Planning to buy Apple’s new iPhone 4?

The Wall Street Journal calls Apple’s new iPhone 4, which will be officially rolled out Thursday, “a major leap forward” over its predecessor in both hardware and software.

It has some downsides, the WSJ says. The most important one is the overwhelmed AT&T network in the U.S.

But overall, “Apple has delivered a big, well-designed update that … keeps it in the lead in the smartphone wars,” the WSJ says in a comprehensive review.

Are you planning to buy one? Why or why not?

103 comments Add your comment

ya mama

June 23rd, 2010
8:45 am

Yes! Mine is arriving in a couple of weeks! I’ve been waiting to get an I-phone, my husband has had one for about two years and loves his. When it was time to upgrade I decided to go for the new one. I’m getting one for internet access, a great camera and video recorder, face to face chat and the thousands of apps available. So happy to read it’s getting good reviews overall.

Nonia

June 23rd, 2010
8:45 am

Nope-purchasing the Android Incredible. I purchased the IPhone 3g after standing in line for 4 hours only to have a phone that answered calls on it’s own, dropped calls repeatedly, video quality worse than my 3 year old sony Ericsson, address book scrolling would freeze, phone rebooted on it’s own without me even touching the phone.
To add insult to injury, I needed to schedule an appointment to take the darn thing back after having to prove to the Apple employees it was the phone and not the network. I laid the old Sony Ericsson next to the Iphone, the Sony had a full bars of signal strength and the Iphone had 1 sometimes no bars of strength! I received a full refund after declining the offer of a refurbished Iphone 3g and kept using my old Sony Ericsson haven’t looked back since-

VDawg

June 23rd, 2010
8:48 am

Holy Smoke……First??
I won’t buy one. BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT AVAILABLE THROUGH VERIZON!!!!!

Clay

June 23rd, 2010
8:56 am

Of course I’m going to buy one. My iPhone 3G is incredible and I will certainly upgrade. There is no alternative to the iPhone because no one makes a product on its level.

DW

June 23rd, 2010
9:07 am

Its called Android. Try it

Fun fun

June 23rd, 2010
9:20 am

Good luck on the Verizon network with your Droid once Verizon’s network also reaches a critical mass of data-intensive smartphone users. Will you be racing to Sprint next?

NOAH

June 23rd, 2010
9:30 am

Nope. Awesome phone but I am not willing to spend that much each month, I’ll keep my money. And only a 3G network. Sprint has a 4G network.

TMoney

June 23rd, 2010
9:49 am

I’m going to stick with my iPhone 3G for at least a little while longer. In terms of plans, it makes more sense for me to stick with AT&T (as sad as that is). In terms of phones, I’d rank my favorites as follows:
HTC Incredible (Verizon)
HTC Evo 4G (Sprint)
iPhone 4 (AT&T)
Droid X (Verizon)

Droid X ranks last mainly because I have not been able to get much information about it.

These phones are all really close, but I really like Android OS and, after upgrading, I’m not too impressed with iOS4 so far.

Obama Supporter

June 23rd, 2010
9:53 am

Buy One?

No, but I plan to TAKE the very first one I see. I will TAKE whatever I want to.

Sandra Rose

June 23rd, 2010
9:55 am

I have the 3Gs so the 4G will be a definite upgrade. The IPhone is the best phone that I have ever purchased. The Droid may be good, but the IPhone is it, plus my monthly plan is only $20 more than I paid at Sprint, but I am getting so much more.

Harold

June 23rd, 2010
10:05 am

The iPhone is great in terms of features and ease of use, but the AT&T network sucks and at the end of the day, it is still a phone. I am tired of not being able to complete a 30 minute phone call without 2 or more drops.

kiran c

June 23rd, 2010
12:08 pm

Never an Apple product again. It is a race leading nowhere.

Randall Stevenson

June 23rd, 2010
1:47 pm

Hopefully, Apple will wise up and put this great phone on a network where you can actually send and receive calls. I had the 3GS for 9 months and the dropped calls, poor battery life, horrible customer service and spotty network caused me to cancel my service. Apple must have a sweet deal because I would never go back no matter how great the phone is. ATT has too many issues to mention….

Phillipe

June 23rd, 2010
2:59 pm

I will be upgrading to the iPhone 4 and will also be buying 3 more as presents. My parents who have had such a hard time learning to text have done easily with the iPhone. Plus one more for my brother, our whole family is going iPhone.

