iPhone 4 vs iPhone 4S: The major difference!

Published on October 5th, 2011

iPhone 4 vs iPhone 4S Specifications: What’s new?

Last October 4, 2011, during the Apple’s event, Apple’s latest smartphone was officially announced and introduced – the iPhone 4S. Although most of us were expecting that the iPhone 5 would be unveiled. Basically the iPhone 4S looks the same as its predecessor, iPhone 4. So what has changed? What’s new in iPhone 4S?

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iphone 4 vs iphone 4s specifications
Below is a table comparing the iPhone 4 and the latest iPhone 4S and their specifications.

iPhone 4 vs iPhone 4S

Specifications:iPhone 4iPhone 4S
Dimensions4.5 x 2.3 x 0.37 inch and weighs 4.8 ounces4.5 x 2.3 x 0.37 inch and weighs 4.9 ounces
Processor and Memory1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 with 512MB RAMDual-core 1GHz A5 processor with dual-core graphics and 512MB RAM
Display3.5 inch, 3:2 LCD 960 x 640 pixels at 326 PPI Retina Display3.5 inch, 3:2 LCD 960 x 640 pixels at 326 PPI Retina Display
CameraRear: 5.0 megapixels @ 30fps 720p HD Video, Flash f2.8 lens; Front: 0.3 megapixels (VGA) @ 30fps 480p VGA videoRear: 8.0 megapixels @ 30fps 1080p HD Video with f2.4 lens; Front: 0.3 MP (VGA) @ 30fps 480p VGA Video
NetworkQuad band UMTS 3G and 2G GSM/EDGE HSUPA 5.8Mbps, HSDPA 7.2 Mbps / CDMA EvDo Rev A (for Verizon model)Quad band UMTS 3G and 2G AND CDMA EvDo Rev A HSUPA 5.8Mbps, HSDPA 14.4 Mbps
ConnectivityBluetooth 2.1; Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n)Bluetooth 4.0; Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n)
Capacity8GB (New Model), 16GB, 32GB16GB, 32GB, 64GB
Sensors and hardware6 axis accelerometer and gyroscope for motion controls, digital compass, cellular assited GPS, dual mic with noise suppression, ambient light and proximity sensorsAdaptive switching antenna, Hybrid ID camera filter, fast 1.1 sex camera startup with video image stabilization, temporal noise reduction. 720p AirPlay Mirroring, 1080p HDMI/VGA video output
Battery life7 hrs of talk time on 3G; 12.5 days of standby time; 40 hours audio playback; 10 hours video playback; 6 hours (3G)/10 hours (Wi-Fi) Internet use8 hrs of talk time over 3G, 14 hours over 2G, 40 hours audio playback, 10 hours video playback, 6 hours (3G)/9 hours (Wi-Fi)
Pricing$99 for 8GB, $199.99 for 16GB, $299.99 for 32GB$199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, $399 for 32GB
ColorsBlack, whiteBlack, white

As you can see in the table above, the specifications in bold letters are the changes and or additions to the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 4S looks similarly like the iPhone 4 but under the hood, it is built with new great features.

Major changes done in iPhone 4S are the following:
1. Dual Core A5 processor

2. Rear 8 megapixel that can capture and record 1080p HD videos and photos

3. Improved rear camera quality and speed capture.

4. Iphone 4S is a “World Phone”, it now supports both the quad band UMTS 3G/2G and CDMA EvDo Rev A.

5. Has 14.4Mbps of HSDPA, twice as fast of download speed compared to iPhone 4

6. Bluetooth 4.0 and other improved hardware.

7. With the iPhone 4, user can now mirror on an external LCD screen what the user is seeing on the phone screen via Apple TV. Although this feature is not new. LG Optimus 2X has this one and probably other smartphones as well.

8. iPhone 4S features the new Siri technology and can control different functions through voice control

9. iPhone 4S has improved antenna (dual) for better call quality and download/upload speeds.

10. Most probably there are improvements in its applications since iPhone 4S runs in iOS 5 already with over 200 new features compared to its predecessors.

More or less, you could say that Apple has made some major changes from the iPhone 4 to iPhone 4S. But despite of the unveiling of iPhone 4S, many people were actually disappointed, including me. We were actually waiting for something far better than the iPhone 4S. We were expecting iPhone 5, with new sexy look and great NEW features, just like when Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone up to iPhone 4.

But looking at the bright side, if iPhone 4S have these kind of specifications, how much more would an iPhone 5 have. Right? iPhone 5 still remains a mystery. iPhone 4S release date is scheduled to be on October 14 in USA. iPhone 4S pricing are indicated in the table above.

I hope this mini iPhone 4 vs iPhone 4S helped you in making a better decision whether you should push through in upgrading to iPhone 4S or buy another competing smartphone that offers better specifications and features.

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