iPhone 4S – First Thoughts

iPhone 4S   First Thoughts

Got my iPhone 4S today. Walked straight into the Vodafone Store, no queues, had the device I wanted in stock. Thanks very much Vodafone Stockport.


The new device looks very, very similar to the iPhone 4 other than a few cosmetic changes;

The antenna – The 4S now has 4 strips, 2 on either side of the handset. Hopefully this will be able to abolish the “your holding it wrong” call drop outs.

Proximity Sensor – The Proximity Sensor has been moved to just above the earpiece, on the white device there is colour missing, this makes the sensor more effective solving the issue some users had on the old 4 pressing the screen with their face.

Volume Controls – Not sure if anyone has noticed this, the change is very slight, I only noticed because I tried a case from my iPhone 4. The Mute switch and volume controls have been moved down to make room for one of the antenna strips at the top left side (looking from the front.)

After coming from and iPhone 4 the differences on the outside don’t seem to be much, apart from the fact I have a White one and my other was Black.

I’ve not really had the chance to use the device properly yet so either myself or Dan will let you know how we get on after a few days.

If you got an iPhone 4S let us know about your experience getting it and thoughts on the device in the comments.

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  • The ONLY thing I want to know and haven’t yet been able to find out is how the camera fares against the Galaxy S2. Stills and video.

    • CheesySnugs

      Android fan boyz will ALWAYS try to find something better, when it’s a pointless waste of time.  This device is the best selling device in the world at the minute, and it’s only going to get better.  Please, if you can, list one thing that the Galaxy s2 has that is better than the iPhone4S.  I doubt you can.  Now go play with your little toy, while I continue playing with the best smartphone in the world :D

      • God here we go again..

        I can name a few!

        Replacable battery, bigger screen with SAMOLED,  expandable memory, standard USB slot, free(good) navigation software, much cheaper… just a few off the top of my head :)

        best selling does not equal better. The spice girls sold a few records!

        The iPhone has a better software catalogue, Siri, higher res screen etc etc blah blah blah.

        I’m not a fanboy either way, I’ve owned iPhones and Android devices and loved owning them both. I use the camera on my phone more than anything else, so I could  be tempted to switch if it’s better on the 4S.

        Friend of mine that owns one is hopefully coming round today so, if so, I’ll take a few comparion photos and videos and post them on Coolsmartphone.

        • Pork Sword

          Bigger screen, why would u want that, buy a tablet, expandable memory – iphone comes with icloud, u get 5gb free + phone memory 16gb=5gb =21gb as standard, usb slot, don’t need one, iphone is fully wi-fi sync, also black plastic or metal & glass with quality & design, errr no brainer

          • Bigger screens aren’t always better for everyone, but they have their advantages. Cloud storage does not equal local storage, even if it is free. You have to pay £100 for another 16gb, Android users pay £15 for a card! Android also has wifi sync.

            The build quality on the iPhone 4 is excellent, but it’s not like it’s without issues (the home buttons are well known for going wrong, and the glass on the front and back is known for shattering easily)

            This will be my last post on the subject, but it’s purely whatever floats your boat. I’m not in any one side’s “gang” there are advantages and disadvantages to both sides.

            In other words stop trying to pursuade everyone on the internet you bought the right phone :)

          • Pork Sword

            I’ve just ordered my first ever iphone so i’m not in anyones gang (yet) I’m choosing iphone for ease of use mainly, been on Palm Pre & now Pre 3 for 3 years, WebOs excellent & v easy to use but need a change. Like what i see with Apple,as i did with Palm (at the time) .

          • joe

            I regret I bought the Iphone 4s for my wife..shell doesn’t like it as much as my sgs2 and to be honest I’am a little disapointed too in the 4s

          • Danwillo

            i bought an 4s and have regret also. the ease of use of an android phone is a lot easier. the 4s does have lots of good things but its the simple things which i would use over and over again in a day which i miss from an android device. for example i cant have a widget for one touch calling to get in touch with my wife, etc. or the keyboard when typing out .co.uk you have to go back and forth between the 2 menus. might be just a case of getting used to it but at the minute the 4s is really doing my head in!

          • Danwillo

            i bought an 4s and have regret also. the ease of use of an android phone is a lot easier. the 4s does have lots of good things but its the simple things which i would use over and over again in a day which i miss from an android device. for example i cant have a widget for one touch calling to get in touch with my wife, etc. or the keyboard when typing out .co.uk you have to go back and forth between the 2 menus. might be just a case of getting used to it but at the minute the 4s is really doing my head in!

  • Speedie

    does it have a usb port and a micro sd slot?

  • Err, no.

  • Anonymous

    You’ll have fun with Siri.  It doesn’t take long to learn that when Apple hooks something up with Siri, there’s a lot to it.

    Play around with the alarms.  I found you can do a lot more than the creating of an alarm that I saw demoed.  I tried a few of what I thought to be far fetched functions, and they all worked.  I found you can also create alarms with names, edit pre-existing alarms.  I only use a few, but 1 doesn’t permit ‘snooze’ and they all have different sounds, they’re called:

    Wake-Up
    Siesta
    Beachhouse

    This all worked:

    “Turn on alarm Wake-Up” or “Turn on my Wake-Up alarm”
    R-The WakeUp alarm will go off at 8am

    “Change my Wake-Up alarm to 9am”
    R-I’ve changed your Wake-Up alarm to 9am

    “Turn off my Siesta alarm”
    R-The Siesta alarm has been turned off

    “Delete my Beachhouse alarm”
    R-Your Beachhouse alarm has been deleted

    “Create alarm Beachhouse at 2pm”
    R-Done, your Beachhouse alarm will sound at 2pm

    Siri is going to sell Apple some mobile devices. Who knows what else it already does that hasn’t been documented yet — or what it’ll do a year from now.

    I’m impressed :)

  • iPhone Fan

    I got mine yesterday and I really like it. It’s really quick, apps run better than they ever did on my 3GS.

    The camera is great – the pictures are amazingly sharp and clear with vivid colours. I’d say the quality is as good as my canon point-and-shoot but a long way off my Nikon d90. It’s good for snaps of the kids but without optical zoom it’s never going to be my main camera. It’s not much better than my wife’s iPhone 4 in terms of features but a lot better than my 3GS – iOS 5 however runs brilliantly on the 4s.

    I think Siri is a gimmick but that’s not to say I don’t like it. I can see myself using the dictation function (which is amazingly accurate – more than dragon is) quite a lot. Ask Siri what it thinks of android :o)

    • I would, but I don’t have one… yet :)

  • iPhone Fan

    I’ve played with Siri a bit more now and I’m still not convinced its a game changer but it does work better than any other voice recognition software I’ve used. It doesn’t miss many words and it even understood my mate’s Geordie accent! I think the real brains behind Siri is actually Wolfram Alpha – I can’t believe I haven’t used the site before.