4 Reasons Why the iPhone 4 Isn't For You
Its sleek design and video chat option may lure you in -- but there are some shortcomings you should know about.
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If you are one of the 600,000 people who already pre-ordered the iPhone 4, then this article isn't for you. Move along. Nothing to see here.
Are we alone now? OK, let's talk. Today is the day Apple's iPhone 4 hits the street. It is causing scenes on par with the infamous Cabbage Patch Kid doll holiday shortage of 1983. There will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth. But you might choose to avoid all that fuss. When your incredulous colleagues look at you and ask, "Well, why didn't you buy an iPhone 4?" -- you will have these four reasons to share:
1. iOS 4 Upgrades. Along with the iPhone 4 comes iOS 4, the newest version of the iPhone operating system. You may be craving the multitasking, changeable wallpaper, folders for organization, improved Mail application and ability to create custom playlists. But you don't have to buy an iPhone 4 to get it. iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and second and third generation iPod Touch owners can go ahead and upgrade to iOS 4. Multitasking only works with the 4 and 3GS, but you will get all the other goodies without shelling out cash for a new phone.
2. AT&T. It had to be said. Not everyone is a big fan of AT&T and its sometimes-iffy 3G network. Happy Verizon Wireless users have been hanging onto their contracts, resisting the temptation to jump ship. Do you really want to give up your vast coverage network and possibly pay an early termination penalty to get an iPhone 4 on opening day? That question might be entirely moot once you get your paws on the Droid X, a compelling new entry in the Android phone world due to ship on July 15.
3. Cost. Small-business budgets are tight. Do you need a new iPhone or do you need to replace that laser printer that is on its last legs? AT&T users eligible for an upgrade will shell out $200 for the 16 GB version or $300 for the 32 GB. This comes along with a new two-year contract. You don't even want to know how much it costs without the upgrade pricing. Don't forget the ongoing costs, thanks to AT&T's new tiered data plans -- 200 MB runs $15, 2 GB costs $25 and tethering costs extra. If you thought talk time overages are bad, wait until you accidentally top your 200 MB and start racking up $15 for each additional 200 MB per month.
If you're clinging to a really old iPhone, like a first or second generation one, now is the time to get a killer deal on a 3G or 3GS. All those third-generation owners are dumping their phones onto the market to make way for the iPhone 4. Do some savvy shopping and you'll get yourself a iPhone with iOS 4 without the extra outlay for the latest and greatest. Or just keep your regular phone on your favorite carrier and add an iPod Touch to your arsenal instead.
4. The Grab Bag. This is the place to discuss all the little reasons why an iPhone 4 may not be your ideal business companion. Apple steadfastly refuses to support Adobe's Flash. There are ways to work around this to a large degree, but if your most-used favorite website is done in Flash, you'll want a phone that supports it.
The new iPhone 4 design looks slick and sleek, but some are questioning the durability of the construction. The only way to know for sure is to wait around awhile to see how the devices hold up.
The video calling is cool, but it's not sci-fi stuff yet. Dubbed FaceTime, you'll still only be able to get actual face time when you're using a Wi-Fi connection and talking to someone else with the FaceTime app installed on another iPhone 4. That's more than a little on the limiting side.