∞ Hands On with the iPhone 4S

I just spent about 30 minutes with Apple’s iPhone 4S and thought I’d give you my initial thoughts.

First the iPhone 4S is exactly the same size as the existing iPhone 4. I laid my iPhone on top of the iPhone 4S and there were no discernible changes to the design.

Even the rounded corners of the device were the same. Length, width and height all seem to be identical on the devices.

What is a bit different are the number of black bands that are on the iPhones. The current model has three bands — one on each side on the bottom, and one on the top. The iPhone 4S has four bands — two on the top and two on the bottom.

The bands are where Apple houses the antennas for the device. The Wi-Fi, wireless and Bluetooth technologies use these areas. It’s not clear at this point if Apple moved any antennas or what they added the extra band.

The real big difference with the iPhone 4S is with its processing power. Of course, having the A5 processor is huge, because it can easily handle Apple’s more advanced technology like its voice assistant, Siri.

The increased processing power also allows developers to continue to push the envelope on the complexity of apps that are built for gaming, productivity and other applications.

Overall, the power of the iPhone 4S is impressive. Being able to use apps like Siri will be fun, but we’ll have to wait to see what coverage and call quality are like.

  • Anonymous

    Jim or Peter, have you been able to confirm with your own eyes whether the camera startup is really that fast? Sometimes the wording is vague: 1.1 seconds for the entire bootup of the camera or for only one portion of it? Is that the total amount of time from tapping the camera button to being ready to take the first shot? It feels like forever on my 3GS.

  • iPhone 4 CDMA had same 4 bands as this 4S.

    • Firestar1

      Wow there is only three look again

  • Jim, not to be nitpicky, but Apple doesn’t house the antennas in the black bands, these bands indicate/separate the individual antennas.

    Overall nothing really new on the outside, but I’m impressed with the new innards, especially the camera.

  • Wow, too brief an article for 30 minutes hands on.  How accurate was Siri?  To what extent could you voice command and did it work as smoothly as the demos?  Comparison of Safari speed to iPhone 4?  Comparison of shutter speed to iPhone 4?  Comparison of video stability to iPhone 4?  Too brief an article in my opinion.

    • So you’re basically expecting a full-fledged review on the basis of a 30 minutes hands on, in a noisy room full of journalists and bloggers waiting to get their paws on the demo unit you’re using.

      Get a grip.

      • Winnle

        How long would it take you to count bands and look at the size?

        I think he had 30 seconds with the phone, not minutes.

        Way to make yourself look important. Not.

        • YossarianLives

          Calling Dalrymple a liar?

          Wow … I hope the irony of you calling out someone for an inflated ego is not lost on you.

        • I don’t think you understood the meaning of my comment. Read again.

  • Morganfeldon

    SIM card or no?