While some were
expecting the iPhone 4S to be radically different to the iPhone
4, we're actually very pleased with the new phone. Regular readers
of S21 might have picked up that we're big fans of evolution. Messing
with a good design often leads to tears. The iPhone 4 design is a classic
and there was no urgent need to change it.
Apple iPhone 4S Review
|| Review: October 2011
Last updated April 2013.
In a nutshell: Although it looks
just like the iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S has a new dual antenna
that eliminates the reception problems that plagued the iPhone
4. A new dual-core processor makes the phone run ever so smoothly,
and we love the voice-activated Siri intelligent assistant.
Other goodies include an 8 megapixel camera, now with full 1080p
HD video recording, plus the new iOS 6 operating system and
iCloud. We hate the tiny 3.5 inch scheen though.
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There was, however, an urgent need to fix the reception problems that
dogged the iPhone 4. After all, what use is the best phone in the world
if you can't make a phone call? Apple have worked hard on this problem,
replacing the old antenna with two new ones, and the reception is now
Now, you could argue that despite its iconic looks, the iPhone suffers
from a relatively small screen size. Certainly the Retina display has
an amazingly high resolution. But only 3.5 inches? We've become used
to high-end smartphones with massive 4.7 inch screens. That's nearly
twice the size. We would have liked to see a bigger screen. But the
screen size is probably the only area where the 4S can't match or better
The 4S is powered by a dual-core A5 processor. This is twice as fast
as the processor used in the iPhone 4. For graphics, it's an incredible
7 times the speed. This means lightning fast responses from the user
interface, plus the ability to record and play 1080p HD video in all
The still camera has been upgraded to 8 megapixels, with new improved
optics as well, including a larger aperture to let in more light. It's
probably one of the best cameras in a mobile phone, and certainly good
enough to replace your digital camera, unless you're a pro. There's
no more need for PhotoShop either, as the 4S comes with its own suite
of photo editing tools, right on the phone. Now you can take the shot,
tweak it and upload it straight to facebook without needing a computer.
The new version of the operating system - iOS 5 - brings more than
200 improvements: some big, some small. iMessage is cool. It lets you
send unlimited messages to any iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch running iOS
5. A new notification centre brings together messaging, emails, reminders
and friend requests so you can easily keep on top of what's new. Better
Twitter integration lets you tweet directly from apps like Safari, Maps
and Photos. Over-the-air updates mean that you'll never need to connect
your phone to your computer ever again.
iOS 5 also brings new security enhancements. As well as password protection
and encryption, you have access to enterprise email via Microsoft Exchange.
iCloud is another new feature. With iCloud you can store all your music,
photos, videos and other data online. Apple's servers will store it
and safeguard it for you, so you can access it from anywhere. iCloud
also keeps your calendar, contacts, mail and reminders automatically
Perhaps the most intriguing of all the new gadgets is the voice-activated
Siri intelligent assistant. Siri is perhaps the first mainstream AI
app, and it can understand natural language questions and commands.
You can have fun trying to catch it out with trick questions, and when
the novelty wears off you can start putting it to work properly: "Text
my wife to say I'll be home late this evening," or "Schedule
a meeting with James at three this afternoon." Siri will come back
to you with supplementary questions if it needs more information or
wants you to confirm an action. The voice recognition feature can be
used with other apps too, such as updating your facebook status, or
dictating a reminder. Just don't speak to it in a strong Scottish accent!
Another new feature in the iPhone 4S is Bluetooth 4.0. Bluetooth 4.0
uses less power and has the potential to be faster. The new twin antenna
also doubles HSDPA data speeds to 14.4 Mbps. The amount of onboard memory
has been increased too, with up to 64GB available. And the phone's available
in Black or White right from launch.
Finally, let's talk about battery life. When launched, the iPhone 4S
suffered from truly terrible battery life. This was quickly identified
as being a software issue, as iPhone 4 users who installed iOS 5 on
their phones found that it killed battery life for them too. Apple released
iOS 5.01, which failed to make any impact on battery life and then went
quiet for about six months, apparently in denial. But then in March
2012, a new version of iOS 5.1 appeared. This finally seems to have
fixed the problem, with most users reporting much improved battery life.
"Much improved" is a relative concept, of course. Smartphones
always struggle with battery life, but at least now the iPhone 4S can
safely make it through the day without recharging.
Update, October 2012: The release of iOS 6 has removed the
brilliant Google Maps and replaced it with a broken Apple Maps. Be warned.
If you choose this phone and upgrade to the latest OS, you'll be missing
out on a key smartphone feature.
Hopefully you've got the impression that we like the iPhone 4S. It's
a magnificent device. Sure, we'd have liked a bigger screen, but apart
from that all is good. There's only one more thing to mention, and that's
the price. At launch it was insanely expensive. Now it's merely very
expensive. We're talking about 500 quid PAYG, or £30 a month on
contract. That makes it a significant purchase, so we're sure you're
thinking hard about whether to buy it. The thing is, it's so much more
than just a phone. It's more than just a mobile computer. And top-of-the-range
Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy
S3 cost about the same, although arguably they do more. If you like
Apple style and the iPhone ease-of-use, we'd recommend that you stick
with what you know and choose the iPhone
5 with its larger screen.
Features of the Apple iPhone 4S include:
- iOS 5 Operating System
- Assisted GPS with digital compass
- 8 megapixel camera with touch autofocus, LED flash and geo-tagging
- Video camera: Full HD (1080p) up to 30 frames per second with audio,
VGA secondary camera for video calling
- Display: 960 x 640 pixels (3.5 inch) touchscreen
- Music player (AAC, Protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible (formats
1, 2, and 3), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV formats)
- Video player supports 1080p Full HD playback at 30 frames/second
- Voice control, voice memos
- Siri intelligent assistant
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, email
- Memory: 16GB, 32GB or 64GB flash drive
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n), 3.5mm
- WAP, EDGE, HSDPA
- Size: 115 x 59 x 9.3 mm
- Weight: 140g
- Quad-band GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) plus UMTS/HSDPA (850, 900,
1900, 2100 MHz)
- Talktime: 8 - 14 hours
- Battery standby: 200 hours
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Average rating from 117 reviews:
Reviewed by Ryan from Wales on 25th Apr 2013
I've actually gone back to using my 4s as I simply couldn't get on with
the S3 for one reason or another of course it's a great phone but personally
prefer app quality and ease of use over all round usability.
Reviewed by dawn from uk on 21st Apr 2013
Got this as a second phone and to use as ipod for walking/gym. I am
a phone junkie. My main phone is the note 2, which is great but not
always practical due to size. . The iphone 4s has a beautiful form factor
and screen, I love that it's small and easy to use one handed. Calls
and music sound great. The phone is always fast and responsive. Everything
feels fluid, clean and snappy. However, IOS is much more restrictive
than Android, tinkerers will hate this phone!! Android offers far greater
flexibility and many more options. But the 4s still has its positives,
being simplicity, ease of use and just plain sex appeal. Negatives are
*dire* battery life, which plummets rapidly if any data driven app is
used. I'm charging more than once a day. The lack of Swype is painful
, especially on such a small screen. Camera is not impressive..blur.
Lets not mention itunes. So, I got it for music and calls, which it
manages well enough. And physically the handset and UI is gorgeous.
Possibly style over substance. But I do love it still. Somehow it feels
like a luxury item.....If the battery was better, I would have given
Reviewed by Emma from England on 11th Nov 2012
Love this phone, best ever for me yet and I've had Samsung, Nokia, Siemens,
Motorola and few others .
Its like a mini computer, so depends what you want.
