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Apple Iphone 4S review

More power, better camera, Siri and Icloud show promise
Tue Oct 18 2011, 13:34

Product Apple Iphone 4S
Specifications A5 dual-core processor, IOS 5, 8MP rear camera, HD 1080p video recording, 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, 512 MB of RAM, capacitive touchscreen with 640x960 resolution, built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery, 115x59x9mm, 140g
Price £499 (16GB), £599 (32GB), £699 (64GB)

ICONIC GADGET SELLER Apple's Iphone 4S looks just like its predecessor, but as we said in our initial hands on review, it's what's on the inside that counts.

apple-iphone-4s-smartphone-ios5Works right out of the box
One of the best features of the Iphone 4S, in our opinion, is that it works right out of the box. It might be something that most phones that aren't an Iphone do anyway, but when we managed to get the Iphone 4S up and running straight away, we were pleased when it worked. If only Apple had done this when it released the Iphone 4, which had to be plugged in to Itunes before we could use it.

The Iphone's best feature has never been the camera and Apple has been widely criticised about playing catch up to its rivals in that department. It will be hard to slate Apple this time though, as the Iphone 4S 8MP camera is a vast improvement over the 5MP camera on the Iphone 4, with pictures looking clearer and colours more vibrant.

The camera has a custom lens with a larger f/2.4 aperture, an improved illumination sensor, auto white balance, advanced colour accuracy, face detection and reduced motion blur.

We did notice that when taking close-up photos the Iphone 4S camera managed to keep the subject in focus pretty well. When comparing the clarity of close range photos to pictures snapped by the Samsung Galaxy S II, for example, the Iphone 4S actually came up trumps. Apple says the camera is "engineered with a higher, full-well capacity to collect even more light". Indeed, the picture detail is impressive and we'll definitely make use of it.

Video camera
The Iphone 4S video camera has had a significant update, from HD 720p to HD 1080p, which makes it compatible to watch on HD TVs. While the video camera on the Iphone 4 wasn't anything special, the Iphone 4S video camera is pretty decent. It steadied our shaky shots and looked a sight better when compared to video we had taken on our Iphone 4. You can also edit video directly on the phone, which could come in very handy.


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