PRODUCT TESTS / First Look
brings you our
independent lab test
results of the
REPORT by Jenny Harrow
At a glance
• Latest iPhone
• Test results
The latest incarnation of the iPhone, the and wirelessly. Using iCloud you can results.
4S, was launched in early October this synchronise photos, bookmarks and The 8MP camera produces great
year to slight disappointment from those your calendar, but not videos. You can photos and videos that are of improved
expecting an iPhone 5. Having said that, also synchronise Outlook contacts via quality compared to the iPhone 4. It
the Choice Buy iPhone 4S is clearly one iCloud or Gmail contacts via iTunes. includes a new custom lens, a larger
of the best phones Consumer Choice has f/2.4 aperture and an advanced hybrid
ever tested. The main criticism we had of Siri IR filter that produces sharper, brighter
the iPhone 4 was the reception issues, The iPhone 4S also comes with a very and more accurate images. New
which significantly the 4S doesn’t suffer nice ‘personal assistant’ called “Siri’. features in the Camera and Photos apps
from thanks to a redesigned antenna. It Siri is able to recognize speech and also give you instant access to the camera
is still very expensive and can be bought understand semantics. This means right from the lock screen, and you can
from the apple website for €599 for that if you ask ‘Do I need an umbrella also use the volume-up button to quickly
the 16GB version, €699 for the 32GB or tomorrow’ it delivers the weather snap a photo.
€799 for the 64GB version and comes in forecast for tomorrow. If you ask ‘Where The video sound quality is also
black or white. The new iPhone 4S isn’t is Los Angeles?’ Siri says, ‘Here is Los better than its predecessor. The sound
hugely different to the iPhone 4 and if Angeles’ and shows it on Google maps. quality with the delivered headphones
you already own the previous version ‘I love you’ delivers funny answers like is great as you would expect from Apple.
you can upgrade the software to iOS 5. It ‘you can't’, or ‘all you need is love and It’s also incredibly easy to connect to the
is available on all the major Irish mobile an iPhone’. "What's the meaning of life’ internet and the Safari web browser is
phone networks. delivers ‘42’. It is possible to dictate great.
messages or emails using Siri but not
iCloud to open programs or create contacts.
Externally, the new iPhone 4S looks However, it currently lacks information Handset:
identical to the iPhone 4. But inside on Ireland so can’t guide you if you’re Calling and SMS:
the phone the new OS has changed looking for local shops or services yet. Ease of use:
quite a lot of things. iCloud is a set of Camera:
free cloud services that work with your The test results Video:
iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC to Apple says ‘it just works’ and this is a Music:
automatically and wirelessly store your really easy phone to use. The layout of Email:
content in iCloud and push it to all your the menus and interface are intuitive to Internet:
devices. The idea is that when content use and the touchscreen is incredibly Score: 77%
changes on one device, all your other responsive. Battery life is also better
devices are updated automatically than the iPhone 4 according to our test Star ratings are out of five.
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