Ok, we’ve probably been slightly critical of the iPhone 4S, so we’re gonna cut it some slack. Just take a look at these photos we’ve gathered taken using the 8MP shooter on the iPhone 4S. The camera is seriously good. We’ve seen stunning pictures taken from good camera phones before (hi Nokia N8!) and this one is right up there with the best of them. Look at the detail in the squirrel’s fur, its crazy!
Head on over to after the jump to view the full gallery. Click on the images for a full res version. Apple says the pictures are unretouched.
What do you think?
So you’ve waiting this long to see what magical amazingness Apple will bring with its new iPhone. A large number of you, us included, was hoping for a revolutionary device with a radically new design and out-of-this world features.
Unfortunately, we were all desperately disappointed. The world waited for a completely new iPhone, instead Apple gave us an iPhone 4 rehash and called it “the most amazing iPhone yet”. While amazing, the iPhone 4S is not, many are still wondering if it is a worthwhile buy.
“Should I upgrade to the new iPhone 4S?” that’s the question we get asked the most. While for fanboys, the answer is pretty obvious, those with a less emotional attachment to the Apple brand will want to know what device — irrespective of brand and OS — will give them the biggest bang for the buck.
The question is an understandable one, and for good reason. Let’s not forget, the iPhone 4 blew us all away. The all-glass shell, the crisp Retina Display, active noise cancellation and a few other features were all cutting edge way back when the iPhone 4 broke cover. Even by today’s standard, the iPhone 4 can still be considered contemporary. With the iPhone 4S, Apple brought some much needed enhancements to ensure the iPhone remained competitive against very capable and higher specced competitors like the Samsung Galaxy S II and the HTC Sensation.
However, considering the 18-month gap between the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, the new features are barely enough to keep up with the blistering pace of mobile phone developments. By the end of the year, the iPhone 4S will be overshadowed by faster, more powerful devices running not just Android but Windows Phone as well.
So, should you upgrade to the iPhone 4S?
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The app supports Android 2.1 and above. There’s also a note that there are known issues on HTC Wildfire and other devices with processors running below 600MHz.
To download, head over to Android Market.
We’ve just gotten the official word from Nokia Malaysia. The Nokia N9 will hit stores this Friday, 7 October.
Available in black, cyan and magenta, with two storage options to choose from, the Nokia N9 retails for RM1,799 and RM2,088 outright for the 16GB and 64GB versions respectively.
Last week, we discovered that Celcom has started teasing that it will be coming up with plans for the N9 but at the moment there’s no word from the operator on when they will be releasing their Nokia N9 plans.
With the iPhone 4S a known quantity, will you pick the Nokia N9 over the iOS device?
The iPhone 4S is old story. The next big thing will come from Samsung and Google in the form of a new Nexus phone. Almost certainly going to be called the Nexus Prime, the new device is pushed into the limelight on the back of Apple’s uninspiring iPhone 4S announcement. Now all attention is on this new Nexus, a symbol of everything that is awesome about Android.
Upon closer inspection, we see a power button and what looks like docking terminals on the top part of the mystery device. What is also prominent is a camera protrusion on the left side of image indicating a possibly large image sensor. Also worth noting is the slender curved shape of the device and it slim form-factor.
If this is the Nexus Prime, it looks gorgeous from this angle. The Nexus Prime is expected to feature a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a high-def 4.65-inch screen pushing 1280×720 pixel resolution, NFC and an 8MP camera with 1080p video capabilities. All this in a shell that is expected to be just 8mm thin.
The Nexus Prime is expected to take the stage next week at the Samsung Unpacked event in San Diego. We’ll be around to give you live commentary as the event happens on October 12, Wednesday at 0230hrs Malaysian time.
Don’t have time to sit down for over an hour to catch up on the whole iPhone 4S keynote? Here’s a compressed 90 seconds version perfect for your lunch time viewing. We’ll have to warn you though, its all numbers, numbers and more numbers.
The iPhone 4S will hit stores in the US and a few other countries (Canada, Australia, UK, France, Germany and Japan) on October 14. On October 28, 22 other countries will start selling the iPhone 4. In these 22 countries is Singapore and that is, to us, a strong clue as to when the new iPhone will hit Malaysia.
