Iphone 3GS or Iphone 5 - Here's the question.

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Timzer, May 27, 2012.

  1. Timzer macrumors 6502

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    Hypothetical question, if you presented with only two options:

    1) iPhone 3GS running upcoming iOS 6 and no further updates.
    2) Upcoming iPhone 5 running iOS 4 and no further updates.

    Which would you take if you had to keep the phone for the next 4years?
     
  2. ThatsMeRight macrumors 68020

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    Will never happen. And the iPhone 3GS might not even get iOS 6.
     
  3. mcman77 macrumors 6502a

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    Since they are bot not released I'd have to see the specs to see which offers more and more usable real world usage.

    But taking a guess, i'd probably go IP5 since the 3gs has such a poor camera and screen and possibly wouldn't run ios6 fluently

    what part of hypothetical didn't you understand :rolleyes:

    He's basically asking do you prefer the latest software or the latest hardware?
     
  4. ThatsMeRight macrumors 68020

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    I prefer a combination. So the choice is a 3GS with the latest software, or an iPhone 6 with the latest hardware and iOS 4.0?

    I'd settle with a 4S with iOS 5.
     
  5. mcman77 macrumors 6502a

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    hahah good point. I like the fact you made your own option :D

    Alright but if you had no other choice?
     
  6. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I'd prefer a phone that works. So I'd pick a candybar phone with nothing but multitap SMS and phone calls, over a smartphone that crashes constantly and can't do anything.

    If that doesn't answer your hypothetical question:
    I'd pick a iPhone 5 that runs iOS 1.0 over a 3GS that runs anything.
     
  7. lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    I think that the OP just worded his question a little poorly. I think the question is, "What matters more, iOS updates or hardware updates." Obviously the presented situation would never happen. I fear the example is one that doesn't work very well from the get go because iOS 5 is already slow on the 3GS for many people. Loading iOS 6 on the thing would likely be worlds worse. I just don;t see it happening.
     
  8. Roessnakhan macrumors 68040

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    I think hardware upgrades take priority because Apple doesn't tend to optimize firmware (at least from what it appears) for their older devices.
     

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