iPhone 4s: Should You Upgrade or Not?

Apple released the iOS5 upgrade for iPhone and iPad last week. It is a major upgrade and is free. I downloaded it immediately. It has some great new features, not the least of which is the the ability to sync your mobile devices without connecting to your desktop first (via iCloud).

However, I was reluctant to upgrade the phone itself. I already had an iPhone 4. Why did I need a 4s? I just wasn’t sure it was worth the investment, especially since I got most of the new bells and whistles with the iOS5 upgrade.

However, one of my daughters upgraded to the iPhone 4s on Friday. She convinced me to try it, especially after I realized that I could like get $300+ for my iPhone 4 on Ebay.com or one of the used gadget sites.

So, after speaking in Indianapolis on Saturday morning, I walked across the street to the AT&T store and bought the 64GB model in black. I didn’t have to wait in line, and they activated it for me on the spot. They also transferred my contacts to it.

After using it for the last 24 hours, I am impressed. Here are the three biggest benefits to me.

  1. A Digital Assistant. Siri, is the voice recognition software Apple has built into the 4s. (It is not available on the 4.) You can speak to it like you would a real person. You can ask it for your next appointment, the weather forecast in any city, or directions to your destination. You can even ask it for restaurant recommendations near you. I found it surprisingly accurate.

    This technology is also built into email and texting. This enables you to dictate a text message or an email message and Siri will transcribe it—supposedly. For some reason, I found this much less accurate and, frankly, not worth the effort. I am going to continue trying and see if Siri gets “smarter” with practice.

  2. A More Powerful Camera. The 4s boasts an 8 megapixel sensor. That is 60 percent more pixels than the iPhone 4 and more than enough for 90 percent of the shots I need to take. (For those rare, high-end shots, I have a Canon 60D with 18 megapixels.)

    In addition to the sensor, the 4s sports a new fifth lens, an enlarged aperture (f/2.4), face detection, and reduced motion blur (i.e., image stabilization). It also now allows for basic photo editing—crop and rotate photos, auto-enhance photos, and remove red-eye. It can also shoot gorgeous 1080p HD video.

  3. A Faster Processor. The 4s uses the dual-core A5 chip—the same one used in the iPad. It is twice as fast as the iPhone 4. Apple claims that it delivers up to two times more power and up to seven times faster graphics. In my limited use it seems much quicker and more responsive. It is delightful to use.

    Apple claims that it does all of this without negatively impacting battery life. So far, that has not been my experience. It could be that I am just using it more than I was using my previous phone. However, it may also because I too many notifications were turned on by default. I have since turned a bunch of those off and am hoping that helps.

One hitch I had was that all my contacts were duplicated. I think, however, this was a function of iCloud on iOS5 rather than an iPhone 4s problem.

I was able to eliminate this by downloading a program called Contacts Cleaner from the AppStore ($4.99) and re-syncing. There may be an easier, cheaper solution, but this is something Apple should fix. If you Google the problem, you’ll find many users complaining about it.

All in all, I am quite pleased. I am glad I upgraded to the 4s.

Should you upgrade? If you haven’t already, I would start by installing the iOS5 software. That will give you a lot of new functionally and may satisfy your need for a new Apple fix. Then you have to ask whether or not the benefits I have described are worth the upgrade to you.

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  • http://joannamuses.com Joanna

    I’m not planning to update soon. The new features are definitely cool, but I couldn’t justify the expense for features I don’t really need.

  • http://blog.cyberquill.com Cyberquill

    I find it fascinating how many people, in numerous articles and comments, immediately upon the 4S’s introduction jumped to the conclusion that it was a “disappointment”  because it looked the same as the iPhone 4.  Apparently, some folks value internal changes only if those changes are accompanied by external ones. 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      It also shows as a culture how quick we are to judge based on appearance. I was guilty myself.

    • Anonymous

      I think their “disappointment” was two-fold: Firstly, and most important, the rumours were all about the iPhone 5, complete with a new external design. The announcement indicates that Apple had the new “guts” of the iPhone 5 ready, but was having difficulty (either in functionality or in supply chain) with the new design, so they opted to repackage the 5 in a 4 case and call it 4s. This means a 5, once the case issue is resolved, is on the boards for next year.

      Secondly, I think a minor part of the “disappointment” was the loss of Steve, both from the announcement, then sadly the next day, from life.

      • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

        Dan, I feel you’re right that the main disappointment was the design and appearance. At my office, a lot of the users wanted to pass up the 4S. With the reviews coming in, a lot are changing their minds.

  • Timothy Fish

    My phone is several years old. I hardly ever use it. I can’t get software for it anymore, but it rings when people call and it dials out when I need it to. I’m happy with that.

    • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

      Well said! Like the way you said it!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I hardly ever use my call for voice calls any more. The smartphone aspects are mostly what I am after.

      • http://www.timemanagementninja.com Craig Jarrow

        Same here. I use my iPhone more for the apps and to get work done than for calls. 

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      People actually use their cell phones for calls?

      In all honesty, I’ve never been a big talker on the phone but I hold the same opinion as you. A phone should, first and foremost, make calls.

    • Romeosirate

      My reason for having a cellphone is to make and recieve calls and perhaps an occassional use of the internet.  My guess is that Apple will again come up with something better than the 4S by the end of the year and so many lemmings will be lining up to again to jump over the cliff just to have one.

  • http://darensirboughblog.wordpress.com Daren Sirbough

    I can’t justify the expense. I purchased my iPhone 4 in March of this year.

  • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

    I like that upgrade. Truly more cool features!

  • http://www.leahadams.org Leah Adams

    I have been a Blackberry girl for several years now and thought I would never switch. However, I think the time has come to make the jump to an iPhone. I’m thinking I’ll just get the 4 rather than the 4s. The cost difference is significant and none of the bells and whistles have convinced me that I really NEED the 4s. Thanks for the post.

    • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

      I made the switch this summer.  Haven’t looked back.  Love the iPhone 4 way better than any BB I ever owned.

    • Dave Rogers

      You’ll be sorry you didn’t!!

  • Leonemaryann

    Your service is the worst.  You don’t care about customers your only concern is the bottom line we have at&t 2-I phones  2 – reg   internet and tV.  Trying to cancel all

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Are you directing this at me? I am not sure why.

      • Anonymous

        Maybe he/she/they think you work for AT&T.

  • http://emuelle1.blogspot.com Eric S. Mueller

    I’m excited about the iPhone 4s. I don’t see an upgrade in my future. I love iOS5 though. Best one yet. The revamped notifications are amazing, as is the iCloud sync. I haven’t been able to get much out of wireless syncing yet, but my iPhone is backing itself up to iCloud, which saves a TON of time syncing my podcasts to iTunes.

  • http://twitter.com/MyWiredStyle Deb Ingino

    I upgraded from my 3G to 4S and find Siri alone well worth it.
    Having missed an important appointment several months ago and being upset that someone  held open a time slot that did not get filled, I needed a tool to help manage while driving.   I’ve been using it since Friday and I am thrilled with the fact that I can drive and connect with everything from my calendar to my husband doing what  do best….speaking. Thanks for the tip on Contacts Cleaner too!

    • http://twitter.com/ClayBridges Melissa Leembruggen

      I’m trying to decide if I should finally jump up from my 3g to the 4s. Thanks for your thoughts!

    • Maryanstro

      My (older)Android phone has an 8mp camera, Sprint’s unlimited data plan and voice activated everything. I can voice text, operate the GPS by voice, ask for nearby things etc.  I find the  Apple- hype annoying. It is brilliant marketing and a good solid product but there are other options.

      • Romeosirate

        I have an HTC Incredible that I got from Verizon for $69, it serves all my purpose and a great 8mp camera. I’ll hang on to it until it dies on me, then I will probably just get another one if it will cost me less than a hundred bucks. Like I said, I use my cellphone to recieve and make calls. Like a watch, it has one purpose and that’s to tell time. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bryan-Van-Slyke/653293402 Bryan Van Slyke

    Thanks for the post. I love the new upgrades on the 4 also. But you are right on the money about selling the 4 for the same amount you can upgrade for. And I would really like to see where this Siri experience can go in the future. 

  • http://twitter.com/geekfore Geek for e

    I do not plan on upgrading as I am content with what I have. Until we get a refreshed look I will keep the 4.

    If I had an upgrade I would have but will be up in 2013 :-(

  • http://twitter.com/delhokie Barry Wiseman

    I upgraded from a 3GS (I’ll be getting $170 from Gazelle.com for my old phone) and it is more than a worthy upgrade! For a net $30 (then an $18 activation from AT&T) it was a no-brainer. I’ve been incredibly impressed with Siri– my only frustration is that I wish it was incorporated more across the board with other apps on the phone (I’d love to be able to say ‘update Facebook status with…’, etc). Unfortunately, Apple has not released the ability to access this part of the OS from apps (and that may be ok for now as there could easily be conflicts and over complicate what is a simple, and elegant, feature of the phone).

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I’ll bet this kind of think will be coming soon. Thanks.

  • Jodi W

    I do not plan to upgrade right now, with the holidays coming soon it’s not worth the expenditure.  I do love the ios5 updates for my ipad2 and iphone!  Although, I’m having a few syncing issues that I have to work out.  Two thumbs up to Apple for the upgrades to ios5, I’ll save my upgrades for the iphone 5 – or just wait until next year.

  • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

    Great info, Michael. I had planned on getting an iPhone 5 in September, but when my battery died on my old phone in August, I ended up with a HTC Droid Incredible. I’ve been very happy with the phone and it was only $29 with a two year Verizon plan through Costco. I think Apple mismanaged expectations on this one, although it seems like the 4s is really set for people whose two year plan is expiring on their 3gs phones. My guess is the iPhone 5 will come out next year at the spring developers conference, which will set it up for expiring iPhone 4 contracts.

    I have been happy with the iOS upgrade on the iPad. Nice features and it seems faster. The upgrade takes a couple of hours and went smoothly. If you are planning on doing the update make sure you have your existing iPad synced and backed up as the upgrade completely wipes the machine.

    I was interested in Siri, but I’ve always been let down with voice command software. I’ve tried many versions of Dragon and never found one that was accurate enough to really use. Keep us posted on voice controls on the 4S, I’ll be interested to see how it works out for you in daily use.

  • jbkendrick

    Really is a no brainer to upgrade with every release.  I have been able to fetch almost to more than the upgrade fee by selling my old phone on eBay each year for the past five.  This year my 32gb 4 went for $389 and my wife’s two year old 3G for $99, exactly what I paid for it two years ago.  So the decision is more, do you want to go through the hassle of selling your old phone, and purchase and setup of a new one.  The cost, though, as Michael said, is not really the issue most commentators make of it.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      This is a really great point. The cost really is nominal.

  • http://www.timemanagementninja.com Craig Jarrow

    Siri was the biggest surprise for me. I expected it to be a gimmick, but it is truly impressive.

    Siri could be the tip of the iceberg in changing how we interact with our devices. Coincidentally I posted about the iPhone 4S today, too. :)”iPhone 4S: Ten Best Productivity Uses.” http://tmninja.us/riu1Z0

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Great post, Craig. I will Twitter a link in a bit. I also subscribed to your blog. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    Still sticking with my Blackberry.  At this point, it seems to be meeting all of the needs that I have for a smartphone, primarily e-mail and limited browsing (and phone calls).  If I traveled more, I can see where having all the extra bells, whistles, and conveniences would be a major attraction.  Right now, I’m just not there.

    • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

      I was right there with you for the last few years.  But after making the switch…  the difference is like night and day. 

      • Anonymous

        I keep hearing that. Will probably take the plunge one of these days. Thanks.

        • AGuest

          I made the jump from Blackberry to iPhone 4 this summer after having to replace several devices for a frozen trackball which renders it useless. I researched the BB touch screen models and by several accounts, RIM hasn’t mastered that technology yet. Not to mention the Playbook fiasco – phone/no phone, bridging/tethering, additional carrier charges.

          But my feelings on the iPhone are mixed.

          There are things I like about it, but things I hate about it. There isn’t anything I can say I love about it. I would like to be able to search contacts, email, texts by a partial phone number. On the BB I could start entering a phone number  or name and it would bring up contacts that contain those characters anywhere and refine the list as I continue typing.

          I could be totally hands-free having my BB read my texts and e-mails and able to dictate a reply. You need to allow a third party app to hack into your corporate or personal e-mail acccount to get the iPhone to read e-mails – no thank you. And SMS text can’t be read or spoken done at all.  If Search can see what’s on your phone, why can’t another app?  Well maybe Siri can do that now, I don’t know.

          I could use the BB as a stick drive (without needing an app), I could save e-mail attachments and I could open and edit common Office documents on the BB (without needing an app) as well as PDF and other file type.

          I can customize ringtones for individual contacts on both the BB and iPhone but there is no way on the iPhone to set a distinctive tone when receiving an e-mail from my boss or a text from one of my kids, for example.

          And PLEASE, where is the Delete (character to the right) key on the iPhone???  It is very frustrating when typing an email or text or note. You can tap where you want to make a correction but hope you get it right!  If not, you begin doing the tap dance (pun intended) trying to position the cursor at the right spot so you can use the backspace key, while trying not to hit the cut/copy/paste popup in the process.

          And please Apple, get over your loathing of Adobe and start supporting Flash.

          iPhone could be the Blackberry killer if they would add some of these features. Instead of just sitting back waiting for RIM to self-implode.

          • Anonymous

            Thanks for the information.

  • jbkendrick

    Just one more comment after reading some other responses.  Not sure about Verizon, but everyone does understand that AT&T (US), only requires you to fulfill one year of your contract if you upgrade from iPhone to iPhone, right?.  I’ve done this for every iPhone since purchasing the original and have always purchased the new phone at the fully subsidized price.  Of course, this year I had the v4 for 15 months, but that was due to the delayed release of 4s.  I am a bit worried that I may have to keep the 4s a bit longer, though, if the v5 is released this spring.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for this. I didn’t even realize that!

