Thinking out loud: iPhone 5 reaction

Thinking out loud: iPhone 5 reactionFollowing the launch of any major product, it’s traditional for me to “treat” (ahem) you Mobotniks to my innermost thoughts. For example, a few months ago I penned Why I bought the new iPad, and more recently Samsung Galaxy S III? Meh, I’ll wait for the iPhone 5.

Indeed, that brings me nicely to this here feature: my reaction to Apple's latest and greatest. In case you’ve been hiding under a rock, Apple finally launched the iPhone 5 on Wednesday night, and I immediately donned the Cap of Contemplation.

I’m thinking now is as good a time as any to ditch my 18-month-old HTC Desire HD (don’t laugh). We’ve got tons of new stuff arriving around the same time, including the iPhone 5, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, and – being entirely serious – Windows Phone 8.

The iPhone 5 is looking like the front-runner at the moment. Sure, it doesn’t have a microSD slot, and they’ve opted for slimness over battery life (well, battery life is still s’posed to be pretty sweet), but that’s par for the Apple course.

And I really couldn’t care less about NFC (Near Field Communication), wireless charging, or any of those silly features on the Samsung Galaxy S III (Smart Stay, Direct Call, S Voice…).

Nah, I'm definitely thinking iPhone 5. Let’s have a quick look at some pros and cons:

Pros

  • iOS “just works” (I’m sick of Android and widgets and other such nonsense)
  • The iPhone 5 will retain its value way more than its Android and Windows Phone-based rivals
  • It’s an undeniably sexy handset
  • It’s likely that the next iPhone will be some sort of iPhone 5S, perhaps with a quad-core processor and NFC. Maybe. Now’s a good time to jump back on the iPhone wagon

Cons

  • It’s expensive (£529 for a 16GB SIM free iPhone 5, yikes)
  • I’d cement my status as “Head Apple fanboy” (MacBook Pro, iMac, iPod touch, iPad, iPhone 5)
  • The display is relatively small
  • I don’t use my phone much at home – thanks to the iPad

Picking up on that last point, the iPad has indeed relegated my phone to the status of portable SMS machine. At home, I use my iPad for browsing, Facebooking, YouTubing, gaming… The only thing I use my phone for is sending texts.

And for that reason, I’d begrudge spending £500+ on a smartphone. Similarly, having an iPad would make the 5.5in Samsung Galaxy Note 2 a bit of a silly purchase; the main draw is the big screen, but I already gots a bigger screen.

To make matters even more complicated (we’re dealing with real first world problems here), there are the new iPod touches to consider. Like our good friend Pondlife, I prefer having a separate phone and mp3 player.

Now, imagine how ridiculous it’d be picking up a 16GB iPhone 5 and a 64GB fifth gen iPod touch. I’d look like an absolute tool, not to mention the fact that I’d be looking at a bill for £858. Sweet zombie Jesus!

The alternative is picking up a 64GB iPhone 5 and using it as an iPod touch (casting aside battery and storage concerns), but that’d still cost a whopping £699. For a phone!

And while I sit here twiddling my thumbs, the shipping time is creeping up over on the Apple site. We’re up to two weeks for the 16GB iPhone 5, and two-three weeks for the 32GB and 64GB variants. Bah.

Mind you, I could always camp outside the local Apple Store with the rest of the Apple nerds and grab an iPhone 5 next Friday. Keep an eye out for me on the news.

In the meantime, tell me what I should below. I need guidance. Clearly.

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matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 14, 2012 at 13:05

Keep the DHD (I never thought I'd be saying that to someone). If you don't need a new phone and are agonising so much over the purchase of one, you'll just regret buying the damn thing, or worse, you'll realise in about 2 months time that in reality you barely use it and wasted a lot of money (or are tied into wasting a lot of money for the next 22 months, depends how you buy your phones).

lcurdie / MOD  Sep. 14, 2012 at 13:10

SIM free, probably. And something I hadn't considered till now: giffgaff doesn't do nano-SIMs. For fff...

