With the end of the year now just six weeks away from being a reality, it's not surprising that a lot of places are starting to look back on the year and pick out the best things found therein, as well as the worst, the biggest, the smallest, and so on. One such pick from T3 gave a singular honor to a rather unexpected device, as they declared the iPhone (News - Alert) 4S to be the work gadget of 2011.
There were a variety of reasons T3 found the iPhone 4S the work gadget of the year; the hefty dual-core A5 processor managed to put a lot of punch behind most common business applications, and represented a significant boost in power over its predecessor, the iPhone 4. A significant boost to the iPhone 4S' camera over that of its predecessor--bumping it to an eight megapixel version that could handle video and still photos with equal aplomb--also made it one to watch.
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The iPhone 4S' biggest achievement was also its most controversial: the addition of the Siri program gave users plenty to talk about, as she took questions and supplied answers with varying degrees of success. Just to top it all off, Apple (News - Alert) also brought in iOS 5, which powered a lot of new and exciting overall features for the device. The iOS App Store, and the price of the iPhone 4S--now down significantly thanks to the release of the iPhone 5--also made it one to consider.
Perhaps the biggest reason, however, was that the iPhone 4S was the biggest device to see the largest part of 2012. While gadgets like the Samsung (News - Alert) Galaxy S3--which recently knocked the iPhone 4S out of the top slot in gadget sales--and the iPhone 5 were also released this year, they were released in the second half of the year. The Galaxy S3 didn't knock the iPhone 4S off its perch until the July-September corridor, and the iPhone 5 was only recently released. So in terms of what device had the most impact in 2012, it has to be considered which device had impact through the largest part of 2012.
While there's still a bit of 2012 left to go, it's clear that the iPhone 4S, still in use in offices everywhere despite the release of the big new version of the iPhone, was one of the big names in office tech this year, and will likely still have a presence going into next year. With the iPhone 5S waiting in the wings, however--a development which may arrive sooner than anyone expected--it could be that the iPhone 5 itself won't be getting near so much time in the sun as one might expect.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman