iPhone 5 - is it worth upgrading?

iPhone 5 - is it worth upgrading?
Now that the iPhone 5 is official, many iPhone 4S owners will have troubles sleeping at night as they will be wondering whether upgrading to the latest model is worth it. After all, we can't deny that the smartphone looks awesome on paper and has more than a few features that make it better than its predecessor. But on the other hand, an iPhone is an expensive investment, especially if one has to pay a fee in order to upgrade early. That is why we decided to give these iPhone 4S owners a hand with our post. We have collected all of the iPhone 5 major upgrades in one place and compared them to what the iPhone 4S has to offer. First things first, let us discuss the iPhone 5's design.



Thinner, lighter, made out of glass and aluminum

Yes, at 7.6 millimeters, the iPhone 5 is impressively thin, and its weight of 112 grams is also worthy of admirations. But is it really worth upgrading just because it looks and feels slightly different? Well, not really, unless you want to look cool when checking your mail on it at Starbucks. Sure, the iPhone 5 is made out of glass and metal, but so is the iPhone 4S, so you don't necessarily need to get the latest model just because of the redesign.

Bigger, 4-inch screen

For the first time in history, an iPhone is equipped with a display larger than 3.5 inches. The iPhone 5 has a 4-inch screen with resolution of 1136 by 640 pixels, which translates into a pixel density of 326ppi. And the 0.5-inch difference should make a noticeable difference in real life - movies, for example, will look better in widescreen, while a bigger portion of a web page will be rendered while browsing the internet. At the same time, Apple promises that the iPhone 5 will still fit beautifully in your hand, despite the bigger display. Therefore, grabbing the latest iPhone for its larger screen seems justified by the benefits you get from it.

Faster, A6 processor

During the iPhone 5 unveiling, Apple didn't miss the chance to show off its brand new A6 system-on-a-chip. Supposedly, the new silicon has twice the computational power of the A5 chip and has better graphics as well. But in reality, getting an iPhone 5 mainly because of the processor upgrade is recommended mainly if you play games or use applications that can take advantage of the additional performance. Casual users should stick to their iPhone 4S as they are less likely to notice the performance boost provided by the new chip.

8MP main camera, front-facing cam with FaceTime in HD

If you are one of those folks who likes taking tons of photos with your iPhone, then you're probably interested in checking out what the iPhone 5 is capable of capturing with its 8-megapixel camera. Well, to be fair, chances are that photos will look about as good as they do when taken with an iPhone 4S, which is why an upgrade is not worth it just because of the camera. If you would like to have clearer, better-looking FaceTime conversations, however, that upgraded front-facing cam should come in handy.

4G LTE

This one is a no-brainer. If you absolutely need to stay connected to the web even when a Wi-Fi hotspot is not available nearby, then it makes sense switching to the iPhone 5, which supports LTE at up to 100Mbps. That's 100 with two zeros! Yeah, that may be just a theoretical peak, but figures in excess of 10Mpbs are likely to be reached under real life conditions, depending on your carrier. 

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iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)

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77 Comments

1. KingShango

Posts: 89; Member since: May 16, 2012

The only reason for a 4s user to upgrade would be LTE

35. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

Personally upgrading from iphone 3gs to iphone 4 to the Iphone 5 is good deal, but upgrading from iphone 4 to the iphone 4s looked really stupid to me since the phones looked the same only had internal upgrade.

36. cheetah2k

Posts: 2227; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

I'd wait to see if Samsung bans the i5 from the shelves over LTE patents before getting one..

47. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

If you wanted one, then is get one before a ban. They can't come and take it back from you.

65. imsickwithphone

Posts: 76; Member since: May 17, 2012

42. traccer055

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 04, 2009

If you're a 4s user an upgrade you are a fool any other user is foolish not to upgrade

72. DonkeySauce

Posts: 194; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

If I don't upgrade to the iPhone 5, how will all the other hipsters at the coffee house (whose opinion I don't care about) know that I'm really cool?

2. Xauthority

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Lumia 920 is worthy upgrade

3. Savage unregistered

Not really. Apple users, be smart. Wait for the 5S next year. Maybe it'll bring NFC, if you are lucky.

7. md227a

Posts: 226; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I agree, 4S users wait till next year. Unless you have to have lte or a larger screen.

12. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

and in that case get the Xperia V GREAT design, Larger Screen (4.3 inches) and ummmm better OS? lol

26. true1984

Posts: 864; Member since: May 23, 2012

yeah 720p on a 4.3" screen does look beautiful. I really wish it was on Sprint...

45. s1ebee

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

No... be even smarter, the 6 will be out the year after... But if you want to be extra smart wait for the 6s the year after...... Or, to be beyond smart the 7 etc etc etc.... Just buy a f**king phone and be happy, they're all very clever

4. intos

Posts: 93; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

if they give to you like a present ... yes its worth... but no way to give money to buy it !!

5. imsickwithphone

Posts: 76; Member since: May 17, 2012

iPhone 5 - is it worth upgrading? Tim Cook - absolutely VERY LOL AND TROLL!!!!

28. ekia007

Posts: 61; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Hey Time Cook, is this a revolutionary phone? I think apple is out of innovation.

34. imsickwithphone

Posts: 76; Member since: May 17, 2012

Hey Time Cook, is this a revolutionary phone? Tim Cook - absolutely I think apple is out of innovation. Tim Cook - I agree with you

37. cheetah2k

Posts: 2227; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

It's clear Apple spent more $ in law suits than R&D for the iPhone 5....

6. doejon

Posts: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

no way lol haha isheeps now pls say that the iphone 5 is better than the rest of the world innoavtion? hahaha shame on u apple

8. htc_prep

Posts: 303; Member since: Oct 09, 2009

yes its worth upgrading if you have the 4 and are elegible for upgrade and have the money to spend yes if you have a broken iphone 4s and some how get an upgrade. no. if you have a 4s working fine and happy with your current carrier and elegible for an upgrade. no. not if you plan on paying full retail.

27. true1984

Posts: 864; Member since: May 23, 2012

paying full retail for an iPhone is plain insanity

9. d_striders

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 06, 2012

Iphone 5 is not even in the league. I don't think its worth it.

17. rainyday

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

"League of extraordinary smarthphones"...starring Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC ONE X, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Nokia Lumia 920. Sadly, iPhone 5 didn't get the part for this movie.

18. Jelly_Bean

Posts: 109; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

You forgot my Note 2 brother....!!!

21. rainyday

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

true...sorry Note 2

49. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

aren't all the phone already discounted?..

52. Jelly_Bean

Posts: 109; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

@Gallitoking :- I just stopped to thumb you down.

59. Alistaire

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

All the more reason to get them. paying less for soooo much moreeeee.

76. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

just to thumb you down cause you're not in a movie

75. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

& the BOND PHONE XPERIA T already stared in a movie

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