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Gaming With The iPhone 4S (And Proof Siri Can't Understand A Proper Scottish Accent)

“What is Ubisoft?” I ask Siri. The only reason I ask that question is I have an package from Ubisoft on my desk. And I have no imagination.

“Would you like to do a websearch for ‘You Be Soft’,” replies Siri.

“Try talking in a proper Scottish accent,” says Tracey, Kotaku Australia’s Associate Editor. “Go full Scottish.”

I see this as a challenge. I must rise to it.

“Do ye ken ra best bit fur me tae go an’ git ah boatle ae Buckie?” I said, as quickly and as Scottishly as possible. (English translation: ‘Do you know the best place for a gentleman like myself to find a nice bottle of red wine?”)

“Would you like to do a websearch for ‘campestris from your melbourne hockey’?” asks Siri.

I get the impression this isn’t getting anyone anywhere fast. I decide to play some games instead.

Being the owner of an iPhone 3GS, which is getting a bit long in the tooth, the iPhone 4S was a big leap forward for me. Siri is a complete bust as far as I’m concerned — a gimmick that gets a bit stale after 10 minutes asking it dirty questions — but as someone who plays games every single day on his iPhone, I was interested in the higher resolution, and increased processing power of this new model.

I wasn’t disappointed – although you could argue I’m not hard to please. The retina display on the iPhone 4S is the precise same as the preceding model, but for someone like myself – who’s hardly spent much time with the iPhone 4 – it feels like a grand leap forward. Things feel smoother, they feel faster. Those who already have an iPhone 4, however, may struggle to see a difference.

To be fair, the majority of my iPhone gaming is spent playing games like Doodle Jump, Tiny Wings or Collision Effect. These are not hardware-intensive games, hardly games that require the added grunt of the iPhone 4S. What is affected however, and this is where I perceived a noticeable difference, is the loading times, which are much quicker, particularly when it comes to more beefy games like Infinity Blade.

So should you upgrade? Well, I most likely will, since I don’t have an iPhone 4, but those that do have a far trickier decision on their hands. I’m going to say it probably isn’t worth the hassle – especially if your primary purpose for upgrading is games.

But just to make sure, maybe I’ll ask Siri, to see what she thinks.

“Siri, should I upgrade to an iPhone 4S for games?” I ask.

“Sorry,” comes the reply. “I don’t understand ‘should I upgrade to the iPhone for S4 teens.’”

Thanks to Vodafone for providing an iPhone 4S for us to check out.