Tell Us Dammit! iPhone 4S - Who's Upgrading?

Dammit, we want you to tell us stuff – like are you going to be upgrading to the iPhone 4S? As an owner of an increasingly rubbish iPhone 3, I'm considering it. I was expecting an iPhone 5 announcement, so was planning to upgrade to that, but now? Well, I'm not sure - maybe I'll make the leap to Android. What about you guys?

My primary motivation for upgrading is gaming. I do a lot of gaming on my mobile phone nowadays, and my iPhone 3 is starting to struggle. It's for that reason that I'm really struggling with this decision. In my mind Apple provide the most user friendly way to get access to the best mobile games, and I like the idea of a more streamlined, user friendly service - but the iPhone 4S is bad timing. I don't want to upgrade to what appears to be a stop gap phone.

Hmmm. Decisions...

What are your thoughts?


    Get an android phone, yall can run nintendo emulators on there, I would of chosen an andriod phone having known that prior.

      You can do that with a Jailbroken iPhone and Cydia.

        But why should you have to go through the hassle of jailbreaking?

          But why should you have to go through the hassle of using Android?

            What a douche comment - lol


              'I know you are, you said you are, but what am I?'

            this is the only time i will ever be commenting here but you sir win 150%

          Jailbreaking ? Hassle ? LOL, do some research before you post buddy.
          Jailbreaking is close to the easiest thing to do, ever.

            The hassle, includes more than just the act. things like voiding your warranty, losing support options and navigating the grey areas of a pirate organization owning all your personal details.....

            Android just makes sense.

            Just because it's easy doesn't make it any less of a hassle.

            Or just maybe you could not void your warranty and still have the same features without the other hassle of iTunes and such.

              The only hassle I can see with iTunes is that it makes doing illegal things slightly more convoluted.. :P

            If you're the kind of person that can be bothered jailbreaking a phone, there's definitely a good chance you're droid kind of guy (or gal) anyway ;)

              Wait, wait, wait!! You're all forgetting what's important here. He said "I would of".

              I would of, indeed.

    I have an iPhone 3GS and have been saying since the iPhone 4 came out that I'd wait for the iPhone 4GS (what I was calling it up until yesterday when I heard that it was called iPhone 4S) to come out before deciding what to upgrade to.

    Now that the 4S is announced and pretty much exactly what I was expecting it to be, I have to decide if I stick with iOS or switch to Android/Blackberry. Tis a tough choice, but so far I am leaning towards the 4S.

    Availability may be a deciding factor though, getting a new iPhone shortly after the models are released is damned near impossible unless you're one of those poor sods that camp out for them.

    Maybe I'll ask my friends who will be camping out for them to go grab me one.

      Oh and gaming on my phone doesn't happen much. I burn through the battery already and with my Kindle, I always have something else to do on the train.

        I would not recommend the Blackberry. I don't know much about phones or have much experience with them but we got a half dozen 9700 Bolds at my work and probably half of them have issues such as locking up and screen glitches and 2 of them have died altogether.

        The 'app store' on them is also a joke with very few apps most of which are over priced.

          The only drawback with Android (I have a HTC) is that developers (in this country esp) support the iPhone over Android in spades, so even though Android's share is greater and the phone's are generally more customizable and more useful, in terms of Apps it pales in comparison to Apple's selection.

          Having said that I got both Angry Birds and Cut the Rope for free so it's not all bad!

      If gaming is not a priority, I'd recommend the Galaxy S2 over just about anything. Since the last update, the battery has been comparable to an iPhone, and the expandable memory and changeable battery mean you want have to worry about storage.

      Also, the screen is massive and the handset is small and light. Defintely and improvement on the iPhone 4.

    Xiaomi Phone for me ;)

    Not I.

    I'm on a windows phone at the moment.

    It's a personal preference, but I cannot stand Apple products.

      You should totally change your name to James Win ;)

        Good though that sounds... my old man would be pissed.

          He should change his surname to win too. And Im also on a WP7 phone <3 Samsung Focus

            I'm on wp7 as well. HTC Mozart, it blows my mind.

    Just got a 4, so not really looking to upgrade; Android looks interesting, but part of my wanting an iPhone is because it serves as an iPod. The iPod controls are basically baked into the OS, while I don't know if Android phones even do music and podcasts on anywhere near the same level.

      My Android has apps that do podcasts and music pretty well. My only complaint would be that I don't have enough time to listen to them all.

      "while I don’t know if Android phones even do music and podcasts on anywhere near the same level."

