Why You Most Assuredly Shouldn't Buy The Iphone 5s
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Why You Most Assuredly Shouldn\'t Buy the Iphone 5s

A couple of months ago, Apple unveiled its newest flagship phone - the iPhone 5s. The world went crazy, millions of devices were sold, and it got rave reviews from critics. In spite of all this, there's something I'm really wondering about all this - why? Why is the 5s getting so much positive press and selling so well? I'll explore this below.

The iPhone 5s does contain a number of enhancements over its predecessor, the iPhone 5. It's got a fingerprint scanner, which I'll admit, is pretty cool. It has Apple's new A7 processor, which is supposed to be really fast. It supports more LTE bands, and its the flagship device for iOS 7, Apple's latest iteration of its mobile software. All in all, I'd agree that it's a really solid phone.

What gets me is that it's not really all that different from my iPhone 4. When you really compare the two, what do you get? The 5s has enhanced security features, a faster processor, Siri (which I can get by jailbreaking my device), a faster data connection, a slightly elongated screen - and, well, that's about it. My iPhone 4 has the same software as the 5s, a great battery life, and minimal lag when navigating the phone. What else could I ask for from an iPhone?

As a matter of fact, I was pretty close to actually buying the 5s at one point, but once I stopped and made myself consider what I just mentioned, I decided that it didn't make sense for me to shell out $299 to get the 5s. There just haven't been enough improvements to recent Apple iPhones to make me want to upgrade. I believe that Apple has become stagnant in the smartphone innovation department since the iPhone 4, which was a truly revolutionary product for its time.

So, I decided to shift gears and look at Android phones, and settled on the LG G2, which I purchased for $199. It's got a 1080p full HD display, really fast LTE, a 5.2-inch screen, a 13-megapixel shooter, 2 gigabytes of ram....I could go on. It also has access to all of the great apps on the Google Play Store, which offer a lot more customizability than what is offered on iPhones (unless you jailbreak). So far, I've been really happy with this device, and again, it's cheaper than Apple's flagship handset (it's been offered for as little as $49 in recent weeks).

If you're heavily considering purchasing Apple's latest and great mobile hardware, I strongly recommend that you at least take a look at the competition. I can understand the appeal of the iPhone - it's smooth, crisp, sexy, and does everything that a lot of people would need from a device. But Android has come a long way, even in the past year, and more and more hardware manufacturers are producing high-quality devices that truly can rival Apple's magical allure. So check some of these devices out before you make a decision - it can't hurt, can it?


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