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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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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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