Got my first iPhone today - a 4S

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    Feb 13, 2015 10:13 PM GMT
    So it may not be the latest and greatest, but I am still grateful, since its free!

    I have been working with a Lumia 625 I bought from my brother last year and although its a decent phone, the apps are just not there. The Facebook app is awkward, Instagram has not been updated, I can't bother with third party alternatives for certain apps like Snapchat.

    There is just so many things wrong with Windows Phone OS from a app perspective and I think this is a market Microsoft has lost. I hope Windows 10 creates a miracle and ignite some passion into the app ecosystem, but the fact that a 2013 model Lumia doesn't even support the Preview of Windows 10 leaves me concerned.

    This iPhone 4S is almost 5 years old and its running iOS 8.1 without a hitch!.

    I am most impressed by the camera, I took a couple photos outside and it blows away the Samsung Galaxy and Lumia and Microsoft has really invested in making the camera a great part of owning a Lumia.

    Comparing the Lumia to iPhone 4S the only thing I will probably miss is the screen size, 4.7 vs 3.5, its a drastic downgrade, the thing even feels smaller than my 3rd generation iPod Touch surprisingly. It is also an advantage, one hand operation, it doesn't feel heavy. The design is also timeless, the glass and metal construction makes it feel like a really luxurious device. I will miss some unique benefits too like double tap to wake, live tiles, ability to customize apps, back and search button.
    The Retina display certainly is another plus, the screen and photos are just brilliantly sharp.

    Sorry, I am a Microsoft Fan boy, but Apple has engineered a great product. Who cares if it doesn't run the next iOS. My iPod Touch is stuck on iOS 5 and I still use it as my music player which really is its intended purpose.

    My brother has a iPhone 3G with iOS 4 and its working great as his backup phone. Apple designs these devices to last it seems, with an appliance like approach to engineering.

    Maybe in a few years, I can pick up a iPhone 6 and feel just as captivated by this brand. Again, it comes down to the apps. I want to use the apps everybody is using, at the quality level everybody is using.

    Even though I don't act on anything in apps such as Grindr and other hookup apps, I like to browse and see whats out there. The only usable hookup app available for Windows Phone is Scruff which to be honest is a lot better than Grindr itself, but I like choice.
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    Feb 15, 2015 9:52 PM GMT
    Good choice. I bought a reconditioned 4S last year. Very nice product, but I would never pay the full price for one.
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    Feb 15, 2015 11:51 PM GMT
    Having a Lumia myself (920) I just don't think I could use a phone with static icons instead of Live Tiles. Seems so "Windows 95", even if it means I have to use the mobile web page instead of an actual app, which is sometimes even better.
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    Feb 16, 2015 3:49 AM GMT
    The battery will decay on older phones. Ability to replace iPhone battries varries from model to model.
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    Feb 16, 2015 6:15 AM GMT
    Good you're happy with your decision. I was about to buy a Lumia 900 when it first came out (great thing I didn't) but got a 4s instead. I liked iPhones since then, they are reliably and quick. I might get the 6+ later this year when I can upgrade.
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    Feb 16, 2015 1:39 PM GMT
    somedaytoo saidHaving a Lumia myself (920) I just don't think I could use a phone with static icons instead of Live Tiles. Seems so "Windows 95", even if it means I have to use the mobile web page instead of an actual app, which is sometimes even better.


    I do miss the Live Tiles, but its honestly not detrimental. The only apps I got much benefit from it was: Weather, Outlook, Cortana and Flipboard. I had to disable Cortana, it was eating up too much of my data, but if you have the bandwidth, I would say its better than Siri.

    Another reason for choosing the iPhone, Microsoft's own apps are actually better on iOS than Windows Phone ironically. Hopefully that will change with Windows 10, then again, it will probably be too late by then. The markets are have been solidified between Android and iOS. Windows Phone is really a distant 3rd.