3

8. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Ah but Victor - you prove my point exactly! Of course it is better to have a bigger screen - as the poll results show.

I am simply so happy that Apple is withholding a much-desired feature from their product - on purpose - despite the fact that it is clearly shown in the poll that the customers do want this feature to be had. It just shows how little does Apple care about its customers and their wishes and desires.

Maybe this way, more and more people will cease to blindly follow and buy Apple products - and choose an alternative product instead. You know - like Android. :)

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 06:51 10

11. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol, thats an interesting point in the article.
anyone else notice that the half circle they use for the iphone is bigger than the one for the SGS2?

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 07:07 3

13. GJanee (Posts: 214; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)


lol, so much for being trustworthy...
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/440/kpkivgsszifonscreen2.jpg/

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 07:15 1

14. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2971; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


I know right? Remix I agree exactly. I love my Epic Touch not just for the unbeatable exynos processor and gorgeous super amoled plus display but most importantly for the huge 4.5 inch display.

Back in like 2008 the iPhone 3G is unmatched thanks to its 3.5 inch responsive display and the best option you had was the 3.2 inch Storm and eventually the 3.1 inch Palm Pre.

Sure there was the HTC HD touch at 3.8 but sadly it never made it to the US, not until the HD2.

So really it wasn't until the OG Droid we started getting 3.7 inch displays in 2009 to finally rival the iPhones. It had a nice 3 year lead before we started getting 4+ inch displays.

Honestly that's why I dropped apple and went to android. A lot of people like myself want the larger displays, easier to type, see, and overall better experience with your touch screen device.

I would be very tempted to pick up a iPhone if it had a 4 inch display but I'm very happy with my SGS2 and 4th Gen iPod touch.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 11:48 1

30. Habib (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


good eye!

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 23:11

43. hepresearch (unregistered)


If you look closely and pay attention, you will notice that it is, at least in part, because of a scale difference between the iPhone and SGS II photos in the exhibit...

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 07:22 2

15. quakan (Posts: 1179; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


not exactly ilia1986, this poll shows that the people who voted want a bigger screen. It doesn't necessarily mean iPhone users want a bigger screen. Sure there are some that want it, but then there are others like me who don't mind. This poll definitely does not represent the masses...only 1,788 people participated in this survey.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 11:53 3

31. TOdoubleD (Posts: 113; Member since: 28 Mar 2011)


Really? Some of you blind supporters are always ok with 1000 person polls that benefit Apple. I would say 1788 is a pretty good sample size, and how do you know who voted? I wanted the 4" screen, I'm a iPhone user. From reading around the different forums, I definitely think this poll represents what the masses want.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 16:17

40. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Precisely.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 23:15

44. hepresearch (unregistered)


heck, I voted and I've never owned an iPhone! Who is to say that even half of the voters actually own or have owned an iPhone?

Disclosure: I did not vote for a larger screen, though...

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 07:57 1

20. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 801; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


I don't get it, why is that guy having such problem with 4" and above screens, I myself has a small hand but I can easily reach the far end of the 4.2" screen of my SE Xperia Arc. . . Makes me wonder how small is that guys hands really are. . .

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 11:39 3

28. winning (unregistered)


Carnies. Circus folk. Nomads, you know. Smell like cabbage. Small hands.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 23:06

42. hepresearch (unregistered)


I sort of hope the iPhone does NOT get a bigger screen... this is why I will never buy one of those Android superphones, and although I am not a fan of Apple, I have to admit that the iPhone is designed for easy and simple use. If screen size and overall performance was all I was worried about, and if money was no object, then the iPhone would be my clear choice. Good job spotting that article ilia... +1.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 06:18 2

3. CellularNinja (Posts: 302; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)


No way! I'm getting a Windows Phone. Much better Operating System!

