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iPhone 4S Specs vs The Smartphone Competition

Andrew Williams


iPhone 4S Specs vs The Smartphone Competition

Apple has officially announced the iPhone 4S, and many have criticsed it for being just a little too much like the previous iPhone 4. It adds a new powerful processor and a more capable camera, but it looks the same, and has the same "old" Retina Display screen.

To see how it really stacks up to the competition, we've collated the specs of current and future smartphone rivals to see whether the iPhone 4S is already stuck in the past. For reference, "Ice Cream Sandwich" and "Gingerbread" all naturally refer to the Android OS editions - we only snipped out "Android" to save space. In the CPU field, "Dual" and "Single" refer to whether the processor has one or two cores.

Specs One

As the Google Nexus Prime, set for an official unveiling soon, proves, the dual-core A5 processor is arguably already a little bit out of date. iOS devices set their own standards for speed, running a completely different OS from their rivals, but by this time next year the iPhone 4S A5 processor will seem positively lethargic in pure spec terms.

Specs Two

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Duo trumps the iPhone 4S on megapixels, but will it offer a better, sharper sensor? The jury's out.

Specs Edit

The current smartphone elite

Specs Four

What these spec round-ups show is that the 64GB of internal storage offered in the top iPhone 4S model is seriously impressive next to virtually all rivals. That's dampened by the high price and that it's not expandable, but for big music or video fans, it boosts the iPhone's cred as a portable player.


October 5, 2011, 6:10 pm

Not an apple fan, but that F2.4 lens 'could' make a huge difference. No point having 8-12MP if the lens can't resolve to close that res. Also at that sensor size you need as much light coming in as possible to offset the *stupidly* high MP of these tiny little sensors.

I hate recommending point and shoot cameras with 12MP sensors now, let alone wafer thin phones.


October 5, 2011, 6:24 pm

Love how the media loves to go back and compare phones based on Ghz. It's pointless. They're different CPU configurations. I can have a 2Ghz CPU but if it takes 2 clock cycles to fetch stuff from RAM, it's no better than a 1Ghz one.

Plus where are details of the GPU in that?

Let's not even go to what you can actually accomplish with that power.


October 5, 2011, 6:27 pm

Hopefully we'll get a chance to put the iPhone 4S up against some of its big smartphone camera rivals and see how they compare. Stay tuuunnned...!


October 5, 2011, 9:10 pm

The N9 also has a 64GB version.


October 5, 2011, 9:13 pm

Hi BMaz, I doubt whether that edition will make it to the UK. Maybe I'll be proved wrong, though!


October 5, 2011, 9:21 pm

You are correct, but this comparison is a full comparison meaning it also compares different android phones, and they also compare the iPhone 4 to the 4S.
So while Ghz might not tell the full story when comparing different OSes/platforms, when comparing against the same platform it definitely helps.


October 5, 2011, 11:49 pm

The N9 64gb is available pre-order in the UK.


October 7, 2011, 2:48 pm

Right you are. The table's been edited - the change should appear on the site soon.

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