Apple iPhone 4s 8GB

If you drill down through a given iPhone model's specs, you'll rarely find a specific reason to pick Apple's smartphone over someone else's. What makes iPhones so compelling is iOS, both in terms of the clean, stable user interface, and the wealth of available apps that you might actually want to use. If you aren't buying an iPhone as a status symbol or proof of membership in the Cult of Mac, don't hesitate to pick up an older-generation model, like the 4s, which is now easily found for free.

Standout Feature: iOS Apps

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