iPhone 5 Buying Decisions: 10 Things to Consider Before Making a Deal

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2012-12-04 Print this article Print

5. Don’t forget the Samsung Galaxy S III

Whenever one considers the iPhone 5, they must realize that the Samsung Galaxy S III is an extremely attractive alternative. That device comes with a bigger screen, a better processor, and more features, like near-field communication. To some customers, the Galaxy S III might just be a better purchase option.

6. Apple’s odd update schedule

Apple has been following a rather odd update schedule lately. Apple introduced the third generation iPad in March 2012. Just a few months later Apple released the fourth-generation iPad in November. So far, Apple has stuck to a predictable iPhone launch schedule. But waiting until the spring of 2013 to pick up a new handset might not be a good idea. After all, if Apple launches a new iPhone next summer or fall, as expected, it might be a good idea to wait for its latest product. Those who want to buy now, on the other hand, should go with the iPhone 5 and not wait for the next device. Timing is everything with Apple products.

7. Upgrade eligibility

As noted, Apple’s iPhone 5 starts at $199. However, that pricing is only available to those who are eligible to sign up for a new two-year contract with a carrier. So, before buying the iPhone 5, customers should make sure they’re eligible for an upgrade. If not, they’ll be forced to pay hundreds of dollars more.

8. Fear the break

It’s believed that the iPhone 5 comes with Gorilla Glass 2 technology, limiting the chances of it shattering when it falls. The device also has an aluminum backing to safeguard it in a fall. However, the iPhone 5 isn’t invulnerable and can be broken after one too many damaging experiences. And when that happens, customers need to either buy a new iPhone 5–at the unsubsidized price–or pay Apple hundreds to fix it. In other words, think seriously about iPhone 5 damage costs.

9. Does work support it?

The iPhone is entering the corporate world at a rapid rate. And in many cases, companies are allowing employees to bring their devices into the office. Before buying an iPhone 5, it might be a good idea to speak with your IT decision-maker and see if the device is supported in the office. If so, bring it in and use it.

10. Think seriously about the design

Apple’s iPhone 5 has a different design than what was found in the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. The device is both taller and thinner, making it slightly more difficult to use with a single hand. It’s also important to remember that the device has a headphone jack on the bottom, making it somewhat odd to pack in your pocket when listening to music with ear buds. Is the iPhone 5 design bad? Not a chance. But it does have some compromises that can’t be overlooked.

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