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Like many folks out there, I love my iPhone.  And like many of those folks who currently have iPhones, I’m wondering if I’m going to get an iPhone 4S. 

So I reflected.  I pondered.  I daydreamed.  I checked available funds.  I went back to daydreaming.  I checked available funds again.  I quickly learned that daydreaming, while completely lacking in material gain, was actually quite inexpensive on the whole and could sustain me for a good while.  But, just in case, I checked available funds again in case anything had changed in that last 45 seconds I spent daydreaming.  I then went back to daydreaming, but this time, I was daydreaming about both the iPhone 4S and a lot more available funds. 

Mmmmm…..  Available funds….

I also noticed there were a lot of complainers online.  TONS of people twittering, blogging, facebooking that Apple dropped the ball.  THEY HAVE SOME NERVE, not giving us the iPhone 5 they never once mentioned or promised.  HOW DARE THEY reuse a winning design and make millions of accessories useful for yet another year?  I CANNOT BELIEVE they will only double my total internet download speed on the AT&T Network.    I believe OMGFAILLOL was typed very near the sacred words “Apple” and “iPhone,” which amazingly isn’t against United States law yet.

Me? As a proud iPhone 4 user, I’m actually kind of glad that the iPhone 4S would probably let me re-use my expensive Otter case.  I’m just fine with the 8MP camera upgrade and the CPU speed boost.  I’d be looking forward to the supposed extended battery life.  I’d be thrilled with the revamped dual-antenna and better call connection.  I’ve not used Siri, so I don’t know yet how much I’d care that it’s an exclusive.  All of the IOS 5 and iCloud features are pretty much the same on the iPhone 4 vs 4S as far as I know, so there’s not much to discuss there. 

So there I was, convinced that I needed to convince myself to upgrade to the iPhone 4S.  I just needed to convince myself to do it. 

But I paused. 

I had to ask myself — did I have enough experience to do an upgrade?  I know that for some, experience is an over-rated characteristic, but for me, I needed to make sure I knew enough to go through with it.

Interestingly enough, it didn’t take me very long to determine that I indeed had some history upgrading phones and music devices.

Lessee… That’s one iPhone 3G, 3 iPhone 3GS’s, 2 iPhone 4’s, a Windows 7 Samsung Focus and two portable music players.  Not shown: the Cingular 8525, the 4 or 5 Blackberry 8700C’s, or the dozen or so phones and gadgets from before I started keeping my boxes.

I needed more than just experience, however.  I needed to be able to rationalize the purchase.  I needed some sort of “hook” to make the purchase a necessity, not just a luxuy.

The wife’s 3GS is acting up.

Yeah, that’s the ticket.  Her phone is a piece of crap!  “3gs,” I said mockingly, in my head.  Over and over again, I bullied that phone in my mind.  I can’t believe my own wife has a prehistoric bundle of copper wires and duct tape that calls itself a smartphone.  The battery dies after just 30 minutes!  The docking port doesn’t always accept every cable!  Calls disconnect all the time!  IT’S A 3GS AFTER ALL. 

But, I quickly reminded myself, if *I* were to upgrade to the iPhone 4S, then I could give my iPhone 4 to her!  I could even make it sound really really good, like so good it would be on par as a 20th wedding anniversary present or something.  Boy am I smart!

Giddy from how smart I realized I was, I re-checked available funds again and my spirit sunk like the stock market after a jobs speech.  To add insult to injury, my brain decided to remind me that with one of the three phone upgrades available on my AT&T Family Plan, I can get a FREE 3GS replacement from the Apple Store to fix my wife’s phone woes.

Oh well, back to waiting for available funds.

There are three iPhone 4S’s available, and with the upgrade, they are $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB and $399 for 64GB.  I have the 16GB iPhone 4 now and am always bumping against the limit, so I already know I need to budget for at least the 32GB.  And with a bigger camera, I might be taking more pictures so the 64GB might be the thing to get, but with iCloud, I can store more things off-the-phone.

But it’s still 300 or 400 dollars, and that’s a lot of do-re-mi, Fasola Tea.

Here’s where you come in.

If I missed any good rationale or factors that would help convince me that this purchase is a necessity rather than a luxury, please comment below. 

If you have words of encouragement for me during these difficult times, please comment below.

If you have tips on how to deal with the time between now and when I get the funds to upgrade, please comment below.

If you happen to have any extra available funds or Apple gift cards, please comment below.

 

 

And lo, the people did comment thus:

6 Comments

  1. Sybil Law says:

    ……….

    (Apparently, I can’t comment. I say just get it! but that’s because that’s what I would do, not because I’ve got any real good reasons or rationale for you!

  2. Dave2 says:

    How often do you use your iPhone?

    I use mine all the time. ALL the time. When I factor that into my pay-off vs. cost, the new iPhone wins every time. I want that awesome camera. I want that amazing speed. I want that Siri assistant. Want. Want. Want. Divide that $299 by how much I’ll use the phone and it’s almost trivial. I’ll come up with the funds.

    The 2-year contract is a more bitter pill to swallow, however.
    🙁

    • whall says:

      Dave2 – you’re my new best friend. Well, you’re in line after the iPhone.

      I’ve also been thinking of switching my family plan to Verizon (some political factors, but mainly better signal) but I’m terrified to think how I’d react with an iPhone that can’t have a data connection while I’m on the phone. I’m on conference calls a lot of the time. *shudder*.

  3. martymankins says:

    First, let me say you earn major geek cred for keeping your boxes. I try to, but my wife finds them and reduces clutter. Note to self: need to find better hiding place for my geek boxes.

    As for my thoughts on this, if your iPhone 4 is working great and your wife’s 3GS is not, the upgrade for you to a 4S is a no brainer, well except for the funds because…

    … you should get the 64gb, since the camera, video and other static media will need a place to sit. iCloud syncs data to each device, meaning that it lives in the cloud, yes, but it also lives on multiple devices after is syncs. So more space is needed.

    Plus, the rest of us that will have iPhone 4S models (I get mine on Dec 2nd, which is when I’m able to upgrade on Sprint) will need their fellow Apple buddies to gloat with.

  4. Megan says:

    I can’t help you; I usually skip a generation between new phones. I love my iPhone, but that’s a plane ticket, baby. Or almost half a new DSLR I want. Or a new macro lens.

    You get the idea.

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