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The way the economy is going today, it’s 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, they’ll 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 today’s economy, $100 is a sizable difference, considering how similar both devices are.
When one compares the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 4S, they’ll 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 4S’ sales pitch would be stronger if it had significantly updated design. But it doesn’t. 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&T’s network. So, those who are running the device on Verizon’s or Sprint’s networks will be stuck with 3G. The iPhone 4 has 3G speeds as well. If faster downloading is important to customers and they’re Verizon or Sprint subscribers, choosing the iPhone 4S doesn’t 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 doesn’t 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 isn’t all that impressive.
Each year, when Apple launches a new iPhone, the company’s smartphone goes through testing by a host of organizations. And each year, something always goes wrong. For early adopters, that’s 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, it’s 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 shouldn’t buy the iPhone 4S just to put their minds at ease. The iPhone 4 will still do the trick.
It’s also worth noting that Apple isn’t 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. What’s 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, don’t have any worries about software on the iPhone 4. It will work just as well as it does on Apple’s latest handset.
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 ;)
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.
thanks gsmarena, great review. I will go for 4s, thanks again for helping me to choose.
Here's an excellent review of Siri by Brandon Miniman of pocketnow.com:
it's funny how others brag about iphone fails at drop test. it is the responsibility of the owner to take care of his phone.
I think the CDMA option on i4s should be put with asterisk (*) because iphone doesn't support CDMA RUIM. only CDMA inject.
So, it's not really an advantage to have CDMA in i4s, as no one can't use it while traveling.
It's only useful for anyone who use CDMA right now, and want to travel and use GSM at another country.
And sidenote.... CDMA is falling and falling. more and more CDMA celular network switch to 3G(WCDMA) and 4G (LTE), so the benefit only for CDMA user.
ThePacemaker, 21 Oct 2011Dear GSMArena, unfortunately your iPhone 4S suffers from the "yellowgate". It seems ... moreCorrect. I was thinking the same thing when viewing the videos. The Device must has "Yellow Gate" tint screen problem. But as reports say that its just the glue which was used while manufacturing and the problem will go away in a week or two.
@no matter. Don't compare them to drop tests. I've seen iPhone surviving from 12 foot height and breaking from a desk of 3 foot... Even seen a sgs2 broken from 4 feet height. So it doesn't matter what they are made of, it matters how you use it. I drop my phone a lot so I use safe holster for iPhone. Hope You Agree...
if you are an iPhone 3GS user or never used an iPhone before then definitely go for iPhone 4S. Otherwise, it's not worth it to get an iPhone 4S if you already own an iPhone 4.
mark, 20 Oct 2011one thing that niggles me with the 4s. its got the same, speaker on the bottom. and guess what... moreYou may be glad to know that reports indicate significantly louder speakers for the iPhone 4S, one report mentioned it to be 6 decibels above the iPhone 4.
The performance is quite good - OK, the best, but it's still too small screen for anything. Especially when you put both your thumbs on it. And iOS is still a limited system as it was.
One word to describe Siri: Amazing! For those of you still not willing to accept, here's a link: