Since the release of the iPhone 5 many people have been confused about whether they should look at this new phone or stick to the iPhone 4S. Most networks still offer iPhone 4S deals and this has lead to further confusion. To remedy this you should complete a phone comparison of the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 4S. This will tell you about the differences and the similarities with the phones. Once you know this you can determine which iPhone is best for you.
The Phone Design
When you glance at the two phones they look almost identical as they both offer the overall iPhone design. However, when you look a little deeper you will find that there are some design differences. One of these differences is the fact that the iPhone 5 has a larger body. The iPhone 4S is also heavier than the newer model.
The materials that were used in the phone construction are also different and you have to know about this. A lot of people like the glass back that comes with the iPhone 4S because it is part of the iconic iPhone design. However, this has been changed with the iPhone 5 as you now have an aluminium backing instead. There are some people who feel the metal backing is more stylish than the traditional glass.
There is a major difference when you look at the screens that come with these two phones. The most noticeable difference is the larger screen size of the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 has a 4 inch screen while the iPhone 4S offers a 3.5 inch screen. This size difference is very noticeable and can make it easier to use the iPhone 5.
The screen resolution is also better with the iPhone 5. However, the pixel density that you get with the two phones is identical. The indoor and outdoor usability of the screens are the same as they are both bright and easy to read in strong and direct sunlight.
The Batteries You Get
The battery that you get with the iPhone 4S is a Li-Ion battery while the iPhone 5 hosts an Li-Polymer battery. This may not mean much to you, but it does affect the battery life that you should get. The iPhone 5 is expected to offer a better battery life when compared to the iPhone 4S, but you have to consider if this has come to light.
The talk time on the phones is the same when you are not connected to the internet. Both phones offer 14 hours of continuous talk time on a single charge. The standby time when you are not connected to the internet is better with the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 offers 225 hours or 9.4 days of battery standby while the iPhone 4S offers 200 or 8.3 days of standby battery life. This means that you can go longer without charging when you use the iPhone 5.
When you are connected to the 3G network, the talk time on the phones drops to 8 hours of continuous talk time on each phone. This is long enough to get your through the day, but only just. A lot of consumers were expecting the talk time to be much better with the iPhone 5.
When you look at the technical aspects of the hardware you will find that the iPhone 5 does offer the better specs. This is due to the iPhone being a newer model phone than the iPhone 4S. The chip set n the iPhone 5 is an A6 chip with a dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. The iPhone 4S offers an A5 chip with a dual-core processor and 512MB of RAM.
What this means to the user is that the iPhone 5 should offers a better overall performance because of the better hardware. However, when you test the phones head to head you will find that both offer a flawless performance. There are certain tasks where the iPhone 5 is slightly faster, but this is to be expected.
The internal memory that you get with these phones are the same. Some people were expecting a larger internal memory with the iPhone 5, but they have to be description with the regular memory increments offered by iPhone. Both of these phones come with 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal memory and no means of expansion.
The iPhone 5 is advertised as one of the best camera phones on the market and it has proven itself against other phones. When you consider the rear camera hardware the phones are evenly matched with an 8 megapixel camera. However, the front camera offers different hardware as the iPhone 5 has a 1.2 megapixel camera while the iPhone 4S has a 0.3 megapixel camera.
The iPhone 5 also offers a number of features in the camera interface that you cannot get with the iPhone 4S. Both of the phones have digital image stabilising software which makes their pictures clear and detailed.
Browsing the Internet
The internet browsing experience with these two phones is almost identical. The larger screen on the iPhone 5 does offer overall better navigation. However, both of these phones are running on Safari mobile which does not offer Adobe Flash support. As both of the phones are on iOS6 they do not offer the same amount of browser support and add-ons that you can get with other operating systems.
Should You get a iPhone 4S Deal?
When you look at what the networks have to offer you will see that many of them still offer a number of iPhone 4S deals to UK customers. Some of these deals are cheaper than the ones for iPhone 5, but there are other networks that offer these deals at the same price as the iPhone 5. This is mainly due to certain consumers finding that there is little difference between the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 5.
When you compare these two phones you will see that they offer a similar experience. Of course, there are certain areas where the iPhone 5 does offer better performance.
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