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2012-09-24 11:26 AM

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Subject: Opening the can of worms...iPhone 5

I am actually interested in everyone's opinion. I have LOVED my iPhone 4...until after not having it for a year the button and screen isn't always responsive on the first, or 2nd touch. (Yes I realize the button is the most used mechanical portion, but not even a year?!?! And no, I didn't get insurance.)

I actually appreciated the humor in the Samsung commercials last night.

I wasn't all that impressed with the changes from 4S to the 5. I think the iPhone 5 has become more of a status symbol...

I won't be eligible for an upgrade until March, so who knows where I'll go when the time goes...

What are your thoughts?!?!

I'm sure Mr. Marma would appreciate a civil discussion :-



2012-09-24 11:48 AM
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Have you tried this fix for the button?  It helped mine:

  • Open a default iOS application, such as Stocks, Calculator, or Weather
  • Press and hold down the Power button until the “Slide to Power Off” dialog appears, then release
  • Now press and hold the Home button until the “Slide to Power Off” screen disappears, force quitting the application

Also read that cleaning with alcohol on a q-tip works.

 

 

2012-09-24 11:57 AM
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Why not go play with one for a bit in a store first? Seems to be the two biggest complaints are maps and how light the device is.

Maps should get better over time.
First time you drop the phone having a lighter device might be a good thing.

Personally I can not stand my wife's 4s. Too slow, buggy, and the recent OS update with Apple Maps means her phone is useless as a GPS device right now. I have a phone that uses 4G/LTE and hate how slow the 3G network is. I'd almost get a iPhone 5 just for the faster mobile data. The change in connectors is a giant pain for us too.
2012-09-24 12:02 PM
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I want away from AT&T badly and am breaking my contract to do it (I managed to get them to cut my termination fee in half) due to horrible service.  I debated a lot about whether to get the iPhone 5 (I have the 4) and think the jump to the 5 is significant enough from the 4 to 5 to justify.  I also debated about getting one of the other brands but I love the way the iPhone integrates via iCloud with my MacBook Pro and I like iMessaging with friends that do not have unlimited texts.  So, when I can get my hands on one I will buy it.  
2012-09-24 12:07 PM
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Subject: RE: Opening the can of worms...iPhone 5
Goosedog - 2012-09-24 10:48 AM

Have you tried this fix for the button?  It helped mine:

  • Open a default iOS application, such as Stocks, Calculator, or Weather
  • Press and hold down the Power button until the “Slide to Power Off” dialog appears, then release
  • Now press and hold the Home button until the “Slide to Power Off” screen disappears, force quitting the application

Also read that cleaning with alcohol on a q-tip works.

 

 

^^This

 

My button was having issues too. This fixed most of it. Part of the problem is humidity. I was in Florida for 2 weeks in August, my button sucked, hardly worked. Got back home to the desert and it works fine now. I have heard the rubbing alcohol works great to get the humidity out.

I too like my 4 and after seeing the updates in iOS was not planning on upgrading. But then I found that 4 isn't getting the cool stuff. 

So at this point I am going to keep my 4, with my unlimited data and just jailbreak it so I can get the good features. 

2012-09-24 12:12 PM
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Subject: RE: Opening the can of worms...iPhone 5

I still have the 3GS, so I was pretty much going to upgrade to whatever phone came out next.  I almost bit the bullet and went with the 4S in January, but I thought at that point that the next phone would be out in the summer...little did I know we'd have to wait until fall!  So I put up with a sub-par home button and lack of touch response and just general slowness out of my very old 3GS for many more months than I intended!

I'm sure it will be a huge jump from my 3GS to the 5...so I know I'll be pleased.  The new phone is WAY faster (processor wise) than my 3GS and just like switching from your old faithful laptop to a new laptop...it's just faster because it's not bogged down from years of small errors slowly hacking away at the speed.

I don't use maps as much as most people I guess.  I mean, I kinda use it when going somewhere new if I don't have my car GPS with me, but otherwise I tend to look things up at home...if I use maps it's for an address or for getting myself unlost on the bike...and actually I think the Apple Maps app will be better at getting me unlost on the bike...in google maps I have to figure out which way I am oriented.  Apple Maps does that for you.  I haven't spent much time exploring it though.  Just opened it up to see what all the hoo ha was about.