  • Bryan Young

    I’m not going to upgrade, because they left out 1 very important upgrade.  LTE.  Network speed is really the most noticeable problem I see.  With Verizon already rolled out and AT&T rolling it out,  I thought it would have been a no-brainer.  And since I don’t swap phones while in contract, I thought a 2 year commitment to a 5 year of network technology wasn’t worth it.  Hopefully my 3Gs will last until the next cycle.

  • http://www.timdruhym.cz/ Milan Kramolis

    I’ve upgraded from an old Nokia E51 to HTC Sensation which runs on Android :-)

    I did it because the iPhones are ridiculously expensive here in Czech Republic and even the great deal I have for my contract w/ T-Mobile wouldn’t help me to get the 4S for any good price that I could afford… :-)

  • Anonymous

    Definitely planing to upgrade from my 16GB 3GS. My wife offered to buy me an iPhone 4 for my birthday in May, partly because she wanted my current iPhone. I, on the other hand, opted for the iPad 2, as a gift, partly because she deserve better than my hand-me-downs, and I was holding out for the iPhone 5 for us both. Alas, we’ll get a pair of 4Ss, and wait the release of the 5 in Jan.

  • Rtaylor913

    I did upgrade to an IPhone 4S (since I had a 3G). I love it. I too have discovered a quick battery drain but the speed is electrifying. I get pages to load quickly. I have one program that syncs the database. It used to take about 2 minutes. Now it is down to about 10 seconds. My wife has a 4 but this model is definitely better about speed and the camera is so much better on the 4s.

  • http://chriscornwell.org Chris Cornwell

    I am still on a 3GS. March (my upgrade) can’t get here fast enough!!

  • http://twitter.com/r_lewis Ricky Lewis

    Thanks for the post. I’m looking to upgrade too. This would be my first smart phone, I’ve been using an iPod touch with the same functionality for the past 3 years and the iOS 5 update only made it that much better. 

    The one feature you didn’t mention is the mirroring only, available on the 4S. This is a big deal for me. I use my iPod to show videos when I do presentations (mostly in classroom settings, nothing as big as Michael Hyatt) but if I could just mirror what is on my phone I could do Keynote presentations and everything to make have it all in my pocket. This is appealing because of the small size.

    I am interested to hear more of your take on the battery life, that is a concern. 

    Thanks for the post and sorry if it gets you disgruntled AT&T customer comments. :) I have been with them 10 years and it has not always been smooth but I feel they are a good company.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Can you elaborate on what you mean by mirroring? I am not sure I understand. Thanks.

      • http://twitter.com/r_lewis Ricky Lewis

        Mirroring was first introduced on the iPad (wirelessly via Apple TV or with an HDMI adapter and cable). Now with the 4S having the same A5 chip there is enough power to do the same thing. The process is simple and shows everything on your iPhone 4S on a TV or projector. Simply use the Airplay button and, if you have Apple TV and choose it, there is an option to also turn mirroring on. You will then see your home screen or whatever app you are using on your TV. Very much like Airplay but a step up since you can see anything and not just video, photos, or hear music.

        Hope that makes sense.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          Okay, cool. Thanks.

  • Twgillim


    I really enjoy reading your blog and this one has been very helpful.  I have a HTC Eros one of the first Android phones to come out.  It has been an excellent phone and served me well.  My carrier is Verizon and I have always used Windows based computers.  My biggest concern in making the switch to the Iphone is the compatibility with windows based docs.

    Do you have any experience with making that switch? I don’t see myself moving to an Apple based computer and don’t know how Iphones work with windows based computers and software.

    It is time to upgrade and I am tempted to make the switch but am a bit concerned about taking the plunge.  One thing that I do like about the 4s is that it is a global phone which would allow one to use it in different countries and I do some travel on occasion.

    Any further information you or the other readers can add would be appreciated.  I will be upgrading soon either with an Iphone or a new Droid.



    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I switched from Windows to Apple about six years ago. Honestly, I haven’t looked back. However, I don’t think you would have much trouble, since you don’t have to hook up the iPhone to your desktop computer to sync.

    • http://www.facebook.com/wesley.c.thompson Wesley C. Thompson

      if your biggest concern is document compatibility, you might at least evaluate Windows Phone 7.5. It tightly integrates with Office through Skydrive or Sharepoint. By far, it’s the sweetest gadget I’ve owned in a long time, and it’s given me a different perspective to what the folks in Redmond are up to lately. 