Reviewed by Ryan from Wales on 13th Oct 2012
Just an update on my first review - I've been served fantastic,y by
the 4s however the phone is really starting to lag behind the top Android
handsets some people will blame Apple for not enhancing the phone enough
but as the current sales chart shows with the iPhone 5 then this format
is clearly an extremely popular choice despite the somewhat lack of
technological grunt - however I. In dire need of a big screen so will
switch to the S3 later this month as IMOitsoffers a lot more for the
money than the IP5 - but still a big thumbs up for the 4S - it's been
Reviewed by aga from London on 8th Oct 2012
My first Ihone and..I really don't like it.I used Android phones,ant
they are so much easier and straight forward,more beautiful. Had to
pay for apps that are free on Android, whatsapp doesn't upload pics.
such a dissapointment
Reviewed by zenil from india on 8th Sep 2012
Best phone in the world iphone 4s
Reviewed by lee from england on 8th Sep 2012
Ok lets try and sort this out
Firstly the good points
Build -you will not find a better built phone than an iphone the quality
is unmatched in terms of body material and feel
Display- once again you wont find anything better out there crystal
Software -apple software is much more cleaner and polished than android
versions also you will find many games that are online multi player
on iphone but NOT on android also in games apple gets releases first
with some games apps not even getting ported to android the ios has
come along and kept and updated it quality and ease of use generally
it does everything in a clean compact way so in terms of general design
in and out YOU CANT GET BETTER
We have to ask is build quality and general screen quailty the most
i.portant thing in a device that no matter what you call it has become
the new mini multi computer so because of this and the features now
offered on mobile phones it has to be viewed this way price also means
this so lets now move past LOOKS and actually view it properly or fully
in relation to the current market and technology
This is where things start to show a few cracks in the apple hype or
price point as once you lift the lid you find this and earlier model
struggling to keep up with a market that apple actually set most of
the main issues can be put down to apples choices or want to drain things
in order to make money with consumer the one that suffers this tactic
and we are not just talking about screen size which is the first tell
tell sign that apple might be more money that customer focused the fact
that we are in late 2012 and apple still wont give there customers sms
delivery reports in another big hint and a major reason that people
jailbreak there device (why couldnt apple give these feature out of
the box ) unless your a crack head you will not appreciate this from
a company that you spend good money with then there the market that
seems to have overtaken apple in every department leaving only the hard
core fan boy to promote it none of this is to say that its a bad phone
NO but its not exactly 2012 or meeting the market in term of features
(the only pary of the market it holds is general quality) if apple spent
as much time on all the other areas this would be unbeatable but its
not leaving trailing behind
Following suit we may find the same tactics with the up coming releases
of new iphone and ipad for that matter (tho im told apple will finally
give there customer more than 3.5 screen size) WOW THANKS as its not
been released yet its to early to call but until apple start losing
real numbers in customers they wo t change there tactics at all
So after all the hype after the first iphone after the only good phone
being the iphone
APPLE IS LEFT IS 3RD PLACE AND WITH AN AVERAGE SCORE AS IT AT THE MOMENT
ISNT EVEN TRYING TO BE THE BEST FOR THAT MY RECOMMENDATION WOULD BE
OVERAL WINNER ALL AREAS AS OF THE MARKET TO DATE
SAMSUNG GALAXY S3
MIDRANGE WINNER (VALUE FOR MID RANGE MONEY)
SAMSUNG GALAXY W
GENERAL SECOND PLACE
AND IF ALL THIS IS TO MUCH YOU COULD ALWAY GET A 2G OLD NOKIA AND JUST
USE A PHONE AS A PHONE QUALITY
HOPE READERS FIND THIS REVIEW HELPFUL AND HONEST FROM A TRUEFUL PERSPECTIVE
NOT A FAN BOY ONE
I OWN A
SAMSUNG GALXY S3
IPAD 2 3G
THERE NOT ALL MINE MY GIRLFRIEND MY SON AND MY LADY (DONT TELL NO ONE)
Thank you for reading
Reviewed by Mario from London on 1st Sep 2012
If you love your music and looking to be entertained this is probably
one of the best phones out on the market. Camera is pretty good too,
obviously its not going to be better than even a cheap digital camera
but its good enough that I no longer take my digital camera out with
me, or my iPod. Its a very convenient phone to have I used to take my
ohone, iPod and Digital camera when I went out, now all I need is my
Of course no phone is perfect and it does have its flaws. Firstly Its
overpriced, yes its a good phone but when compared to other smartphones
that can do similar things you are being ripped off. I'd say this phone
is worth about £350, not £500.
The security is bad on this compared to other phones. My very old Samsung
g600 (not a smartphone) had better security. Meaning you could set a
pass code for every individual part of the Menu. With the iPhone you
can only set one pass code for access to everything which means anyone
using your iPhone could easily go through your messages, e-mail, photos
and another personal stuff.
Overall a good phone if you can afford it, but not worth buying if you
are worried about your privacy or if its gonna mess you up financially
(as some of my stupid friends did, lol)
Reviewed by Unknown from Somewhere on 19th Aug
Update from last review
I'm not a massive fan of Apples restrictive iOS, but after finding out
that jailbreaking doesn't affect warranty I now can use my iPhone 4S
as if it were an Android open source device. I've made a few tweaks
here and there with how the front-side of my iOS looks and behaves and
made a few tweaks in the background. All of which can be deleted to
return iOS back to its original state.
10 out of 10.
Screen size is perfect. Anything bigger just makes it uncomfortable
to carry in my pocket. I don't have a man-bag and never will so 3.5"
screen is perfect.
Reply by Russ from Wales on 21st Aug
**Warning** - incorrect advice there. Jailbreaking WILL invalidate your
Reviewed by Jon from England on 16th Aug 2012
The hardware is good but the screen is too small compared to modern
handsets. It is a bit weak,as witnessed by several friends who's iPhones
break easily. The real problem with Apple devices is the inflexible
cash cow that is iTunes. Apples greed and small screen put this way
behind the latest HTC and Samsung devices. Apple is bringing out "new"
things in ios 6 that Android has had for over a year !. Get with the
times please Apple
Reviewed by Unknown from Somewhere on 31st Jul
Well I've come back to having an iPhone. I sold my last iPhone 4 as
I was tired of poor battery life. I now believe it was an issue with
iCloud and a few other phone features suck valuable juice. I got a lumina
900. Hmm. Not a bad handset, I just could get on with windows phone
OS. plus I missed a few essential apps that are only on the iPhone.
I decided to return the lumia and got the iphone 4s. As soon as I started
using it it was noticeably better than the iPhone 4 I had. I have no
need for email or the iCloud features. I tend to have my phone only
running on 3G as I have a good signal wherei am and I have unlimited
data. Compared running 3G to wifi and wifi depleted my battery quicker.
So this morning after driving to work having unplugged my phone at 0800,
by 1530 on my way home I glanced at the battery usage. I sent quite
a few texts, checked Facebook a few times (refreshed several times).
Used safari at breaks and I find on my way home my battery was at 96%.
Was I imagining it. No. Charged phone on way home as I use it as sat
nav. Unplugged After getting back to roads I knew. So it's been off
charge since 1615 ish.
It's now 2200 and I've watch 3 hours of a YouTube video on 3G and browsed
the web and listening to music constantly since being home. My battery
is now at 68%. My last iphone would be dead by now. What's different.
I don't have email. I've turned off all non essential location services
including system location services.
Apple know how to design iconic devices which work. Yes they could have
put a larger battery in them but then it'd have to be larger with a
bigger screen and in turn use more power. A perfect device is the 4s.
I wont be getting rid of my iPhone this time.
(I now wonder if it was my old iPhone 4 battery that had an issue or
the fact I used iCloud, email etc)
Reviewed by Mark from uk on 23rd Jul 2012
I have had iphones for the last couple of years and have tried dabbling
with other phones but i just hate Android. Currently i have a work Bold
9900 which despite some peoples reviews is a superb communictor and
i ahve not experienced any issues with battery or software.
However the iphone 4s is just a fantastic piece of kit which is unrivalled
for music, apps and for me personally using the video camera. I easily
get 2 days out battery from my phone, never crashes rock solid reliabilty,
and having owned the s3. as well i think i can honestly say no other
phone comes anywhere near this handset
Reviewed by JH from England on 21st Jun 2012
Horrible! I had the Blackberry Bold 9900 which is much better! Using
an iPhone when having another apple device such as an iPad is no pont.
