Ok, 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
Say 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.
3. 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.
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