Most analysts, or anyone else who judges a product’s success by sales numbers, would find it difficult to describe the iPhone 4S as anything else but a smash hit.

The handset, which Apple just started rolling out in mid-October, is already one of the year’s (if not the) best-selling smartphones. But that didn’t stop the folks at tecca from naming the device one of the year’s biggest tech flops…

Taylor Hatmaker of tecca, a popular tech blog, ranks Apple’s “disappointing” handset as 2011’s third biggest technology flop in her list of 6. Here’s her explanation:

“While it’s no flop when it comes to sales figures, the iPhone 4S remains one of 2011’s biggest consumer letdowns. Earlier this year, Apple’s iPad 2 upped its predecessor’s appeal considerably, sliming the original slate down while speeding it up — but it’s tough to not be disappointed by the iconic company’s most recent handset. Apple’s newest iteration of the iPhone is certainly nothing to sneeze at — it’s still one of the fastest, best looking smartphones on the block — but it’s no iPhone 5. After spending the better part of the year salivating over a reinvented iphone with a larger screen, a thinner profile, and other untold Apple-flavored wonders, Apple aficionados were presented with the iPhone 4S — a nominal upgrade over the previous model that touted the now much-parodied Siri app as its main selling point.”

While we admit that we were among those crossing our fingers that Tim Cook would walk out on stage with a revamped iPhone 5 in hand this past October, we still feel inclined to disagree.

Listing the iPhone 4S as a failure because it didn’t live up to the rumor mill hype is ridiculous. Apple never made an announcement, or gave the impression that it would be releasing a revamped handset this year. In fact, all it takes is a look back at the company’s handset history to see how unlikely a revamp was for 2011.

So if the iPhone 4S is not a flop, as Hatmaker mentions, in sales (the iPhone 4S has broken a number of sales records). And its hardware isn’t second to many other handsets (its camera, processor, and screen resolution are as good if not better than the competition). Why is it even on the list?


  • Anonymous

    One of the greatest achievements of all time yet one of the great disappointments of all time…

  • jose castro

    i agree that it is a let down, but i hope the iphone 5 will be better.

    • Anonymous

      Of course the iPhone 5 will be better. But it will never be as good as people over hype it to be. It could allow you to go back in time and people will complain it doesn’t have forward time travel

  • Anonymous

    To much sauce in the hype
    But not enough meat in the product I have both ip4 and ip4s and there isnt any major difference between them
    I’m not disappointed in the 4s
    But they could have made it better

  • Tecca who?

  • Haters gonna hate

  • Oh comon!
    Just becuase the iPhone 5 didnt come out doesnt mean u blame the 4s on it for being a bad device!
    Sure apple could have done better but comon!

  • So what phone is better? 4s is best phone I have ever owned. Would never go back to androids.

    • Depends on what people are looking for. Ios experience in general is better then android. More stable, apps works etc. But if they only look at the specs there are several phones that beats the 4s. Like cpu speed, camera optics etc.

  • People expected better specs. Got average hardware. If apple fans didnt hype from the beginning it wouldnt be considered a flop. Still a decent phone tho

  • i have been with the iPhone since 2007 but after hearing that the screen will be only 3.5 inches i got myself a samsung galaxy epic 4g with 4.5 inch and am happy i did. almost all the major apps i use are available on it. i am an apple fan boy and have an iMac and love it but 3.5 is just too small nowadays. i can use my phone as a wifi hotspot with root and block certain numbers with an app. and if apple increases the screen this coming year will it be to only 4 inches? by then other phones will be 5 inch or 5.3 even. come on apple its time for a major upgrade the iPhone 4s was a let down, as much so as the 3gs was.

    • 3.5″- 4.5″ is good for a phone. But 5″ is not really a phone anymore…

    • Anonymous

      The optimal screen size is 3.7″ to 4″

  • Gdghgfgjy Ggjffv

    First off.. the iP4s sucks. I would prefer a better phone such as the GSII or the Galaxy Nexus, or maybe even the Droid RAZR. But no iPhone.

    • U r an idiot. Only the size of the screen of galaxy s2(and other bigger screen phones) is better than ip4s.(4.3vs3.5). Slightly bigger screen gives u a little better viewing pleasure. BUT that’s it, apart from that ip4s is ahead of all the mobile phone, even if it is jailed. Once the ip4s will be jailbroken, then its gonna be the king of all the mobile devices released untill this date. Compare all the specs, screen resolution, camera lens, appstore apps/android apps. U’ll know the difference by yourself.

  • I love this! Biggest let down? It was suppose to have 4G, a bigger screen, and a new design?! Oh come on… Do you know why these people are naming it a “let down”? Because tech blogging companies overhype, and post every little game changing rumor they hear thus making the people that read it get extremely excited! I’ll tell you if you don’t read any of the rumors or watch the “inside look” videos people post on YouTube to supposedly show new things before their released you wouldn’t be let down, you would see it as what it is an upgrade and a great phone. Now I am not saying that I didn’t read the rumors but I did take them with a grain of salt and that is what most people should do.

  • Loosers!!! I’m very happy with my iPhone 4S and it’s new features and I absolutely didnt expect anything different after just 1 year and something… I still like iPhone 4/4S design and still thinks that it is the best looking smartphone on the market.

    • Painman

      17 months actually. It was a let down, go back and read the comments from launch date, they were crucifying the 4S. It id appealing to anyone with a 3G or 3GS but most iP4 users with an 18 month old phone want something “better” than an update of the same thing they already have. S2 and nexus fill that void …..

  • Anonymous

    pathetic, to say the least…