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.

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.

Apple iPhone 5 Sample Video:

Apple iPhone 4S Sample Video:

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.


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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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

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 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.

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 thats was hella 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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