A couple of weeks ago the Cupertino giant, Apple announced its latest version of the immensely popular and not to so critically acclaimed iphone, the iphone 5. The iphone 5 is already selling towards huge success but that’s majorly due to the brand that Apple has become over the years and not because the quality of services or richness in features, iphone 5 provides. Clearly, iphone 5 lacks the oomph or X-factor needed to regain the top spot which has becomes Samsung’s home ground for the past couple of years. The iphone 5 not only lacks innovation but is expected to be ridiculously priced in the market where it is available off contract. Here’s some reason why you should avoid the iphone 5 at all cost, whether you are looking to buy a phone on contract or off contract, in US, European markets or Asian markets.
Let’s begin with the display. The 4.0 inch retina display of iphone 5 is just too small to make any noise in the smartphone market. Android and Windows phone have been there and done that, years ago. Apple’s ridiculous excuse of smartphones bigger than 3.5 inch cannot be used with comfort when they launched iphone 4S is probably laughed off by their own developers and designers who did bumped up the screen to 4 inches but it’s no good. Keeping the pixel density around the gimmick ‘retina’ mark is all that Apple seems to be worried about and for that they come with a 1136×640 resolution, which is definitely an innovation because I haven’t seen any company using such awkward resolution for a device. If they had gone with a standard HD resolution, it would have been much kinder. There are much bigger and better displays in the market both on Android and Windows powered devices and if you’re the one who’s into movies and videos, iphone 5’s 4 inch display is definitely not worth a short. It is just too small in the current market. Although its crisp and clear, like any other displays in the market, HTC One X, LG Optimus G and Galaxy S3 are have bigger displays with almost competitive pixel density and display quality equally good as the iphone 5.
There’s hardly any innovation in iOS now and with each version of iOS, it just gets older and older unlike Android and Windows, which are bringing many new features with every update. Google Now puts siri to shame in almost all departments and Apple maps are so useless that Apple itself is asking users to use Google maps for the time being. The home screen on iOS is just plain boring and the 90’s layout of all icon home screens are definitely no match to the live tiles and widget oriented screens on windows and Android respectively. Apple hardly allows any level of customization so you’re stuck with whatever the brand has to offer unless you jailbreak and get familiar with Cydia tweaks.
The camera on iphone 5 is not the one you had been waiting for and just a decent snapper which can be found on most of the devices in the market. Devices like Xperia S, Optimus G are better than iphone 5 in the camera department and rivals Galaxy S3 and One X have cameras which are at par with the iphone 5.
The battery issues are getting worse with every iphone, it’s like Apple is just making iphone thinner at the cost of battery. Users have already reported serious battery issues in the iphone 5 with some people just managing to squeeze out little over 5 hours with the phone. Apple is all over the place, telling users to switch off wifi, gps, 4G/3G when not in use. Little is known about the issue yet, but the 1440 mAh battery is just not enough to drive the power hungry smartphone. Apple got the mathematics wrong, or maybe they were so much into making the thinnest smartphone (which they still couldn’t manage to do) they forgot that battery is a major part of a smartphone. Smartphones like Droid Razr Maxx proved that people need more battery and can accommodate the extra mm’s of thickness easily.
There were times when Apple innovated and sued companies for infringing their patents, although they are still suing companies, they forgot that they have to innovate too. The iphone 5 just lacks innovation. It completely surrenders against other flagship devices from Samsung, HTC and LG. There’s not a single department where the iphone came out on top.
With the next series of Google Nexus smartphones hitting the market this year, Android manufacturers looking to come out with flagships for the last quarter of 2012, Galaxy S3 and HTC One X already proving their mettle and Windows 8 devices ready to hit the roads, it’s not difficult to avoid the iphone 5 and make a good choice.
The ridiculous pricing of iphone 5 in Asian markets is another reason for not even looking at the iphone 5. Apple hasn’t made a really bad smartphone, but the iphone 5 is last year’s stuff. It has nothing that we haven’t seen and even lacks basic functionality of something like NFC. For someone who owns an iphone 4S, there’s hardly anything new Apple has to offer in the latest version of iphone, so I would suggest you to stay from spending extra bucks on this one.
If you’re looking for the smartest smartphone, value for money, some extra features and good big screen, iphone 5 fails to offer you any of these. Instead Apple offers you a 7.6mm smartphone, with poor battery life and a false claim of it being the thinnest smartphone in the market.