iPhone 5 vs 4S: If You Don’t Need These Features, No Need To Upgrade

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One of the biggest questions going around at the moment is whether the new iPhone 5 would be worth upgrading to if you currently own the iPhone 4S. Perhaps it will be easier to make the choice after today has passed and the iPhone 5 has been revealed. However if you can’t wait, let’s take one last look at all the hype and rumors behind the iPhone 5 and how they stand up against the iPhone 4S.

iPhone 5 vs 4S: should you upgrade?

Analysts have said that the iPhone 5 could sell around 10 million units within the last week of September and that when the end of 2013 comes around Apple could have sold more than 200 million units of the iPhone 5. Just so you know how huge this is, the Samsung Galaxy S3 has reportedly sold around 20 million units so far, with a projection of 30 million by the end of the year. However, is it worth upgrading if you already have the 4S?

The iPhone 4S has a 3.5 inch display with 960 x 640 pixel resolution. The iPhone 5 on the other hands is thought to be launching with a display of 4 inches and it will still be the Retina screen with 1136 x 640 pixels. The aspect ratio of the display may have changed to 16:9. It is also thought that the iPhone 5 will have new in-cell technology and this should make it the lightest and thinnest iPhone on the market.

The iPhone 4S is 9.3mm thick while it is thought that the new iPhone 5 may be just 8mm. The 4S comes in at 115.2mm x 58.6mm x 9.3 mm while the dimensions of the new iPhone 5 may be around 123.83mm x 58.57mm x 7.6 mm. The 4S will be the heavier at 140g and the iPhone 5 speculated to be around 137g.

The new iPhone 5 should come with a faster processor perhaps in the form of the A6 while the iPhone 4S has the dual core A5 at 800MHz. the latest handset should also have the latest OS, iOS6. The 4S runs on iOS 5 but will be upgraded to iOS 6 when it is released eventually.

It is thought that the iPhone 5 will be available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions but it may come with 1GB of RAM instead of the 512MB of the 4S. The new device may support NFC but this has been open for debate and only after tonight will we know. The same applies to the 4G LTE radio support.

The 4S has an 8 megapixel camera and it is thought that the iPhone 5 will have the same too. However there have been rumors that it will have a 1.3 megapixel front camera and the camera of the new device may be 3D and have AirShare.

The battery should be increased on the iPhone 5 at around 1440mAh while the 4S has a battery of 1430mAh. There are also rumors of changes to the dock connector and the phone may have a Nano SIM instead of the MicroSIM.

For now everyone is on needles and pins counting down the hours until Apple finally reveal their latest iPhone 5. If it lives up to all these rumors then it looks like a decent upgrade. Who wouldn’t want a bigger display, improved battery life and faster LTE data speeds?

Mike is the man who reviews gadgets that aren’t mainstream or products that can’t exactly be classified as consumer electronics e.g. portable talking toilets. It’s always interesting to read about the crazy products we have here in Asia that just don’t get as much publicity as they warrant.