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Apple iPhone 4s Featured in Best Music

Announced
Oct 4, 2011
Market status
Released
Release date
Oct 14, 2011

US carrier availability

Available: Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, U.S. Cellular, Virgin Mobile, Boost Mobile
Discontinued: T-Mobile, Cricket, Alltel

Pros

  • High pixel densitiy screen, over 300ppi (326 ppi)
  • High-resolution camera (8 megapixels)
  • Dual core processor
  • Small dimensions (4.54 x 2.31 x 0.37 inches)

Cons

  • Lacks microSD slot for storage expansion
  • Battery is not user replaceable
  • Proprietary USB connector - have to use its cable instead of a standard microUSB

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Description

The iPhone 4s is a gradual step over the iPhone 4 improving the internals, but keeping the look and feel. At the same time, though, it brings a reworked iOS 5 and introduces Siri, a personal voice assistant allowing you to vocally communicate with the iPhone. It comes with a 3.5" screen with a resolution of 640 x 960 pixels, but on the inside there's a twice more powerful dual-core A5 processor. It also improves connectivity a notch, bringing 14.4Mbps HSPA download speeds. The back is where an 8-megapixel camera resides and it's capable of recording 1080p videos.


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Design

  • Device type:
    • Smart phone
  • OS:
    • iOS (7.x, 6.1, 6, 5.1, 5)
  • Form factor:
    • Candybar
  • Dimensions:
    • 4.54 x 2.31 x 0.37 inches (115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 4.94 oz (140 g)
      the average is 4.8 oz (137 g)
  • Body material:
    • Glass
  • Side Keys:
    • Left: Volume control, Other
  • Colors:
    • Black, White

Displaybenchmark

  • Physical size:
    • 3.5 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 640 x 960 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 326 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • IPS LCD
  • Colors:
    • 16 777 216
  • Peak brightness:
    • 500 cd/m2 (nit)
  • Touchscreen:
      • Capacitive, Multi-touch
  • Features:
    • Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Oleophobic coating

Camerabenchmark

  • Camera:
      • 8 megapixels
    • Flash:
      • LED
    • Aperture size:

      Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

      • F2.4
    • Focal length (35mm equivalent):
      • 35.00 mm
    • Camera sensor size:
      • 1/3.2"
    • Features:
      • Back-illuminated sensor (BSI), Autofocus, Touch to focus, Digital image stabilization, Face detection, Geo tagging
  • Camcorder:
      • 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
    • Features:
      • Digital image stabilization
  • Front-facing camera:
      • 0.3 megapixels VGA

Hardwarebenchmark

  • System chip:

    System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

    • Apple A5
  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Dual core, 800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9
  • Graphics processor:
      • PowerVR SGX 543MP2
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 512 MB RAM (800 MHz) / DDR2
  • Built-in storage:
    • 64 GB

Batterybenchmark

  • Talk time:
    • 14.00 hours
      the average is 12 h (745 min)
  • Stand-by time:
    • 8.3 days (200 hours)
      the average is 20 days (492 h)
  • Talk time (3G):
    • 8.00 hours
      the average is 15 h (872 min)
  • Music playback:
    • 40.00 hours
  • Video playback:
    • 10.00 hours
  • Type:
    • Li - Ion
  • Not user replaceable:
    • Yes

Multimediabenchmark

  • Music player:
    • Filter by:
      • Album, Artist, Genre, Playlists
    • Features:
      • Album art cover, Background playback
    • Supported formats:
      • MP3, AAC, eAAC, WAV, M4A (Apple lossless)
  • Video playback:
    • Supported formats:
      • MPEG4, H.264, Motion JPG, MOV
  • Speakers:
    • Earpiece, Loudspeaker
  • YouTube player:
    • Yes

Internet browsing

  • Browser:
    • supports:
      • HTML, HTML5
  • Built-in online services support:
    • YouTube (upload)

Technology

  • CDMA:

    CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access. A technique of multiplexing, also called spread spectrum, in which analog signals are converted into digital form for transmission. For each communication channel, the signals are encoded in a sequence known to the transmitter and the receiver for that channel. The foremost application is digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800MHz band and 1.9GHz PCS band. CDMA phones are noted for their excellent call quality and long battery life.

    • 800, 1900 MHz
  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
  • Data:
    • HSDPA 14.4 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, EV-DO Rev.A
  • Micro SIM:
    • Yes
  • Global Roaming:
    • Yes
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • A-GPS, Glonass
  • Navigation:
    • Yes
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Phone features

  • Phonebook:
    • Unlimited entries, Caller groups, Multiple numbers per contact, Search by both first and last name, Picture ID, Ring ID
  • Organizer:
    • Calendar, Alarm, Document viewer (Office, PDF), Calculator
  • Messaging:
    • SMS, MMS, Threaded view, Predictive text input
  • E-mail:
      • IMAP, POP3, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
  • Instant Messaging:
      • Yes
  • Games:
      • Yes

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth:
      • 4.0
    • Profiles:
      • Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP), Audio/Video Control Transport Protocol (AVCTP), Audio/Video Distribution Transport Protocol (AVDTP), Audio/Visual Remote Control Profile (AVRCP), Bluetooth Network Encapsulation Protocol (BNEP), Generic Audio/Video Distribution (GAVDP), Handsfree (HFP), Human Interface Device (HID), Personal Area Networking Profile (PAN), Phone Book Access (PBAP), Serial Port (SPP)
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 b, g, n
    • Mobile hotspot:
      • Yes
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Connector:
      • Proprietary
    • Features:
      • USB charging
  • Headphones connector:
    • 3.5mm
  • Charging connector:
    • Proprietary
  • Other:
    • TV-Out, Computer sync, OTA sync

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
  • Additional microphone/s:
      • for Noise cancellation
  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass
    • Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording

Regulatory Approval

  • FCC approval:

    FCC approval - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions. Every wireless phone device that that is sold in the U.S. has to be tested and approved for sale by the FCC.

    • Date approved:

      Date approved - Shows the date when the particular phone is approved by the Federal Communications Commission

      • 04 Oct 2011
      • FCC ID value:

        FCC ID value - Shows the FCC Identifying value of the particular phone

        BCG-E2430A link
  • FCC measured SAR:

    FCC measured SAR - The exposure standard for mobile devices employs a unit of measurement known as the Specific Absorption Rate, or SAR. The SAR limit stated in the international guidelines is 2.0 W/ kg*. Tests for SAR are conducted using standard operating positions with the device transmitting at its highest certified power level in all tested frequency bands. Although the SAR is determined at the highest certified power level, the actual SAR of the device while operating can be well below the maximum value.

    • Head:
      • 1.18 W/kg
    • Measured in:
      • 1900 MHz
    • Body:
      • 1.15 W/kg
    • Measured in:
      • 850 MHz

Availability

  • Officially announced:
    • 04 Oct 2011

Shopping information

  • Accessories:
    • Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic, Dock Connector to USB Cable, USB Power Adapter, Documentation
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Alternative variants

We list only the specs that are different than the main variant

Apple iPhone 4s 16GB


Differences:
  • Built-in storage:
    • 16 GB

Apple iPhone 4s 32GB


Differences:
  • Built-in storage:
    • 32 GB

Despite our efforts to provide full and correct Apple iPhone 4s specifications, there is always a possibility of making a mistake. If you see any wrong or incomplete data, please LET US KNOW.


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