Blackberry is much better. I swapped back. Too hard to type keeps freezing
and breaks easily. When unboxed I had a faulty charher and had to get
qnother one. Battery life goes in about 2 hours and no memory card slot.
Reply by Ianj from GB on 8th Jul 2012
Jh are you having a laugh, have you read the reviews on the Bold 9900?
Compared to he 4s it's not up to the job. Typing is fine, freezing is
almost unheard of, sure anything breaks if you drop it, to say the battery
goes in two hours is exaggerating to the point of incredulity. If what
you say is accurate, perhaps you could try another 4s as you clearly
had a faulty one.
Reviewed by DW from England on 11th Jun 2012
Looks like the iPhone 4S needs a totally honest & unbiased review rather
than Fandroids/iClones hogging the board.
Bit of background first, I have been using "smartphones" exclusively
since 2002/2 (first handset was the original O2 XDA) so I have had plenty
of experience with "smartphones" over the past ten years or so.
I have had all but one generation of iPhone's (didn't go for the original
EDGE version) from the 3 through to the 4S, and all have been fine other
than the 3GS which multiple handsets had major problems with the WIFI
chipset in both speed and connectivity issues (other variants were perfectly
fine just the 3GS). The iPhone 4S is by far the best of the iPhone variants.
The dual core A5 processor is snappy and also power efficient compared
to the A4 processor from the standard 4. Going from a 4 to the 4S didn't
really seem to be a big jump in performance on paper, but it is actually
very noticeable. I never experienced any issues with the "grip of death"
on the 4, and I am pleased to say that I have not had this problem on
the 4S either. Apple changed the antennae layout on the 4S to the 4
and signal strength on the 4S is constantly better than on the 4 (my
wife has my old 4 and on same network and can check both handsets in
same room). WIFI speeds on the devices are the same and are faster than
the networks 3G on the downstream, but lacking on the upstream (this
I can do nothing about as the upstream speeds are limited by my fixed
ISP) and the iPhones both reach the upper speeds set by the fixed ISP.
The downstream WIFI on the iPhones seem to be limited to around 5Mbps
regardless of actual router configuration or ISP speeds (have checked
this on numerous connections and routers across the country with ISP
speeds ranging from 2Mbps through to 50Mbps cable connections).
Battery life on the 4S is better than the 4, and with even heavy usage,
lasts a full working day (8am - Midnight) before the 10% remaining warning
appears. The only time this changes is if in a low signal area but this
will have the same effect on ANY phone, not just Apple, due to the constant
searching for a stronger signal. To save battery in these areas, it
helps to turn off 3G, WIFI & Bluetooth (unless using the latter 2).
The retina display on the screen is by far the clearest I have used
or seen (and this includes S-AMOLED screens from Samsung).
iOS 5 is very snappy indeed and as you would expect it to be as it has
been written specifically for the hardware within the iPhones/iPads,
and has very few crashes compared to the Android handsets I have had
in the past (which are each compiled and skinned/overlaid for the different
specs in the handsets from each manufacturer in a similar way to Windows
on a PC which depends on drivers to be used for each different piece
of hardware compared to the Mac OS on Apple computers which has been
developed to run on their hardware only rather than a million different
One thing I will point out is that if you have a bumper from a 4, then
it will not fit on a 4S due to the slightly different button layout
which has come about from the antennae configuration change.
Audio quality is very good on the handset speakers (albeit a little
tinny at times), earphones (when they are situated properly in the ears
so the bass is effective, and I wish Apple would use different type
headphone buds as they don't sit in my ears correctly for some reason),
through bluetooth (car stereo supports bluetooth audio and sounds no
different than the USB stick does through the sound system) or on a
dock (obviously the amplifier on the dock I have boosts the quality
through a good set of JBL speakers).
The camera on the 4S is very good but I don't tend to use it very much
as I prefer to use a DSLR for my photography. The sensor works very
well in low light conditions as well as normal daylight, and pictures
taken in Wookey Hole caves recently were outstanding (especially with
HDR turned on and put through Photoshop to combine the different exposures).
You cannot really compare an Android handset with the iPhone as they
are designed to do similar things but in different ways. The iPhone
just works because everything has been written specifically for the
device so that you know that if you download something from the App
Store, it is going to work (due to Apple screening apps before allowing
them onto the Store) where as the Android Market allows apps to be placed
up there without being scrutinised and you are then at the mercy of
the developer to have coded it correctly for the version of Android
I am not going to go too in depth regarding SIRI as outside of the USA
it is more of a novelty than an actual useful service. It is good fun
when drunk asking stupid questions to it such as "how much wood could
a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood" or changing contacts
names to "Ghostbusters" and asking it "who you gonna call". SIRI is
basically a voice activated connection to the Wolfram Alpha site and
most users could type in the query directly in the same time as they
could say it.
I have noticed that one person states that they wish the keyboard was
lowercase. This I find strange as the keyboard is lowercase after the
first character is typed by default unless you double tap the shift
key on it.
I am happy using both Android or iOS, and I am very happy with the 4S
and due an upgrade in the next couple of weeks, and I am considering
going with the HTC ONE X (won't touch another Samsung handset after
having major hardware issues with the original Galaxy S that Samsung
acknowledged were there, but never fixed on the devices), until the
iPhone "5" is announced (wife will be due upgrade then so if it is significantly
better than the 4S I will have that and give her the ONE X :o) ).
I have used Galaxy SII, Nexus, Note, Sony Xperia, HTC Desire HD, etc
since having the iPhone 4S and not been swayed at all to change as they
would not be offering me anything in benefit over the 4S other than
a slightly larger screen, where as the ONE X has a quad core processor
(actually 5 cores as when the handset is in "sleep" mode with screen
off it switches to the lower power fifth core).
If I was to give one possible improvement to the iPhone 4S it would
be that I would like to have seen HSDPA/HSDPA+ hardware inside the device
as basic 3G speeds aren't cutting it compared to the HSDPA/+ chipsets
in the Android devices.
Reviewed by Gemma from England on 11th Jun 2012
Had this phone for two months- and I absolutely love it. I had the Samsung
galaxy s2 but always wanted a iPhone. Top phone! Very very happy with
Reviewed by Jay from United Kingdom on 29th May
I've had the 4s for about a month now, and managed to figure out the
tricks to save power, and I have no problem making the phone last a
day on heavy use and 2 days on light use. I used to have a blackberry
prior to this, and have already found the iPhone easier to use and less
Reviewed by yuki katoka from england on 28th May
I like the iPhone4 because it is stylish and there are many apps and
games like rat race and the speakers are very high quality. You can
dock the phone in many different devices. It links into Itunes and you
can download whatever you want.
Reviewed by Waz from Uk on 20th May 2012
Fantastic phone, i was looking foward to buy and use the samsung note
But after a few weeks its not that i didnt enjoy it
Just was pulled into the apple world now ive got both phones
But using apple to write this review, and got to say its
Really easy to use reall quick and just has that comfortable premium
I pray i get to use this for a great time as i have always seem to get
rid of phones early as before the samsung note i had the htc one which
i sent back on the fact i cudnt afford thr contract so what do i do
get an iphone cntct that is 5 pound more lol, i recommnd it as i had
it 5 days and have enjoyed every minute of it
Reviewed by Jess from Uk on 15th May 2012
I love this phone so much! It is really easy to use, stylish and comfy
Even people who aren't very good with technology can even use it! I
think that it's a really popular phone. Xx
Reviewed by Ryan from Wales on 10th May 2012
I had no intention of changing my 3GS but those great people at Orange
offered me an upgrade to a 4S along with an IPad 3 for only an extra
£6 a month ( honest ) the phone absolutely rocks awesome performance
and a fabulous camera I'm delighted to have the white version as I've
had black phones for what seems like ages could only get the ipadin
black but you can't have everything I'm loving Apple - my Android days
seem a very distant memory
Reviewed by Julian from England on 9th May 2012
Have had the 4S for about 3 weeks now and I have been super impressed
so far, after spending the last 2 years on the HTC Legend (which was
a brilliant phone) the hardware had not stood the test of time as it
became increasingly slow and forgotten by the various Android updates
so I finally made the jump and no regret so far. After coming from the
HVGA screen, the retina display is truly amazing. The media is second
to none with Youtube videos and iPlayer being crystal clear, the in
built speaker is really good as well. The camera is very good as well,
definitely will leave my camera at home from now on. And all this is
run so smoothly and lightning fast due to the duo core processor inside.
