Apple leaves the optics and focused on the inner workings of the upgrade. Our test shows whether this all went well.
- Apple iPhone 4s in the test
- Data sheet
Although it initially attracted criticism, the case design is one of the biggest advantages of the iPhone 4S. Sure, it looks exactly like the iPhone 4, but why a so exemplary processed and accepted by the customers like to design from the ground up refresh after only one year? Only look very closely and recognize that Apple has revised the antenna design and that the metal frame now consists of four instead of three parts.
With its two glass plates and the metal frame, the iPhone 4 is the highest by far Smartphone on the market; No creaking, no squeaks, everything at the absolute top level – remains feel even when the iPhone 4S for the competition are still unmatched. The display has also taken over Apple from its predecessor. Here, expectations – in connect editors ‘ choice – were clear in direction 4 inch and larger have gone.
Apple however seems to have committed themselves to 3.5 inches. The given the current trend towards price display something seem small, is however always sufficient and optimally dimensioned for the one hand operation for mobile surfing.
The display baptized analogous to the retina of the eye “Retina” is also unsurpassed sharp of iPhone 4S with a pixel density of 330 dpi (960 x 640 pixels). You finer resolves content than the eye can perceive, is very bright and high contrast and ideal for viewing photos and videos in full HD with 1080 p.
The secret of the processor
All the fun is now powered by a slightly modified Apple-A5 processor, the Californians in a similar form in the iPad 2 have installed. The chipset has two cores, so is a dual-core model, and will make sure that the UI liquid and thoroughly carries out their work of iPhone 4S no juddering or pauses for reflection.
With what frequency the A5 processor cycles, not to say Apple. On urgent demand was no longer to learn, as that of the new processor specifically on the iPhone 4S tuned and the exact frequency is irrelevant.
The battery shows weakness
Whether with 800 or 1800 megahertz clocked, ultimately doesn’t matter – the chip is definitely one of the most powerful processors: the system reacts instantly, apps and especially Web pages load fast. For comparison: In the Browsermark benchmark test the iPhone 4S has the previous leader Samsung Galaxy S2 to beaten lengths. The camera also benefits from the new processor and hardly a wink is ready to go after you open the application.
But the high processing power has also its price: the iPhone 4S shows a significantly larger energy hungry than its predecessor. Whether it necessarily and exclusively on the new dual-core processor or on the cloud services in the background, is hard to say.
The surmise but that Apple Although matched its A5 processor for a smooth performance clean the iPhone 4s, but has the energy management not yet under control – which at least in theory via software update correspondingly should be allowed.
In our laboratory we have measured a much higher stand-by consumption and higher currents of conversation; the 4S is wasteful than its predecessor iPhone 4 even with the traffic. That is on the endurance in the typical mix of uses reflected: the new iPhone made in our standardized test scenario after nearly five hours work, what in everyday practice aimed to approximately a full date runtime during brisk use means.
Also the transmission and reception quality in the GSM and UMTS networks, based on the dummy head in the laboratory, to be a little weaker than with the iPhone 4. Fixed the antenna breakdown of 4 but obviously Apple: iPhone 4S keeps stable connection to the mobile network, even in the so-called “death grip”. The acoustics has also improved, is still air upwards.
iPhone is iPhone
IOS with the new operating system version 5 brings a lot of new features on iPhone 3GS generation Apple. All equipment gaps but also iOS 5 does not close: so dominates the iPhone still no real multi-tasking and are again still no Flash content.
After all, Apple has loosened a bit the compulsion of iTunes: the iPhone 4S can be used without computer. And if you don’t like, needs to connect the 4S never to his PC or Mac: Apple’s new Internet service iCloud takes over even the backup backup wirelessly – however, an Apple ID is required.
An exclusive feature of the Apple iPhone 4S is the intelligent Language Assistant Siri, which answers even questions. Thus the most striking innovations of the 4s were listed: dual-core processor, improved camera, voice control, and a completely renewed operating system.
Although we have all set with the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S is but the logical continuation of Apple’s product policy. It just looks like it has 4, but more to offer: the antenna glitch is fixed, the dual-core processor powerful, the new camera takes great pictures and the constraint of iTunes has been relaxed a little. Apple has made a good a better Smartphone – mainly thanks to the new features of iOS 5.
