From a server glitch at a Japanese carrier selling iPhone 4S to Steve Wozniak taking his position in a line at an Apple Store in California, and from the spectacle of people braving the weather to others bringing in cattle to stand in the queue, the iPhone 4S launch day is shaping up in colorful way.
There ought to be solid reasons why iPhone 4S is a good buy right now. The following are some of them:
There are lots of people who are underwhelmed by the new iPhone. Of course, the new phone doesn't match up to the expectations built up by the rumor industry. iPhone 4S doesn't sport a 1.2 dual core processor, the display size is just the same as iPhone 4, camera features are not overwhelming when compared with rivals from the Android breed and there is 4G LTE, no NFC and no user replaceable battery.
However, if you give iPhone 4S the skip now, you will end up waiting at least more than six months to lay hands on the next edition from Apple. After launching an almost new phone with a posse of software upgrades, will Apple undercut it just months down the line? No chance, and Apple fans would scream blue murder if it did anything to cannibalize a model.
Not 'iPhone 5' but not Pushover
iPhone 4S is not the iPhone 5 phantom created by tech bloggers, but it's nonetheless a mighty device. It does feature some important specs attributed to the imaginary iPhone 5, like 1 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU, an Apple A5 chipset and an 8-megapixel camera. It also has features like a 3.5-inch TFT Retina multi-touch display and is loaded with the latest Apple operating system iOS 5.
Sporting a high-speed download packet access (HSDPA) technology, iPhone 4S will have data download speed that is nearly twice as fast as iPhone 4. However, missing prominently were specs like edge-to-edge design, larger display, 4G LTE and NFC.
Siri, Voice-activated Personal Assistant
iPhone 4S comes with alternating antennae for better call reception, CDMA and GSM support, while a more prominent feature is the voice-activated personal assistant called Siri. And then, the iCloud rollout allows users to access their music, photos, apps, contacts, calendars, documents via the Web and sync them across their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC.
The Apple smartphone has a Li-Po 1,420 mAh battery, with 8 hours of talk time on 3G networks and up to 14 hours on 2G networks (GSM). Above all, it runs on iOS 5, the latest version of the famed Apple operating system now revamped with as many as 200 new features.
With a two-year contract, the iPhone 4S costs $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 32GB model and $399 for the 64GB model. Apple-listed prices for a contract-free phone in the United States are $649 for the 16GB model, $749 for 32GB and $849 for the 64GB.