If you’re reading this, you probably already own an iPhone 3 or 4 and wondering is the iPhone 5 worth it over your older model. If you’re contact with your phone carrier is due for renewal, you can upgrade to an iPhone 5 for $199.00 and a small activation fee (usually $15 – $35 depending on whether or not you’re with Verizon, Sprint or AT&T). It has only been out three months, but is the iPhone 5 worth buying? I’ll be honest, I have become progressively less ‘wowed’ with each new iPhone upgrade since I originally purchased a 3GS about 4 years ago. Still, there are some notable differences that might make the iPhone 5 worth the $199 upgrade price:
Reasons to upgrade to the iPhone 5
- Longer screen. More viewing area, especially when turned sideways
- Lighter weight / thinner design
- Higher resolution, 8MP Camera – Much better photos in poorly lit rooms
- Faster processing: Up to 3 times faster than the 4S running certain applications
- Much faster, new 4G / LTE networking bandwidth
- Longer battery life (supposedly)
Next, I’ll explain whether or not the claimed improvements above really live up to their expectations. First, let’s go over some of the drawbacks of the new
Reasons not to upgrade to the iPhone 5
- Lightening Connector – your old charging devices and docks are not compatible
- Nothing earth-shattering or new about functions and operation
- Longer screen makes the phone seem narrow and some apps don’t recognize the bottom of screen
Conclusion: Is the iPhone 5 Worth It?
The longer screen doesn’t get me too excited – in fact, it seems small and narrow. The iPhone 5 is thinner and lighter, but that lone, is not a huge deal for me ither. The higher resolution, 8MP camera, however, is significantly better than the camera on the iPhone 4 and the in door pictures look about as good as a nice, point and shoot digital camera. I’ve noticed very little difference in the speed of operation, despite the faster processor of the iPhone 5. The 4G / LTE network has not yet made much of a difference either, due to the limited coverage offered by providers. The longer battery life is a huge myth. Each of my new iPhone upgrades has had progressively worse batter life and the iPhone 5 is no exception. The bottom line is that if you want better pictures and support for better network speed,makes the iPhone 5 worth it while we wait a long time for the iPhone 6.