iPhone 4S Review

This is a review I wrote for my English class this week. I felt really good about it and thought I would share it with you. The format is a little off due to copy and pasting it.

iPhone 4S
At first glance customers wouldn’t know whether the newest iPhone is the fifteen month old iPhone 4 or the 4S, because on the outside it is the same phone. Apple didn’t give the latest innovation a new facelift, the same business move as they did when unveiling the 3GS back in 2009. The public is highly disappointed that it isn’t a totally redesigned phone, although there is more than meets the “i” with this iPhone. We have heard all our lives to “not judge a book by its cover”, totally necessary with the 4S.

First, one wouldn’t know that the newest available model is loaded with 64 GB of storage, the same amount on the iPod touch for over a year now. This upgrade has finally made its way to the iPhone 4S. Now there is plenty of room for all those nifty apps, music, and extraordinary photos. Now this does come with the standard price hike of $100 that we have seen between the 16 GB and 32 GB of the iPhone 4. The most current 16 GB iPhone is priced at $199 subsidized by your choice of carriers. The next model is offered with 32 GB with a price tag of $299. Finally, the largest is the 64 GB valued at $399. So with a wide range of available models, the iPhone covers every single price point and size for anyone looking for the newest phone on the market.

As I mentioned, persons interested in the iPhone have their choice of cellular providers. For the first 3 models of the iPhone, consumers were limited to AT&T, a GSM cellular network. Then, Apple introduced the 4 with CDMA technology that opened up the market to Verizon customers. This is no longer the case, as the iPhone 4S is a world phone, meaning each phone carries both GSM and CDMA capabilities. Buyers have a choice of 3 carriers in the US AT&T, Verizon, and the newest addition, Sprint. All these carriers bring something different to the table. So shoppers looking to start a new contract with one of these, be sure to look into which one of them will fit your needs best.

Now the first difference people will notice about the cutting-edge iPhone, is the operating system or as Apple calls it, iOS. This is the 5th edition of their groundbreaking software. The software update comes preloaded out of the box on the 4S, but it isn’t just for the iPhone 4S; it is also available to the 2 previous versions of the iPhone, the 3GS and iPhone 4. But the 4S does take a more full advantage of iOS 5 since it is sporting the new A5 processor that can be found in the iPad 2. The A5 doubles the power of the hottest addition, not only speeding the phone up considerably, but enables the full advantage of the upgraded camera system. This camera is able to compete with professional DSLR cameras on the market. This is because it is sporting a new 8 MP sensor that contains a new backlit panel, which enables it to capture crisp and extremely clear photos. This feature allows it to not sacrifice essential room that a larger megapixel camera unit without a backlit panel would occupy inside the housing of the iPhone 4S. These cutting edge enhancements make the iPhone the phone that others will have to contend with.

Lastly, a venture that Apple started 2 years ago is called Siri. While it is still in its beta stages, Siri makes any wish, its command. Hardwired into the iPhone 4S, Siri is able to understand you with out having to give it simple commands or speak differently. Some say this is the best artificial intelligence software known to the general public to date. It knows what you mean, not just what you want. It will even talk back to you. As an example, say it’s a special night with your significant other and you cannot forget to make dinner reservations when you leave work. Although first you do not know where a good Italian place is to grab a romantic dinner. Simply hold down the home button and tell Siri, “I feel like Italian tonight.” Siri will respond, “I have found Italian restaurants in Nacogdoches” then sorting them by ratings. This built-in app allows for completely hands free operation. Don’t have the number to the restaurant of choice? Ask Siri. Don’t want to forget to pick up roses? Easy, ask Siri “Remind me to pick up flowers when I leave work.” Sire will place a reminder in the reminders app and set up a geo-fence around work, which it has already learned where that is, in a previous conversation. As you drive away from work, Siri will announce your reminder to you to pick up flowers. Anything you can think to ask, Siri will be able to help you. “Will I need a raincoat today?” you wonder? Siri responds, “It sure looks like rain. Here is the forecast for today.” Users will always be informed, on time, and prepared with Siri.

As with anything new there is always negativity. Many people are upset about not having an iPhone 5 in their hands. But the fact of the matter is that Apple made a smart business decision. Many people who own the iPhone 4 are still in the middle of their contracts. They will not be due for an upgrade for at least another 6 to 12 months, which is just in time for the release of the iPhone 5. So like it or not, the iPhone 4S is the most revolutionary phone on the market to date and it is available for pre-order on October 7th and to purchase from an authorized Apple reseller on October 14th.

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