Dom

June 23rd, 2010
5:32 pm

It’s simple: it does everything many need while doing it in a manner that’s intuitive. And, it looks sexy. My mother, who does not even know how to turn on a computer, let alone send a text message, does online banking, texting, email, and photos on her 3G. IT WORKS, and PEOPLE ARE EXCITED TO USE IT. Bad press, good press – the iPhone is being talked about more then any other smartphone. (disclaimer: I owned a BB Bold and 2 Droid phones. They don’t touch the iPhone.)

Dom

June 23rd, 2010
5:37 pm

2 more cents: AT&T’s network is sluggish at times because they have a huge subscriber base with heavy data users (looks like people are enjoying to use their iPhones all the time). If Verizon had as many of these then their network would, too, experience problems. Hey, it’s a small price to pay for being a successful carrier. The other guys wish they had that problem – I would! Finally, AT&T moved to a “pay for” program in terms of data usage. With its planned upgrades and new pricing structure, these problems will dissipate. Truly, one cannot not actually believe that there is such a thing as “unlimited.”

T-Steel

June 24th, 2010
7:47 am

Verizon had a very large base of data-intensive users. Especially with Blackberry customers. So I don’t think that argument holds water. Nevertheless, I think all carriers will faces slow network issues with the lack of cell phone towers. And as we are well aware here in Georgia, NIMBY rules even if the tower looks like a big ol’ pine tree. LOL!

TrafficHeadache

June 24th, 2010
7:58 am

No. Don’t need it, don’t want it, can’t afford it.

Apple Fanboi

June 24th, 2010
8:26 am

As my name implies, of course. However, beeing an Apple fanboy, I know it’s best to wait until the next revision. Early adopters always get burned, and the preliminary results indicate that is the case now (yellow blotches on the Retina display, dropped calls due to new antenna configuration touching your hand, etc.). Of course, that’s easier said than done since I have a reservation and I desperately want.

Apple Fanboi

June 24th, 2010
8:27 am

Oh, and LOL at “Obama Supporter”. Classic.

noIphone 4 u

June 24th, 2010
8:40 am

5000 people inline for a phone , that means the unemployment line is shorter today
Nobama D A ’s

Mishap

June 24th, 2010
9:07 am

If I was interested in dealing w/ the bag of hurt that is AT&T (customer service nightmare I’ve experienced on top of their network), I’d at least wait until they resolve the screen yellowing problems as well as the left-handed signal problems. Having to buy a $30 piece of silicone to insulate their new external antenna is not a real solution.

I’m going to hold out till July to see how the new Samsung Galaxy S looks on TMobile. Right now the Evo is still the top phone given its features and relatively cheap plan. W/ my corp discounts a 2 line family plan is ~120/mon including data and taxes. I haven’t been able to find anything from AT&T or Verizon for less than $150+ w/ fewer min/txts.

Metro

June 24th, 2010
9:19 am

Of the 3 people I know that plan on getting this latest “look at me” piece of technology … one claims he can’t make his mortgage payment, another had her car reposessed recently and yet another complains his child support payment is too high. That pretty much says it all!

fes

June 24th, 2010
9:28 am

Poseur

June 24th, 2010
9:43 am

Yes! I am going to wait in line with 5000 other morons to buy one of these soon to be obsolete pieces of junk because I hear it’s such a cool thing to do! And I so desperately want to be cool. This will make me cool…right?

Anonymous

June 24th, 2010
9:44 am

No. I’ll wait for the price come down.

Carlos Pagoaga

June 24th, 2010
9:51 am

I pre-ordered mine and received an email confirmation saying it should be delivered today. I had no problems with pre-ordering the phone through AT&T and look forward to playing with it later today. I upgraded from the 3G because it operated really slowly and the iphone 4 seems to be a significant step forward in terms of form and function.

C0ll!y

June 24th, 2010
9:55 am

I am really curious as to why so many people are in line. According to an email ATT employees received the phone is available today, 6.24.10 for those that PRE-ORDERED the phone. On Tuesday 6.29.10 the phone will be available at retail stores for those that did not pre-order.

SA

June 24th, 2010
9:58 am

I have ordered mine but it won’t arrive for another couple of weeks. I’m cool with that. There isn’t enough tea in China to entice me to stand in a 5000 deep line for anything!

Poseur

June 24th, 2010
10:04 am

I’m getting nervous here. Please, someone validate me! Just confirm that an I-Phone will make me cool so I can stop worrying so much.

NoIphoneHere

June 24th, 2010
10:13 am

AJC is at again.

Paul

June 24th, 2010
10:14 am

Having a fully functional phone with everything I actually need (including no contract) for under 10 bucks a month, and having a brain to go with that, no, I’m much better off all around without one. Not to mention that AT&T is holding users for ransom with their data tier program and the worst network and service on the planet.

