iPhone 4 vs. 4S?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Faux Carnival, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. Faux Carnival macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2010
    Hello, shouldn't the speed difference between these models be huge? As far as I've seen on videos, 4 loads websites and applications only seconds slower.
  2. macingman macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2011
    Afew seconds is quite an increase.
  3. vitzr macrumors 68030


    Jul 28, 2011
    It all depends on what you are doing. The 4S is indeed faster overall. Considering the upgrade price is the same, it's a good deal.
  4. DroidRules macrumors 65816

    Aug 10, 2010
  5. Faux Carnival thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2010
    I was just wondering if this is really the case.
  6. shoppy macrumors 6502a

    Mar 4, 2007
    In my case I sold my iPhone 4 for £440 and my wires for £380. My iPhone 4s cost me £240 from voda with no contact extension. I sold that for £700. I then brought a 64gb for £600 and a 32gb for £500 out right from a business friend who had upgrades these voda unlocked them for free for my wife and me.

    In the end the bottom line is my wife and I both have 4s and I am a £180 better off. Is the phone better in somes ways yes and others I don't really notice. Took 2days of messing out but no contact extension. I will most likely do the same when the next iPhone comes out as that is what I am really waiting for.

    The phones are snappier but then at other times really slow I think this is due to some apps not being fully iOS 5 compliant yet.
  7. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    a few seconds is a good deal here

    it also opens up games faster
  8. Oreon macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2011
    I went from a white 4 to a black 4s and very impressed!
  9. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    It's fascinating to me how the conditioning process restructures our expectations and demands.

    Part of the infant developmental process is learning to defer gratification. Babies demand instant gratification and learn, over time, that their needs cannot always be gratified instantly. We then are able to tolerate the frustration of not receiving gratification instantly.

    I got my first computer about 11/2 years ago. As time goes along, I find myself growing impatient if something takes even a few seconds to load. It's an amazing, and to me, disturbing phenomenon. I realize speed is one of the characteristics of advanced electronics, and processes that used to take minutes (and longer) are now completed in seconds. (When I did my dissertation, all that was available at the time were huge IBM's using punch cards which took hours to do statistical calculations now done in seconds). These advances are wonderful, and to a techno-boob like me, miraculous.

    That being said, the difference between a page loading in 3 seconds rather than 7 seconds has become a source of discomfort for many. I try to force myself to accept this minuscule frustration - life is too short (in my case, much too short!:p) to create a stress response over a few seconds.

    Perhaps this marks me as a troglodyte... just a thought from an old fart adapting to a new world.:D
  10. itsmemuffins macrumors 68030


    Jun 23, 2010
    You really notice the difference if you can compare both at the same time editing a photo.

    The 4S is almost instant.
  11. Mr.C macrumors 601

    Apr 3, 2011
    London, UK.
    Don't really know what you were expecting. The performance difference is certainly significant but it's by no means huge. I suspect it's going to be a lot more noticeable going from one of the previous iPhone models to the 4S.
  12. pdqgp macrumors 68020


    Mar 23, 2010
    I can confirm that from a 3Gs the difference is bigger than I thought or remember when running them side by side in the store.

    In the real world using the web browser and camera, it's extremely noticeable.

    My wife took my Gs and my son her 3G. I'm almost can't tolerate the plain 3G. It's painful beyond belief.
  13. TheWalrus macrumors newbie

    Aug 13, 2009
    I had a 3G and was just out of contract so I was due an upgrade. The 4s us great and works a treat (Siri? Jury's out!) but going from a 3G what would you expect?

    That said I agree with Shrink and the worlds insistence on "everything now" is tiresome. I still recall my car phone with some fond memories...
  14. forcetactic macrumors 6502

    Jul 30, 2010
    Slightly faster, not a must have or huge difference. i4 is already fast in what it does.
  15. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    So basically what's the point of buying a Corvette when a Toyota Prius can also get you from point A to point B, albeit a little bit slower? Is that the point?

  16. labman macrumors 604


    Jun 9, 2009
    Mich near Detroit
    Black ones are almost always faster then white ones. It's Genetics! The bigger antenna thing however is a Myth.
  17. szolr macrumors 6502

    Jul 27, 2011
    London, UK
    Only a few seconds?!? Were you expecting a few minutes or something? :rolleyes:

    ^ Said.
  18. JCCL macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2010
    Dudes don't fool yourselves. For standard tasks, the differences between the 4 and 4S is really minimal. The 4 is already very fast that most people wouldn't notice. Nowhere like the difference there was between a 3G and a 3GS. However, for high end games like infinity blade, the difference is huge. The 4s is really how that game is meant to be played
  19. dontwalkhand macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    You may not notice the difference right now, but when iOS 6 comes out, you definitely will notice the difference. Look at the difference between the 3G and 3GS right now, the 3GS is still a nice solid phone for most of the population, but the 3G, 90% of people I know who have one today, want to throw it into the wall.
  20. blankyash macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2011
    battery issue

    Apple bugs continue haha!!
    tech dweller reports.. just 3 hours omg!!
  21. stix666 macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2005
    VNC always crashed on iPhone 4. Works well with 4s
  22. ShionoyaTamaki macrumors 6502

    Oct 9, 2011
    it all depends on what you are measuring and benchmarking for comparison. In your case you are using website/app load times. Lets say your app loads in 1second on iphone4, and it loads 0.5seconds on iphone4S. Twice as fast!!! but will you even notice it? Probably not. Also remember that app/website load time is dependent on other factors not related to the phone such as carrier network access time that can fluctuate at any given time.

    now if you are comparing some thing like photo/video editing speed where it is more taxing on the hardware you will most definitely notice it there. If something takes 2minutes normally but cut down to 1minute. The iphone4S has dual core CPU as oppose to the iphone4, it is faster. However, you will notice it more with 3d games and such. The iPhone 4S is 5-6x faster.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4951/...rks-800mhz-a5-slightly-slower-gpu-than-ipad-2 if you want to see more types of benchmarks.
  23. WeegieMac Guest


    Jan 29, 2008
    Glasgow, UK
    Infinity Blade is definitely worse on iOS 5 than it was on any iteration of iOS 4 when running on an iPhone 4. It's definitely a software issue in how Infinity Blade runs now on iPhone 4, which is a bit disappointing.
  24. Arnezie macrumors 65816


    Oct 10, 2011
    Couldn't have said it better than this :D

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