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CNET Top 5: iPhone 4S disappointments

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CNET Top 5: iPhone 4S disappointments

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iPhone 4S is a killer phone, but that doesn't seem to matter.

-Well, I'm not sure if Apple is slowing down or if we've just come to expect a jet pack from the one man than a flying car the next, but it's pretty clear the iPhone 4S roll out was treated as fizzle by [unk] who turned on Apple like it just peed in their red bull. So, to examine the origins of these psych guys, I'm Brian Cooley here with the top 5 ways the iPhone 4S or at least it's unveiling disappointed. Number 5, the screen is the same size. That's code for small. Sorry, but Apple has definitely slipped her. iPhone is now categorized in the bottom third of the smartphone market if you sort them by screen size, somewhere between it's dainty 3-1/2-inch screen and the pizza box that is let's say a Droid X is the roomier, yet pocketable piece of real state this phone retina technology deserves. Come on Apple, you're serving us a great meal, but you're making us starve while we eat it. Number 4, it's the same number. Apparently, Apple ain't Porsche. It can't just slap an S on a hotter model and have the crowd go wild. This whole 4 versus 5 let down thing was feed by the fact that almost every rumor about a pending iPhone 5 also have the statement somewhere in it maybe will just get an iPhone 4S, so the idea of the 4S being some kind of consolation prize was baked in the rumor cycle from the beginning, but remember of all the parties that's suggested to you, an iPhone 5 was even possible, Apple wasn't one of them. Number 3, it's a 4S, not 4G as somewhat unfair disappointment. I'll explain that in a moment, but it isn't stark one. The android phones for example have many handsets that are already working on the fast new 4G networks and those are all the buzz compared that to Apple who just isn't playing the 4G game yet, but given the beta state of 4G networks and phones right now, this is a little bit like whining that you can enjoy the same spot availability and crap battery life your friends are getting. Number 2, it looks the same. The buzz around the dramatic new hardware design was huge. There reports that China's plastic foundries are pumping out new cases that looked like lima bean or something and then there were those rendered images based on credible sources who we now know probably just spotted a chrome rice paddle in some kitchen store and started blogging about it, drunk. Whatever happened, you're gonna need to put a hello kitty stick around your 4S to tell it from your friends for and that pisses off the shiny object craft. And the number one reason the iPhone 4S unveiling disappointed a lot of folks is that there was no one last thing. This is where we're used to getting the jet pack. Steve O would toss out something utterly new with the sanguinity that made you feel like everything you've done in your life to now is lamed compared to what Apple did just this week. The team did wrap up though with a demo of a pretty amazing voice technology called Siri, but it's still in beta came off like a response to something android already does and Siri means ass in Japanese, come on. What's the upside of all the shortcomings? Nothing, Apple will probably sell more 4S's than any other smartphone in the world and any other iPhone ever made previously, but Apple is getting one message clear enough to hear over a 3GS running on AT&T that it's a tough room now. For more top 5's like this, go to top5.cnet.com. I'm Brian Cooley.

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