I’ve had two different models of iPhone so far – the iPhone 3G, which I got about 4 years ago, and the iPhone 4, which is now 2 years old – and the temptation is to follow the same bi-annual pattern, and get the new model. However, I need to fight against the temptation, and have therefore decided to compile a list of reasons NOT to upgrade:
- The new iPhone 5, if bought SIM-free from Apple, is really expensive. The prices in Ireland haven’t been announced yet, but in France and Germany the 16GB “entry level” model is €659. That’s a lot of money! I could of course sign up to a 2-year contract, and get the handset for next to nothing, but that often ends up costing even more in the long run.
- The existing iPhone 4 is still working just fine. Two years ago it was a different story with the iPhone 3G, which had been crippled by Apple’s mismanaged upgrades to iOS. The 3G was running like a dog when I pensioned it off – but that’s not a problem with the 4.
- The new iPhone 5 doesn’t have any show-stopping features that really set it apart from the 4 and make me want to have it. Okay, so the screen on the 5 is a bit bigger and brighter, but the resolution is the same. The 5 has free sat-nav, but then again I very rarely drive.
- Some of the new features of the iPhone 5 don’t apply (or don’t work) in Ireland. None of the mobile networks are even close to launching a 4G network; indeed I don’t think the spectrum auctions have even taken place yet. Also some of the newest Siri functionality won’t apply to Ireland.
- I’ll have to buy adaptors for the new smaller Lightning socket in the iPhone 5. The adaptors cost €29 each – also not cheap!
So there you have it! Five compelling reasons NOT to buy the iPhone 5.
Having said all that, I’ll probably still keep an eye out for the opening of pre-ordering on the Irish Apple Store, just in case.