Thursday, June 10, 2010

10 Things You Should Know Before Buying iPhone 4

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News Analysis: The iPhone 4 is scheduled to hit store shelves on June 24. But before that happens, customers will need to evaluate if Apple's new device is really for them. Take a look at 10 things worth considering before deciding if the iPhone 4 is really the right purchase.
With Apple's iPhone 4 just a few weeks away, it's time for consumers and enterprise customers to decide if the device is worth buying. Making that decision is getting more difficult. Years ago, the iPhone was the only "next-gen" smartphone on the market.
If consumers wanted to be able to use their fingers to control the device and have access to an App Store to extend its functionality, the iPhone was the way to go. But today, with stiff competition from Google, HTC, RIM and so many other major players in the mobile market, consumers have many more alternatives to choose from.
Realizing that, it's important for customers to be as informed as possible before they head out to the store on June 24 and pick up an iPhone 4. That means that they should evaluate alternatives, realize that the iPhone 4 has some shortcomings, and determine if some future products that will be hitting store shelves later this year might attract them more than those devices that are already available. These are some things that customers need to know before they pick up an iPhone 4.

1. Alternatives are awfully nice
Whether it's the HTC Droid Incredible or the Sprint Evo 4G, there are some outstanding alternatives to the iPhone 4 on the market For example, theHTC Droid Incredible currently boasts Android OS and features an 8-megapixel camera. It runs on Verizon's network, which should make those who don't like AT&T or its service happy. The Sprint Evo 4G might not have all the bells and whistles that consumers have to come to expect from the iPhone, but it runs on the ultra-high-speed 4G network. Unfortunately, 4G isn't nearly as ubiquitous as it could be, but if the Evo does well, the technology should be available in many more places in the coming months and years.

2. AT&T's upgrade policy
AT&T's upgrade policy must be understood before consumers head out to the AT&T store to pick up an iPhone 4. According to the carrier, those that have contract-expiration dates that are within six months will be eligible to buy Apple's latest smartphone for the advertised prices of $199 and $299. Those that want an iPhone 4, but are not within the six-month period, will be required to pay $399 or $499 for a 16GB or 32GB iPhone 4, respectively. Also worth noting: AT&T subscribers that currently don't have an iPhone are not able to capitalize on AT&T's six-month waiver.

3. Data caps are in place
AT&T's new caps on data are officially in place . It's important for customers to remember that when deciding if the iPhone 4 is really for them. AT&T now charges $15 per month for 200MB of monthly data. The carrier charges $25 per month for 2GB of data. Those that wish to add more data to a 200MB plan during a month will be forced to pay another $15 to do so. Although many folks won't use up 2GB of data in a month, those that wish to have unlimited data can either stay in their current AT&T iPhone plan or opt for another carrier. Currently, Verizon Wireless and most of AT&T's competition offer unlimited plans.

4. Android is coming to AT&T
A key issue for AT&T is that it doesn't have any Android-based devices available. But they are coming. That's an important milestone for the company. After all, Android outsold the iPhone in the first quarter of 2010. And although that trend may or may not continue, Google's success in the mobile market is making it clear that it's here to stay. Plus, customers are starting to warm up to it. Too often, the issue of availability focuses on the iPhone not being available on Verizon's network. When will that attention shift to Android and the fact that it isn't available to AT&T customers? Android is coming to AT&T. And for those folks that have been waiting to get their hands on Google's operating system, it might be worth waiting for.

5. The iPad is now a competitor
Apple has gone out of its way to make sure that customers don't believe that the iPad competes with the iPhone. But it's becoming clear that it just might. After all, how many devices do consumers really need to simply access the Web, check e-mail, and watch videos? As appealing as the iPhone might be, it's a costly product. And aside from placing calls, the iPad can do everything the iPhone 4 can. What it lacks in calling, it makes up for in a larger display and better ease-of-use when sitting on a couch at home. If consumers want the iPhone solely for all the extras, the iPad might be a better bet.

