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Consumers have shrugged concerns over the iPhone 4S’s battery life and catcalls from vinegary churls that it was a disappointing iterative update to name Apple’s fifth-gen smartphone its most popular so far.

In a study conducted by ChangeWave Research, 96 per cent of iPhone 4S owners said they were either “very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” with Cupertino’s blockbuster blower.

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And the feature that’s justifying their love? That would be Siri. Of those polled, 50 per cent named the wry voice-activated personal assistant as one the things they liked most about the 4S.

The handset’s ease of use and eight-megapixel snapper also scored highly, with 39 per cent and 33 per cent of respondents naming them among their favourite features.

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Predictably the 4S’s battery longevity (since addressed with a fix/iOS update) went down less well. But perhaps in a tacit admission that consumers accept that battery life is one of smartphones’ Achilles’ heels whatever the brand, just 38 per cent named it as a major bugbear.

The poll also revealed that the repositioning of the antenna in the 4S has made 'antennagate' a dim and distant memory, with only 2.5 per cent citing dropped calls as a problem.

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