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 06:18 2

4. Striker (unregistered)


People who do not own an iPhone should not vote. A bigger screen? Are you okay?!? Get an iPad if you need a bigger one. This is Apple. Not Lg, Samsung-Mamsung, etc. 3.5" is a perfect size. This is a phone, not a writing desk.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 06:46 1

9. nyamo (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Mar 2011)


have you tried a 4" screen? I had my htc inspire before i tried the IP4, and i couldn't stand it. 3.5 seemed way too small. and the diagram in the link seems off. holding my SGS2 normally i am able to reach across the whole screen in portrait viewing with my thumb

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 23:21

45. hepresearch (unregistered)


Just about anything with a 4"+ screen these days seems like an ultra-thin remake of the ugly bricks we used to have last decade... except they are harder to hold in the hand. They are all getting more thin, wide, tall, and square all the time... and I am not a fan of having 4" or more of breakable real-estate all exposed to the elements...

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 06:51 3

10. toaster (Posts: 114; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)


4" is widely regarded to be the perfect mix of ease of use and portability. 3.5" may be the perfect size for you but it's clear that you're in the minority.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 06:57 1

12. Nickmfnjackson (Posts: 101; Member since: 21 Jan 2010)


I DON'T LIKE CHANGE!!!

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 07:59 1

21. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 801; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


You must be blind or still in denial, makes me wonder what would be your tone on the screen size thing once the iphone5 arrives ( if it indeed will arrive ). . .

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 14:08

37. xenover (Posts: 172; Member since: 27 May 2011)


You, sir, are demented. Have you ever even held a phone with a screen larger than 3.5"? I have and it's way better.
BUT, yes, it's ALL personal choice dependant. I prefer 4" screens, some prefer 4.3" ones. You on the other hand have very small hands OR you simply can't stop sucking up to Apple.
Good day, sir.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 06:18 2

5. ninjamobile (unregistered)


definitely should of had a bigger screen, even if they increased it to 3.7, they could of left the big 4 inch screen for next year but still made an impact this year.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 06:40 2

7. Edward321 (unregistered)


A bigger screen? Steve Jobs said "no one wants Hummer phones".

4G LTE? There goes the battery life iPhone users always gloat about.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 07:28 1

16. msa1988 (Posts: 417; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)


I think a lack of a redesign is the main reason for the disappointment. People like new looks and change; without this, the "new iPhone" will just feel old and outdated.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 07:31

17. Lwazi_N (Posts: 205; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


Convincing indeed, Illia!

Remix, the circle on the iPhone is bigger because the phone is shorter and less wide in the hand. And as Victor says, much of a phone will be in the fingers when held. So a bigger phone, with a bigger screen such as in the case of the SGS2, crosses quite a bit of it's body to a greater part of the hand. This results in your thumb reaching a lesser radius of the screen hence the smaller circle.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 07:32

18. Lwazi_N (Posts: 205; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


Convincing indeed, Illia!

Remix, the circle on the iPhone is bigger because the phone is shorter and less wide in the hand. And as Victor says, much of a phone will be in the fingers when held. So a bigger phone, with a bigger screen such as in the case of the SGS2, crosses quite a bit of it's body to a greater part of the hand. This results in your thumb reaching a lesser radius of the screen hence the smaller circle.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 07:32

19. Lwazi_N (Posts: 205; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


Convincing indeed, Illia!

Remix, the circle on the iPhone is bigger because the phone is shorter and less wide in the hand. And as Victor says, much of a phone will be in the fingers when held. So a bigger phone, with a bigger screen such as in the case of the SGS2, crosses quite a bit of it's body to a greater part of the hand. This results in your thumb reaching a lesser radius of the screen hence the smaller circle.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 08:26

22. geekxxxnerd (unregistered)


i just dont understand the negative nancys out there that like to rain on everyones parade and say, " boo hoo boo hoo it doesnt have this screen or this body style its not so coo blah blah blah." Its a great phone its past far beyond great i cant wait till i get my 4S, this phone still has Steve Jobs signature on it respect him and his vision everything has its time and its place and im just happy I get to keep my same plan with SPRINT got to love unlimited atleast for now it will be $10 for unlimited data but ha better than big greedy read and lame ATT

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 08:39 1

23. fatakboy619 (Posts: 9; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)


iphone 4s is super multimedia phone but but again misses out with a bigger screen apple should know that every one wants a bigger screen

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 08:58 1

24. ryq (unregistered)


if iphone 5 still does not have a 4" screen or larger, then that would really turn away a lot of people. maybe iphone 4s did not have a larger screen is because of steve jobs who was quoted as calling 4' screen phone a big brick. now that he's gone, maybe tim cook will make it happen.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 09:49 1

25. LionStone (Posts: 447; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


The things it misses out on most? Choices. No choice on display, no choice for 4G (vzw anyway), no choice for QWERTY , no choice on design. The only big choice now is network, you now have three to choose from.