6. Waiting isn't such a bad idea
Reliability is always an issue with new tech products. And although the iPhone 4 is a fourth-generation iPhone, Apple CEO Steve Jobs made it abundantly clear that the latest device in the venerable phone line is one of the biggest upgrades Apple has offered since the iPhone launched. Realizing that, there could be some growing pains with the iPhone 4. As with any newly upgraded product, it's sometimes better to wait and see if early adopters are having trouble with the device before running to the store and picking one up. That's admittedly difficult for tech fanatics, but when it comes to peace of mind, it's typically the best move.

7. Windows Phone 7 is around the corner
Microsoft is way behind in the mobile market. The company has been toiling away with Windows Mobile for far too long. But later this year, Windows Phone 7 devices will start hitting store shelves. And when that happens, consumers will have another option to consider when they decide they want a next-generation smartphone. Granted, Microsoft doesn't have the best track record in the mobile market, but it promises some excitement with Windows Phone 7. And for enterprise customers, being able to integrate a new smartphone with the company computer will likely be much easier with a Windows Phone 7 device than any other product. It's worth considering.

8. The iPhone 3GS isn't a bad alternative
All the attention in the mobile space is being dedicated to the iPhone 4 right now. But that doesn't mean that it's necessarily the best option for Apple customers. Apple's iPhone 3GS is still an outstanding smartphone that will be running iOS 4, the same version of Apple's mobile operating system that will run on iPhone 4. Even better, the device is available for just $99 a far cry from the $199 and $299 customers will need to pay for Apple's latest smartphone. There is something to be said for buying last year's top iPhone model.

9. Android 2.2 is worth waiting for
Android 2.2 has yet to launch, but already the promise of the platform is enough for some consumers to think twice about buying iPhone 4. Aside from an improved browser, the software will support Flash. That means that those who browse frequently on their smartphones will be able to access practically any Web site on the Internet without worry of some elements of a page not working. That's more than can be said for the iPhone 4, which currently supports HTML 5 and not Flash. Android 2.2 also includes some nice design tweaks that should make Android veterans happy. The iPhone 4 might be nice, but Android 2.2 is just as viable.

10. This is a serious upgrade
As important as it is to know about the alternatives out there that could challenge iPhone 4, it's worth noting that Apple's new smartphone is a major upgrade. And based on what Apple has revealed about the new device, it's the most capable version of the iPhone ever released. That's no small feat. The iPhone 4 features a new, better processor, a stellar design, and the ability (finally) to place video calls from one iPhone 4 to another over Wi-Fi. It's a major step up over the iPhone 3G . Consumers looking to buy an iPhone 4 have a tough decision. But whether they buy a new iPhone or opt for an alternative, they should take their time with their buying decision and be happy with their ultimate choice.

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Ok, now our thoughts.

1.Alternatives are awfully nice..
Ok we wont lie and just bash every smart phone out there for the iPhone 4, we will do it with some facts. Yes the HTC Droid Incredible is a great phone, we never had any bad remarks about android( other an there a being more than one vision of android(one for each model phone out there) maybe this will change with fryo?). The Sprint Evo 4G it's also nice phone, however after using it for three days, we came to this conclusion, even though it is bigger than the iPhone the battery drains faster( the excuse might be that the screen is bigger and requires more power( our answer, well the phone is bigger and should have a battery that will keep it powered better than the small battery on the iPhone( which hand to hand outlasted the Evo)).

2. AT&T's upgrade policy
Well those who have more on their contracts than six months should be happy that AT&T will give them the discount and let them upgrade. Those who have more should be happy that AT&T will even sell the iphone 4 outright( which usually happens a month or two before a new iphone will be released). Those who don't have the iPhone and what to upgrade to the iPhone should be able to( an upgrade extends your contract for two more years, so it's like just getting a new contract, why shouldn't hay be able to get the iPhone). Number two is really agents AT&T not Apples iPhone.

3. Data caps are in place
Ok yes AT&T are a bunch of morons, changing the unlimited plan, to save their bandwidth, and make millions more charging people extra for going over the 2gb of data. We do understand that many people don't use the full unlimited data for the iPhone, so just make a lower plan for them, ie the $15 for 200mb or even $20 for 1gb and just leave e unlimited for those that need it ( according to AT&T that is only 3-8% of iPhone users) so it won't hurt them anyway.

4. Android is coming to AT&T
Like we stated in number one, we have nothing agents android. Google os doing a good job with android, (as long as they keep all of the android phones on one os and not have a separate version for each one) and if there was no iPhone ( well then there might not have been a android os ) we would have chosen the android over any other os and or phone on the market.

