iPhone 4S six months later: Community report card

iPhone 4S six months later: Community report card

You've read our original iPhone 4S review and our iMore and Mobile Nations six months later round table, but as always the take that matters most is our community's. We asked the iMore Nation how the iPhone 4S was holding up for you some six months later, if it was still competitive, and if you'd still recommend it to a prospective new iPhone buyer. And boy did you answer!

Are you still satisfied with the iPhone 4S?

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The question was simple: six months after the release are you, the members of the iMore Nation, still satisfied with the iPhone 4S?

  • 56% said extremely, nothing else comes close
  • 23% said mostly, aging well but getting old
  • 11% said meh, starting to look around for alternatives
  • 10% said not at all, they regret getting it

iPhone 4S community review: Six months later

From the iMore Forums

And here's a sampling of what the iMore Forums are saying about the iPhone 4S, six months later.

All I can say is that the iPhone 4S is so much more than I expected. Still reasonably priced. Easy to use. Easy to sync all of my Google contacts, calendar and of course Gmail. FaceTime. Great camera and a beautiful device.

I think the 4S is still very competitive in today's market. The speed of the A5 chip rarely leaves me waiting for anything. If someone asks me what kind of phone to get I generally ask them what they like to do with a phone. If they like to take pictures or videos, I show them what the 4S can do. If their life centres around Google and its products, I suggest an Android device, but I let them know about the 55 or so hardware devices running the Android OS and (in my opinion) how buggy it can be. I also inform them of Apple's "closed ecosystem" which I've never really been a fan of, but like Bla1ze once told me, "at least they have an ecosystem".

I must admit, I've really come to appreciate Apple, their products, and the ecosystem. There's a reason they're the most valuable company in the world. So, how do I like the iPhone 4S six months later? I... love...it.

The iPhone 4S in my opinion is still the best mobile device out to date (that I've used). Nothing even comes close to it in terms of usability--let alone the sheer beauty of the device. I do think; however, that the HTC One X is going to give the 4S a run for its money. At the same time though, its slightly an unfair comparison for the two devices. The latest iPhone was launched in October of last year, then the HTC One X is literally fresh from the factory.

After six months I can still say that I'm highly satisfied with the phone. I was looking towards a GSM Galaxy Nexus for a while, but once I saw an announcement about the One X, I was more interested in that. I'm probably going to pick up a One X on AT&T once its released--but after about a week of use, I'll most likely be reaching for my iPhone yet again. It simply works.

Screen clarity - Nobody can touch it. Camera - Nobody can touch it. Battery life - No Android can touch it. Processor - Not the best but not the worst. Siri - Is my best friend. Use it a ton. Gaming experiece - Nobody can touch it

Yes I would still recommend it. It just works.

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Rene Ritchie

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iPhone 4S six months later: Community report card


The iphone 4s has been quite an experience for me. My first ever iphone.. coming from a thriving android community where I contributed. I never thought I could get used to it.. but after using the iphone.. I simply cannot go back to a large android phone (or any android phone for that matter). the compact nature of the iphone, siri, screen resolution, battery life and above all the fluidity of the OS and the app store have won me over. Believe me, I've tried the Razr Maxx, the rezound, lumia etc.. and I always end up going back to my iphone.
Thank you Apple.. for making such a wonderful product. As an American, I am proud.

I honestly believe the bigger story here is that 44% of the respondents are either completely or borderline unsatisfied (or bored) with the 4S just six months after its release. That tells me two things:
1) the 4S isn't very impressive once the honeymoon with Siri wears off and owners start looking around at the Notes, GS2's, One X's, and other amazing options out there; and
2) Apple better pull a rabbit out of its arse for the iPhone5 -- IOW do something innovative for a change -- or they're going to start bleeding customers as soon as the two-year contracts start coming to an end...
Sadly, I have very little faith in Apple ever doing anything innovative with the iPhone or iOS again... :(

The iPhone4S is a solid phone but definitely not worth the upgrade if you're coming from an iPhone4.
Same as with the new iPad coming from an iPad2.
I would like to see the next iPhone look and feel completely different with a new refresh on the OS homescreen.

I agree, I did not upgrade as I felt it was not much more then I have now with the 4, the ios upgrades were sufficient but I jail broke any way so it's all good until they come out with new design/ios

I came from a Galaxy S2 to the iPhone4s. At first, I hated it with a passion, but it felt good in the hand. After having it a month or so, I have come to love it. It's as fast as the Samsung. It never crashes and the battery lasts much longer.
As for build quality, there is no comparison, the iPhone wins easily. It has a feel unlike any cell phone I have owned – solid, weighty and compact. It is extremely clean looking and this adds an elegance no other cell can match that I know of, with their plastic and bells and whistles. Between the S2 and iPhone the iPhone speakers sound much clearer. I would guess this is due to the solid nature of the iPhone. A solid home speaker sounds better than a home speaker in a bad cabinet. The same must hold true for cell phone speakers as well. And the GPS on the iPhone works hands down better, faster, more accurate and I do not lose the GPS signal as I did with the Samsung.
Sorry Samsung, you lost a long term customer to Apple. Now I need to go work for Apple…………

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