Editorâ€™s note: iPhone 4S has finally launched in Malaysia and many people were eagerly to be iPhone 4S owner at the launch day. Amelia Hunter has a different option though. She bought iPhone 4S, but regret for buying it. Read on for her reasons.
When the iPhone 4S was just released, I was among those who fell in love with it from the first sight. I read many user reviews and articles about it, watched videos demonstrating its unboxing, software features, camera and other advantages. And what I liked most in the new iPhone wasâ€¦ Siri, of course. I found many funny articles about Siriâ€™s smart and funny responses and about the Easter Eggs hidden in it. I really liked it and decided to buy an iPhone at last (though I wanted to buy a Galaxy Nexus first).
About a week ago I bought a SIM-free iPhone 4S. My new device from Apple looks great, has a very nice build quality, a powerful camera and rather good performance, but still itâ€™s not what I expected, so, to tell the truth, I was a bit disappointed. Below Iâ€™ll try to explain why I am disappointed in the new iPhone and bring 4 reasons not to buy it:
1. Siri isnâ€™t that great
As I have said above, Siri was one of the main reasons I bought the iPhone 4S â€“ I really wanted to have a look at this smart user assistant that could speak with me and understand what I saidâ€¦ But Siri turned out to be not that great.
First of all, it takes Siri several long moments to understand what youâ€™re saying â€“ I ask her my questions and wait for some 5-10 seconds for her to respond.
Second, sometimes Siri doesnâ€™t understand what Iâ€™m saying. Iâ€™m a journalist and Iâ€™ve always thought I have no problem with my pronunciation, but it took me some 5 or 6 attempts to make Siri understand what I was asking â€œWho isâ€ and not â€œBoysâ€, â€œPleaseâ€ or even â€œCool easeâ€ (they donâ€™t even sound similar, hehâ€¦).
Third, Siri uses the Internet connection to function, so if thereâ€™s a slight problem with the connection, or if you donâ€™t want to keep it on, you wonâ€™t be able to â€œchatâ€ with your smart assistant.
2. Too expensive
The unlocked iPhone 4S is rather expensive â€“ the 16GB version costs about $650 (at Amazon). But the problem is â€“ not only buying an iPhone takes much money, having an iPhone takes much money, too!
As I said above, Siri uses the Internet connection to work, plus the phone has a lot of features that will need the Internet, too (havenâ€™t found all to turn them off yet). So in these few days my phone spent about Â£10 on doing nothing (does Siri consume THAT much?).
Maybe itâ€™s because my phone is unlocked, and it would be cheaper if I had an iPhone 4S on contract (UK). But anyway itâ€™s a fact that the iPhone 4S consumes a lot of money.
3. Glass body
Itâ€™s a shame that only after buying the new iPhone 4S I stumbled upon this drop test on YouTube showing how fragile the phone is:
I havenâ€™t bought a protective case for my phone yet and now, after watching this video, Iâ€™m really afraid to drop it. Seems like its glass case wonâ€™t survive even a single dropâ€¦ Will a case really protect it? Iâ€™m not sure about this nowâ€¦
4. Privacy problems?
In my old Samsung phone I could protect my photos, text messages and any directories I wanted with a password so no one could ever see them without knowing the password (maybe thereâ€™s something Iâ€™d like to hide, after allâ€¦), but I canâ€™t see a similar feature in the iPhone 4S.
I donâ€™t know, maybe I havenâ€™t found the right way to do this yet or maybe thereâ€™s an app for that, but at the moment this is a big shortcoming for me anywayâ€¦
Of course, the iPhone 4S has a lot of advantages, too, and itâ€™s a good phone overall, but the little problems I mentioned above (theyâ€™re all my opinion, of course, and I guess there are many people for whom those are not shortcomings at all) really made me regret for buying itâ€¦
Editorâ€™s note: This is a guest post by Amelia Hunter. If you would like to contribute too, please contact me.