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What does the iPhone 4S miss the most?

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What does the iPhone 4S miss the most?
The iPhone 4S doesn’t come with new visuals, but it’s almost completely overhauled on the inside. A dual-core A5 processor, an 8-megapixel camera, iOS 5 with iCloud integration and the introduction of the personal voice assistant Siri in concert are what make it the device it is. But while that’s all good, analysts and most importantly - you, were disappointed with the announcement. 

What did you expect to see and didn't? And what was the one thing that would have changed your perception of the new iPhone 4S the most? 

The rumor mill churned for 16 months and rumors ranged from a device with a bigger screen, to 4G LTE included and even wild new redesign with an elongated, gesture-enabled area instead of a home button. None came true, but in another world (or in a next iPhone, some of them probably would).

That’s why, we’re curios to see - if you were to pick the single feature that would have thrilled you for the iPhone 4S - which would it be?

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What does the iPhone 4S miss the most?
A bigger screen was a must-have. 53.58% (958 votes) (958 votes)
4G LTE networks are already out there and it's real, that's what I wanted the most. 12.36% (221 votes) (221 votes)
That 4S looks just like the iPhone 4, I wish it came in a differently designed body. 18.34% (328 votes) (328 votes)
That gesture-enabled redesigned home button would have been a big deal! 2.29% (41 votes) (41 votes)
It's so similar to the iPhone 4, it could be cheaper. 13.42% (240 votes) (240 votes)

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posted on 05 Oct 2011, 04:37 7

1. android_hitman (unregistered)

it misses everything. i am really dissapointed! it's practically an unglier SGS2 :) and i am sure that SGS2 will anihilate it in every benchmark test.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 05:08 6

5. Sam (unregistered)

I have just see the iphone 5 :


posted on 05 Oct 2011, 06:29

12. mtweg12 (Posts: 5; Member since: 21 Jun 2011)

That's funny :-)

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 07:40

21. master0fursinz (Posts: 104; Member since: 26 Apr 2010)

good commercial!

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 09:13

29. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)

I want to see the cost analysis on the teardown of that thing...

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 06:15 5

10. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2286; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)

Wait? Where's the all of the above button? Its missing everything n is the same iPhone ' that I had

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 09:05

28. joaolx (Posts: 364; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

The A5 cpu on iPad 2 doubles the SGS2. And it misses everything. Read and learn before you talk because i'm sure you missed a lot with the 4S.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 10:07

32. Angel_Zep (unregistered)

Of course, you failed to mention all those Trojan horses and other malware that are lurking on the open ecosystem of apps.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 04:45 2

2. John (unregistered)

People expect a lot from the 'iphone' series. Sadly, Apple failed to deliver. I hope Nokia will deliver the best windows phone handsets.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 04:48 4

3. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 474; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)

What is the main reason to buy up to date technology, to stay up to date with current times, no 4g lte, no bigger screen, not to mention, apple is way behind, on apps that Android offers, by the time apple gets 4glte ,and a bigger screen, android will have moved on to something else that the apple phone don't offer, I'm a fan of new improved technology, and all you Apple fans can say wat you want ,but at the end of the day apple has become the new blackberry of smartphones, I know most of you spend 200.00 to 600.00 buying a phone, and hate to say I just bought out dated technology, when I got my HTC incredible 1 I was on top of the world, until sprint released the evo, but I admitted that the evo was way better than the HTC incredible, so everyone needs to keep it real, the apple event, was weak, and you know deep inside ,the new iphone sucks,

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 04:50 1

4. Apple Conspiracy (unregistered)

It's not so much about how Apple showed its true face with this, it's more how it showed true face of the iFan masses. They showed how little do they really care about the phone itself, how they are exepcting yet another ego-trip with new shinny iPhone for showing-off. And now they are mad - they only got an excellent phone.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 05:15

6. ArtDB (unregistered)

I don't think it was unreasonable to expect an excellent phone that is also "another ego-trip with new shinny iPhone for showing-off. Apple is known for cutting edge design. Skipping this release cycle puts them behind the curve. The iPhone4 is a great device, but can it carry them for another full year?

Will it satisfy the Apple fanboys knowin that they will be tied to this device with a two year contract? I don't think so.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 05:55

9. Apple Conspiracy (unregistered)

Apple's design is not cutting edge. It's a pretty predictable and boring design in "good design" philosophy which is learned at any school of design. It's just that no other manufacturer applies this except Apple for some reason, so Apple's design looks very stylish and extravagant in the eyes of uneducated masses.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 09:15 1

30. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)

WIth the dual band radios inside, they just cut down on manufacturing costs and increased their profit margin again while simultaneously increasing their product reach.

This phone was never about the consumer, it was about Apple...

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 05:41 2

7. MJ (unregistered)

In my opinion. The 4s is not a revolutionary product as expected. it just brings apple on par with the competition which in itself is expected to move to even better things come January 2012 or maybe (October 11th) ;).

