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access_time September 14, 2012 at 6:00 AM in Features by Adam Larck

Pros and Cons: iPhone 5

With the iPhone 5 specs revealed and all the hype calming down, I figured this would be a great time to show the pros and cons of the newest iPhone compared to other iPhones and Android devices.

Keep in mind that I haven’t gotten any hands-on time with it, and probably won’t for quite some time. This comparison will be doing primarily using tech specs. With that said, let’s get to it.

Pro: Better Tech: As expected, the newest iPhone is a good step up from previous iPhones. It features the new A6 chip, 5GHz Wi-Fi, the ability to do 720p HD video on the FaceTimes Camera and the ability to take photos while shooting video. Apple made sure to keep advancing the tech to stay competitive, and Apple fans won’t be disappointed.

Pro: Better battery life: As long as this holds true, I have to admit that I’m a bit impressed with the estimated battery life. There’s up to 225 hours on Standby time, up from the iPhone 4S, and longer hours on Wi-Fi and 3G. Plus, there’s also eight hours on LTE. Speaking of LTE…

Pro: Welcome to 4G: That’s right, the iPhone 5 can finally use 4G LTE. Considering this keeps coming to more areas, it’s just nice to see the iPhone joining a space that Android phones have been at for a while. Sure, some people may not get use out of it, but it really does make a difference.

Pro: Lighter to carry: Besides being almost a full ounce lighter, the phone also doesn’t have as much depth as previous iPhones. The trade-off, though, is that it is slightly taller, at 4.87”. Still it doesn’t look like it will make that much of a difference in height.

Pro: Bigger screen…Con: But not big enough: The screen has finally broken the 4” barrier. This is great, considering the 4 and 4S were both 3.5” screens. However, I still have to question why it wasn’t bigger. Android devices have already pushed past the 4.5” mark, with the Galaxy Nexus topping out at 4.6”. I’m sure Apple will eventually get there, but how far along with the competition be by then?

Con: Why a new charge cord?: One of the biggest reasons I like the iPhone/iPad and iPod is the interchangeable charge cord. I can leave one at home and take one on the road and always be able to charge a device anywhere I go. So, why is Apple now changing from the 30-pin charger to the Lightning charger? There really doesn’t seem to be any big reason for the change, except possibly faster data connection to computers. However, why do we need that with the iCloud now available? I’m disappointed in this move because the ease of connectivity between iOS products seems to have just been thrown away.

Con: New SIM cards: Both the 4 and 4S use Micro-SIM cards to store pictures, contacts and more, making them easily swappable when upgrading. However, that’s not the case with 5. The latest iPhone will use a Nano-SIM card, and will not be compatible with any existing micro-SIM cards. For people using the iCloud, this won’t be a problem to get their data off the cloud and go on their way. However, for anyone not using it, expect a wait as everything gets transferred to a new card. The worst case scenario would be just losing everything while switching phones, but that shouldn’t be a problem for 99 percent of the people out there.

Con: Another big price point: Ah, it wouldn’t be an iPhone without this continuous problem. While the 4 dropped to free, and 4S went to $99, the base iPhone 5, at 16GB, will be $199. For the top model, the 64GB, be prepared to drop $399, as much as an iPad. Sure, Apple fans won’t have a problem with that money, but for someone just looking for a phone, you may want to stick with earlier models for now.

That’s all we have for the pros and cons. If you think we missed one, let us know below. Also, let us know if you plan to pick up the iPhone 5 when it releases on Sept. 21.


  • Henry Deininger October 12, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    biggest con. 5 dropped google maps. for apple maps. and apple maps suck
    big step down

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