Apple’s iPhone 5 just recently came out and – as always – this subject has generated an enormous amount of buzz. Consumers have been lining up in droves to purchase the phone and we probably won’t hear the end of it for a while. The new smartphone introduces a sparkling new operating system loaded with new features. But with other competitors on the market, is it really worth it to get Apple’s new contraption?
David McQueen, the principal analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media, believes that the iPhone 5 seriously delivers in some areas:
- LTE connectivity is finally here! The iPhone 5 will be able to take advantage of the 3GPP/4G LTE broadband networks everyone’s been crazy about lately. This is certainly a plus.
- The new connector for the iPhone 5 is an 8-pin “Lightning” connector with two-sided connectivity for an easy fit. You no longer have to look at the plug to see if it will fit in its slot.
- The screen is slightly bigger than its predecessor’s and the material on the back side is metallic. The aspect ratio is slightly trending more towards 16:9, but the width hasn’t changed for the sake of maintaining compatibility with apps that worked on its predecessor.
- The Apple iPhone 5 uses the A6 chip, which allegedly runs twice as fast as the previous A5 seen in older models.
Like David McQueen also mentioned in his statement, Apple’s hardware might not stack up against competitors. Here are a few reasons why I see the iPhone 5 doesn’t match up with other phones:
- Apple implemented a nice new cable for the new iPhone. That’s very cute, until you realize that the cable is proprietary, meaning that the company can charge anything it wants for the cable. You’d be willing to pay the price, in the end, if you want your smartphone to remain functional.
- The iPhone 5 is kind of late in the game when it comes to LTE. Samsung’s Galaxy S III has long supported this new connectivity. Nokia’s Lumia 920 will also support it when it comes out around November this year.
- The optics on Apple’s new smartphone aren’t top-notch. If you want good optics and camera capabilities, go for the Lumia 920.
- Most of the new smartphone’s features are already reflected in other brands’ models (i.e. 1 GB RAM, 32 GB storage, etc.).
- The iPhone 5 doesn’t have support for microSD cards – a feature that has long since been revered in the smartphone world. Granted, many phones don’t have this, but this would have made the iPhone stand out among the others significantly.
In conclusion, you should only get the iPhone 5 if you feel like you need a more powerful phone that can still run all the iOS apps you currently depend on and don’t feel inclined to find apps that can perform the same functions on another smartphone. Depending on Apple seems like it will soon be a thing of the past unless it changes its game soon. Other smartphones have already proven themselves beyond superior to Apple’s new phone.