@Daian: I agree, FaceTime isn't the end-all-be-all. Its a cool function but Skype has been doing basically the same thing for a long time. Like the specs show, the phones are all pretty similar in terms of quality. The reason I like the iPhone interface is that you can organize it however you like, and it never organizes things on its own to assume that it knows how you like it (if I remember right, whichever Droid I tried out basically tried to organize things in a way I didn't like, although maybe that's changed). Point is, I like my iPhone. I'm a satisfied customer. Enough said. If you like the Galaxy, that's fine too. I never intended to bash any other phones, I just basically said this is the first phone I've ever truly enjoyed using, and it was convenient that I could just transfer my iPod's media to my phone without any hassle or cost to me.
@Ripper_TV U read my mind, i don't LISTEN to the hotspot but i'd WATCH it, seeing the people for some reason makes me more interested. @DMLSLAT FaceTime isn't that amazing, u can video chat with any phone that has a front camera, hek, just enter Google+ and start a hangout, simple as that. And i'm sad to hear Verizon doesn't have the best phone out there (AT&T sucks), u could just buy it retail. Never really got what's so special about the iPhone or it's interface, Android is customizable too but whatever, if u like it so much, so be it, u live in a free country just like i do.
Giancarlo, I didn't know you were working for Gamespot for more than 10 years now. Where have you been all that time?
@Daian: There are the facts for you, so we don't have to keep spewing our opinions at each other. I will admit that I'm a fan of Apple- I can't really deny that. I've always loved their products. Some of it, like I said below, is personal preference, particularly in terms of the interface. and I happen to think the iPhone has an amazing one, mainly because it's completely customizable. I never said the Galaxy was a bad phone, either- it isn't by any stretch. The iPhone works best for me because I like its interface, several of my friends have them (which I mention because some functions only work between Apple products, like FaceTime), all my music from my old iPod was on iTunes anyway, and, well, I have one and I like it. That's enough for me. In other news, I have Verizon so I couldn't get a Galaxy anyway. :P
@Daian: Alright, just to humor you I looked at the specs. If you see Apple's press conference, they mention that the 4S functions just as quickly as any 4G phone on the market, so we'll give it a tie there. You yourself said you don't care about screen size, or the fact that the retina display on the iPhone is superior. Both rear cameras are similar and the Samsung front camera is superior. Both shoot 1080p video. Both will be on 3 carriers as of this month- iPhone on AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint, the Galaxy on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. Interface is generally personal preference, but I've got to say that I've never been impressed with Samsung interfaces. The Galaxy Tab's was so-so and my old Samsung phone was absolutely awful. I can't honestly say what the phone's is like, but I love the iPhone interface. It's straightforward and easy to use in my personal opinion. Nothing to say about iTunes and the App Store being significantly bigger than their competitors, I gather? And (wait for it), both are priced at $199 with 16 GB memory.
@X-Bs3 I feel for Mr Jobs family, but this should be a personal choice, otherwise it has no meaning, and is unsafe in the case of a emergence. Mr Jobs death should not be used as a way for apple to exert their authority and go all big brother.
I could care less. I didn't get a iPhone 1, 2 or 3 and i'm not going to get one of these. I don't even have an iPod, I got a regular MP3 player, so I have nothing in of Apple's and probably never will...That said, R.I.P. Steve Jobs, I had nothing against him, just Apple's products.
In memory of the late Steve Jobs, Apple will be using our emergency remote access to temporarily put all Macbooks, Macbook Pros, Macbook Airs, iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches and iMacs into sleep mode for 1 minute of digital silence at 13:00EST October 10. These are all devices that were the labor of Steve's love and this can be your way of saying thanks. If you wish to "opt out" either disconnect your device from any internet connection in the time leading up to, and during the minute, or email email@example.com with "Opt Out" in the subject line. Steve will be remembered fondly.
I am just super excited to pre-order the 4S. I assumed it would be the upgraded 4 rather than the 5 just because that is the way it seems to be going. But honestly I opted out of the iPhone 4 for the 3GS and that turned out to be a great decision because I was still able to get iOS4 (especially a good idea because the antenna was just rubbish on the 4). Most exciting is Siri and (for me) the new camera. If I remember correctly they said like a 1.1 or 1.2 second shutter speed? Remarkable. And they finally hit up the 1080p HD recording. It is a winner in my book. Maybe for some people other aspects are lacking compared to other phones but for me and several million people Apple is doing it right for them. Even if that means they just enjoy the interface of iOS better than Android's gingerbread. I would also like to mention that Open-source OS like Android-based phones have contracted a staggering amount of viruses which just doesn't happen on the iOS. Also it doesn't need more than 1 GhZ because let's face it, the software they are running is less intensive than other phones. R.I.P. Steve Jobs. Go Apple!
