Following 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:
- 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
- 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.