With the new connector and change in size I am actually very happy that I did NOT get the 4S.    Whenever a new "shape" comes out it starts to get difficult to find things for the old shape.  At least we know accessories for the 5 will be around for quite some time.



2012-09-24 1:32 PM
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jldicarlo - 2012-09-24 1:12 PM

I don't use maps as much as most people I guess.  I mean, I kinda use it when going somewhere new if I don't have my car GPS with me, but otherwise I tend to look things up at home...if I use maps it's for an address or for getting myself unlost on the bike...and actually I think the Apple Maps app will be better at getting me unlost on the bike...in google maps I have to figure out which way I am oriented.  Apple Maps does that for you.  I haven't spent much time exploring it though.  Just opened it up to see what all the hoo ha was about.

With the new connector and change in size I am actually very happy that I did NOT get the 4S.    Whenever a new "shape" comes out it starts to get difficult to find things for the old shape.  At least we know accessories for the 5 will be around for quite some time.

GM does this too.  Hit the "find me" button twice.  Once finds your location.  The second push orients the map to your current location.  Nothing new in AM.

You never know with Apple.  I'm betting one of the next iPhones will have something like the magsafe connector all the MacBooks use.

This is what I'm telling people...

Have a 4S?  Don't bother to get a 5 (and don't upgrade to iOS6).

Have a 4 or 3GS and want a new phone?  Go for it.

Have a 4 or 3GS and want to upgrade to iOS6?  Maybe.  If you use maps a lot, no.  If you don't then go for it.  Most of the cool new features is for the 4S only.



Edited by TriRSquared 2012-09-24 1:34 PM
2012-09-24 1:35 PM
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Subject: RE: Opening the can of worms...iPhone 5
TriRSquared - 2012-09-24 1:32 PM
jldicarlo - 2012-09-24 1:12 PM

I don't use maps as much as most people I guess.  I mean, I kinda use it when going somewhere new if I don't have my car GPS with me, but otherwise I tend to look things up at home...if I use maps it's for an address or for getting myself unlost on the bike...and actually I think the Apple Maps app will be better at getting me unlost on the bike...in google maps I have to figure out which way I am oriented.  Apple Maps does that for you.  I haven't spent much time exploring it though.  Just opened it up to see what all the hoo ha was about.

With the new connector and change in size I am actually very happy that I did NOT get the 4S.    Whenever a new "shape" comes out it starts to get difficult to find things for the old shape.  At least we know accessories for the 5 will be around for quite some time.

GM does this too.  Hit the "find me" button twice.  Once finds your location.  The second push orients the map to your current location.  Nothing new in AM.

You never know with Apple.  I'm betting one of the next iPhones will have something like the magsafe connector all the MacBooks use.

This is what I'm telling people...

Have a 4S?  Don't bother to get a 5 (and don't upgrade to iOS6).

Have a 4 or 3GS?  Maybe.  If you use maps a lot, no.  If you don't then go for it.

For the record, the magsafe connector is one of the coolest things ever.  

2012-09-24 1:36 PM
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tuwood - 2012-09-24 2:35 PM

For the record, the magsafe connector is one of the coolest things ever.  

It is.  It's saved my MB from a drop on multiple occasions.

2012-09-24 1:41 PM
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I want away from AT&T badly and am breaking my contract to do it

I'll tell you one thing, AT&T using a GSM network is amazingly useful if you travel internationally.  Everything just works.  Being on Verizon forces you into a roaming situation much more often.

2012-09-24 1:55 PM
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COSkiGirl - 2012-09-24 12:02 PM I want away from AT&T badly and am breaking my contract to do it (I managed to get them to cut my termination fee in half) due to horrible service.  I debated a lot about whether to get the iPhone 5 (I have the 4) and think the jump to the 5 is significant enough from the 4 to 5 to justify.  I also debated about getting one of the other brands but I love the way the iPhone integrates via iCloud with my MacBook Pro and I like iMessaging with friends that do not have unlimited texts.  So, when I can get my hands on one I will buy it.  

 Look at your last several ATT bills. If you've had any recent increases, as much as a penny, you can get out of your contract, as they've broken the contract. I know ATT recently tacked on a small increase for my plan that is less than a dollar.

