- 05-02-2012, 09:58 AM #51
- 05-02-2012, 11:12 AM #52
The big difference in generations is now in broadband speed. However, actual speed is much more a function of where one is than what one carries. The max speed I have seen on Optimum online (cable DOCSIS 2) is 18Mbps. 10 is more typical and even this is more a function of the server than the service. This week in NYC I saw 10Mbps on Verizon LTE and 16Mbps on AT&T HSPDA+. Said another way, the phone is not likely to be the bottle neck in data speed.
Buy an iPhone. Choose on budget first. Prefer early to late. Choose carrier based first upon local coverage and then on 4G coverage.
We are there guys. You will no longer get dramatic, or even noticeable, differences in quality of service
from "the next generation." The device is no longer the limiting factor.
- 05-02-2012, 12:16 PM #53
Same with the iPad - had the original, skipped the iPad 2, and got a new iPad.
Get the 4S, get used to it, then figure out if iOS is for you before ponying up more $$ for the 5, or whatever they'll call it.
- 05-02-2012, 12:23 PM #54
I do agree with you that with the retina displays now in all iOS devices, and likely making their way to Macs, they've accomplished that. There will always be processor and RAM upgrades, and Apple will incrementally improve these things, year after year.
- 05-18-2012, 08:40 PM #55
- 05-18-2012, 10:29 PM #56
- 05-19-2012, 05:18 AM #57
- 05-19-2012, 08:06 AM #58
I do not even have EDGE in my home. I have to have a micro-cell.
However, the thread is about whether or not one should wait for a 5, which might have LTE but not much else novel, or buy a 4, which is already pretty fast. Unless one knows that one is likely to have LTE SERVICE,where one lives and works, there is no sense in living with Android from now until October.
Your circumstance supports my case. If one lives in a part of Alaska, where one is unlikely to have LTE service within the useful life of a 5, then there is nothing in a 5 worth waiting for. A 4 and 5 are functionally equivalent.
Is it possible that Apple will do some "Apple Magic" and put some other game changer besides LTE in the 5 and surprise us all once again? Like everyone else, I hope so. However, "hope" does not figure into the decision.
- 05-19-2012, 08:14 AM #59
- 05-20-2012, 10:09 AM #60
- 05-20-2012, 12:20 PM #61iMore Pro
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I have a 4 at the moment and I am extremely happy with it, but I'll definitely be grabbing the 5. If you absolutely need a phone, you could buy a relatively cheap used 4 and pay on a monthly basis with a carrier of your choice. Then, when the 5 comes out, you can make a decision on whether or not you want to switch from your 4.