Seriously considering iPhone 4
My wife and I are both up for an upgrade. I have the original Droid and she has a LG feature phone. I like my Droid for the most part, but the truth is if Verizon had the iPhone when I got it I would have picked the iPhone. I have looked at the Thunderbolt and know that there are other Android phones coming out as well as the iPhone 5 at some point this year. We have done a lot of research and are really leaning towards the iPhone. I just have a couple questions I'm hoping I can get help with:
1) Do we go with the 16gig or 32gig. We will use it for music and video files. I am just wondering how much of the memory is available for use. How much is used by the system before putting music, videos and apps on the phone? Is it worth the extra $100 for the 32 gig?
2) Should we wait for the iPhone 5? We don't really want to wait if it isn't coming out until late this year. With the high resell value I am thinking that we could resell the 4 and get the 5 if it was that big of a jump in technology. Any thoughts?
3) How does the iPhone integrate with Google? Coming from the Droid I use a lot of the Google tools like email and calendar.
Any help is appreciated. Thank you.
- 03-22-2011, 11:56 PM #2
- 03-23-2011, 12:16 AM #3
- 03-23-2011, 12:16 AM #4
1. 32 gb definitely if you're going to be putting a lot of multimedia on it. My apps alone take up 5gb.
2. This is really up to you. I have another upgrade I can get the 5 with if it's really that much of a jump, so I can't be much help here.
3. There is apparently a google app in the store that will sync things, but I've never tried it.
- 03-23-2011, 01:27 AM #5
I absolutely love my iPhone (even though the notificaiton system and email functionality is something to be desired). With that said, I think you should WAIT.
Unless your phone is on the fritz and you absolutely need to upgrade, why not wait a few months to get a better idea if the iPhone 5 is going to drop for VZW? If I were you, I'd wait until around June, when usually the new iPhone model is announced. If it's not coming to VZW, then maybe the new Android phones might be more tasty.
- 03-23-2011, 02:05 AM #6iPhone Experts
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2. The iPhone 5 will probably come out soon enough, HOWEVER, remember that iPhones BY FAR have the best resale value of any smartphone. If it comes out in July/Aug you could easily sell a 32GB for ~$500.
3. I use Google e-Mail and Calender just fine with my iPhone 4.
- 03-23-2011, 02:11 AM #7
Get the 32 gig you won't regret it. Secondly, the iPhone 5 is most likely going to be a CDMA/GSM device; that's going to be the huge difference between the 4 and 5. Lastly, if you set your gmail account up as an exchange account on the iPhone you have your calendar and contact integration super easy
I didn't even think about the fact that I do have another upgrade coming up in July. I could use that for the iPhone 5 and sell the iPhone 4 if I really wanted to. I just need a basic phone on that line. So that solves that problem.
I think we will go for the 32gig based on the comments.
I was concerned a little about the Google issue because that is probably my favorite thing about my Droid.
- 03-23-2011, 06:16 AM #9
- 03-23-2011, 08:51 AM #10
I would have to disagree that Google services do not sync as well as android, for obvious reasons. You are probably accustomed to the GMail app on android that is basically just like the web mail interface.... you are not going to get this on iphone. I also rely on google services like mail, docs, calendar etc. and have had the best luck just using the mobile gmail site for managing my day to day emails, I only use the stock mail app for composing mail, and use a push notifier for email alerts (I don't use the gmail exchange setup that others use, because I like my labels/stars/trash to work properly).
I also wouldn't worry about the iphone 5. People have been saying since the iP4 was released on Verizon that everyone should wait.... but how long are you willing to wait and for what? Looks like the iphone 5 won't be released until Q3 of this year (maybe July, Aug, Sept. even??). I would just get the iphone 4 now and not worry about it.
- 03-23-2011, 09:09 AM #11
2) I would wait but being that Verizon needs different tech in their version we do not know how the iPhone 5 release will happen. Verizon could possibly not get it at the same time as GSM version. You never know.
3) It integrates just fine with Google Sync for mobile.
- 03-23-2011, 09:30 AM #12
- 03-23-2011, 10:10 AM #13iPhone Newbie
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with the verizon iPhone only just coming out in February, i personally can't see an iPhone 5 coming out in June....maybe a 4.5 refresh or something with iPhone 5 in Jan/Feb '12 but what do i know. if you want an iPhone, get an iPhone. there are always people to sell your old stuff to if it turns out you want the next great thing.
if you're going to sync a lot of multimedia, i think you'll just be frustrated with a 16gb model. even if you're willing to stream a lot of your stuff using various methods, you'll still want enough space to load up some of your favorites.
on to the google integration.... if you want push gmail in the native Mail app, setting it up as exchange works well enough. it has some quirks like deleting emails on the device only archive on the web so you still need to comb your All Mail box online if you actually want to delete stuff... contact and calendar sync using the exchange setup work well and you get most of the functionality of the native google stuff, but not all of it. it's more than enough to be functional for me, though. the only real issue i have is the archive instead of delete 'feature' but it's only a minor thing for me.
if you're not opposed to jailbreaking and you use google voice, you have to try phone GV extension (and sms GV extension if you text w/google voice #) as they really integrate that functionality into the iPhone. again not quite as polished as android's built in support but between those extensions and the official Google Voice app, it works great.
I ordered 2 of the 32gig iPhones this morning. They have already shipped and will be delivered tomorrow. Thank you for all of the comments. I feel good about my decision. I was pretty sold on getting another Android phone, but the more I read the more I felt the iPhone was best for us right now. I do have another upgrade if I really wanted to get the new phone when it comes out, but to be honest I am not too worried about it. My wife has had the iTouch for a couple years and loves it still.
Now to decide on a case...any suggestions? We are not hard on our phones, but I like to protect them. I have always sold my phones at a good price because I take such good care of them. I have looked at the "case-mate barely there" and the Seideo Innocase, but am open to suggestions. Thanks.
- 03-23-2011, 10:50 AM #15
2. Now or wait .... that is the question.
3. You can setup your gmail like an exchange server and everything gets sync'd up ... very easy.
- 03-23-2011, 10:52 AM #16
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- 03-23-2011, 11:52 AM #18
If you don't wanna wait for the iPhone 5 and are still skeptical on the iPhone 4, why not look into one of the android phones. The new Incredible HD looks very promising. I had an incredible before the screen got cracked and I didn't have the money to buy a new one or insurance for that matter.
- 03-23-2011, 12:05 PM #19
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- 03-23-2011, 06:15 PM #23
Also access to all google apps, ( calendar, gdocs, reader etc...) By checking off the gmail oush in the client settings give s you access to gmail mobile.
- 03-23-2011, 06:17 PM #24
- 03-24-2011, 11:49 PM #25
well if your coming from and android phone then you might have a little un easiness
I came from a crappy droid Erie but some how I like it better in some aspects then the iPhone 4
the iPhone 4 is a great choice but you can never go wrong if you choose the htc thunderbolt.