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Apple finally made the iPhone 5official yesterday and it has received different kinds of reactions over the net – a situation that’s very similar to the launch of the iPhone 4S last year. But the former Apple’s frontline smartphone has been sold like hotcakes in shelves and it emerged as the best phone of 2011. Now that its successor is about to embark the same journey, we couldn’t help but compare these two iPhone generations.

The iPhone 4S is still a really capable phone where it goes neck in neck in some features with the iPhone 5. As for the software, iOS 6 is not exclusive only for the iPhone 5. Both will get the updated Siri, Panorama Mode, Facebook integration and same numbers of native apps. However, the added real estate in the iPhone 5’s screen will give it a slight advantage in terms of user experience.

iPhone 5 weighs less with its slimmer form. Likewise, under the hood, the A6 chip claims to be two-times faster than the iPhone 4S’ A5 chip. Camera has improvised low-light snapping capability and ofcourse, the 4G chip of the new iPhone will result to faster internet access (only if your service provider permits). 

The upgrade from iPhone 3GS and 4 is a no-brainer. However, iPhone 4S users needs to consider whether they are willing to subscribe in a 4G data plan or if their service provider is capable of having 4G access. In other words, if you have no plans in having 4G connectivity, not impressed with the new taller/refreshed design and slightly faster processor and GPU; then iPhone 4S is more than enough. Check out comparison after the jump.

Specs
iPhone 5
iPhone 4S


Color
Black & Slate, White & Silver
Black, White





Weight &
Height: 4.87 inches (123.8 mm)
Height: 4.5 inches (115.2 mm)

Dimensions
Width: 2.31 inches (58.6 mm)
Width: 2.31 inches (58.6 mm)


Depth: 0.30 inch (7.6 mm)
Depth: 0.37 inch (9.3 mm)


Weight: 3.95 ounces (112 grams)
Weight: 4.9 ounces (140 grams)





Display
4-inch (diagonal) Retina display
3.5-inch (diagonal) Retina display


1136-by-640 resolution
960-by-640 resolution


326 ppi
326 ppi





Cellular &
GSM model: GSM/EDGE
GSM/EDGE

Wireless
UMTS/HSPA+
UMTS/HSPA


DC-HSDPA
-


CDMA model: CDMA EV-DO
CDMA EV-DO Rev. A2


LTE3



Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n; 802.11n on
-


2.4GHz and 5GHz)
Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n; 802.11n on


Bluetooth 4.0
2.4GHz)


GPS and GLONASS
Bluetooth 4.0



GPS and GLONASS





SIM Card
Nano-SIM
Micro-SIM





Intelligent
Siri
Siri

Assistant







iSight Camera
8 megapixel
8 megapixel






Autofocus
Autofocus


Tap to focus
Tap to focus


LED flash
LED flash


Backside illumination sensor
Backside illumination sensor


Five-element lens
Five-element lens


Face detection
Face detection


Hybrid IR filter
Hybrid IR filter


ƒ/2.4 aperture
ƒ/2.4 aperture


Panorama
Panorama





FaceTime
1.2MP photos
VGA-resolution photos

Camera
720p HD video
VGA-resolution video


Backside illumination sensor






Video
FaceTime
FaceTime

Calling




iPhone 5 to any FaceTime-enabled
iPhone 4S to any FaceTime-enabled


device over Wi-Fi or cellular
device over Wi-Fi or cellular





Video
1080p HD video recording
1080p HD video recording

Recording




30 fps
30 fps


Tap to focus while recording
Tap to focus while recording


LED light
LED light


Improved video stabilization
Video stabilization


Take still photos while recording video
-


Face detection
-





Headphones
Apple EarPods with
Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic


Remote and Mic







Storage and travel case






Connector
Lightning
30-pin





Battery Life
Talk time:
Talk time:


Up to 8 hours on 3G
Up to 8 hours on 3G






Browsing time:
Browsing time:


Up to 8 hours on LTE
-


Up to 8 hours on 3G
Up to 6 hours on 3G


Up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi
Up to 9 hours on Wi-Fi






Standby time:
Standby time:


Up to 225 hours
Up to 200 hours



[Via: Apple]
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