iPhone 4S: AT&T's Activation Issue, Web browsing, HD Video, Network Speeds,Siri, Image Stabilization Comparission & Performance Testing Videos

Apple's launch of iPhone 4S to retail stores on Friday saw a huge crowd of people waiting in line at the outlets, and also for the first time an iPhone launch has been carried on by the three U.S. wireless carriers (AT&T, Sprint and Verizon Wireless).And, for the most part Apple had enough units of […]

Apple's launch of iPhone 4S to retail stores on Friday saw a huge crowd of people waiting in line at the outlets, and also for the first time an iPhone launch has been carried on by the three U.S. wireless carriers (AT&T, Sprint and Verizon Wireless).

And, for the most part Apple had enough units of the iPhone 4S available for everyone who showed up at 8 am today.

However, AT&T customers experienced problems with activating their new iPhone 4S devices on Friday. In addition, Apple's iCloud service has experienced some small periods of downtime since launching on Wednesday. However, Apple's online status page indicates, at least as of this writing, that iCloud is now 100 percent operational.

"Turning the phone on and following the directions AT&T gives -- to visit an activation website -- only resulted an advise to activate it through iTunes. And, iTunes only offered to restore the device from my iPhone 3GS, though never actually activating it. Meanwhile while trying to restore, I got an error "1654," which seemingly, can only be corrected by placing the phone in recovery mode," said Ed Oswald.

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Heres is what to do to restore:

  • First disconnect the USB cord from the iPhone itself.
  • Then turn off the phone as you normally would (pressing the sleep/wake button, then swiping to shut off).
  • Hold down the Home button as you reconnect the iPhone, and do not release until "Connect to iTunes" appears.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions.

Sprint claims it had "its best ever day of sales in retail" today thanks to the iPhone 4S launch. AT&T claimed that it " ... had already activated a record number of iPhones on our network -- and is on-track to double our previous record for activations on a single day." Verizon was a bit more subdued in its official statement but did say it had seen "steady traffic" in its retail stores and added, "We're looking forward to a busy weekend."

For all prospective iPhone 4S buyers out thers, iDownloadBlog has made a helpful comparison video that shows the loading of websites and also runs the speed test application on all three networks:

Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon iPhone 4S network speeds compared:

And, on the web browsing front -- For starters, the iPhone 4S's browsing experience is a whole lot better thanks to a speedier chip, two times faster cellular networking (3G HSPA 14.4Mbps) and heavy under-the-hood tweaking in Safari and its Javascript engine.

Here's a 3G test on AT&T's network.

And here's a Wi-Fi test so you get a feel of the iPhone 4S's processing and rendering performance.

Siri videos:

The video embedded below shows that Siri "should not" atleast now be used by non-native speakers of the US, UK, Australia, France, or Germany.

As you can see in the video, the speaker is talking in English but with a foreign accent, and Siri does not understand one command. "Read dick".

The video below is of Australian accent tested by Gizmodo:

iPhone 4S also boasts a redesigned camera system stemming from an eight-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor and all-new optics courtesy of the wider aperture and a fifth lens. In addition to shooting full HD video at thirty frames per second, the camera supports the image stabilizing feature to reduce shaky footage often associated with phone cameras.

Image stabilizing taps the power of the Apple A5 chip which comes with an image signal processor unit for advanced image processing such as face detection, white balance and automatic image stabilization. "The gyro along with the incredible new software will stabilize your video as you shoot it. This will make your videos a lot smoother", Apple's senior vice president of hardware Bob Mansfield tells us in the iPhone 4S introduction video.

iPhone 4S's back camera also benefits from the increased oomph provided by the A5 chip. Specifically, the A5's image signal processor unit is responsible for nice real-time image processing, including face detection, white balance and automatic image stabilization. The difference between shaky iPhone 4 clips and smooth, stabilized iPhone 4S footage really makes all the difference, as we showed you. As for the quality of 1080p video capture, MacRumors compiled a nice list of the various high-definition clips taken on the iPhone 4S and compared to other popular cameras, embedded after the break. In addition.

Performance increases stem from the Apple-designed dual-core A5 processor with 512MB RAM and seven times faster graphics. Even underclocked to 800MHz, the iPhone 4S powers past the 1.5GHz Samsung Galaxy S II in web browsing tests. Heck, even Samsung's own quad-core Exynos 4210 processor doesn't hold a candle to the iPhone 4S. The A5 chip purring inside the iPhone 4S combines Imagination Technologies' PowerVT SGX543 graphics unit and a Cortex-A9 processing core licensed from Arm Holdings, a U.K.-based fables silicon maker.

iPhone 4S vs Cannon 500D/T1i on a city sidewalk

iPhone 4 and 4S video side-by-side showing stabilization

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