Apple iPhone 5 vs Apple iPhone 4S
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 1175; 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: 253; 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: 1175; 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: 1175; 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: 66; 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: 1175; 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: 1960; 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: 597; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)
It's simple really. If you want the taller one, get the 5. lol
19. danny_a2005 (Posts: 125; 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: 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 :|
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: 253; 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: 365; 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: 233; 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: 597; 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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