How does a group of technology fanatics feel about the iPhone 5? Will they all buy one?
The iPhone 5 is officially launching on Sept. 21, which is just hours away as of this writing. Much has been made about the blazing fast A6 processor, the improved low-light and noise performance of the camera, the richer, longer display and more. The question is whether everyone at Know Your Cell feels excited about the new Apple device.
We thought we'd give you a little bit of insight on what we're all thinking. After all, our daily lives revolve around smartphones and wireless technology, so it may be useful to hear what hardcore tech nerds think!
Tony Crammond: As a current iPhone 4S user I don't feel the need to buy the iPhone 5. Its hardware isn't enough of an improvement to sway me when I can already access most of the notable improvements on my current device. I'll be saving my money for the next Nexus device, as I feel that Android has now surpassed iOS in terms of both style and substance.
Marc Flores: I'm not sure yet. I'd like to play with one for a while and decide whether the form factor is for me. I'm in love with the iPhone 4S's size and weight, so I'm curious to see whether the longer design will appeal to me. I spend half my time on my phone taking or editing pictures, and the iPhone 5's camera isn't enough of an upgrade to sell me on it. If I end up upgrading, it will be because of LTE more than anything else, and perhaps the things I'll need from it to do my job.
Marin Perez: This job puts me in a weird position: I both really need and don't have much use for the iPhone 5.
I definitely want to have the latest iPhone because it helps me inform readers about what's good with it, what's bad and how other devices stack up in comparison. Despite what Samsung ads will say, the iPhone is still the most important smartphone out there so getting the iPhone 5 is important for understanding the industry. I'm also really excited about the larger screen, thinner form factor and 4G LTE support.
I'm also trying to cut back on my monthly service fees and see how far I can get on prepaid, so the iPhone 5 is a pricey proposition. I'd have to wait for the unlocked versions to come out, plunk down at least $700 for it and then wait for prepaid providers to have nano SIMs (most won't even offer 4G LTE). When you consider that I already own a Galaxy Nexus and HTC One S and will get to try out the latest hot devices, I'm not going to be lining up at the Apple store this Friday.
Still, I'm not immune to Apple's magic and I'm tempted to buy an iPhone 5 even if I don't really need one. I keep telling myself that I can get by with an existing smartphone and then buy the iPad Mini. Let's check back in a few months and we'll see if I could resist.
Esther Shein: Nope, I won’t be getting one and I’m eligible for an upgrade on 9/21. The reasons are because I don’t feel the added functionality had enough of that wow factor and it’s not worth the additional cost. Not for my needs. I can still get iOS 6 on the 4S. I might have considered it if NFC was included, as I think that’s something we’ll be seeing used to a greater extent down the road.
Stacy Warden: Let me start by confessing that I'm still totally torn between Samsung's Galaxy S3 and Apple's iPhone 5. If you're already an iPhone owner, I know you're scratching your damn head right now, but it's a big decision, because I'm about to fork over the full retail price no matter which direction I take. And without an upgrade discount, neither of them come cheap.
Currently, I'm toting around an old HTC Incredible 2. It runs on Gingerbread. It doesn't support 4G. It freezes, crashes and lags in just about every app. It's slow as sh*t, and despite it having a decent camera, the photos it produces never look as good as those of my iPhone-toting pals.
Still, I've grown to love the Android OS. Or, it may actually be that, much like an exhausted girlfriend, I've just put too much effort into learning and accepting its quirks at this point. Then again, I'm not married to Google, so there's no 'for better or worse' here, and Apple's iOS has been wooing me in all of the right ways since I first picked up the new iPad. It took less than one night with that tablet to turn me into a Level One Apple-geek.
If I had to make a split-second decision here, I'd hand my money over to Apple. But not because I'm convinced yet that it's the better product, more so because I'm afraid I might regret it if I choose Samsung. The iPhone 5 has a better selection of apps, and that's a big selling point for me. And then of course there's the camera; another huge factor since I now mainly use my smartphone for snapping shots (it's 8-megapixels on both handsets, but from what I've seen, the iPhone 5 still wins here). The 4-inch display is also nice, though I think I'd prefer the larger 4.8-inch on the S3. Can't I just have both?