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Is iPhone 4S a flop?

Last updated on: October 5, 2011 15:21 IST

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Sathishkumar, Tech2Date.com

After months of speculation, Apple finally unveiled its new iPhone without naming it iPhone 5. On the occasion of the media event at the 'Apple Town Hall', CEO Tim Cook unveiled iPhone 4S, identical to iPhone 4 but different with a couple of bells and whistles added to the new device.

Did Apple fail to manage expectations with iPhone 4S? Is the Apple magic waning now that Steve Jobs is no more at the helm of affairs? Do throw your anger upon the non-appearance of iPhone 5 or love for upgradation of iPhone 4 in the message board below.

To be able to decide just that let's break down what iPhone 4S have.

Sathishkumar is a full time blogger from Salem and owns Techiemania and a few other web sites and blogs.

Courtesy: Tech2Date.com

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Camera

The not-the-iPhone-5 mobile device comes with a new camera of 8-megapixel sensor, which is 60 per cent more effective than the iPhone 4. iPhone 4S is the first in mobile phones to include 1080 pixel resolution for better HD video. The camera is highly powerful with an f/2.4 lens and it is capable of shooting even in dim light.

Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, Philip Schiller said iPhone 4S can take photos at a much faster speed than its rivals. He added that iPhone 4S will take just 1.1 seconds to take a shot where as Droid Bionic takes 3.7 seconds.

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Voice recognition

The voice 'intelligent assistant' works highly on iPhone 4S. The device will recognise your voice almost perfectly to make calendar reminders, send emails or sms, answer questions, search stuff and few more.

The best part of voice assistant is that it gives you directions of highly-rated restaurants near you when you ask for it, it can help you in money exchange when you are abroad, it can set an alarm for you for early morning wake-up, it can do more such surprising work for you without making you enter information manually.

Apple has used a software for this feature developed by its subsidiary called Siri, which can understand spoken nuances. It can come back to you with correct answers if you ask questions such as 'What is the weather like today?' or 'Do I need a raincoat?'

The software can also take dictation perfectly, read text messages aloud, accept verbal requests to search the Web, and it can do many more such things. Phil Schiller asked the device 'Tell me about Neil Armstrong,' and it showed the Wikipedia page related to Armstrong.

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Cost

Black and white version of iPhone 4S will cost just $199 for 16GB, and for 32GB and 64GB it is tagged as $299 and $399 (in US) respectively. It will come in a two-year contract on Verizon, AT&T and Sprint phone carriers.

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Processor

iPhone 4S comes with a new A5 processor and dual-core graphics. According to Apple, this new iPhone will be faster than iPhone 4 by up to seven times.

Battery

The battery backup of iPhone 4S will be 8 hours for talk time and forty hours for listening music.

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Call quality

With the introduction of new wireless system in iPhone 4S the call quality becomes much better. The system intelligently switches between the two antennas of the device to allow transmitting and receiving at much higher rates.

It can transfer at twice the speed of iPhone 4. The downlink speed of iPhone 4 is 7.2 Mbps and that of iPhone 4S is up to 14.4 Mbps.

Usability

The iPhone 4S comes in both GSM as well as CDMA transmitters, so it can be used across the world in most countries.

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Shipment

The new iPhone will be made available in the US market from October 14 onward.

Disappointment

Industry watchers, media people and Apple fans were less interested about iPhone refresh and had more expectations about the iPhone 5. The event seemed making a statement about the leadership of new chief executive Tim Cook who had earlier acted as interim boss when Steve Jobs was on sick leave.

Moreover, the big announcement was made by his event colleague and marketing boss Phil Schiller, may be to bring more people to the forefront. Let's wait for user reactions that will be interesting of course. As of now, the event was quite disappointing.

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