5 Reasons You Shouldn't Upgrade to the iPhone 5

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The iPhone 5 has been officially announced and pre-sales sold out on Apple's site in one hour. Guess what? If you have an iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5 isn't necessarily worth the upgrade. Apple's new mobile operating system, iOS 6, will be able to run on your device, so you'll get all of the same great enhancements, from the smarter Siri to Facebook integration. Here are 5 other reasons why it may be better to hold on to your current iPhone--and you money--just a little longer.

1. All the usual upgrades

Apple put a faster processor in the iPhone 5 with its slimmer and lighter design. Well, of course its faster, slimmer and lighter. Every new model since the iPhone's initial debut has been faster, slimmer and lighter. Despite the new svelte profile, it's not as if people have been complaining about the bulk or weight of the iPhone 4 (now free) or iPhone 4s (now $99).

2. The camera isn't much better.

The iPhone 5 will take beautiful pictures...just like the iPhone 4S. Both have an 8-megapixel camera with all the same bells and whistles. The main difference is that the new iPhone 5 has a sapphire crystal lens, which Apple says will help prevent scratches. Apple says the camera is 40 percent faster, but for many folks the 4S is fast enough. 

The biggest improvement is to the software, which will be available to both the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S with iOS 6. So you'll be able to share those Photo Streams with your iPhone 5-toting friends. Want panoramic pictures? That's part of iOS 6, too. 

3. Letterboxing

Is there anything less attractive than viewing an older iPhone application in a letterboxed view on the iPhone 5's new 4-inch screen? Apple is requiring app developers to redesign their applications for this new larger screen. Therefore, your favorite iPhone app may operate in letterbox-mode indefinitely, not just wasting the extra space, but looking worse than it would on the previous display.

4. New dock connector

The iPhone 5 has a new connection port called Lightning, and it's not compatible with any existing hardware. Sure, you can buy a huge adapter for $29 (!), but this adapter won't help connect all those accessories with built-in iPhone docks. Plus, the adapter is huge, and will no doubt be an eyesore against the new iPhone 5's beautiful aesthetic.

And if you just bought a new car with a built-in 30-pin iPhone connector, the large white adapter is certain to detract from the intended seamless iPhone integration.

5. No NFC

Now let's talk about the list of features not on the iPhone. The biggest omission is Near Field Communications (NFC), which would allow wallet-like features with a tap of the phone. NFC seemed like the perfect compliment to the new Passbook application, allowing coupons, airport check-ins, and loyalty cards to register with a quick tap. Instead, the iPhone 5 is stuck with barcodes, and the app will work exactly the same on the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4.

Bottom Line

The iPhone 5 is shiny and new, but it's important not to get lost in the marketing hype. The bigger screen, 4G LTE speeds, and superslim design will be enough to win over lots of shoppers, but others may want to wait for something even better. After all, the iPhone 5S is only 12 months away.

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  • Pinks Says:

    I advise you NOT to buy the 5. I've had it for little over 6 months and the charger part of the phone doesn't work...
    And many people have complained about this fault and that the sleep button stops working... your best to wait until these problems are fixed( so either wait till the 5s is out or get the 4s)

  • lillie Says:

    Can someone plzzzz help me , I'm so confused dunno which iphone 2 buy 4s or 5 ??? :|

  • Alec Says:

    I'm just laughing at how they mention the iPhone 5S when it's not even confirmed or talked about!

  • Marco Says:

    I've never owned a window phone but I've had galaxy s3 verizon android, droid dna and they have cool little features but at the end of the day my iPhone 5 is better. I'm not the geeky type at all either. the apple iPhone 5 on verizon has the best clarity when making phone calls, it has better battery life and finally the new plug chargers my i phone 5 not a lot quicker but enough to notice over my brothers 4s. Talk Reception and battery life on android devices is simply inferior. Reception and battery life are my top priorities and apple has hit the nail on the head with what matters most. At least to me.

  • C. Says:

    I need my phone's os to be more secure than android os and that is ios. I don't want to worry about mal- and spyware. All the malicious code out there was written for the open source android with thousands of reported infections last year. Due to apples closed ios there was none up to date.