Art Vandalay

June 24th, 2010
10:18 am

you all realize that if Verizon had near the data users ATT has that its network would flat out crash. AT&T has one of the stronger networks it is just overloaded. I have had AT&T since 1997, switched briefly to T-mobile and know plenty of people with other networks and they all equally suck. Also no smartphone i have ever had has worked as smoothly as the iPhone, it led me to switch to all Apple products and reduced my stress 100%, no more spyware and computer crashes. Also if you use your phone for you know, those things everyone used to have called jobs instead of watching Justin Beiber videos on youtube, then the feature of getting online and sending and receiving emails while on a call would be a feature that could not be given up to switch to another network.

Ken Nichols

June 24th, 2010
10:19 am

Yes the service is a little sluggish. Yes the phone and service is more. I upgraded from my blackeberry years ago and never looked back. I live on my phone and it is by far the best phone I have ever used. Great apps. Great functionality. The bottom line is you cannot afford an iphone, don’t buy one.

Art Vandalay

June 24th, 2010
10:22 am

Also don’t know what all the fuss about the pre-ordering was, i ordered mine the first day and received it the day before it was released. Maybe thats my reward for being a loyal customer and not switching networks every time a call is dropped.

frank

June 24th, 2010
10:29 am

no physical keyboard
no flash support
=no thanks

might as well call it iBrick

Pablo

June 24th, 2010
10:38 am

I’ve been doing primary research on the health effects of these, and I am thankful for my long-term employment prospects.

Taimur

June 24th, 2010
10:44 am

ATT store just told me that they did not receive any 32gb versions of the iPhone 4. Apparently its a nationwide thing, and only the 16gb version is available for those who pre-ordered…if only I had known I’d be guaranteed my iPhone if I spent LESS. Anyone else experiencing this problem?

RK

June 24th, 2010
10:51 am

What a bunch of lemmings.

Chris

June 24th, 2010
10:53 am

Yes, upgrading from my 3GS.
Do all my business on the i Phone.
Will get an i Pad for the family as well!

cheers !

Eric

June 24th, 2010
11:08 am

The one thing all those people waiting in line to spend money have in common…they’re all morons.

girl with a life

June 24th, 2010
11:16 am

What a bunch of self centered losers get a life with meaning. If you have the time to line up for a phone then you need more to do with your time!

Big Al

June 24th, 2010
11:20 am

The reason I have accumulated the wealth I have today is because I don’t pay $400 for a phone when I can get one for free. I noticed from the photos that most of the people in line appear to be twentysomethings who probably are taking their rent money and buying an over-priced phone. Sad.

jod

June 24th, 2010
11:22 am

What dbags these Apple heads are. The “i will buy anything shinny and made by Apple” crowd. Lemmings…. lol. ATT blows, like having a good boy on a car with a crappy engine.

MIke

June 24th, 2010
11:30 am

Yep… FedEx delivered mine yesterday.

joe smoehmoe

June 24th, 2010
11:33 am

The old ATT defense… our users are data intensive, blah blah. Point blank, their network sucks. As if business users are not data intensive on Verizon. we don’t Dick around, we do real work ; )around, and do real work.

Art Vandalay

June 24th, 2010
11:36 am

Big Al some people need a phone that can conduct business to continue amassing wealth. I don’t know of any smartphone you get for free and if i had some motorola flip phone that only made and received calls my job wouldn’t last long. I speculate you made your “wealth” several decades ago, the game has changed sir. I need a phone with the highest email and data capabilities and it also acts in place of a lap top when out of the office, makes it much more efficent to travel when i dont have to lug a computer around.

Karlos Marx

June 24th, 2010
11:39 am

After these poor saps spend (i.e. waste) all that time waiting in line for these overpriced devices at Atlanta malls, how many of these people will have their shiny new toys violently stolen away from them by Obama & Mike Vick Worshippers who have comparable amounts of non-productive hours in their days, lower inhibitions about obeying the law and no respect for the property of others?

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Art Vandalay

June 24th, 2010
11:41 am

Why does there have to be some competition, droid, blackberry, iphone, they all are for the same purpose its like personally attacking someone for their preference of Ford or Chevy. If you don’t have a need for anyone of these phones, which ever one your prefer then you either don’t have a job or you won’t have one long because some “20 something” with the ability to be constantly connected will come in and be more efficient than you. At the pool, the beach, Turner Field for a weekday game, an airplane, or anywhere else i never take a “vacation day” i’m always there in touch and “at my desk”. If thats too advanced for you then man the world will pass you by.

Art Vandalay

June 24th, 2010
11:44 am

As for the people standing in line, they are either not too quick on the uptake or get off on going to the apple store. I got online, had it delivered yesterday, and set up 30 minutes later for a conference call.