iPhone 5 much better than iPhone 4S?

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  1. user123, Aug 9, 2013
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    macrumors newbie

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    Hello

    I will be buying an unlocked Iphone for use here in USA and also overseas (GSM). My question is, is the Iphone 5 worth 100 bucks more than the 4S ?

    I can afford it, but only if it is justified. My usage is phone/text/internet browsing (little to no video, youtube, etc, little to none), and still photo taking.

    I will use wi-fi only for internet, not a data plan.

    I will get an Ottobox case for it also.

    Thank you
     
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    Since you won't need LTE, i would say go with the 4S.
     
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    Zmanbaseball2

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    I say go for the iPhone 5. Is faster with the A6 processor. It will get more future iOS's. It is also going to have less problems than the 4S IMO. More things go wrong on the 4S. it also has the 4" screen as we all know. Go with the iPhone 5, you won't regret it.
     
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    stormchaser

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    Second that the 5 is a much nicer phone.
     
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    MattMJB0188

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    Go with the 4S, the 5 feels very cheap compared to the 4/4s. The 5 also is has many more problems with its build quality.


    Dust in the camera lens
    Failing power buttons
    Home buttons not working
    iphone 5's bending

    the list goes on and on...

    Go with the 4S. It's still a very capable phone if you don't need LTE.
     
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    Zmanbaseball2

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    I have never had any of those problems in 9 months.
     
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    stormchaser

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    I think they all have been reported for suffering from this.
     
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    LTE alone is worth it
     
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    eyoungren

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    Not my iPhone 5. I've got a fine, solid-feeling, 2001-black monolith looking iPhone that's working just fine and has no issues!
     
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    When I first got the 5 I was unimpressed; I didn't like the screen size (the visibility was not really different than the 4S). I got it primarily for LTE, which is absolutely worth any change. Even if you're not going to use it, the 5 is worth the upgrade. Only reason not to would be if you have tons of devices that are made for 30 pin connectors. Also, I would expect a nice price drop for the 5 when the 5S is released. The difference may be less than you think.
     
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    12vElectronics

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    I agree that the 5 has been more problematic than other iPhones.
     
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    Troneas

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    save your $100 for some quality headphones or what not.


    the 4S won't let you down.


    as others have mentionned, LTE is the most noticeable difference between the two. if its not a must, skip it.


    as for the processor speed, the 4S handles itself very well. ive played games like infinity blade 2 and others without a any lag whatsoever; and it seems to me that you are not the gaming type so thats yet another reason to dismiss the processing power of the iP5.
     
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    cambookpro

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    With the hundreds (thousands?!) of dollars you'll give to carriers in the States over two years (typical lifespan of phone, even unlocked), I'd say that it's a no-brainer to pay 100$ for a faster, lighter, better phone. They've improved literally every feature over the 4S, and I would say that for the money you'd be paying for unlocked, I wouldn't want a three-and-a-bit year old design.

    My 2c.
     
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    Technarchy

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    I wouldn't trade my iPhone 5 for 4S.

    Pretty big downgrade.
     
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    MattMJB0188

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    I did. Once I went back to the 4S it kinda felt like an upgrade. Reminded me how much I missed that solid feeling the 4s gave. Also prefer the glass back.
     
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    Zmanbaseball2

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    Broken picture in tapatalk
     
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    Technarchy

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    I agree, the 4S feels nicer. The weight and glass feels really good, but in everything else, it lags the 5.
     
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    lordofthereef

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    I don;t find the 4S inferior at all. For a while we were using them side by side, and really didn't see much of a difference. Since, my mother got the 4s and I upgraded to the 5. In day to day activities I really don't think it makes a difference at all. Now, talking iOS7, which is just around the corner, I couldn't say. I've only used iOS7 on an iPhone 5.
     
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    iPhone 4S is really nice. Functionally, these phones work quite similarly. I've been using my launch-day iPhone 4S and don't feel a need to change to the iPhone 5 at all. The apps all run smoothly and there is no notice of lag. The build quality is also fantastic with the steel band and glass back.

    The only real difference I notice from handling my family's iPhone 5 versus my iPhone 4S is the taller display which allows for more viewing in portrait orientation (which is nice), and the LTE speeds. The taller screen is great for texting (one of your needs). LTE, however, would be pointless for you.

    I wouldn't say either is superior or inferior as they are both functionally the same. Even the camera is pretty much the same. You only get different build material and a taller screen. Of course, you also get the lightning connector, so if your house is full of 30-pins, I'd get the iPhone 4S no questions asked. It makes charging very simple. If you already have a few lightning connectors around, I'd consider getting the 5 simply because it's easier to charge. Maybe I'm too lazy...
     
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    i dont think iphone 5 is much better than iPhone 4? If yes,do they say more details between them. hope can get your good answer:confused:
     
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    I say the 5 as well. The display is definitely better if you text or read a lot in portrait. Also, I didn't think my 4S was slow till I got my 5; it was noticeably faster in every task. The 5 will also keep more apps in memory and ready to use because it has double the RAM. With the 5S around the corner there is no way I'd buy a phone that'll be 2 generations old soon.
     
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    It sounds like the question you need to ask yourself is how much do you want a bigger screen and faster processor. That's pretty much the difference between the two in your case. I would ALWAYS recommend buying a newer phone unless there is some huge sale going on. My dad essentially upgraded from an iPhone 4 to a 5 recently for free with some trade-in deals at Target. He's your average baby boomer, so it's not like he is going to need an A7 or whatever in the next iPhone. But he has mentioned wanting Siri, and this upgrade moves him from 3G to 4G.
     
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    For (guaranteed): Thinner, lighter, LTE, improved camera optics, faster processor, more ram, bigger screen with improved contrast ratios

    Against (possibly): Scuffing, bending frame, dusty camera lens, purple haze

    I wasn't planning on upgrading my 4s but when my 4s developed a hardware issue, knowing that it would take Vodacom (South Africa carriers are notoriously pathetic in the service department) months to resolve I bought an iPhone 5. I am enjoying this phone a lot more than I anticipated I would.

    It is jailbroken and I have lots installed on it. That extra baggage put strain on my 4s but not so on the 5...
     
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    srsub3

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    design is better in ip4s, however ip5 has better specs and LTE... saying this, I would buy ip5 'cause it is a generation over 4s
     
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    R.Stoychev

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    I don't have any problems with my 5, the 4s is nice phone too, LTE is the most noticeable difference between the two, If its not a must, get the 4s. :)
     

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