  • Bob Says:

    I want a 5, but I'm stuck with a 4S until December 2014 :(

  • Jason Stussy Says:

    I have a question concerning the iPhone, for anyone to answer. I'm not a huge fan of riding on the technological carousel and buying every single new gadget that comes out, but I've had the same cell phone for six years now, and figure it's time for an upgrade. My question is, should I purchase the iPhone 5, or get the iPhone 4S instead?

  • peo Says:

    People love to use stupid things to list iPhone's cons, like USB port, NFC, small scree, no expandable storage and etc. As far as the list goes, you know apple will never do any of those stupid things, like Flash support and USB port. Why all you stupid reviewer don't get it. Apple never do things before extensively do research. Yes it does not have any groundbreaking feature, but what mosst people never realize the ultimate power of iPhone is not the iPhone itself, but the iTunes, iCloud and iOS. It's the serive and software that makes it powerful. Without all those feature, what would the iPhone be? Imagine iPhone without app, movies and songs igital store. It makes it such a boring phone even with cool specs.

  • peggy Says:

    For those of you above that DO NOT have iphones, i-phone 4 and 4S had one major difference, 4S is S for SIRI.
    That is the voice recognition software that you can talk to it, and SIRI can respond and look things up and call people with voice commands!

  • Me Says:

    The iPhone 5 is quite crappy for the price if you think about it

  • Jesse Says:

    As a Sales Consultant in the wireless industry for three carriers, as an indirect agent; this is my professional recommendation.
    1. If you are coming from a very old iphone such as the 3g, 3gs, or the 4. I recommend going to a 4s or if you want the larger screen a 5 (which is the first 4G phone they made).
    2. However, if you really are looking to get the best out in the market you might want to go get an android phone.
    Top ones are as follows: SAMSUNG: Note 2, its a quad processor and includes an integrated stylus pen.
    Galaxy S3, features innovative intuitive control and easy photo share and online instant download.
    NOKIA: Lumina's, 920 (HD display), 900, 820, and 800, all of which are Windows phones. The 808 Purveiw, its got a 41 MP built in camera.
    MOTOROLA: Droid Razr's, Maxx HD, HD and M.
    HTC: Droid DNA, One X and Rezound (good bass tone quality).
    To keep up with industry standards at least pick a phone that will get you through the next two years:
    1. At least a dual core processor. We are now into quad.
    2. Should be 4G capable. (Note: the 4s is a 4G capable phone when on the AT&amp;T network.
    3. At least 8 MP camera, we are starting to see phones with more now.
    and always, screen size for handling and viewing is a personal preference.
    As is choosing your sales professional, "happy shopping"!

  • doberry920 Says:

    Nokia lUmia 920 is on top of my wish list and will be what I use my next upgrade on simply because of productivity and the level integration it will have with all my other devices.

  • Him2Gud10 Says:

    Now to a real issue, Apple is not far behind on nuttin. Tell one thing your phone can do that apple phones can't. And I tell you if I would ever need it. Cause most likely I want. Apple prefect stuff, While your android is lacking prefection. Keep thinking apple is behind time, And see who last longer. U had 4g LTE for how long, or 3 years ago, stop lying, verizon didnt have it 3 years ago. If you want to know the truth, every U.S. based phone is behind time. You better check other countries phones, before you think your phone been had somehting, so spectacular!!

  • Him2Gud10 Says:

    I am everywhere when people wanna talk bout apple and android. Keep your android that will phase out in 2-3 months and you'll need new phone for your dairy or candy product update. and i'll keep my iphone for two years and just update over and over again and then buy one when my contract is up. I keep all my iphones for two years. 'pwen'

  • Angel75c Says:

    NFC is neither require nor desired. I send back Credit and Debit cards with NFC in them and request a replacement sans the NFC. I feel the same way about my phone.

    NFC is an automatic security hole. Only a fool would want NFC on their phone. And as such only fools own and use phone with NFC. The GPS is bad enough.

