The iPhone 4S takes the previous king, gives it some more pep and adds on a better camera to boot

- Tim Stevens , Engadget 

Is this the best phone ever made? That’s debatable. But I can tell you this: the iPhone 4S is pretty damn cool

- Joshua Topolsky , The Verge 

Reviews summary

9/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 40 reviews

What's good  

    What's bad  

      While the iPhone 4s does not look much different from the iPhone 4, it does boast both hardware and software related improvements. As you may know, the iPhone 4 had some problems with dropping calls due to the placement of its antennas. The iPhone 4s has been redesigned to eliminate this problem, and it is no longer necessary to worry about how to hold the phone to avoid dropping important calls.

      The processor is also upgraded, with the A5 CPU being used. This is the same CPU that is used in the iPad 2, though runs at 800MHz compared to 1GHz in the iPad 2. Even with the slight speed decrease, the phone still is one of the best performers on the market. Up to 64GB of storage space is available as well, which is plenty even for the most demanding power users. The camera on the iPhone 4s is one of the best on any cell phone on the market. The photos it can create rival a dedicated point and shoot camera, with rich color and impressive low light performance, making it a significant step forward from the camera on any iPhone before it.

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      The iPhone 4s also introduces Siri, which is a computerized virtual assistant built into the iOS 5 software. Using this new voice technology, you talk to Siri naturally and she can help you do anything on the phone just by speaking to her, making it easier than ever to check the weather, send a text, or put an appointment on your calendar.

      There are a couple weak points, but nothing that spoils the experience. The latest 4G capability is still not available so users who wish for the fastest data transfer speeds will want to look elsewhere. The back of the phone is still constructed of glass making it easier to crack (when dropped) than a phone with a plastic back.

      Need to Know: iPhone 4s

      1. The best iPhone yet. Super fast and user-friendly. (The Good)

      2. Camera is one of the best on any phone. (The Good)

      3. Still no 4G. (The Bad)

      4. Not the most durable phone around. (The Bad)


      Specs summary

      Screen
      3.5"

      The Apple iPhone 4s's screen is 3.5 inches with 640 x 960 pixels resolution.

      Processor
      1GHz

      There is a Apple Dual-core A5 1 GHz processor (CPU).

      OS

      The phone runs on the iOS 5 (Update Available: 9) operating system (OS).

      Camera
      8+ MP
      You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.
      Storage
      16/32/64 GB

      Internal memory is 16/32/64 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

      Battery
      1430mAh

      The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1430 mAh battery. Apple's performance ratings are 8.5 days standby time, 840 minutes (2G), 480 minutes (3G), 540 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.


      Prices (Where to Buy)


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      Reviews summary

      9/10AVG.
      RATING
      Based on 40 reviews

      What's good  

        What's bad  

          While the iPhone 4s does not look much different from the iPhone 4, it does boast both hardware and software related improvements. As you may know, the iPhone 4 had some problems with dropping calls due to the placement of its antennas. The iPhone 4s has been redesigned to eliminate this problem, and it is no longer necessary to worry about how to hold the phone to avoid dropping important calls.

          The processor is also upgraded, with the A5 CPU being used. This is the same CPU that is used in the iPad 2, though runs at 800MHz compared to 1GHz in the iPad 2. Even with the slight speed decrease, the phone still is one of the best performers on the market. Up to 64GB of storage space is available as well, which is plenty even for the most demanding power users. The camera on the iPhone 4s is one of the best on any cell phone on the market. The photos it can create rival a dedicated point and shoot camera, with rich color and impressive low light performance, making it a significant step forward from the camera on any iPhone before it.

          Show more

          The iPhone 4s also introduces Siri, which is a computerized virtual assistant built into the iOS 5 software. Using this new voice technology, you talk to Siri naturally and she can help you do anything on the phone just by speaking to her, making it easier than ever to check the weather, send a text, or put an appointment on your calendar.

          There are a couple weak points, but nothing that spoils the experience. The latest 4G capability is still not available so users who wish for the fastest data transfer speeds will want to look elsewhere. The back of the phone is still constructed of glass making it easier to crack (when dropped) than a phone with a plastic back.

