While many consumers were hoping for an iPhone 5 announcement at WWDC 2012, the event didn’t prove fruitful and those interested in an iPhone 5 will have to wait for a release date that will likely come this fall.
As is the case with most iPhone launches, the iPhone 5 has seen numerous rumors sprout to the surface indicating that it will feature everything from 4G LTE data speeds to a new design to a larger 4-inch screen.
That being said, we likely won’t know what the iPhone 5 actually has on board until it arrives in the fall, something that makes the decision about whether to wait for the iPhone 5 a difficult one.
So here, we’ll take a look at why waiting for the iPhone 5 and its presumed release date sometime during the fall might not be worth it to some consumers.
On the flip side, those who are juggling the decision will also want to check out Why You Should Wait for the iPhone 5.
Need a Phone Immediately
Let’s start with an obvious reason why consumers might not want to, or should we say, might not be able to wait for the iPhone 5. Maybe their current phone fell in a toilet. Maybe it was destroyed by a neighbors dog. Maybe their company is forcing their hands right now to buy a new device. Whatever the case may be, some folks need a phone and need it now.
Unfortunately, the iPhone 5 likely won’t be out until the fall which means that unless spending up to four months without a phone, waiting it probably not the best option. Fortunately though, there are a number of high quality devices on the market right now including:
We don’t recommend a Windows Phone at the moment because none of the current Windows Phones will be getting the upgrade to Windows Phone 8.
Latest and Greatest Doesn’t Matter
For many, having the latest and greatest hardware and software doesn’t matter. The iPhone 5 will surely boast some spectacular hardware and it will likely be coming with iOS 6 which will be bringing over 200 features along with it, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that every consumer needs that.
So, instead of a $199 or $299 or $399 iPhone 5, many consumers might be better off picking up a device that doesn’t cost as much. There are plenty of options in this arena as well.
The iPhone 3GS, an extremely capable device, is currently available for free off-contract. The device will be getting the boost up to iOS 6 and while it won’t receive all of the features, it will get the new Maps app and the user interface changes. It also can run iOS 5.1.1 pretty well.
Apple also offers the iPhone 4 for $99 on-contract. The iPhone 4 is still a fantastic phone and like the iPhone 3GS, it will be getting the update to Apple’s iOS 6 sometime this fall as well.
There are also all sorts of deals on Android and Windows Phone devices which can be found through Amazon or Wirefly. Some of the best Android and Windows Phone smartphones, like the Droid RAZR MAXX, Galaxy Nexus, and Lumia 900, can be found for cheap. And all of those phones feature some pretty incredible hardware.
The RAZR MAXX has both 4G LTE speeds and a massive battery. The Galaxy Nexus features an easily customizable operating system and an HD screen and the Lumia 900 features Windows Phone 7.5 , 4G LTE and superior build quality.
Those are just a couple of examples too. The smartphone market has never been more crowded with solid devices, devices that may not make consumers regret not waiting for the iPhone 5.
You Want an iPhone, But Not With a Major Carrier
For those that don’t want to deal with AT&T, Sprint or T-Mobile, waiting for the iPhone 5 might not be the best idea. That’s because the iPhone 5 is likely going to be launching on those three carriers in October. C-Spire is another possibility but that’s a regional carrier and won’t be available in most areas in the United States.
This year, the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 became available on an absurd amount of carriers including national pre-paid carriers. Virgin Mobile and Cricket will be offering the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 4 soon and they won’t require a contract.
There is no guarantee that the iPhone 5 will appear on these carriers and even if it does, it probably wouldn’t do so until 2013.
Don’t Care About Apple
For those that don’t care about Apple and couldn’t care less about the new iPhone, there are, again, an absurd amount of options out there at the moment. We’ve already listed a few including the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX, the Samsung Galaxy S III and the HTC One X, but there are way more than that.
Every single major U.S. carrier has some pretty intriguing options to take a look at. Here is a breakdown of what we consider to be the three best non-Apple devices on all four major U.S. carriers.
AT&T: HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Note,
Sprint: HTC EVO 4G LTE, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Nexus
T-Mobile: HTC One S, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy S II
Verizon: Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Nexus
You Can Afford To Upgrade In The Middle of a Contract
For those that have a vault of money at home, it’s also possible to upgrade to a new device from an old device, right this moment. This of course will require a significant amount of money.
Carriers who require a two-year agreement won’t allow users to get a new phone at a subsidized price until that contract is up. However, those that possess the funds, can upgrade in the middle of a contract to a new device not called the iPhone 5 if they so choose.