Post # 1
**TECH/PHONE NERD ALERT!**I am due for an upgrade and currently have an iPhone 4. It’s got a cracked screen, and the 16GB memory was long ago maxed out. I have to pick and choose music and pictures I want on there when I sync it. I waited until the new one came out to upgrade to a larger memory.
I love Apple products and think the iPhone 5 is cool, but I’m also semi-underwhelmed. I compared and contrasted the 4S and the 5 and if I got the 4S I’d only be missing out on LTE, the A6 processor, the bigger screen/better resolution, and a couple of video chatting capabilites.
If I get a 32GB iPhone 4S, I’d save $100, and still be able to use all of my current 30-pin chargers. But….the iPhone 5 looks really awesome (even though with iOS6 the iPhone 4S can still do panorama, voice directions with maps, and flyover). What should I do?!
Post # 4
I don’t like the 5 just because it has a new charger, and I think the screen looks disproportionately long. I currently have a 4, but I’m planning to get the 4S at Christmas.
I don’t think it’s worth the extra hundred. Maybe when the price goes down.
Post # 5
(this comment stems from my experience as a android user, your mileage may vary)
my question for you is how long do you plan on keeping the phone? I know for me, I try to get the top of the line, because I like to abuse my phone for 2 years, and because of how fast technology changes. For me, after two years of having a top of the line phone (for that time), I can feel the slugginess and I feel like I have a lot more problems running newer apps that just need more processing power.
if you’re not a power user, you’ll probably be fine with the 4s.
ultimately I don’t think you could go wrong with either, it just depends on what type of user you are.
Post # 6
So I’m not an iphone user, but I just went to a party last night. Someone there had a new iphone5, and said he’s already found glitches on the hardware (I can’t remember exactly what it was) – something major to do with the touch screen and the new material they use on the covering. That being said, I would probably wait if I were you – I’m told that Apple has a mile long list of support requests now.
Post # 7
If I already had a 4S, then I wouldn’t upgrade. But since my new-every-two was up days shy of the 5 release, I’m getting the 5. I’m just waiting on it to arrive. DH has the 4S and he’s very happy with it.
Post # 8
I would get the iPhone 5 if it was me. Although like you said with iOS 6 the 4s will be close….but I always go for the newest version so that when my upgrade comes around, I don’t feel like I’ve been waiting forever to get the newest one. I got my iPhone 4 shortly after it released, and I am just now to the point where I would like a new one, but not in any hurry. In the past I have always wanted an upgrade a year later (but I guess that is non-apple technology IMO).
Post # 9
@pengoala: hmmm uh oh, really? I’ve not seen/heard anything like that but that sort of thing also makes me wary about the newest version of the phones. I really can’t wait until a iPhon 5S (or whatever their slightly-updated next model is) because my iPhone 4–which I’ve had for 2 years–is really acting shitty as of late. I can’t even DL more apps now…I have NO space. I hate having to pick and choose music every time I sync! I need more memory haha!
Post # 10
I have both. Go with the 5. Yea, there are some glitches but that’s totally normal when a new phone comes out (and that’s for any phone, not just iPhones). Apple will fix everything in future updates so a glitch or two is hardly anything to complain about. For such a small price difference, you’re much better off going with the better of the two phones if for nothing else, re-sale value.
Post # 11
Ive been debating this myself for the past couple weeks. I had held off on upgrading for a few months waiting for the 5. After doing a whole lot of research, I decided to go with the 4s. In my opinion, the extra $100 wasn’t worth what amounts to minor cosmetic changes.
Post # 12
I don’t think this will inform your decision, but I went for the 4S. I’ve never had an iphone before, however. The biggest pros to the 4s would be that I could use the same chargers that my husband had for his 3, and that there is still google maps on the phone. The apple maps pictures that i’ve seen are laughable.
Post # 13
What is the deal with the new 5 or iOS6 maps features? Are these issues with it? I’ve heard sevearl people talking about the maps thing and I’m wondering what’s up…
Post # 14
@MrsDrRose612: Super inaccurate is a big problem. Other things are cosmetic complaints.
I heard you liked Apple Maps
Post # 15
I have the 4s and I’m sticking with it until I’m ready for an upgrade (over a year away). I love it, it has no issues, I just upgraded to the iOS6 (works fine) and I didn’t see any huge difference that made me feel like I just had to have the 5. Also I have more storage on my 4s than I would on a 5 b/c I can’t afford a new 5 plus the storage I need!
Post # 16
Interesting. I was planning on buying FI an iPhone 5 for his late birthday present after our honeymoon (it’d be delivered around that time). I’ll have him scope it out before we make the purchase. It’s his upgrade/present so I want him to be 100% happy.
As for Apple Maps – I have it on my iPhone 4S with the iOS6. I don’t really use maps for anything to begin with so it’s not a problem for me. I can understand people’s frustrations with it though.
ETA: Bazinga – I feel the same as you! My 4S is awesome with the new software. Only reason I don’t want to get FI the iPhone 4S is because the next he would be eligible for an upgrade would be another 18 months!