Expert Review of Apple iPhone 4S 8GB White
There is a large number of Apple fanatics that waits the entire year for the new iPhone launch. Though every year Apple makes subtle changes in its iPhones, iPhone 4 was a huge leap forward. But from iPhone 4 to iPhone 4S, the journey is not too far long. Apple iPhone 4S is undoubtedly one of the best looking smartphones in the market. Retaining its exterior from its predecessor Apple iPhone 4, Apple has provided a more powerful processor in its latest launch and the inclusion of Siri is a revolution. Though Apple iPhones are tagged at a high price, they never fail to reach the heart of the buyers. Apple has taken voice recognition to the next level with Siri and has improved the camera and video quality in Apple iPhone 4S. With the traditional iPhone exterior, Apple iPhone 4S has moved forward with an excellent display and amazing voice recognition feature named Siri. Upgraded processor, excellent retina display, crystal clear camera images and many other out of the box features justify the high cost of the phone. There are various little things that make Apple iPhones different from other phones, and Apple iPhone 4S is no different. The innovators behind its production have done a stunning work and made the phone look a class apart. Obviously, there is no particular need of bringing up the topic of the sales this product brought in, Cmon!! Its iPhone!! If you dont have an iPhone, you dont have an iPhone.
Along with the personal voice assistant, Siri, one can also enjoy the bewildering functions like iMessage, iCloud, FaceTime, AirPlay, AirPrint, etc. that makes this tablet a smart choice. The dual core 1GHz processor provides a lively performance to Apple iPhone 4S and the amazing high quality camera enables you to have a brilliant video recording with good exposure, natural colors, sharp details and crystal clear audio with superb loudspeakers. Under the hood, Apple iPhone 4S is certainly sound and comes with many stunning features, such as camera, high class user interface, and up to the mark connectivity support.
User Interface and UI functionality
Apple iPhone 4S is supported by iOS 6, which is an updated version of the operating system used in Apple iPhone 4, the predecessor of Apple iPhone 4S. Apple promises 200 new features in this refreshed version of iOS 6, but the interesting ones count just up to 40. Right from typing messages to playing a particular artist’s song, you just have to say it in front of it. There are no significant changes in the looks apart from the notification thing. One of the revolutionized addition to the iOS is Siri feature. Siri is a new voice recognition app that responds to practically everything you throw at it. Simplicity have always been the motto of Apple and they proved it yet again with such sophisticated looks of the phone. Notifications are displayed even on the lock screen and they are active. The notification center is almost similar to Android. There is also a dedicated camera shortcut on the lock screen. Apple iPhone 4S is fitted with a 3.5 inches LED backlit IPS TFT touch screen that offers a resolution of 640 x 960 pixels with support of 16 million colors that combines in different form to give as many color combinations as are possible.
The crystal clear real life like effect of the display is the blessing from 330 pixel per inch of pixel density that creates magic for the screen. The phone uses a Retina display and the screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass that gives protection from scratches and has oleophobic coating over it that makes the screen free from fingerprints. As promised by Apple, Apple iPhone 4S is almost twice as fast as its predecessor Apple iPhone 4 in terms of CPU and when it comes to 3D experience, Apple iPhone 4s is almost seven times faster. It has an overall height, width and depth of 115.2 mm, 58.6 mm and 9.3 mm and weighs 140 grams. The phone uses a 1GHz dual core Cortex A9 processor. Despite the similar exterior, Apple iPhone 4S is a step ahead of Apple iPhone 4.
The brain of Apple iPhone 4S gets energy from PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU and has pre-loaded sensors such as Three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, and Ambient light sensor that increases the interaction between the user and the device. Apple iPhone 4S is quick and responsive, which makes all the difference when you’re launching apps, browsing the web, gaming, and doing just about everything. And no matter what you’re doing, you can keep on doing it. This stunning smartphones comes with extra smooth user interface, whose functionality is easy to use.
