If your mind is set on getting an iPhone, then it is important to understand the similarities and differences between the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 4S. After all, the price differential between the 2 models is quite large. The best iPhone deals are probably on the iPhone 4S. However, if you are looking for the glamour and image of the latest iPhone 5, then it is important to understand whether it is really worth it. Below, we will look at some of the main differences between the 2 models and come to a conclusion as to which offers the best value for your money.
The new appearance
Although the iPhone 5 looks very similar to the iPhone 4S, there are some notable differences. The iPhone 5 has black and slate, and a white and silver looks rather than the pure black and white. The glass on the back of your iPhone 4S is replaced by aluminium which looks really good. Both phones are premium and lovely to hold. The iPhone 5 is a little bit bigger to accommodate the 4 inch screen as opposed to the 3.5 inches on the iPhone 4S. The 5 is also remarkably skinny and light weighing in just over 110 grams compared to 140 grams with the iPhone 4S.
As you have seen the iPhone 5 has a 4 inch screen instead of a 3.5 inch. The resolution is 1136 X 3640 as opposed to 960 X 640. With the naked eye, it will be difficult to see the difference between the resolutions. Both screens are crisp and offer the superb retina display technology that you find on iPhones these days.
The iPhone 5 is faster
The claims of Apple are that the iPhone 5 is twice as fast as the iPhone 4S. The A6 chip instead of theA5 chip certainly makes it more powerful. But again, in reality the difference in performance is negligible when you get the phone out and start playing around on it.
A better front camera
The iPhone 5 has exactly the same camera on the back of the phone with a few slight improvements in performance for low light conditions. The front camera is much better though, offering 720p HD video. This is great if you are video conferencing or using the phone to have a face chat with people around the country or around the world.
Video calling with face time
With the iPhone 4S, you had to jump onto a Wi-Fi hotspot or Wi-Fi connection in order to use face time. With the iPhone 5 though you can use your mobile internet connection to do this same task. This means that you can talk face to face with anyone on an iPhone 4, 4S or 5 while you are on the go through mobile broadband.
New means for charging and docking
The new dimensions of the iPhone 5 mean that the lightning collector has replaced the 30 pin connector on the former device. Unfortunately, the devices with 30 pin connectors are now redundant, but then, Apple had to fit their docking port in somehow.
The best iPhone deals
For me, the best iPhone deals are available on the iPhone 4S. The phones are so comparable, but the prices are so different. You can now get iPhone 4S on a contract for free from around £22 a month. Compare that to having to fork out £50 for an iPhone 5 without any upfront, and you will notice the difference. Of course, if the price is less important than the image, the iPhone 5 has some deals with a variety of data, text, and talk allowances that may suit you.
It’s vitality important that you check the coverage of the provider that you are going to opt for. There are online services where you can plug in the post code and find out whether you will get 2G, 3G or 4G in your area. You may also like to check the coverage at your workplace or anywhere else that you spend time. There is nothing more frustrating than committing yourself to a 24-month contract and then finding that you cannot get the service that you are paying for.
Asses your usage
Make sure you asses your usage or expected usage in order to get the right plan. If you spend a lot of time talking on the phone, then you’ll need more minutes. If you spend a lot of time on the internet streaming, you need as much data as you can get. Getting the right package for your situation will ensure that you don’t end up forking out extra additional cost each month in your bill because of overuse of one aspect or another of your contract.
Watch out for the best iPhone deals
From time to time, operators and stores offer incentives. That really can be attractive. For instance, there are deals on the iPhone 4S that come with 4, 6 or even 7 months free. This can be really attractive if you don’t want to start paying for a while. Additionally, you can get free gifts, cash back, and other incentives to sweeten the deal. As new models are released, older models often drop down in price. When the iPhone 6 or 5S, whichever the case may be, arrives on the market, the 4S will drop in price even further.
Watch for 4G
Of course, you have to bear in mind that 4G is rolling its way around the country. 3G is around the tenth of the speed of 4G, and so, you will want a phone that will be 4G enabled. Don’t get stuck in a contract that has limited 3G capacity especially if you enjoy streaming, gaming, and more intensive internet activities.