Weigh In: Is The iPhone 5 Worth It

Posted by Matthew Snider with 12 Comments


So some of you out there have had the iPhone 5 now for a few days. Well is it worth it?

The LTE? The updated processor? The new camera? The size, the color, the backing?

With record breaking numbers (more than 2 million in 24 hours) along with a long awaited design refresh, the iPhone 5 is finally here. But is it worth it?

Is it what you really wanted?

I for one am waiting for the upgrade from Verizon. This model is not one I am willing to spend 650 dollars on out of contract. Although I have yet to get my hands on one. I will have one in my hands shortly.

Weigh in and let us know why you upgraded and what the feature that made you do so really is!

Matthew Snider

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Matthew is the Editor-In-Chief, and founder of Geek for i. He has produced such posts as Top 5 iPhone Apps For The BathroomMac or PC and many more. His love for iDevices started back when he purchased the original iPhone.

12 responses to Weigh In: Is The iPhone 5 Worth It

  1. I did – I had an ipHone 4 that I bought slightly over two years ago and didn’t think the 4S was worth the upgrade. i’ve been very pleased so far. The LTE is incredibly fast – I have a speed test app on the phone and at times LTE outperforms WiFi. The phone is very thin and light which is very nice. I’ve enjoyed using Siri to dictate emails and texts, and it has been very good for that. Overall, I’ve been very pleased.

  2. I won’t be upgrading until next year due to our contract w/ AT&T, but I got to play with a friend’s iPhone 5 this weekend and it is crazy fast, crystal clear and iOS is beautiful on it. Definitely looking forward to next Fall already.

  3. Upgraded from the iPhone 4 – also didn’t feel like the 4s was worth it as it was not much of a change at the time. Going from the 4 to the 5, I don’t see how I could ever go back. The speed is just incredible, the feel of the phone is just perfect, and the screen is amazing. All good things. iPhone 5 surely delivers.

  4. Wife got one. Thinner, lighter. Bigger screen is very nice, but many apps still need updating. I feel like they got the screen size right instead of the minitablets of some Android phones that always take two hands to operate. Speed is the #1 most impressive thing for me. Everything is just faster. Very smooth and the LTE is great (for now until a bunch of people start joining the crowd). New “earpods” are ok, though I feel the travel case is a more useful upgrade than the new design.

    Cons are the new connector. The new connector is just plain annoying having only one cord in the house that works for it instead of the multiple ones for all the other idevices. I do appreciate it’s benefits (fits both ways, smaller, “digital?”, etc.), and overall it’s probably a plus, but just an annoyance really. Most disappointing thing: iOS 6. iOS 6 should have been the overhaul that iPhone 5 was. iOS 6 feels dated, and when people ask me what’s new on it, I’m kind of lost for words because there really isn’t that one or two things that make it great like Siri was for iOS 5 (new, yet worse maps app?). iOS 6 is a lot of tweaks, but feels more like 5.5 than a true numerical update.

    Overall still the best phone out there, but the competition is a lot closer, and even exceeding in some areas this time around.

  5. Graham Brenna  (@GBrenna) September 24, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Waiting until December when my upgrade on Verizon becomes available. Walked into my local Apple store on launch day (in the afternoon) and played around with one of the demos. It was so light and thin! I need to find another job before December so I can justify spending $200 for the upgrade at that time. Being downsized out of my job I’ve held for 9 years kinda sucks when it comes to wanting new tech ;)

  6. Pfft. iPhone. I switched to Windows Phone 8. Tiles FTW!!!

    I keed. I love my iPhone 5. Build quality is really top notch. I have not seen a better designed phone to date. LTE is super fast in NYC (23mb up and 16 down), phone really is very fast. No pauses or hiccups anywhere and Siri runs smoothly. Maps is the weak sauce here though in NYC I haven’t had a problem yet.

    iOS 6 feels great on it and as Brett mentioned, it seems like it’s not a big update, but there’s a lot of refinement that just feels so much better. I suppose this is like the Lion OSX update. Nothing really great out there, but made things run smoother and better.

    iPhone 5 is the best mobile phone to date. No doubt about that. Of course, this business is a fast moving business, so it’ll be fun to see the market compete.

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