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  • 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. rainman99's Avatar
      rainman99 -
      I'm off the train with iphones now. 4s presentation was more than disappointing to me. Where are the real innovations? Thought they would unveil the iP5. Now I'm considering to buy an Android phone. No jailbreaks necessary, cheaper but similar performance.No Jobs, no apple...Bye bye Apple, well done!
    1. PRKnight's Avatar
      PRKnight -
      like most people I'm pretty disappointed. Ive never truly upgraded, only moving up in iPhones since the first introduction due to others upgrading and me just taking the leftovers. I was really looking forward to a hopeful iPhone 5 but 2 weeks ago it hit me i was going to be disappointed again like most iPhone events. I have a 3gs and i doubt ill upgrade, maybe ill look for a cheap one on ebay. But i would of upgraded maybe if the front facing camera got an hd camera, why is it still vga if everything else (besides the case) was upgraded
    1. MYPHONEI's Avatar
      MYPHONEI -
      WOW Iphone 4s=Fail

      the only real upgrades?
      64gb model
      Dual core chip

      WOW why upgrade? I have a 16gb 4 and its fine

      Good going Apple you will see people are not as mindless as you believe.

      Yet on CUlt of Mac

      "For some reason we have developed a mentality that the body of a device completely changes the performance of its internals. This is completely wrong. Changing the form factor of the iPhone does not change how extraordinary the device performs with the same internal hardware.

      Continuing the design of the iPhone 4 to the next iPhone is a testament of how perfect the iPhone 4 already is. Glass and metal have never combined so elegantly in consumer electronics before the invention of the iPhone 4."
      This mindlessness continues................... (Yes design where the phone looses signal and glass on front and back "Perfect" LOL)
    1. Nerd's Avatar
      Nerd -
      Just like the old time technology the game will continue

      Pentium: 100mhz,200 mhz....PentiumII 100mhz,200mhz....PentiumIII....core2....core2duo.. .....Icore5...Icore7.......Icore100.....
      Cdrom: 2x,4x,6x......52x.......100x......
      Windows: 3.0,3.1,95,XP,Vista,7,8....9....10....11......100. .....
      Iphone: 2g,3g,3gs,4,4s,5,5s,6,6s..........100,100s....
      Ipad: 2,3,4,5........100.......

      Only we can decide when it will be enough and stop,on the computer side even now they have icore5,icore7 but i already stop at pentium4 2ghz a few years ago.
    1. jumybilai's Avatar
      jumybilai -
      Quote Originally Posted by Pinoy View Post
      This is just so funny to me. Your 3GS is a dinosaur even compared to the I4. Forget the 4S. If you were able and didn't make the leap from 3GS to I4 then you must not know how to read because just the increase in internal Ram alone would have motivated you to upgrade. The I4 is a Ferrari and the 3GS is a pinto. Silly Silly Silly!
      This iPhone is not for every country and That is à shame!!
      I think is à Nice phone and u can make à choose like the 3
      I have patience for the 5
      Good job apple

      I like iPhone 4 and 4s it is THE Same as 3 and 3GS i hope That in THE future the phone Will understand dutch!!
    1. spooneditr's Avatar
      spooneditr -
      Well.. I'm saving my upgrade.. Not much of an improvement for me so I'm waiting or something better from droid or even maybe the iPhone 5 lol
    1. rvaweb's Avatar
      rvaweb -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cheesey123 View Post
      Never thought I'd say this but the samsung galaxy s2 is looking good to me sorry apple but you failed today
      I'm sorry, but Apple I4 still beats any phone out there! And the 4S is about 10 more nails in the coffins! The 4 is soooo good you might not want to upgrade - and that's fine don't... But don't bad mouth apple, this is a serious upgrade and honestly, the 4g decision was a good one I certainly don't want worse battery life and a bulkier phone 100% of the time to MAYBE get 4G once in a while in very few areas, spotty at best... Next year will be the right time for that...

      I might buy the 4S, I might not, but I'm sure it's a great phone! I must say the 4 was the 1st phone that actually made me start to leave my camera at home, the 4s has made that leap!
      Oh, and the difference between this and the 3G to 3Gs is greater and I didn't hear all this **** then...
    1. qgshadow's Avatar
      qgshadow -
      OKOKOK GUys, Lets take the Iphone 4 change the Camera and call it the Iphone 4S. The A5 wont change ****, because before games are ******* nice with the most intense graphics for the A5 the iphone 5 will be out
    1. NoGoodNick's Avatar
      NoGoodNick -
      You're upset because everything in the new iPhone was "expected"??? Everything iPhone related is reported months ahead of time! WTF did you expect? If you want to be surprised so badly then stop REPORTING every damn fact about the iPhone.

