iPhone 4s released, worthy upgrade?
Apple released the iPhone 4s last Friday (14/10/11) and was slated by a lot of press, expecting a more dramatic upgrade. The rumour mill was expecting an iPhone 5. It seems it is more of an upgrade to the iPhone 4 rather than a new model. So is this worth the upgrade?
Is that the new iPhone or the old?
As stated earlier, the new iPhone 4s has the exact same design as the older iPhone 4 model. People upgrading from the iPhone 3 series will welcome the new modern design, however existing iPhone 4 users, this is wasted.
Although it’s a new design, the usual controls can still be found in the same place (albeit one), so there’s not much of an agonizing learning curved involved. Apple have moved the silent switch on the left hand side a few millimetres down to accommodate for the new antenna. If you’re thinking this isn’t a problem, bear in mind when you come to buy a new case.
For all you keen photographers out there, the iPhone 4s is going one step further to eliminate the need to carry a digital camera. At 8 megapixels (60% more than the iPhone 4) and improved optics, this is more than adequate for snapping those moments you won’t to remember.
Another big improvement is the A5 dual core processor and you’ll certainly notice this difference, even coming from the iPhone 4. Coming from a 3g your going to be amazed. From the boot-up to web surfing , everything’s going to be smoother and faster.
iPhone 3 users will also be greeted by the best screen on a phone i’ve seen when upgrading. Apple’s retina screen clarity can’t be matched in my opinion.
Siri… who? Siri!
With the new iPhone 4s (not available on any of the previous versions of iPhone) comes ‘Siri’. Basically, Siri is voice activated software. You can ask siri what the weather will be like at a certain location, to set a reminder for you or even dictate a text. Siri is happy to do it all. But is this a novelty? I myself can’t see myself using it, and for all you UK users, be warned. A lot of reports are saying that location services of Siri are only US as of now, and so you won’t be getting the full benefits.
To buy or not to buy?
Having looked at the major new features of the iPhone 4s the answer is fairly simple. Basically, if you have an iPhone 4, then the short answer is no. The upgrades are minor and the look is identically the same aesthetically. However, if you have the older iPhone 3g or 3gs then this is a more appetising reason to upgrade.
I’ll certainly be waiting for the iPhone 5