          Need to Know: iPhone 4s

          1. The best iPhone yet. Super fast and user-friendly. (The Good)

          2. Camera is one of the best on any phone. (The Good)

          3. Still no 4G. (The Bad)

          4. Not the most durable phone around. (The Bad)

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          Reviews (9/10 Avg. rating)


          Intuitive navigation and layout but still no 4G

          from Good Housekeeping (4 years ago)

          As with all Apple upgrades, the iPhone 4S is better and faster than its predecessor — and was easily our top pick for a premium phone for AT&T customers. Enhancements include a more responsive dual core processor, an 8-megapixel camera with improved sensors, a sharper display, and slick ca... More

          As with all Apple upgrades, the iPhone 4S is better and faster than its predecessor — and was easily our top pick for a premium phone for AT&T customers. Enhancements include a more responsive dual core processor, an 8-megapixel camera with improved sensors, a sharper display, and slick call quality (the phone switches between two antennas: one for calling, one for receiving). Apple also added some nifty upgrades with iOS 5, harnessing cloud capabilities and giving users their own personal assistant with Siri. Consumer testers found this device extremely intuitive and easy to use. The phone has a relatively small footprint and keeps a thin profile, which consumers found comfortable to hold and make calls on.

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          Neat design, fantastic camera, premium build quality

          from UnleashThePhones (4 years ago)

          The iPhone 4S is just as excellent a smartphone as it’s recent predecessors. It delivers a huge range of functionality along with an entire ecosystem that all together makes it one of the best phones in the market right now. Things like AirPlay, which I’m a huge fan of, are neat little features inco... More

          The iPhone 4S is just as excellent a smartphone as it’s recent predecessors. It delivers a huge range of functionality along with an entire ecosystem that all together makes it one of the best phones in the market right now. Things like AirPlay, which I’m a huge fan of, are neat little features incorporated which Apple has done a good job of pushing. And accessory-wise you’re spoiled for choice with an iPhone.

          Admittedly, noone is really a huge fan of iTunes as a software package, but there is a bit of convenience in having a backup of your entire device, along with one app to deliver your music and video. With iOS5 you can choose to just sync to the iCloud anyway.

          That all being said, it’s easy to criticize the iPhone 4S. The in-box headphones are poor, the screen could have been bigger, the battery life would have lasted longer, and there is no NFC, Expandable memory or Flash support. It could have gone with a different design than the iPhone 4, and iOS could be more open. I also have issues with the insanely expensive pricing of the iPhone 4S in India.

          If these things are important to you, there’s plenty of choices elsewhere. There are more exciting smartphones out there that might draw your eye.

          But if not, the iPhone 4S is most likely just exactly what you’re looking for.

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          Lack of a new design, full HD video recording, enhanced optics

          from Techsmart (4 years ago)

          Whilst Apple’s new iPhone 4S may look like the outgoing model, its faster CPU, enhanced antenna and new optics combine to make it one of our top 3 smartphones currently on the market. Regarding Siri - it sure is an interesting concept, but we soon lost interest as the novelty faded. The iPhone 4S co... More

          Whilst Apple’s new iPhone 4S may look like the outgoing model, its faster CPU, enhanced antenna and new optics combine to make it one of our top 3 smartphones currently on the market. Regarding Siri - it sure is an interesting concept, but we soon lost interest as the novelty faded. The iPhone 4S comes with an RRP of R7699 for the 16 GB model, R8999 for the 32 GB model and R10299 for the 64 GB model.

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          A significant upgrade over its predecessor

          from What Digital Camera (4 years ago)

          Apple reckons the iPhone 4S has the best camera ever produced for a mobile phone, and we reckon they might be right. It redefines what photographers can reasonably expect to get from a camera phone. The speed of use and quality of the results exceeds not only any other phone we've tried but also man... More

          Apple reckons the iPhone 4S has the best camera ever produced for a mobile phone, and we reckon they might be right. It redefines what photographers can reasonably expect to get from a camera phone. The speed of use and quality of the results exceeds not only any other phone we've tried but also many cameras too. Based upon this test, compact manufacturers should start panicking now.

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          9.1/10

          The combination of outstanding hardware, an exceptional OS and impressive apps make this the best smartphone available

          from Top Ten Reviews (4 years ago)

          The Apple iPhone 4S is the next step in the evolution of the iPhone. Apple had already set the smartphone bar very high, and this device gives it a substantial nudge higher. The vast selection of iPhone apps continues to grow rapidly, expanding the phone's capabilities almost daily. The iPhone's com... More

          The Apple iPhone 4S is the next step in the evolution of the iPhone. Apple had already set the smartphone bar very high, and this device gives it a substantial nudge higher. The vast selection of iPhone apps continues to grow rapidly, expanding the phone's capabilities almost daily. The iPhone's computing capability is made possible by its fast A5 processor. Its video and still-camera capabilities far exceed previous editions, and the introduction of Siri, even though it's still in Beta testing, position this device far ahead of its competitors.

