The iPhone 5 is finally here, but is it worth the all of the hype?
Ever since the release of the first iPhone in 2007, the technological advancements of phones have increased drastically. The iPhone 5 is being sold at a retail price of $199 for the standard 16GB and although it has been an item people have been waiting to be released for months now, it is not worth it to invest more money just so you can say you have the iPhone 5.
According to apple, the iPhone 5 has a larger display; it is thinner, lighter, and faster. It also comes equipped with a smaller charger and headsets that are designed for better listening quality and comfort, and a smaller charging adapter.
In spite of some minor new additions to the phone, it is very similar to the previous iPhone 4 and particularly the iPhone 4S.
Apple has obviously built an impeccable reputation for its products and reputation over the last decade. According to the Los Angeles Times, iPhone 5 orders have exceeded more than twice the record of the previous 1 million phones that were ordered.
Senior Kevin Ponzo, current iPhone 4 owner agrees the iPhone 5 should not be getting the hype it is receiving. “After comparing the iPhone 5 to the iPhone 4 it is not even worth it to purchase the newer phone. The only significant differences are that the iPhone 5 has a little bit larger screen and it is slimmer in size,” Ponzo said.
Apple does a great job of convincing people they need the newest version of the phone, and that it is very different from the older model. Thus, people have it set in their minds that they need the new iPhone, so they go out and upgrade their phone.
It’s a waste of money because Apple will probably end up releasing a newer version of the phone within the next year. Senior Jonathon Lopez believes it would not be worth it to upgrade to the iPhone 5 if you already have the iPhone 4, but if you do not have an iPhone yet, then he definitely recommends purchasing the iPhone 5.
This makes more sense. Don’t waste your money on an “upgrade” when it is unnecessary.
After asking several iPhone users their opinions regarding the iPhone5, most of them claimed the only reason they are going to buy the iPhone 5 is merely to be able to have bragging rights.
I agree with Lopez, if you do not own an iPhone; purchasing the iPhone 5 would be a worthwhile investment, but if you already have the iPhone 4 then my recommendation would be to wait until Apple releases a phone significantly newer features and technology.