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Saturday, 8 October 2011

The New iPhone 4S: 5 Reasons Why I'm Not Impressed

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The original 2G iPhone was released in 2007, and in close to five years, there have been as many generations of this smartphone.

Now, while I own an iPhone 3GS only because my phone company gave it to me for free, I do have to say that I'm a converted believer.  I love my iPhone, it's the best thing since the internet and sliced bread.

That being said, I feel like Apple is laughing at us as consumers.

I suspect that they had this planned from the beginning.  "We'll just keep releasing new versions with incremental improvements so that people keep buying the same product over and over again"

No wonder they're freaking rich.

What's worse, I'm positive that many people have actually purchased all four previous versions and will now be the firsts to pre-order the iPhone 4S.  Just because Apple says it's the latest and greatest.  Sheesh.

So I watched their little video, and read all about their "most amazing iPhone yet", but here are five reasons why I'm really underwhelmed by the new iPhone's features:
  1. They didn't even bother to change the design, or upgrade the size of the display, using some excuse about the size needing to be consistent for app design purposes.  Funny, they were able to adapt to the display size for the iPad.  Just saying
  2. They still haven't introduced 4G ... what's the hold up exactly?  Oh, of course, that will be the next incremental improvement.
  3. There are still no live wallpaper widgets, which are pretty awesome on Android.
  4. The only real visible improvement seems to be the upgrade to an 8 MPX camera, which isn't that exciting, considering that this doesn't necessarily translate to better pictures.
  5. It's supposedly twice as fast as the iPhone 4, but I have an iPhone 3GS, and have no complaints about the speed.

The introduction of Siri frightens me a little bit.  They are hailing it as a personal assistant, but I'm weary of voice command software, not having been very successful with it in the past.  In the video, they show the guy having his texts read to him and him replying vocally, and the text being written for him and sent.  Hmmm, if this feature works anything like auto correct, you could be receiving / sending some very strange texts...  I'll reserve judgement for now.

In conclusion, while I sometimes wish I could upgrade my iPhone 3GS to an iPhone 4, the only real reason I do is for the front facing camera, and flash on the back.  So if you already own an iPhone 4, it's barely worth running out to get an iPhone 4S.

Save your money for the iPhone 5, we may not have a release date yet, but it should be coming soon...

Unless whether your apps load in 6 or 3 seconds is important enough to you that you'd be willing to shell out $649.99 for it.


  1. I have been published on, here are the comments posted there so far:

    October 8, 2011 at 7:47 am
    Like it. After the hype and the hoopla, some straight talking.


    Marina T_T
    October 8, 2011 at 8:11 am
    I used window mobile and android. I haven’t used iPhone so perhaps I am not in a good position to comment. I agree with you that 4S is not much difference to 4 apart from a maybe much better camera and speed which I wont notice if I am not professional gamer. This is too easy to make profit from apple fans.


    October 8, 2011 at 7:09 pm
    While I agree that maybe a design change would have been nice to see, some of your other points I don’t agree with. The problem with “4G” today is that it isn’t really 4G, it’s just an updated 3G network and Apple doesn’t bother to try to sell their device that way. And I agree that more megapixels doesn’t automatically mean better pictures but the new cmos sensor in the iPhone 4S does make it a better camera than previous versions. As for speed I can’t say since I’ve never tried one in person.

    Hope you don’t think that I am just ranting or an Apple Fanboy, I actually use a Samsung Epic as my cell phone and love it. Just wanted to point out some information. Also here are some articles that explain further on what I said:

    Why More Megapixels Isn’t Always More Better

    The Dirty Secret of Today’s 4G: It’s Not 4G


    Dan cole
    October 8, 2011 at 7:59 pm
    Yes I agree I am waiting or the iPhone 5 .. Only very mild changes fobthe 4s! Well said!

    From Dan


    Felicia Stevenson
    October 9, 2011 at 3:40 am
    Thanks for the comments everyone! @William: What can I say, just one girls opinion thanks for the extra info!


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  2. More comments, this time from Facebook:

    Caroline Bigras

    You replicate my exact toughts about that Iphone 4S in your blog... I seriously won't buy one, I don't think it's worth it since I already have an Iphone 4 (love it!!!)... Beside camera upgrade and dual core processor it's exactly the sane phone... Many of the great improvements are im the operating system which shiuld be out within the next 2-3 weeks and are available for free for any Iphone version.... So really? Yes they are laughing at us abd I don't think Iphone 4S will have great success....
    17 hours ago · Unlike · 1 person

    Keltar King
    Hell to the no. I avoid anything Apple like the effin' plague.
    7 hours ago · Unlike · 1 person