"iPhone 4S: too hyped, but still good"4.0 starson by tndk90
Pros: Slim design, fast speed, slick iOS interface
Cons: Screen is tiny at 3.5" and at this resolution could use an upgrade, phone is pricey for an "updated" model that introduces few features, using this phone on the Sprint network will give you a lackluster experience, price is way too high for a phone that a
Summary: The iPhone 4S is the phone of high expectation, but flat out doesn't deliver a next-gen experience over the iPhone 4. Yes, it is noticeably faster. Yes, it still has the slick iOS design. But Apple has strangled this phone's potential. A 3.5" screen? At least 4" would have provided some much needed finger room. No Flash? Sure, its a dying technology, but too many sites use it for it not to be included at this point. $199? AT&T has 4.3" Android qHD phones for $99 with Flash and other options.
iPhone 4S may be selling well, but its underwhelming performance may lead Apple to some real problems in the future if they don't offer a TRUE upgrade that people other than Apple fans can really get into. Oh, and the high cost could be reduced a little... $199 is way too high for an iPhone that is barely an upgrade. They should be selling iPhone 4's for $49 and iPhone 4S base models for $99... It doesn't seem like a next-gen phone, and Apple needs to be careful about becoming the next Blackberry if it wants to re-introduce an old phone as something "new". Siri could easily run on older iPhone models, it is a software innovation - not a hardware innovation.
With this having been said, just like the latest Blackberry, the iPhone is still a good phone, but Android's open development approach has innovated much more quickly. iPhone 4S doesn't seem to have kept up.