Apple iPhone 4s User Reviews
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Reception8/10Display8.2/10Build quality8.4/10Text input8.3/10Everyday usage8.1/10UI speed8.3/10Camera8.5/10Multimedia8.2/10Internet7.8/10Call quality8.1/10Battery7.1/10
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posted on 17 Aug 2012, 20:11 (Posts: 0; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)
Lots and Lots of bugs and glitches
DJSlaughter has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
When I heard I was getting the 4s I got excited!!!! it was everything i hoped and more. But things got crazy new years of 2012. It started deleting my yahoo emails on its own 1 by 1 right in front of me. I reset it, reset the email and all was well until it updated to iOS 5.1.1., then it got crazy again. It started deleting my yahoo contacts 1 by 1 and doing other weird crap to my contacts like putting weird numbers in place of email addresses and deleting pictures off the contact info. I orginally had 457 contacts on my phone, now I have 361 contacts. So I restore the phone via itunes and that problem was rectified...but i still only have 361 contacts. Now 2 weeks later, THE SOUND IS ACTING STRANGE. The volume button on my music and videos go out which means no audio!!! I cant hear my alerts or anything...and my phone is not on vibrate. There are way too many bugs with iphone and im not impressed with this phone at all. Its not what its hyped up to be...stay away from apple!!! Get android!!! As soon as my contract is up im going to boost mobile and getting the HTCBuild quality 10/10Reception 1/10Call quality 5/10Internet 1/10Multimedia 5/10Camera 10/10UI speed 2/10Everyday usage 1/10Text input 4/10Display 10/10Battery 4/10
- Way too many bugs
- Bad internet reception
- constanly needs resetting
- usese 3g only
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posted on 14 Aug 2012, 03:57 (Posts: 0; Member since: 14 Aug 2012)
Would never recommend
herpaderp has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
This Iphone was defiantly not worth the wait in line just so I could get it. If anything, I would return it if I could but now the best I could do with it is sell it on ebay or something. This iphone is nearly identical to it's predecessor (the iphone 4) except for slightly better speed, a much better camera, and a fix to the terrible signal that came before the 4S. I think that the OS is too simplistic for anyone over the age of 14 and gets boring after the first few days.Build quality 1/10Reception 2/10Call quality 3/10Internet 1/10Multimedia 1/10Camera 4/10UI speed 2/10Everyday usage 2/10Text input 1/10Display 1/10Battery 1/10
- Logo gives any apple fanboy a hard on
- cpu speed (compared to other devices)
- Poor reception, but slightly improved "just don't hold it that way"
- Display is small
- Internet browser does not include flash support
- The battery can barely work for one day without depleting
- UI changes are very minor
- and finaly, the price is way too high for the product's overall usage
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posted on 09 Jul 2012, 00:06 (Posts: 0; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)
Iphone 4s review should listen to me.
SamsungBeast23 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
Honestly I use to be an apple fan but after this 4s I traded it for the Skyrocket which is 10times better then this. This has no 4g, screen size small, no adobe flashplayer, Siri only works on wifi it sucks on 3g there is no point to it. BTW IPHONE WILL NEVER BE BETTER THEN ANDROID EVEN THOUGH THEY WILL HAVE 4G AND SCREEN SIZE BECAUSE THE SCREEN SIZE OF ANDROID IS BIGGER AND BETTER PLUS WE HAVE ADOBE FLASHPLAYER WHICH IS IMPORTANT IF YOU CANT WATCH A GAME AT HOME.Build quality 7/10Reception 5/10Call quality 5/10Internet 5/10Multimedia 8/10Camera 10/10UI speed 5/10Everyday usage 6/10Text input 7/10Display 2/10Battery 8/10
- No 4G
- No Adobe Flash Player
- Not customizable like the Android
- Siri only works on wifi suck on 3g
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posted on 01 Jul 2012, 08:56 (Posts: 101; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)
Simple, yet quality device.
deathyyy has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
Unless you're willing to do the work to jailbreak your device and customize it, what you see with the iPhone is what you get. If what you want is a good camera, a nice looking screen (if you don't need a larger screen), a smooth and simple UI, good battery life, and the music player you've probably been used to for forever now.
