iPhone 5 - Harder, Better, Faster... Longer

Figured the time for this thread has come.

I’m a bit let down by the phone but am begrudgingly updating to this from my iPhone 4. 4G is good (though caps are bad for most providers), bigger, lighter, longer lasting is all good things, but very conservative. The iPhone is no longer the leader of the pack in my mind, though it’s hard to say that any one phone is. It’s sad the amount of features that the competition offers and Apple still does not bring to the table. I’d like widgets, nfc, oled, better voice recognition with faster and more robust search capabilities (Give me Google Now), better camera, better notifications. Very bummed that they are using yet another proprietary connection, lightning, so now every radio, car, etc needs an adapter (and even then hope that it works).

Still, I’m due for an upgrade and my phone has a broken speaker mic, can stay grandfathered into the unlimited AT&T plan on 4G, and I do like the new phone. I hope iOS6 and the new iTunes turn out ok.

Pro-tip for those who are selling an older AT&T iPhone: if you are out of contract and are in good standing you can request AT&T to factory unlock your phone for free and increase the resell value of your device here: https://www.att.com/deviceunlock/client/en_US/ Says it takes 5-7 business days. If you want it done faster you can pay $10 on ebay here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/ATT-AT-T-UNLOCK-SERVICE-ITUNES-USA-Apple-iPhone-3-3G-3GS-4-4S-UNLOCKED-/200813748947?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2ec16ea2d3

Pro-tip for those who pre-ordered the iPhone 5 to have it shipped, you can track your phone by typing in your phone number in the “Track By Reference” section: http://wwwapps.ups.com/WebTracking/track?loc=en_US

I’ve had the 3GS, 4, and 4S, and this is the first upgrade I’m skipping since I jumped on the iPhone bandwagon. I upgraded to the 4S last year because my wife’s 3GS was falling apart and she uses the camera so much that she’d really benefit from the better-built/better camera 4. And this year, I might have upgraded to the 5 to get the marginal improvements, if they’d kept the connector the same.

But by changing the connector, I now would have to get a new car dock (their adapter is too long to make it practical in that scenario), a new HDMI adapter once they finally ship them, and a few new charging cables. Adding all that to the process, it becomes more hassle and expense than the marginal improvements justify.

Instead, I’m going to skip an upgrade cycle. Then, in 2013, my AT&T contract will be up and I’ll be free to choose both a phone and a carrier. And I can either go for an iPhone 6 or 5S or whatever they ship next year, or I may well make the jump to Win Phone 8 if the primary apps I use are available then.

I probably would have bit the bullet on the 5 if the screen had been larger overall instead of just taller. But no, you people with your tiny Dooneese hands made Apple do the weird stretchy thing instead. :)

Employees of the Man get a free WP8 and Surface anyways :)

However, the new phone fits perfectly in the magazine pockets on my 5.11 tactical pants. ;-)

There’s that too. :) But it’s kinda free–still gotta renew your phone company contract. That’s why I didn’t go to WP7 when they did the similar thing two years ago; I didn’t want to renew my contract at the time.

Hmmm 'zat true? How can I get a gig at Microsoft in the next 6 weeks?

Just got mine yesterday, and I’m really liking it so far. The extra height made it feel a bit weird at first, but I got used to it pretty quickly.

The maps thing hasn’t been an issue for me yet - my area seems to be unaffected by poor directions, but that’s only after a day or so.

I’m torn between keeping this phone and looking at WP8. This is a solid effort, but I am starting to get a bit frustrated at the inability to do simple UI tweaks that other phones have had for years.

Good news no glass cover anymore so no more need for back covers oh wait it scratchs really easy, if only there were a material that was durable, resistant and light but no one makes jewels out of plastic. This is what you get for over emphasizing the look of the phone over the function, my Iphone 4 is great device the looks have nothing to do with it and it sits safely, within reason, behind a cover.

Are you seriously saying that plastic won’t scratch if you HAMMER AND RUB IT VIGOROUSLY WITH YOUR KEYS?

