After 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.
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.
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”.