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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?
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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It’s happening people, the new iPhone is coming and more and more details are starting to trickle in. While we still don’t know the final specification of the new iPhone (what most are referring to as the iPhone 5), clues have surfaced as to when the device will be launched.
A leaked internal memo originating from Sprint (one of the three operators that will be offering the new iPhone) addressed to its employees has revealed that Sprint employees are not allowed to take any leave starting from September 30 to October 15. As with previous iPhone launches, a blanket holiday blackout can only mean one thing — launch day.
Nailing the exact launch date is tricky as the blackout period spans across two weeks, but in any case it doesn’t really matter as Apple is expected to unveil the device and announce its in store dates before the end of this month. So we will know the exact date soon enough.
What is important is figuring out when the new iPhone will come to Malaysia. Now that we know when the US launch will roughly be, we can try to estimate when the device will come to Malaysia.
First, we have the iPhone 4 which was announced in June 2010, in-store availability for tier-1 countries was one month later in July. The iPhone 4 officially launched in Malaysia in September 2010, three months after it was announced globally.
Looking at the previous launches, the pattern is very obvious, the time it takes from announcement to launch in Malaysia is getting shorter and it is safe to assume that it will get shorter still when the new iPhone is announced.
So based on this, we’re predicting that the new iPhone could be in Malaysia as early as November possibly late October. Would the new iPhone be launched earlier in Singapore? We don’t think so. As with the iPad 2 launch where Malaysia and Singapore got the device on the same day, we’re predicting that it would be the same for the new iPhone.
Disclaimer: We could be wrong