Although this is, at the moment, unconfirmed, it is possible to conceive that the iPhone 4S will come to Malaysia at the same time as Singapore, emulating the iPad 2 rollout back in April when the tablet was launched in both markets simultaneously.
Of course we have to factor in the fact the the iPad 2 faced massive delays during its initial rollout and that might have caused Apple to release the device in Singapore and Malaysia together at once. But on the other hand, the iPhone 4 represents Apple’s “fastest rollout ever” and this could indicate that Malaysia is also a likely candidate for the October 28 release window.
Also, consider the ever-present allure of an always updated range of Android devices from Samsung, Sony Ericsson and HTC, and the in-store release of the very interesting Nokia N9 that’s expected to happen within the first two weeks of this month. With — what we consider — an inferior product in the iPhone 4S, every delay in capturing the market now poses a real threat to Apple in sale opportunities lost.
With the iPhone 4S, Apple is no longer the default choice for smartphone purchase, users are now opening up to Android and other alternatives like Windows Phone and even Meego. This time around, things are not looking so rosy for Apple.
In terms of pricing we’re not expecting the iPhone 4S to divert very much from how much the iPhone 4 costs at launch and therein lies the biggest issue with the new iPhone. The iPhone 4 retailed for RM2,290 (16GB) and RM2,690 (32GB) at launch, in the face of high-end Androids getting cheaper and cheaper (you can get the Samsung Galaxy S II for RM1,899 and the equally capable HTC Sensation at RM1,799. The upcoming Nokia N9 costs RM1,799 for 16GB and RM2,088 for 64GB, but do note that the N9 is a single-core device), the inferior iPhone 4S is starting to look absurdly overpriced and not make much sense.
In terms of operators, you can expect the iPhone 4S to be available on Maxis (first and exclusive for about one month) and then on DiGi and Celcom shortly after that, but the question is, does it really matter anymore?
So, what do you think of the iPhone 4S?
UPDATE: iPhone 4S is confirmed shipped with 512MB.
Apple has yet to confirm how much RAM the iPhone 4S has. Based on the current A5 configuration in the iPad 2, we expect the iPhone 4S to have 512MB of RAM. Some observers are saying the iPhone 4S will ship with 1GB of RAM. Guess we will have to wait till it ships to know for sure.
With the iPhone 4S revealed, let’s compare it against other flagship smart phones. We compare it spec by spec against the BlackBerry Bold 9900, HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation XE, Nokia N9, Samsung Galaxy S II and the existing iPhone 4.
While the iPhone 4S is similar in terms of dimensions compared to the original iPhone 4, it is actually 3g heavier. Just to recap, internally the 4S runs on a dual-core A5 processor, increased RAM, a new 8MP camera and supports both CDMA/GSM networks.
With all of them compared, the iPhone 4S isn’t really ground breaking. If this is going to be Apple’s flagship device for another year, they are seriously being left in the dust as the Android contenders are gearing up in terms of hardware specs.
If you’ve been delaying your smart phone purchase until now, what is your verdict? Drop your comments below.
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Samsung has produced a comparison chart pitting its top-selling Galaxy S II against Apple’s latest iPhone 4S. How does the new iPhone stack up against a device that was released five months back. As you can see, the Galaxy S II — as with most other top-end Androids — trumps Apple’s apparent “most amazing iPhone ever” in almost every aspect.
Full chart after the jump.
After over a year of waiting, Apple this morning revealed its latest iPhone — to the utter disappointment of the world. While the world waited with bated breath for a completely new iPhone, Apple pulled out the iPhone 4S, a virtually identical looking device but with an upgraded processor and camera.
The iPhone 4S wasn’t the only disappointment this morning. The iPhone 4S keynote was also Tim Cook’s debut as Apple CEO and by our count it was one of the most disappointing Apple keynote we have ever seen. The presentation was filled with numbers justifying Apple’s so called dominance in the computer, tablet and smartphone market but the stats created a distorted reality with Apple being in the centre of it all.
The mobile market is completely transformed now. While Apple affords a front-running position, it is no longer the dominant force. In fact, to use, it looks like Apple has a lot of catching up to do and the iPhone 4S is not going to cut it.
In any case, Apple has uploaded the full-length video of iPhone 4S keynote on its Apple Events page.
The gloat-filled presentation is over 90 minutes long, to watch it all click here.