Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Why I chose the iPhone 4s over the iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 was released in late September. I was not eligible for an upgrade until October. I like the rest of the iPhoneiacs were looking forward to something new to be obsessed with. The iPhone 5 was presented to us as the next best thing, greatest iPhone yet...
Then it was released...
I will not say that the iPhone 5 is bad, but I will say I would not pay the $199 for the 16 gig version, but I would pay $199 for an older phone with more capacity. Here is why. For almost every selling point Apple tries to feed us on the iPhone 5, I can almost find a reason against it.
Lets list them.
  • The iPhone 5 has a Larger Screen. I actually thing large screen phones is a con. Your goal is to use one hand while scrolling through web pages. For my hands, the 4s's screen is the perfect size. Also, I you want the latest iPhone 5 commercial talking about the new screen, notice how long of a thumb the model has. That's a long thumb.
  • The iPhone 5 has a new smaller power/data connector. You can plug it in either way.. I had 2 iPhones in the past and have 2 iPods. That means, I have 4 wires that can be used amongst those devices. The extra wires come in handy as I can leave one in my car, my office as well as at home. By upgrading to the 5, I would need to go an by more 2 more cables at least.
  • The iPhone 5's camera can shoot panoramic photos. Yes that is true, but that is not an iPhone 5 only feature, that is a feature built into iOS6, which can run on the iPhone 3Gs, 4 as well as the 4s. Also, even if it was not a built in feature, there are apps in the app store, that you can download (some free, other not) that will add this capability to your phone.
  • iPhone 5 has LTE. With cellular data plans no longer allowing for unlimited data consumptions, I do not want any incentives to consume my cellular network. I am around WiFi pretty much all day, either in my office or at home.
  • The iPhone 5 is light and thin. Have you held this thing?!?!. It is really light and really thin. This thin that it may slip out of your pocket sitting in a chair and so light that you won't even notice it fell. I like a little weight to my phones so I know they are there when I am not holding them.
    This leads me to my next CON.
  • The iPhone 5 has an aluminum back. These phones are coming scratched out of the boxes because of the aluminum back. The paint is coming off much sooner than you would expect. Apple says this is normal and to put a case on it. Which will add weight to the phone to the fact that the phone is to light will be negated by putting a case on it.
  • Purple Photo Phlare. Don't get me started, i never seen a purple photo flare on photos taken with my previous iPhones.
So needless to say, I went to an iPhone 4s, which I believe to be Apple's best iPhone. If things keep going this way for Apple, the iPhone 5 may be renamed to Apple Vista.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Require a password for every App Store purchase

I have a 4 year old, a 1 year old and an iPhone. Therefore I am at risk for unwanted App Store purchases. To combat this I can do one of two things: 1. disable the App Store completely or 2. force the App Store ask me for my Apple password before each purchase.

Option number 1 is not really an option but rather a lock down of one if the major selling points of the phone. Option number 2 is more manageable.

Here are the simple steps to help save you time and money.

Step 1: go to Settings
Step 2: go to General
Step 3: go to Restrictions
Step 4: go to Require Password and change from 15 Minutes to Immediately

Note on step 3, if you have not setup a 4 digit pin, you will be asked to do so. Make the pin something you easily remember as you will need this pin to change or set any restrictions going forward.