I Still Prefer iPhone 4S Over iPhone 5: Apple’s New Phone Is Just Improved Version Of Predecessor

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Apple’s new iPhone is considered as its most divisive products so far. The product has been lashed out by tech-savvies because it’s not an innovative product; It’s just an improved version of iPhone 4S. Despite of this, the company has sold over five million of new iPhone 5 in just three days since its launch on September 21, beside more than 100 million iOS devices have been updated with iOS 6.

Currently, iPhone 5 is available in nine countries including the U.S., Australia, Germany, Hong Kong,  Canada, France, Japan, Singapore and the U.K. and it will cover 22 more countries on September 28. However, the company has reported that more than 100 countries will get iPhone 5 by the end of the year.  Undoubtedly, demand of the product is quite high and the company will try to provide the new iPhone into the hands of every customers (those want to buy) as soon as possible. In the U.S., iPhone 5 comes in two different colors–Black & Slate and White & Silver—with suggested retail price of $199 for 16 GB, $299 for 32 GB and $399 for 64 GB models.

Last week, I explained how Apple’s new maps app is vulnerable than Google Map. Early adopter (iPhone 5 owners) complaint that new iPhone is occupied with severe mapping issues including direction, public transit information, awkward satellite photography and more. Definitely, iPhone 5 users, those have already tasted the flavor of Google Map, they are more likely to have the same map (Google), but now, they can access the map only through Safari browser or third party apps. Of course, those are keen interested in travelling and exploring places, they will prefer Google Map over Apple Map; For them, iPhone 4S is better choice.


It seems from Apple’s acts that the company is not interested to tie-up with Google for mapping app on its iOS devices. As per rumors, Apple is eager to hire experienced ex-Google employees those helped the search giant to develop Google Map on the contract. Apple is now trying to attract talents (those worked on Google Map project) towards its own platform for its own maps app development.

However, Google is likely to build maps app for Apple and I have already explained why Google wants to do so? It’s due to 45% of total mobile traffic for Google Map comes from iOS devices; 31 million of iOS users are spending an average of 75 minutes on Google Map in a month. Google relies on iPhone  for its mobile traffic generation.

Yesterday, Google’s executive chairman–Eric Schmidt–told to a group of reporter in Tokyo, “We think it would have been better if they had kept ours. But what do I know? What were we going to do, force them not to change their mind? It’s their call. I’m not doing any predictions. We want them to be our partner. We welcome that. I’m not going to speculate at all what they’re going to do. They can answer that question as they see fit.”

Apparently, Apple’s iPhone 4S is better than iPhone 5 in terms of mapping app. Here, I’m not going to argue about absence of Near Field Communication (NFC) chip in iPhone 5 because I have already discussed on the issue. Definitely, lack of NFC chip in new iPhone will serve its rival to bet big on their devices; Undisputedly, businesses and telecom service providers will give more preference to NFC-enabled Apple’s rivals’ devices.

Prior to the launch of iPhone 5, everyone talked about its improved 8 MP camera , speculated to be better than iPhone 4S camera. Now, I have a question: Does Apple meet its marketing hype of “40% faster photo capture, better low-light performance, and improved noise reduction” for iPhone 5’s camera?  Thanks to the digital firm–iMore–that divulged the realities. The digital firm captured fantastic shoot-outs from both iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S and has clarified that iPhone 4S is no way vulnerable than iPhone 5 in terms of camera quality.

Should I purchase the new iPhone because it’s thinner, taller and lighter than iPhone 4S? Should I purchase the new iPhone because it has faster processor, larger screen and faster LTE networks support than iPhone 4S? It’s true that Apple added 200 new features in its new iPhone, but anyone tell me what’s new in these features? Really, all these features are almost similar to previous features. I would not say anything else; I will only say iPhone 5 is improved iPhone 4S, nothing more…



  1. Seriously doubt (if they were the same price) that people would choose the older iPhone 4S over the new, updated iPhone 5. The real issue is for those that currently own the 4S, and are not yet eligible for a discounted upgrade. Is the 5 worth the $250 upgrade penalty (charged by AT&T, at least) when IOS 6 provides all of the same features found on the iPhone 5?

    Speaking of IOS 6, your assertion that the 4S has “better” mapping than the 5 doesn’t make sense as IOS 6 also replaces the Google-based maps app with Apple’s own controversial app.

    In any event, all IOS 6 users can simply bookmark the Google Maps Safari page on their home screen. Works pretty much the same as the original maps app.


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