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iPhone 4S over iPhone 4: Should I stay or should I go?

20 October 2011 | Read the review | Post your comment
iPhone 4S over iPhone 4: Should I stay or should I go? - read the full textA lot of people are wondering which iPhone is the right one for them - both people looking to upgrade their own one and people who are just joining the Apple phone party. How much more do you get with the 4S, over the iPhone 4? If you're wondering just that, we're here to help by putting the two...


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> In reply to jmb @ 2011-10-20 21:16 from NRae - click to readandroid 2.2? which phone do you have dude? world is talkin about ice cream 4.0 and you are still stuck with outdated froyo. dont blame the android lol

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  • 2011-10-22 19:57
  • q}WR

Ive also noticed the same problem with the iphone lcok scree

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  • 2011-10-22 15:22
  • M3s@

> In reply to ideveloper @ 2011-10-21 10:39 from vwaa - click to readWhat handset are you using mate? I've got a (relatively old now) Galaxy S and I don't have any of the problems that you have listed.
My mate's iphone4 has crashed 5 times since upgrading ios 5 and he has reported a slight 'slow down overall'. Does that mean his experience is representative of everyone else who has an iphone? Of course it doesn't! In fact I can't wait to test the new iphone for myself :-)
Stop being silly about things. It's just a phone for gawd sake. People take themselves way too seriously sometimes.

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  • 2011-10-21 21:30
  • mqTh

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2011-10-21 13:12 from 3Ybw - click to readWell said. I use a C2 because im a simple guy. Some people prefer the iOS and others Andriod. each to there own.

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  • 2011-10-21 17:27
  • SwRE

only 3 major upgrades on the hardware?
what happen to the awesome-st phone ever built?

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  • 2011-10-21 14:29
  • t7X4

> In reply to ideveloper @ 2011-10-21 10:39 from vwaa - click to readJust tried your tests and i had no problems using
HTC Desire Gb 2.3.7 Oxygen Rom

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  • 2011-10-21 13:40
  • 9D}q

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2011-10-21 13:12 from 3Ybw - click to readI couldn't agree more. The best phone is really what serves you best for what you need it for. I have the original SGS from early last year just before the iphone 4 even came out and am still very happy with it.

I am not feeling like grabbing a new android phone (seeing that I'm already in that ecosystem), because this one is still the best for me.

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  • 2011-10-21 13:27
  • fqtw

non of them

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  • 2011-10-21 13:19
  • 0F9s

At the end of the day, you can have the best possible phone, and yet do nothing with it. The best phone is the one that serves you best. Choose the best phone for you, not what everyone else tells you too.

I choose iPhone, for iOS, for its nice combination of features, and general reliability. Others may choose differently, but that is to be celebrated, not denigrated.

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  • 2011-10-21 13:12
  • 3Ybw

One can always find negative things to talk about, while others can always look at the good.

Seems that the cinematographer of The Avengers thought the iPhone camera was good. So good that he used it to shoot some scenes in The Avengers:

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  • 2011-10-21 13:10
  • 3Ybw

This is really useful. I will buy none of them.

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  • 2011-10-21 11:38
  • SwRE

> In reply to marko @ 2011-10-21 09:30 from 0FcN - click to readI can give you a total list of android flaws. do you want them?
Test this one...set an alarm and when the alarm rings rotate the android in landscape mode and the whole lock screen will rotate to landscape and that dont fit on screensize. Just try it and you will see it.
Try to scroll the contact list a few will go crazy after some scrolling
sometime when i turn on device gets restarted.
one day during a phone device restarted.
go to gallary app and it takes 5 minutes to load photos.

Do you want more?

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  • 2011-10-21 10:39
  • vwaa

besides the results of drop tests the browser results are skewed. Looking at video comparisons with the SGS2 on youtube the differences are sometimes for, sometimes against the new iphone, but never an astronomical difference as the benchmark would indicate. What is not being considered though is that the SGS2 is rendering flash as well and still manages to beat the iphone in certain browsing scenarios.
I've had apple computer products in my home since 1991 and continue to do so but will continue to hold out on buying an iphone until true multi-tasking and bluetooth transfers are implemented.

