iPhone 4S review

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Well as I said, and very late here it is my review of the new iPhone 4S. First, a bit about my background for phones. Had a phone since the Star Tac days of 1996 and stayed in the simple dumb phone market till the T-Mobile Dash HTC Excalibur (HTC S620) in 2007. I then went to the G1 HTC Dream the first Google phone, a phone I loved very much. It was amazing having so much I can do at my finger tips, anywhere I could go be it on the web, or travel with it’s GPS. That phone served me well for a couple of years, I ignored the iPhone I had no iPod at the time so did not seem that special to me. In 2010 I got the Galaxy S phone, or on T-Mobile the Vibrant, a sexy phone, powerful fast and amazing, was also the time I got an iPod Touch, my first Apple product and my struggle.

The Vibrant was a major dive into the smartphone community it did everything through the apps I could get, but for some reason I did not download many apps and hardly used the phone for data, I leaned more on my iPod even then. I found the TV app, the GPS to be my most used features of the vibrant. It did not help that Android 2.1 was a battery hog and I had to wait so long to get 2.2 which allowed my battery to last the day. I love the concept of Android but had so many issues with Android I found myself becoming an apologist then a happy user.

My change to Apple came with the iPad, the device took over so many of my computing needs, and the scale of it was so appealing I decided to figure out a way to use the pad for photos and video processing, and that’s where the the biggest issue came. iMovie is awesome, but only works with apple devices recording video which makes my camcorder pointless without another computing device to process and edit video. I wanted to reduce my travel needs, and Apple provided with iPhone 4S and its improved optics, so here we are today.

The iPhone 4S

Pros – smaller then my vibrant, but with my iPad I don’t need real estate on my phone which makes the iPhone a plus as it is comfortable to hold and use. A plus for me!

The camera is amazing, I love the photos, much better then my vibrant or my camcorder in almost every aspect.

Siri, besides being fun, it is actually useful to me. I am a scatter brain, and Siri is as I get used to her, making me look as if I know what I am doing.

Simple interface, Android is pretty with widgets and backgrounds and such…but I spend almost no time outside of an actual app, so why do I need fancy screens I hardly ever see or use?

The eco system is huge, so many apps, yes an argument can be made too many bad ones, but app testing is have the fun of a smart device so bring on the fart apps!

IOS 5 is part of the eco system, but I don’t have to worry about if I go from HTC to Samsung, what apps will stop working…Apple just works no need to learn many flavors of the same OS.

Cons – It is small for a smartphone, I don’t need the real estate but I can see people being a put out by the size.

All hail Apple our overlord. Yeah IOS is simple, it works, and I don’t need to learn different flavors, BUT I also don’t get to see an improvement that can make my life easier, unless Apple and only Apple tells me, and then I have no choice if it does not work for me.

No new form factor, I can’t show off I have the cool 4S…ok I don’t care really and the fact was it is easier to shop accessories as they are out now, unlike my iPad which took forever to get what I wanted.

So a lot of things are more carrier based then phone specific so I will do my best to avoid those parts of the review. overall I love the form factor, having an iPad makes this easy to use and they play well together. I am a big fan of the camera and is a key reason I got the iPhone. Siri is making me less forgetful, and syncing across all my iDevices has been nice. One down note is wi-fi syncing is a bit clunky and slow, I expect the slow but it fails a lot and can take way too long to finish. I feel I need to only do it asleep or make a meeting to sync my iDevices.

Other then that I have love this phone, it is easy, quick, has a lot going for it and few downsides. If you need a big screen or speed and hate hotspots, then buy something like a Samsung galaxy S II, otherwise with an LTE hotspot the 4S has everything you need.


iPhone 4S

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Well, its that time of year, when every little gadget freak feels that little tingle and hears that special little bird tweeting in your ear. It is iPhone time once again, now I am in no way connected or getting an advance unit, in fact it will be late for me getting one. I have talked tot he carriers and being under T-Mobile contract I want cheap but useful so lets talk carriers. First what do I want? Well I want to get rid of my camcorder and use the iPhone in conjunction with my iPad to eliminate needing a laptop and all the camera gear. The iPhone works best with my iPad so iPhone is it due to the advanced camera. This posed a problem as I am a T-Mobile subscriber and under contract still, but this gives me a chance to review other carriers. My needs are simple since I have a phone already, few minutes, limited texting, and little data as I have a hotspot. So to the internet and carrier stores to do some research.

AT&T – A logical choice for a T-Mobile user, if the merger happens, well the accounts can be merged and I have one bill again.

Pros- Excellent data coverage in my area up to HSPA+21 (Though the iPhone can only do HSPA+14) few dropped calls based on other reviews

Cons- Price, bad reputation and I am still on the fence about the merger. Data caps and overages.

Plan – 450 minutes $39.99/month, 200Mb data $15.00/month,  Unlimited texts (which sucks as I need some but not unlimited texting and AT&T doesn’t really give you options) $20.00/month

Total – $74.99/Month

Sprint – The underdog in this race,

Pros – WiMax (Only with a hotspot) unlimited data plan, they too have good coverage where I go, data is good speed but being the small guy here I am worried.

Cons- Smaller carrier, don’t really need unlimited or really much data so the big lure is not a huge draw for me, oddly the included texting is more attractive

Plan – 450 minutes and unlimited text $69.99/month, Data Unlimited $10.00/month

Total – $79.99/Month

Verizon – A solid provider one I lean towards to get a different flavor over AT&T and Sprint and they are the only ones with LTE in my area (Not on the iPhone)

Pros – LTE, LTE, LTE in speed tests I got five to ten times in different locations I tested above T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network. WiFi hotspot easy to add on or take off as you buy the hotspot and pay per month so even my iPhone could get LTE.

Cons – No native LTE on the iPhone and other Google phones have it. Data caps and overages.

Plan – 450 minutes $39.99/month, 2Gb data $30.00/month,  250 texts $5.00/month

Total – 74.99/Month

The verdict – Verizon, first it has LTE hotspots which I can use for my iPad, Nook, Google phone and 2 other devices and being a subscriber allows you to get 2,4,5, or 10 GB instead of the 5 and 10GB buying it alone. I don’t need unlimited and LTE is faster then WiMax (And cheaper, Sprint hotspots are 5Gb capped). Speed I do like, and lastly not having to do with anything to most, but my Wife can get a discount making it about $62/Month for my plan.

I will do a review of the iPhone when I get it and play with it, stay tuned!

Hello Tech lovers!

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Welcome to Dave’s gadgets, this is where I will write reviews, opinions and news about the world of tech I love. I am starting this in honor of one of tech’s greatest heroes Steve job’s and finally getting down and talking about my love of tech.

Anyhow I am no writer, I promise to mispell, use bad grammer, like run on sentences that go nowhere, like that time I ran around in my underwear thinking I was wearing a swimsuit…Yeah blogs, ok. These blogs seem to be full of boring thoughts, by boring people, so it seems the perfect place for me. I also tend to notice alot of people write as though they are this months centerfold. My turn ons are sunny days, talk radio, my wife, and a harem of naked girls. Turn offs include rainy days and people who hug with nuclear arms. I promise to spare you the phote of me spread out on a pool table holding my pool que (Opps, I’m so bad). If you can’t tell already I have no clue what to say or write about (maybe I should use that pool table shot). If I could be serious for a moment…nah nevermind it is unlikely I will be too serious.

More to come…