A week Apple's big announcement, iPhone 4S reviews are out. Despite the initial disappointment at a refresh rather then a new model, consumers didn't seem to care, showing up in record numbers. And now reviewers are on the same page. After spending some quality time with the latest iGadget bloggers have reached a general consensus: Bad name, great phone. Here are the five things everyone's saying about the iPhone 4S.
What's up with that name?
The New York Times's David Pogue bookends his review with an iPhone 4S name breakdown. Final consensus: It doesn't matter.
What’s in a name?
A lot, apparently. Apple’s new iPhone is called the iPhone 4S. But what people really wanted was the iPhone 5...
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."
TechCrunch's MG Siegler defends Apple's name choice.
Unsurprisingly, there was a lot of talk in the blogosphere following the unveiling of the iPhone 4S last week. Some pundits seemed underwhelmed by what was unveiled on stage. "Where’s the iPhone 5?," many wondered. Arguing over names is silly — Apple could have easily called this device the "iPhone 5″. But I assume they chose not to for the same reason that some actually felt underwhelmed: the iPhone 4S looks exactly like the iPhone 4. Fair or not, if a device looks the same, many will assume it is largely the same.
But that would be selling the iPhone 4S well short. While it does look the same as the iPhone 4, the 4S contains innards that are a significant upgrade over the previous model.
Actually, it has the perfect new name, explains Wired's Brian X. Chen.
Apple never specified what the "S" stands for in iPhone 4S, and it may as well stand for Siri.
Walt Mossberg over at AllThingsD elaborates on that point: There's something powerful beneath that familiar hood.
Sometimes, as we all know, looks can be deceiving. While Apple’s latest iPhone doesn’t look different, and may not be the kind of blockbuster people expect from the late Steve Jobs’s company, it thinks different, to quote one of Apple’s old ad slogans. Inside its familiar-looking body there lurks a nascent artificial-intelligence system that has to be tried to be believed.
Siri spoils you.