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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The iPhone 4s Surprise

I was on postpaid plan for two years and my contract ended May of this year.  It so happened that two weeks prior to vacationing in Manila (March), my simple Motorola mobile phone broke.  Since we were already in Manila, the Husband encouraged me to buy a smart phone. With hesitation, I gave in and bought myself a Samsung Galaxy Mini, my first ever smart phone.  I enjoyed using it so when I came back to Sydney, I opted to go back on a prepaid account. 

Every year, a new iPhone is always launched.  For the past few months, the Husband has been prepping me with the thought of finally owning an iPhone.  He's been using an iPhone 4 for the past year and I like using it too.  Also, it has always been our goal to someday own the same phone for the purpose of just having one charger and sharing applications.  Since I already have an iPad 2, the Husband thinks it's about time I partner it with an iPhone.  However, I was in no rush to own a new phone and told him that I can wait til next year because I just got my Samsung Galaxy Mini.  Never in my life have I owned two new phones in a span of a year...until two weeks ago.

I knew there was a new iPhone coming out but I forgot exactly when it will be available in Australia.  I've been pretty busy with work, writing and being with family and friends that there were days I'm not even sure what date it is.  When the Husband dragged me into our mobile provider's store two Fridays ago, he said he will just register my postpaid account. 

I was nonchalant when I sat myself in the client's area and let the Husband do the talking with the staff of the store.  I was truly oblivious on what's happening.  Then the Husband came up to me and said, "You are getting your iPhone 4s today." 

"Are you serious????".  The only three words I managed to say in my wide-eyed shock.

"Yes! Can't you believe it?  They have available iPhone 4s' today."

"iPhone 4s?  Is that today?" 

" didn't know?"

"I forgot."

"Well then...surprise!!! You are getting a new phone in about 20 minutes!"

I signed the registration form and in 20 minutes, the staff was able to set up my account and before I knew it, I was being handed my new phone.
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The Husband planned it all along.  When I got my phone, he confessed he already ordered a clear case for the phone two weeks prior to the iPhone 4s being available in Australia.
The iPhone 4s Surprise

I was happy to get a new phone...who wouldn't be happy getting a new "toy", right?  But what really made me very very happy was how my Hubby made an effort to surprise me.

There's more to this story than just an acquisition of a material blessing.  It could've been any thing really. 

This story is about my Husband thinking of a way to amuse me, surprise me and indulge me.  This is about my Husband making a day extra-ordinary and extra magical for me.

If I enjoyed using my Samsung Mini Galaxy (I still use it for my Philippine number),  I'm enjoying my iPhone 4s more.

I'm not a techie person.  When it comes to phones, I just look for anything that will cater to my needs.  For years, I only need a phone which I can use for calling and texting, that's why I've hold off from buying a smart phone.  This year, I finally gave in to owning a smart phone because I need a phone for calling, texting, having access to the internet and for taking photos.  Owning an iPhone 4s is a bonus for me because it's just easy to use and I finally get to in synch it with my iPad 2.

With the iOS 5 update that happened recently to Apple's mobile devices, I am able to appreciate owning an iPhone more.  Nowadays, I get to send messages to my Husband and friends from all over the world via iMessage.  While some people may take the iMessage for granted, I appreciate it because I now receive messages from friends overseas.  For example, my friends from the Philippines never text me because sending me a text message will cost them PhP15.00.  With iMessage, it's free.
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I'm still discovering what the iPhone can do for me but right now, I'm having fun playing with Siri, which Apple describes as, "The intelligent assistant that helps you get things done. All you have to do is ask.".

Here's a sample of one of my conversations with Siri below.  Some conversations are really funny but functionality-wise, Siri has googled stuff for me, told me what the weather will be like on a certain day, change details of a specific contact for me and even called and text my contacts for me.  Later this week, I'll share with you some screenshots of my exchanges with Siri.
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The Husband and I compared the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s when it comes to speed and the iPhone 4s is faster.  We opened the website at the same time and the iPhone 4s was able to load the site a few minutes quicker than the iPhone 4.  Even when we took photos, the iPhone 4s is faster and has better resolution.  Here are some sample photos below.

I tried taking food photos at home and the details are sharper even if I took this photo in low light.
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Here is another photo taken in low light.
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You know I have a soft spot for sunset shots so when I saw this beautiful sunset in our balcony, I thought of using the iPhone 4s.  The end result was not bad at all. 
The iPhone 4s Surprise

The last two photos below were taken at the Art & About Exhibition last week and I used my phone even if it was dark.

The photo below is one of the lighted "balloon" at Hyde Park.  I zoomed in then took a photo and the image was still sharp.
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This one below I believe is another great capture of the iPhone 4s. 
The iPhone 4s Surprise

All the sample photos were only resized and cropped but never enhanced to show the capabilities of the iPhone 4s' camera.

Interesting Read: How Does the iPhone 4s Camera stack up against other Cameras? 

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