Issues with iPhone 4S
Initial sales of the iPhone 4S shows a phenomenal success. Media has reported that the sales figure has already crossed 4 million – exceeding the expectation and the previous sales figure in the opening days of iPhone 4. By comparison the iPhone 4 had sold just 1.7 million units in the 1st week of the launch.
However, users have been a little disappointed with the performance of the iPhone 4. The iPhone 4S has two new features which makes it an improved version over the iPhone 4 – a better Apple A5 processor and the integration of voice recognition command using Siri ( In addition to fixing Antenna issue).
Starredreviews.com took a quick look at the Siri voice recognition. The first impression was good. If you speak up clearly, for example “where I am”, it will take some time but will come up with a map showing you the location on google map. And you are spell bound to say “wow !!!”. And say “Find the Starbucks coffee” and it will come up with a list of the nearest starbucks coffee location.
However, the initial euphoria dies sooner than later. It turns out that the “Siri” is too slow to respond. It can be either that software or the processor not having enough power, but you feel irritates when it takes as long as 30 seconds and come back saying – sorry we did not understand it. You feel like cheated and you wished I had better typed it in search engine. Siri works on a very small set of useful voice based integrated searches.
As Phonedog puts it –
Even sitting in my apartment messing around with it, it was awkward talking to my phone. There are just some things that are ideally awesome, but in practical use, they’re a bit silly. Siri is one of those.
Slow 3G Speed
The 3G speed at sprint carrier is alarmingly slow as has been reported in the Sprint forums. A screenshot showing a download speed of 0.16 Mbps and an upload speed of 0.05 Mbps has been posted on the forum. It is too early to say, if this problem is due to the sudden increase in demand and if Sprint and fix it quickly.
Battery Life is bad
Phonedog has done some initial review of the iPhone 4S and has found it lacking in the battery life. It could be due to the faster dual core A5 processor which could be drawing a lot of power. Phonedog writes…
…but in use, the battery has drained roughly twice as fast as the iPhone 4
Camera Focus Issue
It looks like the iPhone 4S repeatedly keeps trying to re-focus camera. It is not clear if this is an isolated issue or widespread.The camera issue has been reported in forums.
AT & T Activation Issue
Buyers have also complained activation issue with AT&T. Apple’s discussion forum is replete with the complaint about the activation issue.
Screen Tint Issue – The screen of the iPhone 4S has been reported to be not as good as that of iPhone 4. This is something you will be able to compare when you put the two iPhones side by side and compare them with same screen. Apparently the newer iPhone 4S has a greenish washed out display as compared to the older iPhone 4. Could be the result of cost cutting on screens ?