Thursday, 20 October 2011

iPhone 4S Review

The iPhone 4S was unveiled by Apple CEO Tim Cook at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino to an almost unanimous shrug of disappointment by the entire online tech community, myself included. It was a little disappointing to see no major external design change from the iPhone 4 after the so called "leaked case designs" for the fabled 5th generation of Apples flagship handheld device kept surfacing online, however after hearing Phil Schiller and Scott Forstall describe in great detail how the iPhone 4S is better than the iPhone 4 in every way, I am inclined to agree with them, for the most part, I explain below.

External Hardware

I can understand why Apple have stuck with the external antenna and glass design, the form factor is great, it is light and comfortable to hold and lets face it, Jonathan Ive and the rest of the designers at Apple have spent too much time, money and effort to drop this design after one iteration of the iPhone. The only difference in the external design of the 4S from the iPhone 4 is that the antenna is the same one used in the Verizon iPhone 4 which had been modified slightly to attempt to fix the signal issue that the iPhone 4 was infamous for. Incase you haven't noticed the difference, the GSM iPhone 4 had 2 black notches on the bottom left and bottom right of the antenna and one just to the right of the headphone jack whereas the Verizon iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S have 4 black notches on the bottom and top of the device on the left and right sides.

Internal Hardware

Now here is where the iPhone 4S really sets it self apart from it's baby brother, the iPhone 4.
It features the dual core, 1GHz A5 chip that first debuted in the iPad 2 which makes for greatly improved performance. Apps load quicker, web pages render faster and there seems to be almost no lag or slowdown when trying to perform processor intensive tasks. The processor is also more energy efficient than the A4 chip found in the iPad and iPhone 4, with slightly improved battery life when making calls, using apps or web browsing over 3G. Although inexplicably, the iPhone 4S loses an hour of battery when browsing the web over wifi.

Apple have also greatly improved the antenna this time around. The 4S intelligently switches between the two antennas meaning the signal is greatly improved and coupled with the new processor, the download speed on 3G is massive! On my previous phone, the iPhone 3GS I would average out at .9Mb per second, with the iPhone 4S however, I now get 2.9Mb per second. In addition to this, I get 3G coverage in more places than I ever could with the 3GS.

The place where the upgrades to the 4S really shine through is the camera.
It now sports an 8 megapixel sensor and will shoot video in 1080P full HD. Below are some test shots I took with the camera.

Colours really stand out and up close shots look more detailed than ever. I am however a little disappointed that the front facing camera has had no upgrade at all since the iPhone 4 and it is a little alarming that there is no way to choose which resolution you would like to shoot video in, it just shoots in 1080P whether you want it to or not meaning if you film a lot of video you may find the storage on your phone running out quickly.

The only thing I really dislike about the internal hardware is that it still has 512MB of RAM which for I high end smart phone in 2011 is a little disappointing.


I am not going to go through the finer points of how awesome or not iOS 5 is(I'm looking at you, Reminders), that's for another review. I am however going to talk about one software feature that is(for now) exclusive to the iPhone 4S and that is the personal voice assistant, SIRI.

Basically you can ask SIRI whatever you like and it will do it's best to answer you, ask it to set an alarm, ask what the weather is going to bel like, ask it to remind you to pick up some bread on the way home and SIRI does it's best to provide you with the information you need. It uses the in-built apps on your phone and Wolfram Alpha to get all the information it requires to work. It's conversational so you don't have to speak really clear for it to work what you are saying and it takes into account context, it will remember what you were talking about and give answers to subsequent questions based on that. As great as SIRI is though, it is far from perfect.
It is only available in US, UK and Australian English, French and German and it can only search for places and businesses in the US for now. Maybe integrating for UK users will solve this but who knows? Its in beta at the moment and there are still many many bugs that need ironing out.

Summary and Should you Buy?

In short, there are some great features on this phone for new and old iPhone customers alike but if you've already got an iPhone 4 there aren't too many major differences to make this an essential purchase, you could consider it if you were at the end of your iPhone 4 contract but if you're not, just wait for the iPhone 5. It is however a huge step up from the 3GS making this an essential upgrade if you were looking at a new smartphone after your iPhone 3GS.

This phone is by no means perfect but it is phenomenal at what it does; it creates an wonderful and engaging iOS experience.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

I'm Back!

Well, I'm back. I don't really know how to explain my absense for the last two years other than I got bored of blogging and just forgot about my blog. Well I'm going to take it nice and slow, a couple of posts a week and see how things go.

Anyway now I'm back on my blog ish, check out an iPhone 4S review coming right up.

Monday, 31 August 2009

Jay-Z Rhapsody Advert

This is one of the most creative and original adverts I’ve ever seen.

Hov keeps the classic album covers up front and the not so great album covers near the end, with the exception of American Gangster which he finishes with.

This would have been even better if the covers had been in chronological order but still.