      Unfortunately, Verizon has a single device offering from HTC, and I’m not sure it’s too amazing compared to what the other carriers have.

      Love watching technology evolve these days.

  • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

    These days, I’m trying to find ways to downgrade my iPhone. I’ve killed a lot of apps on it, so that when I do use something, I have to use the browser (and it had better be worth the effort). I’m using it more as a phone and less as a gadget (okay, well, I still use it as an iPod). It’s just taken up so much of my life. So no, I probably won’t be getting the 4s. But sounds cool! Glad you’re enjoying it, Mike.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I have definitely tried to simplify. I am eliminating all apps but the essential ones.

      • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins


  • http://daddybydefault.com Craig Grella

    I am on my second Android G2 (my daughter drooled on the first and broke it). My wife has the iphone 4 and loves it, but one of the problems I had was it seemed slower than the 3. I did update my other apple devices to IOS 5 and it seems to be working great. Jury’s out on Icloud. Storage is more expensive than storage on google so i’m not sure how much I’ll use it . It’s nice that your purchases don’t count against storage though, that’s a helpful feature.  I’m trying it this week too to test it ou.

  • http://www.Productivelifeconcepts.com Royale Scuderi

    I had iphone 3gs for a couple of years now and I hesitated for the very reasons you mentioned above, but I finally broke down and ordered the new 4S over the weekend. I think I really will use the Siri function and my old iphone was getting so slow and bogged down. I have high hopes. I hope I am not disappointed.

  • http://www.martyestes.com Marty Estes

    I was on the fence about upgrading, but Siri pushed me over.  I am truly impressed by the level of functionality of the service.  The phone does feel faster, much faster, than even the 4 I had before.  

    Just a tip, though, for people who are thinking of upgrading: if you have an old iPhone or Android phone you will be leaving behind when you upgrade to the 4s, you can trade them in at Radio Shack.  I got $125 for my wife’s old 3Gs when I upgraded, making the phone just $89.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I have found that eBay fetches the best prices, but Gazelle.com is good, too. It is more hassle free. They simply send you a box, pay for the postage and send the phone to them. They then cut you a check.

  • http://charlesjaymeyer.wordpress.com Charles Meyer

    The day the iPhone was launched was my upgrade date.  I have thought about getting the 4s but still a little unsure about it.  One thing I really liked about iOS 5 is the notification system,  so much better than the popups getting in the way.  

    One thing I really like about iOS 5 and the 4s is how they have keep pushing innovation forward between the two popular operating systems.  Such as the notification system was first introduced by Android but Apple has refined it.  I could also name off many other features that are similar but most of us know what they are.  I am excited to see the advances Google and Apple are going to make in their operating systems and also their phones.   

  • Rob Sorbo

    After getting an iPad, I decided that it would be the last Apple product I ever own unless I get really WOWed by something.

    My Android phone has all three of those features. After a month of using my new phone, I didn’t know how to use my wife’s ipod touch because Apple felt so unintuitive and clunky to me.

  • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

    I am fine with my phone at present. No plans for upgrading the same in near future. In fact, new features are tempting, but right now, I am walking on a tight rope.

  • http://snappycasual.tumblr.com kelsey williams

    I have an iPhone 3GS and since I’ve dropped it twice in the past six weeks I am definitely upgrading when our contract expires in two weeks. We are also switching from AT&T to Verizon, otherwise I would upgrade now. I am very impressed with the 4S and mostly looking forward to the camera and faster processer.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      One thing to consider—I don’t think you can use your phone and access the Internet at the same time except on the AT&T network. I could be wrong.

      • http://snappycasual.tumblr.com kelsey williams

        You are correct, although I’ve never used that feature in two years. Do you use it a lot? I’ve also heard that the Verizon network is slower…but I’m not sure if it’s true. I live in Iowa and AT&T does not provide coverage in all areas, especially our favorite vacation spot where we go each summer for at least a week. We can get by with using WiFi in most places and it’s kind of a blessing to not have phone access on vacation, but it’s a bummer when you want to use your phone and you can’t.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          Yes, I do use that feature quite a bit to look up information relevant to the call. Thanks.

  • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

    I upgraded to the iOS5, but don’t plan on hgetting the new phone.  I just got my iPhone 4 in July, and have yet to figure out whhat I’m doing with it.  I’ve been a BlackBerry user for the last 10 years, so this is a new enough transition for me right now. 

  • http://www.interviewangel.com Brent Peterson

    My wife and I saved up our money for his/her iPhone 4S models. So far we really like this new phone. We were coming from Verizon contracts on BlackBerry storms so anything was an improvement. By the way this blog comment was all done through Siri. I never had to touch the keyboard. So I would definitely say that it works and it’s a really cool feature.

