Everyone sneered at the iPhone 4S when it came out...and then
proceeded to buy them up at a clip that made every other iPhone
before it look like a warm up act.
But that doesnÃ¯Â¿Â½t mean they love
the 4S all the time.
with the Top 5 things we hate about the iPhone 4S,
according to recent survey of hundreds of iPhone users by
Change Wave Research.
#5: Dropped calls.
A fairly modest number but donÃ¯Â¿Â½t get
cocky AT&T: ChangeWave points out this is very much thanks to
Verizon entering the market and cleaning up the iPhoneÃ¯Â¿Â½s image
Butterfingers when it comes to holding on to a call.
#4 Data coverage and speed.
Nothing puts that knot in your
stomach like the 3G indicator going off...when youÃ¯Â¿Â½re surround by
But 9% of people said, yep, that happens to
me and makes me wonder whatÃ¯Â¿Â½s so smart about this phone?
#3 Screen size, 11%.
iPhone users look over at the person next
to them and thnk , wow, what a cool tablet that is -- until they
realize its just an Android phone.
And then they turn back to their
iPhone, screw in their monocle and squint.
Apple needs to bump
up the screen to at last compete with the smaller Android
ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s a visual era, ample screen is no longer a luxury.
#2 No 4G, 30%.
This is big.
4G is the most sought new feature
by people shopping for a smartphone.
They donÃ¯Â¿Â½t care about the
technology, they just want the phone to work online a little faster
than a PC with a modem.
Assume this will be done in iPhone 5.
If not, assume Apple will have its first iPhone flop on its hands.
Before we get to #1, here are the Top 5 things people cite
LOVING about their 4S, led by Siri, the worlds most popular
party trick...and followed closely by the still best in the business
interface that translates to Ã¯Â¿Â½Ease of UseÃ¯Â¿Â½.
ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s amazing how much
stuff you can sell when people know theyÃ¯Â¿Â½ll be able to figure it
The #1 thing iPhone 4S users hate about it is short battery life.
DoesnÃ¯Â¿Â½t matter what your phone does if it isnÃ¯Â¿Â½t on.
longstanding policy on non-removable batteries means you canÃ¯Â¿Â½t
carry a spare, which is a klugey PITA anyway, but Apple needs
to improve this most basic behavior in real life.
It may just be that
iPhone users USE their phone more -- some surveys indicate
that -- but thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s not their problem, Apple.
For more about the iPhone, head on over to cnet.com and click
on cell phones.
And for more top 5Ã¯Â¿Â½s like this one, go to
I am Brian Cooley, thanks for watching.