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iPhone 3GS offers a decent entry level smart phone, iPhone 4 still packs mid-range punch

Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) iPhone 4S is a bit tardy, missing its typical June release and pushing back to October.  But for Apple fans the refresh is almost here.  On October 14, Apple is launching its fifth generation handset, which includes a new faster downlink modem, a higher resolution camera, and a more powerful CPU/GPU system-on-a-chip.

Alongside that launch Apple will be shuffling the prices on its existing lineup.  

The iPhone 3GS will now be offered for free with a two year contract.  This marks the latest in a series of price drops for the best-selling smart phone.  In May 2010, just before the iPhone 4 launch, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT) slashed the iPhone 3GS 16 GB model price to $97 USD -- a $100 discount.  Other retailers soon followed, as Apple cut the official price to $100 (but for a lesser 8 GB model) with the launch of the iPhone 4.  By July 2011 refurbished iPhone 3GS were selling for a mere $9 USD with contract on AT&T, Inc.'s (T) network.

For those who need a refresher on the hardware (which is understandable -- the phone is nearly two and a half years old), the phone packs Apple's older 3.5-inch 480x320 pixel smart phone display, a 600 MHz ARM Cortex-A8 CPU, 256 MB of RAM, and 8 GB of NAND flash storage.  The best-selling phone looks somewhat dated by today's standards, passing as a modest entry level smart phone.  But it still packs solid battery life and a broad app catalog -- key strengths for Apple.

The iPhone 4 is also dropping in price, hitting $99 USD with new 2-year contract.  Apple didn't explicitly mention what the capacity of the $99 USD fourth generation model (U.S. pricing only) is, but it will reportedly be a new 8GB model, available on Sprint Nextel Corp. (S), AT&T, and the Verizon Communications, Inc. (VZ) networks.

Compared to the iPhone 3GS, the iPhone 4 was a major evolutionary leap.  It packs a 960x640 3.5-inch display (the "Retina Display"), which still is higher than virtually any Android smart phone on the market.  It bumps the memory to a more palatable 512 MB and the processor speed up to a respectble 1 GHz.  And it comes with a 5 MP camera.

Ultimately the phone's biggest strengths are its display, its app catalog, and its surprisingly pleasing camera (given the resolution).  The phone's biggest weakness is arguably its slow wireless modem, which confines it to standard 3G speeds -- though it does of course support Wi-Fi networks where they're available.

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Interesting news if you like Siri..
By Iaiken on 10/4/2011 5:51:21 PM , Rating: 5
Apple has officially pulled Siri from the app store:

Because Siri functionality is exclusive to the iPhone 4GS:

Developers have confirmed this on the iOS5 seed that was released today.

Basically Apple is saying:

"Check out this great new feature on our new phone! To get you to buy our new phone, we're making this great old feature will stop working on everything that isn't our new phone. You should buy our new phone!"

Personally, I don't even know what to say to this...

By quiksilvr on 10/4/2011 8:37:27 PM , Rating: 3
How about an action to describe what you are feeling?

RE: Interesting news if you like Siri..
By mcnabney on 10/4/2011 9:07:17 PM , Rating: 4
Since you will continue to buy their products anyway, you are effectively saying "Baaaaaaaah"

By Iaiken on 10/5/2011 12:24:28 AM , Rating: 2
I think you've confused me with someone else.

The only Apple products I own were given to me (iTouch) or came with my wife (26" iMac).

Thankfully my wife has had enough problems with her iMac that she has asked me to build her a windows 7 machine for her next system. This thing has had everything imaginable go wrong. Yellow screen, DVD drive, two hard drives, power supply, main board ($690!!!), video card ($420 for a 6800GT!?!),thankfully all of this went on under AppleCare. It will be going up for sale the day that AppleCare expires and good riddance.

By kleinma on 10/4/2011 9:16:02 PM , Rating: 2
I am no apple fan, but it could just be that all iPhone models that get upgraded to iOS5 will get the updated siri client. I know what the server message said about the 4s, but that could just be advertising their new model.

However if it is true, and they did yank it from everyone except those who buy the latest and greatest, then I am happy I picked android when I got my phone.

RE: Interesting news if you like Siri..
By amanojaku on 10/4/2011 10:46:30 PM , Rating: 2
I don't blame Cook for the more-lackluster-than-usual iPhone 4S. It's been in development for months, and Cook just assumed control six weeks ago. Hell, I'll bet Jobs is still pulling the strings... Still, I blame this Siri nonsense on Cook. A Siri App in the Store could be made available for those who want to tinker with it. The average person wouldn't, but the adventurous user wouldn't mind putting up with a few bugs for $1. Throw in an "as-is" clause up front and collect the profit. Trust me, the Macolytes will believe you if you tell them they're saying it wrong.

By sprockkets on 10/4/2011 11:06:37 PM , Rating: 1
If I remember right it required the use of remote servers, quite dumb if you think about it. Since apple bought them out and made it work perhaps locally on the iphone 4s, they are killing the servers that it worked with.

Death to Apple TM.

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