Pros 1. Siri.
3. Sweet multi-tasking model.
4. Fits easily in pockets.
5. Existing design fits all my iPhone 4 accessories.
6. Fast. Did I say like super fast.
7. Signal strength.
8. 64GB storage.
Cons 1. Front and back glass makes it feel fragile.
2. Screen sweet spot is between 3.5" to 4.0". Having used 4.3" devices, they are too big. I was hoping for a 3.7" or so screen.
3. Price. The iPhone carries a premium.
4. iMessage not an option for all pla
Summary Being the primary account holder on a family plan, I qualified for a device upgrade from the iPhone 4. I have to say that so far, it is an impressive device. Browsing has gone from quick to down right fast. Graphics and transparency effects simply fly. It is hard to overstate just how impressively fast the graphics are on the iPhone 4S. The GPU upgrade, alone, is worth the price.
Siri has been lots of fun and has already proven to be useful in interacting with the device. It is nice not to have rote memory of commands and structure and the context aware function is almost spooky.
Oh, and the camera: Wicked fast. All out, it can capture 2 fps and the quality is very high.
Data speeds: On AT&T I am getting > 6Mbs down and I am very happy with that. Ping lag is still a bit slow at 120ms and downlink seems to be at 1.2 Mbs but overall, still fast for what you use on the go.
Multi-tasking: Still the battery saving proven design of iOS 5.0. For a handheld device with limit power reserves, iOS nails multi-tasking. Background downloads, uploads, geo-location, VOIP all work perfectly so far.
Signal quality: the new antenna band feel like a different metal or something. There is a different feel. There seems to be no death grip type of signal attenuation.
On screen size: For single handed operation, the 3.5" screen is great but it would be nice to have an ever so slightly larger screen. I have used some 3.7" screens and thought those were pretty close to dead on. I have found the 4.3" screen devices to have jumped the shark and are very hard to use single handed and don't pocket well at all. For me, anything 4.0" and over is a deal breaker.
Pros 1) Excellent Camera
2) Sleek Hardware Design
3) Ease of Use
4) App Availability
Cons 1) Tiny 3.5" screen
2) Fragile Design
4) Siri is Virtually Useless
5) Limited Customization Options
Summary Pros:There is now an Amazon Instant Video app for iPhone.
I'll make this part simple: It's the iPhone. It's gorgeously designed, easy to use, has an awesome camera, and all the apps you could want (although personally, I wouldn't mind an iPhone version of the Amazon Instant Video app). It's everything you'd expect an iPhone to be. I like my 4S for all those reasons. That doesn't mean I don't have my complaints.
1) Siri -- Siri's viability as a practical voice command/search function is severely limited, especially given all the hype. This is a big deal for me. I used Google Voice commands almost daily on my old Android phone with little to no problem. Siri is a joke by comparison. Dictating navigation commands while driving typically takes 2-3 tries of me enunciating the address differently and half the time I have to pull over and type in the address. Voice search is a similar story. Creating reminders and dictating calls works better, but it's very frustrating when I need it to work and it doesn't, to the point that I have called Siri names...yes, Siri, you're stupid.
2) Screen -- Coming from a 4.5" Android phone, the iPhone 4S's display is teensy weensy. Watching Netflix, browsing the web, or trying to read ebooks is just painful. Texting is not as much of an issue, surprisingly. The iOS keyboard is really nice, although it comes with a slight learning curve if you're used to Android keyboads.
3) Fragile Design -- The phone is gorgeous, but good luck noticing when it's in an otterbox 24/7. Drop it once without one and the glass on the front and the back shatters. It's happened to many of my friends who are iPhone owners, and it better not happen to me, because I don't have insurance.
4) Pricey -- There are comparable Android Phones with more features and expandable storage priced significantly less than the iPhone, although the 4S is now much less expensive on-contract since the iPhone 5 was released.
5) It's a minor complaint, but iOS obviously lacks the android-style customization, widgets, etc. Themes, third party messaging apps and keyboards aren't really an option.
Updated on Dec 16, 2012
Also, another complaint I'll mention is the inability to uninstall or at least hide or archive pre-installed apps like the Newsstand, Video player, Stocks, Weather, etc. It's wasted space.
Pros 1 - Dependable system software and clean interface
2 - Speed is great even for complex tasks and apps
3 - Retina display& camera
4 - Syncing iCloud & PC/Mac is greatly integrated
5 - The App Store is easy and safe way to install apps
6 - Itunes Ma
Cons 1 - Slightly larger display would be nice
2 - Battery could be improved when using complex apps and GPS
Summary iPhone 4s is still the best and most dependable smartphone. Huge selection of software, dependable system, clean interface and very well designed hardware makes this phone the most dependable personal digital tool for your connected life in business and pleasure. The clean interface, the bullet proof and very easy to update System, the very dependable software store (App Store), iCloud sync and sharing service and great hardware make this device the most integrated and easy to use one in every aspect.
Pros Very impressed & Amazing 8 Mega-pixel Camera. Fast Dual Core A5 1GHZ Processor. Delightful Design as the iPhone 4 :) Thank you Steve Jobs R.I.P
Cons No 4G LTE, but Get's Job done with its AT&T HSPA+.
Summary Bottom Line is that the iPhone 4S is amazing & Fast. Number 1 for those looking for their First iPhone.
iPhone 5? Seems intriguing, but "What Makes an iPhone is an iPhone". Don't need a Bigger screen. Just Faster Data Speeds. :)
Pros It's an iPhone
The camera is better
Siri is more fun than useful... although I like asking her to remind me of things at specific times.
Cons Battery life (even with 5.1 update) is not as good as the iPhone 4. you people can say whatever you want, it's just not as good.
It's not much of a step up from the 4, Siri was more of a gimmicky beta thing than a useful tool.
Summary I'd wait a few months if you're thinking about getting the 4s. The 5 should come out in the next 2-3 months. The battery life isnt as good as the 4 and I don't notice any speed increases in the new dual core CPU at all in games or phone use.
The camera actually is pretty awesome.... but again we're so close to the 5 it's not worth the money to upgrade to this phone.
I would have much rather stayed with my 4 and saved $440, but I sold my 4 for $400 to buy this when it came out. So I guess if you can do that still go for it and do it again when the 5 comes out!