iPhone 4S–after a few weeks

Having had a few weeks to work with the Apple iPhone 4S, I can report that I am very happy I made the decision to upgrade from my old iPhone 3G.

Back in 2007, Steve Jobs introduced the original iPhone. During this introduction he said:

We want to reinvent the phone. What’s the killer app? The killer app is making calls. It’s amazing how hard it is to make calls on phones. We want you to use contacts like never before.

Jobs was right then, and the iPhone 4S continues to boast the best damn cell phone in the business. I’ve had cell phones going back 15 years or so, and the iPhone is the only phone I’ve actually wanted to use (or even carry with me). The iPhone 4S is no different. It’s notable that Apple has not changed the phone app since it was introduced four years ago. It works great, and that’s all there is to say about it as a phone.

Siri has been the subject of most articles regarding the iPhone 4S. In my experience, Siri works well if you have either a Wi-Fi connection or a really good 3G cell signal. If you’re not in a 3G-served area, forget it. AT&T’s Edge network is just too slow. I haven’t taken to Siri the way some have. It’s probably more an issue of making a new habit. I will do some things, like type out a message, and then realize I could have used Siri instead. I need to also spend some time learning just what all Siri can—and can’t—do. If Siri can add appointments to my calendar, she’ll be my new best friend. 🙂

The new camera in the iPhone 4S gets some attention, and I can attest that it’s a great camera. I just spent a little over a week with the family at Walt Disney World. During that time, I took over 550 pictures with my iPhone. The 8 megapixel camera in this phone has amazing quality, enough to make my wife (who is a far better photographer than I am) lament the 6.3 megapixel Canon EOS 10D she has. The digital zoom on the camera is not as good as a true zoom lens, especially as you increase the zoom. Still, a zoom power of 2.0 or less has little to no impact on image quality.

In the final analysis, I’m very pleased with this product, and I’m going to look for more ways to use it as a tool in my law practice.

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