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Why You Shouldn't Get an iPhone 4, and What to Get Instead

5 Reasons You Don't Need an iPhone 4 (and What to Get Instead)

With all the hype surrounding the new iPhone 4, it's easy to get lost in the magical Apple haze. Sure, it's a fantastically designed phone and easy to use, but is it something you can't live without? Some would say no. Here are five reasons to skip the iPhone 4, and a few suggestions on other smartphones you should consider instead.

  • AT&T — AT&T has a bad reputation for spotty, intermittent service, with an overabundance of dropped calls. Since this is your only network option for the iPhone 4 (for now), it's either dive in (for two years) or stay far, far away.
  • Front-facing VGA camera — The iPhone has two cameras, but the front-facing VGA is of poor quality compared to the rear-facing 5MP HD version. FaceTime video calling is great, but you're going to have to do it on a lower-quality cam if you want to see your friend on the other end.

See the other three reasons, and learn about your best options and comparable alternatives, after the jump.

  • Micro SIM — The addition of a Micro SIM tray suggests that the iPhone 4 will be making its way to other wireless carriers. However, if AT&T is the only network to use Micro SIM in your area, you'll have to throw down for an unlocked version (or modify a SIM card yourself).
  • WiFi only for FaceTime — With AT&T's inability to host video calls, you'll be stuck with WiFi only for FaceTime. Steve Jobs said the network is working on making 3G video calls a reality, but don't hold your breath for too long. Remember tethering? Yeah, that took forever.
  • Competition — There are plenty of other phones on or coming to the market that can stand up to the iPhone 4's features. The HTC EVO 4G, for example, gives the iPhone 4 a real run for its money — stacking up in memory capacity, screen size, and even allowing video calling over Sprint's cellular network as well as WiFi. Additionally, the Nokia N8 offers a wide range of HD video recording and playback features (HDMI output, 50 hours of playback time, included video editing), while the N8's 12MP camera trumps the iPhone 4's dual cameras all day.
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bigRoN18 bigRoN18 7 years
"@bigron18-The biggest reason why apple picked AT&T is not because att is used throughout the world so get your facts straight. " Anonymous, whoever you are, need to learn how to read. Nowhere in my comments did I say that AT&T was the cellphone provider around the world, but rather the TECHNOLOGY that AT&T uses (GSM-based) is the defacto standard around the world and the technology Verizon uses is mostly only used in North America (CDMA-based). Verizon is jumping technological ships as they deploy their 4G network (LTE... an evolutionary decedent of GSM), so maybe in the future, iPhones may become available on Verizon... but not likely until either 2011 or more likely 2012.
twilightlover1 twilightlover1 7 years
Ha I would never get AT&T service sucks! I love Sprint! I have the SCP-2700 but im thinking of gettin the HTC Hero!
anakiya anakiya 7 years
I absolutely love my iPhone and am going to get a new one as soon as I can. I don't have any trouble with AT&T. I have had AT&T since I first got a cell phone which is longer than I care to share hahaha. I'm starting to wonder if I'm the only person that actually likes them.
Matdredalia Matdredalia 7 years
Geek, THANK YOU for posting this. It's nice to see something that doesn't just sing the iPhone's praises and go on and on about how we should all toss our 3G & 3GS's in the recycle bin and go on to 4 because "ZOMFG IF HAS VIDEO CHAT.....but not really." Don't get me wrong, I love my iPhone (would prefer a Droid, but I'm stuck on AT&T)....but I really don't think that the iPhone 4 provides THAT much improvement over the 3GS, and it's really nice to see the other side of things.
ckeller825 ckeller825 7 years
Donniek, AT&T has a horrible reputation least where I live (DC metro area). I've had an iphone since the first came out, and have upgraded to the latest each year, and I cannot tell you how many times I had to call a friend throughout one phone conversation. The only reason why I'd even consider getting back with AT&T is for the iphone (which is so sad, but so true).
Yesi-Jukebox Yesi-Jukebox 7 years
Excuse me Hopefloat the "positive" article was posted yesterday, go read that one. She's just letting people know the options available out there.
medusaorange medusaorange 7 years
I need a phone that would allow me to access the full internet, as enjoyable as it can, and is guaranteed to work in Europe (most important, the netherlands).. so which phone would you recommend?
Renees3 Renees3 7 years
I know a lot of people seem to complain about it, but I have no problems with AT&Ts service. I've been with them for years and lived multiple places. The only place my phone doesn't work well is inside my parents house, but I've noticed other carriers don't work well there either. As for the iPhone 4, I will probably get it! I'm not a huge Apple person, I prefer my regular PC but I really do love my iPhone 3Gs, I'll pass it on to my mom when I get the 4!
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 7 years
seriously people, if this was an article was 4 reasons not to buy a droid (which geek wrote a comparison between the iphone and droid) you would be gloating. Its a critique, not a bash.
esh712 esh712 7 years
For those noting that the entire article is negative, Geeksugar offered an earlier post on why you DO need the iPhone. which is the 2nd link in the top paragraph... (link here: I think it's good to see both sides of things. Personally, I can't deal with AT&T... I'll find something with Verizon. :)
bigRoN18 bigRoN18 7 years
I'm not sure why you mention microSIM tray being a sign of extending to other services other than AT&T... Currently the 3Gs uses a standard SIM tray, so why does making it a microSIM mean anything? Currently, if you have an unlocked 3G or 3Gs, you could put a T-Mobile SIM in it but due to incompatibility in technology, it would take much more than changing a SIM to make it work on either Sprint or Verizon's networks. Sprint & Verizon is based on CDMA/EVDO technology while AT&T and T-Mobile is based on GSM/UMTS. Sprint & Verizon's technology is primarily used in North America, while AT&T & T-Mobile's technology is pretty much the standard around the world. This is one of the big reasons AT&T is the network Apple has partnered with in the US... they only have to make one device for use around the world.
Al-Pavangkanan Al-Pavangkanan 7 years
I know I'm getting a Nokia N8
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 7 years
yay! iI'm really turned off by apple because of how secretive and inaccessible they make things. Also how quickly their technology becomes outdated in their eyes.
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