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Raekwon – House Of Flying Daggers Video HD

I know I posted this yesterday but Raekwon just uploaded the HD version to his YouTube account so you already know what I had to do.

This video looked amazing in standard def and even better in high def.

Go buy Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2, I know I will be.

Monday, 24 August 2009

Raekwon – House Of Flying Daggers Video

I waited 2 hours for this video to drop and it was definitely worth the wait.

I’ve always wanted a Wu-Tang video to be like this, the song matches the video and the visuals are superb, this is the best video of the year so far.

Raekwon feat. Ghostface & Cappadonna – 10 Bricks(Prod. J Dilla)


Another leak from The Chefs new album, not quite as good as House Of Flying Daggers but Rae never disappoints(except when Cappadonna starts rhyming LOL).

Download: Raekwon feat. Ghostface & Cappadonna – 10 Bricks

Previous: Raekwon – House Of Flying Daggers

Jay-Z feat. Drake – Off That

Last time I posted a download link for a Jay-Z track the RIAA filed a copyright claim against my blog, so what I did instead is upload the track to YouTube and post it here instead.

Anyway, this is crap, Timbaland’s adlibs clutter up the terrible beat, Jay-Z’s flow is horrible and Drake only raps the verses, I expected a lot more from Jay and Drake and I’m not a fan of Timbaland(mainly because of the awful adlibs).

Not good Jay, not good at all.

Friday, 21 August 2009

2 Turntables & A Microphone Trailer

This looks interesting.

A documentary/movie examining the mysterious death around one of Hip Hop’s pioneers, Jam Master Jay of Run DMC.

This is the way I like to see peoples stories told, from real people who were close to them and not by scriptwriters in a board room.

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Jay-Z – Run This Town feat. Rihanna & KanYe West(Video)

The Hip Hop blogging community were on a blogging arms race to get this video posted the earliest and MTV Germany beat them all to it by dropping it before they were supposed to, HA!!!!!

Anyway I love this video, it matches the tone of the song perfectly, shame the song isn’t all that, Brooklyn Go Hard would have been a better first single.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

DJ Hero Preview & Footage

The more I see of this game, the more I want it.

Here’s more footage of what I’m going to spend around £150 on…err….I mean DJ Hero and a little preview of how the controller works in-game

Affion Crockett – Best I Ever Had Spoof

Affion Crockett kills this. LOL at the coloured in hairline.

Mickey Factz Freestyle @ Semtex’s

Mickey kicks an actual freestyle off the top of the dome on Semtex’s show, no prewritten bars or rhyming off a blackberry, an actual freestyle with original lyrics. Not many can do that now can they.

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Giggs – Slow Song feat. Mike Skinner

This track was released today, dun know the Sunday night iTunes release LOL!

Anyway go support this track by buying it off iTunes here.

Inglorious Plummers Video

This parody video was spotted over at Joystiq. Enjoy!

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Black Eyed Peas – Boom Boom Pow(Action Man:The Movie Remix)

So I went to see GI Joe today, that movie was so very terrible I’m not even going to dignify it with a review. The only redeeming quality was the great remix of The Peas’ Boom Boom Pow that served as the ending theme.

Download: Black Eyed Peas – Boom Boom Pow(GI Joe remix)

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Slaughterhouse Interview w/ Semtex @ Rock The Bells.

I’m sooooo jealous of Semtex, I’ve always wanted to go to Rock The Bells since it started.

The Hip Hop supergroup Slaughterhouse sit down with Sem and talk about everything except that situation.

This Is 50 Interview w/ DMC

The legendary DMC sits down with This Is 50 and drops a couple of freestyles.

If you don’t know who DMC is, turn off your computer, go to the nearest bridge and kill yo’ self.

Joe Budden Vs. Raekwon Summary

I don’t even know where to start on this one.

I’ve refrained from posting anything to do with this “beef” as I don’t actually care about beef in the Hip Hop world anymore, The Game’s numerous unnecessary beefs just made the whole thing boring.

Anyway this video sums up the entire situation for those of you that give a crap, I do not. I only watched this video because Jay Smooth makes funny, interesting vlogs about stuff like this.

You can check out more of Jay Smooths vlogs here or subscribe to his video podcast on iTunes.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Surrogates – Official Trailer

This looks dope.

I don’t know much about this movie other than I really, really want to see it.

Out September 25th.

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Nike SB Advert Featuring Paul Rodriguez, Eric Koston, Kobe Bryant & Ice Cube(Extended Version)

I love this advert!

Watching this makes me wish it was 1993 and I live in LA. Sadly it’s 2009 and I’m living in the UK, oh well, I can still play San Andreas and pretend I’m in LA in the mid-nineties.

Nike did a really good job on this video, it’s so relaxing to watch and well shot and directed. Nike have a history of making great advertising and this is one of the adverts Nike would be proud to call theirs.

Check out some other classic Nike commercials.


The last one makes me extremely jealous, I could practice and practice and not do half of what these guys do.