IPhone 5: What’s The Big Deal?

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Every time I turn around someone is going on and on about the iPhone 5.

Someone bought it, someone pre-ordered it, someone is mad because they can’t get it. It’s so cool, it’s too much money, it’s this and that.

What is the big deal?

It’s just a phone! I have an iPhone 4 and as much as I love it, I wouldn’t die without it, and I certainly don’t feel the need to upgrade to the new iPhone 5.

As my friend Kerry once asked, do you really need that upgrade?

For me, the answer is no. For my friend that smashed her screen in and needs to replace her phone anyway, maybe her answer is yes.

When I was out the other day, I saw dozens of people waiting in a line to pre-order their fancy new iPhone 5. Waiting in line – for a phone!

I don’t get it.

Can someone exlain what the big deal is? Why do people willing fork over hundreds of dollars for a phone every time a new version is released?

Maybe I’m just a technophobe.

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Comments
  1. Leslie says:

    I don’t have a cell phone because I am too CHEAP! :>) Why throw money away if the only person who calls you is your husband, wanting to know when you will be home from couponing? I don’t WANT to be found!! He-he-he!

  2. Linda says:

    Well, I don’t have a smart phone. I do have a cell phone, but I have never texted in my life. When I switched home phone service, I was told I could never dial 911, so I had to get a cell phone. I don’t travel much, but do visit parents who live a couple of hours away, so having a cell phone is handy for emergencies. Actually, that is the only time I even have the thing out and about. For day-to-day, it stays at home. For what I do with it (nothing) and the amount I pay out to have the darn thing, well, I just can’t imagine having to fork out a whole lot and then have to pay more to have it when I don’t have that need. Guess I am not a social butterfly lol.

  3. I love my iPhone 4s and wouldn’t mind having the larger screen, but there’s no way I’m upgrading it this time around. I’m on a 3year contract with Bell, so it doesn’t make sense. Just download the iOS6 and you’re good to go 🙂

  4. I did, only because my phone is smashed, smashed, smashed and I have been using it that way for months! For the 5, I WILL be getting an otterbox (;

  5. SeriousSally says:

    Personally I don’t get either. Such obsession and addiction to these extremely expensive devices. I dropped a “friend” over her phone obsession, she could not leave the thing alone. I could never have a normal conversation with her over coffee as she was constantly texting her family, playing with her apps and shoving the thing in my face every 5 mins. because I just had to check it out. I had enough! For a gadget that supposed to keep you in touch, it made her pretty anitsocial to the point that I and others could no longer stand being around her.

  6. Ruth says:

    I’m personally not in the Apple ‘cult’; however, we do have a couple ipods, a macbook pro and my husband and daughter have an iphone.

    A year ago, we decided to upgrade from our BlackBerry phones and I decided to get an Android and my husband got an iphone 4. I personally love my phone and don’t regret my decision where my husband regrets choosing the iphone. There are features that the iphone has that I think is much better but there’s other features where my android is better. It’s all about the users preferences. But I think most apps are ‘neat’ features but it’s not needed…and it drains the battery life as well. We waited until the phones went on sale aroung Christmas (for the 3 year contract) so that it didn’t seem like we spent a fortune on these phones that will probably break before the contract is over. I would never wait in line for a phone…not even 2 hours. Yeah-it will be sold out; however, it will be in stock again and might even go on sale around the holidays. I have better things to do than wait in a line up for hours for a phone that might not even be worth it.

  7. Christine McDonald says:

    I recently switched from a Blackberry to a Samsung android, and I love it, but really still use it for occasional texts and calls and to check emails when at work. I didn’t care too much, but wanted to be fairly current, and got my phone for $0 with a decent monthly rate for 3 years. What does bug me is everywhere you go the only accessories to be found (cute cases hello) are for the IPhone and the latest latest Samsung. I even checked out the massive flea market nearby, with at least 10 vendors of cellphone accessories and found 3, Three! cases in total which would fit my phone. I felt like an outcast, and whenever I would pull out my phone and ask they would smirk and shake their heads. One young man looked at me like he felt sorry for me, but would laugh about it later , and I cried out ‘don’t look at me like that….it’s Fine!’ ! Finally one kind man dug deep into the bottom of a box and pulled out his last one. I’m not positive, but I think this phone came out last year!

  8. Adrianne B says:

    I have a 3GS, so it’s time for an upgrade. What’s ticking me off royally is the way some carriers have gone about this whole iPhone 5 business. I’m with Rogers, and it took 7 people and 5 days to get the stupid things reserved, and now I’m probably going to have to wait until the first week of October until I get it. All because I couldn’t stand in line at a store, cause SOME people have lives and work to attend to.

  9. Becky says:

    I have a LG Rumour and I pay $7.00 a month for texting for 500 texts (I never use them all) and I buy $100 card for the year. If I really want to talk to some one I pick up our free home phone. I don’t pay for my home phone or long distance with freephoneline.ca. It works wonderful.

  10. Janice says:

    Our basic cell phone is for emergencies when driving and car breaks down.
    $15 per month

  11. Jacquib says:

    I don’t have an iphone. However, i just want to balance this by saying that while you don’t understand the desire for the newest iphone or standing in line for hours to get one, there are MANY out there that don’t grasp my thrill at double coupon inserts in a newspaper or finding a new high value coupon for an item that is going on sale. I do realize that there is a big price difference between the two, but as far as human emotions goes, the two are quite similar. Personally, i have been drooling over the iphone 5 for months now and reading every leaked bit of information i could. I LOVE technology! But, inwill not

  12. Jacquib says:

    I don’t have an iphone. However, i just want to balance this by saying that while you don’t understand the desire for the newest iphone or standing in line for hours to get one, there are MANY out there that don’t grasp my thrill at double coupon inserts in a newspaper or finding a new high value coupon for an item that is going on sale. I do realize that there is a big price difference between the two, but as far as human emotions goes, the two are quite similar. Personally, i have been drooling over the iphone 5 for months now and reading every leaked bit of information i could. I LOVE technology! But, i will not be getting one any time soon. Why? My contract has 18 months left on it and i refuse to pay $400 to get out of it just to upgrade. I would definitely have been one of those in line for an iphone 5 if my contract had been up.

  13. Sara says:

    Get Lifeproof cases for your iphones! They cost a bit more ($60-80) but they are waterproof and I’ve heard of people driving over their phones and they still work after!
    Its just like with anything in life, Apple appeals to the masses and the idea that what you have is not good anymore, you need this new much better product, and its going to make your life better. While there are many people who know better and will wait out the remainder of their contract before upgrading, I know that feeling of being caught up in a trend. And thats what this is – an iphone dominated trend. Having the best new thing trend. Its the same as people who lease vehicles for a year and then trade up for the newer, bigger, better model.
    In my opinion, I don’t want a bigger phone. I don’t watch videos on my phone. I have the iphone 4s and love it! With the iOs 6 upgrade it gives you all the new features that the iphone 5 is boasting (minus the bigger phone and different connectors) and thats good enough for me!

  14. jo says:

    I have a regular phone for emergencies. I just can’t justify the costs of a smart phone.

  15. Clay says:

    Like @Jacquib above me, i also love technology (i majored in computer science). However, the iPhone 5 is not groundbreaking. It’s fairly inconsequential, and it’s ridiculous how much news coverage from actual news agencies it’s receiving.

    The reason why it’s such a big deal is because Apple is brilliant at marketing; that’s all really. At endpoint of the actual consumers, this translates to fanatical love towards the brand (which is all right since people love bands the same way), or ablind belief in the company (which is just stupid).

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