My only gripe really is the contacts layout, I do miss the Facebook
integration that you could do on Android and I miss widgets on the home
screen otherwise best phone by far that I have ever owned
Reviewed by Russ from Wales on 16th Apr 2012
Had various Android phones for 4 years and was pretty happy with them.
No real need to deviate from their easy-to-use way of doing things but
I had the chance at getting the 4S for slightly more than what I was
already paying and after playing with one in-store I decided to take
the plunge. The first thing you notice is the build - although slightly
heavier than my last phone (HTC Desire), it just feels so much more
'premium'. HTC phones were good but to me they always had a slightly
cartoon-ish feel to the build quality and layout. The OS takes a bit
of getting used to if you've been on Android for as long as myself but
there's nothing wrong with it and pretty soon it's second-nature. Call
quality is great, people sound a lot clearer than on the Desire and
they sounded good on that. I've always been a big fan of drag-and-drop
when it comes to loading pictures and ringtones so having to potch about
in itunes is a bit annoying but not enough to make you want to ditch
it. Safari is pretty good and has not crashed on any of the sites which
would make the android browser crash however the bookmarks layout isn't
as straightforward as it is with android. Also the zoom and 'text-to-fit'
functions on Safari aren't as good as the Desire but still work ok.
Siri isn't perfect but it's also quite good and IMO works better than
any of the Android equivalents. I could never dictate a text properly
with android as it would get words quite wrong however when I do it
on the 4S it has worked perfectly so far. It's slightly annoying that
it can't find UK businesses but I'm hoping that will change in the next
OS update. I use satnav a lot and the perfect integration of Google
Maps with Google Navigation is sorely missed on the iphone. Although
there are some great free satnav apps for the 4S, I used to be able
to go in to Google Maps, find wherever I was going, tap the 'Navigate'
buttom and it would all be set up for me. At the moment I have to go
in to Maps, find the postcode for my destination, copy it, come out
and go in to the satnav app I'm using and put it in that way. None of
them have as good integration as Android does. All in all I'm happy
with the 4S. I've not used the iphone 4 so I have no idea how similar
it was but there's no getting away from the fact that the 4S is a really
great phone. Not perfect by any means but still very good.
Reviewed by KevM from UK on 14th Apr 2012
I have had the 4s now for about a month after upgrading from an X10.
Never having an iphone before I was very dubious about getting one.
My first impression was how easy it was to set up and operate. I'm not
really a techno phobe but it really is simple to use, and as a phone
it works very well. Good call quality, loud volume for the speaker (X10
owners will know how frustratingly quiet that phone was), I have not
had a problem with the signal strength and the battery life is better
than the x10. The camera is very good and browsing the internet is a
treat and very smooth and quick. The wifi works very well and I haven't
had it freeze on me at all. All in all, a great phone and I'm pleased
I made the switch to Apple.
Reviewed by Karen from UK on 10th Apr 2012
As a smartphone it is great, IOS is getting better with each release
but it could do with a refresh on its appearance. The innovation in
2007 that we saw on the first iPhone has been tweaked and improved but
it is no longer that really cutting edge piece of eye-candy that it
once was. It is still a beautiful bit of kit but not jaw dropping.
Reviewed by Munawar hussain from Iahore pakistan on
9th Apr 2012
I just love the iphone 4s its quite expensive here but inspite of that
every one would love to own one l my self have a iphone 3gs 32gb ln
black but saving up for a 4s in black can't wait.
Reviewed by Hassan from United Kingdom on 7th
This phone really is outstanding, the negative reviews are from Samsung
and HTC owners who can't afford this phone, the camera is brilliant,
you cant beat the retina display and finally SIRI, is just an amazing
feature to help you accomplish everyday things in life.
Apple is the best, their competitors get their ideas from them anyway,
it will always be a original and unique company that others are nowhere
Reviewed by shirshah from afghanistan on 5th Apr
i love this 4s ................ thanks apple
Reviewed by Matt from England on 27th Mar 2012
This will be a long one but please bare with me, i bought the IPhone
4(my first IPhone) when it was released i gave it 5 stars and all the
usual comments - awesome screen, fantastic build, fast, reliable, good
battery (ios4) etc. This was after owning various android phones, mainly
the HTC desire. Anyway after the IPhone 4 which i sold to buy the Nexus
S (which i loved) and i had this phone the longest of any so far, almost
10 months. It was brilliant, the screen,the looks etc and i loved vanilla
android. It was updated to ice cream sandwich, which was great but it
drained the battery and i decided to sell it. I bought the Galaxy Nexus
which i must admit seemed massive but again the looks, build and that
screen!!! but then to be honest after the Nexus S it seemed maybe too
similar, yes better apart from the size, much faster etc, But i couldnt
help think it should have been a bigger step up and to me it was not.
Now to the IPhone 4S, i sold the Galaxy Nexus to try this and i bought
a 32gb white one, im still using it. The camera is the best i have had
so far, but only just! the Galaxy Nexus was good too, its fast, but
no faster than the Galaxy Nexus, its slower on the mobile data internet
but i was expecting that but i was not expecting the speed of the wifi!!!
its terrible!!!! yes the battery has improved over what it was but again,
not good at all and nowhere near the Galaxy Nexus. The build is good
obviously being almost exactly the same as the 4, the screen quality
is great but now seems far too small! But to be honest this is similar
territory to the Galaxy Nexus to the Nexus S. Just not enough of a difference
to spend all that money, If you have a 4 keep it till the IPhone 5 is
released (Fingers Crossed its different and worth it) the 4S is just
too expensive for what it is! siri is useless! fun for the first week
but no use at all, i live in lincolnshire. Honestly i kind of wish i
had kept the Nexus S, as a phone and a complete package for the money
they now are its better than all of them!!! I was gutted with the IPhone
4S i wanted to love it, to love Itunes after the memories from when
i had the 4, to see a vast improvement as a all round phone/entertainment
item but no. So i cant give it the rating i was hoping too, it will
be sold and i will go back to android (Again) Im looking forward to
the HTC one S in black, i will maybe give that a go but i will go back
to the Galaxy Nexus if not, and live with the size over the Nexus S
for the other all be it slight im some ways improvements. So sorry Apple
your getting 3 stars! What a shame, a wasted oppotunity.
Reviewed by perry from england on 25th Mar 2012
had the 3gs and the iphone 4 now got the iphone 4s oustanding phone
but the one problem i have is i cant use wifi i.e. cant connected to
internet phone picks up router signal i have tried my password to many
times to mention and i it wont let me connect good job i have unlimited
internet with my package
Reviewed by Jammy from England on 22nd Mar 2012
Upgraded from my nokia X6 and the difference is truly amazing,quick
and easy to use One thing that will stop it getting 5 stars though is
the fact the satnav DOESNT talk..whats the point of that? Even my nokia
had that and that was nearly 2 years old so why a brand new iPhone doesnt
is mind boggling? Are you seriously supposed to WATCH the directions
as youre driving?? Any solutions would be most welcome..
Reviewed by Conor from UK on 14th Mar 2012
The iPhone is truly an incredible work of art, useful in any situation
and very very reliable.