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 14, 2012 at 13:14

SIM free, probably. And something I hadn't considered till now: giffgaff doesn't do nano-SIMs. For fff...
Does anywhere do SIMO Nano-SIMs?

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 14, 2012 at 13:22

SIM free, probably. And something I hadn't considered till now: giffgaff doesn't do nano-SIMs. For fff...
Does anywhere do SIMO Nano-SIMs?

everyone here in Ireland...

Pondlife  Sep. 14, 2012 at 13:23

GG are working on getting them I read, gives you longer to ponder whether you really want it or not anyway.
Vodafone said they had 500,000 nano sims ready but no idea if all contract.

Is a very good point Matt could see some rather embarrassed Apple fans if they've got their shiny new iphones direct from Apple and can't use them. Oh and for anyone wondering it can't be made by trimming sim cards down

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 14, 2012 at 13:25

SIM free, probably. And something I hadn't considered till now: giffgaff doesn't do nano-SIMs. For fff...
Does anywhere do SIMO Nano-SIMs?

everyone here in Ireland...

Tbh, they could well here in England too, I've just had more important things to do this week than obsess over the iP5 and its related products. I should be around this weekend though, to grace the world of Mobot with my opinions on...anything I can be bothered to comment on.

lcurdie / MOD  Sep. 14, 2012 at 13:27

Three has nano-SIMs. The £6.90 offer seems like a bargain to me...

http://www.store-3.co.uk/3-three-apple-nanosim-iphone-5.html?ref=phonefinder

Pondlife  Sep. 14, 2012 at 13:31

500mb!

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 14, 2012 at 13:32

SIM free, probably. And something I hadn't considered till now: giffgaff doesn't do nano-SIMs. For fff...
Does anywhere do SIMO Nano-SIMs?

everyone here in Ireland...

Tbh, they could well here in England too, I've just had more important things to do this week than obsess over the iP5 and its related products. I should be around this weekend though, to grace the world of Mobot with my opinions on...anything I can be bothered to comment on.

Well ;)
More important things.... :)

lcurdie / MOD  Sep. 14, 2012 at 13:35

500mb!

Looking at my giffgaff statement, I used less than 100MB last month, haha! Working from home has its perks ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 14, 2012 at 13:36

SIM free, probably. And something I hadn't considered till now: giffgaff doesn't do nano-SIMs. For fff...
Does anywhere do SIMO Nano-SIMs?

everyone here in Ireland...

Tbh, they could well here in England too, I've just had more important things to do this week than obsess over the iP5 and its related products. I should be around this weekend though, to grace the world of Mobot with my opinions on...anything I can be bothered to comment on.

Well ;)
More important things.... :)

I know, I know...how can anything be more important than the launch of a product I never, for a second, seriously wanted to part with my hard earned money for.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 14, 2012 at 13:40

500mb!

Looking at my giffgaff statement, I used less than 100MB last month, haha! Working from home has its perks ;)

12 Months: (6.90x12)+529=£611.80 (£50.98 per month)
24 Months: (6.90x24)+529=£694.60 (£28.94 per month)

Pondlife  Sep. 14, 2012 at 13:53

Unlikely to see (m)any contracts that weigh in that low so does look ok when put like that

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 14, 2012 at 14:17

Unlikely to see (m)any contracts that weigh in that low so does look ok when put like that
I've been looking around at iPhone contract prices, the cheapest I've found so far is on Three. They're all an absolute rip off though, when you consider you can get an SGS3 with 300 mins, unlimited texts and 750mb of download/streaming data with unlimited browsing for £26 per month.

Pondlife  Sep. 14, 2012 at 14:22

Suspect it'll lessen slightly after/on the launch, from memory there were some gash deals for the s3 initially too.

