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Weekend tech reading: Get an iPhone 4 for $25 with 3GS trade-in

By Matthew ยท 12 replies
Dec 5, 2010
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  1. Radio Shack slashes iPhone prices by $50, offering iPhone 4 for $25 with 3GS trade-in In an unprecedented sale designed to boost awareness of its wireless business and create an edge up on the competition, Radio Shack is knocking $50 off all iPhone handsets and offering trade-in incentives that could net customers a brand new iPhone 4 for as little as $25. AppleInsider

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  2. ColdFusion1990

    ColdFusion1990 TS Rookie Posts: 124

    Hurray!!! Finally gonna get an iPhone 4
  3. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,357   +1,516

    Should have got the Galaxy instead ;)
  4. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +95

    For once, I totally agree Steve, Galaxy S is far superior offering than the apple's new phone, especially if you upgrade the OS to Froyo (I got mine with Eclair to start with).
  5. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    How you finding Froyo then Archean? :)
  6. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +95

    Well it feels lot more snappier, battery time wasn't bad at all to start with, but even that has improved slightly. I didn't checked how much RAM Eclair was using, but Froyo is leaving 50%+ free for use of other applications.
  7. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

  8. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +95

    iphone screen isn'tthe best out there anymore IMHO; but on the processor side I wouldn't mind having bit more power (even though I don't need it lol). Galaxy S have Super AMOLED screen with Cortex A8 processor by the way. Unless LG puts something similar on that phone, its display wouldn't better what Samsung is offering, infact, Samsung is preparing second generation Super AMOLED screens :/ ......
  9. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    Did you even read? It's a Tegra 2 phone. AKA dual cortex A9 cores with a Geforce gpu. If samsung puts out a phone with 2 cores running at 1ghz+ and a resolution on a super AMOLED 2 screen of 1280x720 then yes I'll buy it.
  10. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +95

    I did, but I guess you've missed the main focus of my remark i.e. dual core CPUs in cellphones, and they will be coming to mobiles in near future anyway.
  11. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    Oh I see. I thought you were trying to compare the Hummingbird cpu to the Tegra 2. Also do you know the contrast ratio of the Galaxy S? I can't seem to find it anywhere.
  12. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +95

    Frankly I am not sure about this, but I think I've read somewhere that it is 50,000:1.

    Alright while digging for information, I've found this article which sort of says the same thing; but if someone else have better knowledge/information in this regard, please do let us know.

    By the way one thing which I must mention here, and that is, I've had some mega issues with connecting this cellphone to PC, they should have been completely resolved with firmware upgrade to Froyo, but I'm afraid they haven't. There can be several reasons for this but I think one of the issues may be x64 OS, I am still working through this issue and will let you know if I can find something which permanently fixes the issue. However, not everyone with this cell have had such issues, so frankly, I am not sure what the heck is going on. For now, I think one workaround which I will try is to use card reader to move data from and to phone.

    I think they are planning to allow file /data transfer through bluetooth / wifi in future release of Android, if they do so, it will simply remove the need to plug your cell into PC (provided it has wifi adapater)/Notebook.

    If I take this issue out of the equation for now, rest of the experience has been pretty good, without any other hardware/software issues. Overall it gives a good feel/experience to users.

    Edit 2:
    Also I found these two interesting videos on youtube comparing iphone 4 with galaxy s. Part 1, Part 2.
  13. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +95

    Well I am stuck with transferring files/data by using a card reader (slight inconvenience) but for now that will do.

    Kindly let me know if you have any such issues with this device or not; I think probably it is an issue with x64 OS driver / or the way the firmware interacts with x64 OS. Unfortunately I don't have any x86 computer to test this but I will do so as soon as I can find one.

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