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Apple iPhone 5 vs Apple iPhone 4S

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Interface and Functionality:

Hmmm…let’s see what we’ve got here on these two beauties. Obviously, they’re both iPhones, and on top of that, they’re also running the same iOS 6 experience. So what does that mean folks? Without question, there’s no difference between the two experiences – since they’re identical. However, mainly due to the larger display of the iPhone 5, there’s an extra row of icons in the homescreen panel, which means that a single page can now contain more icons. Aside from that one distinguishable item, there’s nothing that separates the experience between the two.

iOS 6 on the Apple iPhone 5 - Apple iPhone 5 vs Apple iPhone 4S
iOS 6 on the Apple iPhone 5 - Apple iPhone 5 vs Apple iPhone 4S
iOS 6 on the Apple iPhone 5 - Apple iPhone 5 vs Apple iPhone 4S
iOS 6 on the Apple iPhone 5 - Apple iPhone 5 vs Apple iPhone 4S

iOS 6 on the Apple iPhone 5


Interface of the Apple iPhone 4S - Apple iPhone 5 vs Apple iPhone 4S
Interface of the Apple iPhone 4S - Apple iPhone 5 vs Apple iPhone 4S
Interface of the Apple iPhone 4S - Apple iPhone 5 vs Apple iPhone 4S
Interface of the Apple iPhone 4S - Apple iPhone 5 vs Apple iPhone 4S

Interface of the Apple iPhone 4S


Delving deeper with their core organizer apps, they’re much the same considering that the platform experiences are identical. Save for the added real estate of the iPhone 5, which enables for more things to be displayed on-screen and less scrolling, there’s nothing out of the ordinary with their functions. For example, the only advantage we find with things like email, is that the iPhone 5 can display more content than its predecessor.

Some of the core organizer apps on the Apple iPhone 5 - Apple iPhone 5 vs Apple iPhone 4S
Some of the core organizer apps on the Apple iPhone 5 - Apple iPhone 5 vs Apple iPhone 4S
Some of the core organizer apps on the Apple iPhone 5 - Apple iPhone 5 vs Apple iPhone 4S
Some of the core organizer apps on the Apple iPhone 5 - Apple iPhone 5 vs Apple iPhone 4S

Some of the core organizer apps on the Apple iPhone 5


Core organizer apps on the Apple iPhone 4S - Apple iPhone 5 vs Apple iPhone 4S
Core organizer apps on the Apple iPhone 4S - Apple iPhone 5 vs Apple iPhone 4S
Core organizer apps on the Apple iPhone 4S - Apple iPhone 5 vs Apple iPhone 4S
Core organizer apps on the Apple iPhone 4S - Apple iPhone 5 vs Apple iPhone 4S

Core organizer apps on the Apple iPhone 4S


In portrait, there’s not one that proves to be more helpful when it comes to typing up messages. In fact, their responsiveness and fantastic auto-correct features enable us to type away at a fanatical rate with few issues. Flipping them over to landscape, yes, the iPhone 5 has the more spacious layout, but it doesn’t particularly prove to be any more beneficial than the iPhone 4S’ offering.

Apple iPhone 5 - On-screen keyboard - Apple iPhone 5 vs Apple iPhone 4S
Apple iPhone 4S - On-screen keyboard - Apple iPhone 5 vs Apple iPhone 4S

Apple iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 4S

On-screen keyboard



Processor and Memory:

Apple has seemingly established the fact that it shouldn’t really matter if they explicitly mention the kinds of processors that are in use with their devices, mainly because the outcomes usually turn out the same. On one hand, the just released iPhone 5 packs a newer chipset in the form of a 1GHz dual-core Apple A6 processor with 1GB of RAM – while the iPhone 4S packs an 800MHz dual-core Apple A5 CPU coupled with 512MB of RAM. Therefore, it might seem like it’s a win for the iPhone 5 on paper, but in reality, their performances with most operations are the same – smooth, quick, and oh-so responsive. Even with processor intensive stuff, like playing 3D games, it’s rather difficult to say which device performs better. Well, as developers soon grasp the capabilities of the A6’s potential, we’ll probably see more games that’ll look better on the iPhone 5, but for right now, the iPhone 4S is still a formidable contender.

