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Shoud I Upgrade to iPhone 4s?

Updated on October 15, 2011
Apple iPhone 4S
Apple iPhone 4S

The Apple iphone 4S is the fifth generation of the model, and it dropped in U.S. retail stores on October 14, 2011.

If you already own its immediate predecessor, you might be tempted to ask yourself the question "What is the difference between the iphone 4 and iPhone 4S?"

Or, if you still have either the original, 3G or 3GS model, you might be wondering the same thing.

In this hub I will provide you with information on the upgrades and addtions to this sleek touchscreen slate smartphone.

Hopefully, when you are done here, you will be armed with enough information to know whether or not you should run out and snatch up the newest Apple device.

Design - What does it look like?

You might be a bit surprised to learn that the new upgrade looks almost identical to its immediate predecessor.

The only real difference is in the positioning of the notches for the antenna.

You might remember that when the iPhone 4 first launched, some users complained about the reception of the device.

Apple has addressed those issues internally and it has resulted in a miniscule external difference in in the new device.

However, most users will hardly notice the tiny design change.

And yes, you will still have the same two basic colors from which to choose - a sleek, snowy white or a very slick black.

What's The Big Deal Then?

You might wonder, "If it looks the same, then what could possibly be the big deal here?"

Well grasshopper, now we get into the meat of the meal . . .

So, what are the differences?

An Intelligent Assistant - Meet SIRI

In case you hadn't heard the big buzz, SIRI is the pièce de résistance of the new iPhone for most people.

Using its artificial intelligence (SIRI), the new device can mimic some of the most basic duties of an administrative assistant (very basic, of course it cannot replace a human being . . . yet).

Some of the cool tasks it can accomplish includes the following:

  • It can "Talk"
  • Set Reminders to Voice Prompts
  • Answer Direct Questions
  • Read Your Text Messages to You
  • Take Dictation (for responding to text messages and emails)
  • Quote Stock Prices in Realtime

. . . and a host of other cool things that I'm sure your imagination can conjure up.

Steve Jobs Inside - Perhaps a New Slogan . . .

Unless you have been living underneath a rock for the past couple of weeks, you know that Steve Jobs, Apple's former CEO, recently passed away.

Many of Apple's devoted fans have taken to the notion that SIRI is some kind of secret acronym for the notion that Steve Jobs' spirit rests inside - sort of an interesting take on Intel Corporations slogan, "intel inside."

Although the Steve Jobs angle doesn't add much value to the device for most people, it is a nice thought for those who are obsessed with Apple culture.

Incredible Camera Quality

On the other hand, if your life or business has not yet grown to the level of the need for a personal assistant, perhaps the awesome new camera is the big pull for you.

For me, and a lot of other photography enthusiasts, the camera is the biggest improvement on the new device.

The quality of the camera on the new device is amazing, and it can replace most digital cameras for the average point and shoot user; some of the features include:

  • 8 MP Still Pictures
  • Video Records HD in 1080p @ 30 fps
  • Increased Aperture Size
  • Image Stabilization
  • Faster Capture
  • Camera Now Accessible from the Lock Screen

If you aren't into photography, and you do not know what half of the features listed above mean . . . just know that the new device shoots gorgeous photos with incredible detail.

Better Reception

I wrote previously about the slight relocation of the notches for the antenna.

There is an internal reason for the tiny design change.

The device now has dual anntennas from which to choose.

Basically, the cellular radio chooses the best of the two antennas for recieving and sending a signal for each call, and it runs with the winner.

The dual anntennas are incorporated into the handsome stainless steel that hugs the curves around the edges of the iphone 4S.

Faster Device Overall

The iPhone 4S is a faster device because it has a faster CPU than its predecessor.

The new device is outfitted with the A5 CPU, vs the A4 in the previous version.

The A5 CPU is the same processor that is used in the iPad and it results in slightly faster functionality for the iPhone user.

More Retailer Choice - Enter Sprint

When the iPhone first launched in 2007, the only place to get it was AT&T and it stayed that way for years.

With the launch of the fourth generation model, Verizon Wireless got into the game.

The iPhone 4S has ushered in yet another giant of the cellular phone world - Sprint/Nextel . . .

Yes, users everywhere will be all aglow to know that you can now purchase the new iPhone at the nearest Sprint Wireless store.

In Conclusion

If you have one of the first, second, or third generation iPhones (original, 3G, 3GS), you will be blow away at the upgrades and improvements on the iPhone 4S - run out, do not walk, and get it!

If you already own an iPhone 4, the differences might not be enough of a big deal to make you run out and purchase the latest model.

Although I am one of those obsessed Apple devotees I wrote about earlier, I thnk I will sit back, relax, and wait for the iPhone 5 to drop.

For me, Steve Jobs' spirit lives on in all of the Apple devices I own . . .

Steve Jobs Inside
Steve Jobs Inside | Source

Listen to the Technology Masters . . .

That's just my take on the new phone.

This newest version of the iPhone has tons of other features to offer.

You've read my opinion, now sit back, and listen to what Apple has to say about the iPhone 4S. . .

Direct from the Folks at Apple - with a little help from Adele

What Do You Think?

Are You Going to Buy The iPhone 4S?

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      6 years ago

      Yes I think you should upgrade, I did and it is the best iphone I've ever had. Plus the 4s has a 96% satisfaction rate. Here's a funny video on whay you should upgrade:

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      Pamela Lipscomb 

      6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      have thought about upgrading. They have some features I really like.

    • molometer profile image


      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I may look into this as I need a new camera anyway and I get the phone for nothing?

      Great review.

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      Victor Mavedzenge 

      7 years ago from Oakland, California

      My wife got the iphone 4S and I must say Siri is pretty impressive.The camera is definitley top class too. It is certainly worth the upgrade in my view

    • carcamping profile image


      7 years ago

      Useful and helpful. Thanks


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