Specs summary


The Apple iPhone 4s's screen is 3.5 inches with 640 x 960 pixels resolution.


There is a Apple Dual-core A5 1 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the iOS 5 (Update Available: 9) operating system (OS).

8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.

16/32/64 GB

Internal memory is 16/32/64 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1430 mAh battery. Apple's performance ratings are 8.5 days standby time, 840 minutes (2G), 480 minutes (3G), 540 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

The iPhone 4S takes the previous king, gives it some more pep and adds on a better camera to boot

- Tim Stevens , Engadget 

Is this the best phone ever made? That’s debatable. But I can tell you this: the iPhone 4S is pretty damn cool

- Joshua Topolsky , The Verge 

Reviews summary

Based on 41 reviews

While the iPhone 4s does not look much different from the iPhone 4, it does boast both hardware and software related improvements. As you may know, the iPhone 4 had some problems with dropping calls due to the placement of its antennas. The iPhone 4s has been redesigned to eliminate this problem, and it is no longer necessary to worry about how to hold the phone to avoid dropping important calls.

The processor is also upgraded, with the A5 CPU being used. This is the same CPU that is used in the iPad 2, though runs at 800MHz compared to 1GHz in the iPad 2. Even with the slight speed decrease, the phone still is one of the best performers on the market. Up to 64GB of storage space is available as well, which is plenty even for the most demanding power users. The camera on the iPhone 4s is one of the best on any cell phone on the market. The photos it can create rival a dedicated point and shoot camera, with rich color and impressive low light performance, making it a significant step forward from the camera on any iPhone before it.

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The iPhone 4s also introduces Siri, which is a computerized virtual assistant built into the iOS 5 software. Using this new voice technology, you talk to Siri naturally and she can help you do anything on the phone just by speaking to her, making it easier than ever to check the weather, send a text, or put an appointment on your calendar.

There are a couple weak points, but nothing that spoils the experience. The latest 4G capability is still not available so users who wish for the fastest data transfer speeds will want to look elsewhere. The back of the phone is still constructed of glass making it easier to crack (when dropped) than a phone with a plastic back.

Need to Know: iPhone 4s

1. The best iPhone yet. Super fast and user-friendly. (The Good)

2. Camera is one of the best on any phone. (The Good)

3. Still no 4G. (The Bad)

4. Not the most durable phone around. (The Bad)

Reviews (8.9/10 Avg. rating)


Not quite the deal it hopes to be

from Cnet
With a premium build, good camera and free accessories in the box, Alcatel's Idol 4S is a solid midrange buy... Full review
Good Housekeeping

Intuitive navigation and layout but still no 4G

from Good Housekeeping

As with all Apple upgrades, the iPhone 4S is better and faster than its predecessor — and was easily our top pick for a premium phone for AT&T customers. Enhancements include a more responsive dual core processor, an 8-megapixel camera with improved sensors, a sharper display, and slick call quality (the phone switches between two antennas: one for calling, one for receiving). Apple also added some nifty upgrades with iOS 5, harnessing cloud capabilities and giving users their own personal assistant with Siri. Consumer testers found this device extremely intuitive and easy to use.... Full review


Neat design, fantastic camera, premium build quality

from UnleashThePhones

The iPhone 4S is just as excellent a smartphone as it’s recent predecessors. It delivers a huge range of functionality along with an entire ecosystem that all together makes it one of the best phones in the market right now. Things like AirPlay, which I’m a huge fan of, are neat little features incorporated which Apple has done a good job of pushing. And accessory-wise you’re spoiled for choice with an iPhone.

