iPhone 4 worth it?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by AppleFanBoy91, Mar 6, 2014.

  1. AppleFanBoy91 macrumors newbie

    Mar 4, 2014
    Hey guys, today my friend offered me his old iPhone 4 for 130$. It is in perfect condition, absolutely nothing wrong with it, and is 16gb. Is it worth it? Especially since it has an A4 processor and likely won't be able to run iOS 8? NOTE: I wouldn't use this as a phone, but more as an iPod touch.

    Any help is greatly appreciated...
  2. hsotnicam8002 macrumors 6502


    Mar 13, 2008
    United Kingdom
    No, not worth it, in my opinion. Maybe if it was 30$. I passed on my iPhone 4 to my son about 2 years ago and he has been complaining for months about how slow it it and unable to cope with ios7. Mind you, he can still make calls, send texts, FaceTime, use email, surf, and take photos, albeit slowly, so depends how you want to use it. I think if you get it you won't be able to resist using it as a proper iPhone and you'll be disappointed. Go for a 5.
  3. moldy lunchbox macrumors 6502a

    moldy lunchbox

    Sep 9, 2010
    Raleigh, NC
    You seem to know all about it, what exactly do you need help deciding? It being worth $130? Depends what $130 is to you. Personally I'd pass, old gadget is old.
  4. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    If you said you were only going to use it as a phone I'd say go for it. But as an iPod touch...hmmm. Its low on storage, its at the end of its update life, and its mediocre at best running iOS 7 and its apps.

    If it were me it would not be worth it. But thats just my opinion and you know how those are...
  5. antiprotest macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2010
    I would take it only if I can sell it for more. For myself, even if I decide to buy one for some reason, I would not pay more than $20.
  6. IpadSC400 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 7, 2013
    A mile high
    Get a new son.
  7. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    What OS is it running? If it's still on iOS 5 or 6, I'd actually consider it (but haggle it down to $100 or less). We used our old, off-contract, unlocked iPhone 4 (iOS 5) and 4S (iOS 6) when we went on vacation and performance was quite decent even when compared to the 5s. It's noticeably choppy on some games but otherwise, it worked pretty well as my daily driver for one month.

    Then again, I happen to prefer the older 3.5" form factor and have a soft spot for my beloved iPhone 4 so I'm a bit biased. :rolleyes:
  8. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    You can get a refurbished 16GB iPod Touch 5th generation from Apple for $189.00. Go for that instead.

    The iPhone 4 is great, but not at that price for your use.
  9. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    The iPhone 4 I'm using to type this right now says that is not worth it at all. If you can get a lower price it would be a nice phone to have in a display case. They look nice.
  10. gotluck macrumors 603


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    still have my iphone 4 as my backup, imo not worth it

    well I guess if it was just for music, sure - but not web browsing
  11. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040


    Apr 20, 2009
    Yea, keeping the phone makes sense, the son not so much.....
  12. iamMacPerson macrumors 68030


    Jun 12, 2011
    I'll put it this way, I sold my Verizon 32GB iPhone 4 a year and half ago for $200-$300. A friend recently gave me their same exact phone for free. Sooo, yeah.

    It's up to you. I would personally get a real iPod touch if you really wanted one.
  13. stuffradio macrumors 65816

    Mar 17, 2009
    I've been using my iPhone 4 on iOS 7 since beta 1 and I haven't been complaining. I have had my iPhone for 4 years now and I have tried the 5C also.

    I will upgrade in September because it's time for a new phone.
  14. Xenomorph macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2008
    St. Louis
    I just sold a Verizon 8GB iPhone 4 for ~$95. I probably could have gotten a tad bit more, since I included screen protectors and a case.

    It seems like the going price can get up to $125 for the 8GB model (Swappa.com).

    If this is from your "friend", I'd offer $100 for it.
  15. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    No. The iPhone 4 on iOS 7 is horrid for anything more than phone calls. Everything stutters. Everything. It's like a 2009 era android phone.
  16. rockyroad55 macrumors 601


    Jul 14, 2010
    Phila, PA
  17. Max(IT) Suspended


    Dec 8, 2009
    As a phone it could do its job ... As an "iPod" it's too old to work properly. CPU power and ram are a real limit today.
  18. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
    I don't think it's worth it at all for that price.
  19. hallidc macrumors 6502


    Sep 26, 2013
  20. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    For twice that you can get a 5 (32gb or larger if lucky), which will likely last 2+ years. The 4 isn't even a viable phone TODAY (IMO, seeing the 4S almost daily I can;t imagine even slower still).

    I am not the one spending your money, so not sure what $130 is worth to you, but I am just trying to put it into perspective. $130 today for no updates once iOS 8 hits, or $250 for udpates easily into iOS10 (assuming Apple follows their own footsteps).
  21. sammy-boy macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2013
    Staffordshire, UK
    It depends on your usage, it'll be no good for gaming or anything like that. It'll be fine for social networking, calls and texts etc, though you may need a little patience, the Facebook app can lag slightly. See if you can beat the price down a bit though, or keep an eye out for a secondhand 4s.
  22. torana355 macrumors 68020

    Dec 8, 2009
    Sydney, Australia
  23. Tulipone macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2009
    Huntingdon UK
    You lot are such snobs!

    I use my iPhone 4 everyday. The stainless steel and glass is unmarked after 4 years of use. Currently running IOS7 without issue - well some apps may take a second to load - but even if I added those seconds together for a month or two, I'm only a minute in the hole.

    I use Match for music so storage is not an issue. When I think of the initial cost and divide that by each of the 4 years of use, it was a bargain.

    I say if the phone is what you need and you are not going to get stressed by the odd wasted second, go for it. It won't last for ever, but nothing ever does.
  24. jtaylor673 macrumors newbie

    Mar 19, 2013
    Jacksonville FL
    I use an iphone 4 everyday. I'm on ios 6 and most of my apps are getting regular updates. I mainly use it for text, pictures, podcasts, language study apps, maps, reading books. Works well. If you could get it for less, I would buy it. That was if you are unhappy, you can sell it and possibly break even. No harm done.

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