Apple iPhone 4S Review

One of the most popular smartphones in the mobile industry is the Apple iPhone. It is renowned for its simple yet attractive design, great operating system, and the high quality of materials used to build the phone. The iPhone 4S possesses these key attributes and was released on October 14th, 2011.

The 4S comes in two glossy colors, white and black, and has several different storage options. There is an 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and a 64GB version. Currently, on Apple’s website only the 8GB model is on sale and it retails for about $450 (unlocked). In the U.S., some carriers give the phone for free when signing up for specific contracts. Be sure to see Apple’s website regarding more information on pricing and availability.

In the box, the 4S comes with the smartphone, an instructions manual, the famous apple stickers, earphones, and a 30 pin iPhone charger. The earphones are not Apple’s new generation of headphones, however they provide exceptional sound quality.

There are a lot of good things to like about the iPhone 4S. Even though the cell phone is a little outdated, it can still carry out day to day tasks easily. With its 1430 mAh battery, the 4S can last throughout the day. However, with the update to iOS 7, it felt like the battery life decreased by a little. The decrease in battery life is not dramatic enough to make me want to switch phones or revert back to iOS 6, however it was noticeable.

iOS 7 really maximizes the use of the iPhone’s hardware and uses its full potential. Seeing how the iPhone 4S has an Apple A5 chip with 512 mb of RAM, some may think that it can never stack up to an Android device. However, Apple has always done a good job of utilizing the hardware in their iPhone. This means that even though the iPhone 4S is outdated, it can still perform tasks without lag and almost seamless fluidity.

A good aspect of the iPhone 4S is that it is not gigantic, unlike more modern phones. It is 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm (4.54 x 2.31 x 0.37 in) and at 140 g (4.94 oz) the phone is light as well. The phone has a 3.5 inch retina display with about 330 ppi. Images are very clear and sharp and the screen is very bright. The camera takes great pictures and the flash is very bright.

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However, there are some drawbacks to iOS 7.  Firstly, many people don’t like the simplicity and restrain of iOS because the only things that differentiates iPhones is probably the wallpaper, ringtones, and apps installed. Moreover, the new “flat” look of iOS 7 is very controversial. Users either like or don’t like the new look. Another thing that the iPhone lacks is LTE connectivity. In fact, the iPhone 4S does not support 4G. This is disappointing, however for a phone released in 2011 it is not that bad.

What is very good about the iPhone 4S, is the immaculate high quality design. In the hand it feels very solid and the materials used seem to be high quality. At no time has the phone felt “plastic-like” or “cheap.” However, the glass back can shatter easily and it is recommended to get a case for the smartphone.

To conclude, the iPhone 4S is a terrific phone and if you do not mind the high price point, then it may be worth owning. Otherwise, investing in the new iPhone 5C or another phone may be just as worthwhile.

Pros:

  • Amazing build quality
  • Decent battery life
  • Snappy OS
  • Good camera
  • Elegant design
  • Easy to use
  • Vibrant HD screen

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Back can shatter
  • No 4G/LTE

Rating: 3/5 stars

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