Smartphones will not replace handhelds because the games are nowhere near as good in terms of quality, gameplay, developer support, etc. With games at 9.99 you wont see AAA titles for sure. Sony or Nintendo for me ty.
I still haven't gotten an iphone yet. Maybe I'll never will. I just can't grasp the concept of paying over $80 on a cell phone bill. For now I'll stick to Metro PCS.
@DMLSLAT Sorry, not enough characters allowed in one comment :P. And the iPhone 4 $100 price,just like any of the given prices, is only with some subscription they shove down your throat, i like to purchase retail and keep my current subscription according to what i want/need , besides, we are talking about the 4S here, there are many phones that are better than the old 4 by this point, and yes, u guessed it, at smaller prices. I mean no disrespect, but u have to understand, everything Apple releases is, at any given time, more expensive than one or more products of similar quality/function if not even worse AND more expensive. Have a good day/evening.
@DMLSLAT You should really pay attention to what u read. I didn't say it's specs are atrocious, i said the front camera is atrocious ( ancient VGA). No idea where "get your facts straight" is coming from, or more on what u base it on, my facts are exactly that, facts. The Galaxy S II DOES have a faster processor, it DOES have a better front camera,it DOES have the bigger screen (although a bit smaller res) it DOES have radio and flash support and it is overall the better technical product than what was supposed to be something which u claimed "blows away the competition". That's basically it, it doesn't blow away the competition because it's not even better than the competition even though it's newer. Oh, and really? Variety? What part of "The Android Market offers an endless amount of apps u won't ever use just like the App Store " did u not understand? I am not being condescending, i am just trying to understand how u claim the same things again and again based on nothing but the blind belief that u somehow speak the truth. This phone simply isn't better than everything out there even though it will be the most expensive.
No high speed data and the same small 3.5" screen? Has Apple moved past 2010 yet? Nexus Prime, Galaxy S2, or HTC Amaze here I come!
I'm a Apple fanboy and currently own both the black and white iPhone 4 devices. However, I'm quite disappointed with the news, but I'm going to invest in a iPhone 4S (love the dual core and Siri Personal Assistant).
Not gonna hate on the iPhone even though I'm not a fan of Apple. All I've got to say is I've got Xbox Live on my Windows Phone, that's key cause it keeps my hardcore gaming and my casual gaming connected. When I play Angry Birds or whatever mobile game, I'm earning achievements and everything I do games-wise is there for my friends to see and vice-versa. This is what Apple will always lack in my opinion... Unless they unveil the iGame and complete their world domination :S
@Daian: The advantages I referred to are that iTunes is the biggest music retailer in the world and Apple's App Store has more apps than any other smartphone app store has. In other words, variety. The "atrocious" specs you refer to on the iPhone are incorrect, for that matter. The camera on the 4S is 8 MP, and how exactly is it faster? Apple mentioned in their press conference that the 4S runs at the same speed as any "4G" product, they just don't really care to have a contest about which is defined as 4G and which isn't. In other words, the 4S has upgraded specs because it's a phone from this year, just like the Samsung Galaxy has great specs because it's a phone from this year. They're all competing and all are great, but you can't deny that iTunes and the App Store are bigger than anything on any other smartphone. And as for pricing, they've made the iPhone 4 $100 as the low end model of the phone. Get your facts straight.
i have an iphone 4 & i think the best thing about iphone 4s is that i can brag about my iphone 4 and tell people it's an iphone 4s they wont suspect a thing =D
1. no flash. 2. massive restrictions to everything you do. 3. developers get a slap on the face. 4. apps are over-moderated. the only thing that needs moderating is apps that could exploit the operating system. 5. over-priced. 6. in terms of gaming, touch screen does not provide the necessary gaming controls for real games. 7. mobile gaming could never replace my handheld consoles let alone home consoles.
who cares that the games look good, ugh they are so boring and not fun to play on a touch screen. I think the most ive ever played at one time on my iphone is like 20 min
Over the year, iPhone 4 has become my mobile computer, main mobile gaming device and thanks to the retina display YouTube videos looks super amazing. I tried to switch to a HTC and Samsung with Android and I finally understand why iPhone is so much more popular because iOS works so much better.
