Will You Buy The iPhone 4?


The big technology news this week (so far) is that the iPhone 4 will soon arrive.  After all the hype and, well…hyperbole, we’ve got a good idea of what it will and won’t do.

Smartphones and mobile devices have been long touted as a productivity savior or suck as the market has grown.  It’s been debated on both sides of the fence as to whether or not they help or hinder the user in terms of increasing their ability to be more productive.

So, are you going to buy the iPhone 4?  If so, why?  If not, why?  Let us know in the comments.


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Discussion

  1. Michael on the 8th June

    Yes, mainly because my old one (3g) is feeling sluggish and the added memory (currently have an 8gb). The faster processor and video capabilities are a nice plus for me

  2. Chris Gummer on the 8th June

    Definitely will be getting one. Mainly because I’m an iPhone developer so will need it for work.

    Also looking forward to the updated camera system, thinner form, and noise suppression.

  3. James on the 8th June

    Yes I will be. I already have service with AT&T and since I’m not a heavy data user I actually like their new data plans. I can get the iPhone and only pay about $60 per month, that’s not bad. Also the smaller size of the phone is a plus as it will be less annoying in my jeans pocket. Its features and what it can/can’t do are actually of little importance to me.

  4. Braden Douglass on the 8th June

    Maybe it is just me but, I feel there are a lot of people who are 3g owners. This means that they are well within their upgrade path (if they purchased the phone on release). This should mean that there are a lot of people in line for the 4th generation.

    Me? Well I fall into the 3g owner category and will have my money out and ready to whip at Apple on the 15th. The industrial / functional design aspects of this phone are everywhere and absolutely gorgeous.

    there is one issue with iOS4 besides it being an IP that is being licensed from Cisco, the lack of wifi hotspots. The EVO’s ability to abolish the need of a mifi is an essential piece of the new ‘super phones’ in my mind. Oh well, maybe we will see this sooner rather than later.

  5. Mike on the 8th June

    I’ve been using an old Nokia for like 8 years now. It’s missing a “1” button and doesn’t do internet browsing. My friends make fun of me every time they see it. Finally I feel like there is a phone worth my money and worth the increased service plan price. I’m totally excited for it. I have a $100 gift card to Best Buy that I would love to use towards it, but I have a feeling I won’t want to risk not being able to get one right away and I’ll probably pre-order through Apple. Anyway, it looks great and I can’t wait!

  6. Andrea Canton on the 8th June

    Although there are other smartphones that have better hardware (at lower price) and some software ideas in the iPhone4 isn’t really new, Apple provide always really usable (and f**ing working) products!

  7. Wes Peery on the 8th June

    Yes!! Can’t wait. I am ready for multitasking.

  8. Lee Gustin on the 8th June

    I will most definitely be getting one. As soon as I can upgrade my current iPhone 3G (about time!) I will!!

    Reasons:

    The flash (I hate not having one)
    The better camera (the 3G one is pretty bad)
    Being able to run the multitasking (the 3G can’t) will be great.
    Face Time looks like an amazing ability to have on a phone.

    Just to let you know, the “won’t do” link above is from 2007 before the iPhone even came out, so it is pretty irrelevant. It seems there won’t be much of anything that other phones (Android) will have above the iPhone.

  9. RJ on the 8th June

    I will be getting it for all of the awesome updates, that the guys above have listed and everything that was gone over at the keynote, but I will also be getting it because it is another great and beautiful apple product.

    Can’t wait.

  10. Anthony on the 8th June

    No. I have a Nexus One and I feel that it’s still a better smartphone overall. I think the Android OS has far more features (widgets, live wallpapers, way better notifications UI, excellent multi-tasking) and I like that I can switch providers and stay on the same platform, I can upgrade my storage etc.

    It’s not as limited as the iPhone is, both because of their exclusive AT&T deal as well as their control over the apps, and their refusal to allow Flash (which works great btw on Android 2.2). I like that I get wifi-tethering at no additional cost. I like that I can dock it using external contacts and not wearing out that proprietary ipod cable. I can sync files wirelessly to it.

    You know what though? If you root the iphone4 it would significantly improve the experience to the point where it would almost compete with Android (unrooted), from my perspective.

  11. Simon MacDonald on the 8th June

    I guess it all depends on what my carrier is going to do for 3G owners in Canada. If it fits within my budget I will upgrade.

  12. Callum Chapman on the 9th June

    I think everybody will eventually upgrade. Me for one will be upgrading as soon as possible. It all depends on what contracts are offered here in the UK, and how much we get ripped off compared to the US and Canada. Apple products here usually end up being a mirror of the USD price. So if it’s $299 + contract in US, it’ll probably be £299 + contract here – that’s almost double. :(

  13. Benjamin Reid on the 9th June

    I think you’re spot on with the prices Callum. I’m hoping it costs around the same price as the 3GS as that’s getting a price drop.

    But yes, I for one, will be getting it.

  14. Magic Pockets on the 9th June

    Yes, I’ll be getting one – but I’m not ashamed to say it because of any particular new features. My current iPhone does everything I need but this one looks better, is newer and will make make people go “oooooh” when they see it.

    Roll on the haters, you spend your time calling me an iZombie and telling me how stupid (etc) I am – I’ll spend my time not worrying about it and just enjoying my life :)

  15. Kevin Lofthouse on the 9th June

    I’m currently using android, I really like it due to the low cost tariff, 3000 text, 600 mins and unlimited internet for £25. Bargain, but lately the support has been awful and its become really lagy, freezes each time I send a SMS.

    As the build quality of apple products are truely amazing and the features the iPhone 4 will come with, i think it will be worth the upgrade. Lets just hope the prices aren’t as stupid as we think.

  16. Jesper Bylund on the 9th June

    Yes. I’ve been waiting to upgrade from my 3G and the iPhone 4 gives me exactly what I wanted. A sleeker device, faster, more battery and a camera I can really use. It’s going to be great.

  17. Matthew Baker on the 9th June

    2007 is the newest you could go for your “won’t do”? Seems a little lazy….

    Here’s a replacement:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/apple/7800676/10-reasons-not-to-buy-Apples-new-iPhone-4G.html

    • Mike Vardy on the 9th June

      Wow. My bad. Seems as if all of the predictions, Apple news and what-not had been combined during a good ol’ Google News search.

      I’ve replaced it – not with your link – (the 4G might throw some people off as well), but with another.

      Thanks for catching that, Matthew – and for reading!

  18. Dylan on the 10th June

    I have an iPhone 3G. Since I was stuck on my contract last year I couldn’t justify the huge cost to upgrade to the 3GS since the features weren’t that great. But I like the idea of having a decent camera and HD video recorder in my pocket. Too bad I’m in Canada and have to wait an extra month :(

  19. Gcobani on the 13th October

    Yes because it’s faster on internet and it has lots of memory. With the i tunes there is a lot that u can do with an i phone.

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