iPhone 5 – To Buy or Not To Buy
iPhone 5 was officially announced on September 12th 2012 by Tim Cook, Chief Executive Officer of Apple. All the hype about the new generation of iPhone has ended with much disappointment to many.
First of all, it was more of a hardware upgrade rather than new innovation, i.e. a faster A6 processor, better camera for taking panoramic pictures, longer size to accommodate 5 rows of icons. The introduction of LTE network support was consistently known by the public as 2-year old technology. In addition, Apple replaced Google Map apps on iOS 6 (which comes preinstalled in iPhone 5), and removed YouTube app; both apps owned by Google, sending a message out that it will cease to partner with them on developing apps and start to rely on its own technology.
In spite of all these, Apple managed to exceed Pre-order quota within 60 minutes upon the opening of iPhone 5 sales online. Worldwide, it achieved 2 million orders! This has caused Apple to announce the delay in delivery of iPhones due to overwhelming orders.
So, to buy, or not to buy? Before the official announcement, I was already telling myself, if iPhone 5 does not meet my expectation, I will get iPhone 4S, which is cheaper and serves what I need for my day-to-day use. Checking with MobileOne (M1) Shop, it is to my disappointment that iPhone 4S is only reduced by mere $20 (from $505 to $$495). iPhone 5, however, is retailed at $635 with contractual plan.
Other options available are, Samsung S3, Nokia Lumnia 920 and Samsung Galaxy Note. I wished Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is released so that it could influence my option to get that device. Samsung S3 is already a few months’ old device, but it has quite a lot of great features. For some reasons, I am still comfortable with using Apple devices.
Making a decision is really tough now. However, it is almost time soon that I have to get a new phone. My current iPhone 3GS is beginning to show its age, cracks are starting to show at the top right corner, next to the power button. Let’s hope it can last until I get my next phone.