Yep... another iphone tweak at a premium price. You still pay top dollar for an iphone contract in addition to a hefty one off payment before you can even get your hands on one! i opted for a Galaxy S2 over the iphone because it's a hell of a lot cheaper - free on contract - AND it does everything the iphone 4s can do and more! Dual core processor, 8mp camera, 2mp videocall camera, full voice control, plus drag and drop media functionality with multiple codec support. No silly mp4 conversion and itunes sync for me! Awesome :)
Apple is awesome, their products are always trendsetters and I like them better than the months late imitations sold by the competition. I may not buy every iteration, but I welcome all updates and improvements on this already great phone.
IOS is a gaming platform ... Wait for apple tv 3 come out . Playing real racing on your tv . Using your itouch ipad or iphone as a remote. Stop thinking small. u going and buy a 40 game on your ds . While I get 40 bucks of cool one dollar apps ! Step your game up . O and by the way chicks love the iPhone ;)
I love how the main topic now is mobile gaming. First off if you are selling your portable gaming devices over an iPhone you are retrarded. Its a phone, with only touchscreen controls (which will interfere in any game thats not full touch like Angry Birds) and you are trying to play it on a 3.5" screen. That is SMALL. Yes I prefer Android over iOS and I don't like Apple as a company but thats jsut my opinion. I still recommend the iPhone for other people who that phone would work better for. But really Apple has one of the conferences and does a great job telling people what they want, and they listen! If you want mobile gaming you go buy a PSP or Gameboy, if you want a time killer you go buy a game from the appstore/market and you play it. Apple is about to already be blown away in the gaming ability dept by Android devices with Nividia's Terga 3 chip in the. Quad core cpu's and 12 core gpu's. But even still, its a mobile device, not a game system.
This Iphone 4S should have been the oiriginal Iphone 4. But to sell more, Apple made an Iphone 4, and just added some new perks in the 4s which SHOULD have been made available with the Iphone 4.
Another Apple look at me conference, and yet another typcial Apple product dissapointment. If you are an open minded iSheep looking for greener pastures please do yourself a favor and give Windows Phone Mango a chance. I can understand if you have a bad taste from Windows Mobile, but this mobile OS is outstanding, sleek, quick/responsive, and unbelievably accessible! Try it and I bet you will want to purchase a WP handset.
personally, I think the 4s is slow just a stall for the 5. the 4s should have been the 4 to begin with
what is going on here. yea i got a android phone and ipad 2. so i have the best of both worlds. I like what android is doing. But they need more time and more developers. I will get the 4s and 5. and keep my prepaid android phone for 25 bucks. (motorola triumph). and yesss the iphone kicks ass with gaming . psp go sold . ds sold. cant wait to have nba 2k12 on my iphone, i got it on my ipad and its rocks !!!!
@erix43 Nobody cares about your condescending, disrespectful and ignorant comment either. The 3G was released only almost precisely 1 year after the first iPhone. Also, the first smartphone was the IBM Simon which was designed in 1992 (!!!) and released in 1993, while the term 'smartphone' was used for the first time in 1997 when Ericsson unveiled the concept phone GS88, the first device labelled as 'smartphone', and pretty much every smartphone OS has been out there long before the iPhone which was released just 4 years ago in 2007 (other than Android that came about in 2008 which caught up quickly). You are as ignorant and clueless as you are condescending and disrespectful and those are the kindest words i can use to address u without getting moderated. Now go back under the rock u've crawled from to fill this page with rubbish.
It's time for me to upgrade seeing as I still have a three year old iPhone 3G and the battery is starting to go. My only gripe is no larger screen but oh well. I think Droids are highly overrated. My dad had one and got rid of it a few months later. I thought the interface was clunky and not user friendly compared to the iOS. As far as the 4S, I'm quite pleased with the improved battery life. The faster processor and camera are just added bonuses. In the end, this is like the 3GS from 2 years ago; not unlike when a new car model comes out with the same exterior but with engine and interior upgrades.