Apple has two amazing handsets – the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 5. The 5 is the newest flagship, but has its upsides and downsides, as does the 4S. Which one is for you?
The iPhone 5 has the most up-to-date, faster hardware, a larger display and LTE, but it still has the same software, powerful camera and industrial looks as the iPhone 4S.
The iPhone 5’s design has been tweaked a bit, but unfortunately, the aluminium back scratches up like you wouldn’t believe – almost as soon as you take it out of the box. The iPhone 4S, treated with reasonable care, looks as good as new by the end of a two-year contract.
Of course the iPhone 5 looks sleek and classy, and it’s also the lightest phone in the world. It can feel a bit flimsy, though, with some reports of the phone bending in back pockets when people have sat down. It also feels a bit odd as it’s longer than the iPhone 4S, which makes trousering it a bit awkward.
This length is to accommodate the larger screen – that extra half-inch makes a lot of difference. OK, it’s not exactly the same size as the Android boys, but the extra size is one of the few reasons you might want to upgrade to the iPhone 5 from the 4S.
The iPhone 5 has stronger hardware and LTE. Games play well enough on the iPhone 4S, though, and you way well live somewhere where LTE isn’t available. You also need to think about your existing apps and whether they’ve been optimised for the larger screen yet.
If you’re in no rush, you could wait for the iPhone 6. If you’re new to iPhones, you could do a lot worse than opt for the iPhone 4S, as it’s available at some real knock-down prices now. The software is the same, as are the cameras. If you’re only after a big screen, then Android is the obvious way to go.
If you go through Walmart, you can get an iPhone 4S, on a two-year tie-in, for $47 a month. This is one of the reasons this phone is still selling up a treat – it’s in second place behind the Samsung Galaxy S3 even after the iPhone 5 came out.