Who exactly should buy an iPhone 5?

Now that the excitement over the new iPhone 5 has probably settled, it is time to wonder about the most important question. Should you get yourself an iPhone 5?

Smartphones often get a new incremental model every year, but not everyone buys a new phone every year. I personally average one every 2.5 years. I spoke to some iPhone fans and critics alike and came up with a short analysis on who should actually go ahead and buy one.

Who should Buy the iPhone 5:

Current iPhone owners

iPhone 5 has a bigger screen and a much faster processor. The specs are great but it is not exactly a path breaking update from its previous version iPhone 4S.

  • If you have an iPhone 4 or its previous versions, then upgrading to an iPhone 5 is a great idea. The phone will be a big improvement from your current phone model.
  • If you are a iPhone fanatic and never miss an upgrade, then you should go right ahead and get a iPhone 5. Chances are you have already pre-ordered it.

Non iPhone owners

This one is a bit tricky, as a lot of Android phones have really caught up with iPhones. Android’s Jelly Bean (4.1) OS version is often cited as more advanced that iOS 6 from Apple.

  • Though Android 4.1 is as good as iOS 6 if not better, there is a big issue with fragmentation. If you own a Android phone and are sick of waiting for the latest OS versions being made available for your phone(usually they are at least 4-6 months late), then opting for a iPhone 5 will be a great idea.
  • If you are a BlackBerry or Nokia user but want to move towards touch phone with a great app market. Then chances are you will like upgrading to iPhone 5.

Who should Not Buy the iPhone 5:

Current iPhone owners

  • If you have an iPhone 4S, then you might not exactly find upgrading to iPhone 5 very exciting. The new iOS6 version along with improvements to SIRI are already available for the 4S version.
  • The iPhone 5 is an expensive device. In India, it will should cost about INR 44,000. Most popular smartphones from other companies are usually atleast 10% to 15% cheaper.

Non iPhone Owners

  • Android users who are really into customizing things on their phones, using their phone as a temporary disk drive will be better advised to not get a iPhone 5 which runs on a very closed system.
  • If you are big fans of the Android, BlackBerry or Nokia ecosystem, then it is better to avoid the iPhone 5.

I personally thought that the magic is missing from iPhone 5, compared to it’s previous versions. I found iPhone 5 a great phone but not exactly a compelling device. So you will have to decide for yourself and see if you find the phone and its apps ecosystem very compelling. Buying a smartphone takes a lot of money, so make sure you buy something that you do not regret later.

Disclaimer: I am an Android phone owner and have never owned an iPhone.


Gokul Sukumar September 19, 2012

HAHA Android ~ ftw >-)

Aditya Kane September 19, 2012

@Gokul: Even though I personally own an Android, I do not think it should be a binary fight between iOS and Android. I want both to survive and keep competing. Competition is usually a good thing for people like you and me who are customers. 😉

Akshat Oswal September 19, 2012

Regarding late updates from Android. If you buy a Nexus Legacy phone, you are sure to get the updates in time. But again these phones are not usually for sale in the Indian market. But hey, don’t we smuggle iPhones too?