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Apple iPhone 4S Review

Apple iPhone 4s

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Fully modernized thanks to the new dual-core Apple A5 processor under the hood, coupled with the same old 512MB of RAM, it’s able to provide that peppy response that we’re accustomed to seeing with the iPhone in general. Depending on who you talk to, it’s mentioned to be running at a clock speed of 800MHz or 1GHz. Regardless of what you believe, there’s no arguing that it’s blazing over the performance that we see with its predecessor. Naturally, it’s difficult to gauge its raw processing power while navigating its homescreen, which is buttery smooth as usual, but after running some benchmark tests, there’s no kidding it’s a speed demon with its operation.  So if you thought the iPhone 4 was fast, you’ll be astounded by the instantaneous speed of the iPhone 4S.

Love or hate it, iOS 5 on the iPhone 4S maintains the simplistic and straightforward approach that has been established since the first iPhone – though, the latest version of the platform brings forth some appreciable enhancements. We won’t get into the specifics since they can all be found in our review of it, but out of all the new features accompanying the latest update, there’s no arguing that we absolutely love the new notifications system in play with the platform. Specifically, they’re no longer obtrusive! However, it’s still relatively limited when it comes down to personalization seeing we’re only able to change the background wallpaper and rearrange the layout of the icons on the homescreen.

iOS 5 on the Apple iPhone 4S maintains the simplistic and straightforward approach that has been established since the first iPhone - Apple iPhone 4S Review
iOS 5 on the Apple iPhone 4S maintains the simplistic and straightforward approach that has been established since the first iPhone - Apple iPhone 4S Review
iOS 5 on the Apple iPhone 4S maintains the simplistic and straightforward approach that has been established since the first iPhone - Apple iPhone 4S Review
iOS 5 on the Apple iPhone 4S maintains the simplistic and straightforward approach that has been established since the first iPhone - Apple iPhone 4S Review

So by now you’re probably wondering what’s the biggest justification to go with the iPhone 4S, right? Especially when you can get the iOS 5 experience with the iPhone 4 right now too. Fear not, that’s because the iPhone 4S packs a trump card under its sleeve with the innovative features of Siri – the all-in-one digital personal assistant that actually works! At first, we were skeptical with its capabilities, but after playing around with its specific intricacies, we’re enthralled by its vast and deep offerings. In fact, it’s best described as a self-aware and evolving voice recognition service that’s consistently in touch with your daily routines. From scheduling a reminder for yourself or sniffing out the demographical information of a city, Siri is able to present us with pertinent information – plus, we have a lot of fun having intelligent conversations with it.

Interacting with Siri - Apple iPhone 4S Review
Interacting with Siri - Apple iPhone 4S Review
Interacting with Siri - Apple iPhone 4S Review
Interacting with Siri - Apple iPhone 4S Review


Contacts:

On the surface, there isn’t a whole lot new going on with the Contacts app, but rather, the introduction of Apple’s iCloud service quickly enables us to get our contacts onto the smartphone. Well, you can still accomplish the same feat since we’re given the option to sync contacts when setting up our email services – like Gmail. Compared to the competition, which incorporates social networking aspects with the phonebook, there’s nothing a whole lot going around with that aspect on the iPhone 4S.


Organizer:

Keeping firm to its roots, all of the core organizer apps found with the iPhone 4S remain the same with their functionality. So whether it’s the calendar, clock, or notes apps that you’re using, there’s nothing dramatically new seen with any of them. Still, the recent introduction of the Reminders app with iOS 5 warrants some attention from everything else since it’s further complemented with Siri’s aid – that’s because the whole process is sped up as we’re telling Siri what to do, as opposed to manually jotting things down ourselves. In all honesty, Siri is astoundingly efficient in monitoring and organizing all of our daily tasks – and to think more about it, they’re accomplished simply by our voice.

Calendar - Apple iPhone 4S Review
Notes - Apple iPhone 4S Review
Reminders - Apple iPhone 4S Review
World Clock - Apple iPhone 4S Review

Calendar

Notes

Reminders

World Clock

Stopwatch - Apple iPhone 4S Review
Timer - Apple iPhone 4S Review
Voice recorder - Apple iPhone 4S Review
Calculator - Apple iPhone 4S Review

Stopwatch

Timer

Voice recorder

Calculator



Messaging:

We’ve gone through the new things found with iMessage with our review of iOS 5, but in terms of the overall messaging experience with the iPhone 4S, it’s tastefully excellent in more ways than one thanks to its awesome on-screen keyboard. As much as we’d love to see the keyboard layout stretched out on a much larger display, we’re accepting of its responsiveness and accurate performance in typing lengthy messages. Throw in one of the best auto-correct features on any platform, the iPhone 4S keyboard continues to be one of the most usable ones out there.
Interestingly, we’re finally given an alternative thanks to the new transcribing functionality that’s accessed by tapping on the microphone icon on the keyboard. To our amazement, it’s pretty accurate with most things and provides us with an acceptable hands-free experience that’s enriching – albeit, background noise can hamper its ability.

The transcribing functionality - Apple iPhone 4S Review
Portrait keyboard - Apple iPhone 4S Review
Landscape QWERTY - Apple iPhone 4S Review

The transcribing functionality

Portrait keyboard

Landscape QWERTY


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PhoneArena rating:
8.5Excellent
Display3.5 inches, 640 x 960 pixels (326 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Apple A5, Dual-core, 800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size4.54 x 2.31 x 0.37 inches
(115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm)
4.94 oz  (140 g)

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