The tech site eWeek.com is listing 10 reasons to buy the older iPhone 4 instead of Apple’s recently unveiled newer model, the iPhone 4S.
Apple’s pitch to get people to move to the new model has focused on the unit’s improved camera and its new dual-core processor, along with a new wireless system that is supposed to provide faster downlink speeds, the story notes. But the report says those speeds will only be available on AT&T’s network, meaning 4S users with Verizon or Sprint will have to settle for 3G speeds.
The story points out the price difference, with the new device checking in at about $100 more, and notes that there’s no design advantage with the 4S, which also has the same carrier options. It also says the older iPhone 4 has an advantage simply because it has been around a while and has been widely tested while the 4S is an “unknown quantity.”
The story downplays the importance of the improved 8-megapixel camera and also notes that the worldwide functionality, while important to world travelers, won’t matter to most buyers.
The story also notes that even though Apple has reduced the capacity of the iPhone 4 to 8GB, Verizon and AT&T continue to sell 16GB and 32GB versions.
Additionally, the older model works with Apple’s iCloud, even though the new service has been showcased in connection with the 4S. It will also run the new operating system, iOS 5.