iPhone 4S in India – First impressions

Apple iPhone 4 S got launched today (November 25, 2011) in India.

I could get my iPhone 4 S 32 GB (White) around 2:50 PM thanks to Murugan. Mr. Reddy, the Airtel dealer, was kind enough to deliver it in my office and offered to help me with installation. I politely told him that I may not need any help after all!

It is the first time a new product from Apple is launched after iCloud. I thought it should be a breeze to get my phone up & running in minutes, without even having to connect to my iMac. I was proved right!

I inserted my iPhone 4 Airtel micro SIM card and turned on my brand new iPhone 4 S; took the option of restoring from iCloud my iPhone 4 data. Thanks to IIITB high speed Internet over W-Fi, in less than 20 minutes everything was working. All I had to do was to give my Apple ID; even the SMS that I got a few minutes back on my iPhone 4 was there, all my contacts & calendar, my Apps, even my screen-saver! I did not have to configure anything, even my GMail ID; things were restored perfectly from iCloud. That indeed is Steve Jobs magic

I took a picture of Ganesha (sort of “Sri Ganesh”); the quality of the camera is superb! Thanks to PhotoStream (part of iCloud) the Ganesha picture instantly showed up on my iPad, something that was “magical” for Murugan & Ramachandra.

I started Siri and spoke into the iPhone “Schedule a meeting at 3 PM tomorrow” and it worked! Siri on iPhone 4 S came back with all the events scheduled around 3 PM tomorrow! It is not just voice recognition of what I said; it had the context to invoke Calendar App and display the 3 PM appointments of tomorrow!

Of course, Siri does NOT support places in India still; so place related search would not work.

In a nutshell, it is a great experience to get started with iPhone 4 S.

I am one of those lucky guys who get to use the gadgets practically on the Day 1 of their launch. This includes Apple iPod (several versions), iPod Touch, iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3G S, iPhone 4 (May 31, 2011) and today iPhone 4 S (today); I had to wait for iPhone launch in India (the delay between US launch and India launch has progressively come down from 2 years to just 6 weeks!); thanks to my former students in USA, I could get my iPad and iPad 2 on the day of US launch (iPad unlike iPhone is not tied to a carrier). Thanks to my friends Sanjay & Dharmendra of GAVS i could get to use Ericsson, Nokia Communicator (several versions), Sony Ericsson  stylus phone as well as Nokia E 61 (the first version and several variants) thanks to Gopal Srinivasan of TVS.

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4 Responses to “iPhone 4S in India – First impressions”

  1. k Says:

    Nice post… And it has been selected as post of the hour in indian blog aggregator

  2. ssemergic Says:


  3. Vamsi Subhash Says:

    Great Sir. You are very very very up to date with Apple technology. How is Siri working for you? It is the first widespread use of AI and speech recognition which is good.

  4. ssemergic Says:

    Thanks Vamsi
    I am still experimenting with Siri

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