Is the new iPhone 4S worth buying?

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  1. mr-burns profile image61
    mr-burnsposted 12 years ago

    We we're all expecting the iPhone 5 but we're left with the 4S. Does it have a significant number of changes in its features or does it just fill in the gaps of what should have been in previous iPhones? Worth buying or not?

    1. mary615 profile image82
      mary615posted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I can't answer your question.  I haven't figured out all the features on my iPhone 4 that my kids bought for me!

    2. Watcher07 profile image60
      Watcher07posted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Whether or not its worth buying is going to be based on your current phone and whether or not you are due for an upgrade.  As an upgrade from the iPhone 4, well, you're getting some better performance, but not enough to justify the cost.  If you're coming from say a 3GS or something to that effect, then chances are good you are up for an upgrade and then yes, its definitely worth the effort.

      The iPhone 5 features that were rumored essentially came about in the iPhone 4S.  That said, the iPhone 5 should hopefully step up to the plate and support LTE which is quickly becoming the new data connectivity standard over 3G.  The 4S has the same processor as the one in the iPad 2 (which is significant), has the same retina display but adds Siri (your mileage may vary on whether or not you use it enough to find value), and a better camera with an improved antenna design.

      All that aside, if you're a Sprint customer then you'll want to know there is some kind of problem going on with iPhones on Sprint and incredibly slow data speeds, many times so slow that Siri doesn't even work.  Its not a problem with the Sprint network (though by default they are fairly slow) because people are running speed tests with other Sprint devices side by side to the iPhones and are getting vastly speedier results on the other devices, something is wrong on Apple's side. 

      Overall, if you have anything older than a year or two, its a very worthy upgrade.  However if you have an iPhone 4 and are just looking for the latest and greatest, you may want to hold onto your cash (especially as there seems to be some success getting Siri to work on the iPhone 4 and that's the most notable feature from 4 to 4S aside from the processor).  Hope that helps you out.

    3. ediggity profile image61
      ediggityposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      If you already have an iPhone4 wait for the 5.  If you don't, then yes it's worth it, you should buy one right now.  smile

    4. Craig Woodman profile image62
      Craig Woodmanposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I upgraded my 3GS to a 4S, and would agree with much of what was said here.  It is a substantial upgrade from the 3GS.  You will quickly see the difference in the Retina display when reading!  The camera with the flash is quite a difference.

      Siri has its uses, and I am still figuring out just how to integrate it into my workflow for the most productivity.  Right now, I use it to dictate my journal entries on my way home from work.  Dragon worked well for this also, but Siri will let you input text directly into the app you are  using for your journal (in my case, Evernote.)  With Dragon, you must dictate, copy, and paste.

      I am very happy with my 4S!

    5. sabrani44 profile image60
      sabrani44posted 12 years agoin reply to this

      wrote an article on it a couple days ago, check it out … -IPhone-4s

  2. IJR112 profile image62
    IJR112posted 12 years ago

    To me it comes down to: do you want / will you use Siri?  Do you want a lot better camera?  If the answer is yes to both of those, then you should strongly consider getting the new iphone.  Otherwise, I would hold off.

    1. mr-burns profile image61
      mr-burnsposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Yes a very good point. I guess it doesn't offer much more than what you've said really. Thanks

  3. drm2011 profile image61
    drm2011posted 12 years ago

    I think It's worth to buy for some business and popular people.

  4. innovationgeek profile image61
    innovationgeekposted 12 years ago

    If you have the Iphone 4, it's not worth the money. The only MAJOR difference is the camera quality and the SIRI feature. Other than that, you can download the new ISO5 on your Iphone4.

    If you don't have an Iphone4, however, it might prove beneficial to buy the iPhone4s. the iPhone really is a great cellphone.

  5. IzzyM profile image86
    IzzyMposted 12 years ago

    No-one here seems to have mentioned the battery problem with the 4S.
    Don't know if it is sorted yet or not, but know Apple promised a fix within weeks.

  6. thisisoli profile image76
    thisisoliposted 12 years ago

    The iPhone 4S is a big improvement over the iPhone 4, but I opeted for the Samsung Galaxy S2. Faster, and has 4G.

    1. mr-burns profile image61
      mr-burnsposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Is it really faster?


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