Four reasons to buy an iPhone 4S

Four reasons to buy an iPhone 4SOk, the usual disclaimer applies when writing about da Cupertino crew. Here at Mobot, we’ve been accused in the past of being both pro- and anti-Apple. Well, for my part at least, both accusations are entirely correct; I simultaneously love and hate Apple with every ounce of my being.

In particular we’ve been quite harsh on the iPhone 4S, largely because it’s not much different from its predecessor, so - in the interest of balance - I figured I’d show it some love in the form of this feature.

Again, this article definitely does not mean I’m suddenly 100% pro Apple. I still haven’t gotten around to ripping my Intel iMac to pieces in order to replace the hard drive. Sigh.

And Siri – supposedly one of the iPhone 4S’ biggest selling points – is pretty ridiculous if you ask me. There’s nothing funnier than someone trying to demonstrate Siri only for it to fail miserably, which seems to happen almost invariably in my experience. Voice recognition. Pah.

Anyway, I’m supposed to be explaining why you would want to buy an iPhone 4S, oops. Here come four juicy reasons, boyee:

1. iOS 5

Four reasons to buy an iPhone 4SSay what you will about iOS, call it the “Fisher Price OS” if you like, bemoan the lack of customisation and widgets, but it’s undeniably slick - and reliable. In all my years of using iOS (iPhone 2G and iPod touch) I’ve rarely had any problems, while Android continues to throw new niggles at me on what feels like a daily basis.

One of the sexiest new features in iOS 5 is iMessage, which seamlessly integrates with standard text messages. If the recipient has iOS 5, your message will automatically be sent via data rather than SMS. Bog standard texts are shown in green, while iMessages appear in blue. Simple.

2. It’s an iPod touch!

As with all of Apple’s coveted wares, the iPhone 4S is pretty freakin’ expensive. But don’t forget you’re also getting a free iPod touch (er, figuratively at least), one of the best mp3 players money can buy. Standalone iPod touches start at around £150, which might ease your wallet’s pain when forking out for an iPhone 4S.

Four reasons to buy an iPhone 4S3. The camera

I feel the camera on the iPhone 4S is one of the unsung heroes. Too much is made of Siri and the dual-core processor and the blah blah blah.

With the iPhone 4S’ camera, you can take rapid-fire pics aplenty. It’s really impressive stuff. Meanwhile, my HTC Desire HD takes around 10 minutes to capture one pic. Ok, maybe a slight exaggeration there.

And, with iOS 5, you can go straight to the camera from the lock screen, and take pics using the volume up key. Bonus.

4. Gaming

The App Store and Android Market both have hundreds of thousands of apps, an utterly ridiculous amount, but when you discount the dross you could probably boil each down to three figures. Heck, possibly even two figures.

One area where the App Store shines is gaming. Android users aren’t exactly hard done by, but the App Store boasts some incredible exclusives. There's Plants vs. Zombies, Siege Hero, Infinity Blade, Rolando… need I go on?

So there you have it: four reasons to pop your Android (or Windows Phone or BlackBerry or Symbian or webOS or bada) smartphone in the recycle bin and grab an iPhone 4S.

I love you, Apple. Mwa x

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8 comments

Certinfy  Dec. 12, 2011 at 13:23

After reading this I simply can't wait for my 4S to arrive!!! Only a week or so to go. :(

hicks12  Dec. 12, 2011 at 14:57

1. Id rather have my windows 6.5.5 with a sense GUI or stock titanium as it was the best for speed, seriously how times change when general public is the main audience :(. WP7 is the next best thing, have you guys tried it?.

2. Ipod touch the best Mp3 player? Dont see how anyone can call it that as an audio player should be amazing sound quality at its heart right? Well i think SanDisk, Cowon and Sony would want a talk with apple about that... best mp3 player lol, best mp4 player maybe but it lacks hdmi mirroring iirc?,

3. Comparing a HTC Desire HD i.e a fairly old phone to a brand new phone that costs an arm and a leg (for me anyways :( ), compare to a new nokia / htc / samsung or LG im pretty sure they're just as quick and better in quality. However i am in the group that thinks phone cameras are pretty much usless, high end DSLR ftw!.

4. Gaming, yeah it does well here no denying that one! However i must add that PvZ is on android, check amazon app store :) there are a fair few app stores so theres even more choice than you think. Also with android marketplace they seem to actually do good offers *cough* Christmas 10p deals*cough*.


Im so bored marking reports for university so sorry for the overly agressive apple post :D

Treab  Dec. 12, 2011 at 16:10

And, with iOS 5, you can go straight to the camera from the lock screen, and take pics using the volume up key. Bonus.

why hasnt HTC sued them for that yet?? i mean htc were doing it with sense 3.0..

blizzard7  Dec. 12, 2011 at 16:14

And, with iOS 5, you can go straight to the camera from the lock screen, and take pics using the volume up key. Bonus.

why hasnt HTC sued them for that yet?? i mean htc were doing it with sense 3.0..


Because that feature has been on Windows Phone 7 for donkeys. You just press the dedicated camera button and boom as Steve Jobs would say.

Treab  Dec. 12, 2011 at 16:16

aint it bro... hardly the invention of the millennium ;)

jmarcelino  Dec. 12, 2011 at 16:52

And, with iOS 5, you can go straight to the camera from the lock screen, and take pics using the volume up key. Bonus.
why hasnt HTC sued them for that yet?? i mean htc were doing it with sense 3.0..


Volume key as a shutter button in Sense 3.0?

No they weren't doing it, not in the stock ROM anyway. Maybe you're confusing it with some modded ROM.

Treab  Dec. 12, 2011 at 16:54

now now. its clear i was referring to the starting bit about the camera from the lock screen.

jmarcelino  Dec. 12, 2011 at 17:21

Ah you mean just that, well Nokia actually holds a patent on that method, filed in 2003 (if only you had that idea back then..):

http://www.google.com/patents/US7453443

As you may know Apple settled the Nokia lawsuit in June this year, may be the reason why it finally showed up in iOS 5.

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