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Is the iPhone 4S Really Looking to Break Into the Handheld Gaming Market?

The iPhone 4S is a smartphone first and foremost, and everything else second.

Why am I saying this? Because lately, a lot of people I know have been giving in to the hype about the 4S being more powerful than Microsoft’s Xbox 360. “Sell your old iPhone,” they keep telling me. “You’re a gamer. Get the iPhone 4S!”

Hmm, okay, no. It’s precisely because I’m a gamer that I know I shouldn’t get the 4S just because of the gaming hype. While I am looking to sell my iPhone 3GS and replace it with the new one, it’s for an entirely different reason.

How did this hype begin? Well, spec reports indicate that the iPhone 4S contains the A5 chip, a proprietary Apple design which houses a dual-core processor. The phone also has 512 MB of RAM, and (depending on the model purchased) 16-64 GB of memory space. All these specs indeed rival Microsoft’s gaming console, leading a lot of people to speculate on the aforementioned hype. Nevertheless – and to the chagrin of Apple fanboys everywhere – the iPhone (and for that matter, the iPad) will never be a true gaming gadget for one simple reason alone: It is farthest from Apple’s mind right now. The company wishes to keep the iPhone focused on the “phone” concept.

Not that multi-focused devices haven’t been marketed before. One only needs to take a look at Sony’s PlayStation 3 to see how this has worked out for that company. The PS3 is, as everyone should be aware of by now, a dominant force in the home gaming console market. However, not only is it a dedicated gaming machine, it is also a highly functional Blu-ray player, and it has always been marketed as such. In fact, in the early days of the video format’s existence, the PS3 trounced most other BD players on the market; and to this day, the console continues to be a major competitor in the BD market, with Sony constantly updating their system’s firmware to handle the latest advances in BD playback technology.

And then of course, there’s also the sob story of the Nokia N-Gage; one which Apple is probably paying mind to. The N-Gage launched during the heyday of the sixth generation gaming system wars (PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Dreamcast; just to give you a timeframe). The N-Gage sought to challenge Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance, then the reigning champ in the handheld gaming market. Nokia lost this battle in humiliating fashion all because of one major design flaw: They made the N-Gage’s screen horizontal.

Apparently, Nokia didn’t know what it was getting itself into.

This isn’t to say that this is the same case with Apple. After all, the company has been allowing certain games (albeit limited) to be compatible with the Mac. However, it is clear that even then, gaming has never been a focal point in Apple’s marketing strategy for their devices. So, sure, sell your old iPhone for cash and buy the new one if you’re really inclined to do so. Just don’t let the misguided gaming hype be the reason.

Author Bio:– Leslie Bass is a 26 years old freelance writer and blogger from Fayetteville, NC who specialize writing about technology and gadgets. She is a geek and enjoying writing about it. She is writing for Cash for iPhones where you can sell your iphone for cash

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