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Impressions of the iPhone 5
Published on September 12, 2012 By Draginol In Mobile Tech

So the iPhone 5 is out and naturally the fans and detractors have lined up.

For me, the iPhone 5 is a no-brainer upgrade. LTE.  I have LTE on my iPad and it makes a huge difference when I'm traveling.  If the only thing the iPhone 5 had was LTE, I'd still upgrade from my 4S to it.

Of course, that's not the only thing in the iPhone 5 delivers.

Here are a few of the things I care about to varying degrees:

  1. It's about 20% lighter than the 4S.  I kind of care about that.  
  2. It's about twice as fast as the 4S.  I don't care about that at all. The 4S is already plenty fast.
  3. It has a slightly larger screen in the sense that it's now 16x9 so it's a bit longer. I don't care about that, if anything it's a negative.
  4. The video camera now has dynamic low lighting support. I kind of care about this.
  5. The WiFi is now dual-band. This means better performance and range. I kind of care about this.
  6. It has a new connector. This means it's not compatible, without an adapter, with all the various iPhone/iPod connectors.  This doesn't bother me as the old one was clunky and dated.
That's pretty much it.  But like I said, the LTE support is the big thing for me.  LTE means cable modem speeds pretty much in every major city. And for me, that's a big deal.

Comments (Page 2)
on Sep 14, 2012

Well I think my biggest point was that the iPhone is too expensive. All Apple products are. And the cell phone plan is too expensive. Things should be a bit more affordable instead of being driven by greed.

on Sep 14, 2012

What's new in the iPhone 5

Wait I know that.

It is 30 to 8 pin connector that costs 29£ 

on Sep 14, 2012

Hey Wizard, I also have a Tracfone, serves every purpose in a cell phone that I need, to make and receive phone calls.  I would rather have and like having satellite TV than a smartphone.  We are all different with different needs to satisfy. 

on Sep 14, 2012

kona0197
Well I think my biggest point was that the iPhone is too expensive. All Apple products are. And the cell phone plan is too expensive. Things should be a bit more affordable instead of being driven by greed.

So Island Dog understood your point perfectly.  It was just a bad point. 

I believe Aston Martins should be priced at about $15,000 so I could afford one.  Those evil greedy assholes and their $240,000 price tag.  Their greed is keeping me from what I wannnnttttttt!!!!!!   

on Sep 14, 2012

kona0197
Well I think my biggest point was that the iPhone is too expensive. All Apple products are. And the cell phone plan is too expensive. Things should be a bit more affordable instead of being driven by greed.

There is no iPhone plan, the cell phone plans for iPhones are the same plans for any smartphone. Now if you are saying smartphone plans are too expensive, well that is just a choice each person has to make for themselves, but don't put that on the iPhone alone.

on Sep 14, 2012

Well.. it's shiny, it will sell.

The interface is outdated beyond believe.

on Sep 14, 2012

kona0197
Things should be a bit more affordable instead of being driven by greed.

Prices are driven by market demand.  If demand supports the price, it's not greed, it's sanity.  It's not the market's fault that its results are at variance with your valuation of things.

on Sep 14, 2012

If that's true explain to me why Apple products cost more than other products. Take a Macbook for example. Same CPU as a Windows based PC. Same RAM. Most of the same motherboard parts. Yet a Macbook starts in price at over a grand and a Windows based notebook can be had for less than 500 dollars.

on Sep 14, 2012

kona0197
If that's true explain to me why Apple products cost more than other products. Take a Macbook for example. Same CPU as a Windows based PC. Same RAM. Most of the same motherboard parts. Yet a Macbook starts in price at over a grand and a Windows based notebook can be had for less than 500 dollars.

Kona...it's still 'market demand'.

If a price is actually 'too much' it will not sell.

The fact it DOES sell demonstrates it is NOT 'too much'.

Apple only has a monopoly on iPhones.  It [fortunately] does NOT have a monopoly on SAMRT phones.

If they did the iPhone5 would be well over a grand, I am sure....

on Sep 14, 2012

Kantok
I believe Aston Martins should be priced at about $15,000 so I could afford one. Those evil greedy assholes and their $240,000 price tag. Their greed is keeping me from what I wannnnttttttt!!!!!!

I'd rather they were closer to 5 ....so I could buy a few of them....

on Sep 14, 2012

Value is always in the eye, and mind, of the customer.  There is a market for virtually everything.  A company trying to sell a product has to decide what market they are going to target and price their merchandise according to what they believe that target market is willing to pay.  Apple, through all the means at its disposal, has been able to persuade a sizable market that there is value in many of the products they sell equal to the prices they charge (not all - remember the Lisa).  The goal price for any product is just below the price that discourages purchase by the target market.  If sales volume meets or beats the goal (lots of people buy it), then they priced it well.

So.

on Sep 15, 2012

It [fortunately] does NOT have a monopoly on SAMRT phones.

I'm guessing this is one of those Friday night things... again... you know, it's five and twenty past beer o' clock and the Zubish is just starting to creep in a bit.

on Sep 15, 2012

No....actually that's the samrt way to spell samrt .... Spell checker

 

 

 

[yes, it was friday]....

on Sep 15, 2012


Quoting Kantok, reply 19I believe Aston Martins should be priced at about $15,000 so I could afford one. Those evil greedy assholes and their $240,000 price tag. Their greed is keeping me from what I wannnnttttttt!!!!!!

I'd rather they were closer to 5 ....so I could buy a few of them....

Now you're just being greedy!

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