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iPhone 4S versus iPhone 5: Which is the better deal?

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The iPhone 5 has arrived, but what does that mean for the iPhone 4S? Which is the better deal and how do they compare? While the iPhone will run you $199 for a 16GB model, you can get a 4S with 16GB of memory for just $99 with the same two year contract.

What about power under the hood, how much better is the iPhone 5 really?

Let’s take a look:



iPhone 5 has A6, iPhone 4S has the weaker A5.


iPhone 5 has 1GB, 512MB are in the 4S.


iPhone 5 has a new 4-inch 1136×640 display, while the 4S has a 3.5-inch 960×640 display.


The same storage options on both: 16/32/64GB


The iPhone 5 and 4S both have 8MP back cam.

The iPhone 5 has a 1.2MP front cam, the 4S has a VGA.

Battery Life

Very similar all around.


The iPhone 5 has LTE, the 4S doesn’t.


The iPhone 5 has new dock connector, 4S has the older standard.


There are other specs and considerations, but these are probably some of the most important ones. It’s also worth noting that the iPhone 5 is a bit lighter. With the specs in mind, is it worth paying about $100 more for the 16GB iPhone 5?

Honestly, yes. The 4G LTE and larger screen alone make it a great move. If you have tons of money invested in older iAccessories, you might want to carefully think if you care enough about the LTE, larger screen and faster processor though.

For those that want a true budget offering at a great price and don’t care about lightning fast features, the iPhone 4 is free with a two year contract.

What do you think, interested in the iPhone 5?

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  • http://twitter.com/boyagin Boyagin

    Which one is better? You don’t compare both phones.

  • Doug

    According to apple’s website, iOS6 brings the facetime over cellular feature, and will be available on the 4s and 5.

    • Blake

      keep in mind the cost of data usage over that