      Personally, I've got an iPad 2, and the battery life and the increased speed more than justify an upgrade. Add in the improved camera and I'm hooked. I doubt I'll ever use the speech assist, since I've never had a great expectation it would ever be useful beyond a "Gee whiz" factor, but hopefully iOS 5 will have something useful in it.

      So I'm more than willing to buy one.
    1. vampr's Avatar
      vampr -
      Seems like a lot of people are being pissy because the phone doesn't look different. Personally I'm jazzed about the new CPU/GPU, camera, Siri, etc. I will definitely be upgrading my 3GS. I guess some people just love to complain....
    1. kadernal's Avatar
      kadernal -
      Quote Originally Posted by vampr View Post
      Seems like a lot of people are being pissy because the phone doesn't look different. Personally I'm jazzed about the new CPU/GPU, camera, Siri, etc. I will definitely be upgrading my 3GS. I guess some people just love to complain....
      you are the target market for this upgrade.... you are still on 3gs. obviously for someone like you this is a huge jump.

      If you have iphone 4 and ipad 2 like me it doesn't seem worth it. Even with the a5 in the ipad 2 I dont think it preforms exceptionally faster than my iphone. Not enough to make me want that chip in a phone. Also a big draw seems to be the graphics capabilities... I dont play games on my phone hardly ever, and if I want Ill do it on my ipad so I can get the screen real estate I crave when gaming.

      my galaxy s2 should be here tomorrow!!! I also picked it up for $149 and they tossed in a 16gb micro sd, car charger, and case. They were even going to let me get an otterbox case for it but its not out yet for this version of the s2. Only drawback I'm concerned for is battery life.

      I look forward to putting ios5 on my ip4, but until apple are ahead of the pack again I can do without an iphone.
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Well yeah not a big upgrade BUT it is still an upgrade. They did this last time. From 3G brought 3Gs then the 4. So now from i4 brought i4s then will be the i5. If they do early upgrades like last time and I can sell my i4 for $100 at most. And just pay $100 for an i4s then I'll go ahead and upgrade. It's not a waste cause when the i5 comes out they'll def do an early upgrade fee.
    1. norfskate's Avatar
      norfskate -
      Wow, looks like the kids are up in America, just enough time to spread some idiocy on modmyi before school :-)
    1. MrElectrifyer's Avatar
      MrElectrifyer -
      Yes! Another reason I don't need to upgrade my steve-jobs-free 3GS until iPhone 6 (or 5S)
    1. golf4life80's Avatar
      golf4life80 -
      I may just buy a used Iphone 4 now and stay out of contract.
    1. imnothardcore's Avatar
      imnothardcore -
      Quote Originally Posted by norfskate View Post
      Wow, looks like the kids are up in America, just enough time to spread some idiocy on modmyi before school :-)
      yah this is a bit ridiculous. whatever let them all roll android to give them more money and make apple propel itself even more in the lead.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by imnothardcore View Post
      yah this is a bit ridiculous. whatever let them all roll android to give them more money and make apple propel itself even more in the lead.
      I think we should make it a requirement to post your age on your profile so the rest of us can see if we're arguing with a teenager that doesn't have the mental capacity to think critically about things in life yet and we don't have to waste our time trying to reason with a brick wall.

      This whole "it looks the same so it must be a worthless upgrade" type mentality is driving me and the rest of the intelligent world crazy. Kind of like the argument for 4G... if you had it what would you do with it?... NOTHING... you just want it so it will say "4G" at the top b/c there isn't a single app or program that can utilize 15-20 Mps on a mobile device.
    1. iOnlyEatTang's Avatar
      iOnlyEatTang -
      I don't get why they just had to discontinue the iPhone 4 in 16gb and 32gb sizes for a cheaper price.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iOnlyEatTang View Post
      I don't get why they just had to discontinue the iPhone 4 in 16gb and 32gb sizes for a cheaper price.
      They now have 5 price tiers. If they kept the iphone 4 at multiple capacities it wouldn't make much sense. If you're going to spend more than $99 for a phone it makes more sense to get the 4S... not a 16GB iPhone 4.
    1. norfskate's Avatar
      norfskate -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      I think we should make it a requirement to post your age on your profile so the rest of us can see if we're arguing with a teenager that doesn't have the mental capacity to think critically about things in life yet and we don't have to waste our time trying to reason with a brick wall.
      I could not agree more!!!

      I would ignore a lot more posts on here if I knew and understood that it was just a kid that knew no better.

      Although sometimes you can just tell :-)