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Apple iPhone 4S (16GB) vs Apple iPhone 5S (16GB)

Side by side comparison between Apple iPhone 4S vs Apple iPhone 5S phones, differences, pros, cons with full specifications. What's the better?

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Compare Apple iPhone 5S XApple iPhone 4S (16GB)01Point
Apple iPhone 4S (16GB)
3.5"
IPS

640x960

8
MP

0.3mp

512MB
RAM

32bit Dual

1432
mAh

(Non removable)

vs
19PointsApple iPhone 5S (16GB)Compare Apple iPhone 4S X
Apple iPhone 5S (16GB)
4"
IPS

640x1136

8
MP

1.2mp

1GB
RAM

64bit Dual

1560
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better phone? Apple iPhone 5S (16GB)

The phonemore's choice is much more technical than personal. Therefore, you shouldn't only consider this. Our goal is to help you, but what's important to us may not be important to you. You decide which one is the best! Comment!

iPhone 4S (16GB)1 Advantage Apple iPhone 4S (16GB)vsiPhone 5S (16GB)19 Advantages Apple iPhone 5S (16GB)
+330 PPI1%
Crisper display of text, images and videos because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
vs326 PPI
1Ghz 32bit Dual-Corevs+1.5Ghz 64bit Dual-Core97%
More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
512MB LPDDR2vs+1GB LPDDR3100%
More RAM memory. Typically more responsive and better for multitasking.
Flash (EEPROM)vs+eMMCAdvantage
Fastest write and read storage.
140 grams (4.9 ounces)vs+112 grams (3.92 ounces)25%
Lighter
9.3 millimeters (0.37 inches)vs+7.6 millimeters (0.3 inches)22%
Thinner
640x960 pixelsvs+640x1136 pixels18%
Higher resolution screen
3.5"vs+4"14%
Larger screen
LED flashvs+Dual-LED flashAdvantage
The Dual-LED flash helps in dark places or in low light
HDR photo only main cameravs+HDR photo on both camerasAdvantage
The HDR technology produced photos with more detail in dark areas
1/3.2" inchesvs+1/3" inches7%
The larger sensor camera lets you take photos with better depth.
f/2.4 (aperture)vs+f/2.2 (aperture)9%
Diaphragm opening (Aperture) of the camera which has the smallest F number takes photos with better light exposure.
(front) 0.3MPvs+(front) 1.2MP3 times
Higher resolution secondary camera to take pictures and selfies
(front) VGA (640x480)vs+(front) HD (1280x720)2 times
More image quality for recording videos with the secondary camera
iOS 9.0vs+iOS 12Advantage
iOS 12 is newer and safer
3G+ HSPA+vs+4G LTEAdvantage
The 4G LTE network is newer and faster
(3G+ HSPA+) 14.4 Mbpsvs+(4G LTE) 100 Mbps6 times
Faster for surfing the internet and download files
Not supportedvs+Ambient Light sensorAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
Not supportedvs+Fingerprint sensor (front-mounted)Advantage
Sensors help you use the device
1432 mAhvs+1560 mAh9%
Battery - higher amperage (mAh) allows more device usage time, but it also depends on the hardware and use

30 Common items in both devices
16GB (12GB available) / 16GB (13GB available)
Aluminum frame, glass front/back / Aluminum body, glass front
TFT LED-Backlit IPS LCD
60Hz
16 million
(back) 8MP
Only digital zoom
+23 specs and more in the table below

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Physical featuresApple iPhone 4S (16GB)Apple iPhone 5S (16GB)
ModeliPhone 4S (16GB)iPhone 5S (16GB)
Other model namesiPhone 4S A1387, iPhone 4S A1431 CDMAApple iPhone 5S A1453, iPhone A1457, A1530, A1533
Country or region available(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
BrandAppleApple
Release dateOctober, 2011September, 2013
Depth9.3 millimeters (0.37 inches)7.6 millimeters (0.3 inches)
Size (width x height)58.6 x 115.2 millimeters (2.31 x 4.54 in)58.6 x 123.8 millimeters (2.31 x 4.87 in)
Weight140 grams (4.9 ounces)112 grams (3.92 ounces)
Qwerty physical keyboardNot supportedNot supported
AntennaInternal antennaInternal antenna
Build, materialsAluminum frame, glass front/backAluminum body, glass front
Protection against water and othersNot supportedNot supported
System (OS)Apple iPhone 4S (16GB)Apple iPhone 5S (16GB)
Operating systemiOS 5.0iOS 7.0
Firmware updateiOS 9.0iOS 12
HardwareApple iPhone 4S (16GB)Apple iPhone 5S (16GB)
Chipset32bit - Samsung Apple A5 (45nm)64bit - Apple A7 APL0698
CPU processor1Ghz Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A91.5Ghz Dual-Core Cyclone ARM v8
GPU graphical controllerPowerVR SGX543MP2PowerVR G6430 quad-core
RAM memory512MB LPDDR21GB LPDDR3
Internal storage16GB (12GB available)
Flash (EEPROM)
16GB (13GB available)
eMMC
External storageNot supportedNot supported
DisplayApple iPhone 4S (16GB)Apple iPhone 5S (16GB)
Display typeTFT LED-Backlit IPS LCDTFT LED-Backlit IPS LCD
Screen size3.5" inches4" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~54% (screen-to-body ratio)~60.8% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution640x960 pixels (3:2)640x1136 pixels (16:9)
TouchscreenCapacitive Multitouch 5-pointsCapacitive Multitouch 5-points
Pixel density (dot pitch)330 PPI326 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassGorilla GlassGorilla Glass
Display features60Hz60Hz
Mobile networksApple iPhone 4S (16GB)Apple iPhone 5S (16GB)
Dual-SIMNot supportedNot supported
SIM card1 slot (Single-SIM)
micro-SIM (3FF)
1 slot (Single-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
Maximum download/upload14.4/5.76 Mbps100/50 Mbps
Network technology2G, 3G2G, 3G, 4G
Frequency, bandsExpand band detailsCollapse details
GSM Mhz bandQuad-Band 850/900/1800/1900Quad-Band 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 2G networkGSM 850/900/1800/1900, A1431: CDMA 800/1900CDMA 800/1700/1900/2100, GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 3G networkA1387 version:
UMTS 850/900/1900/2100