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 05:50 1

8. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)

iPhone 4s is an upgrade of iPhone 4 not a new design, may be iPhone 5 will look different.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 06:20

11. Blah111 (unregistered)

Nokia sucks

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 06:39

13. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

apple has become blackberry. too complacent with their position in the market place and they are no longer looking around at what is making everyone else successful. yea they are STEALING from everyone with iOS5, but they are not LEARNING from anyone else's success.. Unless they make drastic changes with the i5, this boat is on its way down.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 06:47 1

14. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)

Too many articles

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 06:48 2

15. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

Maybe there are legit reasons Apple kept the exterior the same. I mean, the parts can't be cheap - the all glass exterior, the screen, the precision of manufacturing. The 4S fits with their design philosophy since 2008 - don't fix what isn't broken. I'm sure they get significant economies of scale using the same parts for 2 years.

But that's the problem - this was all a calculated product decision. There's no passion to it. Add the insulting pricing based on internal memory (come on, how much could the extra 32 GB cost them? $5?) and it's clear Apple is thinking profits, not product. The market has changed on them. More of the same don't cut it.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 07:04 1

17. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

No what I think happened is that the iPhone 5 was definitely not up to par. They see what Samsung is doing with the Google Nexus Prime & said that they needed to nix the iPhone 5. So they quickly scrambled & put together the iPhone 4S because they had all the parts already. All they did was add a dual-core & do some minor fixes on the antenna. The way Android has stepped it's game when it comes phone specs was something that took Apple by surprise. Apple just can't compete with Samsung's new Exynos chips & Qualcomm's new S3 chip sets that are coming out. Plus Google Wallet is going to be huge in 2012, & also Samsung's 4.65" HD Super AMOLED screens will be huge. I am willing to bet that the iPhone 5 would have looked like a mid-tier phone just as the mid-tier iPhone 4S does right now. Apple is already embarrassed with the iPhone 4S but imagine what a busted iPhone 5 would have done to Apple. They took the iPhone 5 back to the drawing board, when the iPhone 5 comes out I can bet it will have a 4" or above HD screen & a quad-core processor just because the times dictate it. Samsung, HTC, Motorola, Sony, & LG have such a huge head start on those quad-core phones that I wonder if the iPhone 5 is already doomed.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 07:23

20. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

Well you may be partly right about the iPhone 5 not being ready for prime time, but I thought it had something more to do with screen shortages or manufacturing defects than hardware. I also think if Apple's going to increase the size of the phone, they have no excuse not to add LTE, and they won't be ready to do that until 2012.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 08:03 1

24. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

That is right, the iPhone 5 was just not ready. It needs 4G, like WiMAX, or LTE, now in 2011. It needs an HD screen that is 4" or bigger, NFC chip, more RAM & the list goes on. Apple was desperate & the iPhone 4S is the proof of that. They needed to show something & that something is not what the Apple fans, investors, stock holders & iSheep were waiting to see. The iPhone 5 in 2012 better be the best phone ever or we will be witnessing another giant go down. Nokia, RIM & now maybe Apple!

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 08:07

26. willardcw4 (Posts: 169; Member since: 01 Oct 2011)

I think the 4S was designed to be released in June... and they just pushed it back. Based on all the patents filed this year, i think the iPhone5 has some amazing potential... but, they could just drop the ball. Even if this phone did come out in June, it still wouldn't have been that impressive.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 08:41

27. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

I agree, the 4S hardware was available earlier this year. The only reason I can imagine they held it back was that the 4 had just come to Verizon.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 09:26

31. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

all the initial rumor reports from apple employees from months ago said this version wasnt going to be a big change and nothing to get excited about, but the next one was going to be a huge redesign. I guess that's one rumor thats proven to be at least half true.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 06:56

16. IamTheGodfatherofCell (Posts: 33; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

This is almost laughable...the ever surrounding hype that floated around this smartphone for months....and this is the best they could come up with?

Apple is going to learn a serious lesson from this. Consumers are looking for the latest and greatest ...not the sort of the same with a enhancement or 3.

Sad but predictable.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 07:15

18. master0fursinz (Posts: 104; Member since: 26 Apr 2010)

So much for Iphone 5, what was with those Apple leaked photos of Iphone 5 covers???? Iphone 5 place holders??? It looks like Apple is playing Catch up to Android now, Siri (voice assistant) aka google voice search... Dual core nothing new there, 1080p recording android was first. Apple is losing ground... thats why stock is sliding.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 07:16

19. Nedev (unregistered)

I think it missed the point. That's why everybody is disaPOINTed.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 08:02

23. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 601; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)

Apple could have gotten away with the iYawn a couple of years ago, but the playing field has changed since then and Apple clearly hasn't adjusted to an Android world. I'm sure the new old iPhone will sell well but I don't think it will be the must-have gadget anymore. After all the double glass ice cream sandwich design has been around for 18 months already, an eternity in the gadget world.

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