Iphone 4 or 4S, which to choose?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ADAADW, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. ADAADW macrumors member

    May 5, 2009

    I know this might be a dumb question but im looking for others opinions about this problem. Ive waited a long time for the 4S but finding out i cant use EDGE (2g) to save battery life and the fact that the phone has 100hrs less stand by time make me wonder if i should just get the 4. I can get the iphone 4S 16gb for $159 or a 32gb iphone 4 for $199. The biggest thing for me is battery life and being able to go a few days w/o a charge depending where i am (camping, upnorth, hiking...)

    Any thoughts are greatly appreciated!

    Update: Also i dont mind 2g speed, if im off the path i know 2g is usually pretty much everywhere so speed is not everything for me
  2. jgalan14 macrumors 6502

    Oct 11, 2011
    Well the iPhone 4s doesn't have bad battery life it actually last me that same more then my iPhone 4
  3. HazyCloud macrumors 68030


    Jun 30, 2010
    4s. Siri is amazing. If Siri was all :apple: added, I would have still bought it.
  4. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
    Get the 4S, most of the people complaining about the battery are freaking out for no reason. Their probably using their new phone more than they usually would.
  5. SRLMJ23 macrumors 68000


    Jul 11, 2008
    New York
    The battery isn't as bad as some people are making it out to be. You definitely want the 4S, you will regret getting the 4, I gaurantee it.

    Siri alone is enough reason to switch. Trust me, get the 4S...take my username down and private message me when you get the 4S and you are loving it...that's how much I stand behind it.
  6. gillybean macrumors 6502a

    Jul 21, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    if you're going to go camping/hiking a lot, maybe you should bring one of those cases (e.g., morphie juice pack) that also doubles as an extra battery.
  7. Fusion79 macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2011
    Omaha, NE

    The battery is really not an issue on the 4S. I would venture to say that for the vast majority of users will have no issues getting through the day without having to worry about battery life. If you want to see bad battery life, buy an LTE android device. I tried the Bionic and went from 100 to dead usually in 7-8 hours of normal use. In the same amount of time my 4S has been in the 60% to 65% range.

    I agree with the post above, if you are camping a lot, I would invest in a portable power pack. Most advanced smartphones are not going to go days without charging unless you simply dont use them. And you can always turn off mobile data or use airplane mode and enable only when needed.
  8. salacious macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2011
    you live once my friend....4s it is if you use more than 12gb of data you should have a harddrive, otherwise dont take soo many pics or vids...
  9. Hexiii macrumors 65816


    Jun 30, 2011
    Prague, Czech Republic
    Well, the stand by is 200 hours, which is more than 1 week, so I think you should care more about how much it drains the battery while doing other activities like web browsing, apps, movies, music etc...
  10. ADAADW thread starter macrumors member

    May 5, 2009
    Haha this was pretty convincing ^^^. I really do like the idea of Siri and i think most of you are right about the battery with the 4S. i think ive just seen so many complaints about the battery on MR because if you have an issue this is where you come to post about it.

    Also is it reasonable to think that i can maybe get 2-3 days of light usage for the 4S? That would probably do me for the most.

    EDIT: Thats a great idea with the battery pack, if im out for a week or so i might have to invest in one of those.
  11. gtmac macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2010
    Dude come out of that Hazy cloud! Siri has worked 20 minutes since getting my phone on launch. It can't handle any different name spellings it is actually pretty bad!
  12. Gatteau macrumors 6502a

    May 23, 2009
  13. BoxerGT2.5 macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2008
    Siri is a neat little gadget. Kind of like facetime, it's cool as a conversation piece, play around with, but I think long term it will be nothing more than that. If you want a 32gb 4 off contract hit me up. I'll include every case I own.
  14. 73CortinaV8 macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2006
    Palo Alto, CA
    Siri is cool, but the novelty wore off after a single weekend.

    I'm returning my 4S and going back to my 3GS. My 3GS still works great. For me, the 4/4S doesn't do anything over and above the 3GS that I care about.

    siri - maybe when it's better
    facetime - used it once, probably never use it again
    front facing camera - meh
    alert center - meh
    64Gb? my 3GS 32Gb is only 1/2 full
  15. salacious macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2011
    of course you are...
  16. Ramio macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2011
    Houston, TeXas
    Other than Siri which i personally dont use on the 4s, It only has an 8mp camera compared to a 3mp camera on the 3GS. It also has superior video. It's also a whole lot faster in safari and opening apps. The screen is also much crisper and a lot better looking. Stop trying to fool your self. You probably where going to return the 4s before you ever used it probably because you couldnt afford it. All you are doing now is trying to make yourself feel better. The 4s is SUPERIOR to your 3GS and you know it. The majority of 3GS owners who upgraded to the 4s agree with me.
  17. BoxerGT2.5 macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2008
    I love people who chime in on anyone wanting to return the 4s with, "you can't afford it". lol
  18. Vivaldi macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2008
    Manhattan, NYC
    I'll risk being the sole dissenting voice and advise you to get a 4. The 4S has a better camera, faster processor, and a larger capacity, but unless those features appeal to you more there's really no reason why a 4 shouldn't be adequate. Also, the widely bemoaned antenna issues of the 4 aren't very severe if you're in an area with adequate coverage and honestly it's not been too much of an issue with me (when I've been in areas with coverage... damn AT&T).

    EDIT: Forgot that you mentioned the 4S you're able to buy is cheaper than the 4. Now it really just boils down to capacity; battery life shouldn't be much of an issue.
  19. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    For the average user you won't notice the diff that much.
  20. Ramio macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2011
    Houston, TeXas
    The truth is it is an affordability issue most of the time. Who wouldn't want the latest and greatest iPhone??!!!!. Everybody does. having had the 3G, 3GS, 4 and now the 4s, the 4s is the best phone so why would someone go back to a 3GS?!!!...my guess would be affordability and I am willing to bet I am right.


    Ya having an 8mp camera and a 1080p video camera and load speeds 3 times faster than the 3GS you wouldn't notice a difference lol. Dont forget the retina screen either. Also, the speaker volume on the 4s is much louder than all the previous iphones. Give me a break!
  21. Ronnoco macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    United States of America
    Concur...that Retina display hurts my eyes!
  22. iChrist macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2011
    3 countries for tax benefit
    Connection error all the time. Siri hardly work. WTF :mad:
  23. forcetactic macrumors 6502

    Jul 30, 2010
    If you're an average user that doesn't play a lot of games, buy the i4 off craigslist for ~300 and use your contract next year.
  24. DerekTS macrumors regular

    Oct 7, 2011
    Siri has worked on my phone almost every time. I would say 8/9 out of 10 times I use it, it works perfectly.
  25. SirStrumalot macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2011
    Minneapolis, MN
    The battery on my 4S is way better than my 4 ever was. I find it weird there are such conflicting experiences on this.

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