Why You Shouldn’t Wait for the iPhone 5

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.

Not everyone will want to wait for the iPhone 5.

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Read: iPhone 5 Features: What to Expect This Fall.

Need a Phone Immediately

The Droid RAZR MAXX is a solid choice.

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.

Read: iPhone 3GS Review: Three Years with the iPhone 3GS.

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.

The iPhone 4S will soon hit Virgin Mobile.

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.

The Samsung Galaxy S III might be worth upgrading to.

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.

Comments

  1. Chaz says

    I have an iPhone 4 and a Galaxy 2. I’m currently deciding if I want to wait for the 5 or just go for the nexus 3. Do you think that the changes apple could make to the 5 justifies waiting for it? Love to hear your opinion Adam.

    • heaven says

      i wouldn’t wait i didn’t the only difference is a bigger screen and 4g lte that’s y i didn’t wait becuz i don’t need either f that considering i just bought a new Samsung galaxy s3 nd i like my iPhone 4s better and there making the new iPhone 5 just like Samsung galaxy s3 so i wouldn’t wait!

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    • Ken says

      Agreed, the 2 month wait would have been more than worth it for many that didn’t wait. I waited and went from the original 4 to the 5; the difference is night and day. Trust me when I say, the 1/2 inch increase in screen real estate is nice and all, but honestly the screen itself just looks better – it makes my original iPhone 4 screen look murky and dull (which I didn’t think was possible because I thought it was fantastic). The shutter speed on the camera is nothing short of amazing as well (the camera may not be that much better than the 4S but the shutter speed is, which I was REALLY looking forward to as anyone else with a toddler can attest to – they never stop moving!). Anyone previously using an iPhone 4 or 4S will notice the weight difference before anything else; I know it seems like such a small amount but is VERY noticeable. They did a really nice job making the phone itself thinner while not compromising in performance or features. LTE (I have AT&T) is nice and speedy (I was grandfathered into unlimited from 3G), and I haven’t had any issues with the Wifi. Siri is nice (coming from the 4 I didn’t have it) and iOS 6 as a whole feels very complete (this can be used on everything from the 3GS to the 5 as well as the iPad 2 and 3; a nice update for all). I am sure they will improve on their own custom Maps app (the 3D buildings, etc.. are neat up I was used to google maps), although for driving I mostly use the Waze app anyway. It’s my understanding that Apple is in talks with Waze to help improve the integrated Maps app. The speakerphone and mics are much improved and call clarity and connectivity thus far have been greatly improved vs my original 4. The lightning connector feels very solid when connecting (it feels like it clicks in place) and being able to plug it in either forward or backwards is great. All around I think they did a fantastic job with the iPhone 5 even if it is missing some features (like NFC) that some were hoping for (personally it seems to me that Apple usually only includes well established hardware into its devices which is why it took awhile for them to include LTE [they wanted a single chip solution and I believe for the LTE networks to broaden a bit], and why NFC was excluded this time around – I think many don’t realize NFC is for more than just purchases). Is the iPhone for everyone; no. Is the iPhone 5 for everyone; again, no. Some will like it, some will hate it, but I don’t think it can be denied that Apple released a nice looking piece of equipment that will appeal to the masses (again, not everyone).

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