WITH MANY iPhone 4S owners likely to be coming to the end of their seemingly never ending 24-month contracts, the time is right for a change. But, with Apple releasing two new devices last month, the choice is not so simple.
Many will no doubt be tempted by one of the new devices but with iPhone 5S stocks low and prices high, the iPhone 5C could prove enticing. Furthermore, coupled with its lower price is the fact the device comes in a raft of bold, brash colours, which could prove enticing to some users.
But is it worth upgrading, or should you stick with your iPhone 4S and find a new, cheaper SIM-only deal that can replace the contract? Similarly, for those who are tempted to buy an Apple smartphone for the first time but are put off by the high price of the iPhone 5S, is it worth seeking a cheap iPhone 4S, or adding a little colour to your life with an iPhone 5C?
Design and build
The most obvious difference between the two phones is the design. The iPhone 4S was the last Apple phone to have the smaller 3.5in screen and it really does seem a lot smaller than the 4in iPhone 5C.
The iPhone 5C also has softer edges compared with the more rectangular iPhone 4S, which give it a nicer feel, while the iPhone 5C's dimensions of 124x59x8.97mm make it very comfortable in the hand.
The iPhone 4S by comparison measures 115x59x9.3mm. As you can see from these numbers, the iPhone 5C is not just taller and wider, but it's thinner, by 0.3mm. While this is not much in the grand scheme of things, you certainly notice the difference.
This is also true of the weight. The iPhone 5C is feather light at 132g, while the iPhone 4S weighs 140g. This, again, is very little difference, but it is noticeable. The iPhone 5C also just has that sense of 'newness' with its design that feels more appealing. This is probably because the iPhone 4S, and the iPhone 4, are victims of their own success, with the design of these older iPhones having been so ubiquitous for the last few years that it is becoming somewhat dated.
Perhaps the only area where the iPhone 4S wins out is in build quality. The iPhone 5C is made of plastic, while the iPhone 4S is housed within a glass and metal body. That said, the iPhone 5C does not feel like a cheap phone and if you use your phone in a case, you'd never feel the difference anyway.
All in all, the iPhone 5C is the nicer phone to look at, as well as being lighter, thinner and more comfortable to hold. The iPhone 4S, like the iPhone 4, is still a nice phone to look at and use, but the Iphone 5C wins.
Winner: iPhone 5C