Apple iPhone 4S is a pleasure to work with. The images sync with Mac OS X’s iPhoto to let you upload photos anywhere you want. The image gallery of the phone is rather simple but very efficient. You can easily scroll through the photos and the image quality is undoubtedly top notch. You can easily enhance the photos, crop it or fix red-eye correction. The photo editor proved to be very useful. The music player is equally simple as other things on this phone. Apple iPhone 4S has best in class audio quality. It defeats all its rivals in terms of audio playback. You can easily toggle through the songs and there are three ways to manage your tracks- iTunes on your computer, iTunes Store if you buy songs directly from there and iCloud. Apple iPhone 4s s capable of playing 1080p videos but supported codecs are not much. This video player of the device supports H.264, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats, MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 X 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file video formats and the audio player gives back up tp formats such as AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV.
Pictures and Video quality
Apple iPhone 4S is equipped with an amazing 8 megapixels primary iSight camera with Autofocus feature and LED flash support. It captures images with a resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels and the image quality is just superb. There is a lot to praise about the images taken by the phone. Apple iPhone 4S has the fastest camera in business. The phone captures almost every minute detail, colors are vibrant and accurate and there is just nothing to question about the phone’s camera. Apple iPhone 4S captures 1080p videos at 23.3 Mbps bit rate and with a frame rate of 30 frames per second. The only drawback is that 1080p videos occupy a lot of phone’s space and there is no option to switch to a lower resolution. The video quality is better than any other phone in the market and the video stabilization feature does very well with the powerful processor of the phone. This iSight 8 megapixels camera has a custom lens with a large f/2.4 aperture along with an improved backside illumination sensor, excellent auto white balance, advanced color accuracy, face detection, and reduced motion blur. It all means that no matter how many people, how much light, or how much action you capture, everything looks exactly as it should on the big 3.5 inches wide LED Backlit IPS TFT capacitive touch screen of this smartphone. Apple iPhone 4S has a secondary VGA camera too that helps in taking self portraits and allows you to make video calls to your friends and family members over 2G or 3G data or over Wi-Fi too. The video calling can be done over Wi-Fi connectivity with a video size of 480 pixels at 30 frames per second.
The refreshed iOS 6 comes with an updated Safari browser as well. Safari browser is definitely faster and comes with a private browsing option too. Another interesting addition is Safari Integrated reader for a better view to the articles. Scrolling, zooming and navigation is really fast. The phone does lack flash support. The best part is that unlike other phones, when you zoom in you do not have to wait for a second or two for the text to re-flow. Connectivity options such as EDGE, GPRS, 3G with HSPA+ speed, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth, USB, GPS, etc. are there at your end that allow you to connect to the various social and networking sites to search and share information and data at a lightening fast 2G and 3G HSPA+ speed. It is absolutely important that a smartphone needs an awesome internet support so that the user is connected to the outside world every time and the Apple iPhone 4S has got it all. The phone could be turned into a Wi-Fi hotspot whenever required along with A-GPS support and GLONASS and HTML Safari browser that further enhances the entire internet browsing experience for the user to a great extent.
Internal and External Memory
Apple iPhone 4S is available in various models depending on the amount of internal memory they hold. This fifth generation smartphone comes with an internal storage capacity of 16/32/64 GB with 512MB of RAM. However, the smartphone lacks external memory card space, being provided with such huge amount of internal storage space, one will not require any external memory space to store their phone data and content. The 512MB of RAM allows you to store a huge amount of data, music, video, etc. with unlimited phonebook, SIS applications, messages and calls history, which further permits you to execute the applications and games to run butter smooth and without any hassles.
