iPhone 5: Should You Bother With Upgrading?
You either love Apple or you hate them. The Cupertino based company launched the latest in their iPhone range, the iPhone 5, in October and the question is whether Apple did enough last year to warrant an upgrade? Bear in mind that following the launch, the device did receive mixed responses.
iPhone 5: should you upgrade?
There is no getting away from the fact that the iPhone 5 is a high quality handset. Apple didn’t reveal much about the A6 processor they chose to use, however it is very fast. The display of 326ppi over 4 inches is Retina and should be as good, if not better than screens on previous versions of the iPhone. One thing that the new iPhone 5 does not have and that is innovation, as the design remains much the same, apart for the change to the aspect ratio. Its hardware features have also been seen on rival devices since the start of the year.
iOS 6 doesn’t give the iPhone 5 anything exclusive and it is available for older devices. There simply aren’t any new features on the iPhone 5 which Apple can brag about. Apple didn’t include NFC in the new handset, which some say is a let-down and there was no wireless charging. The camera still sits on 8-megapixels, the battery life is below that of its predecessor in real world testing, and Apple has managed to replace the already delicate glass rear of the previous iPhone with a material that is softer and more easily scuffed – aluminum. Apple seems to have lost the magic and innovation that they have always shown in the past.
So is the iPhone 5 worth making the upgrade to? If you have to have the latest device then yes it is. The slightly bigger screen and the faster data speeds already make it better than any iPhone model before it. However we don’t recommend just upgrading to the iPhone 5 as it no longer is the clear-cut choice the iconic brand once used to be. You can now consider a number of Android smartphones that can offer just as much as the iPhone 5 and possibly at a lower price point. Some choices include the Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One X and even the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD. And if you don’t mind splurging more than devices like the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 blow the iPhone 5 out of the water in the specs department.