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Worst things about the iPhone 4SWhat we hate most about Apple's biggest hit.
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. IÃ¯Â¿Â½m B.C. 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. 8%. 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 as Mr. Butterfingers when it comes to holding on to a call. #4 Data coverage and speed. 9%. Nothing puts that knot in your stomach like the 3G indicator going off...when youÃ¯Â¿Â½re surround by towers...outdoors! 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 phones. 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 out. 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. AppleÃ¯Â¿Â½s 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 top5.cnet.com. I am Brian Cooley, thanks for watching.