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wait for iPhone 5 (2013?) or go with 4S?

8876 Views 48 Replies Latest reply: Oct 25, 2011 11:14 AM by Rob A. RSS
  • igmackenzie Calculating status...
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    Oct 5, 2011 10:31 AM (in response to Rob A.)

    Apart from Flash/Silverlight issue what functions/features/performance would you be giving up?

  • igmackenzie Level 4 Level 4 (2,285 points)
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    Oct 5, 2011 10:53 AM (in response to Rob A.)

    4G is almost non-existent, and I can tether with my iPhone 4, so I can't see why it would be any different on the 4S.

  • igmackenzie Level 4 Level 4 (2,285 points)
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    Oct 5, 2011 11:00 AM (in response to Rob A.)

    Well, one place to look is here

  • diesel vdub Level 7 Level 7 (20,745 points)
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    Oct 5, 2011 11:35 AM (in response to Rob A.)

    Rob A. wrote:


    Well 4G LTe (WiMax)


    A point of clarification, LTE and WiMax are versions of 4G, they are not the same.


    Rob A. wrote:


    Interested on your Tether statement ... are you tethering with 3G or Wireless?

    Another clarification, tethering via Wireless (Wi-Fi) is non-existent and pointless.

    The iPhone has been capable of tethering since iOS4 was released.  The 3GS and 4 are both capable of tethering.


    It sounds like your only issues are a lack of Flash/Silverlight support and WiMax. 

    Have you actually compared speeds on AT&T's 3G network to the speeds on Sprints Wi-Max network?  I only ask because my experience with the Wi-Max network (granted using Clearwire which is the same network) is they are very similar speeds to the 3G speeds I get on my 3GS.


    Wi-Max, in my experience, is not lightening fast 4G... it's just slightly faster than AT&T's 3G speeds.

  • vazandrew Level 6 Level 6 (13,035 points)
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    Oct 5, 2011 11:41 AM (in response to Rob A.)

    Flash does not work well on mobile devices. They did work with Adobe, of course something that would compromise the device would be unacceptable.


    I don't see lack of flash as a deterrent, there are

    many apps and compatible sites that supercede the need.


    4G may be available in your area but it isn't for a lot of people and it drains battery, they are looking at the big picture. Tethering is available as was


  • diesel vdub Level 7 Level 7 (20,745 points)
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    Oct 5, 2011 12:38 PM (in response to Rob A.)

    Look at it from this perspective.

    Sprint is the only US carrier with Wi-Max and likely moving to LTE in the next few years.

    No other carriers (to my knowledge) anywhere in the world use Wi-Max.  There are no Wi-Max/GSM world chips to make a true World phone with Wi-Max.  This would mean a "4G" phone for Sprint would be unique like the Verizon CDMA iPhone4.


    LTE is just too new, AT&T only has it in 5 markets in the US and AT&T is the largest carrier of iPhones in the US.

    LTE is not even rolled out in most of Europe.

    LTE simply is not ready to be a major player until more carriers roll it out.


    In order to have a 4G phone at this point there would need to be a unique Wi-Max/CDMA phone for Sprint, a LTE/CDMA phone for VZW and a LTE/GSM phone for AT&T.  Also, AT&T and VZW utlize different frequencies for LTE, so the LTE would not be interchangable between the two carriers.  If they went this route, they would have 3 unique versions of the 4S for the US.  Only the AT&T version would be usable outside the US.  This is not realisitic from a financial or business perspective.


    It sounds like you are happy with your EVO, maybe there is simply no reason for you to consider an iOS device.

  • fatfilipino Calculating status...
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    Oct 5, 2011 1:00 PM (in response to Rob A.)

    Wait for the reviews to come out on how fast and awesome 4s is.. then you'll switch.. Oh and Apple always strikes deals with their carriers to let people early upgrade even before the normal early upgrade, so you should be getting a new phone every year or less... That's what I do, I just pay the sale price and thats it...

  • fatfilipino Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 5, 2011 1:02 PM (in response to Vossing)

    Galaxy S 2 battery is beyond horrible... A few of my friends are glued to their chargers   but it looks like a nice phone... why not just stick with the best selling phone, it's the best selling for a reason...

  • fatfilipino Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 5, 2011 2:30 PM (in response to Rob A.)

    In the keynote, they stated iOs or iPhone users use the internet much more than any other mobile platform... why is that? iOs / iPhone doesnt even have 4G, At&t has terrible reception? NO.. it's a great phone with a great camera, that just got better... Should I even bring up the stats that iPhone 4 pictures get uploaded the most to social sites? I think you get the picture, it's a great phone and a great upgrade to an already blazing phone. So why hate? I just dont get people. in 2013, I think youll be waiting for the iPhone 7 becasue the 5 or 6 arent good enough for you? while we all enjoy this great strong technology in the iPhones...


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