Wait for the Reviews

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2011-10-13 Print this article Print


5. See how Sprint's network handles the iPhone

For those looking to buy the iPhone 4S on Sprint's network, it might be a good idea to wait and see what happens. As history has proved, carriers have trouble handling the data load that the iPhone brings to their networks. It might be a good idea to wait to see how Sprint's network performs before jumping on the iPhone 4S.

6. Wait for the reviews

As noted, there are early adopters who buy devices without even thinking twice about looking at reviews of a product. But for the majority of folks, that's not such a good idea. Instead, those customers should wait to hear the reviews of the iPhone 4S to determine if the smartphone is right for them.

7. A year from now, it'll be cheaper

Over the last few years, Apple has made its prior-year iPhone launch available at a discounted price to customers. Some consumers who would like to buy the iPhone 4S but don't want to pay the $199 and up for the smartphone might think about waiting until next year. Sure, it'll be replaced with the iPhone 5 by then, but who cares? It'll be cheaper.

8. Remember: Prices are only with two-year agreements

As noted, the iPhone 4S starts at $199 for 16GB of storage. The 32GB and 64GB models are available for $299 and $399, respectively. However, it's important to remember that those prices are only for customers who enter into a two-year agreement and buy locked phones. The iPhone 4, on the other hand, goes for just $99. And the iPhone 3GS is available for free. Keep that in mind before making a decision to buy the iPhone 4S.

9. Wondering about Apple's future

Although it's a safe bet that the iPhone 4S is a solid option for most customers, there might be some out there who might balk at the idea of buying Apple's latest handset because of concerns over the company's future. Apple's co-founder Steve Jobs has passed away and will no longer be able to influence the company. Tim Cook, Apple's current CEO, is unproven. Maybe it's worth it to see where Apple goes in the next couple months before making a decision on the iPhone 4S.

10. Expect some iOS 5 quirks

Aside from the hardware, buying an iPhone 4S out of the box means consumers will be using a device running the very first version of the company's new operating system, iOS 5. I had the chance to take the beta versions for a spin, and they worked well. But there's no telling what the final build will be like. As with any new iOS version, there are bound to be some quirks. And customers who wait for Apple to fix those issues could be the smartest buyers of all.

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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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