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Apple iPhone 5 vs Apple iPhone 4S

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When so much hype surrounded the iPhone 5’s improved camera quality, one would be inclined to believe that its quality would be far superior to its predecessor – without actually checking it out for themselves. After snapping the same shots between the two devices, we have to admit, there’s not much of a difference with shots taken with sufficient lighting present. In fact, details, color, and exposure appear to be almost identical with one another, and overall, they both take immaculate shots. And the same can be said about their panoramic shots as well. However,  we do notice slightly better results in lower lighting conditions with the iPhone 5, as it boasts details that are moderately sharper. Furthermore, its LED flash seems to work better as well, as it doesn’t produce the same vignetting effect we see with the iPhone 4S.

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Likewise, the same can be said about the 1080p video recording qualities of both handsets. All in all, there’s a lot to like about their qualities, since they’re filled with detailed visuals, fast moving frame rates, and rich audio recording. As we meticulously look over the results, it’s undeniably tough to make a call on which device is better, but we only notice a small amount of artifacting with the iPhone 4S.

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Lastly, we also checked out their front-facing cameras. More than likely due to its higher count 1.3-megapixel front-facing  camera, the iPhone 5 produces the better results – though, it’s still only passable for video chatting. Between the two, the iPhone 4S results appear more speckled in appearance.


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Since the two are running iOS 6, it shouldn’t be a shock that their music players are identical to one another – so we won’t go into any more detail about it. Although the iPhone 5 seems to have a larger internal speaker, the quality isn’t any better than the iPhone 4S, as they both produce the same volume tones at their loudest settings. Pleasant as a whole, there’s no evidence of distortion with their output.

Now here’s an easy call on our part, mainly because the obvious is staring at us right away. Thanks to its larger display and richer color production, the iPhone 5 is the clear favorite for watching high definition videos – and it helps that its boasts a 16:9 aspect ratio.

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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 (Posts: 2227; 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: 5580; 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: 8; 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: 1064; 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 (Posts: 2227; 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 (Posts: 423; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


iOS Arena is not that clever lol

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 13:17

24. jimjam (Posts: 236; 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: 1064; 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: 1064; 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 (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.

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: 1064; 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: 33; 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: 1297; 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: 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....

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 09:32 3

17. The_Innovation (Posts: 538; 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: 119; 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: 1812; 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: 236; 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: 356; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


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

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 01:14 1

30. plyfulgentleman (Posts: 41; Member since: 17 Jul 2008)


Hahaha...lol...damn thats was hella funny...gf tradin for half inch...priceless!!!

posted on 30 Sep 2012, 21:59

37. nwright94 (unregistered)


That meme is so overused now haha.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 20:25

27. theo14461 (Posts: 157; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Let's face it, if you want the latest and greatest iphone, then you'll get the 5, period!

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 22:38

28. Yummy (Posts: 117; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


I jumped when I saw what John v looked like. He looks so smart lol

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 01:11

29. plyfulgentleman (Posts: 41; Member since: 17 Jul 2008)


OMFG...are you friggin serious about this review...WTF!!!

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 22:25

33. mcart123 (Posts: 8; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


Same phone just longer.... I think I'm having deja, deja, deja, deja, deja vu.

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 14:55

36. urpanus (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Please, can someone tell me how the name of this wallpaper?

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 00:20

44. jasonras (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


If you find it, I came back with the same question.

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 10:58

38. The_Innovation (Posts: 538; 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.

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 18:59

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!!!

posted on 14 Oct 2012, 05:16

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-black According 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.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 07:23

42. ikkuh (Posts: 33; Member since: 22 May 2011)


Its still too small.
Dont understand why ppl buy this very expensive device.

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 10:18

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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