iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S: are there any worthy differences?

QArea Expert by QArea Expert on November 4, 2011

iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S: are there any worthy differences?
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To a lot of users, who were also waiting for iPhone 5, the news were disappointing. And more of that we can’t stand up the similarity of the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 4. However, the appearance is not the main feature, because a number of changes were made by Apple inside the gadget to improve on functionality, including a smarter processor, a more improve camera, and radical new antenna design. As an addition, Apple enlarged its family by including a 64GB model and sprint.

Undoubtedly offering more choice will help Apple’s demand, the question is, whether there is made enough to convince iPhone 4 fans to make an upgrade?

Battery and processor

The iPhone 4S inherits Apple’s A5 dual-core 1GHz processor booted with a dual-core GPU. Apple is sure that the new chipset is going to geneeate the iPhone 4S twice as speedy and graphically tooled up, that is seven times speedier than the iPhone 4’s. The processor is said to be more powerful, but still the company claims that the smartphone will provide 8 hours talking-time over 3G, over 2G 14 hrs, 6 hrs of browsing over 3G, via Wi-Fi surfing 9 hours, and 10 hours of video playback with almost 40 hours music playback.

The productivity upgrades are surely welcome. These is the first time, when mobile device was supplied with such speed, and if it’s able to make that happen without dampening battery life, then meet the innovation. The promised speed is impressive, but breeder promises can be vain. Have to admit that the Samsung’s 4G model and Motorola Droid Bionic had actually set up 8 hours talk time and 10.8 hours, accordingly; on practice, they lasted a less starry 7 hours in CNET’s laboratory tests.

While demonstrating the iPhone 4S, the handset functioned fluently and briskly. It wasn’t tested versus the iPhone 4 in a side-by-side matching to see exactly how big price advances the new A5 chip offers, but it was definitely changed for the better.

Siri Voice assistant

The appearance of new voice assistant, named Siri was a real event. It’s not completely a substitute of the Voice Control feature which is currently used, but it certainly has a of lot more functions. Originally, Siri is developed to deliver data or follow orders that were given to it. For example, there is an ability to check the weather, search for a demanded address, switch a reminder, get right directions and locations, and ask to find such trivia as the height of Everest. A robotic female voice speaks to a user and access the option by nipping the Home button.

After some checks, we made sure that it responds to most of the questions and commands distinctly, but it lowered the flag finding where Ottawa is situated (as Siri said, she “wasn’t equipped with enough information”). Still misunderstanding why that was such a hard question for her; Siri alludes to Wikipedia to check information, and Wikipedia has a rather full description of Ottawa.


The iPhone 4’s filled with 5-megapixel camera, it had already been great, but it’s still getting better. There is an 8-mgpix camera with zooming autofocus inside iPhone 4S, flash, and an illuminated CMOS sensor that throws 73 % brighter light than the previous one and of course delivers better performance in the night. A modulated IR filter increases color accuracy. As Apple claims the new camera elaborates 33 % faster than its predecessor.

The changes from the iPhone 4 are definitely noticeable. The details are sharper and most colors are brighter. The final withdrawal can be done after comparison under several conditions (sunny weather, using a flash, etc.).

Videos are now outfitted with new ability. They are shoot 1080p HD clips at 30 shots per sec with video consolidation.


New addition

Although just a piece of attention during the presentation, the addition of Sprint worth it. Over the past month, it was predictable that iPhone family waits for the expansion. What’s more, Sprint’s promise is to keep its wide information plans, at least for today. That alone is a pretty huge point in the favor over Verizon Wireless and AT&T. From the other side, we ought to see how the increase in users hungry for data will face Sprint’s network and how the strong Android’s regulation will be able to resist this strung competition.

Now the last Apple’s devices need a full comparison, but it’s still good to have a wider Choice.


The iPhone 4S is a double rated world phone, it means that it supports GSM and CDMA at the same time. It will allow Verizon and Sprint customers to exploit the iPhone during their traveling abroad. Yet good to determine whether the carriers will unbar the preloaded SIM card, for the users being able to change it for an international SIM card prepaid before, which they are going to apply at their destination. It is also doubtful if the CDMAs will provide contemporaneous voice and information over the CDMA network.

The biggest trouble of Sprint is the lack of 4G connection. And it has some logical reasons, undoubtedly. Battery life cycle remains a matter for high-speed devices and Apple must have made a decision that it couldn’t supply its most favorable customer with experience on a 4G handset (customer’s experience is very important for Apple).

Can the design be changed?

Telling the truth, the iPhone 4S’ design is nearly the same to the iPhone 4’s. Being a few grams heavier, the iPhone 4S stays absolutely same sized as its predecessor. The display is 3.5-inch almost identical, 960×640-pixel Retina with a glassy back and front sides. One redesigned thing is the antenna system. Hopefully this innovation is going to prevent Antennagate situation and even provide a better call quality.

Are you keen on buying it?

So, making the conclusion, of course iPhone 4S offers few attractive new options. Funny, but some electronic enthusiasts, who were watching the “iPhone 5” gossip will be very disappointed.  True those, the lack of such anticipated features as a revamped design and 4G are rather hard to swallow. But hoping that the “antennagate” problems that occupied the iPhone 4 won’t return, we can overcome absence of a new design. A larger display sounds more convenient, but a thinner phone is not really needed.