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6 Reasons I Love My New iPhone 4S

Dave LeClair 28-10-2011

6 Reasons I Love My New iPhone 4S 4s300Some time has passed since the iPhone 4S hit the market, and everyone is screaming from the mountaintops about it. Some people are screaming praise, and others are yelling mean nasty things about the poor iPhone. I fall on the praise side. I had a terrible experience actually getting the phone, since my carrier took my pre-order, and then decided to try to make me wait until the end of October to get the phone. I smoothed that over and got myself a 4S on day one thankfully.


I could not be happier with the phone. I am coming from a 3GS so the improvements are leaps and bounds for me. I could see how someone coming from an iPhone 4 might not see the changes as profoundly as I do, but nonetheless, the changes are there, and they are noticeable. Either way, today I’m going to look at the reasons I love my 4S, and why it is the best phone I have ever owned.


This one is obvious, because Siri is the main feature touted on the new iPhone, but it truly is something special. I realize that other phones have incorporated voice control before, heck, even the iPhone itself had voice control in previous models, but none works as smoothly and easily as Siri.

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Just hold the home button for a couple of seconds or simply put the phone to your ear as if you are making a call. This will wake your personal assistant from her slumber (I know it is an “it”, but it has a girl’s voice, so I call it a she). Siri is incredibly accurate, 99 percent of the time it knows what you want, and executes it post-haste.

Most other voice control applications are just that: separate applications. Siri is so well integrated into the phone that it puts other voice control services to shame.


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Siri is another example of Apple being Apple. They do not always do it first, but in most cases, they do it best.


The iPhone 4S promised speed improvements in a couple of areas, and so far it has delivered on both. It promises an obscenely fast processor, and in that regard, it is ridiculous. As I said previously, I was coming from an iPhone 3GS, so the dual core A5 is much faster. The phone runs snappier than any phone I have owned. I have some friends that came into the 4S from a 4, and they said there was a serious difference, although not as earth shattering as it is from a 3GS.

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Apple also promised improved data speeds on iPhone 4S, and while this difference is not nearly as noticeable as the improvement in the processor, it is there. While running a speed test, my download speed was about 1.5MB faster than my previous iPhone.  This is not a huge change, but faster is always better than slower.


I could not be more impressed by the iPhone 4S camera. When Apple talked about the improvements on the camera front, they were not just blowing smoke. It is really an exceptional improvement. The pictures look great, and the video quality is fantastic. As with anything iPhone, the camera is easy to use.

Even in low light situations, the pictures look clean and bright.

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With the addition of the camera button on the lock screen in iOS 5 and the improvements in the processor, it is incredibly quick to take a picture. Now, you will not have to miss the photo op because it took too long to get the camera up and running.

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It is the best camera on an Apple phone yet. In terms of cell phone cameras it blows most out of the water, but there are phones out there with better cameras. Still, eight Megapixels is very solid. The 4S actually outputs the same resolution as my point and shoot digital camera. It very well could be your only camera.

The Look

I am actually happy they did not change the look of the phone for this generation. I am very fond of the design of the iPhone 4, and I am glad they stuck with it. I would have enjoyed a bigger screen, but I can certainly live without it.


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I was hoping they would not make the phone any thinner. I like a little bit of meat on my cell phone, and based on some of those prototypes people were making, I was not happy. Thankfully, Apple stuck with the clean look and size of the iPhone 4 for at least another year.

iOS 5

I know this is available on most iPhones, but Apple really knocked it out of the park with this OS so I felt I needed to mention it. The improvements are everywhere you look in the OS. Many of the reasons I used to jailbreak my phone are no longer relevant, and I am even considering leaving my new 4S clean and jailbreak-free (we will see how long that lasts, since I have never had an unjailbroken iPhone).

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Some of my favorite features of the new OS are custom vibrations, text shortcuts, find my friends, and iCloud. Overall, there is so much cool stuff in iOS 5 that it could make an entire article in itself. A great new OS nicely complements a great new phone.

Because it’s an iPhone

I will happily admit that I am something of an iPhone fan boy. It was unlikely there was anything Apple could have done with the new phone that would have upset me. In the end, it has everything I expect from my iPhone, and even though the improvements are more incremental than many people would have liked, I am completely happy with it.

