10 Reasons for Delaying That iPhone 4 Purchase

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2010-06-23 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

News Analysis: The iPhone 4 might be the single device that everyone wants right now, but waiting a little while to determine if it's really the right purchase could be a good idea. There could be more to like from both Apple and other vendors in the coming months that could cause some consumers to hold off on buying an iPhone 4.

There are some folks that weren't lucky enough to preorder an iPhone 4 on launch day, so they will be trying to pick one up at an Apple Store on June 24. In any case, the iPhone 4 is one of the most desired devices released so far this year. And the chances of the hype dying down anytime soon seem awfully slim.

But that doesn't necessarily mean that everyone should simply run out and buy an iPhone 4 in next few days. For some folks, waiting could be the best option. After all, there is a chance that the iPhone 4 will ship with some issues that Apple will need to address.

Since Motorola and other top Apple competitors are planning on offering new versions of their smartphones in the coming days and weeks, some consumers might find more to like on other devices. In short, there are some good reasons to wait for the iPhone 4. Here's why:

1. Let the bugs get worked out

When any new product launches, there are some bugs that need to be fixed. And although Apple has a good track record with its devices, the company's iPhone 4 could have some quirks. By waiting at least a few weeks for all the reports of iPhone 4 troubles to be addressed, consumers can save themselves a lot of heartache. Plus, they will know that when they finally get their hands on the new iPhone, they will have a device that should work just as expected. Early adopters that are getting their iPhone 4's on launch day can't say the same.

2. The customer service factor

Right now, both AT&T and Apple are being inundated with calls and requests from customers. That's not only making it difficult for the companies to address all the customer-service needs of their customers, but it's also cutting down on the effectiveness of its relations with those customers. Waiting to buy an iPhone 4 can mitigate some of those problems. As any wireless customer knows, smartphones run into trouble from time to time. Having a fully focused, reliable customer-service team to contact is a necessity. That just won't happen over the next couple weeks. 

3. Standing in line isn't worth it

Yes, consumers can stand in line and try to get their hands on an iPhone 4 at launch, but it's not really ideal. After all, who wants to stand in a line for hours just to buy a smartphone that, according to AT&T, will be available in stores early next week? There might be something to be said for being among the first to get an iPhone 4 on launch day. But there is also something to be said for waiting it out and having the luxury of walking into a store at a later time and walking out with an iPhone 4 in your hand after just a few minutes of waiting. Patience is a virtue when it comes to the iPhone.

4. Wait and see what Motorola has planned

Motorola plans to offer a new smartphone to compete with the iPhone 4. Although the device won't be able to match the iPhone on every front, it could be a more appealing alternative to those customers that want to run Android or simply don't want to be an AT&T customer. The iPhone is the gold standard in the mobile marketplace, but there are other, nice phones that consumers would enjoy about as much. Perhaps waiting to see what Motorola's Droid follow-up will offer is a good idea before choosing one device over the other.




 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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