Friday, October 7, 2011

Apple iPhone (iphone 4 Vodaphone) 4 or 4S? Bionic or Galaxy S II? - Los Angeles Times

iPhone 4S

Apple’s iPhone (iphone 4 Vodaphone) 4S competence not demeanour new on the outward when compared with the iPhone (iphone 4 Vodaphone) 4, yet on the inside, the courage of the phone, there is a lot of novelty starting on.

Still, as the iPhone (iphone 4 Vodaphone) 4S is right away accessible for pre-order as good as attack stores Oct. 14, most iPhone (iphone 4 Vodaphone) owners have been left with questions:

Should we upgrade? Is it value it? Should we wait for for an additional year for the iPhone (iphone 4 Vodaphone) 5, or whatever subsequent year’s iPhone (iphone 4 Vodaphone) will be called?

I should know, I’ve been peppered with these questions myself on Twitter as good as Facebook as good as in content messages from readers as good as friends alike.

And I’ve even been meditative about this privately as well. we am a single of the couple of people left out there who still uses a first-generation Apple iPhone (iphone 4 Vodaphone) as my personal smartphone. A crony called me a hipster on Wednesday sunrise when she schooled I’ve been regulating the same iPhone (iphone 4 Vodaphone) given 2007. we have a BlackBerry we operate for work email as good as calls.

So, what phone is the right next-phone for me? What’s the right phone for you? It can be a difficult subject to answer as good as there is a lot to cruise — together with a little of the tip Android phones available, such as the Samsung Galaxy S II as good as the Motorola Droid Bionic. So, let’s get to it.

What phone do we have now?

First thing we should take in to care is the phone we already have. For the purposes of this blog post, we’ll pretence we possibly already have a smartphone or wish (and can afford) a smartphone. If we can’t means a smartphone as good as the monthly interpretation devise that goes along with it, afterwards your preference is elementary — do not buy anything.

If you’re already invested in the iOS ecosystem, with an iPhone (iphone 4 Vodaphone) filled with apps as good as games we love, afterwards relocating over to Android, Windows Phone or a BlackBerry wouldn’t have a ton of sense.

An ascent to the iPhone (iphone 4 Vodaphone) 4S competence appear similar to a healthy preference depending on that iPhone (iphone 4 Vodaphone) we have.

iPhone 4S contra iPhone (iphone 4 Vodaphone) 3GS or older

If we right away have an iPhone (iphone 4 Vodaphone) 3GS (or even an iPhone (iphone 4 Vodaphone) 3G or first-generation iPhone (iphone 4 Vodaphone)), that was initial expelled in Jun 2009, we would contend you’d be happy creation an ascent to the iPhone (iphone 4 Vodaphone) 4S. The burst in in between the handsets will expected be a large a single as good as a single that will have we happy with the iPhone (iphone 4 Vodaphone) 4 as good as 4S pleasing retina displays as good as the 4S’ dual-core A5 processor, that even done the iPad 2 a standout actor from the first-generation iPad tablet.

Most 3GS owners have been expected nearby or already during the finish of their two-year interpretation plans, so upgrading shouldn’t be a hassle.

iPhone 4S contra iPhone (iphone 4 Vodaphone) 4

If we own an iPhone (iphone 4 Vodaphone) 4, upgrading to an iPhone (iphone 4 Vodaphone) 4S competence not be as worthwhile. The iPhone (iphone 4 Vodaphone) 4 has the same retina display, as good as yet it’s using on the single-core A4 chip, it’s still a rapid phone in the own right, during large deliberate a single of the most appropriate smartphones on the marketplace today.

One disproportion is that the iPhone (iphone 4 Vodaphone) 4S has an upgraded 8-megapixel camera that is able of sharpened 1080p video. The iPhone (iphone 4 Vodaphone) 4 has a 5-megapixel camera that can fire up to 720p video. But is that value similar to an additional two-year interpretation devise as good as profitable expected a most higher ascent price for? we would contend no.