    Cheers Brent

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I’m glad to hear it. Thanks.

  • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

    I have a tracphone! haha. Right now having internet at work and at home is good enough to get the work done that I need. And until someone pays for the phone and the monthly plan we will probably stick with this for a while. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/gracefulrain Christi Brown

    Being a phone junkie myself, I was a bit disappointed in the iPhone 4s.  Currently I do not have an iPhone, however I had the iPhone 3s for a while and moved over to both Driod and WP7 because at the time the phones had a more powerful processor and camera.

    Also the phones run on the 4G networks where I am at.  I had hoped that iPhone 4s or 5 would be 4g capible and this is the reason I have not switched back. 

    My HTC Evo 4g allows me to use it as a hotspot and this is an added bonus for me since I am in IT and often times have to log into a server for troubleshooting when I am out.  (Especially when I am on the lake and don’t want to head to the office.  :D)

    If the iPhone had offered the same features, I would have swapped back. 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I have found the 3G and 4G designations almost meaningless. It seems like it is more about marketing.
      At any rate, you can use your iPhone as a hotspot. I haven’t done it, as I have a separate Verizon modem. However, the hotspot capability is built into the OS.

      • http://www.facebook.com/gracefulrain Christi Brown

        I never tried it on the iPhone I had, but I do notice a difference on the speed of the 3G ATT phone (WP7) I have and the 4G Sprint phone (Droid) I have.  It is quite noticeable to me, but then again, most of what I have been doing is bandwidth intensive and we are talking about different technologies with different carriers.  PS, I am located in Nashville. 

  • Richard Chancy

    Upgraded!  Siri (automated assistant) alone is worth it.  Texting while driving is safe now!!!

  • Yvrnurse

    I thouroughly enjoy reading your blogs Michael. Like a lot of people with busy lives I debated briefly about not upgrading from iPhone 4 to 4S and decided yes for the bigger memory, faster processor, camera. I mostly use my iPhone in clinical teaching with nursing students and access to medical and nursing books and apps on the spot is a godsend to better patient care. Siri is not working well at all in Canada and she’s a real American :-)Hopefully she’ll realize her faux pas soon. I am on the wards 10/12 months a year,its hard to get near a computer in a teaching hospital so for me its a great tool to hit the ground running in nursing programs in Canada,USA, all over.

  • http://www.michaelaknight.com MichaelAKnight

    Unfortunately I don’t plan to upgrade due to cost of buying the phone without a contract. Just upgraded to iPhone this May… disappointing, but iOS5 does help curb the need for the new phone. Even if I sold my 4,  I’d still have to shell out another $400+  for the new one..

  • http://www.charlesspecht.com Charles Specht

    I have the iPhone 3G.  (I know, I’m ancient.)  

    Will the upgrade work on my phone?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I am not sure. You’ll have to check Apple’s site for that.

  • http://twitter.com/secondchair Joe Donaldson

    I already have a MacBook Pro, an iPod Touch, and an iPad so, yes, I plan to upgrade from my Android phone to a 4S. I’m enjoying iOS5 and could use the 8 megapixel camera. Installing iOS5 was easy and iCloud is working great – even on my Droid!

  • http://www.facebook.com/louise.thaxton Louise Thaxton

    Well, at this very MOMENT, I’m saying – no…….I can live with my current iPhone 4 – BUT once my 4 grown daughters visit with me next week, I’m sure “I” will change “my” mind!  

  • http://talesofwork.com kimanzi constable

    I just watched the video and I’m very impressed, especially with siri. I can’t justify the money to upgrade right now, I’m happy with the new features of the ios 5 update on my iphone 4.

    Has anyone upgraded and had their phone reset to factory settings? It happened to me and a few of my friends

  • http://www.justcris.com Cris Ferreira

    I am tempted to upgrade. I currently own an iPhone 3GS, so it would be a huge upgrade for me. I have already installed iOS5, and my phone is actually faster! I didn’t expect this, as it was a bit slower when I upgraded to version 4.
    Anyway, I am almost positive that I will upgrade. My problem is the price: here in Brazil the prices are much higher than the US price. For the current iPhone4, we pay about four to five times the price (with voice and data plans, if you buy one with no plans it is even more expensive). It is cheaper to travel to the US and buy there (with no plans), if we are able to buy it unlocked.

  • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

    I am not planning to update…I have the LG cosmo right now. It calls and texts! haha

    Seriously, I am a bigger fan of the Android market. It seems a lot better to me. Also, it can be used with a wide variety of software. Apple is just apple.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yes, Apple has over 500,000 apps available for it’s iOS devices. More than enough for me!

      • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

        True! haha. What is the video and picture quality of the Iphone 4s?


        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          Killer. Stunning actually.

          • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

            That’s awesome! By the way, I signed up with evernote (finally!) a few weeks ago. I am using it for school by storing all of my notes from class in it! It has really helped out a lot! There are so many people in the class using it!


  • SeattleTom

    I upgraded my iPad to ios5…sad that I did. Apple removed multi touch gestures (four and five finger swipes) and enabled that feature only for the iPad 2. To encourage upgrades? I don’t know…it encouraged me to take a look at the Galaxy Tab (I already have a Galaxy 2 phone that I love).

  • http://www.nginaotiende.blogspot.com Ngina Otiende

    I am not using iphones yet :) 

    But an interesting fact about “Siri”, the word means “Secret” in Swahili (an East African language)!


    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I didn’t know that. Interesting.

  • http://MoreTimeWithOurKids.com Erika Dawson

    One of my favorite features of iOS5 is iMessaging! For someone w/o an unlimited texting plan, I love having the ability to text for free!

    Since we’re unable to upgrade right now and take advantage of Siri, I also really appreciate having the ability with iOS5 to create my own quick keys for text messaging. For example, I can set my texts to say “running a bit late; will be there soon!” just by typing RL (not that I’m ever late, ahem!). Convenient features!

  • http://twitter.com/mychng meiyen chng

    I’m still using my faithful 3Gs but have upgrade to iOS5. It took a while to upgrade the OS – had to restore my phone to original factory settings and the latest backup. Kinda frustrating initially but definitely cool. I like the notification settings. (Less annoying now. )

  • bungalowbob

    Honestly? I’m a gadget nut, but I have a 3GS with the updated software, and it does just fine. Makes calls, gives me calendar alerts, behaves with Evernote, etc. I don’t think I need Siri, but who knows? I’m in no hurry. I think the oldest iPhone is superior to the latest of anything else in the marketplace.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1565502744 Mari Ann Lisenbe

    I switched to mac 4 yrs ago, but have been unable to switch to an iPhone because we use Sprint for our internet service as well as cell phone (via hotspot then EVO hub).

    Now that Sprint offers iPhones, I’m REALLY tempted to switch, but not sure it’s worth the cost. My EVO already has many of the features of the iPhone: voice activation  (although not intuitive like Siri), 8 mg px camera, larger screen than iPhone, hub. 

    Also, not sure if Sprint will offer an unlimited data plan, which is very important to me since our hub is our internet provider as well. 

    So, main reasons to switch would be integration with my mac…

    Will have to research  a bit more to see if it makes $$ sense.

  • http://www.wikitime.ru Arthur

    Thank for the post, Michael. Have you sold you iPhone 4 yet? Is there anyone here who would sell his /her iPhone 4 and send it to Russia? They are really expensive here ;( and I don’t quite trust ebay sellers. 

    • iPhone owner

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  • http://www.lionstand.com Jamie O’Donoghue

    I upgraded on Friday myself and I believe it was worth it for Siri alone.

    I’m also halfway through a book you may be interested in. It’s called “From the Garden to the City.” by John Dyer.

    It’s a pretty honest assessment of the impact and influence of technology in the church. The author takes a middle of the road stance so far.


  • http://www.successinministry.com Successinministry

    I would keep an eye on the battery issue if I were you. When I first bought my iphone 4 the battery drained excessively. I took it to the AT&T store and they tried to convince me that it was all of the features I was probably using and turned off all notifications, etc. Well I had to go to a conference that week and found I had to recharge twice a day…and sitting in the conference I was not using the phone because I was using my ipad. I took it back and bought another one…and I use all of the features all of the time…and can sometimes go a couple of days before I really need to charge.  The battery could be bad from the beginning…

  • http://tommylane.net tommylane

    Good article, Mike. I pre-ordered the iPhone 4s on October 7th at an AT&T store. I was told I would get it on the 14th but I got an email saying it “ships in 14-21 days.” I’m still waiting and looking forward to getting it. I ordered the 32GB. The iPhone 4 that I presently own is also 32GB. Now I’m second guessing myself as to whether I should have gotten 64GB. haha. Oh well.

    One of the main reasons I want the 4S is Siri. I’ll tell you why. I commute on a bicycle a lot and when I get a text message from someone or I hear the email ding, sometimes I pull over to see what I received and read them. Not all the time; usually when I am expecting to hear from someone important to me. With Siri, I don’t have to pull over anymore. I can do it all from my headset mic which I wear when I am riding.

  • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

    We’re looking at upgrading our iPhone 3s and 4s to the 4S in the near future. Around our area, they’re pretty hard to come by in the 16GB range.