  • Alpha Says:

    4G LTE really??? You know you will only get 4G
    In places that have it. Out of the entire
    USA you will be able to pick up 4g LTE
    in the major citys. I'll stick with 4s untill
    thay actually come up with something
    that's actually better.

  • bluehype Says:

    Nokia lUmia 920...what is IPhone? Never use it and never will...Lumia is so much better than 5...

  • Josh Says:

    I have the iPod touch 5th Generation, black. The iPhone 5 and iPod touch 5 have the same screen dimensions.
    The letterboxing isn't even noticeable. I have several apps on it and I've noticed it, but it doesn't "make it look worse" if you get the black version, which I personally think looks better than the white.

  • iphones 4 old people Says:

    Av u noticed the increase of old people using iPhone? Well iv seen a lot of em and this is why I'm not gonna get another one cuz not only do I want a phone my gran is using but its so easy that these old people know how to use it is embarrassing, sod that I'm getting a phone that's not associated with gray haired old people

  • Mahmoud Says:

    I think your just a stuck up apple hater GET A LIFE

  • jellyfish Says:

    You know 70 years ago, there WERE NO phones in existance. Technology is moving at a breakneck speed, and it's not worth getting angry about the iphone development. Whatever the changes are now, there are bound to be new innovations within the next few years, and all these phones will become outdated as well.

  • Steve Says:

    Letterboxing is not even noticeable if you have the black iPhone. You get black boxes next to a black phone. That is definitely not a reason to avoid the phone.

  • barney Says:

    according to the author's logic you can write the very same article for every update the iphone has gone through. Is there an article about the 4 to 4s slamming it also? get a life everyone!

  • dirk dirkson Says:

    wow really the worst article ever. talk about someone who can't upgrade so they decide to slam the new phone. I mean really.

  • EGC Says:

    This article is just for people with iPhone 4 and 4S. I don't see where the author says it's not a good product; it does say that it's not worth the upgrade... Too much passion here, it's just a phone people. This passion would have a better use in causes like hunger, child abuse, and so on...

  • BeelyG Says:

    A. If your not a fan of apple products
    B. don't buy them
    C. End of story, have a nice day.

  • BeelyG Says:

    It's hilarious how people get all worked up over a phone they don't even own. "My phones better tant your phone"...Uh, ok....you win.It's a phone not a life decision. I have a 4S and I'm happy with it...my wife has an Android and guess what...she's happy with it. Make your own choice based on what you feel is relevant as far as having a phone....me if I can call someone and they can call me, the damn phone doesn't have to make breakfast for me.

  • Jason Says:

    Wait, did someone say they don't want a phone made by Chinese kids? Good luck, it's like finding a laptop not made in China... these days, laptops, tablets, and desktops are made by under a dozen actual manufacturers, and almost all made by Chinese kids..

  • Jay Says:


    Don't even bother trying to talk sense to the iFanboys, we all know the newest model is the biggest iDisaster yet, but the they will always stick up for their overpriced and over-hyped junk because they are addicted to the label.

    P.S Fanboys: don't bother commenting back because i sure as hell will not be wasting my time with even reading this ever again.

  • Danni Says:

    The new iPhone sucks. I want my old one baaaack :'(

  • David Says:

    finally someone who isn't an apple fanboy and just looks at the facts. i used to love apple when they were innovative, like with the ipod touch wheel or the ipod touch. now their features are same if not worse than their competitors' features. if they just barely make their phones better each year, they're eventually going to start losing customers; great marketing can only get you so far. I keep reading more and more complaints by apple consumers about how apple doesn't care about them. apple needs to get their act together and do something right the first time (ios 5 vs 5.1 and now 6).

  • ascottyb Says:

    terminal IOS 6ness contracted with apple bite

    The problem is not Ios 6 but with the new apple corporate culture.

    Ios 6 is a total disaster that exposed apples willingness to handcuff users to an irreversible and often terminal download that has destroyed many iphones and ipads with Battery drain{ 3 hour battery life} , bluetooth problems, locations services problems, wifi problems, cellular data overages raising iphone users bills as much as 100 %, and hazard to navigation apple maps. A few minutes spent on Apple Support groups reveals multitudes of astonished loyal apple users being disabused and lied to at every level of Apple Support.

