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iPhone 5 vs 4s: How do they compare?


A couple of weeks ago we saw  iphone fever hit with thousands camping outside Apple stores around the world to get their hands on the new iphone 5. The largest queue of apple fans was at the Regent street store in London, which saw over 1200 people camping up to 3 days to be the first proud owners of the iPhone 5. Mail online reported that “the anticipation surrounding its release had reached such levelts that many were even prepared to sell their place in the queue for up to 4 figure sums” [Mail Online 2012]. The phone has become an instant best-seller, with Apple reporting pre-orders around the world of two million in just 24 hours of its release.

So what is all the fuss about? Apple has coined the iphone 5 as the thinnest, lightest and fastest iphone they have ever produced. Apple states “never before has this degree of fit and finish been applied to a phone…the iPhone 5 is made with a level of precision you’d expect to find in a finely crafted watch, not a smartphone” [Apple 2012]. The 4 inch retina display is larger than the 4s, yet is 18% thinner and 20% lighter than it’s predecessor. It’s beautifully crafted appearance and spectacular 326 pixel retina display look has particularly impressed tech experts. One tech geek John Gruber commented that: “you don’t even have to turn it on to see how nice it is. Just hold it” [Daring Fireball 2012].

An aesthetically pleasing device is all very well and good, however is it really worth upgrading your old 4s for the new sleek looking iphone 5? Apple provide a great table of comparison between its last three models of iphone, outlining the physical and technical differences between them. However, your average joe is not going to know the difference between an A6 and A5 processing chip, and how they affect processing performance. Or what Wi-Fi  capabilities of 802.11a/b/g/n; 802.11n on 2.4GHz and 5GHz means? What people need is an explantion of performance differences in laymans terms so they can make an informed decision on whether to upgrade.

Michael Kukielka from DetriotBORG, a tech review channel gives a user-friendly, but comprehesive look at the benchmarks and performance of the iPhone 5 vs the iPhone 4S. I recommend anyone who is thinking of upgrading take a look at his video and do some research before they upgrade.

So it seems that the iphone 5 certainly does perform better in most respects and there is no denying it’s beautifully crafted appearance. But whether it is worth ditching my old iphone 4 and rushing out to buy the latest iphone…im not necessarily convinced.

References [click here]

‘I’ve got one! Jubilant Apple fans around the world finally get their hands on the iPhone 5 – so what IS all the fuss about?’ []

‘The iphone 5’ [Daring Fireball]

‘The iphone 5 is a miracle’ [Slate]


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