      When I went looking for a new phone one of my major requirements was a good music player and my HTC Legend does not disappoint. Been using Winamp on it and it's awesome. Wirelessly transferring music from my desktop Winamp to my phone is great too!

      One of my other requirements was also that it didn't require proprietary software (iTunes/Nokia software/whatever) to transfer MP3s. As far as I'm concerned if I can't transfer music onto the device just like an external drive that device IS NOT an MP3 player. Maybe it's a semi-decent music player but if I can't just drop files on there as-is I consider it a fail.

    can't wait for nexus prime :)

      This. The specs on the Nexus Prime will blow this iPhone out of the water.

      Imagine how pleased Samsung will be by the perceived backlash against Apple with this iPhone 4S. It's not a bad phone by any means, but people obviously expected a new design. I'd be happy enough with the iPhone 4 look, as long as the screen was a bit bigger. Seriously. 3.5 inch is so small compared to some of the competitors' phones. Also no 4G is pretty bad, and that's probs why they didn't go with the iPhone 4GS name ;-) The Prime has a real chance to disrupt the momentum Apple has had for ages. If it is even on par with the Galaxy S2, but drops the Touch UI, the Prime will make me a very happy individual.

    99% chance I'll be going towards the iPhone 4S. I admit I was disappointed with the name choice but in the end, it is just a name. Unless they choose to then announce an iPhone 5 in 3 months :/. Btw, this will be my first iPhone :)

    I still have over 16 months remaining on my current contract and even if I didn't I still wouldn't by an iPhone, it's just my opinion but the phone has never truly appealed to me.

    Also I want to point out that its been reported since the announcement this morning Apple's stock has dropped 4.93 per cent. No doubt it will rebound but just let me have this moment. . .


    Bought a new phone a few weeks ago (Xperia Play), so there's no point.

      That's gonna be my next phone, was using my mate's the other day and it is all kinds of fun.

        Would seriously consider it myself, if it had a dual core processor. Also, the lack of support from Sony to port their PS1 or PSP games to the Play is a bad sign for the future of the phone. If Nintendo or Sony really committed to a phone as their main handheld, that thing would be incredible. I would love a Nintenphone :-(

          But the Nintenphone would be incapable of calling anyone unless you had swapped a 16 digit friend code with them!

          That is the only real downfall of the xperia play, no dual core. It's not a major for me and It works well with all the apps and emulators I run.

          Emulation my man, emulation.

    Nothing in here to make me re-think my decision a couple of months back to grab a Samsung Omnia 7 handset and Windows Phone.

    In fact, I'm now happier I did so. The Samsung handset is just stunning, and the Windows Phone 7 interface now that it has received its Mango update is a thing of beauty. Easy to use, intuitive, clear, fast and just beautiful to look at while being absurdly functional.

    Leaves the iPhone interface looking old and tired TBH.

    Nothing here that Android and WP7 owners should feel sad about. And as for Samsung and its handsets - the popularity is only going to grow.

      I agree the W7 interface is visually awesome now (though less practical than iOS) but had to lol at the Omnia 7 being 'stunning' - I think it looks and feels like a late 90's PDA :P

        Agree with you on the Windows Phone, but I have to say, I do like the Omnia. Not saying its the best handset going around from Samsung, but the display is top-notch and really compliments the WP7 Metro interface.

        The new WP7 handsets being released in the coming months will definitely be a few steps up again though!

      I'm calling marketing BS on this comment. Same thing under same name posted over at the SMH website.

        So youre calling BS because the same person had the same thing to say under the same name in an article about the same thing?

          Whilst I post on both, the similarities in this case smack of form text. Could be mistaken. Does Chris post here often?

            Same cut and paste comment on Gizmodo too, twice. Either he really wants people to see what he has to say or he's being paid for it.

              Considering every single media outlet has been regurgitating what apple has said, could be a case of "FFFFUUUUU-"

    I have a 4 and I'll be upgrading, the speed boost is enough to warrant that, I don't really think it's a 'stop gap' phone, its just the next one and it'll be a good year before there is another option. (Assuming android/windows marketplaces don't magically get to being average in the next year)

    Wouldn't bother... there's plenty of other phones out on the market that will work just as good if not better.

    I'll be upgrading, the faster specs than the standard 4 are good enough for any games likely in the next 2 years, and the iOS5 updates fix everything that shit me about my 3GS and iOS.
    I will be upgrading for sure. I think this is effectively the iPhone5 anyway, can't imagine what more I'd want for the next 18months at least, and I don't see the iPhone 5 having a faster processor or graphics if it comes in the next 12 months.
    I'd expect a new iPad before the 5.

