There is not much to say about settling in with the iPhone 4s. It’s an iPhone, like most of the other iPhones, except faster. The big difference is Siri, and, since you probably read about her other places, I’m not going to say much. I’ve used a lot of devices and programs with a speech driven user interface, but this is my first that attempts to understand natural language. I think my understanding of her value will develop over many months. Like a lot of voice actuated technologies, there’s a long training period. In this case, both Siri and I are training each other.
I played around a bit, and asked her to “Open the pod bay doors, Siri.” She came back with “That’s it… I’m reporting you to the Intelligent Agents Union for harassment.”
The phone weighs half an ounce less than the Droid X, but feels surprisingly heavy in your hand because it’s so dense. I’m sure I’ll get used to that.
The battery life isn’t very good with the default settings, even though the screen is quite dim until you mess with the controls. I turned off the Setting Time Zone feature, and that made the power last longer.
No glitches. No crashes. It’s pretty unexciting. Just what I wanted in a phone.