iphone 3gs vs. iphone 4s

      I have an iPhone 3GS currently and I've been eyeing the iPhone 4S for some time.   I'm also very intrigued by the calling of the iPhone 5.  I'm probably like a lot of you who are torn on what to do here.   So we'll first discuss what the 4S gives you over the 3GS and then go into what features/capabilities are believed to be coming with the iPhone 5 so you can hopefully make a more informed decision.   If you have an iPhone 4 you are most likely waiting and will want to skip down to the section on expected iPhone 5 features? 

So, what does the iPhone 4S have over the 3GS?

First let's talk upgrades:

  • Camera:   You go from a 3 megapixel camera to an 8 megapixel iSight camera that includes many more features including but not limited to LED flash, front camera for video chats, and face recognition.
  • Video Recording:   You go from VGA video at 480p to HD video to 1080p and get a LED light.
  • Display:  You go from a resolution of 480x320 at 163 pixels per inch to the impressive Retina display with a resolution of 960x640 with 326 pixels per inch.  
  • Battery Life:  Going from 5 hours to 8 hours talk time and from 200 to 300 standby hours. 

New features:

  • Siri- A revolutionary intelligent voice driven concierge service that provides directions, reads, dictates, sets reminders, as well as many other functions.   Siri is expected to evolve over time and get to know the patterns in your life.
  • Dual-core A5 processor- The iPhone 4 came with the A4 processor which was a single core processor.   The iPhone 4S has a dual-core A5 processor and it is twice as fast and offers up to seven times faster graphics.
  • iCloud - This optional service is free and effortlessly stores data for iCloud enabled applications and pushes it to all your supported wireless Apple devices
  • Face time - Ability to do a video call with someone as long as they are using an iPhone, iPad or iTouch.  You can initiate this more conveniently by Siri.


So what features are expected with the iPhone 5?

  • 4G LTE  (Long Term Evolution) -   The much-anticipated upgrade from 3g speeds to 4g utilizng LTE technology is highly anticipated for the iPhone 5.   
  • New Processor-   The processor change could either be to the A5X which is in the iPad3 or it could be the quad-core A6 processor which would be incredibly fast.
  • NFC - (Near Field Communication) -   Gives you the ability to pay merchants wirelessly via the NFC chip.   This technology is usually associated with the term "mobile wallet".    
  • Bigger Screen:  Instead of the 3.5 inch screen the next iPhone is rumored to include a 4 inch screen
  • Wireless charging:   The ability to charge wirelessly via inductive charging.   


So there you have it.   You should now have enough information to help guide you in your decision making.   For me, I just don't see a gotta-have it feature with the iPhone 5 that justifies waiting and decided to purchase the iphone 4S on the Verizon network.  

I would be curious to hear other people's stories around this scenario.