So its been two weeks since the tech giant Apple has released the infamous iPhone 5. I got mine on the first day by pre-ordering it online when it was announced. 10:25A.M. and my package arrived courtesy of UPS. Unfortunatley I wasn’t home to greet them, but I immediately opened it once I did get home.
My first impressions was that it was sexy to look at. I got the black one, and even though it looked like a longer version of the iPhone 4, 4s, it still looked really clean and impressive. The way Apple coated the band around the phone was so complimentary of the whole phone itself. The matte black on the back also helped finish the overall look.
I will admit though that I was a little irritated that Apple didn’t come out with a whole new look. I was looking forward to not just a longer iPhone but a slightly wider iPhone too. I also wanted to see a possible curve on the back to where it would rest in your hand more comfortably.
Another thought would be to offer something else besides black and white. Apple has stayed true to these two colors for so long yet they offer silver computers and laptops.
The first couple hours of using the phone, I didn’t feel like there was much difference. Yes the screen is longer, but 95% of the apps were not utilizing it. You can still see black space on the top and bottom of the screen.
That night I went out with some friends to go hang out at some popular spots. To my surprise, no one else had the new iPhone. I remember reading that Apple sold some 8 million units during pre-sale and so forth, but looking around no one had the 5. I was shocked. I started to ask people that were at the table and only two out of the 6 said they pre-ordered the phone, but unfortunately their shipment ws delayed.
The next day I went to work at my job and again no one had the new iPhone. Are people getting bored of the phone? Was the design to similar? Were people waiting to get upgrade eligibility before getting it? Or do people know that the 5S was going to be the next model and that it would be exactly the same?
For whatever reason it was, I asked my wife if she saw any of her friends, family, or co-workers with the phone and she also told me she was the only one.
So its been two weeks since I have had my new iPhone 5. I have not touched my old 4S during this time, and yesterday was the first time I grabbed it so i could delete the data and put it up on eBay. Let me tell you, I could see a huge difference. The 4S seemed so obsolete and ancient. It was like holding something that was of the past.
The screen was small, and seemed somewhat dull. The iPhone 4S was also heavy in comparisson to the 5 and it was just unattractive.
Apple has a way to make consumers feel like they are holding something new, fresh, and elite when a new product comes out. They are magicians at that. Even though the phone esthetics are 80% similar and there are a few minor adjustments, it really really makes a difference.
Overall I am extrememly happy with the new iPhone 5. Apps all around are starting to adjust to the height of the screen as my Apps Store is constantly informing me of APP updates. Games, email, work apps, and other apps look so much better when they are utilizing the full screen.
I have always gone with the smalled storages when purchasing iPhones. First was 8GB then 16GB but this time around I have opted to go with 32GB. Reason for this is because with all the music I carry and photos that I am constantly shooting.
For anyone that is looking for an upgrade, I suggest you make the switch. You can easily sell your iPhone 4 or 4S to cover your costs and maybe come out of pocket a little, but trust me, you will definitely see a difference.