What phone do we have now?
First thing we should take into care is a phone we already have. For a functions of this blog post, we’ll assume we possibly already have a smartphone or wish (and can afford) a smartphone. If we can’t means a smartphone and a monthly information devise that goes along with it, afterwards your choice is elementary — don’t buy anything.
If you’re already invested in a iOS ecosystem, with an iPhone filled with apps and games we love, afterwards relocating over to Android, Windows Phone or a BlackBerry wouldn’t make a ton of sense.
An ascent to a iPhone 4S competence seem like a healthy choice depending on that iPhone we have.
iPhone 4S contra iPhone 3GS or older
If we now have an iPhone 3GS (or even an iPhone 3G or first-generation iPhone), that was initial expelled in Jun 2009, we would contend you’d be happy creation an ascent to a iPhone 4S. The burst between a handsets will expected be a large one and one that will make we happy with a iPhone 4 and 4S pleasing retina displays and a 4S’ dual-core A5 processor, that even done a iPad 2 a standout performer from a first-generation iPad tablet.
Most 3GS owners are expected nearby or already during a finish of their two-year information plans, so upgrading shouldn’t be a hassle.
iPhone 4S contra iPhone 4
If we possess an iPhone 4, upgrading to an iPhone 4S competence not be as worthwhile. The iPhone 4 has a same retina display, and yet it’s using on a single-core A4 chip, it’s still a rapid phone in a possess right, widely deliberate one of a best smartphones on a marketplace today.
One disproportion is that a iPhone 4S has an upgraded 8-megapixel camera that is able of sharpened 1080p video. The iPhone 4 has a 5-megapixel camera that can fire adult to 720p video. But is that value similar to another two-year information devise and profitable expected a most aloft ascent cost for? we would contend no.
In a past, ATT has authorised iPhone owners to buy new iPhones during a same cost as new customers. ATT, Verizon and now Sprint competence do a same for their existent customers, yet I’m not certain — still operative on anticipating that out. If a carriers don’t concede for this prosaic pricing, a iPhone could sell during a unsubsidized price, that would have a starting cost of about $599. In a eventuality that ATT, Verizon and Sprint take this route, we don’t consider it’d be value it.
How about Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry?
If you’re not invested in a iOS ecosystem, Android is value a look. Many newer Android phones — such as a HTC Incredible and EVO 3D, a Motorola Photon and Atrix and a Nexus S — are good handsets and Android, while not charity as many apps as iOS, has a lot of good games, party and capability apps.
At this point, it’s tough to advise Windows Phone 7 as it doesn’t offer a same turn of abyss in terms of accessible apps, yet this is growing. If interesting apps aren’t as critical to you, we competence wish to wait on Windows Phone since new handsets with softened specs (such as a HTC Titan) are on a approach and they will run Windows Phone Mango, a latest chronicle of Microsoft’s OS that will make it some-more rival with Android and iOS.
I’ve only started contrast Mango and it’s a good handling complement — some-more on this in destiny posts here on a Technology blog.
I also wouldn’t advise any of a new BlackBerry smartphones on a marketplace as Research In Motion will launch new phones after this year or early subsequent year that competence even run Android apps.
Get hands-on yourself
All that being said, not all phones are combined equal.
Before creation any decisions, we advise going to conduit stores (or Best Buy, Radio Shack and other retailers) so we can try phones in-hand. Find out if we like a shade size, a weight, a materials used and a greeting of a phones out there to your touch. Do some investigate and see what websites such as this Technology blog and others contend about what you’re meddlesome in.
Also value gripping in mind is a rumored entrance subsequent week of a new Samsung phone, that could be called a Nexus Prime and would be a initial device to run Google’s latest OS, Android Ice Cream Sandwich.
Here’s a demeanour during a few of a specs between a iPhone 4S and dual of a tip Android phones now on a marketplace — Verizon’s Motorola Droid Bionic and a Samsung Galaxy S II.
Chart corrected, 11:45 am: Samsung Galaxy S II has a back camera able of holding 1080p video. Earlier draft pronounced it it was 720p video.
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— Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Photo: Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook introduces a new iPhone 4s during a company’s Cupertino, Calif., domicile Tuesday. Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images
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