To Upgrade or Not? iPhone 4 Comparison vs. 3GS

With this year’s release of Apple’s highly anticipated 4th generation iPhone smartphone device, many ask if this device lives up to its hype. With the many competitive devices readily available on the market today, why should one choose to switch to this new device? We will take a further look into the issue.

If you already own a 3GS (3rd generation) iPhone, your device may not be as out of date as you may think. Apple’s newest operating system (iOS4) is now available in the iTunes store supporting all 3GS devices enabling your device to now multi-task, create folders, mail thread, create custom backgrounds, as well as support for multi Exchange Mail accounts much like the iPhone4.

With this year’s release of Apple’s highly anticipated 4th generation iPhone smartphone device, many ask if this device lives up to its hype. With the many competitive devices readily available on the market today, why should one choose to switch to this new device? We will take a further look into the issue.

If you already own a 3GS (3rd generation) iPhone, your device may not be as out of date as you may think. Apple’s newest operating system (iOS4) is now available in the iTunes store supporting all 3GS devices enabling your device to now multi-task, create folders, mail thread, create custom backgrounds, as well as support for multi Exchange Mail accounts much like the iPhone4.

However, the iPhone 4 sets many ground breaking standards offering many new features that have not been seen in smartphones in the United States until now. The device this time around has received a new redesign, featuring gorilla glass on both on the front and back side of the device as well as a stainless steel side bezel which act as an antenna. The camera on the device has also been updated, now with a front facing camera for video conferencing via FaceTime, or taking pictures/videos with the 5 mega pixel camera on the back side of the device paired with a LED flash. The processor sports an A4 processor as seen on the iPad for smoother and faster operation. The internal battery is also larger in capacity yielding longer usage. The true HD Retina display offered on this new device is said to be the highest resolution screen available on a smartphone device today.

If video conferencing with a higher mega pixel camera along with a sleek exterior design is important to you, coming from a 3GS, then the iPhone 4 is clearly for you.  If not, many of the features on the iPhone 4 are available to a 3GS owner by simply updating their operating system. However, for someone who is in the market for a brand new smartphone, the iPhone 4 is clearly a great contender, offering ease of use and a vast library of fun/productive applications.

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