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Apr 15, 2012, 08:49 AM
 
I really enjoyed reading these succinct snippets from cellphone junkies, folks who've been reviewing other cellphones, comparing various phones. Enjoy:

iPhone 4S six months later | iMore

One comment stood out: There are aspects of other phones that strike one user or the other as being better than the 4S, but the overall Apple ecosystem (Mozart said it best: "alles insgesamt") is way, way better than anything else. And the 4S camera is the best there is in a cellphone.

Another comment: Those who review cellphones start hankering for something new within six months. They keep hoping for something new, better, but really, they're afflicted with cellphone wanderlust! Call it a gadget addiction?

And finally, one comment said it best: "Does it continue to make your life better, more organized, more enjoyable?"
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Apr 15, 2012, 09:07 AM
 
I concur.

This thing is no less awesome today than it was in October, when I got it.
     
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Apr 15, 2012, 05:02 PM
 
Still frustrated every time I use one. The lagginess (almost as bad as Android) and keyboard drive me nuts. But I'm glad they finally got a fast camera.
     
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Apr 15, 2012, 05:13 PM
 
I'd be raving if the battery life didn't suck.
     
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Apr 15, 2012, 05:13 PM
 
Originally Posted by mduell View Post
Still frustrated every time I use one. The lagginess (almost as bad as Android) and keyboard drive me nuts. But I'm glad they finally got a fast camera.
Really? It lags for you? The 4S?
     
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Apr 15, 2012, 05:37 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
I'd be raving if the battery life didn't suck.
What?

Originally Posted by mduell View Post
Still frustrated every time I use one. The lagginess (almost as bad as Android) and keyboard drive me nuts.
What?
     
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Apr 15, 2012, 06:12 PM
 
Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot View Post
What?
Somewhere between iOS 4 on an iPhone 4 and iOS 5 on a 4S, I went from a charge lasting more than a day to something in the 8-10 hour range.

This could be a change in my usage pattern, but it certainly doesn't feel like it.
     
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Apr 15, 2012, 09:37 PM
 
I find most of the phone to be awesome, although Siri is way too unreliable here in Atlanta for me to ever use it regularly. Most times it's "I'm sorry, I can take any requests right now."
     
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Apr 15, 2012, 09:55 PM
 
Originally Posted by freudling View Post
Really? It lags for you? The 4S?
Yes, certainly more than my desktop computers or blackberry.
     
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Apr 15, 2012, 10:57 PM
 
My Lumia 900 screams. My iPod Touch latest is slow as all hell with a paltry 256 MB of RAM. My girl's iPhone 4S is fast.
     
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Apr 15, 2012, 11:50 PM
 
My iP4s is fast on WiFi; generally slow on 3G, lots of "Siri out to lunch" messages.
     
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Originally Posted by SierraDragon View Post
My iP4s is fast on WiFi; generally slow on 3G, lots of "Siri out to lunch" messages.
I see. Siri seems to be a trainwreck for Apple.
     
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Apr 16, 2012, 07:07 AM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
Somewhere between iOS 4 on an iPhone 4 and iOS 5 on a 4S, I went from a charge lasting more than a day to something in the 8-10 hour range.

This could be a change in my usage pattern, but it certainly doesn't feel like it.
I find that using reminders based on location draws down the battery quickly. YMMV.
The new Mac Pro has up to 30 MB of cache inside the processor itself. That's more than the HD in my first Mac. Somehow I'm still running out of space.
     
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Apr 16, 2012, 07:11 AM
 
Makes sense. I never use them though.
     
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Apr 16, 2012, 08:44 AM
 
Originally Posted by freudling View Post
I see. Siri seems to be a trainwreck for Apple.
You misunderstood: Siri is fine. 3G in the United States is a train wreck for Apple.

The more I read, the more I understand why Apple bought into LTE just for the US market on the iPad.
     
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Apr 16, 2012, 11:30 AM
 
Originally Posted by freudling View Post
I see. Siri seems to be a trainwreck for Apple.
Like Spheric said, you misunderstood. Siri is great. The problem is weaknesses in 3G service.

-Allen
     
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Apr 16, 2012, 05:04 PM
 
Originally Posted by P View Post
I find that using reminders based on location draws down the battery quickly. YMMV.
Yep. They are all but unusable for me unless the reminder goes off within an hour or two. I wish there was some way to tweak the settings for this feature.
AT&T iPhone 5S and 6; 13" MBP; MDD G4.
     
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Apr 16, 2012, 06:20 PM
 
And you can also turn off "Setting Time Zone" (who knows if that's still a culprit?) and iAds, etc.

And if you know where you are on the Map, and where you're going, you can turn off location services for Maps. You can always turn it on when you go to an unfamiliar city.

Traffic stays on when Maps is off.
     
   
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