The iPhone 5 is going to be hot but here are some reasons to not buy it
Apple unveiled the iPhone 5 this morning and with its larger screen and 4G LTE, there are many reasons to get it. But if you're not quite convinced it should be your next smartphone, we lay out five reasons not to buy the iPhone 5.
4G LTE is great but not for your data cap
The iPhone 5 is the first Apple smartphone to sport 4G LTE but here's a dirty little secret about these blazing-fast 4G networks: these let you quickly blast through your data caps.
If you're on AT&T or Verizon, you probably have a monthly data cap of 2GB or 3GB. That's quite easy to consume on your super-fast iPhone 5, especially if you're streaming HD videos on the go. Sprint users won't have to worry about that, as the carrier still has an unlimited data plan.
I'm not saying you should stick to 3G forever but devices like the iPhone 4S can run on AT&T's HSPA+ network and it's actually pretty darn fast. It also helps that you can pick up an iPhone 4S for $99 now.
New dock connector
Have you invested in a bunch of iPhone docks and cables? You can say adios to them because the iPhone 5 ditches the 30-pin dock connector for the new Lightning connector dock.
Of course, you'll be able to buy an adapter from Apple for about $30 and that will allow you to use your old gear with the new iPhone 5 but it's not going to be as seamless as with your old devices.
The iPhone 5 will be available on AT&T, Sprint and Verizon but it doesn't look like we'll have a version which provides a cheaper monthly plan for a while. We took a look at the plans on AT&T, Sprint and Verizon and the absolute cheapest monthly service will cost at least $80 a month.
I'm a big believer in prepaid services because you save a lot of money over the course of years. For example, I now pay $45 a month on prepaid instead of the $90 I used to pay on Verizon. You could also go on something like Virgin Mobile and get unlimited texting and data for about $35 a month.
Sure, getting the iPhone 5 with 4G LTE on Sprint, Verizon or AT&T will probably be a better experience than another device on a prepaid carrier but is $45 a month better? That's for you to decide.
I expect the iPhone 5 to eventually land on prepaid carriers because the iPhone 4S did but until then, the iPhone 5 isn't the best choice for those trying to save money.
Not bleeding-edge specs
The iPhone 5 is packed with a lot of horsepower thanks to its A6 processor but it's not quite the cream of the crop when it comes to speeds and feeds. If you want a device that has the highest specs out there, you may want to pick a different phone.
For example, there are multiple companies trying to make your phone act as your wallet through mobile payment systems but you won't be able to use things like ISIS or Google Wallet on the iPhone 5 because it lacks NFC. I'm sure that Apple is going to have its own mobile payment solution but not having NFC does put a wet blanket on mobile payments.
Additionally, you're not going to see something as innovative as wireless charging on the iPhone 5 but you can find it on devices like the Lumia 920. The iPhone 5 will be very powerful but those who need to live on the bleeding edge of specs may want to look elsewhere.
Apple latest smartphone will sell tens of millions and it's shaping up to be a great device but the competition is also bringing the heat. Whether it's Nokia, Samsung or HTC, there are multiple viable alternatives.
The iPhone 5 is a dramatic change for the iPhone because it has a 4-inch screen but if you really want a large screen, then you should look elsewhere. The Galaxy Note 2, for example, has a massive 5.5-inch display and nearly every major Android handset has at least a 4.5-inch display. Even all the latest Windows Phones like the Lumia 920 have displays that are at least 4.5-inches. The iPhone 5 will have a great screen but it is by no means the largest on the market.
Maybe you just don't like iOS. Sure, it's a good platform that has a ton of apps but Android and Windows Phone also offer their own advantages. Android gives you more flexibility than iOS and Windows Phone will work better with your home Windows computer.
There are also a ton of amazing non-iPhone handsets on the market and more are bound to be available soon. The Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2, Lumia 920, HTC One X and various other devices are all very good smartphones that will satisfy most users.
If you're eligible for an upgrade on your carrier and want an iPhone or just a really nice smartphone, the iPhone 5 is a no-brainer. But if you're looking for a device that won't blow through your data cap, has the most powerful specs, has a larger screen or just don't want iOS, there are many reasons to not buy the iPhone 5.