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# 127368 7-Aug-2013 22:58
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Hi guys,

Looking to buy my girlfriend an iPhone (cheap as possible).

My budget is less than $200 so it may have to be a slow 3GS unless someone can find me an iPhone 4 for that price (or near my budget price - yes I know that is unlikely but I never know unless I ask!)

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  # 873568 7-Aug-2013 22:58
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  # 873581 7-Aug-2013 23:03
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Why not just go towards a better phone like a cheap Android or Windows phone? The 3GS is very outdated and won't be supported when iOS7 comes out, same goes for the iPhone 4.

I think she'll love the Lumia 520 or HTC 8S which can be picked up for quite cheap, or the Telecom Y300.




 
 
 
 




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  # 873582 7-Aug-2013 23:06
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michaelmurfy: Why not just go towards a better phone like a cheap Android or Windows phone? The 3GS is very outdated and won't be supported when iOS7 comes out, same goes for the iPhone 4.

I think she'll love the Lumia 520 or HTC 8S which can be picked up for quite cheap, or the Telecom Y300.


Ok, are they within my budget?

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  # 873589 7-Aug-2013 23:38
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We are selling a 3GS we won in a competiton from Mobile Garage (Refurb I believe). I can probably arrange something within budget. PM ME

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michaelmurfy: Why not just go towards a better phone like a cheap Android or Windows phone? The 3GS is very outdated and won't be supported when iOS7 comes out, same goes for the iPhone 4.

I think she'll love the Lumia 520 or HTC 8S which can be picked up for quite cheap, or the Telecom Y300.


The 3GS is outdated, yes, but has received 3 major releases of IOS. If OP got an android phone that wasn't one of the top tier ones, chances are it will never see another OS, not even a minor update. If OP wants future proofing, then iPhone is the way to go.




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  # 873615 8-Aug-2013 03:23
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tardtasticx:
michaelmurfy: Why not just go towards a better phone like a cheap Android or Windows phone? The 3GS is very outdated and won't be supported when iOS7 comes out, same goes for the iPhone 4.

I think she'll love the Lumia 520 or HTC 8S which can be picked up for quite cheap, or the Telecom Y300.


The 3GS is outdated, yes, but has received 3 major releases of IOS. If OP got an android phone that wasn't one of the top tier ones, chances are it will never see another OS, not even a minor update. If OP wants future proofing, then iPhone is the way to go.


This is where you're wrong... The iPhone 3GS is not getting iOS7 so where is the future-proofing in that?
The iPhone 4 will be the same very soon, it's already getting very slow with iOS6 and using it on iOS7 looks to be very painful.

The only 2 that will last at-least 2 years will be the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5, which will be out of the OP's budget, also comes down what they're using it for. I think in this case Windows Phone might be the best thing to go to rather than spending money on something already out-of-date.

The Telecom Y300 is very good value for money at $199 with a dual core processor and a late version of Android if $199 is the budget you have to stick with.

The Nokia Lumia 520 or HTC 8S are very good Windows Phone 8 devices under $300, the 8S however comes in 2 varieties which means depending on what network you're planning on running it on you've either got the blue bottom one for Vodafone and 2*, or the White bottom one for Telecom, I've also seen the excellent Lumia 820 drop down to $299 in the last week at The Warehouse and this in itself is well worth that money.

It's personal preference however, but drop $300 on a Windows Phone, these are excellent quick devices with guaranteed updates for some time to come, also you're getting far better spec wise than dropping this money on the outdated iPhone 3GS or 4, plus you can still get Jetpack Joyride for them ;)

Look on YouTube at the unboxing of these phones I've mentioned above to see for yourself.




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  # 873630 8-Aug-2013 06:49
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Refurb Iphone 3GS go for around the $199 on daily deal sites regularly.

I got my GF one for her first smart phone and it is fine.

So what if it doesn't get iOS 7 the phone doesn't automatically stop working, or work any worse than it did before those released were out!

 
 
 
 


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  # 873736 8-Aug-2013 11:05
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michaelmurfy:
tardtasticx:
michaelmurfy: Why not just go towards a better phone like a cheap Android or Windows phone? The 3GS is very outdated and won't be supported when iOS7 comes out, same goes for the iPhone 4.

I think she'll love the Lumia 520 or HTC 8S which can be picked up for quite cheap, or the Telecom Y300.


The 3GS is outdated, yes, but has received 3 major releases of IOS. If OP got an android phone that wasn't one of the top tier ones, chances are it will never see another OS, not even a minor update. If OP wants future proofing, then iPhone is the way to go.


This is where you're wrong... The iPhone 3GS is not getting iOS7 so where is the future-proofing in that?
The iPhone 4 will be the same very soon, it's already getting very slow with iOS6 and using it on iOS7 looks to be very painful.

The only 2 that will last at-least 2 years will be the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5, which will be out of the OP's budget, also comes down what they're using it for. I think in this case Windows Phone might be the best thing to go to rather than spending money on something already out-of-date.



Cant the same case be used against getting an android phone? A lot of the top tier android phone already run out of date versions of android. And its proven time and time again android is the worst platform for receiving OS updates, for various reasons. Windows phone is a good option if you want a cheap phone with some security of an update. But the 3GS won't die when ios7 is released.




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  # 873816 8-Aug-2013 12:58
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tardtasticx: 

Cant the same case be used against getting an android phone? A lot of the top tier android phone already run out of date versions of android. And its proven time and time again android is the worst platform for receiving OS updates, for various reasons. Windows phone is a good option if you want a cheap phone with some security of an update. But the 3GS won't die when ios7 is released.


This is not Apples vs Android so this is the last post I'm going to make, go troll in another thread.

With iOS it's more vital to keep the OS updated, iOS7 has whole different frameworks and API's with means apps will need to be redesigned to a level which means you'll get the message "This application is not supported by this version of iOS" on anything older than iOS7 - sure it won't happen immediately but I speak from experience here also (iPhone 3G, iPod Touch 2nd Generation) and I know this will happen far faster than the culling of the iPhone 3G, iPod Touch 2nd Generation so sure it won't die as soon as iOS7 comes out, but give it a couple of months and you'll already start to see the effects.

My father has an Motorola Atrix 2 with Icecream Sandwich running on it, as you know this is rather outdated, it still works fine and can run all the apps I can run on my S4 - backwards compatibility is a whole different thing in Android (aka, it actually exists).

Why get a 4 year old phone that's very out of date when you can get a phone with a better screen, better camera, 4x the processing power with the ability to run today's applications and multi-task? Like I said above this depends on what the OP is planning on using it for, I'm just giving other options that might suit better.




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  # 873819 8-Aug-2013 13:14
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My mum is using an iPhone 3G that used to belong to me, running 3.1.3. Sure it only really works with stock apps now, but still....it's better than her old Motorola clamshell.

There's ups and downs to any model/brand phone. My mother in law is using a cheap Android and she has no end of problems with it. Then again a friend uses a cheap android and has no issues at all.

Really just decide what your budget is....take a look at the options in that price range, do some comparisons and make an informed decision, then live with it. It's not like you're choosing a kidney donor.

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