Apple iPhone 4S review

Apple iPhone 4S review

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  • Apple iPhone 4S review

    Love

    • Faster processor
    • Siri
    • 64GB storage

    Hate

    • Still expensive
    • No iTunes in the Cloud (yet)
    title: iPhone 4S review: Siri / url: siri

    The Apple iPhone 4S Review: Siri

    The main talking point of the iPhone 4S, quite literally, is Siri – a voice-controlled in-built app that acts like your own PA. Hold down the home button to launch Siri and then ask it to perform certain tasks. We barked a variety questions and demands, all with varying responses and success rates, which can be seen as follows:

    The command “call my wife” resulted in Siri asking who our wife was from our address book. Once confirmed, repeating the same instruction resulted in a call to the wife. 1-0 Siri.

    “What is 477 multiplied by the circumference of the moon?” we asked. Siri consulted the Wolfram Alpha engine and presented an accurate and detailed result. It's 6786.03 miles, in case you were wondering. 2-0 Siri.

    T3: “Set a reminder to buy some milk tomorrow” Siri: “Calling Simon now” 2-1 Siri

    Nevertheless, what makes Siri so clever is how it can maintain a conversation to perform a task. While driving we asked, through our headphone mic,: “what's the weather like in London tomorrow?”, to which Siri dutifully replied. ''Rainy”. We then followed with: “And on Sunday?” and Siri was clever enough to contextualise the conversation and give us a report: “Weather for this Sunday is....Rainy.”

    You can also have fun with Siri – asking it things like the meaning of life, the meaning of naughty swear words, why Siri exists, or whether Brian Blessed has the loudest voice in human history. The results can be entertaining. We'll leave you to discover them.

    Siri needs at least a 3G connection to operate and we found that Wi-Fi works better. It's presently in beta, so we're expecting some improvement as and when updates are released.

    Albeit fascinating and entertaining, we don't think Siri is reason alone to upgrade to a 4S. It's undeniably amazing technology but we just can't see how often people will use it. Asking it to do things like “set the alarm for 6.30am tomorrow morning” will save a few buttons clicks, but most things we asked of it are quicker to do manually. Apart from the moon calculation bit.

    If you do decide to form a relationship with Siri, a word of warning: your partner will go mental. Smartphones already come between us and our dearest, so striking up a conversation with a robot rather than talking to your beloved, or Siri being the last person you talk to before falling asleep might just be a step too far in today's society.

    Apple iPhone 4S Siri Demo video

     

    The Apple iPhone 4S Review: iCloud

    The notion of cloud computing is still a mystery to many and we were pretty skeptical as to how Apple, the maestros of uncomplicated explanation, would decipher this one for the mainstream.  But therein lies the genius, you don't have to understand how iCloud works to get it working or benefit from it. You just need to enter your Apple ID and start using your Apple kit.

    Mail, contacts, calendars, reminders, bookmarks, notes, are all updated whenever you make a change. It takes the pain out of worrying where things are and gives you time back. We're amazed Apple is giving everyone 5GB of storage free, but think an upgrade (and accompanying annual subscription) will be all but necessary for those with a half decent media collection.

    iTunes in the Cloud isn't currently available in the UK so we haven't been able to test music, movie and app syncing.

    PhotoStream is a cool feature of iCloud but we found the time between taking a picture on the 4S and it appearing in our iPhoto stream slow. We'll update as to whether this was a case of teething.

    Apple iPhone 4S: First look video

     

     

     

  • Check out T3's Apple iPhone 4S review for our run down of the best Apple iPhone 4S features, specs, some info on the iPhone 4S design and processor, and to find out if Siri really works

    Apple iPhone 4S review

    Love

    • Faster processor
    • Siri
    • 64GB storage

    Hate

    • Still expensive
    • No iTunes in the Cloud (yet)
     

    1. Apple iPhone 4S: Processor

    On the outside, it looks, feels and smells like an iPhone 4. That's because it is. On the inside, however, is where the S magic really happens. The faster A5 processor makes operating the device noticeably quicker when launching and re-launching apps and when using power-draining applications such as iMovie.

     

    2. Apple iPhone 4S: Design

    The plain fact that it looks like an iPhone 4 will be a hammer blow to those who have waited patiently for a freshly designed, potentially cooler-loooking iPhone 5. This tweet from @crossan_phil sums it up: “glad the 5 didn't come out. Gives me more time to use my 24mth contract with the 4!!”

     

    3. The iPhone 4S: Gaming

    The improved graphics are amazing. While the version we used didn't have Infinity Blade 2 installed, we tried Real Racing 2 which, to us, looked smoother than our iPhone 4 version. The keynote demo of Infinity Blade 2 was mind-blowing considering it was running on a bloomin' phone. It wowed the room. A room full of cynical hacks. PSP Vita, eat your heart out

     

    4. The iPhone 4S: 8-megapixel camera

    The 8-megapixel camera shoots great photos (and macro shots). Although we were inside the Covent Garden Apple store with strip lighting a reflections-a-go-go, the resulting shots were nice and sharp, employing some of that new camera tech built into the iPhone 4S. However, the real star of the vision upgrade is...

     

    5. Apple iPhone 4S: 1080p video camera

    The difference in quality is instantly noticeable. We were very impressed. Will it nail the coffin shut on the dwindling camcorder industry? It's a great upgrade regardless of whether you really need it. Well, cinema pirates might.

     

    6. Apple iPhone 4S: iOS 5

    You all know what it's like, the 200+ features it brings plus the iCloud. However, getting hands on with Notifications, Newsstand, iMessage and Reminders demonstrated to us just how much of a step up from iOS 4 it is.

     

    7. Apple iPhone 4S: Price

    Apple has announced entry level UK pricing of £499. We think this is for the 16Gb version, which could put the brand new 64Gb model at a whopping £699 (going by the US pricing structure). We need to confirm that though. Orange and T-Mobile have confirmed that they will be selling the iPhone 4S come October 14, presumably on a two-year contract.

     

    8. Apple iPhone 4S: Speech

    Siri is the most interesting feature of the 4S. We asked it the weather in London, and then San Francisco. We gave it a multiplication query. We asked who the prime minister of the UK was. We asked it the meaning of life ('to answer questions like these' was the retort). It answered them all.
     

    Some of the replies were even funny. From a damn robot. It also got a few things wrong and we think that, in a real-world environment surrounded by lots of noise, it may struggle. Especially as it's still in beta. We're looking forward to testing it further (watch this space). Our long-suffering partners, however, aren't.

     

    9. Apple iPhone 4S: Antenna

    It's the big question for many thinking of upgrading – will it still fall foul of the reported drop call/signal issue? Apple claims that switching between the dual antennas will improve call quality and reduce dropouts. We didn't have enough time to try this out, but are looking to putting that and the 2x download speed claim to the test as soon as we possibly can.

     

    10. Apple iPhone 4S: Alternatives

    Many smartphones already sport a lot of these features already. And for those who were hoping for a brand-new iPhone 5 today might just now consider a top-drawer Android. They'll be cheaper, too.

     

     

    In your ultimate guide to all things Apple iPhone 4S related, we've got an Apple iPhone 4S review, a look inside to see what's packed in with your new iPhone in our iPhone 4S unboxing, a video rundown of the best iOS 5 features and 10 Things to do first with your iPhone 4S. But that's not all, we have also pulled together an iPhone 4S versus iPhone 4 video plus we see how the new Apple smartphone shapes against T3's Phone of the Year as we pit the iPhone 4S against the Samsung Galaxy S2.

     

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