Have you bought the new iPhone 4S?  If so, are you happy with it or not happy with it?  Let us know your reasons for and against in the comments below.

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  1. JohnM
    April 20, 2012 at 2:51 am

    I've owned and extensively used an iPhone 3GS and several high-end Android phones, including the first 4G phones and several experiences rooting and overclocking and whatnot. I got a 32GB 4S three months ago and I'd never look back. Its battery life and speed are superb, and Siri is so useful that I decided to give up my iPad for the time being. I also love that I can achieve any function of the phone minutes before most Android phones. I hope they don't change the iPhone 4-style design.

  2. Joel
    January 1, 2012 at 3:41 am

    I'm coming from an android and the battery love on the 4s is amazing! My android NEVER lasted me through the day, the iPhone gives me day and a half with moderate use.
    The phone is truly amazing I really love it!

  3. Pinkfreud24
    December 30, 2011 at 1:47 am

    I'm in love with my iPhone 4s.

  4. Edward Turvey
    November 23, 2011 at 5:54 am

    I'm loving my new iPhone 4S. After trying Android and Windows based alternatives as a 'cost saving' exercise, I realised I needed to get back into to iPhone fraternity. My last iPhone was a 3G so the speed and features the iPhone has now are amazing to me. I shan't be giving up iPhone for Android again. Favourite features would be Siri, the camera, clean design and the retina display not to mention plethora of features that iOS 5 offers.

  5. Discdirectplay
    November 13, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    iphone 4s battery's too short? i don't agree, i can watch youtube videos for at least 6 continuous hours, for me that's more than enough and i don't do that every day. Most of the time i use it to check email, wikipedia, google, hear music, phone calls and messaging, the battery charge lasts 2 average days +or-. I love my 4s because i love to have an answer.

  6. Anne_l
    November 12, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    I'm happy they didn't change the size as my case and holder fit.
    I am unhappy with the flash - all photos with flash are just white fog.
    Battery life was "fixed" with the latest update.  Just turn off some of the location features or turn off Siri if your battery is getting low.

  7. George
    November 12, 2011 at 9:58 am

    It's just a freaking telephone. They were and still are ment to call people and talk to them. You do remember how to talk don't you? To real people? You know, your friends? Or people you wish were your friends.

    You need a phone to keep from getting lost? In the town that you live in? Or for it to tell you where the restaurant you go to is? And an app that finds your phone for you when you misplace it? Are you really that inept? I mean really?

    You have a telephone, why would you TEXT someone? If it's really that important. It's a freaking phone! Call them. That's what phones are for. CALL THEM! Or are you afraid that you are not important enough for them to answer when they find out it's YOU calling?

    Are you so mentally challenged that you need to have something to keep you entertained? Because you can't do it for yourself? Really? It's a phone. Not a TV. It's a phone. Not a game console.

    Is your life so sad, that you need a "cool" telephone? You need it to show how cool you are, so people will talk to you? Are you really that pathetic? Do you really need an iPhone to have a life?

    If so then this is a sad, sad commentary on the state of peoples lives. Apple. Really? I mean REALLY?

    • Scutterman
      November 12, 2011 at 4:39 pm

      Harsh. Lets address some of those points shall we?

      GPS is meant for locations you don't know, and it can come in very handy. And even in a town or city you know, there may be places you don't know that you'd like to try.

      Texting is cheaper than phone calls. If it's important I speak to them face to face, which is probably arranged via text because it gives you more time to think before working out when you're both free. If it's not important then IM or text is fine for my purpose.

      Phones are becoming TVs and Games Consoles because it's simply following the minimisation of technology. Once e-paper screens reach their full potential a powerful device that you carry around will be great for many aspects of entertainment and communication.

      I'm not an iPhone user, by the way, but I have recently gotten a 'droid. I admit that I like the power of it simply for some extra geek points, but honestly I couldn't care less whether people think I'm "cool" or not.


