iPhone 3GS or iPod Touch 4G?

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by jdr00ejr, Oct 26, 2011.

  1. jdr00ejr macrumors newbie

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    Howdy folks...

    My 10yo son currently has an iPod Touch 2G. He's quite bummed that it won't upgrade to iOS 5 so he can't iMessage and such. We have discussed buying him a used iPod Touch 4G on Craigslist. Today I had the odd question in my mind - with the onslaught of yet another iPhone (the 4S) the 3GS is probably dropping in price on the used market. It appears that I can find used 3GS for around the $150 range (which seems a little high to me and I'm still searching) but I've only seen the iPod Touch 4G for the $150-200 range - usually the 16G ones.

    So, with that said - it doesn't appear either have a flash on the camera. Both can run iOS 5. Is one faster than the other (better processor I'm assuming in the iPod Touch 4G).

    Anyway - what think ye about which one would be better for him - knowing it'll never be a phone - just on wifi?

    Thanks!
     
  2. PicanteGamer macrumors newbie

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    The iPod Touch 4G has the retina display, a faster processor, and the front facing camera needed for FaceTime. It's also slimmer and lighter than the 3GS, and presumably will be supported by iOS updates for a longer time than the 3GS. So I'd say definitely go for the Touch since your son wouldn't be needing the phone feature.
     
  3. jdr00ejr thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Most helpful! Didn't realize the Touch 4G had the Retina Display or the Front Facing Camera. That seals it for me. Fast and simple.

    Thanks!
     
  4. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    I'm going through the same motions at the moment, but I've decided on the 3G S because although FaceTime and retina display are nice my dumb phone's battery capacity is falling fast.

    A couple of things to note:
    • The 3G S debuted in mid '09 and the iPod touch 4G in late '10, this means that the batteries in used 3G S' will be more depreciated
    • The 3G S and iPt 4G have the same amount of RAM, but the iPt 4G has a slightly faster CPU clock (same architecture though).
    • Although the 3G S doesn't have a flash, its camera (unlike the iPod) doesn't totally suck - it's very usable. The pictures the iPod produces are low-resolution grainy mess.

    Add: The 3G S will not get iOS 6, but the iPt 4G will, so that's probably a massive factor for you.

    Also, there isn't a 16GB iPod touch 4th gen, only 8/32/64GB.
     
  5. jdr00ejr thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Had a right place at the right time moment and snagged a used 32G 4th Gen iTouch for $140. My 10yo is extremely happy!
     
  6. Thetonyk123 macrumors 68000

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    Good to hear that :)
     

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