Ever since the announcement of the new iPhone 5, it’s been the buzz word in home and on the internet. The problem I have with each new installment of the iPhones is not the features, and the quality of the product. It’s how so many people who already have an excellent phone, such as the iPhone 4 or 4S, replace their older model for a shiny new piece of hardware.
In many cases, since they are not upgrading an existing contract, they are paying top dollar to stand in line and get it on day one. This is different than those who are resigning a 2 year contract and getting the $99 and $199 price point.
So, making the iPhone 5 a worth it purchase really depends on one thing: what are you upgrading from?
I have a pretty terrible phone that can’t run anything but email, occasionally Facebook, and never games. I realized that from the start when I bought it, because it was only a replacement phone to my Android. The previous phone I owned also was terrible. The battery life drained by the end of the day, even when I wasn’t using it. I had no apps on it, so it wasn’t like I had tons of clutter on my phone. I bought a new battery, and that didn’t help.
I have never even played Angry Birds before due to the poor quality phones I have owned.
My problem is, I drop my phone a lot. And I am actually terrified to own a phone as nice as an iPhone, to then ruin it. Will I get an iPhone soon? Yes. But which model, I am uncertain of.
You see, as a person who has never owned an iPhone before, perhaps I just don’t understand.
Why would I blow my money for a minor upgrade. Apple and iPhone fans probably will beg to differ with me, but here is the spec upgrades. This insight is from a non iPhone owner as myself, as I am only basing this opinion off of hard facts and comparisons of the older previous model.
The iPhone 4S has a height of 4.5 inches and depth of 0.37 inches.
The iPhone 5 will have a height of 4.87 inches and a depth of .30 inches.
The Apple site states on the iPhone 5 page:
“It doesn’t seem possible. That an iPhone with so much – a larger display, a faster chip, ultrafast wireless technology, an 8MP iSight camera – could be so thin and so light. But it is. In fact, iPhone 5 is the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever.”
So from what I’m understanding, the iPhone 5 is gaining .37 inches in height but losing .07 inches in depth. This yet doesn’t convince me why people would return their current iPhones, and pay a full price of approximately $650 (depending on your phone carrier) for the 16gb version, just to save .07 inches in depth. You still have to carry that extra length, so it’s not like it is conserving space in your pockets or purses.
The video recording between the iPhone 4S and 5 is the same, with 1080p. The one change is that the iPhone 5 has an improved video stabilization, and face detection.
The iPhone 5 will have a new A6 chip in it that runs twice as fast as the A5. I think of all the features, this is the most exciting. The speed of this phone, though powerful will still keep your phone going for up to 8 hours. Everyone is always seeking something faster. Twice the speed is a nice perk, but is it worth a trade in?
Siri has became a household name very soon after the iPhone 4S. With the iPhone 5, Siri will recognize more questions. Siri also can post Facebook statuses and Tweets for you. I don’t know about you but I have yet to trust a voice program to update a status for me. If I don’t double check and the technology is too new, (or maybe I just am a mumbler) the statuses may come out crazy. Although, this could be entertaining for others.
Same features between iPhone 4S and iPhone 5
There are a lot of features between the 4S and the 5 that are the same. The talk time is still the same, 8hours. Bluetooth, WiFi capabilities, and Face Time are the same. iSight camera has all the same features: 8 megapixel camera, LED flash, panorama etc.
Big differences that may deter you
The connectors and SIM cards are different. The iPhone 4 and 4S use the Micro-SIM, while the iPhone 5 will now use a nano-SIM card. The connectors are also different. The iPhone 4 and 4S use a 30-pin while the iPhone 5 use a Lightning connector. There are 30-pin to Lightning adapters, but this will cost you about $30.
Essentially there are some accessories that will not be compatible that you may already have. This also includes any cases and shells you may have for your iPhones, since the dimensions are different, you will need new ones.
The reviews for the iPhone 5 have already been pouring in and have been positive. As someone who has always had a bad phone, I look forward to making the jump and officially becoming an iPhone owner.
If you are making a big jump, I think the iPhone 5 would be a good choice for you. However, I still think the previous versions are still worth your time, and as long as you don’t drop it in a pool of water, it will serve your purposes well.
What I don’t recommend are those going from directly to an iPhone 4S to a 5. With 4S you will already have Siri and all the speed and fluidness of owning a iPhone when it comes to iCloud.
When deciding if the iPhone 5 will be worth your time, the most important question to ask yourself is, what type of phone am I going from? If you’re an Android user wanting to make the switch, or have a low budget phone then I say yes. But if you are already an iPhone 4S user, I say wait this model of phone out for the next, or at least til you drop what you have and need a new one.