• Breakdown of iPhone 4S: A Disappointing Analysis?

    Apple’s “Let’s Talk iPhone” media event is now over and many are left disappointed. The iPhone 4S was announced along with several iOS device refreshes and many were left unsatisfied. Apple revealed the price points for the new iPhone 4S (with contract) which consist of:

    • $199 – 16 GB
    • $299 – 32 GB
    • $399 – 64 GB

    The device will consist of both black and white models and will be available for pre-orders starting October 7th. As mentioned previously the iPhone 4S will have the following specs:

    • Dual Core A5 Processor.
    • Dual Core Graphics.
    • 8 Hour 3G Talk Time Battery.
    • 2x Faster Download Speed.
    • CDMA + GSM Radios.
    • 16, 32, 64GB Models.
    • 8 Megapixel Camera 3264x2448 Resolution, 5 Lens.
    • Backside Illuminated CMOS.
    • 1080p Video Recording.
    • Video Image Stabilization.
    • Temporal Noise Reduction.
    • Siri Voice.

    Although the hardware will be an improvement over the iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S doesn’t seem to offer anything groundbreaking or exciting as anticipated. The specifications inform us some of what we expected including a faster CPU/GPU, longer lasting battery life, faster download speeds, dual-mode (CDMA + GSM), larger capacity (upto 64GB now), a better camera with camera features, and exclusively the Siri Assistant.

    Everyone already knew the new iPhone would have the A5 chip and the improved GPU performance was also expected. Apple spent quite a bit of time showcasing the improved graphics but honestly it seemed much like what the iPad 2 has been able to do since March but just on a smaller screen. The improved battery life is a slight upgrade, which is probably the least of what many people were looking forward to.

    The improved camera did seem to appeal to many with the fact that it now offers a quicker load time to the first shot (1.1 seconds), a quicker response shot to shot (0.5 seconds), and a higher quality image. The iPhone 4S will also support 1080P video recording as well,which is also going to appeal to many but all in all, a camera update was one that many expected. It isn’t a good enough reason to justify the purchase of the device.

    The Siri Personal Assistant is just about the only thing along with the expected hardware improvements that is exclusive to the iPhone 4S that impressed the public. Siri’s co-founder Norman Winarsky just yesterday mentioned that Siri’s Assistant would be a “world-changing” event and many see it being a huge leap forward. I can definitely see Siri becoming popular amongst many but I don’t know how many would agree that it is “world-changing."

    The WOW factor of the new iPhone was relatively low as much of this was expected from before. Many were anticipating some surprise throughout the keynote, but were left with nothing. As mentioned previously, the iPhone 4S essentially is a slightly upgraded (hardware-wise with the exception of Siri) iPhone 4. Even so though, there were many complaints that the iPhone 4S doesn’t have a larger screen (which was amongst the many rumors that were circulating before today’s announcement).

    Many are left disappointed as well due to a lack of 4G surprises at today’s Apple media event. The new iPhone is confirmed to not be compatible with either LTE or WiMax 4G wireless networking standards. The new iPhone will work on 3G networks including AT&T’s HSPA+ network, which the carrier has been advertising as “4G.” It won’t be compatible with AT&T’s recently launched LTE network nor Verizon’s already growing LTE network. It also won’t be compatible with Sprint’s nationwide WiMax 4G network, even though Sprint has reportedly made a commitment to sell over 25 million iPhones over the next few years.

    Although several Android-based smartphones have been released with support for the 4G networks, Apple has been quite reluctant to add to its popular iPhone. Despite rumors to the contrary, CEO Tim Cook repeatedly said that “LTE would force design compromises we’re not willing to make,” including increased size and decreased battery life.

    Some have already decided to jump the bandwagon and purchase an Android phone until the release of a true next-generation iPhone while others are caving in and still planning to purchase an iPhone 4S. With everything revealed, what are your thoughts? Are you going to be purchasing an iPhone 4S? If not, what are your plans?

    UPDATE: The folks over at CNET have created a very good comparison chart which can be found below:

    UPDATE: Stock traders are also very unhappy as Apple's stock plummets after the iPhone 4S announcement earlier today.

    P.S: I hope you didn't have the following response (some people probably did):

    Source: CNET
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Breakdown of iPhone 4S: A Disappointing Analysis? started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 127 Comments
    1. spider_romeo's Avatar
      spider_romeo -
      Where is the "CHEAP" iPhone ????