    I'm currently using a really cheap pre paid telstra phone that runs android that I got earlier in the year. Its main use so far has been telling me what time it is. I tried to download some games or apps but there weren't many good ones or the ones that were good weren't supported on my phone. Also browsing the internet and app store costs $1 a minute and that's way too expensive.

    Maybe it's time I finally jumped on board with the whole smart phone thing. I have no idea about anything to do with phones though. All this talk of contracts and plans and the like just has my head spinning. Also $700+ for a phone seems way too much.

    I have a 3GS and was waiting for this to be announced for months so I could upgrade, but now that it has I'm feeling kind of underwhelmed and I don't think I'll bite unless Nokia's upcoming WP7 offering ends up also being disappointing.

    iPhones aren't even good, they are just a hipster status symbol.

      I'm not sure you can have 100 million hipster and them still be hipsters.. I'd say it's the opposite, its hip to have a windows phone

        Not when everyone gets one, for sure.
        I mean now, when the new one just releases.


      Had a debate with a friend last year after he said iphones were cool, and i said every feature they have is in other phones with a mark up and also become outdated in next to no time (drop of support after 2 years, when hardware components typically the same). The only thing that is selling iphones is the fact the symbol people believe it to have in society. Same deal with macbooks. Bought a laptop a couple of months ago with the same specs as the 15" Pro, yet mine cost $800, and a macbook is upmost $2000, so the only difference is essentialy the OS and symbol.

        Other phones dont have the same features though, they don't have the app store and they aren't as physically nice to touch and look at - and that is a far more important thing than in my experience, a lot of kotaku and gizmodo readers seem to understande. I would gladly pay another 2 grand for a macbook over some other laptop for the OS and the design. A lot of people buy things with the Apple logo on them because they feel comfortable about using them, not because its a status symbol. I'm talking about mums, dads, and grandparents. iOS and OSX feel nicer to use and are easier for people who dont care about knowing how computers work, which is most of us.

          I'd say that the Samsung S2 and the HTC range are actually nicer to touch - light but solid, sleek.

          Can't argue about the apps store. I think Android has enough for the quantity and quality to not be much of an issue, but the Android store itself could definitely be improved.

          You don't need to know how a computer works for them to be easy to use. You just need to have half a brain.

            I disagree, I think people who have grown up not only using but enjoying technology (basically you're in this group if you are reading this website) typically have a terribly skewed view about how the majority of the world grasps computing and the challenges involved.

          My G4 notebook cost me $4000. 3 years later it was absolutely useless. I can't use anything simple like bejeweled, I can't use the internet because flash won't install and also I can't upgrade it.
          I will never buy another Apple product.

          Also I have an Xeperia X10 and it's done me very well.

      iPhones are hipster symbols in the same way that Android phones are arrogant high-horse-riding tech nerd symbols. It's the phone equivalent of Mac vs Linux.

    I was waiting for this phone for a while... But once it came out i dont think its that good. Ill wait for the Nexus Prime or the new SG3

    Samsung galaxy s2.. cant go wrong best phone on market right now

    I don't think it'll be too stop gap. In the way that the iPhone 5 is probably another yr away now.

    I have the 3G too, and it's terrible.

    I'll be upgrading from the 3GS but waiting a few months to see if they announce the 5. I only really want it for developing for anyways, so I might end up with an android seeing as I don't have access to one. Nexus Prime? Gotta look into it!

    I sold my galaxy a month ago preparing to go back to the iPhone camp. Was very disappointed with the announcement. I might go for another android or maybe wait and see what Nokia can offer with WP7 (im expecting they might do something really special to win people over again)

    But honestly. all phones are the same, they are just app launchers.

    I'll wait for the Nexus Prime. Rumourland suggests it's going to have a 4.6" 1280x720 screen. That's HD. AITCH-DEE!

    I hate Apple with a passion. I work in the telco industry, so I deal with iPhones a lot.

    I think i'll be upgrading my 3GS. All it's wanted to do in the last few months is die (software wise) by constantly entering Recovery Mode, and with useless iTunes not being able to fix it or Restore it....
    Yay for programs like TinyUmbrella kicking it out of Recovery Mode.

      So after reading what Australia won't be getting with the 4S on Lifehacker.
      No 4G, LTE, iMatch, and obviously Siri may no accept our accent very well. I will be taking big notice of Samsung on Oct 11th and see what they have to offer me.

    Very happy Samsung Galaxy SII owner here.

    I went the GS2 over the Iphone 4 and haven't regretted it for a second. After hearing todays announcement about the Iphone "5" I'm even happier I went the Android phone.

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