Author: Bob Buskirk
So Should You Get the iPhone 4?
First let’s talk about pricing. The iPhone 4 comes in 2 sizes, 16GB and 32GB. The 16GB will be $199 and the 32GB will be $299. This is of course with a new 2 year contract with AT&T. AT&T is going to make a very good upgrade offer though. If your contract expires any time in 2010 you can upgrade to the iPhone 4. With this pricing the iPhone 3GS 8GB will be moved down to $99. June 24th the iPhone 4 will be available and you can preorder it June 15th.
Reasons to Get an iPhone 4
One of the biggest improvements in the iPhone 4 is the camera. This camera is capable of shooting 720p HD video. Also you are able to edit the movie right on your phone. Apple will be releasing an iMovie app for the iPhone too, so people who do not have Mac’s can still take advantage of their easy to use movie making app. Usually when I go out I carry my iPhone and a digital camera or Flip. Well I can leave my flip at home and with the addition of the LED flash and 5-megapixel camera on the iPhone 4 I can also leave my digital camera at home. So this single device replaces my Flip cam and my digital camera I use when I’m out.
The FaceTime feature is something that is really cool and definitely revolutionary.
The screen is something that is definitely a reason to get an iPhone 4. It is the highest resolution display on a phone currently and is a big improvement to the current iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS screens.
The iPhone 4 is a very polished device, they have done a lot right and it will perform better than your 3GS and especially your 3G. It will have better battery life, a faster processor, better screen, and it is smaller. So if you are currently using a 3G or 3GS you are upgrading to a more powerful device that will operate better.
Reasons not to Get an iPhone 4
Well if you are not eligible for an upgrade from AT&T the iPhone 4 will cost you $400 and $500 for the 16GB and 32GB respectively as an upgrade from AT&T. If you are looking to get this phone unsubsidized it will run you $600 and $700!
If you haven’t heard many people are not fans of AT&T. Personally I haven’t had many problems with them in Pittsburgh, but I know people that have. Also AT&T will not be hosting the FaceTime feature; it can only be used with WiFi.
Other operating systems like Android and Windows 7 Phone are looking really good. So many people I know have Android phones and it offers many of the same features as the iPhone and it is a lot more open and available on more devices.
The Bottom Line
I would definitely say if you are eligible for the upgrade and you are on an iPhone 3G it is no question you should get the iPhone 4. If you have a 3GS then you might want to wait, you get less upgrades compared to a 3G. But it still is an upgrade, so it can go either way.
I have an iPhone 3G and I will be pre-ordering my iPhone 4 on the 15th!
If you want to think it over a little before the 15th here is video that might help make your decision.