Apple iPhone 4S
Phone Scoop Review
Oct 20, 2011 by Eric M. Zeman
Apple's iPhone 4S arrives later than some might have expected it to, but it still manages to impress with it's powerful camera, video camera, browser, and application support. Is anything holding the iPhone 4S back? read review ›
At first I was very hesitant to switch carriers for this phone. Now I'm wondering why I wasted all that time thinking about it!
- Extremely Solid Bulid
- Fantastic Screen Resolution
- Speaker quality you wouldn't expect from a phone (Yes, it's GREAT)
Cons: (More like things I won't mind getting used to)
- Smaller Screen Size
- Sharp, Non-Rounded Edges
The iPhone 4S is an incredible phone, hands down. The cancellation fees from my previous carrier are well worth it. Another key point I'd like to mention (Only because it's a big pet peeve of mine) the microphone is on the bottom, so when you're talking in the wind it won't be heard on the other end. This also prevents the ever so annoying breathing into the microphone you can often hear. :D
Apple is the best.
I owned every iPhone up to the 3GS. I did nt buy the iPhone 4 because I had became bored with the whole ios. I just recently decided to give apple another chance and bought the iPhone 4S with the new ios 5 and siri. I must truly say that I am impressed and will once again be a proud owner of a iPhone 4S.
Cons: Battery life (Hopefully will be fixed soon but still better than android phones)
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By Far the Best Smart Phone
I have owned several Blackberrys and most recently a Droid X. I had an opportunity to get an iPhone 4S and went for it. I could not be happier.
RIM seemed to produce an inordinate number of defective phones. Of the three models I owned, the only one that was defect-free was the Curve 8330. Both the Tour and Bold came with major problems with basic functions, faulty microphones, malfunctioning GPS, Malfunctioning Bluetooth, Speaker that detached on the Bold and stopped functioning.
By comparison the Droid X was a superbly put together phone. Other than having to do a hard restart a few times a week to clear all of the caches, most utilities functioned faultlessly. There was a problem with the Droid that is, apparently, shared by all Droids, if the forums are to believed. It has to do with GPS dropping or not being able to find the satellites. This was a frequent problem during my afternoon commute. No solutions mentioned in any of the forums, nor the advice of Verizon techs resolved the issue which seemed to be worse during the hot days.
The iPhone has functioned with impeccable accuracy. The GPS, I use TeleNav, has never failed to operate in any conditions. Bluetooth connection to the BlueAnt Supertooth is better than either the Blackberrys or the Droid as is demonstrated by the volume which is much higher with the iPhone than with the other phones.
Voice recognition was excellent on the Droid, but significantly better on the iPhone. Accessing it is much easier as well.
The keyboard on the Apple is much easier to type on than any of the various boards I tried on the Droid. Auto correction is amazingly accurate.
have used it, it has been very cool.
Perhaps the leading difference between the iPhone and the Droid is that I paid $300 for the Droid, 6 months later it was deeply devalued by the introduction of of new models. This does not happen with an iPhone. iPhones hold their value much longer. In all ways, the iPhone is a superior phone.
Still love it.
Still On The Fence
I carry two phones cuz I don't like giving customers my personal cell number. I upgraded from the evo 4g to the Motorola Photon for my personal phone. I was using the Virgin Mobile Optimistic V for work but ported the number last week to Sprint to get the iPhone 4S. I have spent the last three days comparing the two phones.
Data: The iPhone is a slug compared to the Motorola (on 3G) . I did download speed tests with both phones on 3G and then both on wifi. The Motorola spanks the iPhone in both tests. Internet pages load much faster on the MoPho.
Call Quality: I dropped a call while using my iPhone while sitting at my desk. I picked up the MoPho and called the person back and spoke with no problms.
Camera/Video Recording: both cameras are great but have differences. However the iPhone seemed to take pics with more realistic color tone. The video on the iPhone is obviously better since it records 1080P.
Result: Returning iPhone for Samsung Galaxy S2.
iPhone 4s is ok
Got the phone for sprint on release day. Went from evo 4g to white 4s. Not thoroughly impressed. Nice phone all around but not really better or worse than my old evo. Its a little slower at loading web pages on wi fi and 3G than my evo was but not much. Honestly, I think if you are considering an iPhone just go play with it and see if you like the way the menus and pages are set up because it's really just a matter of opinion between android and ios5. Personally I think the iPhone 4s is smoother than any android phone as far as touch response but android is def more user friendly in my opinion. The battery life is not great like apple claims but its not bad either. Siri is ok but doesn't work near as fast as it shows on the commercial. Still I chose this phone over the samsung epic touch and the evo 3d and so far I don't regret it. I do miss a larger screen tho. Hope this helps someone
Wait for the 5
Just picked one up today, was not impressed. Actually liked the 3gs better. The feel of this phone is weird it's sharp edges are not user friendly I hope on the 5 they change that.
I gave it a 4 though because it is pretty fast and the camera is pretty good.
The s shows not to much difference in features though. I dont see the big deal on this one.
Big hype no delivery.
iPhone 4s...this completely changed everything again
I have been wanting an iPhone since...well ever since it first arrived on the market. However, I did not want to go to AT&T to get it. I waited and waited for my beloved (now failing) T-Mobile to get it. Once the 4s finally arrived on the market and when T-Mobile still didn't get it when the 4S came out I just had to sell my soul to the devil (AT&T takeover of T-Mobile). I'm so glad I did! This phone is absolutely amazing and was worth the wait! This phone gets great data service and is very smooth with the new dual chip A5 processor. The screens move smoothly from side to side and pulls up apps with ease. I do happen to miss my unlimited data from T-Mobile though as I'm afraid I might hit the 2 gigs very quickly with all the apps that consecutively check the internet i.e. facebook and email. Phone calls go through with ease as well. I do have to say I am missing the facebook integration from my MyTouch4G but, just to have the iPhone is totally worth it! Oh, I almost forgot to mention, Siri the voice recognition softway is ah-mazing! You ask her to call, text or send an email to any contact. You can ask her to direct you to a location find locations, many many many others.
A5 fast processor
Siri (voice recognition)
APP Store (tons and tons of apps)
iMessage (to other iOS users, ipod, ipad, iphone, mac users)
No facebook integration(plain contacts list, unable to tap a photo and upload to facebook)
No swype (quick texting)
I waited for this!?
Wowâ¦ I waited for that?! I have been with Sprint for 11 years and have tried almost every phone on the market except the IPhone. I have anxiously awaited the day that it would come to Sprint. Well after 6 full days with the 4s I couldnât be more let down. The bottom line is if you want a fun phone to take a few pictures and manage your music this is great. If you use your phone for work, i.e. email with attachments that need to be edited etc. look elsewhere.
Outstanding build quality!
Canât save an email attachment
Slow Web browsing on both Wi-Fi and Cell network compared to Evo 4g
Battery life is not what Apple claims
Difficult to move from program to programâ¦
No real screen customization
Email is a pain to move between multiple accounts
Siri is a nice parlor trick, not much more
This is one of the best phone there is
Very Disappointed (Sprint)
After having the iphone for almost two weeks I've decided I should have followed my instinct and gotten the Gallaxy S2 to start with. My wifes Epic 4G Gallaxy S(original one with keyboard) is even fast than the iphone. I have no patience for slow phones. Maybe it's not the phone, but the sprint service. But in the past 10 years I have had no other problems with Sprint especially with the Evo 4G I just came from.
easy to learn and navigate
slooooooooooowwww!!!!(atleast on Sprint Network)
Battery life sucks
Conclusion: Greatly built phone, but Sprint network not ready for it. I'm switching to the Gallaxy S2.