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Old Nov 9, 2012, 09:15 AM   #1
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Laptop or IPhone 4s?

Whats better in my situation. An upgrade from 4 to 4s because i want a faster phone for gaming and web? (Unlocked used on tmobile) Or a new laptop for basic needs such as web, schoolwork and some casual gaming? Both are almost the same price
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Old Nov 9, 2012, 09:18 AM   #2
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Whats better in my situation. An upgrade from 4 to 4s because i want a faster phone for gaming and web? (Unlocked used on tmobile) Or a new laptop for basic needs such as web, schoolwork and some casual gaming? Both are almost the same price
well.. a laptop will be much better for gaming lol. You can get a *decent* laptop for $500 these days.
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Old Nov 9, 2012, 09:24 AM   #3
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Whats better in my situation. An upgrade from 4 to 4s because i want a faster phone for gaming and web? (Unlocked used on tmobile) Or a new laptop for basic needs such as web, schoolwork and some casual gaming? Both are almost the same price
Up to your personal needs & which one you need more urgently. You can make do with a normal phone for calls, but some things that are done on a laptop cannot be duplicated on a separate platform. Depends.
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Old Nov 9, 2012, 09:32 AM   #4
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I would probably say a laptop would be better in your situation. The 4 can't be that horribly slow with iOS 6 installed on it. And plus, the 4S really isn't that huge of an upgrade from the 4.
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Old Nov 9, 2012, 09:36 AM   #5
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I would probably say a laptop would be better in your situation. The 4 can't be that horribly slow with iOS 6 installed on it. And plus, the 4S really isn't that huge of an upgrade from the 4.
For the sake of proving your last sentence wrong, I saw this post a while back. Take a look.

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Wrong. 4 to 4s is huge compared to 4s to 5.

CPU
4-4S. Single core CortexA8 to Dual core CortexA9. Gaining multithreading from single thread architecture jump is massive.
4S-5 is just one dual core to a another, substantial, but mush less.

Camera
4-4S. Big, 720p to 1080p video. 5 lens system. Panorama. 5MP to 8MP.
5. Lens cover with more scratch resistance and purple light halos

Display
4/4S/5 All retina
5 taller and less ergonomic

Cellular.
4: single antenna, 3-5mbps 3G
4S: dual diversity dynamic antenna system 8-19mbps 4G
5: dual diversity dynamic antenna system 40-60mbps LTE
The 4 already has double basic home DSL bandwidth, 4S even more. Who needs that much on a mobile, really? Silly overkill.

Dock connector
5: Lightning. Losses compatibility with many accessories and all your previous charging cables. Can be hard to bum a quick charge.

Built quality
4/4S strong stainless steel frame, gorilla glass type outer
5 soft aluminum with easy wearing anodization

4-4S Siri, 3D maps, turn-by-turn
4S-5 nothing else.
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Old Nov 9, 2012, 09:41 AM   #6
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For the sake of proving your last sentence wrong, I saw this post a while back. Take a look.
Faster chip and Siri are really the "big" differences between the two that would matter to me (Again, I'm speaking for myself since I do not play any games on my iPhone). For the OP the faster chip would make a difference for gaming, but he should using a laptop for the optimal experience.
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Old Nov 9, 2012, 09:43 AM   #7
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For me personally, I'd go for the laptop, it's just a more productive and versatile tool.
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Old Nov 9, 2012, 09:47 AM   #8
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+1 for the laptop.
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Perhaps the question would have been a tad more challenging if it was between the iPad & a laptop.

Then again, iOS is really limited in terms of Micro Office related stuff, IMO. That's something that PCs always win. For now.
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Old Nov 9, 2012, 10:01 AM   #10
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I'd choose the laptop everyday of the week and twice on Sunday.
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Old Nov 9, 2012, 10:09 AM   #11
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You should get the laptop. A phone is still a phone.
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Old Nov 9, 2012, 10:51 AM   #12
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Whats better in my situation. An upgrade from 4 to 4s because i want a faster phone for gaming and web? (Unlocked used on tmobile) Or a new laptop for basic needs such as web, schoolwork and some casual gaming? Both are almost the same price
Define your criteria for better. Or make a list of your priorities and you'll have your answer.

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For the sake of proving your last sentence wrong, I saw this post a while back. Take a look.
You're not "proving his last sentence wrong". A list of improvements doesn't change a person's perception of the importance of the improvements. You're confusing the two and assuming them to be one and the same. As stated above, this is a subjective matter and the answer depends on the person asking.

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A phone is still a phone.
A laptop is still a laptop.
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Old Nov 9, 2012, 02:01 PM   #13
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I scored a Dell E4300 business class laptop
c2d 2.4
ddr3 3gb
160 hd
13" widescreen
backlight keyb
working battery
power adapter (with car 12v socket too)

all for less than $150 on ebay

more than capable machine for your tasks unless you want a Mac.
I have iPhone 4, never used 4S so I can't tell the difference.

Good luck hunting
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