Is the iPhone 5 Worth the Upgrade?

There's a lot of hype around the iPhone 5, but is it worth trading in your old iPhone? Take a look at some of the differences between the iPhone 5 and the 4S.

Bigger screen

One of the most obvious differences is the 4" screen, up from 3.5" in the 4S. A longer screen means less scrolling and more space to work with for apps, gaming, and video. Don't make the mistake of thinking that the iPhone 5 is heavier though. It's actually 20% lighter than the iPhone 4S and 18% thinner.

Faster processor

You can cut your download time in half with the new processor in the iPhone 5. Reviewers point out that the iPhone 5 processor is even faster than the new iPad. Smoother graphics and faster photo capture are two more benefits of a faster processor.

Longer battery life

The iPhone 5 battery life is longer than the 4S model, which allows for longer browsing and standby time before charging. The difference isn't huge, but if you're due for an upgrade anyway, it's another win for the iPhone 5.

What else do I need to know?

If you upgrade to the iPhone 5 from an older model, keep in mind that the dock connector and size have changed, which means the iPhone 5 might not work with your current accessories. Charging cables, docking speakers, and alarm clock docking stations may no longer be compatible. You can use an adaptor for most of your docking accessories, but the iPhone 5 won't fit quite the same, since the adaptor makes it taller.
You'll also need a new iPhone 5 case, since older iPhone cases won't fit the new model. With a longer screen, you'll need a new case to fit it.
Also, keep in mind that some users have complained about scratches on the iPhone 5, which comes with an aluminum coating. That means it's even more important to protect your phone with an iPhone 5 case. If it's too late and your phone is already scratched, a new iPhone case can cover those up at little cost.

Upgrade your iPhone case

Need a new case for your iPhone 5? Check out our Little Black Book or Little Pocket Book for scratch-free, worry-free protection.

One thought on “Is the iPhone 5 Worth the Upgrade?”

  • C.B.

    You mention the data capacity as a factor, but your article is about upgrading from an older device, yes? As such, any iPhone 4/4S owner likely has a model with 32 or 64 GB of memory as those have long been the options for the top shelf iPhone model. Therefore the data capacity shouldn't really be considered a factor here.

    You also mention that "your old iPhone case may no longer be compatible". Seeing as how there is a significant difference in every aspect of size between the 5 and oh, every other iphone ever made I would say that unless your old iPhone case is a ziploc bag, it is not going to be compatible. There is no "may be" about it.

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