I’m a huge Apple fan! I use most of their products and there have been times when I bought Apple stuff due to the their hype instead of my needs. Times changed though and I have to consider better where to spend my precious euros. And that’s probably the reason that gave me a different perspective on Apple’s hype system.
I was waiting patiently for the iPhone 5 for more than a year since I never took the 4S pill. My iPhone 4 still does what I need it to do and even though it’s quite old, sometimes by adding a cover or a case I fake a new look just to give me a reason to keep it. However, now that the 5 is out… I run out of patience. Even though there is no actual upgrade reason, I’m an obsessed gadget geek and sometimes that’s all it takes in order to add something new to the gadget bag. But does the new iPhone 5 worth it?
I had my eyes on the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy S III ever since they announced. Both have amazing specs and really cool features. But I was holding back so I can see what will the Apple JDF (Jaw Dropping Factor) be. Unfortunately nothing made my jaw move! I don’t really care about the screen size boost. Apple says “It’s not just bigger. It’s just right.” Well to me it seems just stretched! The thinner and lighter feature is nice but adding the bigger screen next to it makes no sense, the iPhone is still stretched! Ultrafast wireless? That would be really nice for a laptop feature or if you had the freedom to do ANYTHING you want on your phone to actually take advantage of the extra speed. What definitely is an improvement is the new A6 processor. I haven’t had a close experience with the phone yet, but just by looking at the benchmarks that appeared on the internet I’m sure that the phone is indeed blazing fast. But so are its competitors and since I never play games on my iPhone, I don’t think that this is the feature to justify the upgrade. And last but not least the new camera and the Panorama photos. Really? There have been apps that do this for years and now Apple promotes it like a new feature just because it’s part of iOS. Right…
I really like the new iPhone 5, as much as I liked the iPhone 4 that still is in my pocket. After all there isn’t much of a design change. But I just can’t find the reason to upgrade. Maybe the Samsung Galaxy S III or the HTC One X is not as good as the iPhone 5, but at least I WILL get various new features and the chance to explore and play with a new operating system.
BUT! There’s always a but…
After all these years, It turns out that Apple is not selling just a device. They have made a gadget so popular that it triggers too many variables when you consider what phone to buy. Many apps from banks, various services etc. are being released for the iOS first, with a small number being iOS ONLY! iMessage is picking up and now that it’s embedded to OS X as well, it might actually kill SMS. The fact that Apple is building the hardware as well as the software has been a huge advantage since day one and I’m not talking just for the iPhones! Being a Mac user, my biggest concern is the compatibility of any Android device with my daily work. iCloud has its quirks but it’s there and it works. There probably is a replacement for every single iOS feature. But the fact that you have to research, download, install etc. takes the simplicity out of the subject.
So… Should I get an iPhone 5?
Watching videos like the one above make me wonder. Wonder why I can’t say that most of what their saying isn’t true. Because if you take a step back and forget that you’re blinded by Apple’s amazing marketing, you’ll see that what they’re saying is actually true! At the end of the day I might end up buying an iPhone 5, but does it really worth it? I still don’t know.