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iPhone 5 - is it worth upgrading?

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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

The iPhone 5

The iPhone 5

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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posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:44 14

1. KingShango (Posts: 89; Member since: 16 May 2012)


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

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 16:36 12

35. shy2papa (Posts: 336; Member since: 23 Jan 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.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 16:44 14

36. cheetah2k (Posts: 1746; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


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

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 19:21 3

47. tedkord (Posts: 14120; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


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

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 21:35

65. imsickwithphone (banned) (Posts: 76; Member since: 17 May 2012)


SOO TRUE
https://plus.google.com/u/0/103578822095507574716/ posts

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 17:19 4

42. traccer055 (Posts: 11; Member since: 04 Sep 2009)


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

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 08:54

72. DonkeySauce (Posts: 194; Member since: 03 Dec 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?

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:47 42

2. Xauthority (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


Lumia 920 is worthy upgrade

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:47 47

3. Savage (unregistered)


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

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:50 16

7. md227a (Posts: 171; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


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

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:53 11

12. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


and in that case get the Xperia V

GREAT design, Larger Screen (4.3 inches) and ummmm better OS? lol

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 16:19 4

26. true1984 (Posts: 830; Member since: 23 May 2012)


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

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 18:10 4

45. s1ebee (Posts: 20; Member since: 04 Apr 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

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:48 9

4. intos (Posts: 92; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


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

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:48 14

5. imsickwithphone (banned) (Posts: 76; Member since: 17 May 2012)


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

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 16:22 3

28. ekia007 (Posts: 61; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


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

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 16:33 4

34. imsickwithphone (banned) (Posts: 76; Member since: 17 May 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

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 16:45 5

37. cheetah2k (Posts: 1746; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


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

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:49 3

6. doejon (Posts: 406; Member since: 31 Jul 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

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:51 3

8. htc_prep (Posts: 303; Member since: 09 Oct 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.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 16:20 1

27. true1984 (Posts: 830; Member since: 23 May 2012)


paying full retail for an iPhone is plain insanity

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:51 6

9. d_striders (Posts: 7; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)


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

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 16:02 16

17. rainyday (Posts: 44; Member since: 04 Sep 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.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 16:04 14

18. Jelly_Bean (Posts: 109; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


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

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 16:10 12

21. rainyday (Posts: 44; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


true...sorry Note 2

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 19:27

49. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)


aren't all the phone already discounted?..

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 19:39

52. Jelly_Bean (Posts: 109; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


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

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 20:51

59. Alistaire (Posts: 132; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


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

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 22:15

76. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


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

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 22:15

75. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


& the BOND PHONE XPERIA T already stared in a movie

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