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Apple iPhone 4S Review Roundup: Part 1

Some very lucky reviewers have managed to get their mitts on the iPhone 4S and have already published the first reviews of the handset two days before it officially goes on sale in the US and in the UK.

Joshua Topolsky from Thisismynext (opens in new tab) claims that the iPhone 4S takes some of "the nicest, cleanest photos" he ever took on a mobile device and is a strong candidate to replace a point and shoot. Photos he said were "crisp, balanced, colorful" with low-noise and never over saturated.

David Pogue, from the New York Times (opens in new tab), points out rightly that the stand out feature of the iPhone 4S may not be the hardware but the Siri Assistant which captured more than 10 minutes of last week's event.

Pogue said that Siri is not only user-friendly (it doesn't need any learning curve apparently) but it is also very accurate for what is essentially a speech to text/text to speech interface.

Siri, it's worth noting, will be limited to the iPhone 4S because it uses some features available only on the A5 chip (which means that Siri will almost certainly come to the iPad 2).

As for iOS 5, it will give a significant performance boost to older Apple smartphones like the iPhone 4 and the 3GS as well as bringing some very nice features (wireless sync, iCloud, iMessage) to the table.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.