iPhone 4S

SgtSpike

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Anyone else getting one? I've loved every minute of using my 3GS, something I can't say for any of my previous phones I've owned, so now that I'm creeping up on my contract renewal date, I'd say there's a 90% chance I'll stick with Apple and go the 4S route this time around.
 

LTRAINLANE

The Old Noob
Apple: "We didn't have anything really innovative enough to call it an iPhone 5, so we decided to fix the reception problems the iPhone 4 had and stick an s on the end and wah-lah! Brand new phone!"

Sorry, I'm just bitter. I've been using the iPhone 4 since it's release and I was expecting something epic and new to come out. I'll keep this old dog until the iPhone 5 comes out.
 

SgtSpike

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Apple: "We didn't have anything really innovative enough to call it an iPhone 5, so we decided to fix the reception problems the iPhone 4 had and stick an s on the end and wah-lah! Brand new phone!"

Sorry, I'm just bitter. I've been using the iPhone 4 since it's release and I was expecting something epic and new to come out. I'll keep this old dog until the iPhone 5 comes out.
Nothing wrong with that. I don't see any reason to upgrade phones faster than a standard 2-year contract subsidizes anyway. If I had an iPhone 4, I wouldn't be upgrading.

BUT, there's a lot more than just the reception problem fix. It's loads faster, both in CPU and GPU. 8MP camera that takes a picture in 1.1 seconds after starting up, and also takes 1080p video. 8 hour talk battery. Lots of new software improvements (including Siri, which I'm looking forward to playing around with!). Granted, those software improvements can be had with an OS update on any of the current model iPhones, so I guess those don't really count as 4S features.

I'm still excited though. It's not a huge improvement over the iPhone 4 besides speed, but then, the iPhone 3GS was the same way. And I'm so glad I have the 3GS instead of the 3G... my wife has the 3G, and it's so doggedly slow.

I had one of those... 3 phones ago? I think.

It was RAZR, Blackjack II, iPhone 3GS, soon to be iPhone 4S.
 

Vargess

Community Administrator
Meh.. get an Android. You can do a bit more with any number of Android phones out there.
Think of this "S" phone as an expensive DLC pack for the iPhone 4.

That's all it is.
 

SgtSpike

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Meh.. get an Android. You can do a bit more with any number of Android phones out there.
Think of this "S" phone as an expensive DLC pack for the iPhone 4.

That's all it is.
I haven't really liked any of the Androids I've used. And I don't like the smaller/more expensive app store. BUT, I haven't eliminated it from the possibilities yet. I just really, really like my 3GS, so it'd be hard for me to justify moving away from the platform.
 

23james698

Moderator
Ive been waiting since last october to get an iPhone becuase my contract was over, but i didnt want to get the iPhone and the next one comes out right after. even though the iPhone 4 had just come out. i was hoping for something awesome. but nope, david cook dissappointed. when steve jobs left as CEO, i was sad, this is even sadder. but i have no choice but to get it.
 

WakiMikoArck

Some would call me Tim
As much as I'd like one, my droid X is (sadly) still kicking.

In related terms, did anyone else get creeped out by Siri?
 

Vargess

Community Administrator
I haven't really liked any of the Androids I've used. And I don't like the smaller/more expensive app store. BUT, I haven't eliminated it from the possibilities yet. I just really, really like my 3GS, so it'd be hard for me to justify moving away from the platform.
Take a serious look at the Samsung Galaxy SII. It's a good enough product to scare Apple into the suing frenzy between the two companies right now (among other things). I have the Captivate and I am amazed how much more I can do than with an iPhone. People speak so highly of their iPhone and then I pull my Captivate and the discussion is.. Over. (and I don't even have the latest version installed)
My next phone will be an Android.
 

SgtSpike

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Take a serious look at the Samsung Galaxy SII. It's a good enough product to scare Apple into the suing frenzy between the two companies right now (among other things). I have the Captivate and I am amazed how much more I can do than with an iPhone. People speak so highly of their iPhone and then I pull my Captivate and the discussion is.. Over. (and I don't even have the latest version installed)
My next phone will be an Android.
Well, the iPhone 4S blows the SII out of the water as far as speed is concerned, but obviously that's not the only thing to consider.

So, call me interested. What can you do with your Captivate that cannot be done on an iPhone? Definitely interested if there's big differences!
 

Vargess

Community Administrator
Well, given that we're talking about the 4S now, I can only tell what the specs will tell you. There not a whole lot out there, and I haven't tried to read up on every little detail of this thing simply because they only announced it today :p

There is also the little detail of HOW you personally use your phone. Everyone has their reasons for picking one over the other and sadly there are many out there who pick one that a lot of people like for various reasons, but not for their own personal reasons.
For me when it comes to choosing a phone, I write a list of necessary features that I tend to use on a daily/weekly basis, and then find phones that fit the general descriptions. I factor in user reviews, pro reviews, and several other key features. I can generally bring it down to 4-6 phones and then I consider the pro's and con's of each. Which pretty much always leaves me with the high-end smart phones :rolleyes:

For my captivate, I chose it over the iPhone for various reasons. As you might imagine, I am rather finicky about not only the phone, but the company that is behind the phone. I don't consider myself a fanatic of any particular company, music group, auto brand, or anything else. So it's probably a little easier for me to get what I want and need than others. However, I am NOT a fan of Apple's amount of control they have other their phone and the OS. With Android, I like the ability to manipulate how the phone's OS looks and feels, and even the way you can change how it responds. I'm not forced to have pretty much the same look and feel as you do on the iPhone(s). Apple has a good store and a wide variety of products. I use iTunes for a lot of my music and movies that I buy. Except the real good movies, I'll get the Blu-ray for those. ;)

At the time I got my phone (and this was early 2010) it had a cleaner, brighter screen than the iPhone, custom ROMs were already everywhere, expandable memory including to 32gb microSD, plus the 16gb built-in. Ability to get a bigger, longer lasting battery. The Apps for the Androids are not so controlled like Apple does. Apple has to 'approve' every single one. I can understand why, but at the same time, Android has such a userbase that there are enough people out there that know when something is wrong with an app that it kind of negates any issues.
It's kind of like comparing Microsoft's OS's costing an arm to purchase where you have a huge variety of Linux out there for free.

Now, I should say that I am not a guy who can do the whole "geek-speak" thing and give you stats and details on each little thing. I can however tell you that one of the most important features of a phone is it's operating systems. Android Ice Cream Sandwich vs iOS5. Just google that term and then each of them singled out and you can find tons of reviews and tech info for each one.
Same thing as with a desktop.. A faster processor doesn't necessarily make it a better machine than one that is fully optimized with all the right hardware.
This is one example.

But.. The iPhone 4S is still only 3G, where the SII is 4G capable. Has a better 8MP camera than the iPhone, the front camera on the iPhone claims "vga quality, where SII is rated at 2MP lol ..and Siri.. Android already has those abilities. SII has the Wireless Kies features, which is great. Kies is a program that allows you to snyc your phone's contacts, music and video files, and everything else all wirelessly without any hook ups. So you can go around the house and do stuff while your phone/pc is updating and STILL get to use your phone. I might have missed some things.
 

PD400

<3
If you convert to Android, look into the Droid Charge or Droid Thunder, (Droid Fusion might be a viable choice, too). Their pretty customizable, and the charge is like, $40 with an upgrade. Plus, instead of apple's sliding unlock system, it's a puzzle piece you fit into place.
 

dunkeroni

Retired Melon
I saw the thread title and though "iPhone 45?? I didn't know we'd even passed version 38!"
Then I realized that it was 4S. Lol, there are too many iphone versions.
 
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