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

NEWS ANALYSIS: Apple’s iPhone 5 is finally available without much lead time. But before making a hasty decision to buy it, stop and take the time to consider some important factors.

Apple’s iPhone 5 is the most popular smartphone on store shelves right now. The device comes with a 4-inch display, 4G LTE support, and software in iOS that most people really like.

Although the iPhone 5 is facing stiff competition from companies like Samsung and Motorola, analysts agree that Apple is selling more units of the handset than any other single model from competing smartphone makers.

Until recently, the iPhone 5 was so popular that customers who purchased it needed to wait several weeks for the device to be shipped to them. Now, though, the device is available within a few days, making it more likely that consumers will head to stores to pick one up. But before they do, they should consider a number of factors. The iPhone 5 is a great product, but it shouldn’t be a snap decision for any particular customer to buy one.

Read on to find out about the different factors customers should consider before they decide to buy Apple’s iPhone 5. Remember: expediency isn’t always the best idea.

1. It’s a bit pricey

The iPhone 5 is one of the more expensive smartphones on the market. Customers who want to buy the 16GB model will be set back $199 with a two-year agreement. The 32GB option costs $299, while the 64GB model goes for $399. Those who don’t want to pay that much should look closely at alternative devices.

2. Is iOS the right operating system?

Apple’s iOS is a difficult operating system to handicap. The software’s ease-of-use makes it a top option for those who don’t want to deal with a lot of bells and whistles. Advanced users, however, will find more features in Android, including multi-user support and near-field communication. Deciding whether a more-advanced operating system makes more sense is always a prerequisite to buying the iPhone 5.

3. Storage capacity matters

Those who have already decided that they want an iPhone 5 will then need to figure out how much storage they need. For some folks, 16GB is just fine. For others, bumping storage up to 32GB or 64GB is required. In most cases, it’s best to stick with the 32GB or 64GB options, since they future-proof users who download a lot of videos. Don’t forget: storage size really matters.

4. How important is 4G LTE?

Is Apple’s integration of 4G LTE all that important? If so, then opting for the iPhone 5 is a must. However, for those who aren’t in areas where LTE is available or unnecessary, it might be a good idea to consider the iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S. Those devices are cheaper and work fine without access to a 4G LTE network.

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger is a longtime freelance contributor to several technology and business publications. Over his career, Don has written about everything from geek-friendly gadgetry to issues of privacy...