iPhone 4S Impressions – Review

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This is my first iPhone. Heck, this is my first Smart Phone. So, I’m going to start off by saying that this isn’t a comparison article.

I purchased the iPhone 4s because my old phone is just ancient. It still works but I want to be able to waste my time on Social Networking sites wherever I may be. The iPhone is pricey, but very reasonable for what it’s capable of.

I’ve had the iPhone 4s for about 5 days now, and I am enjoying it very much. Beyond being able to watch videos, listen to music, and take photos, I had no idea what else the iPhone was capable of. Now, I can see that this truly is like a mini Apple computer. Downloading free apps took most of my time the first 2 days I owned the phone. The apps almost makes it easier to surf the web. I suppose that the availability of the Apps is also available with all the other smart phones, so this isn’t just an iPhone thing.

The camera is awesome at 8 Megapixels, photos will be printable to at least an 8×10. I love photography so this feature is very important to me. There are tons of photography apps that one can get for free, so one can enhance his or her hobby. For example, there are Apps that create certain filters to make one’s photos look old, or taken from a Polaroid camera.

The simplicity for the iPhone is impressive. That’s the whole idea with Apple products, simplicity. The interface is very easy to use. The Apps are all on the “desktop,” but can be arranged to his or her liking. For example, I have all my photography apps in one folder, and my News apps in another.

I have a few gripes about the iPhone though. Mainly, it’s the typing. It’s very hard to type on a touch-screen with small buttons as letters. I always accidentally press the wrong letter. Also, reading websites throught the Safari app is almost very tedious. Everyting is too small. One can enlarge the texts but then would need to move the page around. The good news is that a lot of the major websites have adopted and have created iPhone friendly apps. This means bigger texts, and better layouts to accommodate the iPhone’s screen size. Also, I wish that there is HDMI support. But, how often will I watch movies from my iPhone when at home?

Gaming on the iPhone can be fun. But, a lot of the games to me just feels awkward. Not having buttons just seems weird. But, a lot of the games are free so I can’t complain, and they do their jobs when I’m bored. I probably will not play most 3D games on the iPhones. Maybe it takes time to get used to, and I may change my mind in the near future.

Overall – So far, so good.
Was it expensive? Yes. Was it worth it? Yes. To minimize the monthly fees, I opted for the $15/month data plan at AT&T. That’s $15 on top of your regular plan. This limits my data usage to 200mb a month. But, I turn off the connection so that I’m not using data as long as I’m not anywhere near a Wi-fi connection. If you want simplicity, and just a high quality product overall, I definitely recommend the iPhone 4s.

Update (10-20-11) – There’s a feature in the iPhone called VoiceOver for the disabled. Somehow, this feature turned on. I’m not sure if it was a glitch, a bug, or i pressed a certain combination of buttons to turn it on. But, it was on, and I couldn’t turn it back off. It was very difficult to get to the “Accessibility” option due to not knowing the proper way to do it. 3 fingers. Yes, I had to use 3 fingers to navigate, and press every button twice to make things work. I finally found my way to the reset button, this resets all the default features without deleting any of the files. After the reset, everything was well again. But, if something like that was to happen where I had no access to Google, it would’ve been very difficult.

I believe that it was a glitch. We’ll see if there will be more complaints about this issue.

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