Posts tagged ‘iPhone 4S’

October 27, 2011

Nokia Lumia 800 vs. iPhone 4s vs. Galaxy S II vs. Droid Razr

The biggest player in the handset industry, Nokia has now officially entered the smart phone battle with the release of its new phones – Nokia Lumia 800 & 710. Nokia has kicked its old MeeGo OS and Symbian OS to build phones with the new Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS.

The spec on Lumia 800 is comparative to iPhone 4S, Galaxy Nexus II and Droid Razr, except that it falls short in the video recording category at 720 p while others are at 1080 p.  We posted a chart from PC World to spell out the technical details for you.

Lumia 800 will launch in some European countries next month and will roll out to Asian countries and Russia by end of the year. Lumia 710 is also expected launch alongside Lumia 800 in Russia and Asia this year. Nokia doesn’t really seem to be going after the US market, since it is not clear when these phones will be available in the US, although the company’s press indicated that it would be releasing a portfolio of products early next year.  Nokia also did not say which US carriers would carry the phones. As for the price, Lumia 800 will be available at $549.99 unlocked.

Earlier, we had reported that Microsoft payed $1 Million to Nokia for their partnership. It’s interesting to see how the Android landscape has changed since then, with device manufacturers either paying royalty to competitors or just not being able to sell in countries where they have been sued for patent infringement. Was Nokia’s decision to go with Windows Phone 7 OS (instead of Android) a smart move? Maybe, but in my opinion Miscrosoft got the better end of the deal. Globally, Nokia’s phones are very popular for their hardware and have an established customer base, and now with a better OS in place, Nokia & Microsoft are all set to take over the cell phone market on a big scale.

Nokia’s Lumia 800 (left) and Lumia 710 (right)

October 26, 2011

Siri Accessory – Iris 9000


The latest in the string of iPhone accessories is the Iris 9000 – a voice control module to control Siri from across the room. Place the iPhone 4S in the Iris cradle and tap the remote control to trigger Siri. The built-in microphone picks up your voice from 50 ft away and amplifies Siri’s responses. And of course, you can also use it as a speaker phone.  In other words, we might be on the way to cut out some personal assistant jobs with this new accessory, except Siri can’t do a coffee run. On the plus side, you will get to hear Siri’s quirky responses 😛

Iris 9000 (that’s Siri spelt backwards) is expected to release in Spring 2012 for $59.99. If you are interested you can register with ThinkGeek today.

October 22, 2011

Apple iPhone 4S vs. Samsung Galaxy S II (Nexus Prime)

The leaders in the smart phone battle – Apple and Samsung – have released their latest phones – iPhone 4S and Galaxy S II.  The decision factors for buying a smart phone vary  from person to person but what is the most important aspect of a smart phone for you? Is it aesthetics,  hardware superiority or ease of use? We will try to break it down for you!

1. Aesthetics – Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

iPhone 4S has a similar rectangular, glass and aluminium design as that of the iPhone 4.   Galaxy S is taller and wider than the iPhone 4S. It also a bit thinner overall, bottom is thicker than the top, which we think might give a better grasp of the phone.

The iPhone has its customary circular home button, present in all its iDevices, for navigation and control. The Galaxy S has the on-screen buttons and does not have any physical buttons.  The physical button adds to ease of use while the onscreen buttons need some getting used to. The iPhone 4S comes in black and white while the Galaxy S comes in black and grey.

We think the display on both the devices – Apple’s Retina Display and Samsung’s Super AMOLED are very comparable. Text and images should be as sharp as you hope on both the devices. The height and width dimensions on the Galaxy S II increases the display size, but it does come at the risk of being a wee bit bigger to hold.