Stelph  Sep. 14, 2012 at 14:26

Get an iPhone 4, most of the good features on iOS (note GOOD features, you keep quite siri) work fine on this phone and it can be easily picked up for £200 second hand

It will mean youre a fanboy but itll make life easier using just one ecosystem

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 14, 2012 at 14:37

Get an iPhone 4, most of the good features on iOS (note GOOD features, you keep quite siri) work fine on this phone and it can be easily picked up for £200 second hand

It will mean youre a fanboy but itll make life easier using just one ecosystem

Personally, I'd change that to 4S and sub-£300 second hand, but I agree with the sentiment.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 14, 2012 at 14:38

Suspect it'll lessen slightly after/on the launch, from memory there were some gash deals for the s3 initially too.
You won't be able to get the same deal I wrote about on an iPhone 5 until the 5S is out. I'd put money on it.

Opheliac  Sep. 14, 2012 at 14:41

Your Pro - iOS “just works” (I’m sick of Android and widgets and other such nonsense)

My con - If you've had enough with the customisation of Android then you're gonna be bored to tears with your new Apple product straight off the bat. It's a bit of a shock moving from a fully customisable phone to, well erm, the same looking phone as all the other millions of Iphone lovers. And when you get it in a new rubber/gell case and it blends further into the abyss, you're gonna be even more depressed that you've just blown £500+ on it. You have very little customisation options, I mean, do they even have a built in 3G widget turn on/off yet?

And just because lovers of the Iphone don't mention all the problems, who's to say there won't be an absolute ton of basic things that you expected it to have when you port over?

It 'just works' is perhaps the lamest excuse ever to make a smartphone purchase. It's also like saying I'm gonna stick with Windows O/S all my life because I know their Notepad works a damn treat!! You must be a little blind to use this tactic when making a purchase!

Your Pro - The iPhone 5 will retain its value way more than its Android and Windows Phone-based rivals

My Con - Depends on your situation I guess. Whenever I make a smartphone purchase, the value of a re-sale is the last thing I think about. In-fact if I don't give it away to a relative first, the fact I could make £50 quid on a phone is an absolute bonus. I just sold a broken HTC Hero on Ebay for £30. I can't grumble at that! Besides the technology that comes in any current phone atm, including the S3, will still be high value in a years time because its hardware includes NFC chip etc. It's not just old hardware with a new cover on.

Your Pro - It’s an undeniably sexy handset

My Con - That's subjective. All new smartphones are sexy to the person buying it for the first time.

Your Pro - It’s likely that the next iPhone will be some sort of iPhone 5S, perhaps with a quad-core processor and NFC

My con - Why spend £500-£600 now on a phone which doesn't have these features when you can buy an alternate phone that does have these features (S3/GNote 2) You're never gonna have the latest features if you buy Apple phones - that's pretty obvious. Why spend over £1100 in 18 months on two phones when you can spend less than £500 on a phone right now and have all latest features and more. And when you come round to buying the Iphone 5S next year, Android will already be implementing the next big thing in their phones! So once again you're going to be trailing behind with the Iphone. But least *it works* right :-S

Buying a phone which is future proof is a wise decision to make. NFC will be used one day soon, whether you like it or not.

Pondlife  Sep. 14, 2012 at 14:48

blurb

Pondlife  Sep. 14, 2012 at 14:58

Get an iPhone 4, most of the good features on iOS (note GOOD features, you keep quite siri) work fine on this phone and it can be easily picked up for £200 second hand

It will mean youre a fanboy but itll make life easier using just one ecosystem

Personally, I'd change that to 4S and sub-£300 second hand, but I agree with the sentiment.


He's already a fanboy.
Yeah with Matt on that, from what I've read ios6 slows down the 4 (shock) and navigation is something I'd want and the 4 doesn't have. And those second hand prices likely to drop as 5 arrives. Mind you do find 3.5" too small now tbh.

Suspect it'll lessen slightly after/on the launch, from memory there were some gash deals for the s3 initially too.
You won't be able to get the same deal I wrote about on an iPhone 5 until the 5S is out. I'd put money on it.


I wouldn't take that bet even after 5s arrives maybe, but think they will get to slightly lower prices than they are now.

