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Apple iPhone 4s

alaTest has collected and analyzed 23718 reviews of Apple iPhone 4s. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Comments about the portability and camera are generally positive. The design and performance are also appreciated. There are mixed comments on the reliability and price. Many are negative about the reception and battery.

usability, performance, design, camera, portability

battery, reception

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Apple iPhone 4s is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple iPhone 4s

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1134 user reviews of Apple iPhone 4s from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.co.uk. Comments about the screen and camera are generally positive. The price and usability are also appreciated, but opinions are divided on the size. Many are critical about the connectivity and reception.

performance, usability, price, camera, screen

reliability, reception, connectivity

82% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iPhone 4S 16GB SIM-Free - BlackApple iPhone 4S 16GB SIM-Free - Black

Jul, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple iPhone 4s

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6818 user reviews of Apple iPhone 4s from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the design and portability. The price and usability also get good feedback, whereas the connectivity and reliability get negative reviews. The durability and battery get mixed reviews.

performance, usability, price, portability, design

reliability, connectivity

72% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iPhone 4S 16GB Black - FACTORY UNLOCKEDApple iPhone 4S 16GB Black - FACTORY UNLOCKED

Jul, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Apple iPhone 4s

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 29 user reviews of Apple iPhone 4s from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.ca. Reviewers are impressed by the design and usability. The camera and screen are also appreciated, but there are mixed reviews on the size and battery. Many are negative about the portability.

performance, screen, camera, usability, design

portability

69% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iPhone 4S 16GB (White)Apple iPhone 4S 16GB (White)

Jul, 2018

Expert review by : GSMArena team (gsmarena.com)

Apple iPhone 4S review: Fast 4ward

 

The last thing you need is one that looks exactly like your ex. On a second thought, it's too early perhaps to end it. You two did look great together, your iPhone 4 and you. In fact you still do.

iOS 5 with iCloud integration ; Quad-band GSM and quad-band 3G support with 14.4 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA ; Dual-band CDMA and CDMA2000 1xEV-DO support ; 3.5" 16M-color LED-backlit IPS TFT capacitive touchscreen of 640 x 960 px resolution ;...

MicroSIM card support only ; No Flash support in the web browser ; No true multitasking for all applications ; FaceTime video calls work only over Wi-Fi ; No file transfer over Bluetooth or USB Mass Storage mode (independent from iTunes) ; No FM radio...

Oct, 2011

Expert review by : GSMArena team (gsmarena.com)

iPhone 4S over iPhone 4: Should I stay or should I go?

 

A lot of people are wondering which iPhone is the right one for them - both people looking to upgrade their own one and people who are just joining the Apple phone party. How much more do you get with the 4S, over the iPhone 4? If you're wondering just...

Oct, 2011

Expert review by (engadget.com)

iPhone 4S review

 

Apple clearly has a winner with its best iPhone to date, but if you were gunning for the iPhone 5, you'll be best continuing the wait.

Great performance ; Improved camera ; Siri could, eventually, change the game ; Broader carrier compatibility

Zero visual differentiation ; No LTE

Oct, 2011

Expert review by : Sascha Segan (pcmag.com)

Apple iPhone 4S (Cricket Wireless)

 

The iPhone 4S is the most powerful handset on Cricket, but it isn't available in all Cricket cities and it costs too much.

Beautiful screen. Terrific app market. Easy to use.

Very expensive. Not available in several major Cricket cities.

Conclusions The Cricket Wireless iPhone is the least expensive iPhone 4S model available with an unlimited calling plan, if you factor in the cost of the service plan over two years. But while it's a good phone, it's too expensive compared with other...

Jul, 2012

Expert review by : Sascha Segan (pcmag.com)

Apple iPhone 4S (Virgin Mobile)

 

Virgin Mobile's iPhone 4S is less expensive over time than iPhones on other carriers, but much too costly when you consider the other phones in Virgin's lineup.

The cheapest iPhone 4S available today, if you include the plan price.

No 4G. Much more expensive than other Virgin Mobile smartphones.

Conclusions The Virgin Mobile iPhone is the least expensive iPhone 4S model available, if you factor in the cost of the service plan. But while it's a good phone, it isn't a good deal right now. We're just a few months away from a new iPhone launch...

Jul, 2012

Expert review by : Alex Colon (pcmag.com)

Apple iPhone 4S (Verizon Wireless)

 

The Apple iPhone 4S for Verizon Wireless is the carrier's best iPhone yet—but a lack of 4G keeps it from the top of the heap.

Fast Web speeds. Top-notch camera. Solid call quality. Tons of apps.

No 4G. Poor social-networking integration.

Data Speeds and Conclusions Judging from the results we collected last year in our testing for the Fastest Mobile Networks , Verizon's LTE network is the fastest, largest 4G network in the U.S. Unfortunately, the iPhone 4S is a 3G device, so it isn't...

Feb, 2012

Expert review by : Alex Colon (pcmag.com)

Apple iPhone 4S (AT&T)

 

The Apple iPhone 4S for AT&T is the fastest iPhone there is, but the world is moving to 4G.

