Featured Articles

Snapdragon 400 is Qualcomm’s SoC for watches, wearables

Snapdragon 400 is Qualcomm’s SoC for watches, wearables

We wanted to learn a bit more about Qualcomm's plans for wearables and it turns out that the company believes its…

More...
Qualcomm sampling 20nm Snapdragon 810

Qualcomm sampling 20nm Snapdragon 810

We had a chance to talk to Michelle Leyden-Li, Senior Director of Marketing, QCT at Qualcomm and get an update on…

More...
EVGA GTX 970 SC ACX 2.0 reviewed

EVGA GTX 970 SC ACX 2.0 reviewed

Nvidia has released two new graphics cards based on its latest Maxwell GPU architecture. The Geforce GTX 970 and Geforce GTX…

More...
Nvidia GTX 980 reviewed

Nvidia GTX 980 reviewed

Nvidia has released two new graphics cards based on its latest Maxwell GPU architecture. The Geforce GTX 970 and Geforce GTX…

More...
PowerColor TurboDuo R9 285 reviewed

PowerColor TurboDuo R9 285 reviewed

Today we will take a look at the PowerColor TurboDuo Radeon R9 285. The card is based on AMD’s new…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Tuesday, 04 October 2011 21:27

iPhone 4S arrives, ready to underwhelm

Written by Nermin Hajdarbegovic


We don't even have to change the thumbnail
Apple concluded its ‘Let’s talk iPhone’ event in Cupertino an hour ago and the first impressions of its “new” iPhone 4S are starting to set in.

On the whole early reviews were mixed at best. Of course, the tame Apple press flaunts the phone’s many virtues, but in reality it was an underwhelming launch, quite unfitting for Apple. Although the 4S has been the darling of the rumour mill for months, punters, fanboys and investors expected quite a bit more. Basically they expected the 4S to be just a footnote, while the headline grabber should have been the iPhone 5, which is proving as elusive as Gaddafi.

While the lack of a proper next generation iPhone is and should be a bit disappointing, in reality the 4S is everything we expected, no surprises here. It’s based on the A5 processor, which should deliver twice the CPU performance of the A4 and up to seven times more graphics performance. Apple promises the new processor and other components should also improve battery life, while the new antenna design improves reception, which was the Achilles heel of early iPhone 4 units. HSDPA speeds were also improved.

Apple is particularly proud of the new 8MP camera, although we can’t exactly figure out why. It features an entirely new five-element lens design and some clever features. On the upside, the camera app seems to be a lot faster this time around and now you can take image-stabilized 1080p video. The camera seems to be a nice effort, but that's about the only difference visible from the outside.

iphone4s

Small wonder then that Apple chose to focus on new software features rather than new hardware. The big news is iOS 5 and Siri, a clever personal assistant with advanced voice recognition and some neat features. Apart from some marginally useful gimmicks, Siri can also read text messages, perform web searches and take care of dictation, which comes in handy, but only if you have a data connection. Basically don’t use it abroad and don’t use it too often, as ordering your phone around could be seen as an invitation for men in white coats.

In terms of pricing, there are no surprises, either – $199, $299 and $399 for 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions respectively, with a two-year deal with the devil. As for the old iPhone 4, it will sell for $99, but with just 8GB of memory. The 8GB version is now the only iPhone 4 on offer in Apple Store and the price is still $549 contract free. Ouch. The 3GS 8GB is still on sale, free with a two-year contract or $375 unlocked.

Availability in the US, Canada, Japan, Australia and major EU markets is slated for October 14, while smaller markets will get it two weeks later, October 28.

Also, investors seem to be hating the new phone. Apple stock shed about 5 percent minutes after launch, after picking up 1.5 percent earlier in the day. Or maybe it's just Nick unloading his shares.
Last modified on Tuesday, 04 October 2011 22:04
blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments