As for the differences between the 3GS and the 4…both are amazing pieces of hardware and owning either will make you a very happy smart phone owner.
But before we get started, let me first point out that the rumor mill is currently buzzing with the anticipated release of the iphone 5, which is expected to be announced this fall. Whether or not this actually happens…well, we wait with baited breath. We do anticipate though that with the release of iPhone 5, the 3GS will be phased out completely.
The 3GS is a basic smart phone. It has in it a single rear camera that records video and takes stills. The display is decent and comes in an 8 gig model and 16 gig model. It plays music, movies and tv shows. It’s able to browse the web at good speeds, download new music and apps from the itunes store and you can store your contacts and do your scheduling on the pre-installed iCal app (it makes Outlook’s calendar look like it was created by a puppy with a rare blood disorder).
If the 3GS is Axl Rose, the iPhone 4 is Pavarotti. The 4 comes with either a 16 gig hard drive or a 32 gig hard drive. It has the A4 chip, which makes it fly (not literally, I’m referring to how fast this thing is). It has two lenses, a rear and front facing one. The rear lens takes HD quality photos and videos. The front facing camera allows for you to take a picture of yourself…AND you can make FaceTime calls.
“Dave,” you’re probably asking yourself, “what in the world is FaceTime?”
I’m glad you asked. FaceTime allows you to make video phone calls over wi-fi to other iPhone 4 owners, or mac owners who have the FaceTime app installed. In other words, you can see them, and they can see you…just like Dick Tracey!
The iPhone 4 also has in it a feature called HDR for your photos. HDR basically develops three different versions of your pictures so you can choose which one is the best one. Let’s say you’re taking a picture on a really sunny day. On some camera phones, the sun will bleach parts of the picture. Well, HDR will give you three different versions, one of which will iris down in parts of the photo so it doesn’t look like a nuclear holocaust is going on.
What else can the iPhone 4 do that the 3GS can’t? Well, the biggest difference is that the iPhone 4 plays your movies and TV shows in HD. I know a lot of people complain about how small the screen is… “I don’t want to watch the Godfather on such a tiny screen!” But when you’re on an airplane, that screen is big enough!
As for the iPhone 5, no official announcement from Apple has been made yet as to what it will look like and what the big differences are from the phone. But I would not recommend the 3GS when the 4 is available, and when it’s probably no longer going to be in existence soon. If you can wait a few more months, it might also be worth waiting until the 5 is out…but again, I don’t know when it’s actually going to come out.
The 4 is a great device though.