Excellent Web speeds. Simultaneous voice and data. Terrific camera. Solid call quality. Siri is intriguing. Lots of apps.

No 4G. Poor social-networking integration. On-screen keyboard is quite small.

Data Speeds and Conclusions Judging from the results we collected earlier this year in our testing for the Fastest Mobile Networks, we found that AT&T has the fastest 3G network in the U.S. That means the iPhone 4S, a 3G device, should be faster on...

Dec, 2011

Expert review by : Ginny Mies (pcworld.com)

iPhone 4S Review (AT&T): A Solid Update

 

The iPhone 4S ('00 for 16GB with a two-year contract from AT&T) might not be the most exciting iPhone to date, but don't write it off: The improved camera, faster processor, and the addition of the Siri personal assistant make for one powerful...

Faster, smoother performance ; Superb camera ; Beautiful display still better than competition

You can only upload video in 1080p ; Siri not always accurate

The iPhone 4S might not be the most exciting update, but the improved camera, faster performance and the addition of Siri make it a top-ranking smartphone.

Oct, 2011

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by : Sascha Segan (pcmag.com)

Apple iPhone 4S (Sprint)

 

What do you do with your phone? If you're like most Americans, you make some calls, take some photos, and send some texts. Maybe you kill time with some games, check Facebook or Twitter, and look things up on the Web. If that's you, then the iPhone 4S...

Excellent Web speeds. Terrific camera. Solid call quality. Siri is intriguing. Lots of apps

No 4G. Poor social-networking integration. On-screen keyboard is quite small

The Apple iPhone 4S for Sprint makes it easy to call, take photos, surf the Web and play games the tasks that most people want to accomplish with their smartphones.

Oct, 2011

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Kent German (cnet.com)

Verizon Wireless iPhone 4S review

 

Update, September 12, 2012: A new product in this line is now available. Read our review of the iPhone 5 here.

Apple's iPhone 4S has a faster processor and an upgraded camera, all the benefits of iOS 5, and a useful and immensely fun voice assistant. Call quality on the Sprint model is admirable, and the data speeds, while certainly not 4G, get the job done.

It's about time we get a larger screen.

The iPhone 4S isn't the king of cell phones, but it's part of the royal family nonetheless. Even without 4G and a giant screen, this phone's smart(ass) voice assistant, Siri, the benefits of iOS 5, and its spectacular camera make it a top choice for...

Oct, 2011

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Browsing time:6 / 9
Browsing time (3G):6
Browsing time (4G):40
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):9
Continuous audio playback time:10 / 40
Continuous video playback time:10 / 40
Standby time (2G):200 / 300
Standby time (3G):200
Talk time (2G):14
Talk time (3G):8

Call Management

Call blocking: Yes
Call divert:Y / Yes
Call hold:Y / Yes
Call timer:Y / Yes
Call waiting:Y / Yes
Caller ID:Y / Yes
Conference call:No / Y / Yes
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Speakerphone:Y / Yes
Speed dialing:Y / Yes
Vibrating alert:Y / Yes
Voice commands: Yes
Voice dialing: Yes

Camera

Auto focus:Y / Yes
Built-in camera:Y / Yes
Built-in flash:Y / Yes
Digital Zoom:5
Face detection:Y / Yes
Flash Type:LED
Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3
Geotagging:Y / Yes
Image Stabilizer:Y / Yes
Main camera resolution (numeric):8
Maximum frame rate:30
Rear camera resolution (numeric):5 / 8
Rear camera type:Single camera
Second camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:0.3
Video capture resolution (max):1920 x 1080
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video recording modes:1080p / 720p / 720p,1080p
Video stabilizer:Y / Yes

Design

Color of product:Black / White
Form Factor:Bar

Display

Aspect Ratio:3:2
Contrast ratio (typical):800:1
Display brightness:500
Display Diagonal:3.5
Display Resolution:960 x 640
Display Type:IPS / LCD
Orientation sensor:Y / Yes
Pixel density:326
Screen shape:Flat
Second display:N
Second LCD screen: No
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive / Resistive
Touch technology:Dual-touch / Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Capacitive / Resistive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Gyroscope: Yes
Proximity sensor:Y / Yes

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes

Messaging

Chat:Y / Yes
E-mail:Y
Instant messaging (IM):Y / Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y / Yes
Short Message Service (SMS):Y / Yes