Sadly, we were hoping to see higher storage capacities with the iPhone 5, but instead, it follows in the same footsteps as its predecessor – meaning the two are available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities.


Internet and Connectivity:

Alright, so these two beauties cough up the same memorable web browsing experience with mobile Safari. From their smooth pinch zooming to their buttery kinetic scrolling, these two offer an astounding amount of finesse when it comes to perusing complex web pages. However, the advantage ultimately goes to the iPhone 5 because it’s rocking out to 4G LTE connectivity – so if you’re in an area that has coverage, you can expect blistering data speeds that leave the iPhone 4S trailing far behind.

Browsing the net with the iPhone 5 - Apple iPhone 5 vs Apple iPhone 4S
Browsing the net with the iPhone 5 - Apple iPhone 5 vs Apple iPhone 4S
Browsing the net with the iPhone 5 - Apple iPhone 5 vs Apple iPhone 4S
Browsing the net with the iPhone 5 - Apple iPhone 5 vs Apple iPhone 4S

Browsing the net with the iPhone 5


Web browsing on the Apple iPhone 4S - Apple iPhone 5 vs Apple iPhone 4S
Web browsing on the Apple iPhone 4S - Apple iPhone 5 vs Apple iPhone 4S
Web browsing on the Apple iPhone 4S - Apple iPhone 5 vs Apple iPhone 4S
Web browsing on the Apple iPhone 4S - Apple iPhone 5 vs Apple iPhone 4S

Web browsing on the Apple iPhone 4S


Sharing pretty much the same cellular radios with one another, both of which are available in GSM and CDMA flavors, the only difference is that the iPhone 5 packs support for a variety of different LTE networks throughout the world. As for the other included connectivity goodies, they both feature aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot functionality.

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posted on 26 Sep 2012, 06:37 5

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


BEST REVIEWS EVER!!!

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 07:11 16

5. Maddy (Posts: 31; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)


How much they paid you...!!!

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 07:35 15

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.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 09:02 2

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

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 22:37 5

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.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 06:50 10

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!!!!!!

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 09:16 2

35. dblue45 (Posts: 77; Member since: 26 Aug 2009)


And they give it a 9?

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 06:56 12

3. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; 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 :)

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 07:48 4

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)!!

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 09:33 3

18. appleDOESNT.com (banned) (Posts: 456; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


iOS Arena is not that clever lol

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 13:17

24. jimjam (Posts: 289; 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??

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 05:10 1

31. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; 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!!!

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 11:20 1

32. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; 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!

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 07:03 2

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?

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 04:07

41. molanjames (banned) (Posts: 80; 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.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 07:15 2

6. tkvdog (Posts: 46; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


Another Fine Review By John V&Right On Acessement by PhenomFaz..

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 08:20 1

12. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


Thank you!
I thought I would do the Sheep a favor by summing up the review and opening their eyes (lost cause)!

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 07:26 2

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 :)

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 07:47

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 :)

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 07:50 1

11. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Best words to describe iphone 5....
"best iphone5 since iphone 5"
Lol...

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 08:25 3

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??

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 08:49 1

14. animeware (Posts: 24; 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....

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 09:32 3

17. The_Innovation (Posts: 610; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


It's simple really. If you want the taller one, get the 5. lol

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 09:53

19. danny_a2005 (Posts: 167; 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

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 11:10

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

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 11:55

21. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; 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 :|

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 13:10

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

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 13:16

23. jimjam (Posts: 289; 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"

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 14:23

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.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 18:52 2

26. ChafedBanana (Posts: 386; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


You traded in your iPhone4 for an extra half inch? Hope your girlfriend doesn't do the same.

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