Five reasons why I’m not getting an iPhone 5

Five reasons why I’m not getting an iPhone 5With Apple’s grand unveiling just over 24 hours away, it seems only fitting that my last feature in an iPhone 5-less world should concern the Californians’ latest – and presumably greatest – smartphone. In some capacity.

Of course, we don’t know a bloody thing about it yet, so rather than retread speculative ground (see An iPhone 5 by any other name), I’ll explain why I’m not interested in picking up an iPhone 5. Insert: “Boo!” / “Yay!” / *nonchalant shrug* as appropriate.

Here, in no particular order, are five of the main reasons:

1. Won’t be able to get one anyway

I vividly remember the efforts one of my mates went to when the iPhone 4 first came out. After travelling dozens of miles and visiting several shops, he ultimately gave up and bought an HTC Desire instead.

I also remember the farce that followed the iPad 2’s “launch”, when it appeared online with an estimated shipping time of 4-5 weeks. Ridiculous.

We’re already hearing stories of possible production problems, and I’m not willing to waste any time trying to track down units or twiddling my thumbs for several weeks while Apple addresses its supply issues. It’s just a phone, man. Probably a pretty good one, but it is just a phone.

Of course, this is all speculation, but even if there were an abundance of iPhone 5s on shelves, I still probably wouldn’t bother. Probably. Read on.

Five reasons why I’m not getting an iPhone 52. Screen size

Having used an HTC Desire HD for the past few months, I really can’t imagine how I survived with the 3.5in display on my iPhone. I still use my iPod touch for iOS gaming and listening to music, and it seems reeeaaally tiny.

We’re expecting the iPhone 5 to have a 4in display, but – if anything – I’m looking to acquire more screen real estate, not sell up.

3. I love/hate Apple

I love Apple and cherish my many iDevices, but I absolutely despise the smug bastards and resent every second I spend using their junk. Cognitive dissonance, baby. I don’t think I’m alone here.

I have a MacBook, an iMac, an iPod touch, and I happily used an iPhone for years. Still, I can’t imagine going back to the iPhone, even disregarding the other points I’ve made here. Indeed, maybe it’s the overkill of Apple devices elsewhere in my flat that has me craving something different. Who knows how my brain works? Not me.

4. Samsung Google Nexus Prime

We’re really quite excited about the Samsung-developed Google Nexus Prime here at Mobot. Phil and I particularly so. Dave’s a bit of a dark horse though. I suspect he secretly wants a Nokia Sea Ray.

The latest Nexus Prime whispers suggest a 4.65in Super AMOLED display, dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 2,000mAh battery, and Ice Cream Sandwich. Sounds pretty freakin’ good to us.

Five reasons why I’m not getting an iPhone 55. Windows Phone Mango

Ok, this reason is slightly tongue-in-cheek, and partly aimed at the Mobo-regulars who really don’t seem to like Windows Phone 7 for some reason, but… I reckon I’m more likely to go with something Mango flavoured than I am to pick up an iPhone 5.

Maybe it’s because I’m an Xbox man, maybe it’s the suggestion that Windows Phone will take second place in the OS race (ahem), or maybe I’m just an idiot. Yes, probably the third one.

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Treab  Oct. 3, 2011 at 13:54

I see the tonsillitis is still causing you issues lewis... wp .... you should really go back to your doctor ;)

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 3, 2011 at 13:58

Point 1) it's out when it's out. The iPad 2 was not secretly delayed. You chanced it and it went wrong :p

Point 2) I too hate Apple's smugness. But I also despise Schmidt's condescension, and owning Billions like Gates and, now Ballmer reeks a bit smug, also.
Elop too will look quite smug when he collects his golden handshake.
I think once you smugly employ child labor and wage slaves there's nothing quite like smugness ;)
What I'm saying: I'm with you mostly, and we're both cherrypicking smuggers :p

Stelph  Oct. 3, 2011 at 14:13

One other reason - Rumours and leaks seem to suggest that the iPhone "5" will be nothing more than a minor spec bump meaning that its probably more worth getting an iPhone 4 for your iPhone fix. Apart from they currently sell second hand for £300+. So dont bother.

blizzard7  Oct. 3, 2011 at 18:04

Mango is sweet (pun intended). Definitely worth a try if you're up for it. Although the Sensation XE would be a very nice upgrade ;)

Treab  Oct. 3, 2011 at 18:17

now now blizz. you should be happy with what you have... now let me see... wait you have a nokia 1610 oO

iampav  Oct. 3, 2011 at 22:18

Agree with much of that. I'm not dismissive of what Apple have - phenomenally - achieved to date. But iPhone smacks not of innovation, but settlement.