Multimedia

Archive formats supported:ZIP
Audio formats supported:AAC, AAX, AAX+, AIFF, HE-AAC, MP3, WAV / AAC, AIFF, HE-AAC, M4A, MP3, WAV / AAC, AIFF, HE-AAC, MP3 / AAC, AIFF, HE-AAC, MP3, WAV / AAC, AIFF, MP3, WAV / AAC,AIFF,HE-AAC,M4A,MP3,WAV / AAC,AIFF,HE-AAC,MP3,WAV
Document formats supported:DOC, DOCX, HTM, HTML, ICS, KEY, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, VCF, XLS, XLSX / DOC, DOCX, HTM, HTML, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, VCF, XLS, XLSX / DOC, DOCX, HTML, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, XLS / DOC, DOCX, HTML, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, XLS, XLSX / DOC, DOCX, HTML, PDF, PPT, XLS / DOC, DOCX, HTML, PDF, PPTX, RTF, TXT, XLS / DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, XLS, XLX / DOC,DOCX,HTML,PDF,PPT,PPTX,RTF,TXT,XLS,XLSX / DOC,DOCX,PDF,PPT,PPTX,RTF,TXT,XLS,XLX / DOCX, HTML, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, XLS / PDF,PPT,PPTX,RTF,TXT,VCF,XLS,XLSX
FM radio:N / No / Yes
Image formats supported:GIF, JPG / GIF, JPG, TIF / GIF,JPG / GIF,JPG,TIF
RSS reader:Y / Yes
Speakers:Stereo
Supported video modes:1080p
Video compression format:AVI, H.264, M-JPEG, MOV, MPEG4 / H.264, M-JPEG, MOV, MPEG4 / H.264, M-JPEG, MPEG4 / H.264, MPEG4 / H.264,M-JPEG,MOV,MPEG4
Video formats supported:AVI,H.264,M-JPEG,MOV,MPEG4 / H.264,M-JPEG,MOV,MPEG4 / H.264,M-JPEG,MPEG4 / H.264,MPEG4

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y / Yes
Electronic compass:Y / Yes
GLONASS:Y
GPS:No / Yes
GPS (satellite):N / Y
Position location:Y
Wi-Fi positioning:Y / Yes

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900 / 850,900,1900
2G standards:EDGE,GPRS / EDGE,GPRS,GSM / EDGE,GSM / GSM
3G:Y / Yes
3G bands supported:1900,2100 / 800,1900 / 800,850,900,1900,2100 / 850,900,1900,2100 / 900,1900,2100
3G standards:CDMA,EVDO,HSDPA,HSUPA,UMTS / CDMA,HSDPA / CDMA,HSDPA,HSUPA / CDMA,HSPA,HSUPA / CDMA,HSUPA / CDMA,HSUPA,WCDMA / CDMA,UMTS,WCDMA / EVDO,HSDPA,HSUPA,UMTS / HSDPA,HSUPA,UMTS
4G:N
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR / 4.0
Data network:3G
SIM card capability:Single SIM
SIM card type:MicroSIM / MiniSIM
Tethering (modem-mode): Yes
WAP:Y
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b,802.11g,802.11n / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Operating altitude:0 - 118110.2
Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Operating relative humidity range:5 - 95
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 45
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 45

Other Features

Camera included: Yes
EDGE: Yes
Java technology: Yes
Music player:Y / Yes
Network standard:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n
Package type:Box
Packaging type:Box
Polyphonic ring: Yes
Ringer type:MP3
Rotating:Y / Yes
Video playback:Y / Yes
Voice recording: Yes
Volume Control:Digital
Wireless connection:Y
Wireless connections: Yes

Packaging Content

Battery charger: Yes
Battery charger included:Y
Cables included:Audio (3.5mm) / USB
Headset included:Y / Yes
Quick start guide:Y / Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Direct printing:Y / Yes
Flight mode: Yes
Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion / Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks / Yes
Microphone mute: Yes
Office support: Yes
Operating system installed:iOS
Operating system version:5 / 7
Personal info management:Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Converter, Countdown timer, Notes, Stopwatch, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Converter, Countdown timer, Stopwatch, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Games, Notes / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Games, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, To-do list / Calculator, Games, To-do list / Calculator, To-do list / Calendar, To-do list
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Converter, Countdown timer, Events reminder, Games, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Converter, Countdown timer, Notes, Stopwatch, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Converter, Countdown timer, Stopwatch, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Games, Notes / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Games, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, To-do list / Calculator, Games, To-do list / Calculator, To-do list / Calendar, To-do list
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts, Themes
Proximity sensor: Yes
Refurbished:Y
Subscription type:No subscription
Video call:Y / Yes
Windows operating systems supported:1.454 / Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Basic x64, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Starter x64, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 8, Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows 8 Enterprise x64, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Pro x64, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business x64, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Enterprise x64, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic x64, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Premium x64, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate x64, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Home x64, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Professional x64 / Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Starter x64, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business x64, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic x64, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Premium x64, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate x64, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Home x64, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Professional x64 / Yes

Ports & interfaces

Docking connector:Y / Yes
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Lightning connector:Y
USB port:N / Y

Processor

Processor:A5
Processor architecture:ARM Cortex-A9
Processor family:Apple
Processor frequency:1
Processor model:A4 / A5

Software

Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion / Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks / Y / Yes
Office support:Y / Yes
Operating system installed:iOS
Operating system version:5 / 7 / 8
Windows operating systems supported:Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Starter x64, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business x64, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic x64, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Premium x64, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate x64, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Home x64, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Professional x64 / Y / Yes

Storage

Compatible memory cards:No / Not supported
Internal storage capacity:16 / 32 / 64 / 8

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Technical Details

Refurbished:Y

Video

Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.366
Height:4.53 / 4.54
Weight:4.83 / 4.94
Width:2.24 / 2.31