gGadget > iPhone 4s: The Straight Facts
When the world expected Apple to launch the iPhone 5, they got the iPhone 4s instead. Fortunately for Apple fans, the iPhone 4s featured some major improvements when stacked up against its iPhone 4 predecessor. It came with the brand new iOS 5, a speedy A5 processor, a better camera, and even a personal assistant named Siri. All and all, the 4s has some pretty mighty specs and some advantages that Android phones in its class don’t. There’s a lot to be said about the iPhone 4s. Here’s our take on this groundbreaking phone:
The iPhone 4s is 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm. It’s a bit on the thick and small size in comparison to its top Android competitors. However, the overall design of the phone is in line with Apple’s simple aesthetic approach. Most Android phones haven’t quite caught up to Apple in terms of visual appeal.
The iPhone 4s comes with a 3.5 inch Retina display that boasts incredibly high pixel density to allow for tremendous vibrancy and clarity of on-screen images, videos, and websites. Apple’s newest iPhone’s display packs 326 pixels per inch. The result is clear images, even when you zoom into parts of images or websites.
Additionally, the screen on the iPhone 4s is made out of the same glass used to make helicopter windows. It’s relatively scratch and crack resistant but not unbreakable. One of the more subtle perks of the iPhone 4s display is that it self-adjusts its screen brightness based on the lighting conditions wherever you are, which helps conserve battery juice.
The 4s has a Li-Po 1432 mAh battery, which gives users around 14 hours of continuous talk time, 200 hours of standby time, or 40 hours of continuous music play time between charges. The iPhone is just about average in the battery department compared to other popular smartphones.
An 8 megapixel rear-facing camera and VGA front-facing camera make the iPhone 4s ideal for taking both clear, high-resolution pictures and making video calls. Although most phones in the same class as the iPhone 4s come with 8 megapixel rear-facing cameras, the iPhone’s rear-facing camera does come with some added perks like next-generation backside lighting, an improved camera lens, and real-time picture stabilization. The real-time picture stabilization is probably the most noticeable difference on the iPhone 4s. No matter how shaky your hands are, the iPhone 4s generally takes blur-free pictures.
A 1 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor allows the iPhone 4s to achieve processing speeds that are nearly twice as fast as the iPhone 4’s processing speeds. The iPhone 4s’s super-fast processor enables users to easily and quickly multi-task and do just about anything on their phones without having to deal with frustrating delays.
The 4s runs on Apple’s latest and best OS, iOS 5. iOS 5 has over 200 new features that make downloading apps, managing notifications, and even enhancing photos easier. All generations of iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches have the option to upgrade to iOS 5, and this new OS compliments the iPhone 4s’s other premium specs quite well.
Mobile customers have can choose between iPhone 4s models with 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB of internal memory. The more internal memory storage space an iPhone 4s model has, the more it costs. 16GB models tend to suffice for most users, especially since they can turn to iCloud, Apple’s cloud storage service, to store their large media files without taking up too much internal memory space.
Every iPhone and iPad running on iOS 5 has access to iCloud, Apple’s complimentary cloud storage service. You can store all your pictures and as many apps from the App Store and content from iTunes as you want on iCloud. There’s no limit for how much purchased content you can store. Plus, you get 5GB of free cloud storage space for other things like documents and emails. iCloud is a huge advantage if you download a lot of music and TV shows from iTunes or a lot of apps from the App store. It definitely helps you conserve your 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of built-in internal memory.
The most talked about feature of the iPhone 4s is probably Siri, the phone’s built-in personal assistant. You can speak into your phone’s microphone and ask Siri for the contact information of just about any restaurant or business, and Siri can answer almost every factual question after she briefly scours the internet for information. Siri also lets you use your voice to send text messages, search the web, call someone in your list of contacts, and even schedule meetings.
You can purchase an iPhone 4s from the Apple Store, AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon. The iPhone 4s is compatible with AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon 4G networks. It is not, however, compatible with any 4G LTE networks, which tend to make web surfing, streaming, and downloading considerably faster. In this way, it’s behind many of its Android competitors that do provide access to 4G LTE networks. Fortunately, 4G speeds usually suffice for most users.
The iPhone 4s is undoubtedly one of the best phones on the market right now. Its brilliant display, fast processor, and features like Siri and iCloud make it Apple’s greatest phone yet.