I have zero issues with my device, and if there is an issue it's with an app and a 30 second soft reset has yet to fail me in fixing any issue. The browsers available are definitely more disappointing than android, and just as a general rule of thumb the smaller screen is not conducive to full site browsing, but the pages render and load fast enough, so i'm not liable to complain.
The bottom line, if you want a simple, smooth and extremely reliable device- get an iPhone. If you want to tweak and change every thing you can to your device, have 4G, or can't do the under 4" screen, get an Android.
(Please give us bluetooth options in iOS6!)Build quality 10/10Reception 9/10Call quality 8/10Internet 8/10Multimedia 9/10Camera 9/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 9/10Display 9/10Battery 8/10
- Fast, smooth UI
- Quality camera
- Battery life
- Hi density display
- Lack of bluetooth functionality
- Lack of flash
- No expandable memory
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posted on 30 Jun 2012, 07:51 (Posts: 0; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)
Iphone 4s ? No tnx =)
Ruslan112 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
Build quality - best, but very easy to bracke, so not the best
Recep - better then iphone 4
Call qual - lika a robot
Internet - veery good, but no Flash weery bad
Mult - nice
Camera - not the best
UI - Hate iOS ! Android Is free, bou iOS is not!
Usage - not the best
Text - Good
Display - For my hand.... No tnx !
Battery - OkBuild quality 6/10Reception 7/10Call quality 5/10Internet 6/10Multimedia 7/10Camera 6/10UI speed 3/10Everyday usage 5/10Text input 6/10Display 3/10Battery 6/10
- Build quality
- If you like be in jail iOS for u
- Display veery smal for our days
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posted on 28 Jun 2012, 01:26 (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Chaos212 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
Well here it goes... While iOS is fast and snappy os, lack of real multitasking is a huge letdown, as applications in background are on some kind of "standbuy" mode.Absolutely no way of customizing iOS except changing wallpaper and order of icons is also major flaw. Camera is solid... but seriously can't change resolution of photos or videos? I mean come in i could have done it on my old nokia! SMS and Phone "apps" are way better on my SGS. It has less options for just about everything than highend android phone. Reception isn't the best, where i have full signal with SGS2 i have 2-3 bars with iPhone. Call quality is average. Display is very nice but also very small. From all Apple fanboys trashing Android battery life i expected this thing to last at least 3 days, it manages maybe 36 hrs with reduced usage and Data connectivity turned off, otherwise has to be charged every evening. Build quality is superb, design is excellent and materials used feel premium. Being unable to send or recieve anything via bluetooth not even contacts is just silly. Multimedia leaves much to be desired as apple dosen't support many popular formats, to be able to play them one must turn to paid applications(unlike android). Everyday usage for average non tech witty user is great, but for everyone with technical know-how this phone feels silly as Nokia's symbian OS. Alot apps that exist for both Android and iOS have way more features on Android than iOS. Bottom line, if u just want nice phone and don't...Build quality 10/10Reception 7/10Call quality 6/10Internet 8/10Multimedia 5/10Camera 7/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 7/10Text input 6/10Display 8/10Battery 5/10
- Great looking, premium feeling phone
- OS speed
- Battery life
- Screen size
- Apps and OS options
- Lack of camera options
- Reception isn't that great
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posted on 11 Jun 2012, 15:58 (Posts: 0; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)
ctcrighton has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
This is such a poor excuse of a good phone! It can hardly do anything that other androids can do and all the features and customisation are all very limited as the only think you can do is change the wallpaper! Something £5 phones can do...Build quality 7/10Reception 4/10Call quality 4/10Internet 3/10Multimedia 5/10Camera 4/10UI speed 3/10Everyday usage 5/10Text input 6/10Display 5/10Battery 2/10
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posted on 08 Jun 2012, 01:57 (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Android users switch
taco50 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
Are you a frustrated android user? Tired of force closes, buggy apps and malware? Want a phone that works? Would you like to get software updates?