2. Innards – Lets strip open the two devices

  • Memory  – iPhone 4S has a 512 MB on board RAM and Galaxy S II has 1 GB RAM. This does not account for your on board storage. The higher RAM would account for better performance, although it depends on the implementation of the OS – Android or iOS. The best way is for you to do a hands on test on both phones and try navigation, running Apps, opening and closing apps, running multiple apps at the same time etc to see which one is optimal for you. 
  • Processor – Galaxy S II has a slightly better processor technically, but performance cannot be defined by this alone. For ex. iPhone 4S did better on browser speeds. 
  • Download speed  – Galaxy S II has an added advantage of supporting LTE – the real 4G, but again it depends on if LTE is actually supported in your area. On the iPhone 4S, there have been reports that Verizon and AT&T have better speeds than Sprint. All in all, unless you are watching videos while on 3G/4G (not WiFi), or listening to music, or downloading Apps etc, you shouldn’t worry much about the data speeds. I mostly listen to streaming radio and rarely watch videos on AT&T, and so far I haven’t had any issues.
  • Storage – Ok, this is something most of the users should be concerned about. iPhone 4S comes with storage space of 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB while Galaxy S II with only 16 GB and 32 GB.  Additionally, iPhone 4S comes with free iCloud storage which automatically backs up all your data  to the cloud, we haven’t heard about it being available on the Galaxy S II yet. 
  • Battery Life – Both the phones have about 8 hours of talk time.
  • Camera – iPhone 4S has a 8 MP rear camera with a f 2.4 aperture for high quality images, along with face detection, image stabilization and 1080p video. Galaxy S II has a 5MP camera, supports 1080 p video and comes with panorama support. The iPhone 4 is expected to take quicker photos. I like how the smart phones manufacturers are stepping it up and trampling the camera industry.

3. Features and ease of use

This is something you have to decide by trying out the two phones and their operating systems. The iPhone 4S boasts the new feature rich iOS 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S II boasts Android’s latest software version – Ice Cream sandwich. Take a look at our comparison of the features in both.


October 15, 2011

Verizon, AT&T, Sprint iPhone 4S speed comparison


If you have been waiting on news of the best network speeds to help you decide which operator to switch to, iDownload Blog has done the work for you, although your geographical location needs to be considered too. Amongst the three, Sprint seems to be disappointing its users, while AT&T and Verizon are doing much better.


October 15, 2011

Siriously entertaining!


Siri, Apple’s intelligent assistant built into iPhone 4S seems to be the talk of the town with the release of iPhone 4S. Siri’s quirky responses are quite entertaining. If Apple calls this beta, I’m really curious to see what the improvements are going to be. I think Steve Jobs and Apple gave artificial intelligence the much-needed popularity with Siri.

Wall Street Journal spoke with one of the co-founders of Siri, a company that Apple bought for $200M in 2010. 

“There were many conversations within the team about whether it should be gender neutral” or “should have an ‘attitude,’ ” said Mr. Winarsky, who didn’t go to Apple, and still works at SRI. The result, before the software was bought by Apple, was “occasionally a light attitude,” he said.

When Apple began integrating Siri into the iPhone, the team focused on keeping its personality friendly and humble—but also with an edge, according to a person who worked at Apple on the project. As Apple’s engineers worked on the software, they were often thinking, “How would we want a person to respond?” this person said.

There are sites like “Shit that Siri says” and  “Sirioiusly Weird” that have already begun collecting Siri’s smart responses. Check it out! Let us know some of your favorite Siri comments!

Source: MacRumors, Wall Street Journal

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October 14, 2011

iPhone 4S seems to fix “death grip”


MacRumors reports that Apple seems to have fixed the death grip  issue – signal loss when holding the phone –  with the new iPhone 4S. If you have followed this issue since the iPhone 4 launch, you know there has been a lot of hype around it especially from competitors.  Consumer Reports had stated that they wouldn’t recommend iPhone 4 due to its signal attenuation  problems. Apple even held a press conference that the signal loss occurs on all mobile phones to a certain degree.

Early iPhone 4S reports seem to indicate that the issue has been resolved. During the iPhone 4S launch, Apple announced some upgrades with respect to the antenna design. The iPhone 4S can now intelligently switch between two antennas depending on signal conditions.  Apple might have fixed the death grip issue as part of its antenna upgrade.

So if you were putting off buying an iPhone because of the death grip, you will have to find another reason now 🙂

Source: MacRumors

October 14, 2011

iPhone 4S launches in US, Woz waits in line


 US Apple stores have started selling iPhone 4S since 8 AM this morning. As expected people have been in line at many stores  around the country since yesterday. MacRumors reported over a 100 people in line at Apple’s Shibuya store 11 hours before launch time and a 100 people in line at the Paris store. Additionally, Verizon, Sprint, AT&T store will also carry iPhone 4S today. Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Radio Shack and Sam’s Club are also expected to carry some.  NBC11 reports that Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple, showed up at his local Apple store on Thursday and said he would wait there overnight, although he had two phones coming to his house.

BuisnessWeek yesterday reported that iPhone 4S was sold out on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint online stores. They are offering shipping times of 3 to 4 weeks up from 1 to 2 days.


