Our Tech Super Heroes have a wide variety of smart phones currently owned and in use.  The first big debate is iPhone vs. Droid.  If you (like me) decided on the iPhone, we now have a new question to answer: To iPhone 5 or not to iPhone 5?

If, and this is a big “if”, you are eligible for a new upgrade discount, the iPhone 5 starts at about $200 for a 16 GB model.  This is by no means cheap, but if you are already an “iPhoner” you are likely comfortable with this price.  I think the full retail price on these phones is just flat out not worth it…  $650 for a phone that, for the most part, does everything your iPhone 4s does, just a little faster.

So here is what I have garnered through my research and window shopping:

The most significant improvements from the 4s to the 5 are the screen size (now a 4″ Retina Display), combined with a slightly thinner and lighter (but longer) physical footprint.  In addition, the 4G LTE network speeds are noticeably faster (although when using Wifi the 4s and 5 will download at the same speeds).

There are many other techie improvements, like the crazy fast A6 processor in the 5, and the new iOS 6 (comes on the 5, however it is a free upgrade on the older iPhones).  At the end of the day, however, the processor on the iPhone 5 is only incrementally faster than the 4s.

When all is said and done, I think it will come down to one main question:  How bad do you want the feeling of having the latest and greatest Apple iPhone in your hand?  Let’s face it…  if you are already an iPhoner (or Droid-dude, for that matter), you have an impressively sophisticated piece of equipment in your pocket. In fact, my Uncle Jerry calls my iPhone 4s a weapon of mass destruction!  Thus, I, like you, don’t NEED any of the features on the iPhone 5, as they just aren’t earth shattering enough to change my personal of professional life.

That being said, I will write an response to this post once my shiny new iPhone 5 arrives in the mail in a couple of weeks!

Happy Computing!

– Rob

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As Managing Partner for 12 years, Rob Corley’s experience with managing technology budgets of up to $750,000, creating replacement cycles for hardware and software, writing 3-year Technology Plans and Technology Audits, managing technology departments, and managing a staff of 10 technicians, provides the advanced CIO-level support and management necessary to ensure smooth technology operations as well as well thought-out plans for moving organizations forward with technology. Rob’s experiences in technology management range from systems and network administration, to fulfilling the role of Chief Information Officer for School Districts, as well as serving on a Superintendent’s Cabinet. These experiences provide The FantasTechs excellent depth and breadth of leadership with technical expertise, along with experiences with managing and navigating complex projects for Private Sector and Public Sector organizations. Rob lives in St. Louis County with his wife and three children, where he coaches soccer and serves as a Board Member on the local Sports Association.


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