While Apple iPhone 5 is all set to launch this summer, its predecessors, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, are being offered by Virgin Mobile as prepaid handsets and every potential customer has a common question in mind:
Whether to go for currently offered iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S now or to wait for the yet to be released iPhone 5?
Virgin Mobile has currently set the price for iPhone 4 8GB model as $549 while the iPhone 4S will come with a price tag of $649 WITH NO CONTRACT.
Both the iPhones are available for purchase on Virgin Mobile’s website, RadioShack, Best Buy and select local retailers. The iPhones will come with an unlimited data and messaging plans which will cost an addition $35 per month. US carrier Cricket is also offering iPhone 4 8GB version and iPhone 4S 16GB version at $399.99 and $499.99 respectively.
So it is a perfect opportunity for the users who want an iPhone in their pocket but without a 2 year contract. However, iPhone 5 release date is expected to fall in September and with Apple introducing many hardware enhancements in its 6th generation iPhone, it can not be helped wonder whether is it really worth to go for iPhone 4S or iPhone 4 instead of iPhone 5?
The iPhone 5 will probably come with a 4-inch Retina display instead of the traditional 3.5 inches of Apple iPhone 4S. The iPhone 5 will also feature an A5X Variant chip, 1GB RAM, iOS 6, 4G LTE technology, Near Field Communication or more commonly known as NFC technology, improved Siri, an 8 megapixel (or even higher) rear-facing camera, a 2 megapixel front-facing camera which truly is a blessing for users who video chat.
Rumors are also making rounds on many tech blogs that the iPhone 5 will have a smaller 19-pin dock connector instead of the typical 30-pin connector meaning that all the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S accessories will become obsolete and will be no use for the iPhone 5.
So if told in a nutshell, it will be wise to wait for the iPhone 5 instead of going for the iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S. However, if you are someone who doesn’t want to get bound to a contract but still wants the goodness of iOS in their smartphone then the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S will be the best buy for you.