Apple iPhone 5 vs Apple iPhone 4S
When the iPhone 4S was unveiled last year, feelings of disappointed started to engulf many people, as it turned out being nothing more than a revamped iPhone 4. Well, one year later, and the industry finally got what it wanted in the iPhone 5 – regarded by many as the biggest undertaking by Apple since the original back in 2007. Now that it’s finally here, we bet there are some iPhone 4S owners out there wondering whether it’s worth the investment to make the upgrade. Let’s take a peek, shall we?
Here’s the thing about these two beauties, they share the same foundational design DNA that was established with the iPhone 4 from a couple year ago. Despite the obvious that the iPhone 5 is longer, it’s remarkably lighter and skinnier than its predecessor, making it as comfortable to hold in the hand as the iPhone 4S. Plus, the iPhone 5’s brushed aluminum rear sports a cleaner overall look, as opposed to the glass surface of the iPhone 4S, which tends to exhibit more smudges. So yeah, the iPhone 5 has enough distinction over its predecessor to stand out more.
Being iPhone and all, it’s no surprise that we find the same recessed home buttons below their displays. However, the iPhone 5’s button has a springier response – whereas the iPhone 4S has a less pronounced response.
a tour around the two handsets, they share many commonalities such as their separated circular-sized volume controls, mute switches, responsive power buttons, microphones, and internal speakers. However, as we know by now, the iPhone 5 ditches the 30-pin docking port of past iPhones, which the iPhone 4S obviously packs, in favor of a tinier proprietary Lightning docking port. Additionally, the two differ as the iPhone 5 now boasts a nano-SIM slot, as opposed to the micro one from before.
Volume and power keys
The Apple iPhone 5 (bottom, left) and the Apple iPhone 4S (top, right)
Now this is where it gets interesting, just because as we know, the iPhone 5 moves up to a larger 4-inch 640 x 1136 Retina Display – while the iPhone 4S sports a 3.5-inch 640 x 960 Retina Display, keeping the same 326 ppi. Conversely though, when it comes to color production, brightness output, and viewing angles, the iPhone 5 has the superior quality to make it the more compelling display. In fact, its colors are now noticeably warmer, and about 44% more saturated. Furthermore, we notice that the iPhone 4S Retina Display displays more distortion at different viewing angles – whereas the iPhone 5 maintains its sharp clarity and is better looking in the direct sunlight.
1. wendygarett (unregistered)
BEST REVIEWS EVER!!!
8. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
Yes, yes, 'Best Reviews Ever' of the same phone. Oh look, the one on the left is HUGER' and TALLER than the one on the right. There's also a whole (albeit empty - almost) column of apps' on the Homo'geneous screen. The one on the left has a much brighter and better screen; it's almost blinding. And, most important of all, the one on the left has a supersonic fast A47 Octo-Core processor; iMust stand on-line because iMust get me one.
16. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Meh. The iP5 has better data-throughput (when in LTE mode), and better noise cancellation on calls. Better chipset, but not yet showing in the overall user experience.
The biggest letdown (for both 4S& 5) seems to be iOS v. 6
34. mcart123 (Posts: 9; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)
This seems like Deja, Deja, Deja, Deja, Deja Vu
Is it just me? Same phone just longer, more prone to scratching, crashing, freezing, light bleeding, purple tinting pictures....what else? Oh 10 dollar cables, 30 dollar connectors.
They said it was iPhone 4suckers.......I agree.
I wanted to ask this forum. Will PhoneArena get blacklisted if they give the iPhone a bad review? I understand that is the case from other reviewers that are friends of a friend.
2. FranksGT (Posts: 167; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)
Lmao, so PhoneArena. Are you telling the world to a everyday phone user, most people wont recognize any difference in performance or the camera. So screen, 5th row of apps, and a redesigned back plate. WOW apple TAKE MY MONEY NOT!!!!!!
3. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1127; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
yeah wendy reviews are awesome at phonearena...sadly this one is of the iPhone (who is interested anyway?)
By the way iPhone 4S is way better than iPhone 5...
a) It does not look weird as in stretched out
b) its got a finer looking finish
c) it does not have front panel light leakage problem
d) it does not get scuffed up like the iPhone 5 by the touch of a 2 year old (iFixit video posted on PA)
e) users don't get duped into believing hey are getting earpods - revolutionary ear devices when they are actually getting sub-standard headphones
All in all Rotten Apple...well is just rotten!
Have a nice day :)
10. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
The most pAthetiC part of the above "versus", if you can call it that, PhoneArena resorted to a marketing trick used all the time, whereby to make something look bigger a lighter color (usually white) is used next to something of a darker color (usually black), to make the latter appear much smaller. It's a "Visual Illusion" used in graphics all the time. They probably started out with two white iPhones side-by-side, the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 4S, respectively, and realized that the looked the same. To make the iPhone 5 appear humongous they used a white iPhone 5 next to a black iPhone 4S (but, for all we know, the black iPhone in the "visual graphic" could just as well be an iPhone 4 and not a 4S)!!
18. appleDOESNT.com (banned) (Posts: 456; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
iOS Arena is not that clever lol
24. jimjam (Posts: 252; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)
They probably couldn't afford another iphone already had a black 4S and a white 5. I mean who can??
31. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1127; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
UPDATE ON POST (and its different unlike iOS updates which is basically the same crap)...
f) no touch responsiveness issues (believe it or not it actually lags in registering touch)...BURNED!
g) no purple tint on screen on certain colors
h) apps not optimized for screen (even apple controls how the apps can appear)
i) keybooard same size as 4s in landscape - not optimized to take advantage of larger real estate!
