First time user - 3Gs or 4?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Broph, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. Broph macrumors 6502


    Jun 23, 2010
    New Zealand
    Never had an iPhone, only an iPod.

    I have been following all the latest iPhone 4 news since it was announced.

    A main selling point for me (iPhone 4) is that my friend is going to Canada and we're saying Facetime would be good, however, he picked up a cheap 3Gs and they're saying they won't buy an iPhone 4 now because they're satisfied by the 3Gs.

    Price isn't really an issue, but I'm thinking it may be better to buy a 3Gs (second hand, because they only sell 8GB 3Gs's in NZ), keep that for a year or so, then purchase an iPhone 5, once all the kinks are worked out, then I'll review again and see if it's worth it.

    I'm also concerned about dropping it/smashing it due to drunken nights and it slipping out or something; the iPhone 3Gs seems a bit more sturdy than the 4 to me.

    For those that went from 3Gs to 4, do you find yourself using all the new features?

  2. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    iPhone 4

    The camera takes gorgeous photos and the 720p HD video recording is super clear. Plus the retina display is super clean.

    I don't miss my 3GS.

    (yes, I said super twice)
  3. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Go for the 4. I almost completely forgot about my 3GS within a minute of opening the box. You will regret itnif you buy the 3GS. Also, the 4 doesn't have many problems. Yes, the death grip, but that doesn't really matter as with me I don't drop calls.
  4. Vincentmoy macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2009
    I am a 1st time user as well and I went with the 4. I was having a couple problems with the yahoo mail pushing as well as the facebook app. However, after I restore (after initial set up) it as a new phone, it seems to perform better. I used to be only getting 1 to 3 bars in my room (now I don't have drop calls problem, ftw), after the restore, it seems to be able to hold 3 to 4 bars (I do have the Belkin Grip Vue on).

    The problem with the push mail seems to went away (I'm still holding my breath). Facebook app seems to work better as well (I used to not able to shake to reload, now I can.)

    I don't know if it's my mind playing tricks but it seems to work better, others may have different saying.
  5. Irish Rose macrumors 65816

    May 29, 2010
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    I agree, the iP4 is much better than my 3GS.
  6. pdqgp macrumors 68020


    Mar 23, 2010
    if price isn't an issue or if you don't think you may want the next version in one year or so, then go iPhone 4. personally, I see very little difference is day to day functionality or use between my 3Gs with iOS4 and a coworkers iPhone 4.

    The screen is nicer, but given it's a smart phone, it's not a deal maker for me. It's a little smaller...which I actually don't necessarily like, but that's about it.
  7. Steveo47 macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2010
    if money is no problem, get the four. Im a first time user coming from a blackberry storm 9530. I wont be going back.
  8. wwjbd24 macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2010
    The screen alone is worth the 4. I was using a friends iPod touch, forget it. Everything looks grainy and just ewww
  9. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    If you're going to take any videos at all, definitely get the iP4. I was looking at videos taken with the 3GS last night and they now look bad.
  10. mstrze macrumors 68000

    Nov 6, 2009
    Plus...there's no telling just how much of a bump 'iPhone 5' will be. It could be much like the bump for 3G to 3Gs was (added a compass and video recording, few other tweaks...not a whole lot else).
  11. TruckdriverSean macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2009
    Texas, US
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    The second hand 3Gs doesn't sound like too bad of an idea if your unsure, but for contract, get a 4!

    The screen, camera, HD recording, the screen snappy processor, FaceTime, the screen, did I mention the screen?

    Once you use it, it's hard to imagine going back. I'll put it this way: My friend wants an Android, period. I told him to wait 3-6 months for their screen ppi to catch up, PERIOD.

    Lastly, if your going to get contracted into an iPhone, you'll want the max horsepower (joules?) for the duration of that contract. Think how much regret last year's $99 iPhone 3G owners must feel right now.
  12. err404 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    The 3GS is still a very nice phone. I would not have upgraded from a 3GS to an iPhone 4 (I upgraded from a 3G). That said, the 4 is better in nearly every way and buying last gen phone hardware is hard to recommend.
    If the negative media coverage has really gotten to you, you could wait for an iPhone 5 and get a 3GS for the time being. Only do this if you can get it cheap and out of contract.
  13. Sleazy E macrumors 65816

    Sleazy E

    Nov 24, 2009
    how is this even a question? are you being serious? get a 2g if you cannot determine whether you should get a 3GS or a ip4 :p
  14. err404 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    Don't blame OP. Real or not, the coverage of the iPhone 4 antenna issue has been deafening. This has an effect on consumer confidence.
    A cheap, contract free 3GS is an attractive alternative if your looking to buy some time.
  15. Schweitzer macrumors regular

    Jul 25, 2010
    I wouldn't buy the iPhone 4 for three reasons:

    1.) Antenna
    2.) Proximity sensor
    3.) Camera problems under artificial light / white background.

    While all iPhone 4s suffer under 1.) a lot of suffer under 2.) and 3.) too, and it's not clear if these are hardware problems.

    I would definitely not buy one now.
  16. bunnicula macrumors 68040


    Jul 23, 2008
    I really hafta know...

    Do you work for Verizon, or one of the Droid manufacturers? C'mon, fess up!


    iPhone 4, OP. Just put it in a tough case if you plan any drunken escapades.

  17. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    This time last week I would have said to go with the 3GS. However, after I received my iPhone 4 on Friday, my 3GS is a distant memory. Everything about this phone is great. The Retina Display is absolutely gorgeous! Go with the 4!
  18. Schweitzer macrumors regular

    Jul 25, 2010
    LOL, no.

    In fact, if I had to buy a smartphone now maybe I would buy the iPhone 4.

    But I don't have to, so at the moment I think I'll rather wait than pay $800 - $1000 for a phone with the aforementioned problems.
  19. Chunkycat macrumors 6502

    Jul 12, 2010
    Only 4!

    Definitely the 4!
    I had a 3gs for a little over a month before I got my 4. The antenna problem was a bit scary because I only rely on my phone for calls, no land line, besides, I work from home and my cell is my contact number for work too. But when I got it and started using it, I realized that it was all blown out of proportion. I haven't dropped a single call. The screen is amazing, the sound quality during calls is much better for me than on the 3gs. I talk to my mother in Russia every day and it's like she is right next to me! So amazing!
    I absolutely don't miss the 3gs.
  20. bunnicula macrumors 68040


    Jul 23, 2008

    I just have never had major issues with any of them. And I've had all 4 incarnations of the iPhone.

    I dunno... maybe they're not as horrific as you think? ;)
  21. bunnicula macrumors 68040


    Jul 23, 2008
    On 2nd thought, what I should've said is that I've not had any issues with them that I've not had at one time or another with pretty much every cell phone or PDA I've owned.

    And I'm a total gadget whore. I've owned tons of them. ;)
  22. Zaft macrumors 68040


    Jun 16, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    if you wanna wait for iPhone 5 make sure to not play around with the iPhone 4. Once you see the screen you will not be able to use a 3GS.
  23. ftorrez macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2010
    Burleson, TX
    Go with the iPhone 4. I had a 3GS and now have a iPhone 4 and it is great.
  24. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    Oh, if that happens, it'd still be a significant update. The 3GS added the following over the 3G:

    Improved battery life
    Faster processor/more memory
    Better camera, with autofocus and tap to focus
    Oleophobic coating
    Voice Control
    HSDPA implementation (allows faster download speeds)

    This makes it only 3 fewer features compared to what the iPhone 4 added over the 3GS.
  25. tnisatard macrumors 6502

    Apr 1, 2008

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