Sold the iPhone 4...bought a 3GS...
So my friend came to me the other day and told me that he was seeing the iPhone 4's selling on eBay for crazy prices during the holidays...i checked it out myself and got a little bug inside me that said "Do it Sean! Take advantage of this spike in value!"
So i did...i put it on eBay and within a few hours someone had used Buy It Now for $625 (i sold it straight up with no jailbreak or anything, and the Belkin case i've had on it since the first week i bought it). I was more than a little excited, since i could, essentially go back and buy a brand new iPhone 4 and profit $25, but i decided against it and went on Craigslist and bought a 3GS (white 32GB)...got it for $350 so ended up making $275 off the whole deal...
After having this 3GS for a few days over the Xmas holiday, i have to say that while the screen does looked washed out compared to the retina display, and the pictures are certainly no where near the quality of the iP4's, i'm not all that disappointed, and i don't really miss the iPhone 4 all that much. I seem to get about the same reception i got before (though my tethering seems much faster for some reason, maybe its the locations im in, who knows...), and the phone honestly feels like its functioning at about the same level as my iPhone 4 did...no noticeable lag or glitchy performance.
So with that said, i am again a 3GS owner (and i got a white one like i always wanted, but never got back when the 3GS was a hot commodity)...and to be 100% honest, im still just as happy with the 3GS.
Anyone else downgrade from iP4 back to 3GS? Experience?
- 12-27-2010, 09:59 AM #2
Washed out. Fuzzy text. No thanks.
You lose the HD recording, blackflash, retina screen, gyro, better camera, front camera, dual mic noise supression, HSUPA (or the improved upload speeds), wireless n, half the ram, batter life, processor speed...
- 12-27-2010, 10:11 AM #3
Screw that. Might as well go back to horse and carriage. While some people may not be able to afford a new i4 and purchase a 3Gs instead, I think it's crazy to get an i4 and then downgrade. Now if money is tight and you can make a few hundred bucks....well then yeah.
- 12-27-2010, 10:20 AM #4
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- 12-27-2010, 11:07 AM #6
I dont blame people for thinking it's a dumb idea...if you had asked me a month ago (before i saw the prices they were going for) i would have agreed 110%. And while im not hurting for money at all, i was just curious if the phone would sell for what i was seeing...and in a blink of an eye it did. I was never overly attached to the iP4, i loved it, and felt it was THE best iphone there has been, but when it came down to it...i never really used the front camera for anything other than facetime (which i have used less and less lately), the download times are negligible because i almost NEVER download anything outside of a wifi area...
I will miss the display, this display doesnt hold a candle to it...but its also not some unusable screen either, its just "not as good". I actually own a Canon 7D so as far as the HD filming, i rarely used it anyways (except on the fly, which again, was rare). Truth be told, i went through ALOT of thinking before i put it on eBay, and it came down to a fact that the features it has i didnt use as much as i thought i did, and while awesome, i wanted to make a good profit off of the phone before next years comes out (i didnt do this with the last 3GS i had and i ended up selling it cheap)...who knows, i might buy another one later, we'll see...i actually prefer having the 32GB storage so if that happens, i will deff be getting the bigger model.
Anyways...not really looking for people's opinions on MY choice really, but i welcome them either way...i was just curious if anyone else had done it, and if they felt the same way i do or they totally regretted it...
- 12-27-2010, 11:37 AM #8
I should also add that my wife thought i was insane...and while she did think the 32GB 3GS was cool, she just said "You will do what you want to do...but i think you'll regret it." 4 days in, im still not feeling that way, but you guys may have a post from my wife about me on the ledge of a building at some point...
- 12-27-2010, 12:27 PM #10
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- 12-27-2010, 09:01 PM #15
I wasn't really sold on the retina display until I got my iPhone 4 and used it for awhile. Now, I can't stand the display on my old 3GS. It looks gray and blah to me now-but i thought it was just fine when I was using it before the 4.
- 12-27-2010, 10:37 PM #16
- 12-28-2010, 01:53 AM #17
@Chris, there's a difference between stating your own opinion and criticizing the opinions of others which were asked for. I don't have a personal problem with you but it seems like a lot of people do so you might want to stop being rude.
Anyway.. I feel like I really couldn't do that for a profit of only $300. I'd have to get a lot of profit in order to go back to 320x480 and go without my front facing camera.
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- 12-28-2010, 05:24 PM #18
I was playing with my wife's iP3GS for an hour yesterday and realized that aside from the screen difference speed wise it felt the same to me. I personally wouldn't downgrade however if my ip4 were lost broken or stolen I think I would be content with the 3GS.
- 12-28-2010, 05:31 PM #19
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- 12-28-2010, 09:49 PM #21
I'm still quite happy with my 3GS, and i love having the increased memory, no more picking and choosing files to drop or add! The only thing im a little wary about is something i knew about before i bought it, but this one has started to develop the tiny little cracks around the headphone jack and the port on the bottom...you have to REALLY look to see them, and since i knew it happened on almost all of them, i was inspecting it yesterday and saw them.
This one still seems to tether faster than my iPhone 4 did...im talking a noticeable difference too. I have full bars on it almost every where i go (which was the same on the iPhone 4), but the speeds i can browse the web on my mac seem to be up about 10%.
- 12-29-2010, 07:26 AM #23iPhone Beginner
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Cheers to you but it's definitely not for me.
As most have said before, I didn't fall into the whole "Retina Display" thing at first... but then I used the phone for a few months. Every time I used my g/f's 3G was like pain and torture (granted they're alot worse than the 3GS) and I ended up buying her an iPhone 4 for her birthday.
From the A4 chip, more RAM, amazing display, overall increased functionality, beautiful pictures, and wonderful battery life, I just cannot see myself being completely content by going back to the 3GS - though I did love that phone very much.
- 12-29-2010, 08:28 AM #24
The funny thing is that since i got the 3GS, my wife has been going crazy because she wanted a white iPhone 4, and since she's not nearly as tech savvy as i consider myself to be, she's been bugging me to sell her iPhone and get her one like mine, i told her to give me another week with the 3GS and i may trade her straight up for her iP4 if i find the 3GS to be lesser of a phone...so far though, it aint happening.