  8. Kohler Family
    November 5, 2011 at 1:33 am

    Love the 4s design. Glad they kept it the same. No battery issues here, but to prolong my battery when out and about I bought one of those Boost cases (it's a case with a charger/battery built in). Wow. I was out all day taking photos, streaming music, using youtube, etc and with the Boost case, my battery lasted twice as long as it normally would have. Just another thing to love about iphone - all the accessories/docks/charges all use the same 30 pin connector.

  9. Swamykant
    October 30, 2011 at 11:58 am

    The iPhone 4S has many features and iOS 5 is too cool.

    • garylapointe
      October 31, 2011 at 4:14 pm

      As far as I'm concerned this IS the iPhone 5.  

      New bluetooth, lenses, 8 MP, 1080p, faster new processor (70%+), way faster graphics processor and (not sure if this matters) the new Bluetooth.  Plus, a 64 GB version to boot.

      In 15 months how often do you see a computer update that has a new processor with a 70% speed increase and a 7x graphics card increase?  At the same price?  And is still compatible with all your accessories and applications?


      • Burke102
        November 1, 2011 at 12:19 pm

        Preach on, brother! I couldn't agree more, Gary. Great comments.

  10. Scutterman
    October 29, 2011 at 10:58 am

    "Siri is another example of Apple being Apple. They do not always do it first, but in most cases, they do it best."
    Or, you know, buy out the people who do it best. Can innovation really be defined as seeing something you like and taking it?

    Also, I've heard that Siri doesn't do well with accents, and some of it's features are only available in America. I'm sure it'll improve with time, but right now it's been a major frustration to people unable to use the major feature on a phone that is so ridiculously expensive.

    • Anonymous
      October 29, 2011 at 1:35 pm

      It is in beta, which is a tag Apple rarely tags on products for general public use. But they had to show Siri. If they took all the time to make it work with all accents, it would have taken an age. Google would have come out with something better than their current offering by then.

      • Scutterman
        October 29, 2011 at 2:06 pm

        In my opinion, something which is shipped to millions of users and shown off as a major feature (possibly the most major feature for a lot of people) is open to valid criticism, whether they tag it as "beta" or not. If it's not ready, don't ship it.

        • Anonymous
          October 30, 2011 at 1:55 pm


  11. Zissy Foy
    October 29, 2011 at 8:19 am

    I can't wait to get mine and I don't care anything about integration with Twitter or Facebook as who uses them anymore? Thanks for this opinion by Dave LeClair and again I can't wait to get mine.

    • lec0rsaire
      October 29, 2011 at 9:01 am

      It's really an impressive phone and the camera is as good as everyone says. You no longer need a point and shoot AT ALL! Of course you still need an SLR if you're a serious photographer but the 4s's picture quality is amazing for what it is. I've had mine since the 14th. Get it asap. You really won't regret it. Apple took things to a whole new level!

    • Andrew Swan
      October 29, 2011 at 9:36 am

      Who uses Twitter and Facebook anymore? Well I don't know about Twitter, but practically everyone I know in person is on Facebook and uses it regularly.

    • Dave LeClair
      October 31, 2011 at 1:41 pm

      Let us know how you like it once it comes!

  12. Ineverwantspam
    October 29, 2011 at 4:15 am

    Siri is not as integrated into the system as you believe. The integration ends after calendar, reminders, music, SMS, and email. Otherwise it is its own separate app as well because it doesn't integrate with any other apps well. Unlike all of the voice commands apps in Android, it is not integrated with Twitter or Facebook. And it functions the same with Maps and directions as Android, except Android actually gives turn by turn voice directions instead of just a map. Also Android does SMS, email, and music by voice just as well. The calendar integration and the UI are the only real features of superiority.

    • lec0rsaire
      October 29, 2011 at 8:46 am

      I'm sorry but Vlingo and all that other crap is seriously inferior to Siri. They are a joke. Who cares if Siri can't post on Facebook and Twitter. Are You that big of nerd that you're going to be talking to your phone in public for everything. That is seriously dorky and you will repel women faster than Steve Urkel haha.

