The iPhone 5 will be the "it" device of the year, but it's not for everyone.
The potential drawbacks include the price, its likely fragility, and the consideration of consumers being locked into other contracts.
So how do you decide if it's the phone for you?
Is your current wireless contract expired or going to expire soon?
Luckily, three out of the four major wireless carriers in the U.S. (Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T) sell the iPhone. But if you're on T-Mobile or another carrier, or you're simply not happy with your current service, see when your contract is up. If it ends on or near September 21, the expected iPhone launch date, you're good to go.
For current iPhone users only: do you have an iPhone 3GS or earlier model?
In our opinion, iPhone 4 and 4S users won't have much cause to upgrade. But if you're still rocking a 3G or 3GS, you should pull the trigger on a new phone. The speed and performance improvements will be highly worth it. Plus it's about time you tried out Apple's gorgeous high-resolution Retina display.
Will this be your first smartphone
Although we're deep into the smartphone revolution, most people still use old-fashioned feature phones. If you're getting a smartphone for the first time, the iPhone is the perfect device for beginners. It's easy to use. Easy to set up. And has the best selection of apps.