The world’s best smartphones: how high does the iPhone 4S rank?

by Jerry D on October 5, 2011

With the launch of the iPhone 4S, Apple has jumped back into the high-end smartphone market with a bang.

While some observers were expecting more of a technological leap forwards, Apple has augmented the iPhone 4 and given it an extra turn of ‘S’-class speed with a new dual-core A5 processor and graphics coprocessor that Apple claims delivers 7x the performance of the chip inside the old iPhone 4.

The camera has also received a significant upgrade – 8 Megapixels for more raw resolution; a larger f/2.4 aperture; improved HDR and better performance in low light levels.

Siri: exclusive to iPhone 4S

Then there’s the new Siri voice assistant, which “lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. Ask Siri to do things just by talking the way you talk. Siri understands what you say, knows what you mean, and even talks back.”

And it’s not necessarily the hardware that’s turns heads. The new iOS 5 software is crucial to making the overall experience better. There are over 200 new features, including Android-style notifications, iMessage (for sending messages to other iOS users), reminders, Twitter integration, wireless updates and on-phone photo editing.

It’s good. But just HOW GOOD is it? Really? There’s some stiff competition around these days in the shape of the Samsung Galaxy S2, the Motorola Atrix and the HTC Sensation. The LG Optimus 3D is also a powerhouse phone.

See where the iPhone 4S ranks in our Top 20 Best Smartphones list…

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