Applications and Gaming
Apple, the name itself offers the panache that the company offers in every of its products and Apple iPhone 4S in no different. Almost every application on Apple market runs on the phone. Apple iOS 6 contains more than 7,00,000 applications and games at the iOS store and each and every application is a sign of innovation. With Apple iOS 6 you can do everyday tasks in very extraordinary ways either taking amazing photos or shooting high definition video or seeing your friends and family with FaceTime, checking e-mails, sending messages, setting reminders, browsing the web on the retina display, checking calendars or to make all this easy you can simply ask SIRI to help you get things done and it figures out the right application for you to use. Apple iOS provides a wide platform for games that allows the user to have full on entertainment and to download their favorite games from the Game Center. The phone also gives full access to the iCloud cloud service that is loaded with ample of applications and the access to the Apple Store adds more charm as the user to could download unlimited games to play, such as Temple Run.
Apple iPhone 4S holds a lithium polymer 1,432 mAh rechargeable battery that offers a maximum talk time of up to 14 hours in 2G network and up to 8 hours in 3G network. The standby time for 2G is up to 200 hours. Just being technically sound, does not help the smartphone to reach the top in the global mobile market. It is also important that the device should have a notable battery backup as well and Apple iPhone proves to be the best in this term. The users will get a continuous music playback of up to 40 hours, which sounds overwhelming.
Apple iPhone 4S has quad band GSM and HSPA support but does not has an LTE support. It is blessed with Bluetooth version 4.0, which is very fast and has a higher range. It supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Wi-Fi hotspot as well. Apple has definitely the fastest connectivity in the market. It gives support to GSM networks at a bandwidth of 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz for 2G and 800 / 1900 MHz for CDMA 2G network. The 3G network is supported at a frequency of 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz. The 3G data maximum downloading HSDPA speed is 14.4 Mbps whereas the maximum HSUPA speed for uploading a file is 5.8 Mbps. The version 4.0 Bluetooth supports A2DP profile, which ensures swift transmission of files to other Bluetooth devices. The smartphone possesses impressive connectivity features, which help the user to transfer mobile data to and fro to other devices and gadgets.
Apple iPhone 4S is a class apart and you obviously can’t compare it to any other phone. The phone is pretty much perfect in every sense, whether its camera, operating system, internet support, super smooth touch screen display or its connectivity features. The strongest competitor of Apple iPhone 4S is Samsung Galaxy S II which hosts 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touch screen in comparison to the 3.5 inch LED Backlit IPS TFT capacitive touch screen of Apple iPhone 4S. The area where Apple iPhone 4S is again better than Samsung Galaxy S II is the operating system where the former is running on Apple iOS 5, the latter is running on Android version 2.3 Gingerbread operating system. With an excellent touch, Siri App, powerful and amazingly fast processor, Apple iPhone 4S is like a dream. Both the smartphones have 8 megapixels autofocus primary camera but here Apple iPhone 4S goes a notch higher than Samsung Galaxy S II as the former has HDR feature, which is missing from the latter. In terms of specifications Samsung Galaxy S II is a better option than Apple iPhone 4S as the former has a dual core 1.2GHz Cortex A9 processor whereas the latter is powered by a dual core Cortex A9 1GHz processor, but an iPhone is definitely an iPhone and no other smartphone can replace its image and value from the market and from the hearts of its loyal customers. Another milestone that Apple iPhone 4S failed to achieve is the support of NFC, which Samsung Galaxy S II backed.
Apple iPhone 5, HTC One V, Samsung Galaxy S Plus, HTC Desire S, Sony Xperia Ray, Samsung Galaxy W, HTC Desire HD, Motorola Atrix, Apple iPhone 4, Nokia Lumia 710, HTC Radar, Nokia Lumia 800, Samsung Omnia W, HTC Wildfire S, HTC Sensation XE, HTC Sensation 4G, Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung Galaxy Ace, Samsung Epic 4G touch, Motorola DEFY, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S, HTC Titan, HTC Desire S, HTC Desire X, Nokia Lumia 920, Nokia Lumia 820, Nokia 808 PureView, etc. are some of the existing competitors of Apple iPhone 4S that are also available at much lower prices than the latter.