    • lec0rsaire
      October 29, 2011 at 8:57 am

      Android's music/video players suck. It is NO iPod. OS updates are few and far between. The vanilla Android UI is still hideous. The Android Market is also pathetic. The A5/543mp2 combo are much faster than any Android phone running games like Infinity Blade. Android is not as smooth and responsive as iOS. The iPhone 4S uses iCloud which is better than Dropbox or any other free cloud service you have on Android. Android phones are for the most part abandoned within months by their manufacturers who keep pumping out a new phone every other month to try to compete with the once a year iPhone. I buy a 4S and I am guaranteed to have the latest Apple phone for a year. I buy a Galaxy S II or Bionic and Samsung and Motorola will have a new model just a couple of months after buying the flagship. Way to screw over your customers!

      • Anonymous
        October 29, 2011 at 1:33 pm

        Hold on a minute! iCloud better than Dropbox? I agree, it's great, but iCloud and Dropbox are two completely separate services. I use both.

    • Dave LeClair
      October 31, 2011 at 1:40 pm

      You can post to both Facebook and Twitter using text messages through Siri, so I really don't see how that is a problem. 

  13. Dinesh Verma
    October 29, 2011 at 2:05 am

    are you seriously happy with the fact that 4s is having design same as iphone 4.

    • Anonymous
      October 29, 2011 at 1:30 pm

      That's exactly what I thought. The iPhone 4 and 4S' straight back is not as comfortable as the 3GS to hold. I wish we could have a slim iPhone 5 with a curved back and metal exterior.

      • Dinesh Verma
        October 30, 2011 at 1:50 am

        The concept photos were just fabulous. I am really not satisfied with Apple's move of keeping design same.

    • Dave LeClair
      October 31, 2011 at 1:39 pm

      I really am, I think the 4/4s design is very visually appealing, and the flat back doesn't bother me at all to hold.

    • garylapointe
      October 31, 2011 at 4:05 pm

      I don't care if the design changes at all.  If they went to a larger screen, I'd be perfectly happen with the same design but larger.  

      Honestly, I'd prefer rubberized back and sides on it, instead of slippery breakable parts. 
      Function above form.

      • Dinesh Verma
        October 31, 2011 at 4:07 pm

        iphone 4s didn't meet the expectations.

        • garylapointe
          November 1, 2011 at 7:00 pm

          Whose expectations?  These were rumor expectations, not anything Apple suggested.
          I wanted a better front facing camera with a light.  Did I expect it?  "No""New bluetooth, lenses, 8 MP, 1080p, faster new processor (70%+), way faster graphics processor and (not sure if this matters) the new Bluetooth." what did people expect?  And why did they expect it?I expected: faster, better camera, higher megapixels.  I really hoped for a 64 GB model.I didn't expect better bluetooth.  I didn't expect Siri.False rumors raised expectations.  Dealing with Apple, people were sure to be disappointed the 2012 model rumors started when (before?) this one hit the streets.Any I didn't see people's thoughts on anything other than a larger screen (which would be a hassle for developers or they'd have to lower the dpi) and a new case (who cares!  IMHO).    Unless you can figure out how to put it in  holographic heads up display, it's still going in a case which hides aesthetics.

        • Dinesh Verma
          November 2, 2011 at 2:53 pm

          I loved if those rumors were true.

      • Burke102
        November 1, 2011 at 12:08 pm

        I always used to think a bigger screen was better, but when I hold my 4s, it fits perfectly, and I have large hands. When I pick up one of those huge Droids, they just feel ridiculous to me.

  14. Burke102
    October 29, 2011 at 1:53 am

    My wife and I each got the 4s. Our first iPhones and we love them. One drawback is the battery. I read today that Apple is kind of acknowledging this problem. 

  15. Anonymous
    October 29, 2011 at 12:46 am

    1 reason I hate my iPhone 4S - Battery Life

    • Dave LeClair
      October 31, 2011 at 1:38 pm

      I find my battery to be the same or slightly better than my old 3GS, so I have no complaints in that regard. Perhaps some batches have bad batteries and some don't.

    • Silentninja227
      December 12, 2011 at 12:48 am

      Why does everybody mone about the battery life. Why doesn't my battery life suck ? It lasts the whole day.