Friends, family, and customers are asking what we think of the iPhone 4 and if they should get one.
If you haven’t jumped on the iPhone bandwagon yet, the answer is a simple “yes.”
If you already have an iPhone, the answer may be a little more involved.
Here’s a few things to think about before making the upgrade:
This seems to be the one area that has been progressively getting worse with the iPhone. The first gen’s heftier metal body felt great and held up the best to abuse. Unfortunately it looks like the iPhone 4 has a bit of a glass jaw and early reports look like it will be a popular repair for us in the future.
Each new iPhone makes a big leap in overall speed and the iPhone 4 is no exception. The iPhone 4 is fast and will make your old iPhone seem slow in comparison.
The iPhone 4 does have a second mic to help with sound quality, but the antenna “improvements” seem to have created new issues which may negate their effect. In other words, I wouldn’t upgrade for the sake of improved reception.
Here’s where the decision to upgrade will probably be made. The new screen is awesome and much improved, however most people were happy with the previous screen. Front facing camera is cool, but more gimmicky than life changing at this point. A better camera with LED flash is probably my favorite new edition. If you’re like me, your iPhone has become your primary camera and any improvements here are welcome.
You have an original iPhone – Don’t upgrade. The tank-like durability and instant vintage status alone are worth keeping it in action for a little while longer.
You have a 3G – Probably worth the upgrade. You’ll get to use all the new features of iOS4 (mulit-tasking, custom wall papers) and get tons of new hardware features (compass, gyroscope, better camera, more memory, etc.)
You have a 3GS – If you’ve held off until now, you can wait a little while longer. Yes the new iPhone is better but yours is still pretty good. If you’ve got the cash burning a hole in your pocket, the iPad may be the way to go.
As for me? I had the first iPhone on day one and have upgraded the first week with each new iPhone, until now. I’ve got a 32GB 3GS and while I’ll probably get an iPhone 4 before the end of the year, I’m in no rush. The improved camera is probably the single biggest draw for me but not a must have. When I do make the jump, the one thing I know for sure is that this will be the first iPhone I actually get a case for.