October 10, 2011

One million iPhone 4S orders in first 24 hours


Apple today announced that pre-orders for iPhone 4S topped 1 million in the first 24 hours of its launch. This is the best iPhone launch they have ever had. Previously, iPhone 4 had hit 600,000 pre-orders in one day. AT&T, Sprint and Verizon are the official carriers in the US. Select Best Buy, Walmart, Target and select Apple authorized re sellers will be selling iPhone 4S alongside Apple retail and online stores. iPhone 4S will be available on October 14th in the stores and pre-orders should arrive at the same time.

AT&T announced yesterday that they alone hit 200,000 pre-orders in the first day and that this is the best iPhone launch for AT&T. 

On a side note, Samsung has delayed the release of Nexus Prime, the first Android phone to carry Ice cream Sandwich, in the wake of Steve Jobs’ death. Even if they did launch, I would think that Steve Jobs’s death would probably lead to downward launch sales. Samsung hasn’t announced the new release date yet.

October 9, 2011

iPhone 4S


On October 5th, a day before Steve Jobs passed away, Apple released the iPhone 4S, the latest in the line of iPhones. On the outside, iPhone 4S looks very much like the iPhone 4, but on the inside it’s got some cool features and hardware.

1. Dual core A5 chip: It’s the same chip that’s in the iPad 2. It’s said to deliver twice the power and seven times faster graphics. The Epic Infinity Blade 2 Demo at the Apple event was phenomenal. Sometimes, I feel my iPhone 4 is slower in opening up Apps as compared to the iPad2. Well, the A5 chip is going to fix that. iPhone 4S is expected to give up to 8 hours of battery life on 3G and 6/8 hours of internet usage on 3G/Wifi.

2. Camera: It’s unbelievable how many markets Apple is trying to occupy. In my opinion, it’s won the mobile market:). Then there is the camera market. Many people use their mobile phones as their primary camera, so Apple just made the iPhone’s camera much better. The iPhone 4S camera comes with a 8 megapixel camera, which is available on some Android phones already. But the iPhone 4S comes with all new optics to make the pictures sharper, a f2.4 aperture to let in more light. Apple also claims that the new A5 chip comes with a new image signal processor which is as good as on many DSLRs.

Doesn’t it bother you when you pull out your phone to take a picture, and it takes ages to take that first picture. You probably would have lost the picture perfect moment in those few seconds. iPhone 4S’s time to first picture more than halves the time taken by phone cameras and time to second picture is 1/4 the time taken by other phones. I think that’s quite a nifty feature. And of course, iPhone 4S comes with already existing feature,  HDR which captures 3 photos with different exposure in a single photo. With the iCloud feature in iOS 5, you get to send all the pictures automatically to the cloud and to all your iDevices connected to it. 

Apple also upped the quality on the video camera to 1080p HD video with image stabilization. All in all, I think Apple has done an excellent job with the camera. 

3. Siri: Siri is your personal assistant. It lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, search the internet and much more. Siri understands what you say and what you mean too. Apple has tried to make Siri intelligent such that you don’t need to use only certain keywords that most phones do. Siri is pretty cool and knowing how Apple does things, you can only expect an enriched Siri in the coming software releases. Right now,  Siri is only available on the iPhone 4S and wont be available for software upgrade on iPhone 4. 

4. Improved antenna system: What this means is that you can download anything faster than an iPhone 4. The download speed is 14.4Mbps as compared to 7.2 Mbps on iPhone 4. This is one awesome feature for all those who crib about slow downloads. 

5. World Phone: iPhone 4S is a dual technology phone. You can use the same phone on GSM and CDMA networks all over the world. 

6. iCards: Remember when I said, that Apple is going after a lot of big guys. Well, looks like Hallmark is also being served, because Apple introduced this feature called the iCards, where you can create an iCard right from your iPhone or iPad. With a few taps you can ship it to anywhere in the world.

7. iOS 5: is the latest in the software upgrades and is packed with some tremendous features such as iCloud, better browsing, twitter integration, newsstand, notification center and iMessage. Check out our iOS 5.0 blog for more details. 

iPhone 4S comes in both black and white. It costs $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB and $399 for 64GB, all with 2 year contracts. A contract free phone is going to cost $549. The iPhone 4S is available on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint in the US and will start shipping October 14th, although it is available for pre-order starting October 7th. Vodafone, O2, Orange, T-Mobile , Three will be carrying it in the UK. iPhone 4S is also shipped to Japan, Canada, Australia, France and Germany. 


iPhone 4S official video

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