    Every new system has problems but Apple failure to be transparent about these problems and failure allow users to return to a functional operating system is a new low in corporate corruption.

  • Amy Says:

    I don't understand why people get so heated over iPhones. I've been an iPhone user for five years, and when I first got the phone YES it was phenomenal. It broke a lot of barriers and paved the way for some serious smartphones. But here I am after a couple upgrades toting the iPhone 4S and I just don't see the need to upgrade to the five. I'm also seriously unimpressed with the actual design of the phone. Bigger? Hardly. Competition in screen sizing is definitely huge, and apple doesn't seem to care. And with such a cult like following I guess I can see why. Insult the iPhone and its like you've told an inappropriate your mother is joke. People get offended. They get pissed. And they get downright nasty. When technology is changing, and so many people depend on their phones email, text, and even television viewing...why should we skimp on the size if tge screen?

    Don't get me wrong, it's not going to be an easy thing to leave IOS behind. But that sway isn't strong enough to make me stay.

  • chris Says:

    apple has to start releasing phones faster than 1 a year or they are going to shoot themselves in the foot. i got the 4s and thinking about the samsung galaxy. i love my iphone but also luv those anti iphone commercials

  • CaptM Says:

    Too bad all Apple can really do at this point is follow Android.
    Over a year too late on 4G, 4" and larger screen size, processor speed, voice recognition, etc.
    I may not have what everyone considers the best andriod, but my Bionic rocks and is one of the best purchaces's that I have made and I'm happy with it.
    Sorry, but I would never want to be an iZombie.

  • Lance Says:

    @G the smart guy you make the following statement is kind of ironic isn't it?
    @michael – you are not very smart are you. Please don’t talk about something you know nothing about, you sounded kinda stupid with your statement.

    I agree that upgrading from an older phone to this one you will notice a huge difference, but I would like to compare it to other phones that are out there now.

    1. I agree, with all the usual upgrades are good, if not there wouldn't be much sense in upgrading.

    2. Sure the camera is an upgrade from earlier versions, but the camera doesn't run faster than the camera on evo 4g lte. As a matter of fact I really like the dedicated camera shutter button on top of the phone. It make taking pictures a lot easier.

    3. I agree programmers should make their apps run and looks better for the iphone 5, but will they?

    4. It does make your old connectors obsolete, which I think is a shame. Is it good to upgrade? yes, but why does apple insist on making everything propitiatory? I know it isn't some official standard, but micro usb is found on pretty much everything now. Why does apple still avoid that?

    5. I am not really sure what NFS is, but NFC is in the US at some major locations. Is it widespread? No, but I do believe more companies will adapt to it. To add to that point I am more than sure that my Evo 4g lte has NFC and works quite well actually, I have used it on several occasions.

    I agree with another point made on this board. Why is it that I have to do everything through itunes? On my current phone if I want to remove photos. I can just delete them. If I want to add photos I can plug my phone into my computer and add them like I would on any external hard drive device.

    Which brings me to my main complaint. I work in IT where I have to manage iphones and androids. This is where the major headache comes in. I am pretty sure that anyone that works in IT and has to manage iphones/ ipads in an enterprise environment knows that it can and will be a huge hassle. If anyone has any questions please ask I will answer more later.

    Some people have stated that they have had really good experiences with apple support. I have not. If I have a problem with an android phone I can take it to the local store and they will look at it or replace it if need be. If we have a problem with an iphone I have to take it to the local apple store (45 minutes away) or send it to repair. I actually have sent a couple of them to repair. One of them went fine. The other one they send the exact same phone back stating that they couldn't find any problems with it.

    We tried to use that phone and one of the screws were stripped and sure enough the exact same problems existed on the phone. The volume cut out once in a while. The phone wouldn't shut off not matter what you did and because one of the screws was stripped and not in all the way, it wouldn't charge correctly either.

    Last it may seem simple, but I really enjoy being able to customize my ring tones with ease and customize my UI with ease. Also I know someone stated that they don't see the need for widgets. I can't see why you wouldn't want them. Quick example. Instead of having to turn on the iphone and go into an app to see the weather. I can just create a widget that will show me that as soon as the the phone screen is on.