Reviewed by bhupi from india on 8th Mar 2012
Reviewed by Ryan from Heywood, UK on 3rd Mar 2012
Had my 4S for a month now on upgrade from the 4, must say...I regret
upgrading, bar the better camera theres nothing "new" or special that
the 4 had to offer with the iOS update months ago, Apple do everything
simple and very well but since I upgraded Ive noticed Data speeds are
a lot slower, you get bored waiting for social networking sites to refresh
they take so long, wifi gets recognised then forgotten too often, O2
like milking you for bolt ons because you now use way more data than
before apparently, iPhone should be the best, in so many ways they are
but for me, Im going getting a Samsung Galaxy S2 tomorrow, fed up with
such slow data progress on the outskirts of manchester they should be
rapid, my speedtests show.. Ping 41ms..5.13mbps download and 0.17mbps
upload via wifi and on 3g its 38ms, 5.79mbps and 0.67mbps, thats useless
now aint it.
Reviewed by Kayleigh from UK on 29th Feb 2012
I purchased this phone in November 2011, unboxed it and found a faulty
charger. I then returned it and got a new one and got another faulty
charger. I sent that back and finally got a good working charger. Battery
life is rubbish, lasts two hours maximum if you use internet and other
apps a lot. Siri doesn't work but I know it is in BETA mode. Camera
quality isn't that good, it's so orangey and red and needs some effects
like Android has. I sold this phone in January 2012 and purchased the
HTC Incredible S and that is amazing. Android can offer you more for
less of your money. Switch to Android smartphones, they may no have
Siri but they has better camera quality and faster web browsing.
Reviewed by Kyle Weaver from UK on 29th Feb 2012
One of the worst phones Ive ever owned, My Nokia 3310 is better! Constant
lag and freezing even with the 3 that Ive had(Been replaced) My current
phone is a Samsung Android and its brilliant compared! Apple was not
meant to make phones.
Reply by Se7eNMONK3YS from Uk on 2nd
How wrong you are.....Troll, all have there benefits so it's down to
personal choice, Apple shouldn't make phones ?? That's like saying a
Search engine shouldn't create an OS !!!
Reviewed by mungel from usa on 23rd Feb 2012
One of thee very best phones no doubt about that also the very and mosgt
impresive iphone yet!
Reviewed by Tony from UK on 15th Feb 2012
Love the iphone! Had a Samsung touchscreen a few years ago and really
hated it but this is so much better. So easy to type and even searching
the internet - the screen is so clear. Love the fact all my music is
on there too. Highly receommended! I do also like Siri even though it's
not much use yet...
Reviewed by Meer from Uk on 14th Feb 2012
If you have £500 Spare put it into an isa account, cos if you spend
it on this phone you'll not be earing any interest after you've played
around with its Novelty features.
Reviewed by Dave from Canada on 10th Feb 2012
slower than Androids, camera delay, SIRI lies and doen't work properly
outside the US. this garbage is for iclones only. All the stuff ripped
off from all other devices work better on other devices. Also what kind
of company is so bad that they can't even put in a lower case character
set on the keyboard?
Reply by W from Egypt on 13th Feb
Are you Kidding????????????
Reply by George from England on 17th
I have to agree
Reply by Silent Bob from New Jersey on
24th Feb 2012
SIRI lies, and so do YOU Dave! SIRI is a BETA release because this type
of technology has NEVER been used/released before so they had no way
of knowing every question SIRI was going to be asked. Which Android
phone has SIRI technology Dave? Which phone did Apple 'rip' that idea
from Dave? As for the 'lower case' remark, may i suggest R.T.F.M Dave?!!
ME : Is Dave a idiot SIRI? SIRI : Yes, i believe Dave is!
Reply by ron from uk on 3rd Mar 2012
agree with dave
Reply by Stewart from Scotland on
7th Mar 2012
Siri is pretty useless outside USA !
Reply by skoopylou from wales on 5th
woah i think silent bob is a bit mean to dave here, this site is for
reviewing phones and dave is giving his experience of the phone, i don't
think we should be replying like that as dave is entitled to give his
opinions, it helps ppl like me who are thinking of getting a particular
phone so value ppl's experience with iit.
Reply by Mobile Phones UK from UK on
6th Apr 2012
Thank you, skoopylou. Let's end this discussion now, as both sides have
had their say.
Reviewed by Waleed from Egypt on 9th Feb 2012
Honestly, nothing like iPhone. I tried the Samsung GS2 and it was a
great mobile but not like the iPhone. The iPhone 4s is very fast, smooth
and powerful. Camera also is very good. touch screen is fantastic as
well as the screen quality. Build quality is excellent. lots of applications
and we even have now a jailbreak too :).
Downsides in my opinion are battery (although it's better than the GS2
one) and the iTunes (which i hate actually). Also the signal reception
is good but not great.
My advice is this: you will never regret buying iPhone 4s especially
if you never tried iPhone before.
Reviewed by Marwan from Israel on 4th Feb 2012
Fantastic phone. Very easy to use and come to grips with. Battery life
is better than the iPhone 4 - the previous model.
Reviewed by Mint from England on 17th Jan 2012
Had this phone for three weeks now , Defo the best mobile phone out
, Battey life is fine ,just charged it every bed time , Siri and Face
call the only difference from the 3 gs , maybe a little faster , screen
a little smaller , camera better , not much difference I suppose , maybe
best to wait for the I phone 5 . However still the best out there ,
ps , people who slag this phone off , Dont really own one .
Reply by mark from england on 9th
The iPhone is a triumph of marketing over product, its owned by people
that 'think' they are cool. If you knew anything about mobiles you would
not own an iPhone, you would have an sg2 or galaxy nexus. I admit apple
started the smart phone revolution and set the standards for everyone
else to follow but the current iPhone 4s is so far off the pace of the
top Android phones its laughable.
Reply by Carl from England on 23rd
What are you on about Mark, the Iphone 4S frequently comes out on top
in reviews on mobile related websites and magazines. Are they all wrong
too? Or does your arrogance clearly our-rank your knowledge? I suspect
Reply by Mobile Phones UK from UK on
23rd Apr 2012
No more replies to this please, as it's degenerating into the usual
love it-hate it argument.
Reviewed by suresh from United Kingdom on 16th
Iam surprised to read a lot of battery issues. I have used both 3g and
3gs, the battery life on them is so poor that I have to charge at least
twice a day. I am quite impressed with 4s battery life, I have been
at work since 7AM and I still have 65% juice left on it(time now is
9PM). With so much hardware upgrade its a winner.And I am not even going
to talk about 'siri'. My only disappointment is the screen could have
Reviewed by Nicola from UK on 15th Jan 2012
Just 1 thing to say - battery life is GREAT! Seriously I don't know
how others are havin problems. My phone is of charge at 0630 and lasts
easily until 10pm, that's with 3 email accounts set to push, wifi on,
screen on auto brightness, 20-30 emails sent a day, around 10 texts
and calls, plugged into to car stereo aux input playing music on car
journey. Phone is a big improvement on iPhone 4, Siri whilst being a
bit of a gimmick is great for setting location based reminders "remind
me to call bank when I get home" and when I get home the reminder pops
up - brilliant. Camera shutter speed is great for taking repeat snaps
quickly. Overall speed difference shows with the A5 dual core processor
Reviewed by Charli from Wales on 15th Jan 2012
Held back from getting an iphone until now because of the price etc
etc. But had a blackberry before and oh my god is it so much better.
It's such a good phone you don't even feel like you're using it that
much - because everything is so simple! I had a touch screen qwerty
phone before that I simply could not type on - but the iphone's keyboard
is so clever that it knows what i mean even when i type complete gibberish
(most times anyway - i do end up with some silly things sometimes :P)
The only thing that disappoints me for the money is the fact that the
screen is so small compared to others - my boyfriend has a android phone
with 4.3in screen which he got for free on a £26 a month contract...
seems like i lost out! Another slight issue is the fact that siri can't
do anything because apple don't care about non-americans... but siri
isn't a huge part of my day to day usage. All in all i love my phone
Reviewed by Trevor from N Ireland. on 10th Jan
My first ever iPhone. And I must say I am very impressed, the interface
is superb. I could see the battery life bring an issue for some, but
for me it's not. Was with blackberry before this, and moved because
of the recent problems. Loved my blackberry, but I think they have lost
me for the foreseeable future. Best phone I have ever had.
