Top 5 Smartphones to Consider Before Buying the iPhone 4s [June, 2014]

It might be getting older but the iPhone 4s is still being sold, new, on the Apple Store. And with an iOS 8 update coming this fall, the device remains an appealing alternative to the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. That said, we think there are some devices that consumers should check out before settling on Apple’s cheapest iPhone.

Last year, some people believed that the arrival of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c would kill off the iPhone 4s, a device that arrived all the way back in 2011. Things did not play out that way. Instead of killing off the iPhone 4s, Apple introduced a lineup that knocked the iPhone 5 out and featured the iPhone 5s at $199.99, the iPhone 5c at $99.99 and the iPhone 4s at the low price of free.

With an iPhone 6 release on the way, it’s not clear how long the iPhone 4s has left, but for now, it remains Apple’s option for those that don’t want to plop down a ton of money for their next device.

The iPhone 4s is a hard device to recommend but we understand there will be those that consider it because of its affordability. It also helps that it will be getting the new iOS 8 update later on this year.

Before buying the iPhone 4s, there are some smartphones that we think buyers must consider for various reasons. In particular, we think there are five devices that consumers must take a look at before buying into Apple’s former flagship.

Keep in mind, our list may differ from yours but these are the devices that Gotta Be Mobile editors have selected for recognition this month. We feel like they deliver the best, all-around package at the moment. This list will change from month to month as rumored devices get closer to announcement and announced devices get released.

iPhone 5c

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iPhone 5c

Prospective iPhone 4s buyers should take a long hard look at the iPhone 5c, the $99 iPhone that arrived alongside the iPhone 5s back in September. It costs a little more but it packs firepower that we think could be worth the price of admission.

The iPhone 5c doesn't get a lot of attention but it's still a solid mid-range device that is worthy of consideration thanks to its feature set. For $99 on-contract, buyers will get a device that sports a 4-inch Retina Display, comes with faster processor, a better camera, and a device that should, like the iPhone 5s, get three major iOS updates in the future.

Oh, and it also utilizes 4G LTE data, something the iPhone 4s doesn't have.

While its design isn't as premium as the iPhone 5s', it does come with a ton of color options, something that the iPhone 5s and iPhone 4s do not offer to consumers.

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