iPhone 4S Review

So, after all of the hype and queuing, was it worth it?  I think the answer depends largely on whether you were upgrading from a 3GS or another brand of phone, as opposed to simply upgrading from the iPhone 4.  I’ve had an iPhone ever since the day the first one was launched, so I can’t really comment about other makes of smartphones.  All I can say is, whenever a work colleague or friend (although I’m struggling to think of a friend who doesn’t have an iPhone) shows me a Samsung or something similar, I never see any features that are cool enough to make me consider trying one.  So for 3GS upgrades,  yes, this is a very worthwhile upgrade as the performance is going to be a significant improvement.  The first thing you will notice is the Retina display, this was the thing that impressed me the most about the iPhone 4.  It really is amazing, with 326 pixels per inch, it is pin sharp and even the smallest of fonts are readable (Samsung Galaxy S2 is 218 ppi just for reference).  The other main difference from the 3GS is the case, the quality is excellent and it feels high end compared to the 3GS.  If you already had the 4, you’re only getting the A5 chip, a better camera and the Siri software.  There is the choice of a 64GB memory option also.  The camera is definitely better, I took some shots in poor light and the results are a definite improvement.  Internet pages load faster, especially over 3G.  The Siri feature is fun and works better than I expected, definitely a cool feature and with a little perseverance, it could be a really useful addition .  So I think it is fair to say that if you already had the 4, there really isn’t any point in upgrading to the 4S unless you really want the Siri feature, the iOS5 operating system update is really all you need.  However, I upgraded and I’m not disappointed.  If you’re an Apple fanatic, it’s always worth it!  No doubt I’ll find myself in another queue when the iPhone 5 launches.

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