If you’ve been keeping up on the latest news in the tech world, you are likely aware of the buzz surrounding the release of the new iPhone 5. With all the pre-orders selling out in less than an hour after being announced, people are preparing to gear up and brave the large crowds and long lines to get their hands on one.
Are you one of those people looking to join the masses? If so, you might want to take a couple steps back and give it a second thought. While there might be plenty of reasons to buy an iPhone 5, there are a number of reasons not to. This article will reveal a few unique explanations about why the iPhone 5 may not be the best thing for you.
1. New Features Come up Short
When it comes to new features, the iPhone 5 is seriously lacking. Other than a slightly larger Retina display (4-inch up from a 3.5-inch), a 1.2 MP Face Time resolution, new A6 processor, the LTE option and the slight reduction in thickness and weight, much of the “new” features are comparable to the 4S model. Why spend the extra cash when you can enjoy most of the same features with the previous model instead?
2. Prepare to toss your old accessories
Perhaps one of the biggest complaints of the new iPhone 5 release has been the introduction of the new Lightning dock connection. While it’s advertised to be faster and more reliable than the traditional 30-pin connection, new users will be forced to buy new adapters if they want to use their old equipment. That doesn’t exactly make for a smooth transition and puts some buyers into a sticky situation.
3. Get Ready to Compete
Even if you’re ready to camp out and endure hours of standing in lines to secure you’re the new iPhone 5, there is absolutely no guarantee you’ll get it. You’re then faced with the choice of either waiting it out or resorting to an on-line auction site that will have them listed at double or triple their original price. If you’ve already got the iPhone 4S, skipping the long lines and avoiding the crowds is probably your best option. You will also save a few bucks.
4. Your Wallet Will Take a Hit
As soon as the iPhone 5 hits store shelves, you can expect to pay $199 (16GB), $299 (32GB) and $399 (64GB). However, those prices are only valid if you decide to sign a 2year contract with an authorized cell phone provider. If you choose to skip the agreement, the cost soars to $649 (16GB), $749 (32GB) and $849 (64GB).On the other hand, the iPhone 4S will be available for just $99 without the contract and free when a new agreement is signed. With essentially the same features and functions, this is clearly the better deal for those who want the iPhone experience without spending a fortune.
It’s Up to You to Decide
In the end, it’s easy to see that the iPhone 4S performs nearly on par with the iPhone 5 yet comes at a price that’s much less painful to your bank account. If you are considering upgrading to the new iPhone 5 just for the sake of having the latest technology, it might be a good idea to consider the points above and skip this one for now.
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