In the past, AT&T has authorised iPhone (iphone 4 Vodaphone) owners to buy new iPhone (iphone 4 Vodaphone)s during the same price as new customers. AT&T, Verizon as good as right away Sprint competence do the same for their existent customers, yet I’m not certain — still operative on anticipating that out. If the carriers do not concede for this prosaic pricing, the iPhone (iphone 4 Vodaphone) could sell during the unsubsidized price, that would have a starting price of about $ 599. In the eventuality that AT&T, Verizon as good as Sprint take this route, we do not consider it’d be value it.

How about Android, Windows Phone as good as BlackBerry?

If you’re not invested in the iOS ecosystem, Android is value a look. Many newer Android phones — such as the HTC Incredible as good as EVO 3D, the Motorola Photon as good as Atrix as good as the Nexus S — have been good handsets as good as Android, whilst not charity as most apps as iOS, has a lot of good games, party as good as capability apps.

At this point, it’s difficult to indicate Windows Phone 7 as it doesn’t indicate the same turn of abyss in conditions of accessible apps, yet this is growing. If interesting apps aren’t as critical to you, we competence wish to wait for for on Windows Phone since new handsets with softened specs (such as the HTC Titan) have been on the approach as good as they will run Windows Phone Mango, the ultimate chronicle of Microsoft’s OS that will have it some-more rival with Android as good as iOS.

I’ve only proposed contrast Mango as good as it’s a good handling complement — some-more on this in destiny posts here on the Technology blog.

I additionally wouldn’t indicate any of the new BlackBerry smartphones on the 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 have been combined equal.

Before creation any decisions, we indicate starting to conduit stores (or Best Buy, Radio Shack as good as alternative retailers) so we can try phones in-hand. Find out if we similar to the shade size, the weight, the materials used as good as the greeting of the phones out there to your touch. Do a little investigate as good as see what websites such as this Technology blog as good as others contend about what you’re meddlesome in.

Also value gripping in thoughts is the rumored entrance subsequent week of a new Samsung phone, that could be called the Nexus Prime as good as would be the initial device to run Google’s ultimate OS, Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

Here’s a demeanour during a couple of of the specs in in between the iPhone (iphone 4 Vodaphone) 4S as good as dual of the tip Android phones right away on the marketplace — Verizon’s Motorola Droid Bionic as good as the Samsung Galaxy S II.

  Apple iPhone (iphone 4 Vodaphone) 4S
Samsung Galaxy S II
Motorola Droid Bionic
Carrier AT&T/Sprint/Verizon Sprint/T-Mobile/AT&T Verizon
Price on 2-year contract
$ 199, $ 299 or $ 399 opposite carriers
$ 199 from Sprint, $ 229 from T-Mobile, $ 199 from AT&T
$ 299
Operating system
iOS 5 Android Gingerbread
Android Gingerbread
Processor dual-core (GHz unknown)
1.2 GHz dual-core (1.5 GHz dual-core for T-Mobile)
1 GHz dual-core
RAM unknown 1 gigabyte
1 gigabyte
Built-in storage 16 gigabytes, 32 gigabytes or 64 gigabytes
16 gigabytes
16 gigabytes
Expandable storage
No MicroSD MicroSD
Screen size
3.5 inches 4.5 inches for Sprint as good as T-Mobile, 4.3 inches for AT&T
4.3 inches
Screen resolution
960 x 640 pixels
800 x 480 pixels
960 x 540 pixels
Weight 4.9 oz
4.77 oz for Sprint as good as T-Mobile, 4.3 oz for AT&T
5.6 oz
Rear camera
8 megapixel photos as good as 1080p video
8 megapixel photos as good as 1080p video
8 megapixel photos as good as 1080p videos
Front camera VGA print as good as video
2 megapixel as good as VGA video
2 megapixel as good as VGA video
USB Yes Yes Yes


Chart corrected, 11:45 am: Samsung Galaxy S II has a back camera able of receiving 1080p video. Earlier draft pronounced it it was 720p video.


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– Nathan Olivarez-Giles

Photo: Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook introduces the new iPhone (iphone 4 Vodaphone) 4s during the company’s Cupertino, Calif., domicile Tuesday. Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

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