A1431 version:
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
UMTS 850/900/1900/2100
A1453/A1533 GSM model:
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100

A1453/A1533 CDMA model:
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO

A1457/A1530 model:
UMTS 850/900/1900/2100
Primary 4G networkNot supportedLTE Cat3

A1453 model:
LTE 700/800/850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100 (Bands 1,2,3,4,5,8,13,17,18,19,20,25,26)

A1533 model:
LTE 700/800/850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100 (Bands 1,2,3,4,5,8,13,17,19,20,25)

A1457 model:
LTE 800/850/900/1800/1900/2100/2600 (Bands 1,2,3,5,7,8,20)

A1530 model:
LTE 800/850/900/1800/1900/2100/2600 (Bands 1,2,3,5,7,8,20)
TD-LTE 1900/2300/2600 (Bands 38,39,40)
Primary 5G networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary data networkCSD, GPRS, EDGE, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev 0, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev A, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE
Secondary 2G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 3G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 4G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary data networkNot supportedNot supported
CallingApple iPhone 4S (16GB)Apple iPhone 5S (16GB)
MessagingSMS, MMS, E-mail, Push mailSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mail
SpeakerphoneSupportedSupported
Video callingSupportedSupported
Call controlVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commandsVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commands
CameraApple iPhone 4S (16GB)Apple iPhone 5S (16GB)
Back camera (main camera)8 megapixels8 megapixels
Main camera resolution3264x2448 pixels3264x2448 pixels
Video recording (primary)Full HD (1920x1080) 30 fpsFull HD (1920x1080) 30 fps
FlashLED flashDual-LED flash
Focal aperturef/2.4 (aperture)f/2.2 (aperture)
Focal length35mm lens29mm lens
Sensor size1/3.2" inches1/3" inches
Pixel size1.4µm pixel1.5µm pixel
AutofocusAutofocusAutofocus
Touch focusSupportedSupported
Image stabilizationEIS: Digital stabilizationEIS: Digital stabilization
ZoomOnly digital zoomOnly digital zoom
Face/smile detectionFace detection, Smile detectionFace detection, Smile detection
BSI sensorSupportedSupported
HDRHDR photo only main cameraHDR photo on both cameras
2ª cameraApple iPhone 4S (16GB)Apple iPhone 5S (16GB)
Front camera (secondary)0.3 megapixels1.2 megapixels
Front camera resolution640x480 pixels1280x960 pixels
Video recording (secondary)VGA (640x480)HD (1280x720)
Front flashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturefeature not registeredf/2.4 (aperture)
Focal lengthfeature not registered31mm lens
Sensor sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Pixel sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
MultimediaApple iPhone 4S (16GB)Apple iPhone 5S (16GB)
RadioNot supportedNot supported
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMPEG4MPEG4, H.264, MOV
Audio formatsMP3, iTunesMP3, WAV, AAC, eAAC, M4A
ConnectivityApple iPhone 4S (16GB)Apple iPhone 5S (16GB)
USBUSB 2.0 proprietary connectorUSB 2.0 proprietary connector
TV outputProprietary TV-outProprietary TV-out
Audio output3.5mm jack3.5mm jack
Bluetooth4.0 + A2DP4.0 + A2DP
WiFi802.11 b/g/n (2.4Ghz)802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO
DLNANot supportedNot supported
NFCNot supportedNot supported
GPSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported
Other functionsApple iPhone 4S (16GB)Apple iPhone 5S (16GB)
Active noise cancellationSupportedSupported
Vibrating alertSupportedSupported
RingtonesPolyphonic and customized with tutorialPolyphonic and customized
Web browserHTML, XHTML, HTML5HTML, XHTML, HTML5
SensorsAccelerometer
Proximity sensor
Compass
Gyroscope
Accelerometer
Proximity sensor
Compass
Ambient Light sensor
Gyroscope
Fingerprint sensor (front-mounted)
Other features- Colors: Black, White
- Videocalling over WiFi only
- Siri natural language commands and dictation
- iCloud service
- WiFi hotspot
- Colors: Black, White, Gold
- Touch ID
- Oleophobic coating
- Simultaneous HD video and image recording
- FaceTime
- Siri natural language
- AirDrop file sharing
- iCloud cloud service
- WiFi hotspot
Power supplyApple iPhone 4S (16GB)Apple iPhone 5S (16GB)
BatteryLiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)LiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)
Battery capacity1432 mAh1560 mAh
Charger, watts Standard charging Standard charging
Talk time autonomy500 minutes | 8.3 hours | 0.3 day600 minutes | 10 hours | 0.4 day
Standby12000 minutes | 200 hours | 8.3 days15000 minutes | 250 hours | 10.4 days
Radiation rateApple iPhone 4S (16GB)Apple iPhone 5S (16GB)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)1.18W/kg (head) | 0.98W/kg (body)1.12W/kg (head) | 1.18W/kg (body)
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)0.99W/kg (head) | 0.99W/kg (body)1W/kg (head) | 0.8W/kg (body)
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