Wednesday, October 5, 2011

iPhone 4S: To buy or not to buy

To buy or not to buy, this is the most important question for today because today was the first day iPhone 4S being introduced in the public in Apple headquarter, Cupertino. It's been quite some times Apple keeping this product under their sleeves, making people wondering what features they going to introduced in this new phone. Bloggers, news writers, geeks and other speculating what type of upgrades and new features going to be introduced this time by Apple new CEO, Tim Cook. All social network sites especially Facebook was filled with updates about the excitement of new iPhone. Well, it doesn't last long.....

Several new features being upgraded internally (camera, dual core A5 chips etc), but nothing has changed on the outside. Want to know what has been upgraded??? Let's get it started!!!

First, we talk about processor and battery life. The iPhone 4S features Apple's A5 dual-core 1GHz processor along with a dual-core GPU, an upgraded version form it's predecessor A4 chip. Apple says the new chipset will make the iPhone 4S twice as fast and offer graphics performance that is seven times faster than the iPhone 4's. With the powerful processor, the company claims the smartphone will be able to provide 8 hours of talk time over 3G, 14 hours over 2G, 6 hours of browsing over 3G, 9 hours via Wi-Fi, 10 hours of video playback, and 40 hours of music playback.

Next, we talk about the new feature of voice assistant being introduced called Siri. Basically, Siri is designed to deliver information or follow commands that you give it. For example, you can check the weather, ask for a contact's address, set up a reminder, get directions, and ask for obscure trivia like the height of Mount Everest. You speak with a robotic female voice (you can't change her identity) and access the feature by holding down the Home button.

Now, come to the camera part. iPhone 4S has an 8-megapixel camera with autofocus, flash, f/2.4 aperture lens, and a backside-illuminated CMOS sensor that allows 73 percent more light than the previous sensor and should deliver better low-light performance. A hybrid IR filter is also onboard for better color accuracy. Apple also claims the new camera performs 33 percent faster than the iPhone 4's camera, and the A5 processor has a built-in image processor that adds face detection and 26 percent better auto white balance. Videos also get a boost with the ability to shoot 1080p HD video clips at 30 frames per second and with video stabilization. It means a good news for those who lazy to carry around their camera around.

We all know that when iPhone 4 first being introduced 16 months ago, they have the issue about the connectivity. Today, iPhone 4S is being upgraded to a dual-band world phone, meaning it supports both GSM and CDMA. According to the review, what's yet to be determined is whether the carriers will unlock the preloaded SIM card, so users can swap it out for a prepaid international SIM card at their destination. We also don't know if the CDMA models will offer simultaneous voice and data over the CDMA network. Meanwhile, for GSM customers, the iPhone 4S now supports HSPA+ 14.4, so the smartphone is capable of reaching theoretical download speeds of 14.4Mbps down, 5.8Mbps up. It's certainly an improvement over the current model, but disappointing that there's no compatibility with the faster HSPA+ 21Mbps networks.

Apple newest operating system will be feature in iPhone 4S. Is it a good news for the users?? It is said that it is the world's most advance mobile operating system. It brings about 200 new features to iPhone 4S. Some of the features are notification center, iMessage and Twitter integration. If you want to learn more about this thing, click here.

Lastly, I'm gonna talk about the design and price. iPhone 4S looked exactly the same as its predecessor. The only slight difference changed is the back part of the phone, where aluminium case had replaced the glass cover. The price??? Currently I'm staying in Australia, so I don't know the real price here. But in US, the iPhone 4S will be available for preorder on October 7; it goes on sale October 14 from AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint in the U.S. It will come in black and white and pricing starts at $199 for the 16GB version, $299 for 32GB, and $399 for 64GB.
To buy or not to buy??? My advice is for those who have iPhone4, don't buy because it was not a good investment. It will be better if we just wait for iPhone 5 to come out in another 2 years time. But for those who had waited for so long, and they don't even have a smartphone, GO GET IT NOW!!! And for those Apple geeks and Apple collectors, just do whatever you think is right.

PS: This is my first time writing a review on new gadget. It was all based on research and opinion.  R.I.P Steve Jobs. All right's reserved.

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