Smartphones: should we fall for the iPhone 4S?

For months, everyone has been waiting for Apple to launch its new smartphone: the iPhone 5 rumors announced but it will eventually iPhone 4S. As its name suggests, the iPhone 4S is an improved version of the iPhone 4, not a true novelty, as the public expected. So, should we fall for the iPhone 4S?

 

iPhone 4S vs iPhone 4: a similar design

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The iPhone 4S has the same design as the iPhone 4, a few details: for example, the button on the vibrate mode is slightly shifted down a “detail” significant because it makes some covers and shells of iPhone 4 compatible with the iPhone 4S.

The iPhone 4S has the same touch screen 3.5 “than the iPhone 4, with a resolution of 960 x 640 pixels at 326 pixels per inch. The result is still impressive.

Side weight, this new smartphone weighs 140g or 3g more than the iPhone 4, which goes completely unnoticed.

 

The iPhone 4S, more powerful than the iPhone 4 smartphone

The main difference between the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S is in the internal components.

The iPhone 4S is equipped with a double heart A5 processor clocked at 800 MHz, which improves performance with faster application execution and better graphical display. And the performance is not at the expense of autonomy reached 8h talk time on 3G and 200 hours on standby.

The big news of the iPhone 4S called Siri: it is a personal assistant voice. Siri goes much further than the voice control system present on older iPhones: you can talk to Siri as if you were speaking to a human being, he understands what you want to say and takes into account the context (within the limits of its possibilities, of course). Siri determines which application to use according to your request and responds. Siri makes phone calls, SMS messages and reads the answers, sets appointments, set reminders, gives you weather, stock quotes … only downside to function, Siri needs an internet connection (WiFi, Edge or 3G).

Another innovation of the iPhone 4S is its operating system: iOS 5 has 200 new features according to Apple. The great revolution of iOS 5 is that it is more necessary to have a computer to set up or update the iPhone 4S; you can also edit your photos, create new folders for e-mails … directly on their iPhone. With iCloud, you can also save and restore the iPhone on Apple’s servers, still without a computer.

Other new features are useful, such as Notification Center which brings together in one place the e-mails, text messages, friend requests … the iMessage messaging system, digital kiosk, full Twitter integration … Unfortunately, iOS 5 does not have Siri, the personal voice assistant, which is only available with the iPhone 4S.

Another highlight of the iPhone 4S: its 8-megapixel camera (against 5 for the iPhone 4), with higher resolution and new optics to take pictures of a quality rarely seen in a smartphone. Its camera is also more efficient: you can record video in Full HD 1080p with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels against only 1280 x 720 or 720p HD, iPhone 4.

Moreover, to avoid network problems encountered with the iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S has two antennas and the operating system will automatically switch to the most appropriate antenna.

Of course, the iPhone 4S offers WiFi, 3G and Bluetooth connectivity and is equipped with a GPS.

In conclusion, the iPhone 4S outperforms the iPhone 4 but most of these improvements is the new iOS 5 (apart from Siri), which explains the disappointment of some. This has not prevented the iPhone 4S be a hit right out with 4 millions units sold in 3 days!

gaelle N'DRI
Miss Gaelle N’DRI is an Author a Community Manager, a Blogger which profit from her spare time to write usuful content, advice through her articles online.

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