Posts tagged iPhone 4S

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iPhone 4S inches Apple closer to Android in top market share

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Android is still beating Apple in the smartphone wars, but the iPhone 4S has narrowed the gap between the two rivals, according to NPD data released yesterday at CES.

Analyzing last year’s smartphone market, NPD found that iOS’s share surged to 43 percent in October and November from just 26 percent in the third quarter, thanks largely to demand for the iPhone 4S. Though Google’s mobile OS maintained its lead, its share dropped in October and November to 47 percent from 60 percent in the previous quarter.

With Apple and Android vying for the top spot, other smartphone players have lagged far behind, "turning the OS battle into a two-horse race," according to NPD.

In third place was RIM’s OS, which steadily dropped market share over the past 12 months, falling from 19 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010 to just 6 percent in October and November of last year. Microsoft’s Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7 also struggled, each grabbing around 1 percent of the market toward the end of the year.

Microsoft is counting on Nokia to give Windows Phone a much-needed shot in the arm. The Finnish phone maker unveiled its new Lumia 900 at CES yesterday. Slated for AT&T, the Lumia 900 is Nokia’s first 4G LTE device to sport the Windows Phone OS.

Some analysts believe Windows Phone could climb its way to third place in the global smartphone arena ahead of RIM, helping both Microsoft and Nokia. Credit Suisse analyst Kulbinder Garcha sees Windows Phone as the key to reviving Nokia’s sluggish sales and falling market share. But both companies face an uphill battle in a landscape currently sewn up by iOS and Android.


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iPhone 4S users are big data hogs compared to iPhone 4 users

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That new and improved antenna in the iPhone 4S is apparently helping its users download gobs of data. In fact, according to a new report from network management firm Arieso, iPhone 4S owners use twice as much data as their iPhone 4-using brethren, and nearly three times as much as iPhone 3G users. The data is part of an overall trend of growing data usage among smartphone owners, with Arieso warning that data congestion issues among cell networks will worsen throughout 2012.

Arieso used the iPhone 3G as its baseline for comparison throughout 2011, just as it did for its study in 2010. iPhone 4S users downloaded 276 percent of the data used by iPhone 3G users, and uploaded 320 percent. A couple of Android phones made an appearance in the list too, with the Samsung Galaxy S downloading 199 percent of the data used by iPhone 3Gs. The Galaxy S didn’t make a showing in the uplink list, but the HTC Desire S did, at 323 percent of the data uploaded by iPhone 3G users. Clearly, the smartphone owners of 2011 are making an effort to watch as many cat videos on YouTube as they possibly can.

In addition to the smartphone data, Arieso pointed out that overall data use is increasing dramatically, and the top one percent of smartphone users now consume half of all downloaded data. "Without adequately preparing networks to support the new generation of smart devices, operators risk spiralling and misplaced operational expenditure and delivering a sub-par quality of experience to customers," Arieso CTO and the study’s author Dr. Michael Flanagan said in a statement. "It’s critical that operators redouble their efforts to limit the impact of this inevitable squeeze."


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iPhone 4S Battery Life Tested And Compared With Android Smartphones: The Result May Just Surprise You

Smartphones have terrible, terrible battery life. From truly horrifyingly terrible like the HTC Thunderbolt, to the somewhat tolerable iPhone 4, no mainstream smartphone can last more than two days with moderately heavy usage. My own smartphone – a Samsung Galaxy S II – doesn’t last more than 14-15 hours on a single charge and I have to invariably charge it overnight to make it through the next day. I love it to pieces, and the short battery life is a compromise I have to take in order to enjoy its great features, but yes, a longer battery life would be highly appreciated.

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The thing I find the saddest about this whole scene, though, is how using the very features that make your phone “smart” are exactly what simply gulp down battery juice: turning your “smart”phone into a phone that can’t do WiFi, 3G, GPS or take photographs, turning it into a “dumb”phone, so to speak.

I find it frustrating how smartphone manufacturers – especially ones from the Android camp – keep on increasing processing power without actually caring to optimize them so the processors we have on hand can be more efficient to increase battery life.

Alright, enough pwningPC World published a post yesterday in which they compared the battery life of iPhone 4S with other smartphones such as the Epic 4G TouchDROID Bionic and Thunderbolt. They tested each phone’s battery life by looping a 720p video with the display at full brightness and the speakers loud enough to fill the room until the battery completely died.