And those saying 3.5" is perfect, you have no choice. Lets hear you say that when you have a choice between a 4" and a 3.5"! After using a 4" display, come back here and say 3.5" is perfect,...yea right.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 11:17

27. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Everyone has a choice because they don't have to get an iPhone. The 1 million people that preordered iPhone CHOSE it over all the competing products.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 12:06 2

32. TOdoubleD (Posts: 113; Member since: 28 Mar 2011)


I'd bet if it had a 4" screen they would've sold more. From what I've read around the different forums, there are some Android users wanting to try out the iPhone, but won't do it until the screen is 4". I know myself and some friends would've upgraded from our iPhone 4 if it had the 4" screen. Obviously not everyone cares, but I think Apple could add more new users, if/when the put the larger screen on.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 12:29

34. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Maybe they could, but a bigger screen poses issues like having to recode apps and losing retina display. From the way it's selling I don't think screen size will be a problem for most people.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 13:38 1

35. LionStone (Posts: 447; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


Whether you have one already or not, if you want an ip you have no choice but to get it in it's same form factor, again, no choice . Just because people get it doesn't mean they are entirely happy with the screen size, which I know many aren't.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 23:43

46. hepresearch (unregistered)


This is why they should have released a more advanced iPhone 5 at the same time as the iPhone 4S... and they could have made the 4S less expensive by cutting back to 8GB, A4 CPU, HVGA Retina display as in the 3GS/3G/original, no "illegitimate 4G" HSPA 14.4, 5-Mpix camera instead of 8, and keep the original iPhone 4 frame shape and the iOS 5 update (battery life would be stellar, and the UI would run smoother than anything else you could imagine), while the 5 could have the 4" screen, the 64GB memory, the A5 dual-core CPU, the "4G LTE", and all of the other exciting stuff that it is supposed to have according to rumors/speculation...

Everyone who wanted the 4" screen could buy the iPhone 5, and I would possibly be able to afford the edited "iPhone 4S" selling at $299 full-retail or less...

Oh well, the "world in my mind" never matches brutal reality when I open my eyes...

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 13:46 1

36. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


it woulld have been nice to make the screen 3.7'' or 3.8'' and they still would have had a retina display and recoding of apps would not be needed also i think it may have been possible to keep the iphone the same size..anyways am sure the next iphone will have a larger display...i find 3,5'' too small now,use to think it was the perfect size until i got the 4.3'' gs2...

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 10:42 1

26. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


the reason why apple doesn't use 4 inches is... it messes up their retina gimmick... that means they can't brag.. now do you understand apple's style of marketinG?

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 11:43

29. samirsshah (Posts: 61; Member since: 10 Mar 2011)


It is video, video, video your honor that requires a bigger screen and overides the need of smaller thumb being able to reach the other side.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 12:25 1

33. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


redesign, LTE, bigger screen, ANDROID OS, etc. shall i go on?

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 15:35

38. cds (unregistered)


I don't understand the want or need for a bigger screen....Larger size makes it more difficult and obtrusive to fit in my pocket. You want bigger? Get a tablet....

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 16:16

39. Immolate (Posts: 283; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


I don't understand this "I like it so everyone that doesn't like it is wrong" attitude. There is an analog for this in the Android world where phones ranging from Apple size to over 4.5" are available. If you look at where the action is, it's in the 4.0-4.3" form factor by a large margin.

If there was a 4.0" and a 4.3" Apple available, few would buy the 3.5". Of course you could argue that Apple buyers are little people.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 18:59 1

41. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6429; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


THEY miss the BIGGER SCREEN AND LTE 4g.

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