We’re just two days away from either having the iPhone 4S show up on our doorstep or getting in line to pick one up. A couple of days ago, one of our staff writers started asking who was going to take the plunge and buy one. That was a good question the way I saw it, because from the comments I’ve been reading, many of you are on the fence as to whether or not your’re going to spend the cash.
In an attempt to help you make your decision (if you haven’t already) I figured I’d ask our staff that very question: Are you buying one? And if so, what model? Our answers are after the break.
Although it’s not technically a job requirement, the way I saw it, I needed to get one, I just needed to figure out what size. I’m always bumping into size constraints on my 32GB iPhone 4, so I figured it was time to upgrade to the new 64GB model, that way I had plenty of room for those 1080p videos and 8 megapixel images. I debated between black and white for a long time, but in the end, I decided that I’d stick with black. Oh, and I’m on AT&T, because that seems to be the lesser of all evils right now in my area.
There’s currently a white, 16Gb iPhone 4S with my name on it waiting to be shipped from Apple. I opted for the white 16GB model because I wanted it to look like a new device ( I have a black iPhone 4) and because I’m currently sitting at around 5GB used after eight months. I was on the fence about the 4S until Apple unveiled the improved camera and Siri, the assistant that will make me talk to my phone instead of through my phone.
The most exciting thing about the iPhone 4S announcement was Siri, and that’s almost the only reason I need to get one. As soon as my current contract is over, I’m upgrading my iPhone 4 to an iPhone 4S, the 16GB black model. I don’t use a lot of apps (and even those are relatively small) so that model is perfect for my needs.
I’m almost embarrassed to admit my current iPhone is the 3G. Yeah, I know. But when the 3GS came out one year later, it seemed too soon to cast my 3G aside. And when the 4 was released, the signal problem made me think twice. But even if they hadn’t ended the 3G updates, I’d still be ordering my 16GB, black, AT&T-capable 4S anyway. Siri, the improved camera and the better iCloud integration just look too awesome to pass up.
After spending a few months using an Android handset for the second time, I had little doubt I would be moving back to an iPhone and opted to upgrade to the 4S. I preordered the 32GB black model, unlocked, directly from Apple UK and I cannot wait to try out the upgraded camera and play around with Siri. There may have been backlash around the announcement of the iPhone 4S, but I have little doubt that it’s the best overall phone out on the market come Friday the 14th.
I thought long and hard about getting the iPhone 4S. What tipped the scale in favor was the better camera — by now the only camera I usually carry around is the iPhone — and Siri, which I’m absolutely excited about. I ordered the white 16GB version without a contract (Germany). Why the smallest model? Because I’ll probably be getting the next iPhone as well so I didn’t want to spent more money than necessary.
I didn’t order the iPhone 4S for a couple of reasons. One, I already have an iPhone 4 and although I was upgrade eligible, I felt that the iPhone 4S wasn’t enough of an upgrade for me to spend more money. Secondly, I really want to get out of my contract with AT&T as Verizon has better cell coverage in my area. So, that’s why I am waiting another year for what is presumed to be the iPhone 5.
When the iPhone 3GS came out, a similar discussion took place to what we see today with iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. Should you buy the 3G or the 3GS? Is there even enough difference in the two to justify the price? My 3GS contract has only just come to an end: It’s not about the difference today, but in 2 years time. Will you be using a 2 year old or 3 year old phone in 2013/2014? My 16GB iPhone 3GS will be replaced by a 16GB iPhone 4S.
As a proud owner of a 3GS, I’m excited to finally make an upgrade — and I’m doing so on multiple fronts. Not only will I be getting a 4S, but I’ll be grabbing an unlocked one and bumping up to the 32GB capacity so I don’t have to shuffle apps and content around so much. This refresh to the iPhone line feels like it’s aimed straight at me, and in any event, it’s hard to resist a pocket-sized dual-core smartphone that shoots HD video and talks to you. I think people who are “disappointed” are sounding awfully spoiled.
As much as I’d love to get myself a shiny new iPhone 4S, I’m still under contract with Verizon and would have to fork over roughly $350 to get one (after selling my current iPhone 4). Don’t get me wrong, I’d love nothing more than to own the best iPhone yet, and the money really isn’t too bad. However, I still want an iPad very badly, so I’m going to hold on to the $350 I would spend on an upgrade and use it to become the proud owner of two amazing Apple devices.
UK network pricing for the 4S hasn’t yet been announced, but I think I’m unlikely to upgrade anyway. My iPhone 4 is the best computer I’ve ever owned, and I’ve been completely satisfied with it. I don’t see the 4S as inviting enough for me to pay to upgrade. However, the one thing that might sway me is that the main button on my phone seems to be failing more and more often …
What about you? Do you have an iPhone 4S on its way or are you ordering one? Let us know in the comments below.