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

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?


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iPhone 4s
  • Display 3.5 inches
    960 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware Apple A5, 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB,
  • OS iOS 9.x

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47 Comments

41. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

THEY miss the BIGGER SCREEN AND LTE 4g.

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....

39. Immolate

Posts: 310; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

33. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

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

29. samirsshah

Posts: 61; Member since: Mar 10, 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.

26. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 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?

25. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 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.

27. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

32. TOdoubleD

Posts: 114; Member since: Mar 28, 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.

34. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

35. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 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.

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...

36. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 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...

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.

23. fatakboy619

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 03, 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

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

19. Lwazi_N

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 23, 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.

18. Lwazi_N

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 23, 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.

17. Lwazi_N

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 23, 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.

16. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 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.

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.

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.

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.

9. nyamo

Posts: 274; Member since: Mar 19, 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

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...

10. toaster

Posts: 114; Member since: Sep 13, 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.

12. Nickmfnjackson

Posts: 101; Member since: Jan 21, 2010

I DON'T LIKE CHANGE!!!

21. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 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 ). . .

37. xenover

Posts: 174; Member since: May 27, 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.

3. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

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

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