Since it’s launch on October 4th, 2011, the Apple iPhone 4S has been expected to storm the globe. Thanks to our efficient Telcos, it finally reaches our shore on December 15th, 2011.
And, for that, we’ve gotten our hands on a white 32GB unit after prebooking a unit before it’s launch, and thanks to the Telco Organizers, collection was a breeze.
Anyway, here’s Our Review
The First Look
On the first look, one would not be able to differentiate between the 4 and 4S.
Aesthetically, the new 4S resembles the old 4, in every angle and available colors, which is Black and White. However, there is a difference of 3grams, possibly contributed by the additional lens for the 8 megapixel camera or the new dual core A5 processor chip.
Switching it on tells them apart.
Switching it on
Putting an old 4 side by side, we compare.
Upon switching on the 4S, we find the start up slightly quicker than the 4, however, initializing the SIM now takes twice as long.
We also found browsing between pages, and going in and out of Apps noticeably quicker. We could immediately tell the 4S apart by just swiping thru pages of Apps. The old 4, used to get a slight lag after we open and closes couple of Apps, but the lag doesn’t seem to be happen in the 4S. We believe the new A5 dual core chip strongly contributed this.
Snapping pictures, we found the new 8megapixel camera, not only clearer, but it also focuses and snap pictures much quicker. While the new iOS5.0.1’s camera start up shortcut complimented that further. However, in CNET Asia’s recent camera shootout did note that the 4S’s camera still doesn’t perform too well on low light scenarios. One thing though, we’ve yet to try the 1080p video recording which Apple claims to have stabilizer (which is cool), as the old video feature on the 4 was really nothing to shout about. We will further update on this.
Not sure if it was only us, but studying the Apple site, has prove us right. Indeed the screen display of the 4S seems crispier than the 4, thanks to the Retina Display. Resemblance of the 4 is there, as icons and wallpaper options stays the same, but the slightly sharper and vibrant attributes of them tells it all.
Siri, the new voice command personal assistant, is something worth elaborating. It has created a global hoo-haa, that some complimented it really well, while others were simply negative comments of how it’s not working like it suppose to.
- Contrary to the popular comment that Siri doesn’t recognize the Asian accent / pronounciation, well that’s not entirely true. As we notice that accurate English pronounciation is what it recognizes. Geniusly built, users can gain information from Siri, by user a series of keywords, which it recognizes and proceed to search where necessary. However though, it can only provide information which it is informed, or accessible, so don’t bother asking about your future/fortune, will ya?
- Siri’s able to tell the users location, by having to set the Location Services for it. So yes, it can recognizes where the users are, and recommend the necessary information, unfortunately, for us, it doesn’t recognizes routes in Malaysia, so it won’t be guiding us anywhere like how we would like it to be able to.
- Writing email, text messages or even creating /setting reminders, running up searches, looking up functions by voice could be a breeze provided Siri understands that users’ tongue.
Overall, we found the 4S, an amazing piece of innovative product from Apple, surprisingly Siri’s better than what some had claimed. However, it’ll take more than that for any current 4 users would be tempted to upgrade to a 4S.
That’s our initial hands-on review of the 4S.
However, we will continue to fill this post with our further findings where necessary.