Apple iPhone 4s in the Test

Apple leaves the optics and focused on the inner workings of the upgrade. Our test shows whether this all went well.

  1. Apple iPhone 4s in the test
  2. Data sheet
  3. Rating

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.

Conclusion

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

FACILITIES
SYSTEM
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 /
CONNECTIVITY
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 / / /
GPRS / EDGE / UMTS / LTE / / / k.A.
HSDPA / HSUPA 14.4 / 5.76
Wi-FI standard 802.11b / g / n
Bluetooth…
… Headset / Handsfree / A2DP / /
… Object push / OBEX / AVRCP / /
… SIM access, phone book / HID / /
USB type / storage / charging / /
DISPLAY
Type / size (inch) TFT / 3.5
Resolution (pixels) 640 x 960
Number of colors 16.7 m
PHONE FUNCTION
Call list / language selection /
Brokering
Situation profiles / airplane mode / vibrating alert 2 / /
Handsfree / mute /
MESSAGING
Email / POP3 / IMAP / HTML / / /
SMS / MMS /
PIM
Contact management
Phone numbers / E-Mail addresses (number per contact) 7 / 3 / 3
Image / notes field / date of birth / /
Appointment management
Day / week / month view / /
weekly / annual events /
Alarm clock when device is off
Sync: Outlook / Mac /
Notes: Outlook-sync
ToDo-list
OFFICE
Look at Word / edit /
Consider Excel / edit /
PDF Viewer / calculator / voice memo / /
BROWSER
Web / frame / Java / Java scripting / / /
Flash / https / home / Favorites / / /
MULTIMEDIA
Audio format: MP3 / WMA / M4A / AAC / / /
Video player / full screen display /
Video format: 3GP / MP4 / WMV / /
Integrated camera
Resolution (megapixel) 8
NAVIGATION
Receiver GPS / A-GPS /
Navi-software / onboard / offboard / /
Navi / route planner /
SIZE AND WEIGHT
Dimensions in mm 115 x 59 x 10
Weight (grams) 140
MEASURED VALUES
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
TEST RESULTS
ENDURANCE (100) very good 85
Endurance talk (35) 30
Persistence display mode (65) 55
FACILITIES (170) satisfying 118
System (15) 10
Scope of delivery (10) 3
Display (40) 29
Connectivity (15) 9
Phone features (10) 10
Messaging (15) 12
PIM (15) 12
Office (5) 4
Web browser (15) 13
Camera (15) 9
Music and video (10) 5
Navigation (5) 2
HANDLING (140) very good 125
Ease of handling 44
User interface 56
Processing quality 25
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

Rating

TEST RESULTS
ENDURANCE (125) sufficient 74
Endurance talk (35) 19
Persistence display mode (90) 55
EQUIPMENT (175) sufficient 109
System (65) 34
Scope of supply (0) 0
Display (40) 29
Connectivity (20) 9
Phone features (10) 10
Messaging (10) 8
PIM (0) 0
Office (0) 0
Web browser (10) 8
Camera (10) 5
Music and video (5) 3
Navigation (5) 3
HANDLING (75) very good 68
Ease of handling 39
User interface 14
Processing quality 15
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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