Facetime? Had front facing on symbian and rarely used. Itunes? Poor media organisation and can't match Amazon and ilk (e.g. 7digital) for value and cloud playback (sorry iCloud).

Thing is Android and WinMo are about as frontline as it gets technologically. Addition of a Finnish brand of hardware is intriguing, if not compelling too.

As for cost...I know people just buying iPhone 3, let alone 4. Other software-toting phones win handsdown, with typically no outlay for the handset.

Until Ice Cream Sandwich, I think many may seize the low tide and ride the mini Mango wave, iPhone 5 seems too little, too soon.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 4, 2011 at 14:23

iPhone 5 seems too little, too soon.

iampav: a) how do you know exactly what "little" the iPhone 5 will bring?

and b ) It took "cutting edge" Windows Phone a year to bring features that have been in smartphones and some dumbphones for over 5 years. Yet, the "cutting edge" WP7.5 Mango still lacks things like mass-storage mode (badly copying bad Apple policies)!

And how cutting-edge was it for Microsoft to release the original WP7 without a landscape keypad in the browser? Without Flash? Without an email client that lets you attach any file-type you want to attach? Without a Zune suite for Mac or Linux? Etc etc...

Microsoft are incapable of catching up, because they got away for too long without the need for creative, lateral thinking. They got away with it because for too long PC and computing for most folks meant Windows. Those times are over. MS needed Nokia more than Nokia MS.
And back to the iPhone 5... we'll know in a few hours. Or not.
But, sorry, I didn't get where you were going with your post... :)

If I misunderstood - no harm intended.

iampav  Oct. 4, 2011 at 21:24

No offence taken Jan St. Obviously I didn't have the gift of foresight, so I couldn't have seen that iPhone 5 wasn't out today.

By the by - I was speculating that iPhone 5 wouldn't bring much more to the market that is by way of unseen features.

When iPhone the first launched - we saw new features, it was cutting edge. I'm not sure amongst other phones in the market that the iPhone 4 or new 4s can be seen as market leading. It merely consolidates many features into a tidy, but expensive, product.

b) Regarding WinMo - I'm looking only at Mango as a proposition. By contrast, WinMo 7 lacked even simple features we take for granted, in much the same way that Android's early iterations did. That MS has recognised this and brought Mango out and rolling it across devices marks a step in tune with market expectation. Consumers buy phones expecting updates. Apple will do this with iOS5. It's become the norm.

So, I look at Mango and see that MS genuinely have a fine product on its own - live tiles, very solid reliability, good integration and some innovation. A sign that it has captured the industry's imagination is the new Windows 8 and Xbox Live dashboard updates - all based on WinMo Mango. Brave or death nell? Catching up or innovating? I think we'll see MS survive this one.

Without an iPhone 5, Apple genuinely are consolidating the market place. For me, Android and Mango are just more exciting right now.

Maybe an actual iPhone 5 will wow us all with some surprises, but by that point, they may just be a gadget, rather than the gadget. Just my view.(_;)

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 4, 2011 at 21:41

Some valid points :)

"Android and Mango more exciting" - I think there's a clue ;)
The update-mania has us all craving for new stuff rather than longterm usability, reliability etc etc...

I had an E61 for 2 years. I could literally type an email without taking the phone from my coat pocket on a cold winter's day. The battery lasted 4-6 days. It fell of a car's roof at 40 mph without more than a scuff mark on one corner. It still gets updates...

Now we upgrade when we don't get a completely overhauled OS every 3 months.


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