I have been a bit ambivalent so far about the iPhone 5 since I was pretty happy
with my iPhone 4. However my iPhone 4 had started to get a little flaky
recently. The larger screen on the iPhone 5 as well as being able to use Siri is
very enticing. I have been waiting patiently for the AT&T store to get some
I prefer to actually go to the AT&T store to make sure they don’t mess up my
contract when I upgrade our phones. I called the store on Saturday and asked if
they had any of the iPhone 5 in and they said they had just received a shipment.
I asked my wife if she would like to upgrade her phone and she said yes so I
drove into town and there were only two people waiting in line ahead of me. AT&T
now takes your name and puts you on a waiting list to be helped which is much
better than having to stand in line.
I got to go around the store and play with the other phones that were on display
while I waited. AT&T seems to carry at least twenty Android phones, a handful of
Windows Phone 7/8, and the iPhone 4S and 5. I saw a couple of people getting the
iPhone 5 but it seemed like most of the customers in the store were getting
The Android devices have some interesting features and they do have the best
maps app right now. However I can’t get past the fact that they look like Linux
machines. I ran Linux at work and home for several years and then I ran Windows
XP/7 and now I use a Mac. I like having a device that looks nice is well made,
and works well without having to manage it. I see the Android devices as a
suboptimal solution for the average smartphone user.
Another interesting thing I noticed was that no one else looked at the
Windows Phone 7/8 devices in the entire time I was in the store. I have a lot
more respect for the Windows Phone 8 devices because Microsoft didn’t try and
copy Apple they came up with their own mobile computing experience. I just think
it took them to long to respond to the iPhone.
I was able to pick up a white iPhone 5 for me and a black one for my wife. I
setup the phones as new phones and synced with iCloud to get contacts, notes,
photos setup. I then had to setup a bunch of applications I use manually which
was a bit of a pain. It would be nice if all of that could go through iCloud.
So far I am really enjoying the iPhone 5. I really like the larger screen and
better performance. The iPhone 5 is super slim and light which doesn’t sound
like a huge benefit until you actually hold it in your hand or put it in your
pocket and barely notice that it’s there. I am going to try and get by without
putting a case on my phone which would make it thicker and heavier. I am going
to have to be careful and not lose it in the couch because the stainless steel
back is pretty slippery.
I have a grandfathered in unlimited data plan with AT&T so I am looking forward
to the availability of LTE. I read that AT&T is supposed to roll out LTE service
nationwide by the end of 2014 so I am hoping that living in one of the more
populous parts of the state outside of the Chicago area will put us higher on
the list of areas to roll out.