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Difference between iPhone 4 & iPhone 4S

iPhone 4 vs iPhone 4S

The iPhone 4 and 4s are two of the dominating models of iPhone before the release of the iPhone 5. They might appear to be very similar to the untrained eyes, but are practically a lot different in many features. Let’s check out the basic differences among the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.

Although both the phones are quite similar from the exterior, the iPhone 4S features an access panel on the right side of the body for Micro SIM card. On the iPhone 4S, the camera is 8 megapixel and shoots video at 1080p at 30 FPS, where the iPhone 4 has a 5 megapixel camera and shoots video at 720p at 30 FPS. The iPhone 4S also has a faster camera that can take snaps in seconds.

The iPhone 4 models feature an audio playback of 40 hours, video playback of 10 hours and 3G internet of 6 hours. In the iPhone 4S, the 3G talk-time has been increased to 8 hours and the Wi-Fi internet has gone down to 9 hours from 10 hours. The standby time has also reduced to 200 hours from the 300 hours on iPhone 4. Due to the improved graphics, the iPhone 4S consumes more battery power compared to the iPhone 4.

The iPhone 4S is a dual-antenna phone supporting both GSM and CDMA networks of varying frequencies. It supports a faster Bluetooth and HSDPA up to a maximum limit of 14.4 megabytes per second, whereas the iPhone 4 supports and older USB 2.1+ and the maximum speed of the HSDPA transfer is 7.2 megabytes per second. The iPhone 4S is a lot more powerful with an A5 processor compared to the slower A4 processor on iPhone 4. The processor speed is twice faster in iPhone 4S than the iPhone 4 and the graphic performance is seven times better than the previous model.

The iPhone 4 fully supports iOS 5, but partially supports iOS 6 and iOS 7. On the other hand, the iPhone 4S fully supports iOS 5 and iOS 6, but partially supports iOS 7. The iPhone 4S comes with SIRI – the Apple’s intelligent virtual assistant and also supports the Panorama mode in the camera app, which are not available on iPhone 4.


Key Differences between iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S:

  • The iPhone 4S has a Micro SIM access panel on the right side, but the iPhone 4 (CDMA) does not.

  • The iPhone 4S has a faster camera with higher megapixel (8 vs. 5) and video shooting can be done at a higher resolution (1080p vs. 720p).

  • The iPhone 4S features a higher 3G talk-time (8 hours from 7 hours), but lower Wi-Fi internet time (9 hours from 10 hours) and standby period (200 hours to 300 hours).

  • The iPhone 4S has a better graphics than iPhone 4 and so consumes a higher battery power.

  • The iPhone 4S has a faster USB support (USB 4.0) and a higher HSDPA transfer speed.

  • The iPhone 4S has a faster processor (A5) and a very high performing graphics unit compared to the iPhone 4.

  • The iPhone 4S features the digital assistant SIRI and supports Panorama mode in Camera, which the iPhone 4 lacks.

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