The iPhone 3GS Is a Bargain by Comparison

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2010-06-10 Print this article Print

5. The iPad is now a competitor

Apple has gone out of its way to make sure that customers don't believe that the iPad competes with the iPhone. But it's becoming clear that it just might. After all, how many devices do consumers really need to simply access the Web, check e-mail, and watch videos? As appealing as the iPhone might be, it's a costly product. And aside from placing calls, the iPad can do everything the iPhone 4 can. What it lacks in calling, it makes up for in a larger display and better ease-of-use when sitting on a couch at home. If consumers want the iPhone solely for all the extras, the iPad might be a better bet.

6. Waiting isn't such a bad idea

Reliability is always an issue with new tech products. And although the iPhone 4 is a fourth-generation iPhone, Apple CEO Steve Jobs made it abundantly clear that the latest device in the venerable phone line is one of the biggest upgrades Apple has offered since the iPhone launched. Realizing that, there could be some growing pains with the iPhone 4. As with any newly upgraded product, it's sometimes better to wait and see if early adopters are having trouble with the device before running to the store and picking one up. That's admittedly difficult for tech fanatics, but when it comes to peace of mind, it's typically the best move.

7. Windows Phone 7 is around the corner

Microsoft is way behind in the mobile market. The company has been toiling away with Windows Mobile for far too long. But later this year, Windows Phone 7 devices will start hitting store shelves. And when that happens, consumers will have another option to consider when they decide they want a next-generation smartphone. Granted, Microsoft doesn't have the best track record in the mobile market, but it promises some excitement with Windows Phone 7. And for enterprise customers, being able to integrate a new smartphone with the company computer will likely be much easier with a Windows Phone 7 device than any other product. It's worth considering.

8. The iPhone 3GS isn't a bad alternative

All the attention in the mobile space is being dedicated to the iPhone 4 right now. But that doesn't mean that it's necessarily the best option for Apple customers. Apple's iPhone 3GS is still an outstanding smartphone that will be running iOS 4, the same version of Apple's mobile operating system that will run on iPhone 4. Even better, the device is available for just $99 - a far cry from the $199 and $299 customers will need to pay for Apple's latest smartphone. There is something to be said for buying last year's top iPhone model.

9. Android 2.2 is worth waiting for

Android 2.2 has yet to launch, but already the promise of the platform is enough for some consumers to think twice about buying iPhone 4. Aside from an improved browser, the software will support Flash. That means that those who browse frequently on their smartphones will be able to access practically any Web site on the Internet without worry of some elements of a page not working. That's more than can be said for the iPhone 4, which currently supports HTML 5 and not Flash. Android 2.2 also includes some nice design tweaks that should make Android veterans happy. The iPhone 4 might be nice, but Android 2.2 is just as viable.

10. This is a serious upgrade

As important as it is to know about the alternatives out there that could challenge iPhone 4, it's worth noting that Apple's new smartphone is a major upgrade. And based on what Apple has revealed about the new device, it's the most capable version of the iPhone ever released. That's no small feat. The iPhone 4 features a new, better processor, a stellar design, and the ability (finally) to place video calls from one iPhone 4 to another over Wi-Fi. It's a major step up over the iPhone 3G. Consumers looking to buy an iPhone 4 have a tough decision. But whether they buy a new iPhone or opt for an alternative, they should take their time with their buying decision and be happy with their ultimate choice.

Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, 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

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