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Apple iPhone 4S

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5765 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the value for money and design. The camera and screen also get good opinions. Many are less positive about the features and battery, while there are some mixed reviews about the social networking functionality and build quality.

responsiveness, screen, camera, design, value for money

battery, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Apple iPhone 4S is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Worth the upgrade


Great camera and faster processor. Haven't played around with Siri yet.

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iPhone 4S Review


The iPhone 4S is the best disappointment Apple has ever released. The build-up to the company's next iPhone was so over the top, so astronomically hyped, that for some, anything short of the iPhone 6 would have been a letdown. When the 4S was...

Siri, carrier options, higher storage capacity, better battery, faster processor, 8-megapixel camera, 1080p Video

Siri doesn’t work offline -- in any capacity. 100 hour drop in battery’s standby time. Slow HDR photography. Some battery issues cropping up

If you’re looking for validation to upgrade, upgrade proudly. If you’re on a carrier that doesn’t cover your area well, upgrade and switch. If you’re on a 3GS, well, it shouldn’t even be a question. But if you’re knee-deep in a contract with your...

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iPhone 4S Review


iPhone 4S Review will go over the pros and cons of the iPhone 4S, including the new A5 processor, the low-light camera and of course... Siri


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Apple iPhone 4S (Virgin Mobile)


Virgin's iPhone 4S is less expensive over time than iPhones on other carriers, but much too costly when you consider the other phones in Virgin's lineup.

The cheapest iPhone 4S available today, if you include the plan price

No 4G. Much more expensive than other Virgin Mobile smartphones

The Virgin Mobile iPhone is the least expensive iPhone 4S model available, if you factor in the cost of the service plan. But while it's a good phone, it isn't a good deal right now. We're just a few months away from a new iPhone launch this fall. More...

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Apple iPhone 4S (Verizon Wireless)


Apple just reported all-time record iPhone, iPad, and Mac sales. Surely the availability of the iPhone 4S on AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon had something to do with that. But of those three carriers, how does Verizon's phone stack up?

Fast Web speeds. Top-notch camera. Solid call quality. Tons of apps

No 4G. Poor social-networking integration

The Apple iPhone 4S for Verizon Wireless is the carrier's best iPhone yet?but a lack of 4G keeps it from the top of the heap.

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Apple iPhone 4SDigital Camera Review


The refrain common refrain over the past decade—since cell phones started snapping pictures—has been that mobile phones will kill standalone cameras. Now it seems likes phones are helping cameras to thrive. Sales are up, even in a crummy economy....

When the iPhone 4S was announced in October, one of the biggest talking points was the camera: 8-megapixels, 1080p HD video capability, and a bright aperture and extra-sensitive sensor for better photos in more shooting situations, features that it...

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Apple iPhone 4S: Thoroughly Reviewed


History loves to repeat itself, and even Apple isn't immune to the yearly cycle of rumor and release. Leading to each year's iPhone refresh, excitement, rumors, and hype build to a fever pitch, features and designs are added into an increasingly...

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Apple iPhone 4S review: Fast 4ward


The last thing you need is one that looks exactly like your ex. On a second thought, it's too early perhaps to end it. You two did look great together, your iPhone 4 and you. In fact you still do. iPhone 4S owners, this is between you and your phone's...

iOS 5 with iCloud integration ; Quad-band GSM and quad-band 3G support with 14.4 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA ; Dual-band CDMA and CDMA2000 1xEV-DO support ; 3.5" 16M-color LED-backlit IPS TFT capacitive touchscreen of 640 x 960 px resolution ;...

MicroSIM card support only ; No Flash support in the web browser ; No true multitasking for all applications ; FaceTime video calls work only over Wi-Fi ; No file transfer over Bluetooth or USB Mass Storage mode (independent from iTunes) ; No FM radio...

iPhone 4S owners, this is between you and your phone's inner voice - Siri. iPhone 4 owners, this is between you and your inner voice. Yes, we know your inner voice is telling you to go for the NEXT iPhone. And no, we're not telling you not to listen to...

Editor's Choice!

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Apple iPhone 4S (Verizon Wireless)


Despite the familiar design, the iPhone 4S boats an appreciably faster dual-core processor, a first-class camera, and a truly innovative voice-controlled assistant.

Speedy dual-core A5 processor ; Siri is smart ; Fast, bright, and sharp camera ; iCloud baked in ; Best arsenal of apps ; Good voice quality

Lacks 4G data speeds ; Display relatively small

Despite the same outward appearance, the iPhone 4S is a marked improvement over Apple's last device. You will notice the difference that the dual-core A5 processor and the bright and sharp 8-MP camera makes. iOS 5, iCloud, and Apple's unrivaled...

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iPhone 4S over iPhone 4: Should I stay or should I go?


A lot of people are wondering which iPhone is the right one for them - both people looking to upgrade their own one and people who are just joining the Apple phone party. How much more do you get with the 4S, over the iPhone 4? If you're wondering just...

Apple seems to have adopted a Tick-Tock strategy. The 3GS improved on the 3G, but wasn’t a completely new design, that came with the iPhone 4. And now the iPhone 4S improves on the previous model, again without being a complete redesign

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iPhone 4S Review (AT&T): A Solid Update


The iPhone 4S ('00 for 16GB with a two-year contract from AT&T) might not be the most exciting iPhone to date, but don't write it off: The improved camera, faster processor, and the addition of the Siri personal assistant make for one powerful...

Faster, smoother performance ; Superb camera ; Beautiful display still better than competition

You can only upload video in 1080p ; Siri not always accurate

The iPhone 4S might not be the most exciting update, but the improved camera, faster performance and the addition of Siri make it a top-ranking smartphone.

Product Specifications

iPhone 4S, the most amazing iPhone yet, packed with incredible new features including Apple’s dual-core A5 chip for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics; an all new camera with advanced optics; full 1080p HD resolution video recording; and Siri, an intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking.


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Camera:Double Camera
Built-in Flash: Yes
Video Resolution in Pixel:HD1080p


Audio Playback: Yes
GPS Receiver:Built-in
Integrated Radio: No
Integrated TV Tuner: No
Java: No
Push to Talk: No
Realtone: Yes
User Interface for Text:Touchscreen
Video Client: Yes


A2DP: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Memory Card Slot: No
Multi SIM Card: No
Near Field Communication: No
USB:No / Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
WiFi Data Exchange: Yes

Data Transfer

Technology:3.X CDMA20001X / 3.X CDMA20001XE / GSM/PCN / WCDMA (UMTS)


Display Technology:Retina / TFT Display
Number of Display Colours:16 Millions
Number of Displays:1

General Features

Elderly Friendly Phone: No
Operating System:Apple iOS / iOS
Operating System Version:iOS 6.1
Operator:3 / EE / MVNO / O2 / Orange / Sim Free / T-MOBILE / Tesco MB / Virgin / Vodafone
Product Type:Mobile Phone / Smartphone
Way of Buying:Contract / Prepay Pack / Sim Free


E-Mail Functionality: Yes
Instant Messaging: Yes
Push email: Yes
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