iPhone 4S vs. iPhone 5: Why You Should Wait for the Next Upgrade

Yesterday we reviewed why the iPhone 4s is a worthy update to the iPhone 4. Today we offer an alternative view and discuss why the iPhone 4s might not be worth an upgrade for some users.

As Apple’s iPhone event wound down yesterday, many people were hoping Tim Cook would pull out Steve Jobs famous line, “One more thing,” and introduce the iPhone 5 that so many of us were anticipating.

That line never came, and we were left with the iPhone 4S as the new Apple phone. Some people were fine with the announcement, but others, who had been waiting for a new form factor and a bigger screen, were left disappointed. As soon as that iPhone 4S flashed on the screen in Cupertino, Apple stock dropped 2%. Twitter exploded with tweets from angry Apple fans, and message board entries displayed the dissatisfaction of receiving an iPhone 4S instead of an iPhone 5.

The iPhone 4S is a significant upgrade to the iPhone 4, just as the 3GS was a much faster version of the 3G. But here’s the problem: The iPhone 4 design is 16 months old. It’s stale. It’s boring. We’re used to Apple giving us faster, thinner, sleeker devices on a regular basis. Every other iPhone release was in the month of June or July, with an update coming every year.

The iPhone 4S marks the first fall release, and it was a reasonable assumption that since an upgrade took 16 months instead of 12, something big was coming. And Apple scheduled a big event. The iPhone 4S announcement plus the news that the iPod Touch now comes in white was not big at all. People would be less disappointed if Apple hadn’t made such a hubbub about an incremental upgrade.

Beside the iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S is a decent upgrade. It features an improved camera, an A5 dual-core processor, dual-core graphics, and faster downloading speeds.   But beside other top of the line Android phones (Samsung Galaxy S II, Motorola Droid Bionic, HTC Titan), the iPhone 4S is nearly outdated.

Those phones all have faster processors and more memory. The Galaxy S II beats or equals the iPhone 4S in almost every category, from display technology and display size to battery and weight. The only thing the iPhone 4S stands out for is its significant internal storage, display resolution, and media playback time, but it really falls behind on processing speed, memory, and display size. The iPhone 4 is 3.5 inches, while other top of the line phones from Apple’s competitors all feature 4”+ screens.

Where’s the innovation? Where’s the blow-your-mind designs that Apple is famous for? The designs that every other manufacturer tries to emulate? This is a barely competitive phone that looks exactly like a phone that we’ve been using for 16 months. It’s hardly worth an upgrade.

My iPhone 4 works fine. It’s sufficiently speedy, the camera is fine for Twitter pictures, and while Siri is cool, I’m not enthralled with the idea of speaking to my phone. The iPhone 4S might be moderately faster, but it doesn’t entice me to buy the iPhone 4S at this point.

If you have an iPhone 3GS or earlier model, then the 4S is definitely a huge upgrade that’s worth a new contract. Go for it, get the iPhone 4S and revel in the amazing speed increase and retina graphics. Likewise, if you’re a Sprint customer, you will be awed by the splendor of an iPhone. It’s a must have, especially compared to the other lackluster phones that Sprint offers.

If you have an iPhone 4, this is an upgrade you should probably skip. The iPhone 4S is faster, but the screen size and resolution are the same. With iOS 5, you’re getting the same software, and the touted network speed advantage is only a minor increase that’s not 4G. The only feature you won’t have access to is Apple’s new built-in personal assistant, Siri.

The iPhone 4 will last at least another year, and a mid-season upgrade will lock you into a new contract, making you ineligible for an upgrade during a summer or fall 2012 iPhone 5 release. Many of you who purchased an iPhone 4 at release, like I did, will soon be eligible for an upgrade. But purchasing an iPhone 4S within the next few months will mean you’re not eligible for another phone until April of 2013 or even later (at least, with carriers in the U.S.). And that means no shiny new iPhone 5 for you when it comes out, unless you’re willing to pay the non-subsidized price, which is pretty hefty.

I won’t be upgrading. The iPhone 4S doesn’t have enough to offer, so I’m going to hold out and hope that Apple bounces back and releases a phone that’s truly innovative rather than a rehash of an old product.

Are you going to upgrade to the 4S, or stick with your current phone? What’s your reasoning? Let us know in the comments.

Source http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/padgadget/~3/5fy5qsmZk3g/



Comments  

 
0 #1 Zippy 2011-10-20 13:45
I heard that the new talking assistant of the iPhone 4S, Siri, was all the rave. For me, that's reason enough to get me an iPhone, after the blackberry debacle.
Quote
 

