My upgrade was due since the start of the month and I had been saving it for the iPhone 5. However due to the huge demand for the latest Apple phone I didn’t manage to get my hands on one. Well today I walked into Sprint and took the plunge – I signed up for an iPhone 4S.
iPhone 5 vs 4S: why I ended up with the 4S
So what made me settle for the iPhone 4S? The iPhone 5 does have a ton of new features and to be honest I won’t miss any of them with the 4S apart from the slightly bigger display. Sure the iPhone 5 has 4G but Sprint’s LTE coverage is dismal.
The iPhone 5 has a new aluminum unibody which while still sharing the same design language as the iPhone 4S, looks more sleek and sexy. However as numerous reports have shown us, aluminum is no match for Corning glass and those svelte black iPhone 5 units are as easy to scuff as the iPods from yester-years. And no, this isn’t a defect. Apple has stated that this is normal.
Moving on to hardware, the iPhone 5 has more power under the hood and a better 8MP camera. Given that the iPhone 4S already has an excellent camera, you would be hardpressed to see the difference in picture quality between it and the iPhone 5. As for the more powerful hardware, it runs iOS 6 slightly faster than the 4S can, the key word here is “slightly” as thanks to the way Apple vertically integrates its software and hardware, the 4S is no slowpoke.
Speaking of iOS 6 which actually controls the functions of both the iPhone 5 and 4S, there are simply no difference. I was a bit perplexed to see that iOS 6 doesn’t have any features that are exclusive to the iPhone 5. The iPhone 4S wasn’t a huge leap in terms of upgrade, but with iOS 5 it did have some features just to itself, like Siri.
I don’t expect to regret my decision of skipping the iPhone 5 for a 4S. If Apple sticks with its usual “tick-tock” cycle then next September would bring about an “iPhone 5S” where Apple would fix any defects the current iPhone 5 has and throw in a little something something. I should only be ready to make a jump with the iPhone 6, unless something else catches my eye.