Apple iPhone 4s 

Released October, 2011
  • iOS 9
  • 3.5G
  • 3.5"
  • Dual core 0.8 GHz
Messaging: We’ve gone through the new things found with iMessage with our review of iOS 5, but in terms of the overall messaging experience with the iPhone 4S, it’s tastefully excellent in more ways than one thanks to its awesome on-screen keyboard.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2011)
But the honest truth is few can match the Retina for its crisp graphics, vibrant colors, deep blacks and remarkable sunlight legibility and viewing angles.
by GSM Arena (Oct, 2011)
6 Out of 10

PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of the Apple iPhone 4s

Performance

Processing power and speed

iPhone 4s
5.9
iPhone 5
7.4
Galaxy S4
8.0
Passmark, Geekbench and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

iPhone 4s
5.8
iPhone 5
7.1
Galaxy S4
8.7
GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

iPhone 4s
5.1
iPhone 5
5.1
Galaxy S4
n.d.
Talk time (3G) and Standby time

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

iPhone 4s
8.5
iPhone 5
8.6
Galaxy S4
8.7
Reviews from phonearena.com, gsmarena.com, techradar.com and mobiletechreview.com

6

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

iPhone 4s
6.0
iPhone 5
6.8
Galaxy S4
8.4

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Apple iPhone 4s

geekbench Processor and memory performance

iPhone 4s
214
iPhone 5s
2,523
Nexus 5
2,453

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

iPhone 4s
1,482
iPhone 5s
4,906
iPhone 5
3,469

SunSpider 0.9.1 Web browser and javascript performance

iPhone 4s
2,250 ms
Galaxy S4
804 ms
Nexus 5
827 ms

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

iPhone 4s
2.7 fps
iPhone 5s
24.7 fps
Galaxy S4
17.2 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

iPhone 4s
12 fps
Nexus 5
57 fps
iPhone 5s
53 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 battery Battery life for 3D graphics apps

iPhone 4s
159 min
iPhone 5
126 min
Galaxy S4
n.d.

Reviews Word on the street for the Apple iPhone 4s


10.0
It’s not AMOLED, but its 326 ppi pixel density and 800:1 contrast ratio are gorgeous and easily viewable both indoors and out.

8.5
Showing off its worth, videos are brilliant to watch thanks to their sharp details, gradual exposure, consistent capture of 29 frames per second, natural looking colors, and crystal clear audio recording.

Overall

8.5 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Carrier

There won't be differences in hardware or software, but you should still keep in mind that call quality, data and battery performance will vary, depending on the carrier.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2011)
Of course, we dig the quick page loads when connected to a Wi-Fi network – though, Sprint’s connection is clearly lagging with its speeds.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2011)
On the other hand, with AT&T’s version of the iPhone 4S, its HSPA speeds are able to theoretically get 14.4 Mbit/s on the down and 5.76 Mbit/s on the uplink.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2011)

Apps

Music syncing is probably the trickiest part of the iCloud sync.
by GSM Arena (Oct, 2011)
The iMessage conversations are color-coded to differ from the standard SMS/MMS - their bubbles are blue instead of green.
by GSM Arena (Oct, 2011)
Siri is also a source of entertainment, much like the world's first computer shrink Eliza- try asking Siri "what's the meaning of life" to see what I mean.
by MobileTechReview (Oct, 2011)

Screen

Of course Super AMOLED’s and ClearBlack’s had a thing or two to say, but the LED-backlit IPS Retina screen had the highest resolution at 960 x 640 and eye-popping pixel density.
by GSM Arena (Oct, 2011)
The things to expect of all this tech are better colors, better noise performance, more sharpness and more precise white balance.
by GSM Arena (Oct, 2011)
The chart also provides a visual representation of a display's color accuracy.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2011)

Voice commands

In all honesty, Siri is astoundingly efficient in monitoring and organizing all of our daily tasks – and to think more about it, they’re accomplished simply by our voice.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2011)
And on top of it all, Apple try to take voice recognition to a new level with Siri.
by GSM Arena (Oct, 2011)
Well, we are sure Apple is adding more helpful answers too, but we are sure most of the users are currently using Siri mostly for fun.
by GSM Arena (Oct, 2011)

Camera

Much like its predecessor, we’re extremely fond of the quality exhibited by the handset’s upgraded 8-megapixel auto-focus camera, which features backside illumination and a larger f2.4 aperture.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2011)
Whereas most cell phone cameras are the camera you use in a pinch since it is likely the only one available, the camera on the 4S is good enough that novice to mid-range photographers may actually want to make it their primary camera.
by MobileTechReview (Oct, 2011)
Turning it over, the other major upgrade to the iPhone 4S is found with its higher 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, which features backside illumination and a larger f2.4 aperture.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Type Super IPS LCD2
Size 3.5"
Resolution 960 x 640
Touchscreen Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
PPI 329 ppi

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes

music

Supports FM radio No

software

Operating system iOS 9
Multitasking No
App store Apple App Store
Adobe flash support No
App store size 825,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes
Supports NFC No
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0

form factor

Weight 140 g
Thickness 9.3 mm
Size 58.6 x 115.2 x 9.3 mm

hardware

Clock speed 0.8 GHz
Number of cores Dual core
RAM 0.5 GB
Internal storage 64 GB

photo & video

Camera 8 MP
Resolution 8 MP
Flash Yes
Secondary camera 0.3 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 3.5G
Networks
  1. HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
  2. UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
  3. EV-DO Rev.A
  4. EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
  5. Unknown (14.4 Mb/s)
  6. GSM (0.01 Mb/s)
  7. CDMA (0.01 Mb/s)
  8. HSDPA (14.4 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time 840 min
Talk time (3G) 480 min
Standby time 11,952 min
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