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Is an iPhone 4 worth having and using anymore now days?


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#1 Punchy71

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Posted 08 January 2018 - 07:17 PM

Hi, 

    I might be able to get a good deal on a used iPhone 4 in good condition. My question is simply this, is an iPhone 4 even worth having and usable anymore now days? It was first released way back in 2010, so it's an 8 year old iPhone now. Thanks



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#2 softeyes

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Posted 08 January 2018 - 09:40 PM

Hi Punchy71,

 

In a nutshell the iPhone 4 is still usable, however is it worth having? IMO my answer is no, which is based on security. The iPhone 4 can only run (or be updated) to iOS 9.3.5 leaving the phone vulnerable which is a critical concern at the current time with anything technology. (Apple released iOS 11.2.2 today as a security update.)

 

Not knowing what features you need (or are looking for) with a phone, for pros/cons about the iPhone 4, take a look at this article: https://www.getorchard.com/blog/iphone-4-still-good/

 

Please note that the article is not the end all be all about the iPhone 4, however the author does a better job than I can covering the following examples:

 

*The iPhone 4: Dated, Dusty, or Desired?

*What makes the iPhone 4 Still A Good Phone?

*Staying Connected

*Downloading and Using Simple Apps

*Speed (Or Lack thereof)

*Limited Features

 

Good luck and I hope that you find a great phone!



#3 Punchy71

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 02:00 PM

Well, if I decided I don't want to update the software or firmware in the phone or subscribe to a local cell network provider, I can still use it as a pocket watch can't I?



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Posted 09 January 2018 - 08:57 PM

You sure can use it as a pocket watch! In fact, the trend right now is to keep a phone in the back pocket...never thought it was to keep time!  :lmao: Without a cell network provider with access to WiFi or cellular data, you are not able to download iPhone apps to enjoy, even if they do not require the Internet or cellular data. However, these features came with the iPhone 4, which might be handy: 

 

Clock (Plus Alarm, Stopwatch, Timer) 
Contacts 
Calendar 
Camera/Photos/Videos
Calculator
Reminders/Notes
Compass
 
 

 

 



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Posted 10 January 2018 - 08:43 AM

Not to mention it also makes a decent MP3 player if you can get a decent deal on it.  :tophat:


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Posted 06 March 2018 - 12:49 PM

My first iPhone was a 4S. When I upgraded to a 5S, my husband adopted the 4S. He is still happily using it (with the current IOS installed).

 

My husband uses the 4S to text, phone, and email, look up stuff, take and organize photos, watch videos, and play endless games of solitaire and cribbage.

 

At one point I tried to talk him into getting a 6, as he is a tall man with big hands that dwarf the tiny phone. He likes the small size, though - it fits nicely into the inner pocket of his coat.  He has become adept at one-finger texting, and uses SIRI dictation. He keeps the phone on an Apple charger/keyboard on his desk.

 

I recently moved up to a 5SE and offered the 5S to my husband. At first he said he didn't want to give up his beloved 4S - but after playing with the 5S he did admit that some of the features were pretty cool.  We shall see.



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Posted 16 March 2018 - 04:45 AM

I have a 4S for my daughter and it's one of the best phones ever. It fell hundreds of times, one time even in the toilet :-) and after it was fixed, now 2 years later still works perfectly. 



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Posted 02 April 2018 - 06:24 AM

Even if I am mainly an iPhone user, I can't recommend the iPhone 4 in 2018. For the same price, or even cheaper there are several Android alternatives (even from Samsung) that are newer and have bigger screens (because this is the main issue I think the iPhone 4 has, the screen is too small).


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Posted 24 August 2018 - 09:08 PM

I think that the iphone 4s is a phone that you can still use in 2018 though its a 6 year old phone now but still. Most of us here are normal users using social media apps like Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Whatsapp and some other apps like spotify etc. The highest firmware to which an iphone 4s can be upgraded to is ios 9.1.4, and all of the apps have support for ios 9.0 that means that yes these apps can run on an iphone 4s. Though i have an iphone 8 Plus but still to date i use an iphone 4s all the time. I only have my 8 plus for youtube netflix and to take good quality photos and make some good videos. Most of the time i have my 4s in my pocket. I know its slow it hangs sometimes but you can use it. Also you can use an iphone 4 in 2018 as some of the apps can still run on ios 7.1.2 and apple also enables you to download old versions of apps so that use can use them on older models. You can also use these as side phones or backup phones.

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Posted 25 August 2018 - 01:26 PM

Even if I am mainly an iPhone user, I can't recommend the iPhone 4 in 2018. For the same price, or even cheaper there are several Android alternatives (even from Samsung) that are newer and have bigger screens (because this is the main issue I think the iPhone 4 has, the screen is too small).

 

@Ross, I don't think the screen size is an issue... many people (including my 76 yr old husband with large hands and failing eyesight) are willing to put up with the small screen and teeny keyboard in exchange for the convenience of the small size.  In fact, Apple continues to sell the 5SE for those who prefer a small size phone that still has a headphone jack. The main issue with the 4 is the inability to use some of the newer apps, but I actually prefer its camera to the one on my 5S. A visiting friend let me play with her iPhone 8, which has an amazing camera but is the size of a small tablet! I'll stick to my 5SE that slides neatly into my jeans back pocket.



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Posted 29 August 2018 - 07:18 AM

It's better for you to buy a new phone or update to the last ios version.






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