New iPhone not for everyone

Apple has been up to a lot recently.

In addition to releasing the iOS 6 update with a revamped map and a “do not disturb” option, Apple has people clawing to get the new iPhone 5, so much so that pre-orders for the iPhone 5 sold out in less than an hour of its public unveiling.

This begs the question: Is it worth it to get an iPhone 5? For many Apple users, the answer is obvious. For others, it is natural to be a little skeptical about purchasing a new iPhone, even if it is the most updated version (for the time being, anyway).

If you currently own an iPhone 4S, it might not make a lot of sense to buy an iPhone 5, but e-commerce websites such as eBay and Amazon are offering cash and gift cards for your phones.

Still not convinced? The iPhone 5 comes with some fairly high-tech features. For one, the iPhone 5 will utilize the iCloud for wireless access from all computers and mobile devices.  A new processor, the A5, uses power more efficiently and increases the phone’s processing speed. You can also take vivid panoramic photos with the iPhone 5’s updated camera features.  And if you haven’t heard already, the iPhone 5 is a little thinner and a little wider than the iPhone 4S.

Then again, even though Apple consistently meets the standards of its clientele with its range of iPhone products and wields the most influence with its brand name, the iPhone 5 may not be the best choice in terms of smartphones.

For example, the Samsung Galaxy S III has a longer maximum battery life and a much larger screen. If you’re looking for something more affordable, the HTC One X costs half as much as an iPhone 5.

Regardless, purchasing a smartphone is a matter of personal preferences. If you keep the phrase “keeping up with the Joneses” near and dear to your heart, you might as well upgrade to a sleek and new iPhone 5. But if you’re unfazed by stylish phones and current trends, then it wouldn’t hurt to look into other phones. Who knows? You may fall in love with the phone you least expected to even notice.

4 replies
  1. fourthed
    fourthed says:

    Factual Inaccuracies:

    (A) iCloud is a software feature that is also accessible on the iPhone 4 and 4S, as well as the 4th and 5th generation iPod Touches and the 2nd and 3rd generations of iPad. Earlier generations may work too, but I haven’t personally confirmed as much yet.

    (B) The OLD chip was the A5: variations were included in the iPhone 4 and 4S as well as the 3rd generation iPad and several other lesser-known Apple products (i.e. – the 3rd gen Apple TV). The NEW chip is called the A6.

    (C) Panorama pictures can still be taken with previous iPhones using free third-party apps. Furthermore, the hardware camera on the iPhone 5 is nearly identical to the hardware camera on the iPhone 4S, with the only major difference being the sapphire coating on the outer lens.

    Even though I personally enjoy more complex technology (i.e. – Linux), I realize that Apple’s niche is that it makes its products aesthetically elegant and easy-to use. That’s Apple’s selling point; you can try to be a hipster and bust on Apple for being undeservedly popular, but the reality is that they make products with pretty solid internals that look good and “just work” – and THAT is how it markets and sells its products. I do NOT think an iPhone is right for everyone, but I do disagree with this hit-job piece riddled with inaccuracies that makes the iPhone 5 look like a product that people would only buy to appear “cool.”

  2. thirded
    thirded says:

    Why would this even be published? This article is wrong on so many levels. The A5 chip? Wider? Use Google or god forbid run out to an Apple store and actually see one to compare. Perhaps the iPhone 5 has too many ‘fairly high-tech’ features for you to understand.

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