Apple iPhone 4S review: Fast 4ward

21 October 2011
The last thing you need is one that looks exactly like your ex. On a second thought, it's too early perhaps to end it. You two did look great together, your iPhone 4 and you. In fact you still do. iPhone 4S owners, this is between you and your phone's inner voice - Siri. iPhone 4 owners, this...

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  • Anonymous

That is so sweet! This is probably third or fourth review, where they talk about the awesomeness of the new iPhone based on some benchmarks, especially some browser benchmarks. This, in turn, is immediately reflected by the behaviour of Apple sect members in the comments :) Again, really, really sweet :) They try so hard to convince everyone that they finally have a competitive smartphone to warship. Maby better luck with the iPhone 5, but 4S is not really a competitor for top droids. It has a very good graphics chip, but it's processor (which is downclocked to 800 Mhz, as someone already correctly noticed) is old news already, let alone in a couple of months. Even the old Galaxy S II is still much more powerfull, just go ahead and check the side-by-side performance comparison on YouTube. O, and by the way, iPhone is nowhere near as fast in browsing as GSII! Even the stock browser is apparently faster in real life, and I'm not even talking here about Opera Mobile, which gets around 1600 in the BrowserMark. Even without Ice Cream Sandwich... A review from Anandtech is coming in a day or so, let's hope at least that one will be thorough and professional.

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  • 2011-10-22 00:30
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  • Duel

> In reply to mrx @ 2011-10-22 00:00 from 6D1H - click to read"Divx video playback,"

Not going to happen, you know why? because what apple offer it works perfectly and everytime you know what you get.

You cant know if some divx video working or not what you found from internet, it might need new codec to play etc. Or it might work, but have a low framerate, or video quality sucks, or video size is wrong, there's many possible problems about divx and xvid and i know every computer users know that!

That's just not the way how Apple do things, they offer quality and usability, if something can't work how apple want they just leave it out. You like it or not.

Gladly there's video players in appstore which play all kind of videos, i use VLC. Its not out of the box, but you can watch almost any type of videos with 3rd app without converting.

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  • 2011-10-22 00:29
  • p77p
  • klear

> In reply to [deleted post]It's funny how apple stole the concept of Full HD video from Samsung. If apple would spend some money in research, they would not need to steal other from Samsung like notification and FUll HD video and 8MP camera. Truth is apple has nothing to offer. Apple just waited for GS2 to release and then took 5 months to copy the features. They could not even come with a new design. Even the antennae design is copied from Samsung.
http://www.comon.dk/art/198604?page=2
It's all hype around apple. Samsung will teach them a proper lesson. Good thing that asshole Jobs is dead. A person who denies paternity of his own daughter needs to die. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...Brennan-Jobs

And Samsung had already passed Apple to become the largest smartphone manufacturer

http://online.wsj.com/article/...5724538.html

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  • 2011-10-22 00:24
  • vIgA
  • Sun Down

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2011-10-21 23:45 from 3Ybw - click to readHaving some parts of a movie shot by this phone doesn't make it awesometacular. A head-to-head comparison between the top cameraphones would be the best benchmark.

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  • 2011-10-22 00:13
  • PF5p
  • Sun Down

> In reply to [deleted post]I'm not sure how you've concluded that the SGSII is a piece of crap, but if I were to follow your logic then the iPhone 4S is a blatantly overpriced piece of crap. God, I thought stucked-up Apple fanboys like you are already extinct. It seems that I'm wrong.

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  • 2011-10-22 00:09
  • PF5p
  • mrx

> In reply to [deleted post]No, my impression of the review is that once again Apple is including features that other phones have had for years, like customizable notification tones or video stabilization.

Maybe next year, they will finally invent smart dialing, Divx video playback, and bluetooth file transfers. Until then, I pity them.

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  • 2011-10-22 00:00
  • 6D1H
  • JesperSP

I'm really impressed with the amount of detail in the full light 1080p video - seems like only the 4S is able to capture the texture of the wallpaper behind the Ferris wheel. Also the colors are really good in the stills, even though noise levels are much higher than the N8 camera. Good job Apple!! (PS: I use an SGS2 and never owned an Apple product)

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  • 2011-10-21 23:59
  • 3Fe@
  • jeet

please do a camera comparisen between apple iphone 4s, nokia n9 and samsung galaxy sII.

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  • 2011-10-21 23:46
  • fCM8
  • Anonymous

You guys should read the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS reviews, before lambasting anyone of biasedness. iPhone is blasted when needed by GSMArena crew.

Apple has obviously been concerned about Antennagate and the negative media effect, so obviously took care to cover all possible aspects of improvements in iPhone 4S. Looks like they succeeded.

It has benchmarks that rival and best SGS2, amazing camera (Cinematographer admitted that parts of The Avengers movie was shot using iPhone 4 camera, so imagine how much better iPhone 4S camera is), and coupled with iOS5 with its 250+ new features, make this the best iPhone ever.

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  • 2011-10-21 23:45
  • 3Ybw
  • Sun Down

After reading the review, I felt more inclined to choose a Nokia WP7 device over this. It's a great phone, but it seems that everything is covered by the Micro+Nokia combo. Another issue here would be the camera comparison. The image quality does looks superb, but looking at the pictures taken by the N9 and SGSII, I would say those 2 would be envious at all. In fact they're on par, with the 4S just ever so slightly falls behind. One thing's for certain though, the 16 GB version costs 1.7 K here. Now that's impressively scary.

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  • 2011-10-21 23:40
  • PF5p
  • john

Biggest problem is the screen. It Is now at 4.65" super AMOLED HD.

also. now Steve jobs is dead maybe apple can move past his personal issues with adore and GET FLASH.

Then it would be a great phone.

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  • 2011-10-21 23:24
  • vuku
  • buntz

> In reply to uncle bob @ 2011-10-21 23:19 from 32Q6 - click to readwow, are you an expert in this field to tell gsmarena is biased.

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  • 2011-10-21 23:22
  • P9by
  • buntz

wow, gsmarena nice review, got answers too all the questions, going to order my ip4s now

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  • 2011-10-21 23:21
  • P9by
  • uncle bob

Lol what biased review. Last time I'm coming to gsm arena

Honestly looks like an Apple press release ...sort it out

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  • 2011-10-21 23:19
  • 32Q6
  • ancakbutula

yes..but iphone 4S camera is less wide than the rest..and not mentioned in camera section?

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  • 2011-10-21 23:18
  • K1Gq
  • Anonymous

Only in Apple-world is a triple-click and tap-and-hold-for-2-seconds considered good UI design, lol

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  • 2011-10-21 23:16
  • 6D1H
  • Anonymous

Also, GSMarena, you are the first of many reviews to state that 4S camera is better than GSII and even N9. 4S sensor is tiny compared to N9's. GSII is much better in dark and light. Biased much?

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  • 2011-10-21 22:58
  • ptRT
  • Nico

Hey you GSMArena guys, I'll love your reviews and put a lot of faith in them, I never buy a phone without checking it on your page first! I have a request, though: what about a shootout between the 4S and the N9? A chance on that?

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  • 2011-10-21 22:41
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  • Ashura

> In reply to mrx @ 2011-10-21 22:37 from 6D1H - click to readWatch as that is probably what is going to happen

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  • 2011-10-21 22:40
  • MA%X
  • mrx

Considering that Siri is based server-side computing and not some magical iphone 4s hardware, I'd be extremely pissed at Apple for blocking all older iphones from the service.

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  • 2011-10-21 22:37
  • 6D1H