Although I work in IT, I was never into my tech gadgets. Strange, I know. I’m the least techy IT guy I know. However, the iPhone 5 helped me figure out why. We all know about cutting edge and bleeding edge. I finally realized, I am frugal edge where the joy of using things for free or at a discount trumps everything else.
Throughout my career, the company I worked for covered my cell phone and monthly bill. While bleeding and cutting edgers salivated over the latest and greatest, I was happy as a clam with my “free” company sponsored cell phone or BlackBerry. My last company-sponsored phone is my current iPhone 3GS from two years ago.
Things Happen For A Reason?
My current job doesn’t cover employee cell phones so I’m literally left to my own devices. Even before the iPhone 5, I noticed my 3GS was grinding to a halt at times. Unshackled from my frugal past and because my current phone was becoming unusable, I looked to upgrade into an iPhone 4, 4S, or 5.
Tale Of The Tape
While breaking down the pros and cons fro all iPhones, nothing can beat Apple’s own breakdown found at iPhone 5 – Compare specifications between iPhone models.
My main variables were price, camera, and design.
With a two-year contract, an iPhone 5 will run you at least $199. It’s amazing that people shelled out $500 for the first iPhone back in 2007. Just like cars, the older models get a price reduction. The 4S drops to $99 and the 4 is free. However, you are still on the hook for fees and taxes.
The 4 has a 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording while the 4S and 5 have a 8 megapixel camera and 1080p HD video recording. For comparison, my 3GS has a 3.2 megapixel camera.
While my 3GS has rounded edges, the 4 and 4S has a sleeker, modern block design. Jump to the 5 and you can feel a significant change in weight, thickness, and screen size. To be exact, 18% thinner, 20% lighter, and a 4 inch screen instead of a 3.5 inch one.
The old, ultra frugal Buck would have immediately jumped into a 4. It’s basically free, not bleeding or cutting edge, and right up the frugal edge alley. However, since I’ve been taking tons of pictures and videos of Baby Buck, getting a 4S or 5 is a no brainer. Scratch 4 off the list. The thinner and lighter case with a faster processor, does it equal to $100 (the price difference between a 4S and 5)? Probably, but the most critical intangible factor is a new mindset.
I want to turn a new leaf. Being frugal helps the bottom line, but if paying an extra $100 increases my productivity and saves times then isn’t it worth it? In this case, I decided to put my frugal side on hold and take a walk on the bleeding edge. “Siri, Where can Buck upgrade to an iPhone 5?” Finally, what will be priceless is the daily reminder to be excellent, innovative, and inspiring to my personal relationships, my career, and my blog ala Apple. Think Different, right?
What do you think about the iPhone 5?