iPhone 5: Who Should & Shouldn’t Buy One

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Should you or shouldn’t you buy the new iPhone 5? That’s the question that Apple users have been asking themselves since yesterday’s event. The answer is simple. If you have been using Apple products all this while and have accessories gathered then it is the iPhone 5 for you. However if you just want a larger display, blazing LTE speeds and a faster processor then there are Android phones available for less that can offer it.

iPhone 5: who is it for?

The iPhone 5 was revealed last night and pre-orders for the new iPhone begin on Friday of this week. But should you rush out to get it? The new device is a good improvement over the iPhone 4S as it comes with a 4 inch Retina display and a faster processor. However Apple is not the only players in the smartphone market that can offer more size and speed.

There are other phones out there that have much larger screens and they have the same quality, if not better. The iPhone 5 does come with 4G LTE but then this is available on other handsets, such as those on Android, where it has been around for a while now.

If you already have an iPhone or other Apple product then the new iPhone 5 may be perfect for you. After all Apple are well known for delivering a great user experience as this is seen with the Mac and the iPads.

While Android has been updated with Jelly Bean, iOS is still an excellent OS and it too has improved with iOS 6 which brings more than 200 new features.

Phones such as the HTC One X cost half the price of the iPhone 5 and even the Samsung Galaxy S3 recently went up on Amazon for just $99 on contract. Therefore if you want a great handset for less, there are options out there.

While the screen of the iPhone 5 is superb, there are bigger screens out there such as on the Galaxy Note 2 with 5.5 inches.

If you want great tech then the iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6 and a great camera but on the downside the battery will not last as long as other devices on the market (Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX) and the iPhone 4S lacks NFC.

Really which is the best smartphone for you is a matter of personal choice. If you are at the end of a contract with the iPhone 4S then an upgrade to the iPhone 5 will be the best deal.

Mike is the man who reviews gadgets that aren’t mainstream or products that can’t exactly be classified as consumer electronics e.g. portable talking toilets. It’s always interesting to read about the crazy products we have here in Asia that just don’t get as much publicity as they warrant.