Why +Mike Elgan is just wrong.
There I've said it.
I've followed your writings on g+ for some time now. I applaud your google+ blog style, an furthermore look at your setup as an evolution in social media... Until I read your post just recently and was floored at the utter ignorance that it shows.
On your points to be discussed:
1. Battery life - I've used iOS 5 throughout its beta process and have it on all my iOS devices. The battery life is quite good on the iPhone 4. To counter your completely subjective view on battery life, my experience and that of my other iOS devices is it's better than on iOS 4. You'll find that most users are beating the hell out of their phone, since it's new, and finding poor battery life due to higher than normal use scenarios.
2. The camera bein just awful during motion- honestly Mr. Elgan, have you tried to use any other phone device when trying to capture sports or the like? Your points here seem to be at best
to be either user error or outrageous expectations.
3. The yellow "broken" screens are historically something we see every release of the first few runs of iPhones, and furthermore we always see an improvement as the yellow hue is glue which is not cured. The yellow screen was a "feature" of the iPhone 4 and 3GS, to my recollection. Both earlier devices had their yellow screens improve with time.
4.App design- again, this is an iOS 5 feature and has nothing particularly to do with your review of the iPhone 4S. But I'll play your game. There are two applications In my recollection that have the particular theme you suggest, iCal on the Macintosh and Find My Friends. Both have other applications which fill their niche. Both are very replaceable.
5. iCloud is very confusing at times to the layperson. You very clearly show you are a layperson as you have blamed your iMac problem on iCloud, as pages.app on the iMac doesn't have iCloud yet. They are completely disconnected technologies for the time being.
6. Siri- I have no experience but it seems you feel that apple should support every technology with their technology. Yes, Siri supports iCloud, but may not support exchange services, as you are using gmail through their google.com/sync
features. Furthermore it may
be google's fault, as google may not support the address book fields necessary to remember that "Susan" is equal to "Wife". There is a phonetic field in iCloud's caldav server which assiss Siri.
Please allow me to stipulate all of the above opinions are derived on an iPhone 4.