"Better Than Any Phone I've Ever Had"4.5 starson by horridgenius
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.