The 4S was released years ago. How do you feel about owning a handset from 2011? As it was released a long time ago, it’s no surprise that it’s small. Manufacturers weren’t huge on making phones big then. Its front stretches 3.5 inches across.
Take a look at its sides. We believe Apple curved them well – you won’t feel sore holding the phone for hours.
It’s not very thin. The following are its dimensions, 115.2 mm x 58.6 mm x 9.3 mm.
It’s not heavy, and we’re fans of units with a bit of weight. They feel the most premium. It is 140 grams.
Its build is good. The device rocks a glass and aluminum body. The glass on it is super strengthened, so scratching it would be hard. Just know that it collects fingerprints.
The 4s doesn’t come with a microSD slot. This is not shocking – even the newer iPhones don’t come with expandable storage. Unlike its newer counterparts, you’re getting a 3.5 mm headphone jack, though.
If you’re expecting a fingerprint sensor, get ready to be disappointed. And no, facial recognition is a feature you’ll definitely not get.
What colours can you pick it up in? There are only 2 choices, they are the black and white. We’re personally not fans of either.
On its front, an IPS LCD panel was placed. LCDs don’t produce the most vibrant colours. As its display is small, immersing in videos won’t be easy. There isn’t a good screen-to-body ratio either. How do you feel about a 54% ratio?
More affordable units these days come with ratios around 80%. Take a look at the Galaxy A20. It has an 85% one.
Considering its size, the 4S’ pixel resolution makes it sharp. You’ll be met with a 640 x 960-pixel screen.
Don’t worry about scratching its front. Apple placed Gorilla Glass. The handset boasts an oleophobic layer as well – muck, grease and dirt won’t stick to it.
The OS it runs is IOS 5. These days, IOS 14 is around, but it sadly didn’t receive the update. If it’s any consolation, you can update its systems to IOS 9.3.5.
The chipset housed is the A5 Bionic. When the 4S first released, its processor was one of the most powerful around.
It doesn’t hold a torch to what you can get these days. In fact, its chipset lags when overworked. It doesn’t help that you can’t even pick it up with a lot of RAM. 512 MB of memory will be all you’ll get. If you have many apps working in the background, they’ll force close.
How much ROM will be available? 8, 16, 32 and 64 GB options can be picked up. You probably shouldn’t purchase the 8 GB variant – its storage would be full in a month. If you remember, you don’t get expandable storage either.
Let’s talk about its battery. Apple isn’t known to place large batteries into devices. The 4S is no different. It houses a 1432 mAh unit. It fully drains in around half a day.
Although its battery is small, the phone’s width is quite large. By today’s standards, this is strange.
In case you’re wondering, no, its battery is not removable.
You’ll be charging it via a USB 2.0 port. A regular charger would have to be placed – the mobile would go from 0-100% in well over 2 hours.
We think Apple produces some of the best cameras around. When the 4S released, its set-up was magnificent. However, today’s standards have drastically improved. It takes shots that’re not as colour accurate and vibrant as current handsets promise. Graininess would be a huge issue you’ll deal with.
There is a single shooter on its rear which consists of an 8 MP lens. Of course, there is no front camera. Selfies weren’t a thing then,
Purchasing the 4S would be hard. But if you look around, you’ll be able to get it for around Rs.20,000.