Open Thread: Will You Buy the iPhone 4?

iPhone 4

As the New York Times has pointed out multiple times in the past few weeks, we can't get enough of our distracting gadgets. The newest bright, shiny thing to come down the technology pipeline is the iPhone 4, an ultra-sleek upgrade from the last version of Apple's popular smartphone.

The phone's impressive features include 40% more battery life than the 3Gs (300 hours of standby, 10 hours of Wi-Fi Web browsing and 7 hours 3G calling), an upgraded processor, gyroscope, front-facing camera, 5 megapixel rear camera that records 720p video at 30fps, and multitasking (finally!). Apple's 9.3 mm thin iPhone also offers an ultra high-resolution display—960 by 640 pixel resolution on a 3.5-inch screen—that has four times as many pixels as previous iPhones. Apple is rumored to be preparing to sell 3 million devices in the first month.

So here's our question: Will all these snazzy new features sway you to upgrade now, or will you wait? And if you have an Android phone, will this finally trigger you to make the switch? If so, why?

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  • Mark Dulcey

    No. I recently bought an HTC Evo 4G, and I haven't seen anything in the new iPhone that makes me regret my choice. I don't like the idea of owning a phone where Big Brother Steve gets to decide what apps I can and can't run. No 4G here in Boston yet, though it's supposed to be coming later this year; meanwhile the 3G data is truly unlimited.

  • Matt Bonnington

    No, I'll get it for free instead - even if I had to pay for one then I'd be first in the queue. It's a wonderful piece of kit, the upgrades are fantastic and blows my current phone out of the water. Plus here in the UK, Three looks like it will carry it which has the best 3G network around.

  • Blake M

    Yep I will be pre-ordering it first thing Tuesday morning! I have worn out my 1st generation iPhone and don't really have a problem with AT&T.

  • r shigeta

    If I can get another Phone carrier in california, definitely. I am on my Second IPhone One - I haven't moved because my wife's phone can't even get the browser to work. ATT is $$$ and the phone calls don't all come in!

  • Louann Oravec

    Nope. I like the flip phone I have; a Samsung it takes pictures and videos, has bluetooth, auto answer. And a cool feature my daughter showed me; you can use it to find out song names and the artist playing on the radio. I do not use the music player, but I have songs on it in case I do. I would not mind being able to go on the internet faster, but I am happy with what I have. And I do not have to worry about butt dialing someone.

  • Jon Rosen

    Maybe. I've wanted videoconferencing on a phone for a long time, but when the iPhone 4 is released, I'll hardly know anyone else who will have one. The resolution of the new display is very good and that's a good selling point. On the other hand, a lot of things that I used to do with my iPhone I now do with my iPad, so there isn't as much impetus to upgrade.

    I don't know why people are upset about 4G. There's hardly anyplace you can get it and 3G is pretty quick, at least where I live. In the end, I'm not too pleased with what AT&T is doing with its data plans. I'll probably hold off for a while and see if the iPhone becomes available from a different carrier.

  • Durwin Sharp

    Nope - not good enough. I refused to be held hostage by iTunes and I'm in a Sprint 4G area (much better download speeds and reception and far more reasonable, unlimited data plan) so the Sprint HTC EVO is my phone of choice.

  • NoahRobischon

    I've been hearing really mixed reviews of the HTC EVO. How's the battery life?

  • Marc Downs

    No switch until the carrier is someone other than AT&T. Their coverage just isn't sufficient unless you live in the big city.

  • Thomas Gibbs

    Hell no the iPhone comes with a tag along farther figure named Steve Jobs. The iPhone is sorry compared with Android phones. I have had two iPhones and I am ditching them. Android is way better and hell iPhones dont even support Flash.

  • Namo4184

    Android does NOT support flash... No phone plays back flash! Even when Android 2.2 Froyo comes out (hopefully will support flash), upgrading seems to be impossible with Android.

  • jonathankayser

    I've been waiting since 2007 for the iPhone to come to Verizon, or at least a network that doesn't suck. I love the new iPhone, and am very excited about it... but the hardware is only as good as the network. So unless AT&T does something to really impress me, I'm sticking with my ancient phone on Verizon.

  • Sam

    Hell NO! I find it quite unbelievable how we are so "impressed" with Apple's OLD technology that is old news in Europe and Asia. Besides, how about 4G? Are we really that awe-struck by this new phone that we're not even realizing how foolish it makes us look? I myself switched from the old G1 to the 3GS upon release, though am now contemplating switching back to droid on 4G...because I like to stay AHEAD of the game!

  • NoahRobischon

    I'm also surprised that this isn't a 4G phone. But the A4 chip inside is going to make it impressively fast in other ways, you've got to admit.

  • David Dawson

    I will probably be upgrading from my original iPhone sometime during the fall. We'll see though; something more important might come up...