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van Alex Olma
12. Oktober 2011 – 15:46 Uhr

Die ersten Testberichte zum iPhone 4S

Neben Spiegel Online und Heise.de lieferten auch die US-Medien (gesammelt) am heutigen Morgen ihre Testberichte zum iPhone 4S ab. Hier sind meine herausgegriffenen Highlights dieser Artikel.

The Guardian

  • Even better, it [Siri] senses when you bring your device to your ear so you can talk to it as if you’re on the phone to someone, rather than having to endure the embarrassment of yelling at it at arms length.
  • Once again Apple is taking a lead and asking a lot of its competitors. I wish those competitors luck, for the better all smartphones are, the happier I am.

by Stephen Fry

The New York Times

  • It would be great if you could open an app by voice (“Open Angry Birds”) instead of hunting through 11 screens, or turn on Airplane Mode by voice, or display a certain set of photos.
  • But already, Siri saves time, fumbling and distraction, and profoundly changes the definition of “phone.” I find myself using certain commands constantly […].
  • There are some rough spots here and there; for example, every now and then the 4S’s camera app gets stuck on its startup screen. And while the battery still gets you through one full day, standby time is shorter than before (200 hours versus 300). But over all, Apple has done an excellent job.
  • The question isn’t what’s in a name — it’s what’s in a phone. And the answer is: “A lot of amazing technology. And some of it feels like magic.”

by David Pogue


  • The point is, the “S” can stand for any number of things depending on who is using the device. Here’s all I know for certain: this is the best iPhone yet.
  • At first glance, the speed difference may seem subtle. But over time, it adds up and becomes apparent. I would switch back to my iPhone 4 and get frustrated by the lag.
  • If the point-and-shoot market wasn’t in trouble before, it will be now.
  • Others, like Google’s voice services built into Android, are decent. Siri is great.
  • I think this is a feature that will sell the device. And I think all of Apple’s rivals will have to act quickly to counter it.
  • Further, I do believe Siri has a real shot at disrupting the stranglehold Google has on mobile search. No one is going to beat Google at their own game, but with Siri, Apple has a way to change the game.
  • If you’ve had an iPhone 3GS and have been waiting a couple years for the next iPhone to come out, now’s the time to upgrade. If you’re worried just because this is not called the “iPhone 5″ , you’re being foolish.


by MG Siegler

The Verge

  • That said, the iPhone 4 design does stand the test of time (or 16 months in this case). Compared with most (if not all) of its Android competition, this industrial design looms tall.
  • The device has 512 MB of RAM onboard, which came as a bit of a surprise considering that’s the same number as the iPad 2 and original iPhone 4.
  • The macro focus on the lens was particularly impressive, allowing me to grab subjects (including really gross insects) at extremely close ranges.
  • The 4S is more than capable of going through a full business day without needing a charge, and if you’re a lighter user, you’ll rarely have to worry about it.
  • If you’re a BlackBerry user who’s been reluctant to leave because of BBM, this [iMessage] may be the piece that pushes you over the edge.
  • The software [Siri] even has a good sense of humor. Asking it “what is the meaning of life?” will bring up a number of responses, both serious and not so serious. The first time I asked, Siri simply said “42.”
  • Spending a week with Apple’s newest phone, I’m reminded again of just what makes the company’s products so special. It’s not specs, services, or apps. This phone is not perfect. Certainly it can be improved. But there is something here, beyond the screen and CPU, beyond iCloud, something under the surface. Some intangible spark.


by Joshua Topolsky


  • My advice is that owners of the iPhone 4 needn’t rush to upgrade; they can get the new operating system. But owners of older iPhone models, or those with basic phones, will find this latest iPhone a pleasure and a good value.
  • When combined with the new software feature that allows editing right on the phone, the iPhone 4S offers a camera experience I find unmatched on any other phone.

by Walt Mossberg


  • To give you an idea of how convenient Siri is, it takes about three seconds to create a reminder with a voice command, as opposed to the 10 seconds it takes me to manually type an event into a to-do list or calendar entry.
  • It’s kind of like having the unpaid intern of my dreams at my beck and call, organizing my life for me. I think Siri on the iPhone is a life changer, and this is only the beginning.

by Brian X. Chen

The Loop

  • Jim: That’s nice. I’m glad you know I love you. Siri: All you need is love. And your iPhone
  • Apple has given the iPhone the ability to intelligently switch between the antennas to ensure better call quality. […] To be perfectly clear — this is an Apple-only technology. While other companies can receive on dual antennas, no other company can transmit and receive on dual GSM or CDMA antennas.
  • When you put them all together in one product like the iPhone 4S, you have an incredibly successful product that other companies just can’t compete with.

by Jim Dalrymple

USA Today

  • Apple concedes that Siri isn’t a finished product; she is in beta. But even with her blemishes, Siri is pretty darn cool. And she helps make the iPhone 4S pretty darn cool, too.

by Edward C. Baig


  • Nonetheless, it’s a groundbreaking combination of apps and services. Siri is legitimately magical, a feature so unique to iPhone 4S that users will jump platform in order to have.
  • Apple’s digital image stabilization does a great job of smoothing things, though, without leaving things over-processed.
  • Throw in limited global LTE coverage and Apple’s mass market target audience and that’s a compelling argument to wait until fourth-gen wireless matures.
  • There will undoubtedly be smartphones with faster processors, or more megapixels to their cameras, or high-speed 4G connectivity, or bigger, better resolution displays, but it’s difficult to imagine any of them competing with the joined-up ecosystem Apple now offers.

by Vincent Nguyen


  • There’s no way to tell the difference between Apple’s new iPhone 4S and the previous model. Until you turn it on.
  • And then there’s this: The 4S is the first phone you’ll ever be tempted to ask for the secret of life. Go ahead — you’ll get an answer, too. It isn’t from “Star Trek,” though science-fiction readers will recognize, and get a chuckle from, the response.

by Rich Jaroslovsky

Daring Fireball

  • Even if Siri is never opened up to App Store apps, though, there’s clearly a sense when you use it that Apple is only just getting started with this.
  • I wouldn’t say I can’t live without Siri. But I can say that I don’t want to.
  • The cynical answer, of course, would be that Apple is withholding it from other iOS devices in order to spur additional upgrades to the iPhone 4S. […] If Siri is any less accurate on older iOS devices than it is on the 4S, Apple isn’t going to allow it.
  • The most profound difference between the 4S and 4 cameras has nothing to do with image quality. It’s that you don’t have to wait nearly as long.
  • The one and only disappointment I have with the iPhone 4S is that the shutdown spinner animation is still low-res. That’s pretty low on the list of nits to pick.

by John Gruber



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