Admittedly, noone is really a huge fan of iTunes as a software package, but there is a bit of convenience in having a backup of your entire device, along with one app to d... Full review


Lack of a new design, full HD video recording, enhanced optics

from Techsmart
Whilst Apple’s new iPhone 4S may look like the outgoing model, its faster CPU, enhanced antenna and new optics combine to make it one of our top 3 smartphones currently on the market. Regarding Siri - it sure is an interesting concept, but we soon lost interest as the novelty faded. The iPhone 4S comes with an RRP of R7699 for the 16 GB model, R8999 for the 32 GB model and R10299 for the 64 GB model... Full review
What Digital Camera

A significant upgrade over its predecessor

from What Digital Camera
Apple reckons the iPhone 4S has the best camera ever produced for a mobile phone, and we reckon they might be right. It redefines what photographers can reasonably expect to get from a camera phone. The speed of use and quality of the results exceeds not only any other phone we've tried but also many cameras too. Based upon this test, compact manufacturers should start panicking now... Full review
Top Ten Reviews

The combination of outstanding hardware, an exceptional OS and impressive apps make this the best smartphone available

from Top Ten Reviews
The Apple iPhone 4S is the next step in the evolution of the iPhone. Apple had already set the smartphone bar very high, and this device gives it a substantial nudge higher. The vast selection of iPhone apps continues to grow rapidly, expanding the phone's capabilities almost daily. The iPhone's computing capability is made possible by its fast A5 processor. Its video and still-camera capabilities far exceed previous editions, and the introduction of Siri, even though it's still in Beta testing, position this device far ahead of its competitors... Full review
Pocket PC Central

Better battery life, best smartphone camera yet, high pixel density Retina displays

from Pocket PC Central

Is the iPhone 4S better than the iPhone 4? Unquestionably. But are the minor speed improvements, upgraded camera performance and Siri enough to justify the upgrade for most iPhone 4 users? I don’t think so.

By all accounts, the iPhone 5 will be a major update to the line, with a larger screen, even faster performance, a new OS, LTE and possibly even new technologies like NFC. If you don’t mind spending $500 or $600 next year to upgrade to a truly new-and-improved iPhone 5, upgrade away. If not, don’t jump ship just yet; your current iPhone 4 with iOS 5 will carry you for th... Full review

Digital Versus

Intuitive interface with improvements like notifcations and iMessage on a responsive handset

from Digital Versus
The iPhone 4S is as easy to use as ever, and sees the arrival of several improvements. The most substantial of these include visibly better photos from the digital camera and the faster processor speeds. The new voice services from Siri are a clear part of Apple's strategy to add more and more services to the basic product—we're just looking forward to seeing it work with some more apps... Full review

Sub-par battery life, entirely new antenna system, graphics performance is amazingly better

from Pocketables

There were some of you who asked me why I would upgrade from a 4 to a 4S. To be honest, I wanted Siri and a different color.

But as I started using it more, I realized why Apple would release just a simple internal upgrade. This move positions the company to bring a brand new design next year, along with a few better specs, at the same price point. If Apple had chosen to release a new design, it probably would've been stuck running an A4.

That being said, there's no reason you need to upgrade if you've already got an iPhone 4. There isn't enough of a performance boost yet; we'... Full review

What Hi-Fi

Delivers a complete package that's hard to beat

from What Hi-Fi
It’s testament to the quality of the iPhone as a piece of design and a piece of hardware that it remains so competitive. For audio quality, ease of use and the entertainment on offer from apps and iTunes, it’s hard to beat.But the screen looks small and some of the shine has gone from the iPhone’s crown. With a new model due in the autumn, Apple will surely look to deliver something revolutionary rather than evolutionary... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date October 14, 2011
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Asia, Europe, North America, Australia, South America, Africa, India, Philippines, Russia, Ukraine, China
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
800/1900 MHz
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
SIM Card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System iOS 5 (Update Available: 9)

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Processor Apple Dual-core A5 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB or 32 GB or 64 GB
RAM 512 MB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.15 W/kg
Body: 1.18 W/kg
Languages Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1430 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 600 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 540 minutes
3G Surfing Time 360 minutes
4G Surfing Time No
Talk Time Up to:
840 minutes (2G)
480 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 8.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.4 x 5.9 x 1.0 cm
(4.5 x 2.3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 136 grams
(4.8 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 640 x 960 pixels
Pixel Density 326 pixels
Size 3.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Wallpapers
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Unknown
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Retina Display
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key Yes
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard Unknown
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type WAP 2.0, HTML
Browser Safari
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services SMS, MMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots No
Expansion Slots Info No
PC Synchronization Yes
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 8+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 5x digital
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters VGA (640 x 480 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, Protected AAC, AAC, Audible, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
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