Riccardo Mori recently got an iPhone 4S to see how it fares nowadays.
I do miss my iPhone 4S a bit. It was truly ‘small, but perfectly formed’. While I love the long battery life on my Lenovo PHAB2, it is just too big to ever operate with just one hand. sigh Maybe I should try and score an iPhone SE while I still can?
Isn’t a 3.5-inch display a bit small for today’s standards? — More than ‘standards’, I’d say ‘habits’, but anyway. There are two major scenarios where a smaller display such as this may show its limits today, I think. The first is media consumption, particularly videos. While you can definitely watch a YouTube video on the iPhone 4S — the device is still powerful enough to provide playback without hiccups — you’ll just want a bigger, more widescreen viewing area. The second is web browsing. Here, the problem isn’t so much that a lot of today’s websites are tailored for bigger screens, even on mobile (although this has an undeniable impact), but web advertising. There are essentially no content blockers for iOS 8 (and 32‐bit devices in general), and a lot of websites end up crowding that 3.5-inch screen with ads and popups that are difficult to dismiss given the cramped space. Still, I’ve been positively surprised by the iPhone 4S’s ability to handle certain heavy, ad‐ridden websites.
OK, I can definitely remember how painful that aspect was. Then again, I have an iPad Mini 4, so that would be my first port of call for reading and watching content.
And as Riccardo points out in his article, for most uses the iPhone 4S still works pretty well. That said, I would definitely want to keep it clean in terms of number of apps installed.