Is the iphone4s a big enough upgrade from iphone4?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Cjshino, Oct 27, 2012.

  1. Cjshino macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2012
    My dad droped his 4 recently so im looking for an iphone except this time it will be a 4s. Now im looking at craiglist and the lowest price is like 400. Is the 4s a big enough upgrade to buy a 400 dollar 4s?
  2. aross99 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2006
    East Lansing, MI
    Have you looked into getting it repaired instead? My daughter cracked the front glass on a 4s, which is more expensive to repair than the 4, and we had the front glass and LCD replaced for around $100. It looks as good as new.

    There are a number of places, but this os the one we used:

    The 4s is a great phone - the camera is a bit better than the 4, and there is more memory as well. Siri is nice too. Not sure I would pay $400 though.

    How close are you to being eligible for a $199 iPhone 5?
  3. tucker3434 macrumors regular

    Dec 23, 2009
    It's certainly better than the 4. Obviously the difference in 4 to 4s isn't as great as 4s to 5. If I was already dropping $400, I'd just pony up and get the 5. That or I'd make do with an older iPhone until I was upgrade eligible.
  4. Cjshino thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2012
    My dads iphone is unlocked and he uses tmobile so cant really upgrade to a 5
  5. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011

    Diversity antenna for reception.
    8mp camera is awesome+panorama
    Dual core CortexA9 from single core CortexA8

    And ATT? 3G 3-5mbps upgrade to 4G 7-10mbps. Verizon/Sprint no speed boost.
  6. Menel, Oct 27, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2012

    Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    Wrong 4 to 4s is huge compared to 4s to 5.

    4-4S. Single core CortexA8 to Dual core CortexA9. Gaining multithreading from single thread architecture jump is massive.
    4S-5 is just one dual core to a another, substantial, but mush less.

    4-4S. Big, 720p to 1080p video. 5 lens system. Panorama. 5MP to 8MP.
    5. Lens cover with more scratch resistance and purple light halos

    4/4S/5 All retina
    5 taller and less ergonomic

    4: single antenna, 3-5mbps 3G
    4S: dual diversity dynamic antenna system 8-19mbps 4G
    5: dual diversity dynamic antenna system 40-60mbps LTE
    The 4 already has double basic home DSL bandwidth, 4S even more. Who needs that much on a mobile, really? Silly overkill.

    Dock connector
    5: Lightning. Losses compatibility with many accessories and all your previous charging cables. Can be hard to bum a quick charge.

    Built quality
    4/4S strong stainless steel frame, gorilla glass type outer
    5 soft aluminum with easy wearing anodization

    4-4S Siri, 3D maps, turn-by-turn
    4S-5 nothing else.

    Take it from a 5 owner who's girlfriend and coworkers have 4S. 4S to 5 is piddly upgrade.
  7. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    Not more memory. Both A4 and A5 SoC have 512MB RAM.
    And whatever storage option you choose.
  8. anonymous guy macrumors 6502a

    Mar 18, 2010
    You could buy a subsidy free Verizon iPhone 5. They come with the sim already unlocked.
  9. Sedrick macrumors 68030


    Nov 10, 2010
    $400 for a 4S.. that's a tough one. You can get a new 4S on contract for $99 and a new 5 for $199.

    Either way, a 4S will last you years, while the 4 is kinda on it's way out.
  10. kre62 macrumors 68020

    Jul 12, 2010
    Get the verizon version OR the ATT version. The ATT version can be unlocked on eBay (permanent, from Apple, Factory unlocked) for $3. Just did it last night.

    Get the 5.

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