USA Today’s Baig reviews iPhone 4S: Apple takes world’s finest smartphone to even loftier heights

“As the iconic smartphone for these times, any new iPhone would make a huge splash. But coming so soon after the passing of Apple’s longtime visionary leader Steve Jobs, it’s possible that the freshest model, the iPhone 4S, will attract even more attention,” Edward C. Baig reports for USA Today. “Apple has already announced that pre-orders for the 4S topped 1 million on the first day you could reserve a phone, bludgeoning the previous mark of 600,000 held by the prior-generation iPhone 4. So much for naysayers put off when Apple failed to introduce an iPhone 5.”

“For a week now, I’ve been testing the AT&T version of the iPhone 4S in and near New York City and San Francisco. Sprint joins Verizon Wireless as the other U.S. carriers who on Friday will start delivering the device,” Baig reports. “And Apple takes the finest smartphone on the market to even loftier heights.”

Baig reports, “Apple also says the 4S is the first phone to intelligently switch between two antennas to provide the best possible reception, even in the middle of a call. I couldn’t say if that was happening during my calls, but call quality was generally quite good and the speaker-phone came through loud and clear. I didn’t experience dropped calls, either, in the areas I tested.”

Much more in the full review here.

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NY Times’ Pogue reviews Apple iPhone 4S: Conceals sheer, mind-blowing magic – October 12, 2011


  1. The example of Siri’s use in Baig’s and some of other reviews are not the best ones.

    “Wake me up at 7 a.m.”, while sounds good, does not show to most of people much value since any phone has several simultaneously set wake-up timers for work days and holidays. They do not need to change their wake up times.

    Phrases like “Wake me up in twenty minutes” or “Set timer …” and other alike are more interesting.

      1. I’ve become philosophical over the 4S. It gives me an opportunity to wait this refresh cycle out in anticipation of the 5 next year. I’ve got a 4 anyway so I don’t feel as if I’m missing out on anything drastic. By that time I”m convinced that Apple will see the light that 4″ is the way to go.

        1. The 3.5″ screen in the iPhone 4 and 4s has a higher resolution then any of the droid phones with their 4″ screens. This means data on the iPhone screen will look sharper and easier to read/see then the same data on the android screen even at it’s smaller size.

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