After my lengthy article yesterday in which I stated that I would be buying the iPhone 5, the inevitable second thoughts are starting to creep in. I am in a good place with the iPhone 4S and it is doing what I need which causes me to think again about the sheer costs involved in upgrading to the 5.
I am mid-way through my contract so would have to purchase SIM free and the prices Apple is quoting are not low at all. £529 is the minimum price for an iPhone 5 and with just 16GB that would be a struggle for me. 32GB is my sweet spot for a smartphone and so I am looking at more than £600. And then there is the Lightning to 30-pin adaptor which Apple is selling for £25. I have an FM Transmitter in the car which would require one and a charger next to my bed so that’s £50 already. I could in theory carry the adaptor with me all of the time when travelling and save £25, but that’s the type of inconvenience I left behind years ago. I have no problem with Apple changing the dock connector, but feel that charging £25 per adaptor is quite frankly taking the p*ss out of loyal customers.
And then I will need a new case. This is not Apple’s fault, but my preferred case costs £50 and so when the updated version comes out that will be added to the total. Let’s say that I get £300 for my mint 32GB 4S, I am left with a deficit of more than £400 to have the accessories I need and the iPhone 5. That is effectively the cost of a high-end Android handset. The problem is that of all the smartphones I have reviewed and tested over the past few months, not one makes me want to use it every day like the iPhone does.
It will now be a waiting game for me. Until the time comes that the iPhone 5 is required for specific apps and games, I don’t think there is enough here to justify such a large cost to me. It doesn’t make sense on any level and even though sense is rarely a factor when it comes to smartphone purchases for me, I just don’t see enough in the 5 to make me move up. Maybe Apple is aiming at people who are ready to upgrade on their contracts, but for the rest of us it looks like quite a hard sell.