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          8/10

          Better battery life, best smartphone camera yet, high pixel density Retina displays

          from Pocket PC Central (4 years ago)

          Is the iPhone 4S better than the iPhone 4? Unquestionably. But are the minor speed improvements, upgraded camera performance and Siri enough to justify the upgrade for most iPhone 4 users? I don’t think so.By all accounts, the iPhone 5 will be a major update to the line, with a larger screen, eve... More

          Is the iPhone 4S better than the iPhone 4? Unquestionably. But are the minor speed improvements, upgraded camera performance and Siri enough to justify the upgrade for most iPhone 4 users? I don’t think so.

          By all accounts, the iPhone 5 will be a major update to the line, with a larger screen, even faster performance, a new OS, LTE and possibly even new technologies like NFC. If you don’t mind spending $500 or $600 next year to upgrade to a truly new-and-improved iPhone 5, upgrade away. If not, don’t jump ship just yet; your current iPhone 4 with iOS 5 will carry you for the next seven months or so and won’t leave you missing much.

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          Intuitive interface with improvements like notifcations and iMessage on a responsive handset

          from Digital Versus (4 years ago)

          The iPhone 4S is as easy to use as ever, and sees the arrival of several improvements. The most substantial of these include visibly better photos from the digital camera and the faster processor speeds. The new voice services from Siri are a clear part of Apple's strategy to add more and more servi... More

          The iPhone 4S is as easy to use as ever, and sees the arrival of several improvements. The most substantial of these include visibly better photos from the digital camera and the faster processor speeds. The new voice services from Siri are a clear part of Apple's strategy to add more and more services to the basic product—we're just looking forward to seeing it work with some more apps.

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          10/10

          Sub-par battery life, entirely new antenna system, graphics performance is amazingly better

          from Pocketables (4 years ago)

          There were some of you who asked me why I would upgrade from a 4 to a 4S. To be honest, I wanted Siri and a different color. But as I started using it more, I realized why Apple would release just a simple internal upgrade. This move positions the company to bring a brand new design next year, along... More

          There were some of you who asked me why I would upgrade from a 4 to a 4S. To be honest, I wanted Siri and a different color.

          But as I started using it more, I realized why Apple would release just a simple internal upgrade. This move positions the company to bring a brand new design next year, along with a few better specs, at the same price point. If Apple had chosen to release a new design, it probably would've been stuck running an A4.

          That being said, there's no reason you need to upgrade if you've already got an iPhone 4. There isn't enough of a performance boost yet; we'll have to wait for apps that can take advantage of the better hardware. If you've got a 4, you've got a great phone that will still outperform plenty of others.

          Still, if you own a 3GS, now's the perfect time to upgrade; unless, of course, you're waiting for the redesign. But even if you are, I'd definitely consider the 4S. It's a great device, and one I know I'll enjoy using for quite some time.

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          Delivers a complete package that's hard to beat

          from What Hi-Fi (4 years ago)

          It’s testament to the quality of the iPhone as a piece of design and a piece of hardware that it remains so competitive. For audio quality, ease of use and the entertainment on offer from apps and iTunes, it’s hard to beat.But the screen looks small and some of the shine has gone from the iPhone’s c... More

          It’s testament to the quality of the iPhone as a piece of design and a piece of hardware that it remains so competitive. For audio quality, ease of use and the entertainment on offer from apps and iTunes, it’s hard to beat.

          But the screen looks small and some of the shine has gone from the iPhone’s crown. With a new model due in the autumn, Apple will surely look to deliver something revolutionary rather than evolutionary.

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          10/10

          It offers what is arguably the best smartphone experience of any device on the market now

          from MobileBurn (4 years ago)

          The Apple iPhone 4S may not have a brand-new design or some of the features that other top-tier smartphones do these days (such as a larger screen or 4G connectivity), but it does offer what is arguably the best smartphone experience of any device on the market now. It improves upon the massively su... More

          The Apple iPhone 4S may not have a brand-new design or some of the features that other top-tier smartphones do these days (such as a larger screen or 4G connectivity), but it does offer what is arguably the best smartphone experience of any device on the market now. It improves upon the massively successful iPhone 4, and takes the crown as the best smartphone you can get. It is not perfect, but Apple's blend of an easy-to-use interface and stellar construction add up to a great smartphone that competitors are still trying to match. Though the iPhone 4S may not appeal to owners of the iPhone 4 due to its similarities to the older model, I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who is looking at their first smartphone or is wanting to switch to iOS from another platform. You could certainly do far worse.

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