It’s been an exciting September for Apple fans with the announcement of the new iPhone 5 models and iOS 7. I won’t steal OWC Michael’s thunder and rehash the details of all of the new features on the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C and iOS 7, but you can check them out on our recap post from Tuesday’s special event.
But look around at the various Apple or tech-related message boards and blogs, and you’ll likely see backlash aimed at the latest iPhone iterations. Many people seem to think that they’re just the same old iPhone. That the new models don’t justify an upgrade, even with an expired contract.
While my contract still has a year (or as most would call it – an eternity) before it expires, I’ve made a decision: I am going to upgrade early from the iPhone 5 to the iPhone 5S.
I already know what my friends and family and co-workers and neighbors and financial advisors (which are basically all my family members) will say: “That’s a waste of money. It’s basically the same phone.” And on the surface, it is. From an aesthetic standpoint it’s essentially the same.
What lies beneath that silver, gray or sort-of-ugly gold surface, however, is another story. The iPhone 5S has a ton of features I want in an upgrade: a better and faster processor, a co-processor that makes it a great fitness tracker that will tell me how many miles I’ve sat walked that day, and even a state-of-the-art gimmick. Apple really went above and beyond for this “S” iteration.
But the biggest reason I’ll be upgrading to 5S: the fancy new camera. My iPhone is the only camera I ever carry. Actually, it’s the only camera I own. So it needs to get good shots wherever I am. And the new camera on the 5S looks fantastic. The bigger sensor (Apple thankfully didn’t just needlessly cram in more megapixels) along with new burst mode and slow-motion video capabilities are huge upgrades over the iPhone 5 camera.
The main reason I’m able to make this upgrade, though, is because of how well iPhones hold their value. I can sell my phone on any number of sites that purchase used phones and get a nice amount, or get even more by selling it privately. And thanks to the NuGuard KX, my iPhone 5 has remained in great condition, so I can get top dollar. (Plus, my KX will still fit the iPhone 5S!) After all is said and done, I will be out a little bit of money. But for security, performance and the important camera upgrades, I think it’s a worthwhile investment.
What do you think? Do you agree or disagree that the 5S is a worthy upgrade over the iPhone 5? Tell us what you think in the comments sections.