iPhone 4S – One Week Later

So I have actively been using my iPhone 4S since its release last Friday. Originally after Apple’s Keynote announcing the iPhone 4S I was against upgrading since I didn’t feel that it was that much of a jump. Sometime between the announcement and the pre-order period I had changed my mind and let it get …   Read More

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So I have actively been using my iPhone 4S since its release last Friday. Originally after Apple’s Keynote announcing the iPhone 4S I was against upgrading since I didn’t feel that it was that much of a jump. Sometime between the announcement and the pre-order period I had changed my mind and let it get the best of me. Was it worth the jump? In a word, yes!

It has been nearly three years since I left Verizon for the iPhone. Many times during that period I found myself frustrated with AT&T. Now with the iPhone 4S, I can get reception in many places I couldn’t before and I’m receiving much higher data speeds and data connections where I had none before. While the speeds may not be what HSDPA promises (I honestly do not know if I am in a HSDPA area or not) it is much improved. So before taking any of the other features into consideration, this alone makes it worth the upgrade. Not to mention with the upgrade price was right. Sure, it may cost $400 for the 64GB with a new contract, but when you factor in it only cost me $141.00 after selling my iPhone 4 to Gazelle.com, it was a no brainer.

SIRI & Dictation – Sure, the first few days were frustrating as Apple got Siri up and running, but since it has started working it is a nice feature. It takes the brain work out of setting up reminders, meetings and alarm clocks. Not to mention I can now safely text and drive using my Jawbone ERA. It was also great that there was no delay in waiting for a software upgrade for the ERA to have the two work together. More impressive is the accuracy both SIRI and dictation have. Right now I would rate it at a B+. The confusing part is that most of the times it is dead on, but at a few other times I’m puzzled at what it thinks I said. Whether that is a software bug or me talking to fast with my NY accent, I am unsure. All in all, I like it.

The phone is definitely speedier so the A5 chip is definitely doing its job. Something that seemed to lag or be a little choppy no longer are. The phone definitely is zippier. Launching Apps, going from App to App, surfing the web, everything just seems faster.

Now on to the camera. Sure, I see a huge improvement as compared to the iPhone 4, but I am still not blown away. Let me warn you, it could be my photographer instinct and expecting too much from it. I normally shoot with a Canon 5D Mkii, so it is not a fair comparison. But for a camera built into a phone, it does do a good job. I just have to remind myself of that when I hear Apple touting just how good the camera is. Most people are not professional photographers and are not judging against a professional SLR chip.

I am sad to say I no longer in need of my Flip Camera either. The video this thing shoots is amazing. Since I am not a videographer, I am not comparing it on professional standards either, but I do love my HD TV and I know a great picture when I see it. The stabilizer may not be the best, but definitely brings a big improvement as well. The jitterness of both my Flip and iPhone 4 is gone. I am glad because I always did find that to be quite annoying.

My only disappointment thus far seems to be the battery. It does not hold a candle to how the iPhone 4 held a charge, but are we being unfair in asking it to when it has double the processing power and actually has stronger antenna signals? It seems at times the battery will drain faster then others. I first chalked it up to using it all the time when I first received it. That time has passed and although it seems a bit better in holding a charge, it still seems to be lacking a bit. Let’s hope a software issue or another setting change helps.

Sure, I loved my iPhone 4, but I have no regrets of making the jump. If not because of the new features, than because of how this phone does what the others were suppose to like getting a stronger signal and constant data connections. Sure, this may be the most amazing iPhone yet as Apple likes to tout it. When you release a new one every year, shouldn’t the latest one always be the most amazing?

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  1. iPhone 4S Review Reply

    As per my iPhone 4S review, the increased processing power also allows developers to continue to push the envelope on the complexity of apps that are built for gaming, productivity and other applications.Overall, the power of the iPhone 4S is impressive. Being able to use apps like Siri will be fun, but we’ll have to wait to see what coverage and call quality are like.

  2. iPhone 4S Review Reply

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