The results are actually a little surprising. We were thoroughly expecting the iPhone 4S – despite all its battery drain issues – to be at the top considering how Android smartphones generally don’t have good battery life but, as it turns out, it came in third place, lasting for 6 hours, 14 minutes while the Epic 4G Touch came on top with 7 hours, 22 minutes:

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PC World will revisit these tests after a while when iOS 5.0.1 releases – which fixes the iPhone 4S battery drain issue – and when Galaxy Nexus, Motorola DROID RAZR launch in a few days time. Their next test will also include Windows Phone 7 devices which, I personally think, may just come out on top thanks to optimized hardware/software.

It’s quite easy to complain about smartphone battery life being short, but one must realize just just how amazing these devices are. These are computers that fit in the palm of your hand and can do just about every thing you do on your laptop/desktop when it comes to content consumption. Living in the future is awesome!


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iPhone 4S offer @Eureka

I believe this is the best offer in Kuwait so far!!!

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Shall the Battle Begin!!!!???

As Expected, X-Cite has raised the bar of challenge and announced a new price for iPhone 4S 16GB.

The price is 10 KD cheaper than Eureka. Wondering what will be the price that will be announced by Electrozan.

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iPhone 4S @ Eureka!!

So far I believe this is the cheapest place to sell iPhone 4S in Kuwait. It’s still expensive than buying it from UK, but this is better than nothing.

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Apple Is Selling 16 iPhone 4S Per Second, Getting To Be The Fastest Selling Gadget Ever

After selling 4 million iPhone 4S units in 3 days since the launch, Apple has hit the mark with selling 16 iPhones per second or roughly 1,000 per minute. With these numbers, the iPhone 4S is actually on its track to be the fastest selling gadget ever.

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Shawn Blanc made some calculations this morning to get the above results. The iPhone 4S can be the fastest selling gadget every by passing the fastest selling consumer device of all time, Microsoft’s Kinect. Microsoft has sold 8 million Kinects in the first 60 days.

With 4 million iPhone 4S units in 3 days, Apple can get that number in two weeks.

Apple’s iPhone 4S showed a great success for some reasons. First of, I would say because of Siri voice assistant. This feature called Siri has really changed the world and everyone wants it now on their old devices.

Other things that the iPhone 4S comes for the first time as a world phone on AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. More networks and options mean more customers!

Great milestone, Apple!


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After the iPhone 4S, Android just feels wrong

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Summary: As a long-time happy Android phone user, it surprises me that it only took using the iPhone 4S for a few days to point out that using Android just feels wrong.

Like I usually do when new gadgets hit the tool kit, I have been using only the iPhone 4S for the past few days. I still have my Nexus S 4G Android phone running the current version of Gingerbread, but it remained on the charger while I carried the new iPhone everywhere. Last night I decided it was time to pick up the Nexus and get reacquainted with the phone that has served me well. It didn’t take me long to realize that after using the smooth, polished iPhone 4S that Android just feels wrong.

read the full article here


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Can’t wait to have it!!!

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Apple is finally adding the iPhone 4S on the website.

The new iPhone shall be available on October 14th.

This iPhone release reminds me of the release of iPhone 3GS when people was waiting for a big release by Apple, and they were shocked at the end.

 

One Final word for the people who saw the Event yesterday, We Really Miss you Steve Jobs. Nobody can replace your presence on the stage.


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Apple Introduces iPhone 4S with A5 Chip, 7x Faster Graphics

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Apple officially introduced the iPhone 4S.:

iPhone 4S. Outside the same, inside all different. A5 chip inside, dual-core graphics up to 7x faster than iPhone 4.

8 hours of talk time, 14.4 HSPA+, Antenna improved, World Phone. 8MP Camera. Other notes: 

- World phone…both CDMA and GSM in one phone. 
- Wireless system updated. Stainless steel band with two antennas, switch intelligently between them. 
- Data speed twice as fast…14.4 Mbps HSDPA. It’s what competitors call 4G. 
- Camera: backside illuminated sensor, hybrid IR filter, better color accuracy, 5 element lens 
- Face detection, better white balance, and fast photos. Time to first photo: 1.1 seconds. Half a second for next shot.


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