Sure, a lot of people were disappointed when Apple announced the launch of the iPhone 4S. People were expecting an iPhone 5, not a 4S that makes version 4 look second class. And since diehard fans of Apple always want the latest, the iPhone 4S suddenly became a must-have. But the question is, is it really worth the upgrade?
Since it’s just a wee bit higher a version of the iPhone 4, should you even bother shelling out money or should you just wait for the real thing, the iPhone 5? Here are a few standout features of the iPhone 4S that may or may not change your mind.
In terms of the exterior, both phones look the same. It is still after all a 4 so major changes in the way it looks is out of the question. The change begins inside.
The new iPhone runs on an A5 processor, the same one used by iPad 2. The maximum storage also doubled at 64GB. If you’re concerned about the battery life, don’t. This version lasts longer than version 4.
iOS 5 and Siri
There are a few tweaks on the overall look and the placement of widgets and the accessibility of the notification. But the major thing you should be excited about is Siri. Siri is your virtual assistant. Siri responds to voice commands. It (or she, arguably) can send SMS and emails, find a restaurant for you, or give you directions to a place. Siri differs from other virtual assistants in that her level of intelligence is significantly higher. You don’t have to remember specific key words to command her to do something. Siri is adapted to the human voice and is familiar with everyday spoken words. There are some things that can be improved though but Siri is nevertheless impressive. Expect more from her in future versions of the iPhone.
The iPhone 4 basked in the glory of being crowned as the most popular camera for social networking sites. The camera in iPhone 4S does not disappoint either. The camera is 8 megapixels and has a backside-illuminated sensor. It also boasts a new array of lenses. It also takes shots faster than version 4. The quality is good even if you go from one shot to the next. Video quality is also impressive. But these camera improvements take a toll on the battery life.
iPhone 4S vs. iPhone 4
So, after reviewing all these things, is it really worth the upgrade? It is certainly better than the iPhone 4. It is the best iPhone to date. If your contract is ending and you are willing to shell out a few more $/£, then go for it. Instead of getting stuck again for a couple of years with your current phone, might as well try the iPhone 4S. But if you have a long ways to finish your existing iPhone 4 contract, then it would be wiser to just wait it out and get the iPhone 5 instead.
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