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iPhone 4s Vs. iPhone 3GS

Before taking out a lengthy contract, it's worth finding out what's the difference between them all...

iPhone 4S Vs. iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS

Pocket-size guide: like for like comparison of technical features

iPhone 4s iPhone 4 iPhone 3GS
CPU 1.5GHz (Apple A5) CPU 1GHz (Apple A4) CPU 600Mhz (Cortex-A8)
512MB RAM 512MB RAM 256MB RAM
Hard Drives: 16GB/32GB/64GB Hard Drives: 8GB/16GB/32GB Hard Drives: 8GB/16GB/32GB
Battery life:
  • Talk time up to 14 hours.
  • 9 hours Internet Wi-Fi
  • 6 hours Internet 3G
Battery life:
  • Talk time up to 14 hours.
  • 10 hours Internet Wi-Fi
  • 6 hours Internet 3G
Battery life:
  • Talk time up to 12 hours.
  • 9 hours Internet Wi-Fi
  • 5 hours Internet 3G
Height 115.2mm Height 115.2mm Height 115.5mm
Width 58.6mm Width 58.6mm Width 62.1 mm
Depth 9.3mm Depth 9.3mm Depth 12.3mm
Weight 140g Weight 137g Weight 135g
LCD Retina display, max resolution 960 x 640 / 326 ppi LCD Retina display, max resolution 960 x 640 / 326 ppi LCD display, max resolution 480 x 320 / 163 ppi
1080p HD video camera recording 720p HD video camera recording Standard video camera 640 * 480
  • 8-Mega pixel camera
  • LED flash + additional forward facing camera.
  • FaceTime.
  • Video stabilisation
  • 5-Mega pixel camera
  • LED flash + additional forward facing camera.
  • FaceTime
  • 3-Mega pixel camera
System iOS 5 System iOS 4 System OSX 10.4 (free upgrade to iOS)
Number of sensors 5 Number of sensors 4 Number of sensors 3
Siri: Personal Assistant and Voice recognition system Not Available Not Available
Speech: 2x Mics + noise cancelling Speech: 2x Mics + noise cancelling Speech: 1x Mic
Antennas:
  • 1x Transmiter
  • 1x Reciever
Antenna:
  • 1x Transmiter & reciever
Antenna:
  • 1x Transmiter & reciever
SIM: Micro Sim SIM: Micro Sim SIM: Standard Sim
Dock: 30-pin connector Dock: 30-pin connector Dock: 30-pin connector
Release date: 14/10/2011 Release date: 24/06/2010 Release date: 19/06/2009
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iPhone 3GS Advantages

The iPhone 3GS lacks many of the cool technical features in both the fourth gen handsets, however most people prefer holding the curved shape of the 3GS. The forth gen handset also is far more prone to the Screen being cracked if dropped. The metal edge around my iPhone 3GS handset looks smart, even after two years worth of scuffs and being dropped on concrete. From experience I recommend buying a good quality rubber bumper for iPhone 4s, or a iPhone 3GS.

Written 05-10-2011

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Austin Barksdale10-11-2011
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I was not amazed by improvements from the 3GS, to 4, but the 4S, well two words "Incredible Siri!" The voice recognition doesn't cause a problem for me & my misses (both UK born). Siri makes the 4S dare i say - hands free in a car. Siri's usage has been 10 x more than what Apple anticipated! It could well mean the beginning of the end to Google.com searching as we know it. With Siri you go straight to the destination and skip past step two. Choosing the destination is done by Siri, hence this can by pass Search Engine Advertising and theatrically can take shoppers straight to their online shop, pop the item in the basket and be at the checkout waiting for their approval. Of course, this is after ones research of reviews from good websites. Had to refrain from given my 4s a 5 star review. It's only three weeks old, nothing has broken!

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