Oh just ban this piece of garbage already!!!
32. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1127; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
oh yeah a few more updates:)
j) static lines on keyboard
k) wi-fi bug
This just keeps gettin better and better!
4. Yositokotukukita (Posts: 5; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
Seen several Iphone 5 reviews and they say that the camera app is much faster both opening and taking several pics one after the other, but in this review theres nothing about that.... Also I noticed that the Iphone's 5 lens is maybe wider? or am I crazy?
41. molanjames (Posts: 64; Member since: 11 Oct 2012)
I bought my iphone 5 two days ago, and I really regret I did it so late. The device is the best one I ever touched and used.
6. tkvdog (Posts: 46; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)
Another Fine Review By John V&Right On Acessement by PhenomFaz..
12. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1127; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
I thought I would do the Sheep a favor by summing up the review and opening their eyes (lost cause)!
7. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
Was surprised on John V.'s look :D I thought he looks like the one in the technobuffalo :D
Regarding the review, okay :)
9. ikkuh (Posts: 37; Member since: 22 May 2011)
a last Apple learned from android that 16:9 format is the way to go.
Now there are only 99 changes left :)
11. shuaibhere (Posts: 1795; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
Best words to describe iphone 5....
"best iphone5 since iphone 5"
13. uknick (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
Doesn't the iPhone 5 also take photo's while shooting a video - don't think the 4S does this? Quite a big deal I think??
14. animeware (Posts: 22; Member since: 14 May 2012)
my option if you have 4S device not worth the upgrade if it's time to upgrade wait for the NOTE 2 device....
17. The_Innovation (Posts: 583; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)
It's simple really. If you want the taller one, get the 5. lol
19. danny_a2005 (Posts: 120; Member since: 06 Oct 2011)
I cant believe I read the review... Its the same thing edcept larger... IPhone 4 design was awesome but Its time to change it
20. ram1337 (Posts: 6; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)
The bottom line i5 has a larger ........... than 4s :), if you want larger and thinner go for it
21. haseebzahid (Posts: 1844; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
So my question is what is actually is new in iphone5 that it was creating so freaking hype. doesnt even looks different :|
22. iGREGG (Posts: 66; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)
for the people like MYSELF that has had each model of the iPhone.. there is a difference between the 4 and the 5....although the width of the phones are the same the height and weight are different & very noticible.... for those who were 1st time users with the 4....i wouldnt be surprised that they wouldnt be able the tell the exact differencesin the 2 devices...
but it has a new feel to it
23. jimjam (Posts: 252; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)
The Iphone 4S looks better. Apple really messed it up with the long stretched out design. They should have kept the aspect ratio and bumped it up to 3.8-4"
25. dabuck84 (Posts: 5; Member since: 02 Jun 2012)
The funny thing about this is that the HTC LTEVO has a aluminum backing also but they did it right and did a powder coating on the aluminum this makes it hard to scratch. I'm not dissing apple hell I am posting this on the new iPad. Both apple and android have there ups and downs. I have the EVO and the iPhone 4S but I think I'm going to wait on the iPhone 5 until it has an S on the end of it and has an even better camera, faster processor and more internal memory also all of the quirks that are going on with the iPhone 5 will hopefully be fixed.
26. ChafedBanana (Posts: 363; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
You traded in your iPhone4 for an extra half inch? Hope your girlfriend doesn't do the same.
30. plyfulgentleman (Posts: 43; Member since: 17 Jul 2008)
Hahaha...lol...damn thats was hella funny...gf tradin for half inch...priceless!!!
37. nwright94 (unregistered)
That meme is so overused now haha.
27. theo14461 (Posts: 199; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Let's face it, if you want the latest and greatest iphone, then you'll get the 5, period!
28. Yummy (Posts: 117; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
I jumped when I saw what John v looked like. He looks so smart lol
29. plyfulgentleman (Posts: 43; Member since: 17 Jul 2008)
OMFG...are you friggin serious about this review...WTF!!!
33. mcart123 (Posts: 9; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)
Same phone just longer.... I think I'm having deja, deja, deja, deja, deja vu.
36. urpanus (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
Please, can someone tell me how the name of this wallpaper?
44. jasonras (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)
If you find it, I came back with the same question.
38. The_Innovation (Posts: 583; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)
On the left we have a phone, and on the right we have a taller version of that same phone. Also...well...that's about it.
39. icollectiphoneslikecandy (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Oct 2012)
I really think the Iphone 5 is a disappointment relative to the Iphone 4s.
As a guy who does not like large things in his pocket, I really don't see the benefit of a bigger screen or at least feel you should get an option in screen size.
I rarely watch movies / tv shows on my phone, as I don't have time, but regardless I DONT NEED A BIGGER SCREEN!!!. GIVE US THE OPTION FOR SCREEN SIZE!!
THE PHONE LOOKS LIKE ITS FROM THE NIGHT AT THE ROXBURY!!!
40. jakson0100 (Posts: 27; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Regardless if anyone is using the iphone 4 or 4s, the iphone 5 is a signfiicant enough improvement that it warrants upgrading, whether or not your free upgrade is available from your carrier. If it isn't you could try selling your old phone for around $356.56 http://www.movaluate.com/apple
/iphone-4s-16gb-att-blackAccording to Movaluate's fair price appraisal, you should be able to easily sell your phone for that much, which could help pay for the $750~ y ou will need for teh iphone 5 off contract.
42. ikkuh (Posts: 37; Member since: 22 May 2011)
Its still too small.
Dont understand why ppl buy this very expensive device.
43. amirpopo (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)
Good review and i can see those synical comments came from nokia 3310 users
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