There's an answer. Get an iPhone.
Ps extra bonus Google can't harvest your data.Build quality 9/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 9/10
- User interface
- Not 4g
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posted on 14 May 2012, 15:50 (Posts: 0; Member since: 14 May 2012)
HOW COULD SOMEONE HATE THIS PHONE
darknangel13 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
this phone or as i like to call it the beauty of apple is the best phone ever aside that it doesn't have a micro SD card slot but i can over look that if i could have anything in the world i would want this phone :3
PS battery could be betterBuild quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 5/10
- battery -_-
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posted on 02 Sep 2012, 13:13 (Posts: 0; Member since: 18 Apr 2012)
wind96xx has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Very poor phone. Bought it February 2012 and sold it after 2 weeks because it sucks. Bought Samsung Galaxy S II to use with my old Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S I bought in November. Both are way better than iPhone.Build quality 4/10Reception 2/10Call quality 4/10Internet 2/10Multimedia 3/10Camera 6/10UI speed 7/10Everyday usage 3/10Text input 3/10Display 2/10Battery 3/10
- A lot of apps that perform a little better than on Android
- Mostly everything else
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posted on 19 Mar 2012, 12:52 (Posts: 0; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)
The best phone 2011-2012 year
DENNISC44 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
I think iphone very best the phone 2011-2012 year,since I have iphone 4s my job can be do it better..and Siri assistant very friendly and good assistant..camera very good..by the way I very like it my iphone 4s...thank u Steve job and apple.Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 10/10
- Good smartphone is iphone 4s
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posted on 17 Mar 2012, 04:43 (Posts: 57; Member since: 01 Nov 2010)
IF you dont have an iPhone, you are a dumb ass
rahulcena5565 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
Amazing phone! Fluid Ui, Amazing screen, The Apps are dazzling and the Ecosystem is the Killerest part. iCloud is a Bliss and the Camera is Top Notch. Sold my Xperia Arc S For this and i am glad i did.Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 10/10
- THE BEST PHONE EVER
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posted on 11 Mar 2012, 10:40 (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Mar 2011)
The best gadget is the one that work better for us.
cameraman95 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Since I have the iPhone, I start to explore the whole internet watching reviews and critics about it. I was stunned.
People critic the iPhone for things that they want to have for their own because they think it's an standard. Here it's my iOpinion:
-No LTE: Where I live will never have 4g, and honestly, I think is not necessary to have a computer-like connection on the road. Sure the iPhone is capable to browser at a high speed, but I don't really need so much information. Maybe someone would think different.
-No Flash player: Flash turned to be the first subject of critics in the iPhone since it came out. Along there are a huge list of page webs that use flash, some of them have iOS app that you can use it. Maybe Steve Jobs was right about the dead of Flash... But it about the people.
-No NFC: As equal, my country doesn't have NFC point... Maybe it could in the future, but I don't think is necessary. In other hands, I think i'm the only one who think what would happen if someone steal my one, with all my account information in there. Can apple use one of the antennas as NFC?
-No radio: no commentary, I think this as a Con.
-Small screen: Come on!, you think I can carry a brick in my pocket so I can watch movies in a bus full of jealous people...
Sorry for that...
The small screen, along it have the disadvantage of being small, I can manipulate the phone with one hand.
It subjective. But I can't have a bigger phone in my pocket.
-Apple Lock: Ok, here is were we are going...Build quality 8/10Reception 7/10Call quality 8/10Internet 8/10Multimedia 9/10Camera 8/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 9/10Display 9/10Battery 6/10
- User-Friendly and easy-to-use Interface.
- Personal assistant Siri.
- Awesome camera and 1080p Video.
- Really fast dual-core A5 Chip.
- A rich and vast App store.
- Awesome Retina Display.
- Battery life.
- No radio FM.
- No Flash storage.
- Feel a little fragile.
- Not so customizable as android.
- low-quality front facing camera.
