iPhone 5: Is It Worth The Splurge?

View Comments
Photo by Justin Sullivan // Getty Images

Photo by Justin Sullivan // Getty Images

Carson Carson Daly
Read More

Techies and celebrities around the world rejoiced yesterday when Apple unveiled their latest creation…the iPhone 5.

It comes with all sorts of fancy bells and whistles, most of which goes way over our heads.

That’s why Carson called up tech reporter Rich DeMuro. He broke it all down for us this morning and helped answer the important question: is the iPhone 5 worth the splurge?

“The device itself, it’s beautiful,” DeMuro described this morning. “I mean, it’s thin, it’s slick, it’s sleek. It looks better than the old phone and when you hold it in your hand, this thing is so light and it feels better than the old phone because it doesn’t feel as delicate as the old phone. You don’t feel like if you drop this thing it’s going to shatter all over the place.”

One of the features that got everyone talking was the 4-inch display.

“The larger screen doesn’t really do it for me. The larger screen kind of looks a little awkward to tell you the truth because it just kind of looks stretched out…What does it for me is the 4G LTE speeds and I think if you’ve ever surfed the web on a phone that has this, that’s really the killer feature here.”

Right now, most cell phones use the 3G network. On 4G, you can surf the internet, download music, check Facebook, and upload photos at a much faster rate.

“The 4S is still a solid device. If you have that phone, you can probably skip the iPhone 5 upgrade unless you want that really fast wireless.”

The iPhone 4 and 4S will be getting a few upgrades of their own, which may be enough to satisfy some cell phone users until the next version of the iPhone comes out.

“There’s a new operating system for the 4S, which will be called iOS 6 and so, 4S owners will get that. iPhone 4 owners will get the update too to the iOS 6, but the problem is you’re not going to get all the features.”

One of the major disadvantages to the iPhone 5 is Lightning, the new dock connector. That’s right. You can consider all your chargers and docks obsolete.

“It’s smaller, it’s thinner…There’s a $29 adapter, but here’s the thing. You’re going to go out. You’re going to spend the $29 on that adapter and use it three times and you’re going to go, ‘This is the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen. This is the worst set up I’ve ever seen.'”

If you’re an Android fan, should you make the switch? For Rich, here’s the bottom line:

The iPhone starts at $199 and Apple begins accepting pre-orders Friday morning.

For even more details about Apple’s latest gadget, check out the clip below:

  • Are you going to stand in line to buy the iPhone 5? Let us know in the comments section!

-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus