Tempt­ing but ex­or­bi­tant

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - MOBILES -

The much awaited smart­phone of the year, the Ap­ple iphone 4S, was launched in Oc­to­ber. Within two months, it reached In­dia—but at a hefty price tag of 44,500 for the base 16 GB model. We know what you are think­ing: is the iphone 4S re­ally bet­ter than the ex­cel­lent iphone 4?

The Ap­ple iphone 4S looks ex­actly like the iphone 4 and there is no way you can dif­fer­en­ti­ate them from their ap­pear­ance. But un­der the hood, the iphone 4S is a com­pletely new phone.

The first big in­clu­sion is Siri, the in­tel­li­gent voice as­sis­tant. This is an in­te­grated app that un­der­stands the voice com­mands and re­sponds ac­cord­ingly. It worked well for me when ad­justed to English (UK). From dic­tat­ing text mes­sages to brows­ing the web to check­ing weather, it re­sponded well. But at times, it did re­spond say­ing,’ I can­not un­der­stand what you are say­ing’. When asked to look for restau­rants nearby, it replied say­ing ‘I can only look for busi­ness in the United States’. We don’t blame Siri as it is still in the beta stage for many coun­tries, in­clud­ing In­dia.

Un­like the iphone 4 that had an­tenna is- sues, there were no call drops on the 4S. The call clar­ity was su­perb. Even with a sin­gle-core pro­ces­sor, the iphone 4 never felt slow, but Ap­ple is join­ing the band­wagon, hav­ing put an A5 dual-core chip in the 4S. This made it quick and re­spon­sive. Ap­ple has also re­placed the 5 MP cam­era with an 8MP one. The qual­ity of the im­ages cap­tured is su­perb; it even comes with an HDR mode for spe­cial im­ages. The 4S is un­doubt­edly the best cam­era phone around. Also, the 1080p video cap­ture is stun­ning.

Although, the IOS5 is avail­able for up­grade to the iphone 4 and iphone 3GS, it comes pre-in­stalled on the 4S and pro­vides ac­cess to icloud for stor­ing data on the cloud, Twit­ter in­te­gra­tion, no­ti­fi­ca­tion bar and alerts, cam­era key on the home­sceen, etc. Over­all, the iphone 4S is among the best phone but it is the price that will de­ter many en­thu­si­asts from buy­ing it, at least in In­dia.

Tip: Buy­ing a 4S in In­dia isn’t a great idea. Con­sider get­ting one from the US, UK, Hong Kong or Sin­ga­pore. But un­like other Ap­ple prod­ucts, iphone doesn’t come with an in­ter­na­tional war­ranty.

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