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posted on 30 Jan 2012, 18:44 (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)
christianqwerty has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
This phone is amazing, no problems, reboots, or restarts, it just works. It is sort of boring, thats why there is cydia and the app store. Great camera, it has replaced my point and shoot. Battery is OKAY, was expecting better. I love it, and it looks very snazzy in whiteBuild quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 9/10Battery 7/10
- Back camera
- 4g speeds (att)
- Battery Life
- Small screen
- lousy front camera
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posted on 06 Jan 2012, 06:37 (Posts: 92; Member since: 01 Nov 2009)
This is more than an I Phone 4
Windsponge has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
This phone has much to offer over the 4. Siri maybe beta but it is better than anything else. It is smooth and the quality of games and other apps are the best. I have Androids that I am not using, they are not bad phones but too many issues for me. I know everyone wants to feel theirs is the best and it is truly a matter of preference. I much prefer the iPhone.Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 10/10
- App quality
- ease of use
- don't have to reset all the time
- I would like to have a larger screen
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posted on 05 Dec 2011, 00:01 (Posts: 84; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)
Keep your old iPhone 4
Nathan has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
If you have an iPhone 4, I would not recommend upgrading unless you really want too. Just wait for the iPhone 5 and skip on the iPhone 4S. Siri is just in its BETA form and if you have to have it, get it on your jailbrocken iPhone 4.Build quality 4/10Reception 3/10Call quality 5/10Internet 5/10Multimedia 9/10Camera 9/10UI speed 9/10Everyday usage 6/10Text input 8/10Display 6/10Battery 2/10
- Dual-core processor and great camera.
- Nothing much has changed...
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posted on 02 Dec 2011, 14:22 (Posts: 519; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)
Great step up from Android
c.hack has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
After going through 3 Droids in 3 months all with buggy OS releases, I finally gave up and got the iPhones 4s with hesitation.
I'm very pleasantly surprised.
- The multitasking is even better than my DX2
- The phone never hesitates or stalls like all my Droids did
- The phone has been 100% stable - not a single crash in 5 weeks. My DX and DX2 would crash at least once / day
- The camera is awesome - and fast. Puts my old Droids to shame.
- Tons of accessories are available
- Very high quality screen - much better than any Moto Droid I ever used
- All the memory is actually available for apps (unlike Android)
- Great size for one handed use
- Great build quality
- Reception on VZW is as good as my DX and DX2 - much better than the HTC DInc and DInc2 my other family members have
- Glass back makes the phone fragile - needs a case
- Turn-by-turn nav is not as good as Android - solved with 99 cent app
- Wish the screen was bigger for seeing the nav
I have no regretsBuild quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 9/10Multimedia 9/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 9/10Text input 10/10Display 9/10Battery 10/10
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posted on 26 Sep 2012, 08:38
Very good smart phone, iOS 6 update not so great...
hltechie has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
Updated (after iOS 6 update): Ever since iOS 6 the phone has not preformed as well as it has in the past. Most of my apps are not launching or are just completely crashing... My web browser is not loading as fast... over all I'm very disappointed with this update. And why oh why did Apple completely take away Google Maps!? Or more so why did they replace it with such a horrible one!? >:( Also while I've had the phone it's annoying to have a phone made almost completely out of glass. I've broken it once and now I have to hold it like its fine china for fear of dropping and breaking it again.
