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Re: apple 4S
Dancingwulimaster   6/18/2012 10:14:51 AM
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Anyone know who makes the antenna?  My 4S can pull in my neighbours WIFI from 6 houses away.

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Siri/ iPhone 4S
jljarvis   3/30/2012 10:50:54 AM
Far from my first iPhone...the decision to upgrade principally driven by the onboard camera quality.   However, I find SIRI to be a curious "attribute".

It's something between toy and vanity, I think.  It's still a distraction and safety hazard when driving, unable to deal with low s/nR situations in the vehicle, and prompting the occasional expletive.  

Perhaps Siri's best attribute is her ability to deal with human frustration...

"****-You" results in Siri admonishing "no need for profanity".  My expectations for voice recognition are fairly low, so I wasn't frustrated with the program, just playing with it, at the time.  In general, however, I find it to be more a distraction than a tool.  

If, however, Siri comes back and says, "I'm sorry, I can't do that, Dave...."   I may have to revise my thinking.   (with acknowledgement to Stanley Kubrick.) 



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Re: apple 4S
Ozark Sage   1/30/2012 12:12:02 PM
As all you blogers below know it is true Jobs drove the Apple Super Ship of American Enterprise to heights unimagined in the past but, as the worlds engineers know this wasn't by accident.  Just examin the contributors list to his companies success!

Here's a list of iPhone 4S components:
  • Apple A5 Dual-core processor – Package-on-Package implementation also featuring
    Elpida B4064B2PF-8D-F – Elpida 512 MB of Low-power DDR2 DRAM (SI#26521)
  • Qualcomm RTR8605 Multimode RF Transceiver
  • AGD8 2132 – STMicroelectronics L3G4200DH 3-Axis Digital MEMS Gyroscope Module
  • 33DH - STMicroelectronics LIS331DLH 3-Axis MEMS Accelerometer Module
  • Apple 338S0987 – Cirrus Logic CLI1560B0 Audio Codec
  • TriQuint TQM9M9030 Multimode Quad-Band Power Amplifier Module
  • TriQuint TQM666052 Bias Control Power Amplifier
  • Avago ACPM-7381-TR1 UMTS2100 4x4 Power Amplifier
  • Skyworks SKY 77464-20 Load-Insensitive Power Amplifier module for WCDMA/HSUPA bands
  • Qualcomm MDM6610 Baseband Chipset Solution
  • Qualcomm PM8028 Power Management IC
  • Apple 338S0973 – Dialog Semiconductor D1881A Power Management Chip
  • Toshiba THGVX1G7D2GLA08 16 GB MLC NAND Flash Memory
  • Murata SW SS1919013 – Wireless module featuring Broadcom BCM4330 MAC/Baseband/Radio with Integrated Bluetooth and FM Transceiver

My point: GREAT COMPANIES CAN DO GREAT THINGS!  This concept has been proven time and again in times of war or peace.   The difference now is the Globalized Support Expeteese necessary to make this happen.  The bold listed companies above are the REAL Sytems Integration Designers and creative reason the prpduct works.  But, the genious of concept lies within the dream of it's creator.   This should be remempered by ALL HR types evaluating applicants for the "undefinable jobs" that require special talents. Talents gained by experience rather than formal education . 

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Re: apple 4S
Alexander Wolfe   12/13/2011 8:07:41 AM
I agree with the comments and was a skeptic, too, until a friend of mine gave me a demo of Siri on his new iPhone 4S. Sure, there's a lot of funkiness with Siri and there's almost a game people play asking it hard to answer questions or cursing at it to see how it responds. At the same time, it's clearly the most user friendly speech recognition and response system ever fielded in a consumer device. And it's too darn bad Steve Jobs isn't here to get it to generation 2 and beyond. It's got huge potential, and I'm sure we'll see the Android phones mimic it very soon.

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Paul W   11/30/2011 11:15:34 AM
Good point - but the iP4S does have other improvements/enhancements besides Siri (which, BTW, can be frustrating at times!) - an 8 MP Camera as well as a base of 16 GB memory, faster speed and an improved operating system.  Believe it or not, this is the first Apple Product I've ever purchased - and so far, it is making me a believer - I might just purchase an Apple as my next Computer!

Beth Stackpole
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Re: apple 4S
Beth Stackpole   10/18/2011 12:37:33 PM
Beyond the addition of the Siri voice recognition system, I'm not sure what the big advances are with this new iPhone in terms of actual new functionality for the user. I also find it curious that a lot of the media and Apple watchers expressed disappointed with the new model upon its initial introduction (maybe expecting a more radical iPhone 5 model) and  have subsequently been singing its praises. Nostalgia, perhaps, in the post-Jobs Apple era?

sensor pro
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apple 4S
sensor pro   10/18/2011 12:07:10 PM
Thanks. Very imnteresting. Love when you guys do these reviews. I only wish it would have been assembled in USA not in "slave" area.

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