I mean, yeah, things get damaged if you abuse the fuck out of them. This is not news.

That was way cuter than your typical “Will It Blend?” episode.

And to be fair, it’s not like Apple has a history going all the way back to the original iPod of metallic rear surfaces scratching easily or anything…

FWIW, this is my original gen 1 iPod Touch after almost exactly 5 years of normal use. Not put in a pocket with keys, not given to a two-year-old, just used at the gym, around the house, and for the past couple of years, by an 8/9-year-old.

Heh. It’s the iPod that came from the A-Ha “Take On Me” universe.

Aren’t you guys all just going to stuff your phones into ugly covers and cases anyway?

I was planning on replacing my 3GS with the new 5, but I’m not sure that it’s worth it now. In fact the 4S might be a better alternative, although if it comes with iOS6 pre-installed I might just hang onto the 3GS instead. The map app debacle is a big factor, although I’m sure Google will release an app at some point which will invalidate that.

But upgrading your phone should come with a sense of excitement. That’s completely lacking for me, which tells me that it would be a mistake. Still, at least I don’t have to worry about scratch paranoia! (the back of my phone looks a little like Denny’s, and you know what? I just don’t care!)

Besides, if I hold onto the 3GS much longer, I’ll start to benefit from retro chic.

You guys are nuts. Go play with a 5 in the store and stop listening to pundits whine on the internet for page views. I get that for a few of you super serious business people the maps are totally crucial to your way of life, or whatever, but the level of hand-wringing and skepticism in this thread is totally out of whack for what is, in reality, a really amazing phone. Seriously, got a 4S? Don’t upgrade. I’m not. But if you’ve got a 4, and DEFINITELY if you’ve got a 3GS, you should be giving this phone some serious consideration. Don’t listen to a bunch of jaded technophiles.

Also in today’s news, hot is warmer than cold, and steel is still harder than aluminum.

Also: don’t put your keys in the same pocket as your phone if you care about scratches.

Maybe I’m crazy, but I think Denny’s phone looks awesome. Pretty soon they’ll be selling them pre-scratched acid wash so that people can act like they’ve had theirs for a long time.

Oh I am giving it serious consideration, which is why I’ve gone from “I will buy this” to “This may not be the best option”. The maps issue is not a small one for me, so at the very least I’m going to wait to see how that gets resolved. In other respects I’m having trouble seeing the cost-benefit of a 5 over a 4S. And yes, with a 3GS I should be throwing money at the screen, but I’ll be looking at alternatives instead of making the impulse purchase I was expecting to make.

I already have a Google Maps shortcut on the first page of my apps; it works great for times when “Nike” fails to find “Niketown” in downtown SF using the native Maps app. If they make a native version I’ll install that, but so far so good with the HTML5 version.

It’s a big improvement over my old 4S, and noticeably faster than the One X I’ve been using lately.

I’m a bit let down by the phone but am begrudgingly updating to this from my iPhone 4. 4G is good (though caps are bad for most providers), bigger, lighter, longer lasting is all good things, but very conservative. The iPhone is no longer the leader of the pack in my mind, though it’s hard to say that any one phone is. It’s sad the amount of features that the competition offers and Apple still does not bring to the table. I’d like widgets, nfc, oled, better voice recognition with faster and more robust search capabilities (Give me Google Now), better camera, better notifications. Very bummed that they are using yet another proprietary connection, lightning, so now every radio, car, etc needs an adapter (and even then hope that it works).

Uh, why don’t you just get an Android phone, if you want all the stuff that comes with Android phones?

I stupidly got a 16GB iphone 5 (from a 32 4S), because with all the extra costs associated with it, I couldn’t justify the extra money.

I think I should be ok, because I don’t put any media on the phone. The only place I listened to music was in the car and I put gigs of data on my car’s HD. Photos I download to PC right away, so that just leaves apps and the OS. Worst case scenario, I go to the cloud since I have an unlimited data plan through work.