Apple iPhone 4S 5 Stars

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Look and feel

The iPhone 4S manages to offer a smooth and strong experience inside and out. It looks great and has the most responsive touchscreen we’ve experienced to date.

Ease of use

iOS has plenty to offer – even if you don’t get the same customisation found on Android handsets – and is smooth when carrying out tasks from writing emails and using voice commands to set your alarms to loading a map.


It may not look very different, but there are more changes to be found under the bonnet, including the more powerful 1GHz chip and faster graphics. The camera, with its eight-megapixel lens, impresses too. But the main alteration is iOS 5, which offers storage via iCloud.


Apps load and run speedily – and that onscreen keyboard still beats those on other handsets.

Battery life

Much improved from the iPhone 4 – a full battery lasted all day, with use of GPS and web browsing – better than other high-end smarties too.

Most responsive screen ever; handy notifications bar; excellent camera; fantastic choice of apps; top hardware.
The best additions come via iOS 5, which you can download onto an iPhone 4; iCloud storage has to be paid for after 5GB.
  • Look and Feel 5 Stars
  • Ease of use 5 Stars
  • Features 4 Stars
  • Performance 4 Stars
  • Battery life 4 Stars

Final verdict: 5 Stars

The star of the show is iOS 5, even though the phone itself is powerful and looks good.

Review by Mobile Choice