Three Guys and a Podcast: Apple News & Analysis
Apple's special event was no surprise to anyone, but from the user standpoint, which new model should be considered? Both? Only the iPhone 5s or 5c? And what about the entry-level iPhone 4s?
Looking at Apple's comparison page it becomes abundantly clear the iPhone 5c is a plastic packaged iPhone 5, with minor changes and colors to choose from. If you were delaying buying the iPhone 5 because new phones were just around the corner, then the iPhone 5c doesn't fit the idea of "truly new."
This leaves the options of the iPhone 4s, or the new iPhone 5s, and the differences are dramatic. In fact, the differences between the 5s and 5 are also startling. Without going into the technical minutiae of the iPhone 5s vs the iPhone 5c and 4s, let's just say it has many industry firsts that are practical, powerful and easy to use. In other words, Apple brought new technology to the table in the 5s, and is pretty much the only new iPhone Apple launched yesterday.
It would seem the 5s is the best choice, but that's only because it is. A common thought is that Apple's flagship iPhone (now the iPhone 5s) are too expensive when compared to a "free" iPhone 4s, or $100 more than the new iPhone 5c...
This is what it all comes down to: The initial outlay of cash for a smartphone.
Without rolling my eyes, or becoming overly sarcastic about this, it is about making a wise purchase vs being financially inept. If you don't have $199 for a new smartphone then you shouldn't be buying one, because there is no way you can afford the monthly payment.
An iPhone plan is going to run anywhere between $80 - $120 a month (depending on carrier, features and data packages). Roughly speaking, every two months you will be spending $200 on the plan for the next two years. If by some miracle you have figured out how to shell out $200 every two months for a plan, and yet at the same time cannot figure out how to save up $199 to purchase the iPhone 5s, then you can't afford an iPhone, or any smartphone - period. Or, you are willing to pile up credit card debt just to get your hands on a new iPhone.
Spending money you do not have, nor having any means to pay off, is stupid beyond belief. Then there are those that are addicted to spending money they don't have. If you are on the latter end of this spectrum I feel for you. If you are on the front half of that equation, well, stupid is as stupid does.
For the rest of you that can afford a monthly payment and are trying to figure out which iPhone to get, it's a non-decision decision. Get into the iPhone 5s. You will be able to sell it in roughly 2 years for around $200 - $300, and that buys the next latest and greatest iPhone. For the rest of you fretting about $100 or $200 to get into an iPhone, forget about it, and realize you are only a few decisions away from selling your kidney in order to justify getting the all-new iPad in a few months.
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