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.



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.

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43. amirpopo

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

Good review and i can see those synical comments came from nokia 3310 users

42. ikkuh

Posts: 42; Member since: May 22, 2011

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

40. jakson0100

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

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39. icollectiphoneslikecandy

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 11, 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!!!

38. The_Innovation

Posts: 649; Member since: Jul 18, 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.

36. urpanus

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

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

44. jasonras

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

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

33. mcart123

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

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

29. plyfulgentleman

Posts: 43; Member since: Jul 17, 2008

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

28. Yummy

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

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

27. theo14461 unregistered

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

26. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 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: Jul 17, 2008

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

37. nwright94 unregistered

That meme is so overused now haha.

25. dabuck84

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 02, 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.

23. jimjam unregistered

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"

22. iGREGG

Posts: 66; Member since: Sep 18, 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

21. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

So my question is what is actually is new in iphone5 that it was creating so freaking hype. doesnt even looks different :|

20. ram1337

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

The bottom line i5 has a larger ........... than 4s :), if you want larger and thinner go for it

19. danny_a2005

Posts: 384; Member since: Oct 06, 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

17. The_Innovation

Posts: 649; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

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

14. animeware

Posts: 32; Member since: May 14, 2012

my option if you have 4S device not worth the upgrade if it's time to upgrade wait for the NOTE 2 device....

13. uknick

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 26, 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??

11. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

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

9. ikkuh

Posts: 42; Member since: May 22, 2011

a last Apple learned from android that 16:9 format is the way to go. Now there are only 99 changes left :)

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