3 Reasons to Buy the New iPhone 5
1. You've got a need for speed
The iPhone 5's new processor promises to do everyday tasks, like opening apps or viewing email attachments, twice as fast as the iPhone 4S. Plus, there's LTE compatibility for Verizon, AT&T and Sprint customers. LTE promises ultrafast data -- at least 10x faster than a current 3G phone. If you've got LTE in your area, you want an LTE phone!
2. You're a Road Warrior
Apple's making a serious move to get business people using iPhones! Wednesday they announced the Passbook, a new feature designed to collect and consolidate all your paper tickets and plastic cards in one spot, like rewards cards and boarding passes. Target, Starbucks and Fandango have already signed up, just to name a few.
Apple has also rolled out their promised maps app, including turn-by-turn directions, so all you business travelers can have GPS on the go.
Plus they're promising significantly longer battery life for browsing. As for actual phone calls, the new phone has better cell reception and voice quality.
3. You like to keep in touch
The iPhone 5 has made huge improvements in taking photos and video and has made them even easier to share. The front-facing camera has had a serious upgrade to 720 pixels. Plus, there's FaceTime over your cell network now, so you can have live video calls from just about anywhere! Plus an upgraded camera now shoots 1080p (aka, pretty high-resolution for your phone) video with better low light performance and less photo lag time means you can snap multiple pictures more quickly.
The best part is seamless and almost instant photo sharing through iCloud! Apple calls it 'shared photo streams' and lets you share photos directly to mom or grandma's device. But don't worry -- you don't have to share all your photos.
The new iPhone 5 will also make it easier to use Twitter and Facebook, without ever having to open the Twitter and Facebook apps!
3 Reasons NOT to Buy the New iPhone5
1. The rise of the tablet
For a long time, the iPhone was the only "pocket computer" around and it just so happened it also made phone calls. But now with devices like the iPad, Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire, there's plenty of portable computing choices. Given the larger screen size and comparable price point of something like the 7" Kindle Fire HD ($199) it may make sense to get a tablet and make your mobile calls on a basic, cheap "dumb phone."
2. You already have an iPhone -- and all the iPhone accessories
Apple is changing the docking port (i.e. charger) size for the iPhone 5. That means none of the peripherals we've been collecting for years will work anymore, at least without a $30 adapter that Apple will no doubt be happy to sell you. What will still work is an iPhone 4S -- a really nice phone that's about to get a lot cheaper. Plus, all iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S devices are eligible for a free upgrade to the iPhone's new operating system, iOS 6. So you can still take advantage of the more than 200 new software features packed into the iPhone 5, like enhancements to Siri and Mail.
3. You can get a Samsung Galaxy SIII instead
This is a bigger, faster phone than the iPhone 4S and it already has LTE compatibility, one of the big selling points for the iPhone 5. Plus it's only $99 right now from Amazon, which is $100 cheaper than the lowest-end iPhone 5. A pretty good deal as long as you like Android.