    Siri does look amazing. I’ve heard great things about it and am looking forward to playing with it.

  • http://twitter.com/nmabry nmabry

    Siri is the reason I’d consider upgrading, and even switching from Android, to an iPhone 4s.

  • Karel Tupas

    I think Iphone 4 should upgrade. Yes, there will some features we don’t really need but there will also be a lot of features cooler than the previous. So, YES TO UPGRADE. :)

  • Hans Ville

    I’m upgrading from an iPhone 3G, I’m hoping for a much faster phone (not to mention the 32 gig vs 8). I’m not expecting much better battery life, so I don’t think I’ll be too disappointed there. My main gripe so far is WHERE IS IT? I ordered at 11:00am PDT from a local AT&T store and it still has not shipped. AT&T’s own release said they sold 200k units in the first 12 hours. I would think that could have shipped that volume by now…

  • Samantha

    Another good thing about the iPhone 4s is the graphics. Compared to the 3g it’s like putting on glasses for the first time!

  • http://www.inteliwise.com VirtualAgents

    In my opinion it is good to update my phone because technology is upgrading also as long as we can use it for the better and we can use it for a long term.

  • Tyblewski14

    How much it cost if i upgrade my iphone4 to iphone4s? And what happenthe phonebooks?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      You’ll have to check the Apple website. It all depends on which model you get.

  • dheck

    I have 160 days or something like that left with my HTC EVO…. I’m ready for the iPhone 4S NOW!!!

  • Foster2forever -Penelope

    Since I have a cracked face on my iPhone, I plan to upgrade soon. My contract is up in march if my phone mAkes it that long.

  • Gary

    I didn’t upgrade to iPhone 4 as I was happy with iphone 3 I had, along with all the other antenna problems I heard about, cos I’m not normally an ‘early adopter’ I just never upgraded.
    Yesterday however I did order the new iPhone and am quite excited to see the differences for myself. I already have the new software and am looking for more relevant widgets for the notification centre, then it’ll be really useful.

  • Couponrvm

    I have the 4 and I will be getting the 4s for my wife. The reason it has poor battery life is because of Siri. That A5 chip has to work hard to process speech input. Try not using for a day to see if the battery life improves. If not, then the battery doesnt give the same capacity as the 4

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  • Jcdc1820

    Switching from Blackberry to 4s.  Can’t wait.

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  • Church Chair guy

    My Executive Pastor just got his first Iphone this week.  I have a Droid.  I am battling a bit of envy now.

  • http://twitter.com/thegospelwriter Wanza Leftwich, TGW

    My brother recently upgraded and I AM impressed with it. I don’t have an iPhone at all but after seeing the new one in action, it is definitely on my list to get. I love the Digital Assistant and the camera capabilities as well. The clarity is joyfully insane!

  • http://ThisMomsDelight.com Tami @ ThisMomsDelight.com

    I gave my iPhone 3GS to my daughter and got an HTC Inspire.  I don’t like it!  Should I go back to a 3GS or upgrade?  Which one do you like best?

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  • Christian Hernandez

    From a teenagers point of view, I would upgrade even though the cost is expensive. The phone gives me more enhanced pictures to take with friends, faster connection and the Siris I think, is to just show off the phones more technological improvements. Yes it helps while drving or to help you remember but I can’t drive nor can do I have to remember meetings for work. I would only use the Siris to look up information on the Internet but that’s way better than having to turn on a computer or going onto Safari and typing it in. I’m actually trading my iPhone in to upgrade to a 4s. (It’s a deal that’s going on right now) This better be worth it.

  • Macamaniac007

    You upgrade because of simple math.  You sell your iPhone 4 on eBay for $280 like I did and then you purchase the 4S for $199 and you still have enough for the tax, the cost of placing it on eBay and a new case.  New phone, no investment but a little bit of time to put on eBay and pack and ship.  Then when the iPhone whatever comes out, you can sell your 4S for about $280 and buy the iPhone whatever with no additional expenditure.  You can keep this process going until they start releasing new iPhones every 4 months…

  • Sarah g

    I bought my iPhone 4 in August 2011 and I paid 600$ to buy it right out. But I’m still on a tab. Im vey interested in Siri… I want to upgrade to iPhone 4s. Do you think its worth it? Or should I wait for iPhone 5? I haven’t heard anything about that yet…

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I’d definitely wait for iPhone 5. We have to be close.

      • http://emuelle1.typepad.com/ Eric S. Mueller

        I agree. I got my iPhone 4 in November, 2010. I’d love to have Siri, but plan to wait until my AT&T contract expires and jump to Sprint with the iPhone 5, whatever it may be.

        There is no technical reason Siri hasn’t been ported to the iPhone 4.