Let’s talk iPhone: one man’s reaction

Let’s talk iPhone: one man’s reactionAfter typing that headline, I realised it might’ve been quite interesting to grab some random guy on the street and quiz him about last night’s iPhone 4S announcement. Actually, realistically, it would’ve probably been a bit rubbish.

Anyway, good idea or not, you’ll have to make do with my reaction for now. Suck it up.

As evidenced in the comments following Dave’s iPhone 4S launches… article, the verdict from the Mobo-regulars was a fairly unanimous “Meh”. I’ll second that, guys.


I think the biggest disappointment for me is the display size. Even at the rumoured 4in, I was thinking that’d probably be too small. I’ve been rocking a 4.3in HTC Desire HD for the past few months, and the last thing I want to do is regress, even by 0.3in.

But what’s this? The iPhone 4S doesn’t have a 4in display after all. Nope, it’s the same 3.5in display as the iPhone 4. Corpus Christi. In a world where the Samsung Galaxy S II is widely regarded as the best smartphone money can buy, Apple is content to hold steady with a 0.8in handicap. Ah well, I guess ideal screen size is subjective.

And what of the 8MP camera and dual-core processor? We were stroking such wares at Mobile World Congress in February, man.

iOS 5

There’s no two ways about it; last night’s iOS 5 talk was duuuuull. And that’s because we’d literally heard it all before, four months ago at WWDC.

Ironically, despite all their copycat claims of late (mostly aimed at Samsung), with iOS 5 Apple essentially nicks several elements from other operating systems. Notifications? Pure Android. iMessage? BlackBerry Messenger. Access the camera from the lock screen? Joe Belfiore will quite gladly tell you that that’s straight outta Windows Phone 7 country.

And of course, iOS 5 will run on the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, both iPads, and the third and fourth gen iPod touches, so there’s no need to fork out for an iPhone 4S to reap the rewards.

Let’s talk iPhone: one man’s reactionPrice cuts

The rumour mill had us believe there’d be a truly budget iPhone, something to take on the low-end Android phones. That’s one area where Android is completely cleaning up. There is simply no Apple alternative to the likes of the Orange San Francisco.

A budget iPhone could’ve been a major game changer, but nope. The cheapest iPhone you can get is the ancient iPhone 3GS at £319 SIM free. It’s now 28 months old. Ridiculous.


The Siri stuff was quite impressive, but realistically how often are you going to speak to your friggin’ iPhone? Apple claims that Siri adapts to your voice, but I refuse to accept that it’ll be able to accommodate the myriad of accents we have here in the UK. “Ey up, Siri. Goin’ down t’pub, 8pm.”


Having said all that, Joe Public will lap it all up. It’s easy to forget that we’re in a geeky minority, endlessly discussing specs and becoming a little too excited at the prospect of the likes of the Samsung Google Nexus Prime and HTC Sensation XE.

On the slightly less geeky hand, my best mate says he wants the new iPhone because “it’ll just work”. Clearly he’s sick of Android glitches.

Well, each to their own, I guess. But I’m siding with one particular writer who described last night as “a crock of shit”.

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Treab  Oct. 5, 2011 at 13:11

On the slightly less geeky hand, my best mate says he wants the new iPhone because “it’ll just work”. Clearly he’s sick of Android glitches.

ignoring the glitches stuff (which maybe true) remind yr mate that the iphone is a phone something the 4 forgot ;)

mugglesquop  Oct. 5, 2011 at 14:24

Retina display is still nicer than the S2 display.... FACT

Treab  Oct. 5, 2011 at 14:34

its just not.

iphoneisshat  Oct. 5, 2011 at 14:36

Amoled is far better than the iPhone display FACT, in fact any iPhone is not even close to the Galaxy s2

magicjay1986  Oct. 5, 2011 at 14:36

Everything about last nights announcement was just very average. I look at my iPhone 4 and seriously couldn't care less about it not being "mega quick". Being "quick" is enough. Siri? Not for me. One of the things I hate above all else is people using hands free when you don't need to use hands free and also those that use voice demand/control in public.
iOS5 looks good and I can stick that on my current handset so I am done. Happy and content without needing to get my wallet out...
Last night could have been MUCH better.

bez  Oct. 5, 2011 at 14:39

On the slightly less geeky hand, my best mate says he wants the new iPhone because “it’ll just work”. Clearly he’s sick of Android glitches.

