Is an iPhone 4s 8GB OK for my mother?

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  1. jojoba macrumors 68000

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    My mother needs a new phone. She's found a good deal on an iPhone 4s 8GB.

    - Is this still a decent phone?
    - Will it handle a couple of iOS updates?
    - Should I worry about storage? How much space does the operating system take?

    She has a very modest phone usage, mostly calls, texts, reading emails, reading a few web pages (mostly news), taking a few pictures, buying bus tickets. No games, no music or videos, no large photo galleries (she has auto upload to dropbox). She currently has a Samsung Galaxy Nexus which I think is now about four or five years old, but it's starting to die. It's got a total of 16 GB storage and her current status on usage is 10,44 GB available out of 13,33 GB. She's the kind of person who uses her gadgets until they no longer work, so she's in it for the long term.

    Advice appreciated.
     
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    I'd advise heavily against the iPhone 4S, even for that sort of modest usage. Even the 5C I'd recommend keeping away from.

    If she uses her gadgets until they no longer work, you need a balance between price, performance, and longevity. As such I'd say the 5S is the best phone in this instance.
     
  3. oldmacs macrumors 68040

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    The 4S may or may not be at the end of the line for software upgrades.... A 4S would probably get you through 2 or so years, so I'd recommend a 5 or better a 5S.
     
  4. Apples n' Stone macrumors 65816

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    And now my Mother uses my old phone, a 128GB 6 Plus and uses about 3GB :D
     
  5. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    As the others suggest a 5C or 5S will get far better longevity than the 4S classic though it is.
     
  6. jojoba thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Great, thanks for all the input, everyone. Think I'll probably consider a 5s.
     
  7. Apples n' Stone macrumors 65816

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    I agree it seems to be the best option, especially with regards to the dreaded 64-Bit Switchover and all!
     
  8. jojoba thread starter macrumors 68000

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    What's this about? I'm not up to date...
     
  9. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    Well it certainly isn't. The 5S has double the performance of the iPhone 5. The 6 isn't that much more powerful than the 5S by any significant margin - the 6 just introduced larger screen sizes. Its hardware is still very capable. It has a 64-bit CPU.

    The 5S is only likely to be phased for updates if Apple drop the 4" screen size. Otherwise there's no reason it wouldn't be phased out when the 6 is.
     
  10. Apples n' Stone macrumors 65816

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    Ah, it is a fabled apocalypse in the eyes of some members where only 64-Bit devices will receive the updates. But it's more likely to be a bit further down the line when we see the iPhone 5/5C in line with how we see the 4S now. Once the 4S stops receiving updates the forum will kick off about all 64-Bit, but it is not an immediate concern.
     
  11. Apples n' Stone macrumors 65816

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    iPhone 5S onwards are all 64-Bit too, just to add!
     
  12. jojoba thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Aha :) thanks for this!
     
  13. Apples n' Stone macrumors 65816

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    Anyhow, I think it is the same deal with RAM too. There are a few reasons why we should have the 4" screens around for much longer, remember only two generations of anything bigger so it's honestly not something to concern yourself with :)
     
  14. mw360 macrumors 65816

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    You should worry about storage. My mother had a 5c foisted on her at upgrade time. She despised it with an absolute fury, solely because of its constant storage problems and pestering about iCloud upgrades. She went back to her Galaxy.
     
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    I just got two 16gb iPhone 4s's - one for $104 in excellent condition from an Amazon vendor, and one for $97 in fair condition from Swappa. Your mileage may vary, but the 8gb weren't any cheaper and were sometimes more expensive - not that many were produced in America, compared to 16gb, so they face less sales competition. So find out what your mother is paying, first - $150 to a friend, or more, isn't a bargain at all. You need to shop for her!

    In terms of functionality, a 4s still got game. Some interface interactions aren't "smooth" but there is no lag (except loading the App store) that interferes with pleasant usage.

    8gb would only leave 3gb for user-installed apps, future iOS updates. If you manage carefully, it is ok, but 16gb is obviously much more breathing room. If your mother has 3gb of apps and data on her Nexus, she doesn't sound like a good candidate for an 8gb iPhone.

    BTW an iPhone 5c is about $80 more if you shop carefully.

     

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