It’s been a little over a week since the iPhone 5 release and now it’s time to evaluate whether or not it’s worth the upgrade. Though many have already waited in line for hours on end, those like me who decided to wait for the first round of reviews were the real winners in this race. From a consumer’s point of view, I don’t feel the need to run out and buy the new iPhone 5 after the iOS 6 software update. I am perfectly content with all the new features on my “old” iPhone 4s. Though I’ve had my iPhone for almost a year, which is considered vintage in the tech world, it seems better than new with the software upgrade including the following features:
Apple’s new Maps application has certainly been the topic of conversation over the past week. No it wasn’t perfect by any means, but give them a break! They are fixing their mistakes and are trying to better the user experience. The new app includes turn-by-turn navigation with spoken directions to get you to and from your desired destination safely. In addition, Maps uses real-time traffic conditions to efficiently provide you with the best directions. It even displays the streets and buildings in 3D!
Don’t ever worry about losing your boarding pass because Apple’s new Passbook app allows all your plane tickets, movie tickets, gift cards and coupons to be in one single place. By simply scanning your phone, you will gain access to planes, movies and stores. With updates sent straight to your phone from the app, you’ll never miss another flight again!
As social media has become an essential part of people’s lives, Apple decided to make it easier when sharing photos, posts and comments with friends. iOS 6 allows you to share a photo on Facebook and Twitter with just the tap of a finger from your photos. You’ll never miss another friend’s birthday or forget to call dad because Facebook syncs your friends directly to your contacts, integrating profile information and birthdays straight into your calendar.
With apps like Instagram, it’s important for smartphones to have impeccable cameras to help unartistic people like myself look legit. The iOS 6 software update adds a panoramic feature to the camera, allowing pictures to span up to 240 degrees.
One of my favorite features of my “new” phone are the calling features. I know I am guilty of ignoring calls from my mother every now and then, and completely forget to call her back. Now, when ignoring a call, you can immediately send friends and family an automated message that you are busy or choose to set a reminder to call back later. I believe this improved feature will help decrease car accidents from talking on the phone while driving.
Considering these features come at the desirable price of $0 compared to the stiff price of the iPhone 5, it seems like a no-brainer. The main difference comes with size and weight. The iPhone 5 is 4.87 by 2.31 by .30 inches and 3.95 ounces, which means the screen is larger but the phone is thinner and lighter. However, as PC Magazine pointed out, this is “still pretty petite by today’s giant smartphone standards.” If it’s a larger screen your after, the iPhone probably isn’t the phone for you anyways. Now, I’m not saying I’m not a fan of Apple products. I do love my iPhone 4s very much. I’m just saying, why run to upgrade your old iPhone when you can get a lot of the benefits with the new software FOR FREE. And let’s face it, the next great Apple creation is just around the corner.
What are your thoughts on the iPhone 5? i5 it worth the upgrade?