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Apple iPhone 4S, Part 1: More Horsepower, Better Hardware

Better Gaming: Infinity Blade And Real Racing 2 HD

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Most games aren't taxing enough on mobile graphics processors that you'd notice a difference between the iPhone 4 and 4S. If you're accustomed to playing Angry Birds and filling out crossword puzzles, there's really no reason to buy an iPhone 4S for its added graphics muscle. The PowerVR SGX 543MP2 is simply overkill.

On the other hand, if you enjoy games like Infinity Blade or Real Racing 2, you will see clear improvement. The developers behind those titles include code paths able to exploit Apple's latest hardware.

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  • maddogjt
    On the CPU spec chart, iPhone 4S is mislabeled as iPad 2
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  • halcyon
    Its a nice phone.
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  • acku
    maddogjtOn the CPU spec chart, iPhone 4S is mislabeled as iPad 2
    Thanks for catching that. Fixed!

    Cheers,
    Andrew Ku
    TomsHardware.com
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  • dragonsqrrl
    ...that's what you'll get with an SGX543 MP2. Imagine the performance of the PS Vita with an MP4 and twice the Cortex9 cores.
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  • jimmysmitty
    My only question is why is it only being compared to competition in the form of tablets? Why is there no Droid Bionic or the Galaxy SII?

    Are we to think the iPhone 4s is equal to a tablet? Especially considering the Bionic has a faster dual core (1GHz Core), more RAM (1GB), Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) and is a phone, like the iPhone.

    Honestly this review is lacking since it doesn't compare actual phones from other companies (be it Android or WP7) and instead compares it to tablets.
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  • aznshinobi
    Why do people think the iPhone 4S is revolutionary or just amazing? The Galaxy S2 is thinner, has a better CPU, and has a much larger screen. To me the 4S is a huge rip-off. iOS5 has a few things they've stolen of Android that people think are "new".
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  • tramit
    aznshinobiWhy do people think the iPhone 4S is revolutionary or just amazing? The Galaxy S2 is thinner, has a better CPU, and has a much larger screen. To me the 4S is a huge rip-off. iOS5 has a few things they've stolen of Android that people think are "new".
    I don't know about you but I also think it is amazing that a year later any iPhone can hold its value much better then its competing Android counterpart. When I purchased my Nexus S it wasn't to bad, but a couple months later and a huge chunk of the value was lost. Whether you like it or not the iPhone can hold its value due to the large demand.

    The GSII some would say is not revolutionary as well compared to the GSI which is the same approach it seems that the iPhone took from the 4 to the 4S. Even though the GSII has amazing hardware, the software still crashes quite often. You would think that with all the power under the hood that it would work more smoothly but it does not. My Nexus S with the most up to date Android software is still buggy at the most annoying times. If I weren't with T-Mobile I would have probably gotten the 4S. Hopefully the Nexus Prime will come to T-Mobile as well and ICS will have fixed even more bugs and work on a seemless and fluid user experience without crashing or having to send an error report.
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  • acku
    9521240 said:
    My only question is why is it only being compared to competition in the form of tablets? Why is there no Droid Bionic or the Galaxy SII?

    Are we to think the iPhone 4s is equal to a tablet? Especially considering the Bionic has a faster dual core (1GHz Core), more RAM (1GB), Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) and is a phone, like the iPhone.

    Honestly this review is lacking since it doesn't compare actual phones from other companies (be it Android or WP7) and instead compares it to tablets.

    Agreed. Excellent point. We'll add other smartphone as reference points.

    Cheers,
    Andrew Ku
    TomsHardware.com
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  • AbdullahG
    aznshinobiWhy do people think the iPhone 4S is revolutionary or just amazing? The Galaxy S2 is thinner, has a better CPU, and has a much larger screen. To me the 4S is a huge rip-off. iOS5 has a few things they've stolen of Android that people think are "new".I have yet to find someone how thinks the 4S is revolutionary. Innovative, yes, but not revolutionary. And people think iOS5 has new features which Android had simply because people are more aware of the iPhone rather than Android phones. Living in NY, there are a lot of busy routes. One such route which is commonly used to get to Manhattan has a huge billboard advertising the iPhone. Remember, these routes are full of busy people getting to work and so on. The iPhone is going to look appealing to such people. Why? Because they make of majority of the market for smartphones.
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  • jimmysmitty
    9521243 said:
    Agreed. Excellent point. We'll add other smartphone as reference points.

    Cheers,
    Andrew Ku
    TomsHardware.com

    I just happen to have gone from a LG Ally to a Droid Bionic (holy crap major difference.

    I can give you my sores but I am a bit afraid they might be off since Verizon tend to load the most crap they can.

    Overall its not too bad, its got a PowerVR SGX 540.
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