Reviewed by tj from scotland on 9th Jan 2012
Small screen compared to other smart phones. Mine drains the battery
very quickly. Few hours and its flat apple can never seem to get the
iphone right lets hope number 5 is better
Reviewed by Alex from America on 9th Jan 2012
It is terrible and very low battery standars like 5 hrs really.
Reply by W from Egypt on 9th Feb 2012
Sure you use a lot of applications, WiFi or 3G. If you are not, then
your mobile is faulty because the battery is not that bad at all.
Reviewed by Liz from United Kingdom on 6th Jan
amazing phone. has everything, great camera, great for music, great
for texts and calls, browsing the internet and of course the amazing
apps available at the app store. Had this phone for a week and i love
the amazing screen, all other screens are awful compared to this one!
I have had a iPhone 3g s in the past, and then tried out the blackberry
which is no were near the iPhone standard, so i wanted to change back
to iPhone as soon as possible and when the iPhone 4s was released, i
knew i should have it- and i have never looked back. The only thing
is the battery life, but the charged is portable and it does not take
long at all for the battery to be charged up again. I purchased the
'bumper' case in Blue with the phone and it is amazing. The apple staff
at the store are very friendly and make purchasing the phone a great
experience! if you want this phone, i definitely recommend it, but purchase
from the Apple store!
Reviewed by Bluewood from Thailand on 3rd Jan
I thought I'd give apple a go, after I played with my sister's Iphone
4, and... I was very disappointed. I wasted a lot of money on this.
I thought 'd buy the 32GB because if it was good, I wanted to put my
films and music on it. The battery is just appalling! I've had it for
a month, and the battery only lasts 6 hours when I'm using it, and 72
hours when I'm not using, just leaving it in the kitchen. The camera
is not bad, but the filming is naff! My Sony Ericsson W902, takes a
better film. Only thing good about this phone, is the internet browsing.
Reasonably fast and easily usable. DISAPPOINTED!!
Reviewed by Tom from Uk on 2nd Jan 2012
I have gone through 2 of these so far, the previous ones were returned
due to issues with battery and signal which i thought were meant to
be fixed. After all these issues i thought about why i wanted an iphone,
was it because it is a good mobile.....no, in fact compared to its competitors
it is actually quite a poor phone, i wanted one because its fashionable,
after getting over this i went with the Samsung Galaxy S 2 and i have
to say i have never looked back
Reviewed by Gary from UK on 31st Dec 2011
Superb phone, simpicity itself to use. Never get less than a whole day
from the battery but thats down to my usage. Must say the signal was
very poor until I changed networks. If you are considering this phone
I would recomend you speak to current users in your area about their
network providers signal before purchasing and save yourself a lot of
Reviewed by Lee from uk on 25th Dec 2011
Have had the phone a few weeks now upgraded from a Htc desire android
phone and i have to say i really like the iphone its well made screen
isn,t the biggest but still good with a crisp display. The apps seem
to be off a better quality and run smoother than the android and so
far the phone has worked with no issues. Battery life isn,t great but
what smart phone is if you use all the features they have. Great allround
phone can be expensive if not on a upgrade so far love it
Reviewed by Golddalek from UK on 22nd Dec 2011
Reviewed by James from England on 21st Dec 2011
Did not like it at first so striped out the ios and installed S60v5,
since then it has been good.
Reply by Mobile Phones UK from UK on
21st Dec 2011
Reply by Arunmon from KSA on 30th
Any further info on this review? What was he saying about Android on
Reviewed by lizzy from uk on 21st Dec 2011
Am fairly happy with the 4s my only cripe is the batt drain its not
good sometimes it will drain in 3 or 4 hours for no reason and that's
on standby, i recevied also update but not much better, This will be
my last iphone i need a phone that can last a working day for work.
Reviewed by mj from UK on 17th Dec 2011
Had the 4s for 3 months then swapped back to my Blackberry.Probably
one of the worst phones I've ever had due to the appalling battery life..even
with the software update it didn't make a difference to mine.
Reviewed by anthony from uk on 17th Dec 2011
Battery time is rubbish worst ever. i know all smart phone's aint good
but this is a joke with only the 3.5 screen it should be good. My old
phone had a 4 inch and it was much better. Ebay here it comes
Reviewed by Xperia from UK on 11th Dec 2011
Upgraded to 4s and after couple of days revert back to Xperia. I didn't
like the screen size and there is no option of widgets. Siri is good
however its going to record every thing you say on their server and
I am not interested to prepare their database with my day to day life.
Reviewed by Mark from United Kingdom on 11th Dec
First time I have ever had an iphone and I have to say this is really
great. The build quality is superb and everything about the phone is
quality. The speed of the apps and the speed and smoothness of everything
on the phone is very impressive. For me siri is a bit of a gimmick,
maybe when it gets updated and can look for things in the UK, I will
appreciate it more. Not sure if I already had an iphone 4, if the upgrade
is worth it, although the camera is excellent for a phone so maybe it
would be worth the upgrade, personal choice really.
Reviewed by shawn from uk on 9th Dec 2011
Screen is way to tiny compared to other phones i dont get on with my
iphone but am stuck with it on contract
Reply by Jammy from England on 6th
Sorry but why an earth did you get one then? Surely you must have seen
the size of the screen before you decided to commit? Really naff excuse
to give it 3 stars as theres loads of cheaper pnones with 4"+ screens
out there so youve only got yourself to blame!
Reply by Dean from Uk on 11th May
You're not 'stuck' with it. iPhone's hold their value extremely well
(unlike all the android tripe) so you can sell your iPhone for a good
price and go waste your money on something inferior (although you'll
probably regret it in a couple of weeks when your htc/Samsung starts
displaying their customary faults).
Reviewed by A374 from UK on 7th Dec 2011
Having never owned an Iphone or smartphone before I wasn't sure how
qualified I'd be to review the Iphone 4S but after having it for a month
or so now and comparing it with other friends' phones, including older
iphone models, I really cannot recommend it highly enough. Yes, battery
life is irritating but with moderate use I easily get 1.5 - 2 days out
of it no problem. The dual processor makes it significantly quicker
than the iphone 4 in reality and is worth the upgrade (even if Siri
and the like really aren't of any use whatsoever). The simplicity of
the operating system compared to some Android systems is second to none.
I found a friend's Samsungy Galaxy S2 extremely confusing and she admitted
that after a few months of the phone she's still none the wiser and
is now considering switching to an Iphone.
Reviewed by erik bachicha from philippines on
5th Dec 2011
wow i love it
Reviewed by edward from France on 3rd Dec 2011
This is my second iphone, First one had faulty screen, 2nd ok but not
really happy with it i think i should have buy better, Friend has Samsung
Galaxy nexus and he loves it
Reviewed by sean from uk on 22nd Nov 2011
not nice phone i hate this phone power run down quickly no no
Reviewed by Jack from UK on 19th Nov 2011
OMG!!!!! i love this phone :D no battery problems, dual core processor
makes a BIG difference :D love it recommend to anyone
Reviewed by lizzy from uk on 18th Nov 2011
i agree the best iphone yet but it isnt the best smartphone. well outdated
Reviewed by Scott from England on 18th Nov 2011
Fantastic phone. Great build quality, excellent features. I upgraded
from a 3G to the 4S and it was well worth it. I can't speak for anybody
else but 2.5 days between charges (with average usuage) is excellent
in my book. Highly recommended
Reviewed by David from UK on 17th Nov 2011
I have the Samsung Galaxy S2 and it’s far better than the I Phone
4 s. The reason why I know about this, my friend has the I Phone 4 s
and after comparing the 2 phones the Samsung S2 wins hands down. The
I phone is well over priced for what you get for your money.