Original Review (after one month of owning phone): I have never owned an iPhone before this phone so I am new to all aspects of this phone. Needless to say I was very hyped up to buy this phone. Coming from using Microsoft, BlackBerry and Android OS, this interface seems very simplified compared to all three, although reminds me a lot of Android. The display is very vivid and very responsive to touch, this phone has never frozen or caused me any trouble. Everything is easy to sync, iTunes and iCloud make a lot of worry about loosing potential data go away. Thousands of apps to choose from and limitless amounts of music. Honestly I can find nothing wrong with this phone at all. Data is fast (for 3G), amazing camera, vivid screen, very user friendly, good battery life (for a smart phone), and over all feels very well built. Everyone has their different likes and dislikes when it comes to smart...Build quality 5/10Reception 10/10Call quality 8/10Internet 6/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 9/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 5/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 9/10
- Easy to sync
- Do Not Disturb option
- Large number of apps to buy
- User friendly
- Glass front and back
- iOS 6 update has caused many apps to crash/not load
- iOS 6
- lack of Google Maps
- Apple Maps/GPS are not accurate and have also given wrong directions
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posted on 26 Oct 2011, 14:28 (Posts: 6; Member since: 07 Jun 2010)
tafree04 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
awesome phone. I've owned a lot of different phones including other iPhone models and this is the best phone that I've used. My only complaint is that the screen could be a bit bigger. I was hoping for a 4 in display. But at least now you can customize notification tones. Hoping an app such as zedge will be available for iOS.Build quality 9/10Reception 9/10Call quality 9/10Internet 9/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 9/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 8/10
- Great display
- Super responsive to touch
- Great feel
- Great call quality
- Not LTE
- Screen could be a little bigger (4 inches prefer)
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posted on 19 Oct 2011, 13:49 (Posts: 0; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Best iPhone i ever own so far.
paddydeng has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
I have been using iPhone since the first generation, and tried a few Android phones too (Motorola Atrix, Samsung Captivate and HTC Inspire) at the end I always end up with Apple iPhone again, cause the simplicity. I just hated to spend hours to flash and flash the room on my Android phone just to make it run smoother.Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 9/10
- Great looking
- Runs super smooth
- Excellent camera and video recording
- Much better reception
- Love the Siri assistance, I can now drive and text with Siri =)
- Retina display
- App store
- Hope they can improve the battery life
- Need to have better quality control
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posted on 16 Oct 2011, 20:58 (Posts: 0; Member since: 23 Feb 2011)
KarenV11 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
So I upgraded from the iPhone 4 32 gb to the iPhone 4S 64 gb. I had an initial problem with Siri where it couldnt find the network connection. One of the blogs recommended turning off Siri, turning off the phone than restarting. It worked. Now I can play! Siri is a tad slower than the commercials, but I am getting used to it. The speed of the phone is better, and I am noticing a slight change in battery power. Overall, glad I upgraded and will be looking forward to the iPhone 5!Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 10/10
- sleek design
- better battery
- 8 mp camera
- 1080 hd
- 64 gb
- same 3.5 screen
- may have to restart Siri to get it to work
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posted on 16 Oct 2011, 14:22 (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
The best phone out
iKingTrust has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
ihave waited in line for hours for this phone. I am not disappointed. Apple never fails to make me happy. This is THE best iPhone to date. I am in love with SIRI feature. I just cant wait to grow with the future iPhones.Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 10/10
- Apple made
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posted on 16 Oct 2011, 00:08 (Posts: 0; Member since: 15 Oct 2011)
It's pretty nice
jqwalls has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Got a white 16g 4s on release day from sprint. Went from evo 4g. Not really much of a huge upgrade honestly. I really like the iPhone 4s so far but it really isn't much faster if any than my evo (and I'm talking 3G). IOS5 is a nice operating system but android is just as nice and it really just boils down to opinion as to which is better. The small screen is my only huge complaint with my iPhone. (aside from the lack of free music apps). Also when browsing web pages such as phone arena the phone will not auto fit the text boxes to fit the screen after the initial double tap zoom which is REALLY ANNOYONG because you have to keep sliding the screen back and forth to read. ( like I'm doing now). Battery life is much better than my friends regular iPhone 4 in a side by side comparison. Siri is cool but it doesn't process your requests near as fast as it shows on te commercials. Honestly if my evo hadn't developed a dead spot on the screen from its 10000000 th drop I would probably have waited for the iPhone 5. Still, not a bad phone.Build quality 5/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 7/10Multimedia 8/10Camera 9/10UI speed 9/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 9/10
- Call quality
- Processor speed
- Silky smooth touch response
- Lag free UI
- Great reception
- Small screen
- Can only manage music thru iTunes
- Not as user friendly as android IMO
- No 4g
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