With many people feeling as though the release of the 4S was a huge let-down, does this new addition to the iPhone family have what it takes to shine as the greatest yet? It’s definitely not the iPhone 5, but it still has some great features that shouldn’t be scoffed at. We can’t tell you how to live your life, but we can definitely present the facts.
First of all, lets get this straight. This will be a comparison between the iPhone 4 and 4S. For a complete list of changes between the 4S, 4, and 3GS, take a look over here.
The first and most glaringly obvious difference between the two phones is Siri. Siri was a third party application that was bought by Apple and it appears it was for the better. It was a great concept at first, but the real-life application (of the application) fell short. Siri has since received a facelift and studied up on her manners and offers the user a full “personal assistant” experience. At this point, it seems Siri’s only limitation is her inability to interact with third-party apps.
Some things Siri can do for you:
Call a phone number or contact.
Play music from your library.
Write and send a text for you.
Create and edit calendar entries.
Set up and edit reminders.
Find places and give you directions.
Create and send emails.
Tell you the temperature or the weather.
Tell you about stocks.
Create and edit alarms.
Do simple math problems for you.
…And even have a conversation with you. Its fun to just sit and ask her random questions. She’ll answer almost ANYTHING. She doesn’t always give you the straightest answer, but she’ll surprise you with what she says.
Apple calls it the “you-can’t-believe-it’s-on-a-phone” camera, and it does a pretty good job living up to the name. The new 8 megapixel camera captures fantastic pictures, and also records 1080p video. Not only that, but your videos will receive image stabilization treatment even when you can’t hold your phone steady. We’ve found that even when purposely vibrating and shaking the phone as much as we could, the video turned out fairly smooth. Also, the new face-detection feature makes the camera an all around great update.
This one pretty much speaks for itself. The iPhone 4 comes packing the A4 processor, which is clocked at 1Ghz. The new 4S shipped with Apple’s A5 processor, currently found in the iPad. It’s also clocked at 1Ghz, but with a side of dual-core. Applications launch and run quickly, the OS runs smoothly, and everything is generally snappy.
As you can see, the difference between between the 4 and 4S aren’t big in numbers, but the new phone definitely packs a punch. We can’t make up your mind for you, but we can say that we like the new iPhone 4S.
allGeek will be giving you a comprehensive review of the iPhone 4S and iOS 5 very soon, so keep an eye out. In the mean time, check out Apple’s comparative chart of the iPhone 4S, 4, and 3GS.