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

MyiPadGames Reviews

Image
Stringz HD Review: New Challenging Puzzler for the iPad
Tuesday, 01 May 2012
IPhone Version is Out + Update ... Read more...
Image
Plants War Review: in Every War There Will Always be a Hero
Tuesday, 24 April 2012
Plants War Review: in Every War There Will Always be a Hero is a post from: My iPad Games Plants War (Free via iTunes)game is closely related to War Craft and DOTA, so if you love playing those games you will also appreciate this fun game from... Read more...
Image
Freebie Alert: Ant Raid, Feed the Dragon and More!
Tuesday, 24 April 2012
Freebie Alert: Ant Raid, Feed the Dragon and More! is a post from: My iPad Games Through one of my favourite sites, I found a few good games that went free today, here are some of them:   1. Icebreaker Hockey Icebreaker Hockey is an arcade... Read more...
Image
How to Add Friends via Game Center
Monday, 23 April 2012
add me Cheung Ka HO ... Read more...
Image
How to Add Friends via Game Center
Monday, 23 April 2012
Add me: ZIGZAG? ... Read more...
Image
The Best Multiplayer iPad Games
Thursday, 19 April 2012
Great selection! Harbor Master is one of my favorites! Check iPad Multiplayer Games for more games. ... Read more...
Image
Super Lemonade Factory Review | My iPad Games Blog
Monday, 16 April 2012
Super Lemonade Factory Review: Simple yet Refreshing is a post from: My iPad Games Super Lemonade Factory: Simple yet Refreshing! Tired of your sword slaying, strategic level up and mind puzzling games?  Try this simple yet refreshing game from the... Read more...
Image
How to Gift an iPad App
Monday, 16 April 2012
How to Gift an iPad App is a post from: My iPad Games The iTunes store has a lot of entertaining, useful apps and awesome games in store for everyone, but did you know that iTunes also has an built in app gifting tool where you can pay for... Read more...
Image
Elder Sign: Omens Review: A Board Game Masterpiece
Saturday, 14 April 2012
Elder Sign: Omens Review: A Board Game Masterpiece is a post from: My iPad Games Fantasy Flight has a reputation of creating challenging games. After creating one of their famous Arkham Horror Fantasy Flight has developed another amazing game to... Read more...
Image
Madcoaster Review: Prepare for the Best Rollercoaster Ride
Thursday, 12 April 2012
Madcoaster Review: Prepare for the Best Rollercoaster Ride is a post from: My iPad Games If you are looking for an exciting ride with tons of fun, Madcoaster ($0.99 via iTunes, universal) is just right for you. This game is for everyone. Kids, moms... Read more...

ExelentiPadapps Reviews

Image
iPhoto - Best iPad App
Sunday, 06 May 2012
Edit, browse and share your photos with Apple’s iPhoto for the iPad. Powerful tools are right at your fingertips for enhancing your images. Features: Smart Browsing Multi-Touch editing Brushes for photo adjustments... Read more...
Image
Khan Academy - Best iPad App
Thursday, 03 May 2012
Do you want to learn something today? Learn just about anything for free with Khan Academy for the iPad. You’ll get access to over 2,700 videos covering a number of different topics. Features: Downloadable videos ... Read more...
Image
Top Grades are Earned by new iPad Display And Apps
Monday, 30 April 2012
When the third generation iPad was introduced many people were struck by the increased resolution of its Retina Display. But now after using it for about two weeks many users says that it is brilliant. Specially when... Read more...
Image
Mole Kingdom - Best iPad Game
Friday, 27 April 2012
Do you like tower building games? Build a underground paradise in the tower simulation game Mole Kingdom for the iPad. Features: 9 moles with different features 12 beautiful palaces 48 kinds of apartments 10 kinds... Read more...
Image
The Tribez HD - Best iPad Game
Tuesday, 24 April 2012
Want to build your very own stone-age village? Build a primitive village with farms, huts, shops, cave-pubs and even a theater in the game The Tribez HD for the iPad. Lead your tribe to prosperity by exploring hidden... Read more...
Image
Swordigo - Best iPad Game
Saturday, 21 April 2012
Defeat the spreading corruption as you fight through a vast world in the platform adventure game Swordigo for the iPad. Features: Explore towns, dungeons and treasures Level up your character by gaining experience ... Read more...
Image
New iPad Facebook App is coming
Wednesday, 18 April 2012
There is a report that the fourthcoming Facebook app optimized for the new iPad coming. This would presumably add support for the tablet’s Retina Display. Last time the new iPad Facebook app was updated in December.... Read more...
Image
Angry Birds Space HD - Best iPad Game
Sunday, 15 April 2012
The wait is finally over. Angry Birds Space has arrived for the iPad. Get ready for a whole new Angry Birds experience with new super powers, new birds, new lightspeed destruction and more. Features: New superpowers ... Read more...
Image
Kung Fu Rabbit - Best iPad Game
Thursday, 12 April 2012
Your students have been kidnapped, use your combat skills to save them in the platform game Kung Fu Rabbit for the iPad. Slide along walls, jump on roof tops, sneak up on the bad guys and rip them to pieces. Features: ... Read more...
Image
Ice Age Village - Best iPad Game
Monday, 09 April 2012
Enter the Ice Age universe and help your favorite characters build a village in the game Ice Age Village for the iPad. Features: Head out on quests and missions Interact with Ice Age characters Enjoy mini-games... Read more...
iPad 3 Best iPad Yet?




Most Popular