Despite its age, the iPhone 4s is still one of the most popular smartphones on the market today. Offering power, style and Apple’s renowned user-friendly qualities, the 4s has become something of smartphone legend.
However, age is taking its toll on the much loved handset and with the introduction of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus echoing in a new age for Apple, is it time to finally move on?
The iPhone 4s still boasts an incredibly stylish look, despite being released back in 2011. Its glass front and back side is carried out well with a smooth aluminium trimming, and overall it was and is great looking.
However, the iPhone 4s lacks size compared to many of today’s handsets, and that’s something that the iPhone 6 features has it trumped with.
Offering a 4.7” display over the 3.5” effort on the 4s, the iPhone 6 is a much improved device in terms of design. Sporting a metallic back chassis, the iPhone 6 has a real premium feel about it and with its beautifully curved corner design, fits snuggly in your hand.
There’s a slight change thanks to the increased size of the device, shifting the lock button previously located at the top of the 4s to the right hand side of the case, something which takes a little bit of getting used to.
However, once you’re past the shifted design it’s easy to see why Apple has made the moves it has. The design is far better than ever before and with its larger display, makes for a more practical handset as well.
Whilst the iPhone 4s does pack a fairly decent punch, it stands no chance up against its newer and more developed successor. Its 3.5” display is clearly outshone, whilst its 64GB storage is now dwarfed by the maximum 128GB storage on the iPhone 6.
Its A5 Chipset and dual core 1GHz processor are impressive pieces of kit considering its age, but the iPhone 6 again tops them with an A8 chipset and 1.2GHz effort. This is shown even more when you isolate the performances of both handsets.
Whilst the 4s runs well, quickly switching apps and rarely suffering from any form of lag, the iPhone 6 is simply far better overall. Responsiveness is substantially better on the larger device, and thanks to its bigger screen, you can do more using the phone. The improved chipset and processor mean that speed is almost twice as good on the newer iPhone, and with more power efficiency it also runs longer in terms of battery life.
The 4s is fighting a valiant battle here, but the iPhone 6 simply outguns it in every aspect, making it a far superior phone when looking at them comparatively.
Rocking an 8 megapixel iSight camera, you might be surprised to see that the iPhone 6 has an identical number of pixels in its rear lens as the iPhone 4s.
However, the iPhone 6 doesn’t rely on megapixels to boost its camera quality, instead focusing on camera software improvements to make it perform.
Once again the iPhone 4s is outgunned thanks to the inclusion of the likes of slow motion video, and the added camera quality on the rear lens. The front lens is no better either for the 4s, with the iPhone 6’s 1.2 megapixel lens topping the VGA effort from the 4s with consummate ease.
Whilst it sounds like we might be giving the 4s a hard time, it’s still a got a good camera, but it simply can’t take on the iPhone 6 here.
If you hadn’t already guessed, the iPhone 6 is a far superior handset to the iPhone 4s, and that’s no slight against the older device. It still boasts an impressive array of specs and still has that classic Apple style about it; it just faces a mountain to climb when compared with the iPhone 6.
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Simply put, if your upgrade is due and you’re trying to decide whether it’s worth the money upgrading to the iPhone 6, then it’s a real no-brainer. It might cost you a few quid more every month, but the difference in performance is well worth it.
Written by Luke Hatfield