Are the folks at Apple right? Have they given us “the most amazing iPhone yet?” Let’s check out of the specs.
Released in October 2011, the iPhone 4S continues to be the hottest smartphone on the market. Like its predecessor, the iPhone 4, the newest version retains the sleek exterior design features, with a scratch-resistant glass display screen and stainless steel sides; it’s an amalgam of a hand-held computer, cell-phone, GPS, digital/video camera, and music player in one device. You’ve got to love it.
So how does the newest addition to the Apple smartphones match up against last year’s model? With an improved dual-antenna design, 8 megapixel camera (compared to 5 megapixels), and a dual-core Apple A5 processor (compared to Apple A4), the iPhone 4S gets you enhanced performance and functionality – albeit at a higher price. It starts at $199 for 16GB, compared to the iPhone 4, which starts at $99 for 8GB.
Thanks to the strong demand for the iPhone 4S, the 37 million iPhones sold in December surpassed analysts’ estimates of only 30 million. That brings Apple closer to its smartphone rival, the Android. Of Americans who bought a new smartphone in the last three months, 44.5% purchased an iPhone, which is just behind 46.9% who bought an Android.
So what’s the better option?
If it’s customization and social networking you’re after, then Droid is for you. But if what you’re into is ease of use, better apps, smooth performance, and a great camera, then Apple’s got the sweeter deal. And as long as you’re shelling out the dough for a new iPhone, go ahead and grab a 4S. It’s worth it.