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  • 2011-10-21 10:06
  • nRjX

> In reply to RicHKiDD @ 2011-10-21 09:37 from srB1 - click to readwhat a statement u have there! Great one, great words only come from a wise persons
very very useful opinion n make sooooooo many senses. Thanks
2 thumbs up

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  • 2011-10-21 10:04
  • PBRB


The way the economy is going today, itís no wonder consumers are looking for the best deals out there. Right now, when one considers the iPhone landscape, the iPhone 4 is looking like a hard-to-beat bargain. If customers opt for the 8GB option, theyíll only need to pay $99 with a two-year agreement. The iPhone 4S, on the other hand, starts at $199 for twice as much storage. In todayís economy, $100 is a sizable difference, considering how similar both devices are.

When one compares the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 4S, theyíll quickly find that the smartphones have the same, basic designs. They feature glass backs, a 3.5-inch Retina Display, and both rear- and front-facing cameras. The iPhone 4Sí sales pitch would be stronger if it had significantly updated design. But it doesnít. That could be enough for some folks to opt for the iPhone 4 instead.

At its Oct. 4 event, Apple touted the downlink speeds of its iPhone 4S, saying that it could reach 14.4M bps. However, it has been revealed since then that those speeds can only be reached on AT&Tís network. So, those who are running the device on Verizonís or Sprintís networks will be stuck with 3G. The iPhone 4 has 3G speeds as well. If faster downloading is important to customers and theyíre Verizon or Sprint subscribers, choosing the iPhone 4S doesnít make much sense.

Apple touted the quality of the iPhone 4S camera at its Oct. 4 event, saying that it now offers 8-megapixel resolution and faster shutter speeds than the competition and is even noticeably better than the camera in the iPhone 4. For those who take a picture every now and then with their mobile devices, that might matter. But for the rest of the consumer base that doesnít buy a smartphone solely for a camera, who really cares? Aside from the dual-core processor, the better camera is arguably the best improvement over the iPhone 4. Even that isnít all that impressive.

Each year, when Apple launches a new iPhone, the companyís smartphone goes through testing by a host of organizations. And each year, something always goes wrong. For early adopters, thatís not such a problem, since they expect that. But for the rest of the market, it is. The iPhone 4S is an unknown quantity right now that could suffer from annoying issues. The iPhone 4, on the other hand, has had all quirks fully discussed, making it a known quantity. For some customers, itís better to go with a product that has all its issues well-documented, than one that has yet to be put through comprehensive testing.

The biggest announcement from Apple this year has arguably been the unveiling of iCloud. That service allows users to sync content in the cloud and across all the other products they own, including the iPad, Macs and PCs. Although Apple has been showcasing iCloud on its iPhone 4S, the service will still work with the iPhone 4. So, folks who are worried about not getting access to iCloud shouldnít buy the iPhone 4S just to put their minds at ease. The iPhone 4 will still do the trick.

Itís also worth noting that Apple isnít giving any preferential treatment to the iPhone 4S when it comes to its operating system. Like the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 4 will be able to run iOS 5. Whatís more, I was able to take iOS 5 for a spin on the iPhone 4 and was impressed by how well it worked on the smartphone. So, donít have any worries about software on the iPhone 4. It will work just as well as it does on Appleís latest handset.

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  • 2011-10-21 09:37
  • srB1

only 1 page of comments ? God ... GSmarena just stick a word Nokia Before the topic you'll get 1000's of comments in just a blink of an eye ;)

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  • 2011-10-21 09:34
  • bJ9d

Love the new security problem i discovered with siri.Even with the lock on i can bypass it by asking siri to take me to my pictures and it does.So whats the point in having my passcode on?Yet another amazing floor for my so called perfect phone.Wish id stuck to android now.

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  • 2011-10-21 09:30
  • 0FcN

no galaxy nexus?

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  • 2011-10-21 09:30
  • YeH{
  • i wil buy an iphone
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thanks gsmarena, great review. I will go for 4s, thanks again for helping me to choose.

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  • 2011-10-21 09:25
  • 7txA

Who borrowed the voice for Siri? It's very sexy ...;)

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  • 2011-10-21 06:41
  • na0C

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