I have been a bit ambivalent so far about the iPhone 5 since I was pretty happy with my iPhone 4. However my iPhone 4 had started to get a little flaky recently. The larger screen on the iPhone 5 as well as being able to use Siri is very enticing. I have been waiting patiently for the AT&T store to get some stock in.
I prefer to actually go to the AT&T store to make sure they don’t mess up my contract when I upgrade our phones. I called the store on Saturday and asked if they had any of the iPhone 5 in and they said they had just received a shipment.
I asked my wife if she would like to upgrade her phone and she said yes so I drove into town and there were only two people waiting in line ahead of me. AT&T now takes your name and puts you on a waiting list to be helped which is much better than having to stand in line.
I got to go around the store and play with the other phones that were on display while I waited. AT&T seems to carry at least twenty Android phones, a handful of Windows Phone 7/8, and the iPhone 4S and 5. I saw a couple of people getting the iPhone 5 but it seemed like most of the customers in the store were getting Android phones.
The Android devices have some interesting features and they do have the best maps app right now. However I can’t get past the fact that they look like Linux machines. I ran Linux at work and home for several years and then I ran Windows XP/7 and now I use a Mac. I like having a device that looks nice is well made, and works well without having to manage it. I see the Android devices as a suboptimal solution for the average smartphone user.
Another interesting thing I noticed was that no one else looked at the Windows Phone 7/8 devices in the entire time I was in the store. I have a lot more respect for the Windows Phone 8 devices because Microsoft didn’t try and copy Apple they came up with their own mobile computing experience. I just think it took them to long to respond to the iPhone.
I was able to pick up a white iPhone 5 for me and a black one for my wife. I setup the phones as new phones and synced with iCloud to get contacts, notes, photos setup. I then had to setup a bunch of applications I use manually which was a bit of a pain. It would be nice if all of that could go through iCloud.
So far I am really enjoying the iPhone 5. I really like the larger screen and better performance. The iPhone 5 is super slim and light which doesn’t sound like a huge benefit until you actually hold it in your hand or put it in your pocket and barely notice that it’s there. I am going to try and get by without putting a case on my phone which would make it thicker and heavier. I am going to have to be careful and not lose it in the couch because the stainless steel back is pretty slippery.
I have a grandfathered in unlimited data plan with AT&T so I am looking forward to the availability of LTE. I read that AT&T is supposed to roll out LTE service nationwide by the end of 2014 so I am hoping that living in one of the more populous parts of the state outside of the Chicago area will put us higher on the list of areas to roll out.