 I was able to get out of my Sprint contract a few years ago to go with ATT for the iPhone before other carriers carried the iPhone. The lady at the ATT store even gave me a print out telling me how to steer the conversation with the Sprint rep. They'll offer to refund the increase(it was 23 cents in my case) just tell them no, you've violated the contract we signed. They will let you out.



2012-09-24 2:03 PM
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Subject: RE: Opening the can of worms...iPhone 5
TriRSquared - 2012-09-24 1:36 PM
tuwood - 2012-09-24 2:35 PM

For the record, the magsafe connector is one of the coolest things ever.  

It is.  It's saved my MB from a drop on multiple occasions.

No kidding...I leave my laptop on the couch arm and my dogs have nearly sent it flying but the magsafe pulls the cord out first! :D

2012-09-24 2:51 PM
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mdg2003 - 2012-09-24 12:55 PM

COSkiGirl - 2012-09-24 12:02 PM I want away from AT&T badly and am breaking my contract to do it (I managed to get them to cut my termination fee in half) due to horrible service.  I debated a lot about whether to get the iPhone 5 (I have the 4) and think the jump to the 5 is significant enough from the 4 to 5 to justify.  I also debated about getting one of the other brands but I love the way the iPhone integrates via iCloud with my MacBook Pro and I like iMessaging with friends that do not have unlimited texts.  So, when I can get my hands on one I will buy it.  

 Look at your last several ATT bills. If you've had any recent increases, as much as a penny, you can get out of your contract, as they've broken the contract. I know ATT recently tacked on a small increase for my plan that is less than a dollar.

 I was able to get out of my Sprint contract a few years ago to go with ATT for the iPhone before other carriers carried the iPhone. The lady at the ATT store even gave me a print out telling me how to steer the conversation with the Sprint rep. They'll offer to refund the increase(it was 23 cents in my case) just tell them no, you've violated the contract we signed. They will let you out.

 

Unfortunately over the last 2 months I've added then dropped international texting so I won't be able to do a direct comparison.  The last time I can see a change is December 2011.  I tried looking to see if they had sent out new terms recently but they haven't.  My guess is they knew with the 5 coming out people would finally want to bail so they didn't want to give them that out.  But, frankly, since I'll be going to my aunt's family plan saving me $25 per month I'll still come out ahead since the contract would be up at the end of December.  I'll pay $62.50 but save that much just by being on their plan.  Plus I have both a 3GS and a 4 to sell so the I'll come out close to even on the phone.

And I agree on the magsafe for the MB, I wondered why they didn't go there if they were making the change already.  

2012-09-24 3:14 PM
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spudone - 2012-09-24 11:41 AM

I want away from AT&T badly and am breaking my contract to do it

I'll tell you one thing, AT&T using a GSM network is amazingly useful if you travel internationally.  Everything just works.  Being on Verizon forces you into a roaming situation much more often.



http://www.idownloadblog.com/2012/09/21/verizon-iphone-5-unlocked-a...

...the Verizon iPhone 5 is GSM unlocked.
2012-09-24 4:49 PM
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I went from the 4 to the 5.  Only reason was to get off AT&T and onto Verizon.  I live in the City of Chicago and could not get AT&T service in my house.  It was in the words of Charles Barkley "turrrrible".  

As for the actual phone itself, I am underwhelmed.  It is just a lighter version of the 4, with crappier maps.  If you are using it for a true business purpose, there are many other phones out there that have more feature functionality with it.  The integration with Exchange is weak compared to Android platform and obviously the Windows platform.  

If you are looking for a phone simply to make calls (assuming you aren't on AT&T), listen to music on, play games or surf the web then the iPhone will suffice.  Not sure I would get another one at this point as my primary phone for conducting business on.  

2012-09-24 6:48 PM
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2012-09-24 7:15 PM
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Well, it's one number higher than 4. That must mean something.
2012-09-25 7:20 AM
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mattb1 - 2012-09-24 5:49 PM

If you are looking for a phone simply to make calls (assuming you aren't on AT&T), listen to music on, play games or surf the web then the iPhone will suffice.  Not sure I would get another one at this point as my primary phone for conducting business on.  

Well I'd disagree with this.  I've been using an iPhone for "business" since the 2.  It has served me very well in this regard.

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