iPhone 5: Pros and Cons
I just got my reminder e-mail that the iPhone is not available at the Apple store today. Yay!! You can expect the Apple stock to go up as Apple received 2 million orders in the first 24 hours of announcing its release date! Well, there are some key changes to the phone and I thought I would pass on my thoughts.
iPhone 5 Pros:
- 4G LTE – Where 4G is available, speeds will compare if not be better than your home wireless! The 3g network averages speeds of 3.5Mbps, where the 4G LTE service can run as fast as 20 Mbps. The speed of 4G LTE may depend on the support in your area. You can stream video, have Facetime chats, etc.
- Lighter – weighing almost an ounce lighter than the iPhone 4s it feels nice in the hand
- Longer wider screen – Built-in apps have been retrofitted to the new screen size. Movies look amazing in the 16:9 ration. The Retina display makes all content looking very crisp.
- Faster Processor, more RAM – Resource intense applications will run more smoothly
- Battery Life – It should be a little better than the 4s. You should be able to have 8 hours of use on 4G LTE, and 10 hours of active use on wireless.
- Camera – Slight upgrade to camera, you can take better pictures in low light situations. The speed of taking pictures is pretty quick. GREAT for taking pictures of little kids.
- iOS 6 – You can upgrade your iOS on other apple mobile devices as well. The new iOS has nice updates – ‘Maps application’ this has the turn-by-turn navigation available, Facebook integration, Passport App to store boarding passes and gift cards, and many more updates, panorama mode for the built-in camera app.
iPhone 5 Cons:
- The Lightning Connector. I know it was meant to have an ‘easier’ connection. This connection does not provide a quicker recharge time or any other very dramatic benefit. It seems silly that I will have to ‘rebuy’ accessories to fit my iPhone5. Don’t chuck your current accessories. You can buy a $30 adapter to connect to the old 30 pin accessories. If you can get your hand on the adapter, BUY IT, they have been on back order since the announcement of the iPhone5.
- Ear phone jack on the bottom. This may not be a pro or con, but for me, I’m used to having the ear buds attach to the top.
- The phone can get hot after 20 minutes of intense screen activity (facetime/movie). However, it shouldn’t be too bad if you have a case for the phone.
- Unlimited data. Many cell phone carriers are phasing out their ‘unlimited’ data plans. I’m currently on the unlimited data plans. I was looking at the baseline 2GB share anything Verizon plan. I have not used more than 560 MB during a month while I was out of town without wireless. Look at your data and decide if you want to give up your ‘unlimited’ data plan. Word of caution:
- You will be able to stream video, have video chats, and get THAT much more data faster. But it will come at a cost of paying for what you actually use.
I will probably buy the iPhone5 once my contract is up in a few weeks. The upgrades are much better than the potential cons. I will just have to watch my data usage so I don’t pay for overages.
Will you get the iPhone 5? What do you think of the phone? At least the millions of phone sold should help or GDP!!