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Apple iPhone 4S Review

Apple iPhone 4s

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By now, it’s almost unfathomable to see the web browsing performance on the iPhone 4S to take a step backwards – even more when the iPhone established the tasteful modern experience we tend to see nowadays. Combining its lightning fast dual-core processor and high-resolution Retina Display, the web browsing experience is a very engaging one. Naturally, navigational controls are remarkably tight and responsive to give us complete control in all of its aspects. We’re over the fact that there is no Flash support, but we definitely like the usefulness found with the Reader function of mobile Safari, which simplifies things to make it reading friendly.  Of course, we dig the quick page loads when connected to a Wi-Fi network – though, Sprint’s connection is clearly lagging with its speeds.

The web browsing experience on the Apple iPhone 4S is a very engaging one - Apple iPhone 4S Review
The web browsing experience on the Apple iPhone 4S is a very engaging one - Apple iPhone 4S Review
The web browsing experience on the Apple iPhone 4S is a very engaging one - Apple iPhone 4S Review
The web browsing experience on the Apple iPhone 4S is a very engaging one - Apple iPhone 4S Review
The web browsing experience on the Apple iPhone 4S is a very engaging one - Apple iPhone 4S Review
The web browsing experience on the Apple iPhone 4S is a very engaging one - Apple iPhone 4S Review
The web browsing experience on the Apple iPhone 4S is a very engaging one - Apple iPhone 4S Review
The web browsing experience on the Apple iPhone 4S is a very engaging one - Apple iPhone 4S Review

Featuring an updated radio and antenna system, the iPhone 4S is a world phone – meaning, it has support for CDMA and GSM networks. Using our Sprint iPhone 4S unit, we’re impressed with its unflattering data speeds, which gives us average upload and download speeds of 1.39 Mbit/s and 0.22 Mbit/s respectively. On the other hand, with AT&T’s version of the iPhone 4S, its HSPA speeds are able to theoretically get 14.4 Mbit/s on the down and 5.76 Mbit/s on the uplink.

Even though we’re not shocked to find aGPS and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi on board with the iPhone 4S, we’re actually intrigued to find Bluetooth 4.0 in for the ride. It might not be a big thing right now, but as more devices adapt to take advantage of Bluetooth 4.0, we’ll surely see some useful applications for it.


Software:

Just like before, we find the usual suspect of standard applications that we’ve grown to love by now on the iPhone 4S. Specifically, we find things like the Weather, YouTube, Game Center, iTunes, App Store, Compass, Voice Memos, and Stocks app with the handset. In all honesty, there isn’t a whole lot new with any of them, but nevertheless, they function perfectly like what we’ve seen before. However, it still would’ve been nice to see some sort of update with them – like some sort of new makeover to their layout and presentation.

YouTube app - Apple iPhone 4S Review
Weather - Apple iPhone 4S Review
App Store - Apple iPhone 4S Review
iTunes - Apple iPhone 4S Review

YouTube app

Weather

App Store

iTunes


We mentioned it in our review of iOS 5, but the photo gallery now provides us with some basic editing functions, which include rotation, red-eye removal, auto-enhancement, and cropping. Needless to say, we’re  glad to see them available, but we’re aching to see deeper sharing functions with it – well, at least you have Twitter integration baked into iOS 5.

The Photo gallery on the Apple iPhone 4S now provides us with some basic editing functions - Apple iPhone 4S Review
The Photo gallery on the Apple iPhone 4S now provides us with some basic editing functions - Apple iPhone 4S Review
The Photo gallery on the Apple iPhone 4S now provides us with some basic editing functions - Apple iPhone 4S Review
The Photo gallery on the Apple iPhone 4S now provides us with some basic editing functions - Apple iPhone 4S Review

For the bookworms out there, the Newsstand app will surely come across as a useful tool for those interested in reading newspapers and magazines. Not only are we notified for new activity with our subscriptions, but it’s laid out in a simple to read format much like the Reader function that we see with mobile Safari. Frankly, it’s a nice addition to further the handset’s use in our daily lives, but the paltry 3.5” display of the iPhone 4S doesn’t make for the most optimal experience.

The Newsstand app - Apple iPhone 4S Review
The Newsstand app - Apple iPhone 4S Review
The Newsstand app - Apple iPhone 4S Review

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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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