Should I buy a new iPhone 4 or 5?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by DoNoHarm, Oct 6, 2012.

  1. macrumors 65816


    Oct 8, 2008
    Hey people, are the iPhone 5's worth it?

    I have an old iPhone4 that I'm happy with and I'm out of contract with AT&T. Since I live and work in buildings that have AT&T antennas above them, I know I'm going to stick with AT&T for the next two years. Therefore, it makes sense for me to sell my existing iPhone 4 for $200 and either

    1) buy a new iPhone 4 for $0 (and pocket the 200)


    2) buy the new iPhone 5 with the 200.

    I don't care about Siri, the camera, or the increased size of the iPhone 5. Frankly, I'm even a little worried about the aluminum scuffing on the iphone 5 and I'm annoyed about the adaptor change. Yet obviously it's a newer phone that won't be obsolete, etc. etc.

    For those who bought the iphone 5, which option would you recommend? Thanks guys!
  2. macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2011
    if anything split the difference and get a 4s. Though battery life is pretty bad on it. 4 is the best amongst them.
  3. mKTank, Oct 6, 2012
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 11, 2012

    macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2010
    5 is best among them. Best performance, most durability (yes it'll scratch but it won't break nearly as fast), best battery life, best screen, thinnest, lightest, best antenna, has LTE, etc etc etc.
  4. macrumors 65816

    Feb 24, 2009
    You would be absolutely foolish to lock yourself into a 2 year contract on the iPhone 4. I would just be mad opening up at iPhone 4 at this point knowing I had to use it for 2 years but that is just me.
  5. macrumors 68000

    May 3, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    There is no way that I would buy an iPhone that was 2 generations old.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2010
    4s or newer....
  7. irDigital0l, Oct 7, 2012
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 11, 2012


    Dec 7, 2010
    Umm...he doesn't care about the screen or siri.

    Why would he go with the iPhone 5?

    The iPhone 4 still works fine.

    People that NEED to upgrade every know are atypical.
  8. macrumors 68040


    Oct 14, 2007
    Decisions, decisions !

    Do I wear jeans today or shorts !

    Do i buy this or that.

    Man go with your gut feeling !

    I always do....

    For me i use the 4s and will upgrade to the 5 when stock is available.
    Thats my own decision.

  9. mKTank, Oct 7, 2012
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 11, 2012

    macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2010
    Never said a single word about Siri. I wasn't referring to the fact that the screen is larger. Simply put, the iPhone 5 has the best screen because of the color accuracy and sharpness, even when put next to other top contenders such as the Galaxy S3. It's a better screen than the one that ships with the iPhone 4. It's a big bonus at the minimum if he still doesn't care.

    I already went over this.

    Better performance.
    Better screen.
    Better battery life.
    Better reception (especially over the iPhone 4's antenna which sports a faulty design).
    More future proof (more on this point later).
    More software features.
    Better camera.
    Better connectivity (LTE, DC-HSPA+, etc.)

    No, it doesn't. A lot of features of iOS 6 were omitted, with the vast majority of the ones that were not omitted performing in a subpar manner inconsistent with standards generally set by the usual iPhone owner. This is only year one if he decides to buy an iPhone 4. What's going to happen year two with iOS7? How about year three with iOS8? He's going to be left in the dark as his phone's performance deteriorates with each update as he misses out on more features on a bi-annual basis.

    Seeing as the iPhone 4 is over two years old, I would hardly call it "every year." There is also nothing wrong with the people that want to upgrade every year. These people earn their money and spend it as they choose. Are you going to be their instant financial advisor and demand that their spendings be altered based on your standards of normality? Trying to argue that outdated technology already on its last legs with a cloudy future is a wise purchase over current-/next-generation technology is more akin to the definition of atypicality.

    In conclusion: OP, get an iPhone 5.
  10. macrumors 601


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Get a 5. I was sceptical about upgrading from a 4 to a 5, but it's like night and day. Everything just seems so much quicker on the 5 - I was changing the wallpaper last night, on the 4 it would take 2-3 secs, now it does it instantly.
    Little things like that make a huge difference.

    Get the 5 and don't look back.
  11. macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2012
    Subjective but some do like the longer but same width screen.

    Is there any evidence about this yet?
  12. ddublu, Oct 7, 2012
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    macrumors 65816


    Jun 26, 2011
    The camera is better. Read the specs. Just because the MP didn't change doesn't mean the camera didn't change.
  13. macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2012
    what is the difference please?
  14. macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2010
    My last iPhone was the 4, and my 5 is a million times better. You think your 4 is great, and it is a great phone, but everything about the 5 is better and faster and will last you longer. Seriously go with a 5 bro.
  15. macrumors member

    Apr 1, 2012
    What he said. Go with the 5!!
  16. macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2012
    it's the best iphone since the iPhone...
  17. macrumors 68020

    Dec 30, 2010
    In the past 24 hours, at least three people have started a NEW message thread with the same question. Is it that hard to scroll down the page and join existing threads?

    And by the way, half of America still does not have any type of smartphone.
  18. macrumors 68030


    Oct 3, 2012
    New Jersey
    Do you want a phone that everyone has pretty much kicked to the curb? The scuffing is non-existant on the white one and hard to do on the black one, people blew it out of proportion. If the smaller charger really bothers you that much then get the 4s or nothing because from this point on every mobile apple product (ipad iphone ipod touch) will have the lightning charger. Siri isn't a killer feature but you'll probably forget it was there, if you truly feel like you can last another 2 years on an obsolete phone then go ahead.
  19. macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2012
    or is it because a lot of people are undecided about the iphone 5?


    iphone 4 is by no means obsolete
  20. jk4lebron23, Oct 7, 2012
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 11, 2012

    macrumors demi-god


    Apr 6, 2010
    maybe some people like to have 200 bucks left in their pocket
  21. iClive, Oct 7, 2012
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 11, 2012

    macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2012
    I agree, and although nobody on here knows me, trust me I'm not an idiot but am sufficiently underwhelmed so far by the iPhone 5 not to dash out there and buy one. My iPhone 4 is still perfectly up to the job for what I use it for.
  22. macrumors 6502


    Sep 6, 2007
    you don't have to sign up for a new contract. If your phone is working fine stick with it until the iPhone 5s. N I'm sure your grown enough to make your own decisions.
  23. macrumors 65816

    Apr 29, 2005
    I never cease to be amazed at people who don't think the iPhone 5 is a major upgrade. What would you consider to be a major update?

    Everything is new and improved. LTE speed blows 3G out of the water. AT&T coverage might stink, but Verizon's coverage is pretty extensive.
  24. macrumors 65816

    Jul 27, 2012
    Hollywood, CA
    This is exactly what I was gonna say. If you cant decide between the 4 and 5, get the middle man, the 4S.

    And battery life isn't bad for mine. I get well over 9 hours usage, with about 25-26 hours of standby. Maybe I got lucky?

    But if you're signing onto a 2 yr contract, it might make sense to just get the newest phone, the 5. But don't feel bad getting the 4S, it's an amazing phone. So amazing that I'm keeping mine til the next iPhone. :D


    It is surely an upgrade. But not enough for me to upgrade. I have a 4S. I think the 5 is a major update if you are coming from a 3GS, or a 4.

    The differences between the 4S and 5 (besides physical differences) are minute. Look at the various side by side tests on YouTube. I never cease to be amazed at all the people that upgrade to the newest iPhone and then trash previous models. Just because you upgraded, doesn't mean the whole world wants to.
  25. macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2012
    It may be a bit of a shock to you, but not every potential iPhone owner lives in the USA :rolleyes:

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