My first impressions of the iPhone 4S

I have been using the iPhone 4S for a few hours and my first impression is this phone is a significant step up from the iPhone4.

Pros:

  • The iPhone4S is noticeably faster than the iPhone 4. Every interaction with the phone feels quicker, from web browsing to moving around in apps.
  • The Siri voice recognition system is not only amazing technology, it is a very practical tool for daily use. Using Siri to send text messages is actually easier than I thought it would be.
  • The Siri system has personality it is very funny and sarcastic! I find myself asking it “off the wall” questions just to see how it responds.
  • The new reminders app is a great productivity tool when it is combined with Siri and GPS.
  • The camera takes better pictures indoors, but I haven’t had a chance to give it a real test outdoors.

Cons:

  • Apple should have added an external button that users can to push to engage Siri.
  • Siri does not know how to send a “tweet”
  • To use Siri you need to have a data connection to the Internet.
  • It seems like the battery life is not as good as the IPhone 4. I think we will see a software update addressing battery performance in a few weeks after launch like Apple has done in the past with the iPhone 3 and iPhone 4. My battery performance issues could be because my iPhone was backing up my settings to iCloud while I was using it.
  • While the phone does look almost exactly the same, my iPhone4 clear case from Belkin does not fit on the iPhone4S. It appears that Apple moved the mute button down a few millimeters to accommodate the second antenna at the top of the phone.
In conclusion:
This is a really great phone. Apple continues to raise the bar of what a smartphone can do. Siri is a significant upgrade in mobile phone interaction that must have the Android team in a panic.
It makes me wonder what amazing things the iPhone 5 will be able to do, if Apple didn’t think this phone deserved the honor of being the 5?

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Klout.com – Does it really matter?

A month and a half ago I wrote a blog post about this new service called Klout.com. After using it for over a month, I’m questioning the accuracy and relevancy  of the “Klout” score.

Initially when I started using the service my Klout number started to climb. I went from a score of 29 to a my highest score of 48. In the past month and a half I have been tweeting with much more frequency. My friends have been listing me as someone to follow on “Friend Fridays” and I have received a reply from @mattcutts. Matt Cutts is the head of the Google web spam team and has 130k+ followers plus over 13,000+ tweets. I would think that would bump up my Klout score, but it didn’t move up or down for the 5 days following Matt’s reply. After all that positive activity I would expect my score to go up, but this morning my Klout score sits at 40.

So I ask “Does it really matter”?

Your thoughts please.

 

 

 

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