Getting a iPhone 4s in 2016

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Siobhan98, May 14, 2016.

  1. Siobhan98 macrumors member

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    Hello everyone

    I have a iPhone 6 Plus but I want to buy my daughter a iPhone, she is 15 and a grade a as good as new iPhone 4s is only £69 in o2, do you think I should buy her this?

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  2. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    If it runs iOS7, then it is a fine phone. If it runs iOS8 or 9, then stay away from it, as it will be slooow.
     
  3. smacrumon Suspended

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    iOS7 and iPhone 4s work happily together. So would recommend it. I did try iOS8 but it ran poorly, animations were choppy, apps launched slower, browsing with Safari was jittery. I was lucky I rolled back to iOS7 while a Apple was still signing it. Didn't try iOS9 because of the poor experience with iOS8, and have heard anecdotally it isn't better.
    Try finding out if it has iOS7, if so, should be a useful device.
    You might like to have a look out for iPhone 5s. That model was just discontinued recently and you might be able to find a special price on it still.
     
  4. mlody macrumors 6502a

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    I would recommend to get a used iPhone 5 or 5S at least. With the release of SE, I am only assuming that 5 and 5S prices tanked big time.
    My 13 years old daughter had 4S till recently and the phone was so slow that it was hard to justify calling it a smartphone. Anything outside texting and calling is laggy on 4S running the latest OS. Also, if you only have current iDevices, I just do not see a point investing into a device with 30pin connector - kind of makes it more expensive if you think about it.
     
  5. umbrokhan macrumors member

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    if Iphone 4S is going to lag on ios 8 or ios 9 then whats the point of getting it.
    stick with ios 7 otherwise,
    or get a used Iphone 5S for £110 - £130 from Amazon or Ebay

    if you can't afford it. then get a budget Motorola Moto E £50 from Vodafone.
    or get Vodafone Prime 7 for £75 with lastest Android 6 Marshmallow update for your daughter.
     
  6. SuperKerem macrumors 6502a

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    No. It most likely won't come with iOS 7, especially if it's new. Get your daughter a 5c/5s - it'll definitely be worth it in the long run.
     
  7. bpeeps macrumors 68020

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    Prepare for a boatload of apps that will no longer work or are unavailable to download from the app store.
     
  8. bodonnell202 macrumors 6502a

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    Highly unlikely that it will come with iOS 7, but should be ok if it does (note that there is no way to roll back to iOS 7 if it has been upgraded to iOS 8 or 9). However running iOS 7 also means she may have issues getting apps as many only support the latest 2 versions of iOS. Long story short, will it be useable? Yes, will it be a good user experience? No.

    If you can afford it I would spring for a used 5s as prices for used models have dropped substantially since the iPhone SE was released.
     
  9. Aditya_S macrumors 6502

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    Depending on your budget, I think you should get a 5s instead. It'll perform faster, and it will be cheap as the SE just came out.
     
  10. Paddle1 macrumors 68030

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    If you can get an iPhone 5 or newer, that would handle current software much better than a 4s.
     
  11. Siobhan98 thread starter macrumors member

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    if you were going to buy a phone by looking at its design would you say the iPhone 4s is a nice design?
     
  12. Channan macrumors 68030

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    I think so. The iPhone 4s looks nice, but it's just really slow.
     
  13. umbrokhan macrumors member

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    am sure she can wait for 5 or 7 seconds more just to open an app. not a deal breaker right?
     
  14. Channan macrumors 68030

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    If that was all it was, it wouldn't be a big deal. But when your phone can't keep up with your typing and you're three words ahead of what your phone is displaying and the phone just stutters with everything you do, it's frustrating to use.
     
  15. Paddle1 macrumors 68030

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    Yes I think it's a nice design, however, people like to call the 2016 SE's design, let alone the 2011 4s outdated, so if you care about what others might say then the design could be a con.

    That's not the entire difference, it's less responsive, missing features and has less app support. In addition the small amount of RAM can make apps (like Safari) crash.

    When iOS 10 comes out later this year I expect it to get very obsolete, very quickly.

    It's usable for now, but that's not really considering the near future. Newer iPhones can provide a better experience. It's better than nothing though.
     
  16. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Dont do it, it's slower than a turtle and close to being obsolete and abandoned by Apple.
    Get her at least a 5C.
     
  17. Channan macrumors 68030

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  18. bniu macrumors 6502a

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    Why do this to your daughter? Might as well not even get her a smartphone. Thinking about it, it would probably be wise to get her a 64GB 6S or SE. This way, she will have a phone that should last her the next 3-4 years.
     
  19. nj-morris macrumors 68000

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    The 5S could be good. Costs £250 on O2. Trust me, she will appreciate it a lot more than the 4S. If you want a phone that's going to last her longer, chip in an extra £110 and get the SE.
     
  20. Siobhan98 thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok thanks for your advice guys, ordered her a rose gold iPhone SE 16g in apple as she loves her apps like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram etc and I don't want her to have a slow iPhone. Thanks again.
     
  21. Channan macrumors 68030

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    Tell your daughter we said "you're welcome."

    Lol
     
  22. cwwilson macrumors 65816

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    If you are really in a pinch I wouldn't go lower than a 5/5c. In all honesty the 5s is the one you should be getting for a 15 year old who's needs are going to surpass anything a 4s in today's world can handle. I mean the 4s is VERY outdated (going on 5 years old now) and applications today demand more power than it offers. The reason I say 5s is that the A7 can still run iOS decently well and for the updated security it comes with, not to mention it will run iOS 10 in the future which the 4s will not. The 5/5c are found cheaply enough as well but lack the security of the 5s and later.

    Edit: Just saw you got her a SE! Good choice but to anyone else still pondering a decision like this my advice still stands :)
     
  23. bodonnell202 macrumors 6502a

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    Great choice! It will be blazing fast and should last her for years.
     
  24. Aditya_S macrumors 6502

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    That's good, it is as fast as the 6s, and will be updated as long as the 6s is supported.
     
  25. Freakonomics101 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, very good choice! If I didn't like the Plus models so much, I would go with the SE, hands down. It's the perfect size for my hands but I like the experience of the 6S Plus better. It's all about personal preference.
     

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