Buying a phone which is future proof is a wise decision to make. NFC will be used one day soon, whether you like it or not.

Not by the time I buy the phone after the one I'll buy next I'll guess, you do know that it won't be compulsory right?
Presently there are six places that take nfc in my area, 3 mcdonalds (erm no thanks) 2 greggs (shrug) and 1 carvery (quite nice, but cash works well) that's all so even if I wanted it it's hardly that relevant.

Reser  Sep. 14, 2012 at 15:09

I have learnt my lesson from previous Apple launches and learnt not to "twiddle my thumbs" while I decide,

You have several days in which you can cancel your order but mere hours before the initial stock runs out. So get your order in then twiddle your thumbs deciding after. This way if you decide against it you can just click the cancel button and if you decide for it you will still get it on launch day.

Right now I have a 32gb and 64gb ordered and I am deciding whch one I want to cancel.

Opheliac  Sep. 14, 2012 at 15:11

@Pondlife
Well if you are made of money then I guess you're right.

What annoys me is that we need Apple to adopt the technology to be the driving force to make things popular. I just hope them not including the NFC costs them dearly.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 14, 2012 at 15:12

Your Pro - iOS “just works” (I’m sick of Android and widgets and other such nonsense)

My con - If you've had enough with the customisation of Android then you're gonna be bored to tears with your new Apple product straight off the bat. It's a bit of a shock moving from a fully customisable phone to, well erm, the same looking phone as all the other millions of Iphone lovers. And when you get it in a new rubber/gell case and it blends further into the abyss, you're gonna be even more depressed that you've just blown £500+ on it. You have very little customisation options, I mean, do they even have a built in 3G widget turn on/off yet?

And just because lovers of the Iphone don't mention all the problems, who's to say there won't be an absolute ton of basic things that you expected it to have when you port over?

It 'just works' is perhaps the lamest excuse ever to make a smartphone purchase. It's also like saying I'm gonna stick with Windows O/S all my life because I know their Notepad works a damn treat!! You must be a little blind to use this tactic when making a purchase!

Your Pro - The iPhone 5 will retain its value way more than its Android and Windows Phone-based rivals

My Con - Depends on your situation I guess. Whenever I make a smartphone purchase, the value of a re-sale is the last thing I think about. In-fact if I don't give it away to a relative first, the fact I could make £50 quid on a phone is an absolute bonus. I just sold a broken HTC Hero on Ebay for £30. I can't grumble at that! Besides the technology that comes in any current phone atm, including the S3, will still be high value in a years time because its hardware includes NFC chip etc. It's not just old hardware with a new cover on.

Your Pro - It’s an undeniably sexy handset

My Con - That's subjective. All new smartphones are sexy to the person buying it for the first time.

Your Pro - It’s likely that the next iPhone will be some sort of iPhone 5S, perhaps with a quad-core processor and NFC

My con - Why spend £500-£600 now on a phone which doesn't have these features when you can buy an alternate phone that does have these features (S3/GNote 2) You're never gonna have the latest features if you buy Apple phones - that's pretty obvious. Why spend over £1100 in 18 months on two phones when you can spend less than £500 on a phone right now and have all latest features and more. And when you come round to buying the Iphone 5S next year, Android will already be implementing the next big thing in their phones! So once again you're going to be trailing behind with the Iphone. But least *it works* right :-S

Buying a phone which is future proof is a wise decision to make. NFC will be used one day soon, whether you like it or not.
so, are you saying you would use NFC even you don't like it, just because everybody else does?
I would pay €50 extra for a high-quality smartphone WITHOUT gps ;)

Stelph  Sep. 14, 2012 at 15:14

Another alternative, get the Nokia 800 for £170 here and use that instead, yes it wont get WP8 but its cheap and a solid phone/OS

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/nokia-lumia-800-unlocked-159-99-plus-10-payg-top-up-price-match-store-carphone-warehouse-1310765?page=1

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