PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of iPhone 5 vs iPhone 4s

Performance

Processing power and speed

Passmark, Geekbench and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

GLBenchmark 2.5 Battery, Talk time (3G) and Standby time

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from phonearena.com, gsmarena.com, techradar.com and mobiletechreview.com

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

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Apple iPhone 5 

PhoneRocket recommends the Apple iPhone 5  based on its performance, graphics and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of iPhone 5 vs 4s

geekbench Processor and memory performance

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

iPhone 5
3,470
iPhone 4s
1,483

SunSpider 0.9.1 Web browser and javascript performance

iPhone 5
915 ms
iPhone 4s
2,250 ms

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

iPhone 5
6.7 fps
iPhone 4s
2.7 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

iPhone 5
29.8 fps
iPhone 4s
12 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 battery Battery life for 3D graphics apps

iPhone 5
126 min
iPhone 4s
159 min

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Apple iPhone 5

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Apple iPhone 5

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Significantly faster javascript execution 915 ms vs 2,250 ms 2.5x better SunSpider 0.9.1 score
Faster graphics 6.7 fps vs 2.7 fps Around 2.5x better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Better overall performance 707 vs 214 More than 3.2x better geekbench score
Takes higher quality video 70 vs 68 Around 5% better DxOMark video quality score
Is 4G Yes vs No Somewhat common; Supports the fastest, most reliable networks
Significantly faster processor 1.3 GHz vs 0.8 GHz Around 65% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Lighter 112 g vs 140 g 20% lighter
Bigger screen 4" vs 3.5" Around 15% bigger screen
Thinner 7.6 mm vs 9.3 mm Around 20% thinner
Slightly better theoretical download speed 20 Mb/s vs 14.4 Mb/s Around 40% better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
Front view of Apple iPhone 4s

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPhone 4s

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PhoneRocket is not aware of any important advantages of the iPhone 4s 64 GB vs the iPhone 5 64 GB.

Reviews Word on the street

iPhone 5  vs 4s 

9.0
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.
iPhone 4s

9.0
8.5
Armed with an 8-megapixel iSight camera, it doesn’t improve upon the megapixel count of its processor, but nevertheless, the addition of an improved backside illuminated sensor combined with a retooled lens coughs up even better visuals with the iPhone 5.
iPhone 5

Overall

8.6 Out of 10
8.5 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

iPhone 5  vs
4s 
Type Super IPS LCD2 Super IPS LCD2
Size 4" 3.5"
Resolution 1136 x 640 960 x 640
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 325 ppi 329 ppi

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio No No

software

Operating system iOS 10 iOS 9
Multitasking No No
App store Apple App Store Apple App Store
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 825,000 apps 825,000 apps

connectivity

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

form factor

iPhone 5  vs
4s 
Weight 112 g 140 g
Thickness 7.6 mm 9.3 mm
Size 58.6 x 123.8 x 7.6 mm 58.6 x 115.2 x 9.3 mm

hardware

Clock speed 1.3 GHz 0.8 GHz
Number of cores Dual core Dual core
RAM 1 GB 0.5 GB
Internal storage 64 GB 64 GB

photo & video

Camera 8 MP 8 MP
Resolution 8 MP 8 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 1.2 MP 0.3 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G 3.5G
Networks
HSDPA (14.4 Mb/s)
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
CDMA (0.01 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
LTE (20 Mb/s)
Unknown (14.4 Mb/s)
EV-DO Rev.A
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time (3G) 480 min 480 min
Standby time 13,536 min 11,952 min
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