  • Mike Bowyer Says:

    Why do you people say Fricken? The word is Frigging! It is an English word by the way, not an American one!

  • Hal Says:

    One more thing, Steve Jobs was right. The pre-5 iPhones were designed to fit your hand and it does. It also fits your shirt pocket as it is. The 5? Not so much. It will peek over the top. The 4/4s is going to go down as a classic design right along side of the Polaroid SX-70 which I still have and will not get rid of. Why? Beautiful industrial design.

  • Hal Says:

    I couldn't agree more. By the way, you can do FaceTime over cellular on the iPhone 4S as well. Here is one more reason to stick with the 4s. Stainless steel. The 4 and 4s have a stainless steel band that is much tougher than the aluminum case. Yes, the glass back is vulnerable, all the more reason to be careful with your phone. However, there are products that's can take care of that problem, even a stainless steel back replacement. I like the 4s so much that I bought a new white 64Gb 4s and gave my wife my 16Gb Black 4s. I also saved $100 off the 64Gb price. Yes, the 5 may be a little faster, but it's not THAT fast! The camera is not THAT much better and while HD may be nice for the front camera but it's not THAT great or necessary. Already people are noting damage on the 5 right out of the box. Apple's response? Aluminum is a softer metal. Well duhh! No thanks, I'll stay with my 4s and it's stainless steel.

  • sheryl Says:

    While I have been a mac owner (and lover) since the old emac just not interested in an iphone. I have a milestone x which I love and I love getting my apps from android and amazon. If I hd a choice I would actually take an emac over my macbook pro. I don't think mac products are mades as well as they used to and CS isn't nearly as good.

  • crobb Says:

    Too late, I already got one.

  • Will Says:

    Honestly I will still get it...... Because I upgrade every year....

  • Tara Says:

    @TNTSHUFFLE- Thank you, SOOOOOO much! That was very helpful.
    @ EVERYONE with an opinion...... I am computer iliterate, mobile phone iliterate, smart phone iliterate....basically anything past a flip phone.....I'm iliterate!!!! I use my phone for calling, texting, pictures and videos, and I was looking forward to upgrading to 4S in November, specifically for Siri, because, as I said, I'm iliterate with all this modern tech on the phones. I want the one I can "tell" what to do, and not look for the button and then hit the wrong letter and try and figure out how to backspace, etc. Are you feeling me??? Any ideas on which phone would be right for me? Iphone 4S, Iphone 5, Galaxy or something else..... remember, I like to take pics and post them on Facebook, and send videos. I have 3 kids, and my family lives all over the world, so they'd like to see their grand-daughter's, nieces, etc. as much as possible. I need What do you suggest......

  • No Says:

    This article is somewhat pointless. Of course iPhone users are going to find a million reasons to upgrade to a iPhone 5, they bought an iPhone in the first place. A better argument would have been 'Buy a better phone instead of the iPhone 5'. Obviously an Apple fan is going to buy the iPhone 5, even though it isn't the best smartphone out there. People like the old UI, the iPhone is very popular with older folks and parents. Simple, easy to use. The iPhone 5 is definitely the best iPhone out there right now, and is worth an upgrade if you like iPhones. I think I'm done being condescending now.

  • elchueco Says:

    Samsung galaxy s3 is much better than the iPhone5

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  • barca Says:

    Samsung galaxy s3 &gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt;&gt; iPhone 5

  • Dave Says:

    1. NFC is WAY overrated. 2. Saying the 5S is "only" 12 months away is dumb because a year is by no means "right around the corner" and many of us would prefer LTE iPhones now. 3. This author is clearly a hater going as far as even trying to talk us into believing a bigger screen is actually a BAD thing. 4. For everyone making such a big deal about this dock connector issue.. if Apple switched to mini-USB, iPhone users would STILL have to buy all new docks! Not to mention mini-USB doesn't support USB 3.0 and is not orientation-independent like the new iPhone connector. Stop hating.

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