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Thread: iPhone 4 vs iPhone 4s
02-03-2013, 02:14 AM #1iPhone 4 vs iPhone 4s
So, my plan is to get an iPhone through Walmart on StraightTalk. I can't afford a contract, but I can handle the cost of this plan. Bust which model should I get...?
The iPhone 4 (8gig) is $450
IPhone 4s (16gig) is $550
Link to Walmart w/ prices below.
Tell me which one, and why it's worth the money.
I'm kinda leaning to the 4s for the size and if I remember correctly, the camera is significantly improved. But you tell me your thoughts.
Walmart site w/ iPhone prices
02-04-2013, 04:59 PM #2
For $100 more, I would go with the 4s because:
- 4s has faster processor (A5); the 4 has A4
- 4s camera is 8MP and 1080p HD video recording; the 4 has 5MP and 720p HD recording
- 4s supports HSPA 14.4 Mbps; the 4 has HSDPA with 7.2Mbps
- Also, 4s is both CDMS and GSM which may have better resell value (????)
On top of that you would have twice the storage. Now, for $100 more you could have the iPhone 5 ... 8-))
Anyway, have you looked into used iPhone? I just bought a 4s from Craigslist with 32GB for $275. But you need to be careful and must test the device thoroughly. Good luck
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02-04-2013, 05:02 PM #3
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02-05-2013, 08:23 PM #5
On the iPhone 5 the length is a little longer (fit an extra row of icons on springboard) and the width is the same. However, it's thinner and lighter more than enough to offset the length... 8-))
Regarding Craigslist, I'm with T-mobile, so I looked for an unlocked AT&T iPhone. Note that unlocked 4s from Sprint & Verizon would only work with oversea GSM carriers, but not with T-mobile in the U.S. For safety reasons, I arranged to meet the seller inside a Starbucks. Then I would:
1. Test with my T-mobile SIM to make sure it's unlocked.
2. Check with several IMEI unlocking websites to confirm that the phone is no longer locked to AT&T to make sure it's not
unlocked by SAM method.
3. Check serial number on Apple website to match the make and model.
4. Call a friend to check speaker, loud speaker, mute/volume buttons, and proximity sensor. If a friend is not available,
I would call Starbucks and ask some dumb questions .... 8-)) However, I would buy an extra cup to take with me when I leave to
repay for the call... 8-))
5. Check front and back cameras and free WiFi from Starbucks.
6. Visually inspect front/back and metal frame for dent or scratches.
7. Check that seller has charger, USB cable, and earplug (I usually exchange the earplug at Apple stores ... I just personally don't
feel comfortable with a stranger's earplug... 8-))