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Apple iPhone 4s 32GB white Review

Apple iPhone 4s 32GB whiteThe iPhone 4S is visually identical to the previous iPhone 4, it's the same size and looks almost identical to its predecessor. All the improvements on Apple's latest smartphone are to be found beneath the surface in the form of new software and improved hardware. While not as far ahead of the curve as the iPhone 4 was when it first launched last year, the latest iPhone 4S is still the pinnacle of smart phone excellence and is the handset many manufacturers choose to emulate. The main improvements over the fantastic iPhone 4, include Voice recognition, a more powerful processor and an improved camera.

The iPhone 4S runs iOS 5, the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system. The basic iOS experience is unchanged, but the notification pane is new (and looks embarrassingly much like the Google Android operating system), and is attractive, simple enough to use, and it makes it easier to deal with notifications from various apps. There are many other new options buried in the menu such as tweet photos and a service called iMessage. This messaging system is exclusively for people who are using devices running iOS 5, and unlike text messages it's completely free. Perhaps the most significant change however is iCloud. Now you store your email, contacts, calendars, reminders, bookmarks, notes, documents and photos online with iCloud. Additionally you can back up your iPhone wirelessly over a Wi-Fi connection and of course you never need to lose any data again with all your photos and data on Apple's cloud storage.

The new feature everyone is talking about on the iPhone 4S is of course Siri. Siri is a voice-controlled assistant exclusive to the iPhone 4S and acts as a robotic PA by being smart enough to interpret the context of a simple sentence and give an appropriate answer. Siri is vastly more sophisticated than any other voice-control application you may have experienced, for example asking "Will I need an umbrella this time next week?" will cause Siri to provide weather forecasts for the next seven days. Unfortunately in the UK Apple doesn't have a deal with any UK providers of local information as yet so if Siri thinks you're trying to find a particular kind of local shop or service it'll tell you that it can only do that in the US! Hopefully this will be resolved in the near future as its unhelpful and really annoying.

In hardware terms the iPhone 4S has a superior processor in the shape of the A5 chip which is extremely slick, with everything happening almost instantly and menus sliding smoothly. The extra performance over its predecessor making the iPhone 4S even better for games and movies. The other main hardware improvement is the new 8-megapixel camera that's loaded with technology such as face-detection, backside illumination and a new improved sensor. The 5-megapixel camera on the iPhone 4 was one of the best in the business and the 4S is a definite improvement with greater depth of field and more natural colours. This camera technology combined with simple software means this is probably the best smart phone camera on the market.

If you are looking for a powerful, easy to use smartphone offering good apps, games and multimedia along with the best mobile camera in the business, then the iPhone 4S should be your first choice!

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