Just to clarify: that headline isn’t me saying: “Yes! I’ve pre-ordered my iPhone 5 and I can’t WAIT to get my hands on it!” It’s more a case of: “Uh oh, I just caved in and pre-ordered my iPhone 5, and now I can’t afford the rent.” Anyone have a spare room?
In an extension of Thinking out loud: iPhone 5 reaction, I will now attempt to convince you – and more importantly me – that I’ve done the right thing.
Now, just to pre-empt any potential backlash, I’m being jocular when I say the “right thing”. There is no right or wrong thing when it comes to buying a smartphone. It’s entirely subjective. Otherwise we'd all be walking around with the same phone.
Like the look of the Nokia Lumia 920? Fire in, my friend. Aroused by the large display on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2? Makes sense. Prefer the comparative simplicity of a feature phone? Fair enough. Different strokes for different folks, and all that.
However, slightly worryingly, there are still a number of reservations swimming around in my head. Foremost, that I’m parting with a whopping £699 for a 64GB iPhone 5 (white and silver, incidentally).
That’s an obscene amount of money, any way you look at it. I’m consoling myself with the fact that the 64GB iPod touch is £329. So I’m effectively paying a few hundred quid extra to give it phone and text capabilities. Actually, when I put it like that… Oh dear. Moving on.
I’m hoping I can sort out a cheeky deal with the tax man, too. Heck, if I didn’t work for Mobot, I’d probably have a Nokia 100. But I feel obliged to keep up with smartphone tech, and I need a fast, reliable smartphone for work. Honest. (Having a lawyer as a mod may come in handy when John Tax kicks my door in.)
Another con I noted on Friday is that I’m now officially Mobot’s “Head Apple fanboy”, with a MacBook Pro, iMac, iPod touch, iPad 3, and now an iPhone 5. How the FUG did that happen?!
On the plus side, Jan’s love for the Nokia N9 (and growing fascination with the Nokia Lumia 920), combined with Matt’s Samsung Galaxy S II Androidness, gives us a nice balance. And Martin? Rumour is he’s still rocking that Panasonic X300. We’ve got all bases covered.
While we’re on the subject of the various operating systems, we’re looking to crank the handset reviews soon, so I’ll still be dirtying my fingers with smelly old Android and stinky wee Windows Phone. Bleurgh.
What were my other concerns? Ahh, size. Well, the iPhone 5 is only 0.3in smaller than my trusty (ahem) HTC Desire HD. And as for the point that I don’t use my phone much at present (thanks to the iPad), well, that could apply to any smartphone.
On Friday, I touched on the fact that my love affair with Android is over. I was being facetious when I said iOS “just works” (hence the quotation marks), but I’ve seriously never looked at my iPad home screen and thought: ‘Jeez, I wish I could install some widgets.’
Oh, and when I mentioned next year’s iPhone 5S possibly having a quad-core processor and NFC (Near Field Communication), that was meant as a plus. I’m certainly not going to be watching the keynote thinking: ‘Kerap, I really wanna make contactless paymeeeents!’
I’m one of the 2-week shipping guys, so I’m expecting my iPhone 5 a week on Friday(ish). Of course, I’ll have – what? – 14 days to change my mind, so at the very least, it’ll make a nice Why I returned my iPhone 5 feature.