Pros iOS5, simplicity, Siri, World phone, great call quality, integrated iPod, awesome App support, fun accessories, iMessage, updated camera
Cons No voice turn by turn navigation
Summary IT WORKS! I've had a Blackberry, not enough apps and not enough on board memory, as well as, a dated OS. I had an Android, great features, loved the widgets, best voice turn by turn navigation, but it had a buggy OS and after a year became obsolete and unable to do normal day to day functions. In comes the iPhone as I make my way through the industry's plethora of Smartphone platforms and devices. I love it! It's simple, easy to use, I had no learning curve, it has an integrated iPod, great App support, fun accessories, and IT WORKS! I haven't had any battery life issues and 4G? What, so I can get spotty coverage and half the battery life? I'll pass until it becomes more prevalent and phone manufactures, specifically Apple because they have a life-long iPhone customer now, create a longer lasting battery that can handle that much data usage. As for Navigation? Garmin is about to make another sale. Sorry Google, but your turn by turn navigation is easily replaced with a bare bones GPS that does the same thing.
Pros Almost every thing,The camera is amazing, is really fast, retina display is awesome, Siri.
Cons Battery life
""It just works""on by GMaster479
Pros - Camera is vastly improved over iPhone 4
- iOS 5 improves upon sharing, tweeting, and works great with iCloud
- Siri is the best voice assistant out there
Cons - Siri isn't as accurate as I would like her to be
Summary Still the top of the line smart phone out there.
Pros -Batter life - Last longer than a day running iOS 5.0.1 and 5.1
-Stablity - No issues with the OS or apps.
-Hardware - The dualcore A5 processor
-Display - The retina display -Camera - Very high quality
Cons -Siri - Don't get much use out of it, but its not really a Con since I understand that it is Beta, but better integration with third party apps or even with twitter and facebook.
Other than that, I couldn't be happier.
Summary I got my iPhone 4S in November ordered from Verizon. The setup was so simple, that it beat out Android far and wide. Setup was fast and walked you through different options for setting up your phone including the new feature, iCloud, that has been an added bonus.
Being a former Android user, I think I have changed my mind about Apple products overall. The software/hardware combination of development has worked so well, that I have not experienced a single issue thus far. After keeping up with all of the jazz of Apple's research and development of new products and how their software and hardware pair up with each other, I have a better understanding now as to why they keep their software and hardware closed off from the public. They simply don't want you to break your phone and void the warranty with software that is not supported or modifies the OS.
I highly recommend this device for beginners and the standard user. For those that are advanced users that like to hack the OS, I would recommend going to an Android phone. The premium price for a premium hardware and software package should not be modified and may cost you your warranty and AppleCare+ if you decide to jailbreak the device. I myself consider myself an advanced user, but wanted something that didn't make it easy to jailbreak or root.
The main reasons why I went with the iPhone 4S is due to stability of the OS, premium hardware, better software/hardware integration, almost impossible to jailbreak (with the A5 processor), ease of use, and a platform that integrates with other mobile devices that Apple has released (iPad, iPod Touch, and the future release of Mountain Lion).
Owning the iPhone 4S has opened me up to a new idea that, while the hardware and software are closed, it creates a simple yet pleasing environment and found that it attracted me to the possibility of owning other Apple devices in the future. This is pricey, but they last if they are used correctly and within the Apple warranty. I myself am respecting the stock configuration of the phone since it works and doesn't glitch evertime I try to open an app.
Pros Convenient for everything I need to get done, flawless design that just feels great in your hand and the ease of use makes it a phone anyone and everyone can use.
Cons My only issue is the battery life. APPLE you straight up lied when you mentioned the phone's battery life. You need to work on an update that addresses the battery issues and the battery issues alone.
Summary Going from a simple phone to a smartphone was a tough decision for me but I am honestly in hog heaven with this phone and everything it has to offer. Definitely one of the best purchases I've ever made. My laptop is now only for school work and my tablet is gathering dust as we speak.