Originally Posted by JeffDM
To obliviously boil the delta from iPhone 4S to iPhone 5 to "just a bigger screen" is basically a troll or an extremely oblivious comment..
That may be true for that particular post, but, I'm a huge fan of the iPhone, and I am underwhelmed by this offering. To me, it is what the iPhone 4S should have been.
Nevertheless, it is not something that compels me to upgrade my iPhone 4 (no S). I'll wait for the 5S or 6 next year.
The reality is many of the improved features will not be used by most consumers. I just drove up the entire west coast on the major interstate, and rarely had 3G on AT&T, much less LTE on Verizon (makes me wonder how AT&T thinks its going to retire 2G). Fact is, most consumers are going to see this as a 4/S with a longer screen. Many of the internal improvements are going to be lost on them since the bar was already so high on the 4S. LTE will be a selling point for the naive consumer, many of whom will not have reliable LTE coverage outside of limited major metro areas, nor understand the limitations of Verizon & Sprint networks. They will simply think they have the latest and eatest. But anyone who does their research will likely not upgrade from the 4S, or the 4 for that matter.
I also don't think the metal back is going to be more durable than the glass. Dropping the phone is still going to cause damage in much the same way as dropping the original iPhone did. I had only a few minor slips and ended up with some major dents in the metal case, and cracks in the front glass, even though it never landed on the front. Unlike plastic, there is no give on the case, so the shock is transferred full force, in some cases intensified, throughout the phone.
I will say that this phone seems to be the realization of Steve Jobs dream as represented by the first iPhone, which was kind of a clumsy realization of his metal and glass device ideal. It is very nice looking and the features I use have been given nice improvements. But it is not a must have. My iPhone 4 will keep up just fine for at least another year if not two, unless Apple continues to drop support for things I actually use with iOS 7, or OSX 9.
Lengthening the iPhone holds absolutely no interest for me. I don't want my phone bigger ... I want it smaller. Take the iPhone 4, put it in a metal case, trim the top and bottom bezel to as narrow as practical (get rid of that big honking home button to do it -- see the new Nano), and that's an improvement in mobile smartphones. Hopefully Apple will continue to offer the 4S form factor, updated and revised as necessary, and essentially offering two size choices going forward. However, knowing Apple I will not hold my breath.
Sorry. Not a troll. Just being pragmatic, which I realize does not represent most of the iOS fan community. I've been told that Texas Instruments employees are poised to replace all of their corporate contract iPhone 4S with early termination fees in order to upgrade to the iPhone 5. I can only shake my head, because doing that is a luxury, which to me seems totally unjustified by the improvements of the 5.
And I can only imagine the confusion consumers are going to have choosing between the 4 & 4S. I wonder if the 4S will be a poor seller because people who buy the iPhone for status will choose the free 4 since it loos just like the 4S, and will buy the 5 so people don't think they have the free phone. Smart marketing on Apple's part. But for most consumers, aside from those using them exclusively in major urban markets where LTE is prevelent (and they are data hogs), the marginal differences between the three models will be mostly unnoticed.