Considering switching

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by DragonSlayer95, Mar 2, 2014.

  1. DragonSlayer95 macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2014
    Hey there

    Long time Android user here.

    I'm looking to get off of Android and try out something different. I found the iPhone 4 with Verizon for $99 on prepaid.

    My question, the 4 being 3 generations old, is it still worth buying? I'm mainly a caller/texter sometimes I'll play a few games, not really high end games anymore.

    Another concern, with the iPhone 4 getting the recent IOS7 update I think it is from what I read? I seen that it significantly slows down the performance of the phone. I only seen one person stating this though. Is that true as well or not so much?

    Thanks in advance.

  2. AudiA3 macrumors member

    Nov 15, 2013
    Gosh.... iPhone 4.... It was acceptable 5 years ago..... But now that the iPhone 5S has already been released, I'd just get that... Just add $600 more, it wont cause you to go into a bankruptcy
  3. famoussasjohn macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2010
    I've seen first hand an iPhone 4 and iOS7, and it's awful. Very laggy on pretty much anything you attempt to do. I would avoid an iPhone 4 and go for a 4S if you're looking for a relatively cheap phone. I would recommend a 5 or 5s though for the best performance on iOS7 though. Maybe, it will get better with iOS 7.1, but I wouldn't lock myself into a contract on the hopes that an update will make it better.
  4. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
    I wouldn't get the iPhone 4 is you're looking to try iOS. That will probably make you hate it. I like iOS and iPhone, but iOS 7 on the iPhone 4 is horrible.
  5. uiop. macrumors 68020


    Jul 22, 2008
    Grand Rapids, MI
    Go with a 5 or 5C if you're looking to try iPhone without breaking the budget.

    As others have said, anything below the 5 doesn't run iOS 7 as well as they could. Even my 55 year old mother with a 4S complains about how slow it is.
  6. IFRIT macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2012
    If you're mainly use texts/calls does it really matter which eco system you're in? And no the iPhone 4 is not something i'd want to use as my main phone.
  7. Agent-P macrumors 68030


    Dec 5, 2009
    The Tri-State Area
    At the very least I'd try to find an iPhone 4S. Many carriers offer it for free on contract right now, but you could probably find a used one for relatively cheap.
  8. antiprotest macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2010
  9. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    He's only looking to play a few games. Why would he need the 64gb?

    I realise you we're probably being ironic, but he has stated he is looking at an older phone, so probably doesn't have the funds for the latest and greatest.

    To the OP, I'm running the latest iOS on my iPhone 5 and its fine. On an iPhone 4 though, I think it would be a bit painful (especially as your first iPhone experience). I would look to see if you could purchase an iPhone 5 (maybe second hand) as a minimum.
  10. goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
  11. DragonSlayer95 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2014
    Thanks for the suggestions all.

    The reason I brought up the i4 was the price point considering how I'm on a budget right now and can't exactly afford to shell out 400-600 on a 5s as several has mentioned above.

    I'll keep a 5 in mind if I can't find one for a reasonable price.
  12. olepi macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2011
    IOS 7.0.6 is a complete dog on the iphone 4 and I certainly wouldn't pay $100 for the experience. If you are dead set on using imessage to text your friends, get the 4s at the very least. Other than imessage, there really isn't any reason to switch given your usage (calling & texting).
  13. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    The lowest I would go is the iPhone 4s right now. I'm not sure how it'll handle next years upgrade, but being that it is dual core, that should help.
  14. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    I think you'll hate iOS and the iPhone if you start out with the 4 right now. Imagine getting an Android phone that old? Be a pretty bad experience.
  15. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040


    Aug 24, 2012
    New York, USA
    Considering switching

    It may be better for you to get a used iPhone 5 (not 5s) through eBay than get a new iPhone 4.
  16. nanogirl21 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2011
    Midwest United States

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