WP7? :)

Treab  Oct. 5, 2011 at 14:40

Best thing about last night was...


Iphone to be banned in france and italy (maybe?)

Treab  Oct. 5, 2011 at 14:48

Bez he said he wanted something that works :p

Code601  Oct. 5, 2011 at 15:07

No 8gb version of new handset, while 16 and 32GB Iphone 4 disappears from the planet. Apples entire business model is based around scam. EVERY other phone comes with an SD card support. I don't buy iPhone for that reason, I don't like to be cheated.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 5, 2011 at 16:00

Most WP7 handsets have no SD-card support. But yeah, personally I prefer phones with expansion slots. The 32GB on my N900 were never used - I just put in my 32GB microSD and that was enough.

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 5, 2011 at 16:09

Whoever it was the suggested...well said...that the Retina Display is nicer than SAMOLED+ (don't forget that's available in 720p in Korea and likely the rest of the world from next week), the Retina Display is just a TFT screen....I'll leave it at that ;).

Treab  Oct. 5, 2011 at 16:12

tbh more often than not these high res phones are pointless... the eye simply cant see too much detail on a screen that small...

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 5, 2011 at 16:15

The Retina Display is visibly higher res. than the SGS2's SAMOLED+, but it doesn't look "nicer", it looks washed out in comparison. I'd like a 720p SAMOLED+ screen :p.

Treab  Oct. 5, 2011 at 16:16

doesn't mean we can see a hd ready screen on a 4.3" screen ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 5, 2011 at 16:33

Who cares, the first 720p screen shut Apple up about having the highest res. phone screen. Also, what you can see depends how good your eyes are...

Treab  Oct. 5, 2011 at 16:47

mine are crap :p and who wants to compete with crapple??? they are soo behind its hilarious... (then again not as funny as pocketlint are being with how the 4s is 'cutting edge' never had such a laugh)

shuwaz  Oct. 5, 2011 at 19:55

its the most amazing iPhone yet...

Come on Apple, that 5h!t is getting old! :(

goldthornwolf  Oct. 5, 2011 at 22:28

Does anyone know if the iphone 4s will have a video out capabilty like the Galaxy SII via MHL cable?

goldthornwolf  Oct. 5, 2011 at 22:28

Does anyone know if the iphone 4s will have a video out capabilty like the Galaxy SII via MHL cable?

shuwaz  Oct. 5, 2011 at 22:31

If it does I hope Samsung sue their a55es off. Samsung can always falsely claim they invented the technologies two decards ago... works for Apple.

Treab  Oct. 5, 2011 at 23:05

gold gold gold... just no. apple dont give you anything useful like that... they give you siri something no-one will use because they will look like a berk...

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 6, 2011 at 07:34

Treab, that was my reaction about Siri, too.
But the problem is: influential boss-type sh*ts use features like that cause they love barking out orders.
Also: I do know people with disabilities who will appreciate the feature. They deserve a good product, too! I have zero use for GPS, and a bundle of other stuff, that doesn't mean every phone that has those features is sh*t.

I think screenwise we can argue til the cows come home. It's personal preference. I find S-AMOLED too garish, and though I wouldn't buy Apple, I rather look at an iPhone than the SGS2. but my preference needn't mean anything to you.

Treab  Oct. 6, 2011 at 12:27

Lets go through those ideas janny ;)

Disabilities... siri is a piece of voice recognition technology a notoriously difficult tech to get working especially with accents and whilst it may help someone with arthritis someone whos disability has an impact on their voice is not going to find siri useful (or most brummies tbh)

boss type sh*ts - good point also known as berks numpties douches... they are always after new ways to control ... whos shocked?


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