5. The iPad is now a competitor
For a person who has both iPad and iPhone, I have to say they a not the same and I don't use them in the same way ( for the most part ). As you can see if you follow and read the stories on our site, we use our iPad often, however it is very big and can't be taken everywhere the iPhone can be taken. The iphone has more to offer for people on the go than the iPad, it's more portable, it's ok to bring to any country( ipads are still under scrutiny in many countries ) the iPhone has a camera, and now that it has video calling (aka face time) capabilities there is no comparison for many people. We love both our iPhone and iPad, and can't imagine working without it.

6. Waiting isn't such a bad idea
Well we have gotten all of our iDevices ( and wwe have had iPhones, iPod touches, and now the iPad ) within the first shipments and never had any hardware issues. If there are any software issues then there is no reason for not getting the first shipment. Don't forget this is the most anticipated iPhone to date, with front facing camera, 5 mp main camera built in led flash, a much stronger network card, wifi 802.11a/b/g/N! And a much faster processor this iphone will be sold out for months, if not for all of 2010, don't forget the iphone is released on the 24th then its sold out for about 4-8 weeks and then it's Xmas holiday season, people will be going after this phone for the first six months more then any iphone before it ( don't forget even two months after the iPad was released they are selling out of stock every day.)

7. Windows Phone 7 is around the corner
Well this shouldn't be on the list, in our opinion the smart phone race is now between Apple, Google, Blackberry, & in some countries Nokia. Number seven even kills itself "Granted, Microsoft doesn't have the best track record in the mobile market" they definitely don't. I can't imagine any phone being easier to sync to computer than the iPhone, you have one program iTunes hay syncs everything in one ( music, movies, phonebook, photos, notes, emails, calendar, apps, ebook's, and any more with just a few clicks. And in the end, with so much competition windows phone 7 will have to have something no one else has offered on any other operating system ( ie, if it can teleport me to anywhere I want in one piece) then maybe I would ink about it. Anyway all jokes aside between Apple, Google, Blackberry, & Nokia it will be very hard for Microsoft to win people back.

8. The iPhone 3GS isn't a bad alternative
It's not a bad choice, for many who don't really have the money to shell out every time a new phone is available the iPhone 3GS is an amazing phone and will keep you satisfied for a long time, and at a price of $97 ( we will quote the lowest price by Walmart )the iphone 3GS is a steal.

9. Android 2.2 is worth waiting for
Like we have said before android is a great os, and is a true competitor for the iPhone. With one of the biggest issues with the iphone is that it doesn't support flash Steve Jobs has posted his reasons on the apple website, you still have to remember that this month will bring the sale of the 100 millionth IOS iDevice, and if content providers want to reach these soon more then 100 million iDevices will have no choice but to upgrade their sites to HTML5. Steve Jobs isn't the only one who thinks that flash is bad for the mobile phone market, even bill gates agreed with him...

10. This is a serious upgrade
Well ten said it all, this is the biggest upgrade the iphone has gotten to date and customer of all carriers have a big decision to make, wether to go with the iphone 4 or another smart phone.


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RedSn0w Updated to Jailbreak iOS 4.0 on iPhone 3G, iPod 2G

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RedSn0w has been updated to version 0.9.5 beta 5 and adds the ability to jailbreak iOS 4.0 GM seed on your iPhone 3G or iPod 2G.

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The redsn0w beta has been updated for 4.0GM, and it now supports the iPod touch 2G too. Multitasking and homescreen wallpaper are now turned on by default (Apple doesn't normally allow this on these 2 devices). (Update: the 0.9.5b5-1 version now lets you decide whether you want multitasking and wallpaper enabled or not.)

Because 4.0GM isn't yet public, you'll need a Mac and iTunes 9.2 to use it. Since this redsn0w beta is intended only for those with legitimate developer program access, this shouldn't be a problem.

Just like our other betas, this one intentionally doesn't “hactivate”. Please wait for Apple's public release of 4.0 for that part of it.
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You can follow one of our previous jailbreak tutorials to learn how to use redsn0w. We will release updated tutorials once the public version of iOS 4 is made available.

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