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Published on February 18th, 2013 | by Guest Writer

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Is The IPhone 4S Worth It?

With mobile phone manufacturers bringing out new models all the time, the latest upgrades aren’t always necessary ones. Manufacturers make money by trying to persuade us that we need the latest up to date model, when in fact there are often few differences between one model and the next. Sure, sometimes an upgrade is great and necessary even, but sometimes it’s not. With many mobile service providers still offering older iPhone models, it’s important to know what the differences between older and newer models are before you sign your iPhone contract. There’s a good chance that you can save a fair amount of money simply by going with an older model. There’s a pretty big difference between the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 5, and you’re going to pay a pretty big price difference that reflects that. However, between the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 4, there isn’t actually that much of a difference. Keep reading to find out how these models compare, and why it might be worth it to take the cheaper option…

What the iPhone 4S Offers…

The biggest difference between the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 4 is the camera. The 4S comes with a higher resolution device, an 8 MP in built camera as opposed to the 5 MP cam on the iPhone 4. That means that photos taken by the 4S are higher quality and have more fine detail. The camera also shoots full HD video, which the older iPhone 4 camera can’t do. The 4S comes with newer Bluetooth support too, being equipped with Bluetooth 4.0 rather than the older 2.1 version on the iPhone 4. If you frequently connect to Bluetooth devices, such as a hands free set in your car, then the newer version means that you get faster data transfer and that your phone uses less battery power when connecting to Bluetooth devices. Finally, the iPhone 4S also gets faster maximum data speeds. Faster data speeds tend to mean that you get quicker downloads and that web pages open faster. However, since many mobile service providers cap people’s data speeds, data can rarely be transferred as quickly as the phone is capable of transferring it, so this ends up being of little importance.

Do I Need a 4S?

Yes, the 4S has some nice features. If you’re a keen photographer who loves taking photos with their cell phone, then the better camera may sway you towards the 4S rather than the 4.  If you regularly use Bluetooth, then again you might be persuaded to go with the 4S. However, for the vast majority of normal cell phone users there is not going to be a hugely noticeable difference between owning an iPhone 4 and a 4S. And there is the potential to save quite a fair bit of money. If you’re willing to sign a contract for the older model, then your monthly payments will be lower and you’ll end up saving. It’s not really a huge sacrifice, and those little savings month by month can really add up, particularly over the course of a two year contract.

Phil Turner spends his days looking for the perfect phone. “Compare the memory, price and camera” he is told.

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