      No,No,No,No..,No....I'm not going to buy iPhone 4S....wewwww
    1. KINESIS's Avatar
      KINESIS -
      sorry to use that kind of language: but they release the #iphone4ass imho
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      I'm not sure if the "S" in the name of it it means sorry, or suck, or sad, or just skip which is what I'm gonna do.A great big steaming pile of FAIL in my opinion.
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Ill prolly stay with my iPhone 4 but I might wanna go see what the wp7 has in store
    1. kingchkn's Avatar
      kingchkn -
      The iPhone 4 8GB is only $99 and the 3Gs is free.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      I'm happy it's not amazing so I'm not tempted to overpay and get a new phone halfway into my contract
    1. ripped53's Avatar
      ripped53 -
      That pictue describes exactly how I feel. DAMN YOU APPLE!!! That being said I will still upgrade bc my 3GS is about to drive my insane, and my HTC Inspire has lost its fire. I love my ipad 2, so having the speed increase along with the additional features of Siri, iOS5, and icloud should make me happy for the time being. But not being able to upgrade when a truly new iphone comes out is going to leave me pissed once again. Lets just hope for a speedy jail break.
    1. Greatbiguns's Avatar
      Greatbiguns -
      Quote Originally Posted by kingchkn View Post
      The iPhone 4 8GB is only $99 and the 3Gs is free.
      True That!! The best thing to come out of the "event" if you can call it that? Was the price drop of the 4... If you haven't been able to afford or just didn't think it was worth the money, here is your chance to grab one at a great price!
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by spider_romeo View Post
      Where is the "CHEAP" iPhone ????

      No,No,No,No..,No....I'm not going to buy iPhone 4S....wewwww
      They are offering an 8GB iPhone 4.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Well according to some people here, they believe AT&T's marketing that HSPA+ is 4G, so I guess to them Apple has released a 4G iPhone.Will I buy one? I dunno yet. I got an original iPhone in the launch month, upgraded to 3GS at it's launch and it's getting slower. I doubt iOS 5 is gonna make my 3GS run snappy, I fully expect iOS to effectively brick it.The question I'm asking myself is, is 4S worth the extra € over a now cheaper iPhone 4? And will an attempt to transition to Android via Samsung Galaxy S II be worth it also?
    1. NumbaOneI's Avatar
      NumbaOneI -
      ehh I had a feeling this would happen.. Hopefully next year they have something amazing. going to use my upgrade for a android now.
    1. pfp's Avatar
      pfp -
      I was ready to order an iphone 5 to replace my aging 3gs, but a 4s - I just don't know.
    1. spider_romeo's Avatar
      spider_romeo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      They are offering an 8GB iPhone 4.
      Yeah $549 for the unlocked one at apple.
    1. Cokeman's Avatar
      Cokeman -
      No way I'm wasting a upgrade. I'll stick with my iPhone 4. Nothing wrong with it. It is sad that Siri isn't going to be available for the iPhone 4, or iPad though. I guess Apple had to give the 4S something to make people think it's a major upgrade.
    1. teegray1124's Avatar
      teegray1124 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Silverado1987 View Post
      Ill prolly stay with my iPhone 4 but I might wanna go see what the wp7 has in store
      I also will be checking out windows phone 7, they are making huge changes back there, I expected something ground breaking from apple, so wp7 here i come
    1. nashlib's Avatar
      nashlib -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cokeman View Post
      No way I'm wasting a upgrade. I'll stick with my iPhone 4. Nothing wrong with it. It is sad that Siri isn't going to be available for the iPhone 4, or iPad though. I guess Apple had to give the 4S something to make people think it's a major upgrade.
      Dont u worry my friend - i'm sure our jail breaker will find a way to get Siri in - yeah like the multitasking in iPhone 3 - it might not be as fast without A5 - but i really care less - my iP4 is fine and thing cooking over the fence (read as samsung) seem a bit better - at least form this side of the fence yeah !!!!
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      This "new" phone is a joke, bye bye apple. Time to look at android.
    1. smittyjf's Avatar
      smittyjf -
      Like I said earlier, You can't get double the speeds on an already slow/choked network. I get 1.5 to 2 mpbs on At&t 3g at BEST (not 7.2 like they state) and there will be no 14.4 for me anywhere. I can't even send a text message or make a phone call while at a sporting event for christ sake. I look over and see Verizon users with no problems at all!
      We live in a connected lifestyle anymore and if I can not post a picture of myself and my daughter at a football game for my wife to see (or a pic message for that matter) It does me no good at all.
      The thunderbolt looked like an option, but battery life was crappy. Now the droid bionic may be an option, but I'm not rushing out anywhere yet.
      All my necessary iphone apps are in andriod so it's an easy jump for me. I'll take 2 years on another network untill they get it right!

      Is there anyone that actually get 7.2mbps anywhere?

    1. Isquirt's Avatar
      Isquirt -
      Hey Apple looks like someone to a big bite out of your assWTF were thinking
    1. Cheesey123's Avatar
      Cheesey123 -
      Never thought I'd say this but the samsung galaxy s2 is looking good to me sorry apple but you failed today
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