iOS 5 on iPhone 4: smooth?

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by Kelped, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. Kelped macrumors member

    Aug 24, 2010
    How smoothly is the current version of iOS 5 running on the iPhone 4? I'm still running iOS 4 on my iPhone, and I'm a bit out of the loop. I'm thinking of upgrading when the next update comes out. I have no interest in using iCloud.
  2. ideal.dreams macrumors 68020


    Jul 19, 2010
    My sister uses it on her iPhone 4 and she hasn't had any complaints so I assume it's going fine for her.

    iOS 5 is a lot more than just iCloud, by the way
  3. sharpycl macrumors 6502


    May 25, 2009
    Gaithersburg, MD
    iOS5 is very smooth on my iPhone 4. Runs just as well as it did with iOS4.
  4. churchrd macrumors member

    Oct 1, 2008
    It's smooth for me as well. Do it, you won't regret it.
  5. lelisa13p macrumors 68000


    Mar 6, 2009
    Atlanta, GA USA
    To the OP, I have no interest in iCloud either, beyond the (formerly MobileMe) function of Find My iPhone. I have had bad battery draining issues since upgrading my iPhone 4 and 1st Gen iPad to iOS 5 and then iOS 5.0.1. I continue to hope that the next incremental update will fix the battery drain for me.

    Opinion is fairly divided between those who have had battery issues and those who haven't been bothered by them. There are some who had the problem with the initial upgrade and were remedied with the second update. Some had no problem at first and then were hexed with the second update.

    It seems to be a crapshoot whether there'll be problems or not. You can't know ahead of time and that makes the decision harder. :(

    I hope the next update comes soon.
  6. idkmybffjon macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2011
    iOS 5 is like butter on my 4, iCloud works perfectly and i wouldn't go back to without for a million dollars. no battery issues either, if anything performance is better.
  7. thelookingglass macrumors 68000

    Apr 27, 2005
    This. Have had no complaints whatsoever.
  8. Furifo macrumors 6502

    Jun 1, 2010
    iOS5 on the iPhone 4 is nothing like what iOS4 was like on the iPhone 3G. iO5 runs buttery smooth on my iPhone 4.
  9. NJFP macrumors 6502

    Feb 18, 2009
    Butter smooth.
    Battery drains faster, but not as badly as some. No consistency with battery complaints, your mileage may vary.
    iCloud is slick, but needs tweaking.
    Too many new and cool features to leave it sitting on the shelf.
    Go get it!
  10. HellDiverUK macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2009
    Belfast, UK
    Smooth on my 3GS, so don't see why it wouldn't be on the 4.

    Only time it's a bit jittery is if it's been locked for a long time, it takes less than 3 seconds to settle down though. It's also a bit laggy for 15-20 seconds after a reboot.

    It can also chunk a little if I've got a heap of apps in the background and I load something like Angry Birds. If I close all the sleeping apps then it runs fine.
  11. Ryan1524 macrumors 68000


    Apr 9, 2003
    Canada GTA
    I think my iP4 is faster on iOS5. No battery issues here, either. :)
  12. yayitsezekiel macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2008
    Irvine, CA
    Yeah it runs better than ios4 on's great!
  13. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    It runs very well for me. I haven't noticed it being slower or laggier than iOS 4.
  14. bmcgrath macrumors 65816


    Oct 5, 2006
    London, United Kingdom
    Runs perfectly fine for me. iCloud works a charm and I haven't had any battery issues at all.
  15. Ashin macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2010
  16. Phat^Trance macrumors regular


    Aug 9, 2009
    It lags sometimes on my iPhone 4, but overall its smooth!
  17. shifty27 macrumors newbie


    Sep 21, 2010
    Exactly the same for me on my iPhone 4
  18. Pedro Julio, Nov 21, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2011

    Pedro Julio macrumors member

    Oct 24, 2011
    Sometimes NC, Sometimes PA
    Very smooth. No problems BUT:

    Be sure to thoroughly go through all of your settings menus. There are a TON of new menu items in iOS5, and many of them involve functions like geolocation, data sharing, and data backups. Battery and cellular data intensive stuff. You kind of have to do a cost/benefit analysis to figure out what is worth keeping.

    Personally I think iMessage, Photostream, and the camera control upgrades are the best part. So much better.

    EDIT: And notifications! Oh my much better.
  19. gentlefury macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    I had an iPhone 4 and upgraded to 4S (for a $50 profit!) and it ran great on the 4.
  20. rodrigomarrafao macrumors member

    Aug 15, 2009
    In fact it runs smoother than IOS 4, but has some bugs. Notable in exchange calendars and in location services (at least here in Brazil).
  21. MTracy96 macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2011
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A405 Safari/7534.48.3)

    It runs very smoth on my iPhone 4, definitely upgrade. It's very nice not having use the computer for any syncing anymore. And there is no performance difference at all from ios 4.
  22. Kyotoma macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2010
    Carnegie and Ontario
    Smooth as Silk on my iPhone 4. Battery is great too, although I have a nightly routine of charging paired with disabling/enabling features and functions as I use them. Get almost 2 full days out of it that way. Great for weekends where I'm usually not by a charger.
  23. Mliii macrumors 65816


    Jan 28, 2006
    Southern California
  24. AIP5 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 2, 2011
    Absolutely smooth. And I was running it on 3GS. It had the occasional hiccups, but it's really forgivable. Also, iMessage used to freeze up my 3GS for half of a second or so.
  25. heyloo macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2006
    iOS5 runs great on iPhone 4. It actually was a pretty decent upgrade for me in terms of speed and overall usage. :)

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