I will put a disclaimer here… This might be a little biased. That’s because I’m absolutely, hopelessly in love with my iPhone 4S! I’ll just go into my first impressions of the key features. In the meantime, I am still exploring other features on the device.
Despite the fact that Apple didn’t redesign the iPhone, it still stands out as a work of art. I’m a bit glad that it wasn’t redesigned, because it keeps those prying eyes off me, if you know what I mean.
The aluminosilicate glass does stand out, and the new oleophobic coating on the iPhone 4S screen does prevent fingerprint mark stains better than on the iPhone 4.
This has been redesigned as a drag-down menu from anywhere on the screen and instantly shows all your notifications. Also, PUSH messages are now less obtrusive as they appear as either an animated badge or just a simple alert which disappears allowing you to continue with whatever you were doing.
No lies on this one, it is obviously better than the camera on most mobile devices. It feels like you do own a dedicated ‘point and shoot’ camera. Also, the shutter speed is a lot faster so you can take pictures of moving things and they do not appear blurry. An interesting thing to note also is that the camera automatically recognizes when you want to take a picture whether it’s a portrait or a landscape and adjusts automatically so you don’t have to worry about focusing for a picture. It just does it for you.
Reader in Safari
This is probably my 2nd favourite feature on the iPhone 4s. If you will observe the screenshots above, I have loaded the Mobility website on my iPhone 4s. Then I clicked reader and … voila! It instantly ‘declutters’ the webpage I’m trying to read and turns it into somewhat of an ebook where I can adjust font size. For those who have been using Safari on their laptops, they will know what I’m talking about. It also adds the ability to save any page for offline reading later and adds it to your ‘Reading list’
I charged the phone to 100% last night at 10pm and used it continuously (listening to music, reading, playing with Siri, browsing, chatting, taking pictures, watching videos) and by 6pm the battery was at 28%. That’s really impressive considering it lasted 20 hours with my enthusiastic ‘touching and speaking’.
The keyboard has a mic that enables dictation which is pretty reliable. I haven’t really typed on the keyboard since yesterday except to correct a few ‘hearing defects’ that the software generated. All in all, it’s ok.
Saving the best for last! Siri understands my accent! It obviously isn’t perfect… it’s almost, I dare say, human.
I’ll let the screenshots do the talking as most of you will not believe me. I even had to call some of my friends and kept them on the phone while I was asking Siri all kinds of questions. It responded all the way without fluttering.
It does have its flaws though. It requires a 3G or a wireless connection before you can use it. It is still in Beta stages According to Apple. I think that is apple’s way of getting like a huge database where further upgrades of Siri will be even better.
Second, it cannot search for places in Nigeria which doesn’t really bother me. It strangely appears that siri has a personality the more you get to know it. You have the option of using 3 different languages including 3 different English accents. The ‘British’ Siri voice is male, so I just go ahead and use the female voice.
You’re probably thinking about data costs now. I also did that too. Yesterday, I spoke with Siri for 1 hour on the Glo 3G network asking and making fun. By the end of the hour, it had consumed 3MB of my mobile data. I could easily get used to that!
I’m actually hoping that all other smartphone companies will come up with something significantly competitive because right now, it appears the future has come. The iPhone 4S is indeed the best iPhone yet.