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apple newbie fancies an iPhone, but which one ?


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Hi all, about a month or so after getting a (sim free) HTC Desire, i had the urge to get a Mac Book Pro, after 6 months of Apple heaven with my Lap Top, oh yes and i recently got my wife an iPad2, i know now i really should have got an iPhone, with the iPhone 5 imminent, i don't doubt the earlier versions will be much cheaper to purchase (sim free).

But i am having difficulty in figuring out which one to get !, what exactly is the difference between versions 4 and 3GS the handset seems to be the same size, but what exactly is the difference, and then cheaper still there is the 3G and a 3 ?

and can they all run iOS4 ?

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The iPhone 3 will not be able to run the upcoming release of iOS 5 so I would not get that one, and I am pretty sure this will be the last iOS update for the 3GS. So if you are interested in a little bit of longevity to your investment you best stay with at least stay with an iPhone 4 and or wait until Tuesday of this week to see what the iPhone 5 or possibly the 4s have to offer. The rumours would have the iPhone 4s being more economical to buy.

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thanks for that info DavidH extremely helpful and i didn't know about a 4s model at all, obviously i haven't been listening to enough "rumours" LOL

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We'll all find out for sure (rather than rumours which have ranged from fairly plausible to completely ridiculous) in a few hours. Let's just be patient and get the facts.
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We'll all find out for sure (rather than rumours which have ranged from fairly plausible to completely ridiculous) in a few hours. Let's just be patient and get the facts.
What time in the UK will that be Chas_m ????

i am hoping that my wife can cope with iOS5 on her iPad !, that is suppose to be coming available at the same time i guess, and then there is this iCloud gadget as well, going to be a big Apple day today then !.

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the iPhone 3g will not run anything past iOS 4, and it isn't fully functional (no folders, compass, no support for newer, graphically intensive apps, etc.). The 3Gs and 4 will still be supported (the 3Gs is now available at AT&T for free with a contract!) As far as the differences between the phones - the 3Gs is the oldest of the handsets. Obviously that means it has an older, slower processor, less RAM, inferior camera, etc. It also does not have a retina (HD) display. The 4 and the 4s look very similar externally, but the 4s has a brand new dual core processor, 1GB RAM, and a better camera. It is also available with a bigger hard drive (the 4 caps out at 32GB). All three are good phones - if it were ME I'd just buy the latest and greatest, but if you just want to get into the iPhone family, the 3Gs would do you just fine, I guess. 4s will go for USD 199, 299, 399 for 16, 32, and 64 GB models with a contract. Without a contract, you're looking at 449, 549, and 649, respectively.

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the iPhone 3g will not run anything past iOS 4, and it isn't fully functional (no folders, compass, no support for newer, graphically intensive apps, etc.). The 3Gs and 4 will still be supported (the 3Gs is now available at AT&T for free with a contract!) As far as the differences between the phones - the 3Gs is the oldest of the handsets. Obviously that means it has an older, slower processor, less RAM, inferior camera, etc. It also does not have a retina (HD) display. The 4 and the 4s look very similar externally, but the 4s has a brand new dual core processor, 1GB RAM, and a better camera. It is also available with a bigger hard drive (the 4 caps out at 32GB). All three are good phones - if it were ME I'd just buy the latest and greatest, but if you just want to get into the iPhone family, the 3Gs would do you just fine, I guess. 4s will go for USD 199, 299, 399 for 16, 32, and 64 GB models with a contract. Without a contract, you're looking at 449, 549, and 649, respectively.
thanks for that info buddy, i hoping that the prices of a 2nd hand "4" will drop like a stone, but then again they might not LOL, i shall play a waiting game for a while thanks.

BTW, i'm in the UK so prices and contracts are a bit different ! LOL
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