We’ve haven’t given Apple much news coverage lately, mostly because there isn’t much news to give. Apples iPad Mini, though a new product, isn’t anything new hardware and technology wise. in fact, it’s just a smaller version of a much older iPad. But the iPhone 5 is still around and still selling very well, as it should. The iPhone 5 is a solid device with a strong brand behind it all, not to mention iOS. Although the iPhone 5 isn’t new, folks still want it and may only be able to upgrade just now. So, should you upgrade to an iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, or go for a different brand all together?
There are a few things to consider before you sell your iPhone 4 for the upgrade. First and foremost is price. If you happen to be renewing your contract you have a much better forecast of spending than someone who just wants to buy one without a contract. With a contract a new iPhone 5 can run you anywhere between $199 to $399, depending on the internal storage you go for. Apple products are naturally high in price due to the fact that they are the only ones making iPhones, there is no competition so there is no need to undersell their product. Not entirely bad, it ensures a high profit on their product, but does involve you spending more on something you don’t have a choice on if you want a phone with iOS (Apple’s operating system). If that is what you ultimately want though, it is probably worth it.
Lets say you don’t have an iPhone and have been thinking of switching to the iPhone 5. Well, you want to test the phone out first. Unlike Android device, the Apple operating system is the same on the iPhone 4, the 4s and the 5, there is no slight variance (except for the 5′s bigger screen). So if you go Apple, your future upgrades within Apple products won’t be shocking and you most likely won’t have to relearn where certain things are. But, like I said before, TEST THE PHONE OUT FIRST. Don’t just get an iPhone because your friends told you to, make sure you like the way it feels. Remember, you’re going to theoretically have this phone for two years, so you want to be sure you feel comfortable with it.
Next thing you want to consider is Apple Care. When you get an iPhone, and it breaks, you don’t go to your cell providers store, you go to an Apple Store. This can be life or death to some, as not all areas have an Apple Store within driving distance. The other thing attached to that is repair’s typically expensive, as is the insurance if you choose to get it. This will obviously bump up the price of you iPhone 5 purchase, but if you really want it, by all means, go for it.
You also should try Apples main competitor, at least at this very moment, which is the Samsung Galaxy S 3. Feel them side by side and decide which one you like best. Do you like the Galaxy’s bigger screen? Or do you prefer a phone that’s easier to hold in your hand with a solid operating system background? There are many factors that separate the two phones, but you should really consider the ones that matter most to you. Once you’ve decided what phone you want, all you have to do is pay up the cash.