However, the Yes – there aside from Siri – also as an update for the older models. Do I need so the iPhone 4s, if I have the 4? Who do without the improved camera and with his phone is not keen on a chat, can stay with the predecessor. Who buys the new 4s, but at least initially must live with low runtime – the Apple developers should necessarily bring energy management on front man.
You can hold by Apple’s closed ecosystem and sticking to a 3.5-inch display, what you want, the fact is: hardware and software are perfectly coordinated, everything runs smoothly, quickly and intuitively – the whole package works the textbook out of. This is the key to the hearts of buyers – and success.
Technical data and test results
|Operating system||iPhone OS 5.0|
|Processor / clock speed (MHz)||Apple A5 dual core / k.A / 0|
|internal memory (MB)||58500|
|Memory card slot|
|QWERTY keyboard / touchscreen / multitouch||/ /|
|Battery type / variable||Li-ion /.|
|SCOPE OF DELIVERY|
|Headset / data cable||Stereo headset /.|
|Size of memory card|
|Charging cable for the car / holder for your car||/|
|GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900||/ / /|
|GPRS / EDGE / UMTS / LTE||/ / / k.A.|
|HSDPA / HSUPA||14.4 / 5.76|
|Wi-FI standard||802.11b / g / n|
|… Headset / Handsfree / A2DP||/ /|
|… Object push / OBEX / AVRCP||/ /|
|… SIM access, phone book / HID||/ /|
|USB type / storage / charging||/ /|
|Type / size (inch)||TFT / 3.5|
|Resolution (pixels)||640 x 960|
|Number of colors||16.7 m|
|Call list / language selection||/|
|Situation profiles / airplane mode / vibrating alert||2 / /|
|Handsfree / mute||/|
|Email / POP3 / IMAP / HTML||/ / /|
|SMS / MMS||/|
|Phone numbers / E-Mail addresses (number per contact)||7 / 3 / 3|
|Image / notes field / date of birth||/ /|
|Day / week / month view||/ /|
|weekly / annual events||/|
|Alarm clock when device is off|
|Sync: Outlook / Mac||/|
|Look at Word / edit||/|
|Consider Excel / edit||/|
|PDF Viewer / calculator / voice memo||/ /|
|Web / frame / Java / Java scripting||/ / /|
|Flash / https / home / Favorites||/ / /|
|Audio format: MP3 / WMA / M4A / AAC||/ / /|
|Video player / full screen display||/|
|Video format: 3GP / MP4 / WMV||/ /|
|Receiver GPS / A-GPS||/|
|Navi-software / onboard / offboard||/ /|
|Navi / route planner||/|
|SIZE AND WEIGHT|
|Dimensions in mm||115 x 59 x 10|
|Endurance D power (hours)||8:43 am|
|Endurance interview E-Netz (hours)||10:06|
|Endurance conversation UMTS (hours)||4:08|
|type. Endurance (hours)||4:38|
|standard radiation factor / SAR value (manufacturer)||0.4 / 0,980|
|ENDURANCE (100)||very good 85|
|Endurance talk (35)||30|
|Persistence display mode (65)||55|
|FACILITIES (170)||satisfying 118|
|Scope of delivery (10)||3|
|Phone features (10)||10|
|Web browser (15)||13|
|Music and video (10)||5|
|HANDLING (140)||very good 125|
|Ease of handling||44|
|MEASUREMENTS (90)||satisfying 66|
|Transmission and reception quality GSM (30)||21|
|Transmission and reception quality UMTS (30)||20|
|Acoustic measurements send (15)||12|
|Acoustic measurements receiving (15)||13|
|tested in issue:||12/11|
|CONNECT sentence maximum 500 points||well 394|
|ENDURANCE (125)||sufficient 74|
|Endurance talk (35)||19|
|Persistence display mode (90)||55|
|EQUIPMENT (175)||sufficient 109|
|Scope of supply (0)||0|
|Phone features (10)||10|
|Web browser (10)||8|
|Music and video (5)||3|
|HANDLING (75)||very good 68|
|Ease of handling||39|
|MEASUREMENTS (max. 125)||sufficient 66|
|Transmission and reception quality GSM (15)||12|
|Transmission and reception quality UMTS (30)||23|
|Acoustic measurements send (30)||15|
|Acoustic measurements received (20)||16|
|tested in issue:|
|CONNECT sentence maximum 500 points||sufficient 317|
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