Reviewed by Ben from England on 16th Nov 2011
"...the iPhone 4S is so much more than just a phone. It's more than
just a mobile computer." That may well be true, but what the 4S isn't
is a very good phone and or a good mobile computer. It does have a great
camera and a nice, albeit unforgivably small, display, but that's just
about it. Overrated, overhyped and seriously overpriced.
Reviewed by Norman from Wales on 12th Nov 2011
I did not like my 4S because of battery and signal issues, I am on a
good network that dont allow sharing so that argument has hit the buffers,
I have replaced it with a Vertu Constellation much nicer and not common.
Reviewed by Matt from United Kingdom on 10th Nov
OK let's bring a little sanity to his discussion. The iPhone 4S is a
mobile phone. It is not the answer to the ultimate question of the meaning
of life, the Universe and everything (that's 42). It is however an excellent
smart phone that blows the competition out of the water in some areas
and needs to improve in others. I've owned many different phones and
operating systems in my time and the iPhone is easily the best all round
package I've used. The build quality of the hardware is outstanding.
It feels solid, looks great and is easy to use. I've had the 4S since
release day and I've not dropped a call yet. The call clarity is noticeably
better than my old 3GS. The Retina Dispaly is a wonder of the modern
world. Immensely clear and is easily the most responsive touchscreen
I have ever had the pleasure to use. It's the same story with the software.
It's obvious that a lot of work has gone into iOS 5. I've upgraded from
a 3GS running iOS 3 then iOS 4 and the improvements are great. iOS has
always been an intuitive and easy to use OS but the little tweaks and
refinements add up to something phenomenal. Previous versions have been,
whilst easy to use, a little frustrating. Anyone who's had a game of
Angry Birds interrupted by a text message pop up in the middle of the
screen will know what I mean. iOS 5 sorts this out brilliantly with
a far less intrusive system that tells you you have a message but let's
you get on with what you were doing. OK it borrows heavily from Android
in the way it handles notifications, but didn't Android copy iOS in
the first place and build on the concept. All advances rely on those
that come before them to some extent. iCloud is a really useful feature
that will only get better with time and Siri has the potential to be
a game changer in the way we use technology (as long as Apple can teach
it to understand a Scotsman). Now for a couple of gripes. Battery life
is slightly worse than I expected. My wife's iPhone 4 will outlast my
4S. However she has also noticed a drop in battery life since upgrading
to iOS 5. Hopefully the just released iOS 5.0.1 will fix this. I have
just upgraded and time will tell. However the battery is no worse or
better than most other smartphones I have used. We do so much with our
smartphones it's a miracle than they last a day let alone 2 or 3. That
said, I'm still finding that I have enough juice to last me a full day
(just and I just keep a spare charger handy). If only Apple would put
an 1800 mah battery in the iPhone. Secondly the screen is a little on
the small side these days. 3.5 inches was big 2 years ago. Now it looks
a little 'last year'. However the pixel density of the Retina Display
makes up for this and it's so easy to zoom in that it's not really a
huge issue. Before I get called an Apple fanboy I would like to point
out that I have owned several Droids, the last being a Galaxy S, however
I always found myself going back to the iPhone as it was just so much
more pleasureable to use. The 4S is not perfect but in my opinion it
is easily the most rounded of the current crop of super phones. Sure
it's expensive but then it oozes quality and the iPhone experience is
second to none.
Reviewed by Tech-Boy from UK on 9th Nov 2011
I suggest, that those of you having signal issues are on a network that
shares it's signal with another, try a pay as you go sim in your device,
using a network that doesn't allow signal sharing. You might be surprised.
iphone 4s, is a superb device on a decent network.
Reviewed by CARLY from UK on 8th Nov 2011
AS ALWAYS APPLE FAR BETTER THAN NY OTHER BRAND. OUTSTANDING, I HAD AN
ANDROID AND THEY ARE USELESS. ALL THOSE FANS BELOW THAT THINK ANDROID
IS GREAT, YOU JUST CANT AFFORD THE REAL ORIGINAL MCCOY, THAT IS THE
Reply by Steve from England on 11th
Sorry but I'm on £50K a year... so yes I could afford an iPhone if I
wanted one ...the Smamsung Galaxy S2 is a better phone.
Reply by Antonio from UK on 5th May
Smamsung?? is that a backstreet chinese copy?
Reviewed by Ben from UK on 7th Nov 2011
Yet again you bunch of fandroids downgrade it because it's apple. I
have this phone and the battery easily lasts a day of very heavy usage
and the signal is far better than the sgs2 which you gave 5 stars to.
Show a bit of objectivity rather than the usual lame excuses used to
justify downgrading a phone rating just to pander to the army of fandroid
children invading every forum. This is truly an outstanding phone which
works well with no lags, far better than the sgs2 which has several
issues which are well documented elsewhere.
Reply by stu from england on 25th
You all just need to get a life... Apple, android? Just get which one
appeals to you, stop trying to justify your (overpriced Apple) purchases
and get on with life....!!
Reviewed by gazza from UK on 7th Nov 2011
Absolutely horrible,you have been warned.DO NOT BUY!!!!!
Reply by Dean from Uk on 11th May
Genious review. What kind of person wastes theirs, and others, time
to write a review without actually reviewing the item in question. You
have not given any reason for why ppl should not purchase iPhone 4s.
Your 'review' suggests to me that you have never actually owned one.
Maybe not in a financial position to own an iPhone 4s so are trying
to deter genuinely interested ppl with your drivel. Do everyone a favour
and leave the review to those of us who own the 4s.
Reviewed by Steve from UK on 5th Nov 2011
I'm not sure about this phone to be honest. I upgraded straight away
from my iPhone 4 - which I always insisted was worth the extra money,
it was just that much better than its rivals. Sure it works very well,
the camera and screen are excellent, Siri is pretty cool but really
just a gimmick, battery life is not brilliant but acceptable. Simply
put though, I'm just not sure it's that much better anymore I'd say
it's on par with the Galaxy S2, marginally better at best. Not worth
Reviewed by Bishy from UK on 3rd Nov 2011
I have an iPhone 4, on iOS 5.0, battery lasts 2 days everything is switched
on except push email. Two days is fine by me.
Reviewed by mikey from london on 3rd Nov 2011
sadly i have the signal problem that was suppose to be fixed..theres
no point in having and expensive phone that drops calls..mine also over
heats you could fry your breakfast on it. one thing good thing is it
looks good and well build but thats it folks you have been warned its
well noted now that the signal problem is still present..
Reviewed by Jimmy_b_vip from Wales on 3rd Nov
Upgraded from the 3GS and so far have no regrets. The speed of the phone
matches my iPad 2 and puts my old 3GS to shame. I've not experienced
the battery issue, in fact I'd have to say its better than the battery
I had in my old iPhone. As a heavy user (no matter which make & model
of phone I've owned) I've always had to consider extra batteries or
external battery packs. I've already got one for my 4S. In any case
is it that much of a hardship to take your power plug out with you?
Whenever I'm in a coffee shop or travelling on First Great Western people
are always plugging in their laptops or mobile phones. Irrespective
of the make and model I'm running windows 7 and have had no problems
with iTunes or when I transferred my music and video collection from
a Windows XP desktop to a Windows 7 laptop. My only grumble and it's
a minor one is the removal of the option to switch 3G on and off. Not
only was it a battery saver but very handy when travelling through some
of the 3G dead spots (on Orange) in South Wales
Reviewed by Ian from UK on 2nd Nov 2011
I love my iphone 4 so I thought I would upgrade to the 4S. Mistake.
The 4s would not connect to itunes running in widows 7. (no problem
with the iphone4)I learnt at the Apple store that this is a problem
for other users and at present there is no fix. There was nothing wrong
with the phone itself though, but as I could not load songs, podcasts
etc via my laptop, it's as much use as a chocolate teapot. For the moment
I am staying with my iphone 4 and got a refund for the 4s. Shame really
Apple might have relised that not everyone has an Apple computer.
Reviewed by K from England on 2nd Nov 2011
The best phone ever! I upgraded from my 3GS to the iPhone 4S, and the
difference in speed is amazing. The camera and video is excellent. Yes
the battery life is not perfect, but neither is it on many top end smartphones.
