Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The New iPhone 4S: A Winner Or A Loser?

Tim Cook's big day has come and gone; the iPhone 4S is here and already people are bashing it because it's not the so-called iPhone 5, complete with a newer design and larger screen!

Yes, I too must admit that I'm a little bummed out because I was also hoping for a newer, slicker, lighter design, and more importantly, one with a larger screen. However, despite that the new iPhone 4S literally and easily blows the competition out of the water.

Yes, as great as the iPhone's new A5 chip is, and as great as its graphics abilities are (take a gander at Epic's mind-blowing Infinity Blade 2 graphics, for example), and the fact that the iPhone is now the only phone that comes with as much as 64GB of internal memory, and you still have yourself one-hell-of-a-whiz-bang phone, let me tell you folks. However, what really sets it apart is its ultra futuristic Siri voice assistant, a feature that sets it miles apart from any of its competitors.

The mere idea that you can simply ask, in plain English, French or German, various questions such as: how many square inch's in a mile, or how many days til Christmas, etc., etc., is totally mind blowing! Need to know how many square miles there are in Germany? No problem, just ask Siri and you'll have your answer in a flash, as you can see in the video below:

After having a hands-on with Siri, Engadget had this to say:

"The most impressive part was the demo of Siri, the new assistant that lets you do just about anything you can do on your phone -- but with your voice. We tried to psych it out with a bunch of random requests, including the history of Chester, Vermont (a lovely town) and the best Ramen places in San Francisco. Siri never faltered, never missed a beat. It worked as well as Scott's demo up on the stage. There's nothing better to say than that. We even sent ourselves a few text messages, which Siri transcribed to a T. Of course, the lady on the other end still sounds eerily robotic, but we're hoping for smoother responses from the alien within in a future update."

Well, if that isn't impressive, than I don't know what is?

Android users, those who love bashing Apple anyway, will tell you, of course, that Siri is nothing special. Why, they'll tell you that Google Voice not only does everything that Siri does, but it also did it first. Of course, to be honest, that's nothing but a lot of you-know-what? The truth is that Siri blows Google Voice totally out of the water, and even though you can get Vlingo a type of poor man's Siri for Android (as well as for the iPhone and Blackberry), it is no where nearly as polished or as accurate as Siri, as you can see demonstrated below:

According to a quick poll conducted by Gizmodo, where they asked the question: "Are you going to buy an iPhone 4?", the majority of those polled, some 40 %, answered that they would, which is rather encouraging considering all of the bad press that Apple has received for not releasing the iPhone 5, which according to one analyst will definitely be coming shortly sometime in 2012.

So, is the iPhone 4S a winner or a loser?

Well, in conclusion, even though I am still a little disappointed that we have to wait a wee bit longer for that sleeker, lighter, uni-body aluminum body iPhone 5, which will, hopefully, also include that much larger screen, the newly announced iPhone 4S is still one-hell-of-an-upgrade, and is unquestionably still the best dang-tooting smartphone out there and one that makes all other smartphones look, frankly, rather dumb in comparison, and all thanks to Siri.

And I would definitely call that, any old day, a winner in my book!

And that's my 2 cents 4 this gloomy and stormy Wednesday, October 05, 2011

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