PC Magazine reviews Apple iPhone 4S: Editors’ Choice

“What do you do with your phone? If you’re like most Americans, you make some calls, take some photos, and send some texts,” Sascha Segan reports for PC Magazine.

“Maybe you kill time with some games, check Facebook or Twitter, and look things up on the Web,” Segan reports. “If that’s you, then the iPhone 4S ($199-$399 with contract on Sprint) is your phone: it’s the best cameraphone in the U.S., the fastest Web-browsing phone and one that has finally licked the iPhone’s calling problems. That makes it our current Editors’ Choice on Sprint.”

Segan reports, “Apple has killed the “death grip,” at least on the Sprint model. The phone switches between its top and bottom antennas depending on which one is receiving better signal, which means it’ll ignore whichever one you’re covering with your hands. I was able to get data speeds to drop by gripping the phone from both ends in a bizarre two-handed clench, but really, nobody uses a phone that way.”

MacDailyNews Take: Now there’s really no practical way to “hold it wrong.”

Segan reports, “pour some data into this baby, and wow, it’ll go. As long as Adobe Flash isn’t a key part of your life, the iPhone 4S is the fastest Web phone ever. It benchmarks faster than any Android Gingerbread phone and faster than any Windows Phone. Side by side against the Motorola Photon on the same Wi-Fi network, the iPhone 4S consistently loaded pages a few seconds faster.”

Read more in the full review here.

Related articles:
Wired reviews Apple iPhone 4S: The ‘S’ stands for Siri, a life-changer, the reason people should buy this phone – October 12, 2011
USA Today’s Baig reviews iPhone 4S: Apple takes world’s finest smartphone to even loftier heights – October 12, 2011
WSJ’s Walt Mossberg reviews Apple iPhone 4S: Siri artificial-intelligence has to be tried to be believed – October 12, 2011
NY Times’ Pogue reviews Apple iPhone 4S: Conceals sheer, mind-blowing magic – October 12, 2011


  1. The antenna technically is nothing new comparing to CDMA iPhone 4. Apple had to change the antenna then since for CDMA it is obligatory to have additional segment of antenna.

    But this experience and the idea of worldphone helped with the very rare “Death Grip” problems since Apple now uses different segments for reception and transmission depending on which is attenuated better.

    Thanks to that Apple iPhone 4S probably came from more prone to be less prone to the Death Grip effect, comparing to regular smartphones.

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