The signal quality is brilliant so I cant understand why some people
are experiencing elsewise. I rarely drop out of 3G in London (my 3GS
was always EDGE in many places, except near phone masts). Maybe people
experiencing signal issues have lack of a good signal on their network
in their area? Anyway, a top phone and 100% recommended!
Reviewed by Lloyd from England on 1st Nov 2011
I agree with the reviews on the battery and the signal the battery is
a joke no way will you be able to play games on this phone it will kill
the battery off and i lose signal every time i put it in my pocket and
it has trouble keeping a wifi signal . And siri a waste of time in most
countrys unless your in the usa. Im off to buy a htc
Reviewed by Maz from Wales on 1st Nov 2011
Took the 4s out after hearing how good it was. Not that my wildfire
was all that bad, I just had to try it for my self. Problems started
when I tried to send my first picture message.Apparently you have to
have 3g on the screen before you can send, but I am out of signal range
at work and at home. I have to drive a few miles to send a picture or
stop off on the way home to do it. Other problem is the bluetooth, I
cant get it to connect with anything that I could with the wildfire.
For instance my picturemate and my car hands free. Can't connect to
other phones, but I have been told that this is to protect the phones
security. So why wasn't I told this before I took out my contract. Build
quality is second to none but I do get stressed out incase I drop it.
Apps are so easy and connection via Wi-fi is a doddle. Battery life
is a bit of a pain but in fairness it's got a big engine. Overall, nice
phone but should have kept the wildfire and taken a sim only contract.
Will I ever learn.
Reviewed by abi from uk on 29th Oct 2011
25 years ago we used to watch a tv series called nightrider with michael
hassalholf and his kit car the 4s reminds of that but more reality now
than fiction its a gimmy but fun to use i think its a excellant phone
nevertheless only the downfall in my opinion a bit overpriced
Reviewed by Paulo from Scotland on 28th Oct 2011
Awful battery life. Now on my second 4s as the first one was running
out so quickly. Calls dropping like flies, this one is going back. I
just need to decide what phone to get next as it wont be a flipping
Reviewed by Sam from UK on 27th Oct 2011
I've always had iPhones & loved the the iphone 4.. So when the 4S came
out couldnt wait to pre-order one.. After using it for a while it's
not much different to the original iphone 4 although it is alot faster
& of course Siri can be quite fun though useful aswell I suppose, however
I don't use this feature much.. The thing that really disappointed me
was the battery life.. With the 4 I got easily 2 days, however with
the 4S I only get a day at best.. After installing the iOS 5 on my iphone
4 I also noticed a rapid decrease in battery life so I'm now confident
this is just a problem with the software & I'm sure apple will release
a fix for this in due course.. The signal is so much better, I get excellent
3G reception almost everywhere compared to my iphone 4 which wasn't
as strong signal wise.. The 4S wont fit in any cases that has individual
cut outs for the buttons on the side as these had to be realigned for
the new antenna.. So all in all I'm more than happy with this model
Reviewed by Dan from UK on 26th Oct 2011
Put simply this is the best phone I've ever had. I think some people
must have faulty phones as my battery is lasting for 2 days & beyond.
It's getting a strong signal where my HTC struggled & the design is
a future classic. I think SIRI is a bit of a gimmick & I never use it.
I just wish there was a simple way to choose your own music for the
ringtones. That isn't a big deal though & it doesn't stop it getting
Reviewed by ron from uk on 25th Oct 2011
awful battery life i get about 5 hours from mine and thats not heavy
use also i have signal problems i thought this was fixed in the 4gs
but appears not to be, i rushed out and bought and now regret it am
trying to get shot of my awful iphone 4gs. buyers beware the signal
problem is still there
Reviewed by B Pendergest from United Kingdom on
25th Oct 2011
Amazing Phone , Ive had it about a week , this phone is the best mobile
I've ever had , 10/10
Reviewed by Suefromlondon from Uk on 24th Oct
I absolutely love the iPhone 4s. I had the 3GS before which was great
too but this is way better. Highlights are the camera, reminders, Siri
(what a laugh but practical too) and speed. Battery life wasn't great
but have drained the battery twice so far and it's improving. Had the
phone from launch day on the 14th October.
Reviewed by Jim from UK on 23rd Oct 2011
Finally decided to upgrade from my iPhone 3G to the NEW and improved
iPhone 4s. Disappointment crept in all to soon when I noticed I had
crappy battery life that meant I wouldn't make a full day on one charge
- this was with moderate use and with a lot if features switched off
(iCloud, Siri, ping, iTunes, brightness down, push mail off). Also the
phone needs a cover as the antenna problem still exists but is slightly
better then iPhone 4. With a slim fitting case this device still feel
like a square brick in your hand compared with the curved back 3G (and
I have largish hands) One week of poor battery and I returned the phone,
yes it's fast and the display is gorgous but for its price (£750 on
12 month contract) its fallen short with these issues.
Reviewed by Sid H from Uk on 22nd Oct 2011
fantastic looking Phone!! Internet vv Quick, apps music siri brilliant!!
Loads of fun but if you want to make a phone call = hopeless >>15 calls
made 5 connected, txtd 5 times 2 got sent, qwerty keypad to small kept
having to back space to delete the letter next to the one I wanted to
type, compete waste of time, its booked to be returned, it could of
been a one off?
Reviewed by Brad from UK on 21st Oct 2011
I have now had my phone for a week now, after selling my 3GS, I find
the iphone 4S, a super piece of equipment, I'm not a fashion follower,
but a purchaser of quality products, and this is one. I had a Samsung
Galaxy S II,and I returned it, as like the HTC. There are cheap and
have a tacky feel to them, and the Android platform to me feels rough
and no where as polished as IOS, also I find Apple have super customer
support, as I dropped my 3GS, and Apple charged me £130.000, for a re-con
unit(as good as new), tell me what other company would do that ???????,
I know I would have to pay at least £500 min.
Reviewed by That bird on the bus to Ashford from Englandistan
on 20th Oct 2011
Siri comes up with some dumb stuff when questioned other wise a great
phone, love the new 8mp camera, premium product for premium people.
Reviewed by Paul B from UK on 20th Oct 2011
My "um-teenth" iPhone now and the best of the lot. Yes, aesthetically
its the same as the iPhone 4 but its the insides that make all the difference.
You can certainly see the difference in speed, the camera is a lot better
and Siri is great. Worth an upgrade? Yes, I think so. I came from Android
this time(Galaxy S2)and whilst it really is a superb phone the Android
market is still behind the App Store. All in all this is a great addition
to the iPhone line-up.
Reviewed by A Woods from UK on 19th Oct 2011
Gone from a Blackberry to Iphone. Big mistake. No Battery life, no signal.
It looks the part and I like the use of the messaging software but otherwise
its just a gimmick
Reviewed by John from uk on 18th Oct 2011
AMAZING camera on this phone, Siri is ground-breaking in terms of voice
commands, iCloud is such a time saver and the dual core CPU makes it
all work incredibly fast. Have nothing to say other than i love the
Reviewed by Dan Gleebitz from Worthing, UK on
18th Oct 2011
This is my first iPhone and I have to say I am very impressed. As a
previous BlackBerry user for many years, I was a bit dubious as to whether
I should go over to the dark side! Well, I have been using the phone
for five days and I have no regrets – in a nutshell, it’s
brilliant. Don’t get me wrong, the BlackBerry (9700 in my case)
is a superb device but it’s a bit boring and limited compared
with the iPhone. The battery life on the iPhone is not the best but
I do manage to get 1.5 days of moderate use before it needs charging.
That said, I tend to charge it over night like most people anyway so
it’s not really an issue.
Reviewed by anne from uk on 18th Oct 2011
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utter rubbish had to return mine battery life is really bad few hours
if your lucky, small screen what was i thinking off when i went for
the iphone well its on it way back, only appeals to phone snobs to be
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