Apple iPhone 4S review
It's hugely expensive, but well worth it if you can afford it. It's fast, has a great camera (and video capabilities). Siri isn't quite there yet, but in time, it should be an invaluable time saver
Review Date: 17 Oct 2011
Price when reviewed: £599
Reviewed By: Jim Martin
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It's been 16 months since the iPhone 4 was launched. That's plenty of time for rivals to catch up and - in the case of certain models such as the Samsung Galaxy S2 - overtake Apple's flagship smartphone in certain areas.
Now Apple has responded with the iPhone 4S, a handset that looks the same as the old one, but with more powerful internals. It's no surprise that the company has updated the iPhone 4 rather than launch an all-new 'iPhone 5' - this simply follows the pattern that started with the iPhone 3G and 3GS. Outwardly, the iPhone 4S is exactly the same as its predecessor, save for breaks in the external antenna in different places. The newcomer has the same screen, buttons and edge-to-edge glass front and rear; most cases made for the iPhone 4 will fit the 4S with no issues, but the mute switch has moved slightly so those with small apertures for the switch may not fit properly.
So what's new? The main upgrade is the A5 processor - the same as used in the iPad 2. This dual-core chip is estimated to run at 800MHz - Apple doesn't disclose the precise details of its processors. It's around 25 per cent slower than the iPad's chip, and considerably slower than the Galaxy S2's 1.2GHz processor. Apple claims the iPhone 4S is twice as fast as the 4, and up to seven times as fast for graphics (versus the iPad's 'nine times faster' claim).
'considerably slower than the Galaxy S2's 1.2GHz processor.'
followed by a conclusion of 'it's currently the most powerful '.
I assume not CPU power but an overall package more powerful?
By lankyjames on 18 Oct 2011
Exactly, and this is why Apple doesn't release details such as clock speeds. The 4S proves that you don't need a 1.2GHz clock speed to be fast at rendering web pages, for example. (The Galaxy S2 scored 3,727 in the SunSpider test, by way of comparison).
In terms of 3D power, the 4S is also second only to the iPad 2. It's around 40% faster than the Galaxy S2 in benchmarks such as GLBenchmark.
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