Is the iPhone 5 worth getting right away?

Lisa Goudy
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Wednesday marked the unveiling of the iPhone 5 in San Francisco. Today the new iPhone 5 is available for pre-order.

Although not on sale for another week, the latest edition of the Apple iPhone has enhanced features and an increased height. Instead of having a screen size of 3.5 inches like the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5 will have a screen size of 4.0 inches. That won’t make much of a difference until you realize your iPhone 4S cellphone case no longer fits.

Similarly, the iPhone 4S has a resolution of 960 x 640 pixels while the iPhone 5 has a resolution of 1136 x 640 pixels.

Despite having enhanced features and a bigger screen, I don’t see any huge improvements from one to the next. To put it simply, I won’t be one of the people who will instantly jump at the chance to get an iPhone 5. I wouldn’t see the point unless the new phone is a true innovation. I don’t believe the iPhone 5 fits the bill. Besides the iPhone 4S isn’t even a year old. I don’t see the point of upgrading so fast in a rapid-changing technological environment.

I’m not saying it won’t be a better phone than the iPhone 4S. In fact, it probably will be a fantastic phone with quality features. It has higher processing power, faster data networks, longer battery life and a better camera that shoots 1080p video with the rear-facing camera and 720p on the front-facing camera. The amount of RAM is doubled from 512MB to 1GB.

But that doesn’t mean you have to ditch the iPhone you have now — at least not right away. The capacity for music and app storage on the iPhone 5 is the same as the iPhone 4S. There is still no MicroSD card slot on the iPhone 5. Those slots are expansion slots that allow the user to increase memory on the phone.

So users have to stick with the Apple-only card slots. The Micro-SIM card slot from the iPhone 4S has been upgraded to a Nano-SIM on the iPhone 5.This means users upgrading from the iPhone 4S to the iPhone 5 users will have to get a new SIM card before using the new phone.

The small improvements to the next phone don’t necessarily justify spending the extra money on a new iPhone. After all, phones aren’t exactly cheap. Plus if you’re like me and don’t have this incessant need to always have the latest and the newest technology as soon as it comes out, you probably won’t mind sticking with the now-outdated iPhone 4S. Apple even dropped the initial purchase price of the iPhone 4S to $99 with a contract and then there are monthly contract payments on top of that of course.

However, if a person has a contract for their phone (and I mean any type of phone, not just an iPhone 4S) that has expired and they are up for grabs to get a new phone, by all means get an iPhone 5. You’ll be getting a new phone anyway so it’ll be well worth your while.

I think it all comes down to personal choice. I’m a relatively new user to the iPhone 4S. So far I am satisfied with it and haven’t encountered any major issues. You can see why I’m not going to get the new iPhone, at least not immediately. Besides, as one colleague of mine put it, don’t get a new phone as soon as it comes out. Wait until they’ve worked all the bugs out and then get it later.

We can’t ever stay on top of technology. It changes way too fast. My solution is to save my money and just update my technology every few years or so unless unforeseen circumstances arise. That way, I’ll still have a great phone and some extra cash to boot.

But you can make your own informed choice. Just remember to do your research before grabbing the latest tech as soon as it’s released.

Organizations: Apple

Geographic location: San Francisco

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