Great Debate: Is the iPhone 5 your dream phone?

Moderated by Jason Hiner | October 3, 2011 -- 07:00 GMT (00:00 PDT)

Summary: Did we say iPhone 5? We mean, the iPhone 4S. In any event: Is Apple's latest mobile device the smartphone of Matthew Miller and Jason Perlow's dreams?

Matthew Miller

Matthew Miller

iPhone Yes

or

iPhone No

Jason Perlow

Jason Perlow

Best Argument: iPhone Yes

The moderator has delivered a final verdict.

Opening Statements

iPhone 5 purchase is a no-brainer

Matthew Miller: Back in June, Apple unveiled iOS 5, and the features convinced me that I had to have the next iPhone. Apple took the best from Android, Symbian, Windows Phone 7, BlackBerry, and Zune to create iOS 5; with improvements in the excellent iPhone 4, you got a smartphone that nearly achieved mobile nirvana.

But I did not buy an iPhone 4 because I did not like the iOS notification system and rather dated look and feel of the operating system. iOS 5 and the new iPhone will address those concerns and provide so much more.

It's not just the hundreds of thousands of applications that set the iPhone apart. The fact that you can go a full day without having to charge or replace the battery, get the highest resolution smartphone display, enjoy messaging and social networking with ease, obtain and access content from the largest and most integrated mobile ecosystem, and have one of the largest accessory markets available -- all make an iPhone 5 purchase a no-brainer.

Design doesn't fit my requirements

Jason Perlow: While I am an owner of several Apple products, the next-generation iPhone is not the "smartphone of my dreams" or even the ultimate product in its category.

Why would I say this, device sight unseen? Because Apple's design ethos doesn't fit my use case requirements, which is typical of frequent business travelers.

No matter what whiz-bang software improvements, faster chip or higher-res display Apple introduces, it will almost certainly lack key functionality that I need -- the ability to run on and tether to a 4G high-speed LTE network, and to use a replaceable, extended charge battery.

And given that I am an avid user of GMail, Google Voice and Google Calendar, the tighter Google integration is essential -- something only an Android phone can give me.

So instead of waiting for the Verizon iPhone 5, I went for the Droid Bionic. If I want to use iOS 5 on the road, I can tether it with an iPad.

 

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  • RE: Great Debate: Is the iPhone 5 your dream phone?

    for an unannounced product, I can only say wake up and smell the vapor
    hwrd_lwrd
    Reply Vote I'm for iPhone Yes
    • RE: Great Debate: Is the iPhone 5 your dream phone?

      @hwrd_lwrd
      it is funny we're all talking about a device that hasn't even been announced yet, and may not even be called the '5' but the '4S.' For me it's the new iOS 5 and iCloud integration that gives it potential upside for me- someone who drank the Apple cool aid and hasn't missed my Windows machine or iPAQ (remember those?) or Palm Pilot or Windows Mobile Phone in years... I am glad to see the notifications updated- badly needed.
      rprice54
      Reply Vote I'm Undecided
    • RE: Great Debate: Is the iPhone 5 your dream phone?

      @hwrd_lwrd

      Thanks but no thanks! This is more hype than actual wow factor! Android and MS are doing so much more but since ZDNET is pro-Apple I don't expect anything less. I'll be sticking with WP 7.5 at my side!
      Rob.sharp
      Reply Vote I'm Undecided
      • RE: Great Debate: Is the iPhone 5 your dream phone?

        @rob.sharp@??? Speaking of hype, ZDNet has hyped WP 7 (and WP 7.5) than anything I have ever seen. For a Mobile OS that has less Marketshare than Linux has on the desktop, there is sure a lot of hype on it.
        Rick_Kl
        Reply Vote I'm Undecided
    • RE: Great Debate: Is the iPhone 5 your dream phone?

      Now that the fumes have cleared and everybody's coming down from their rumor-fueled high, I'm going to declare victory and pre-order an i4S. The i5 is vapor! Long live the i4S!
      hwrd_lwrd
      Reply Vote I'm Undecided
  • RE: Great Debate: Is the iPhone 5 your dream phone?

    iPhone no way. Wastes lot of time for updating, need to open each application to update e.g., News, Weather, Calendar, Mail and Facebook etc. all need to open one by one.
    Android. Way to Go. Widgets do all magic. No need to open applications. All updates available at home screen.
    aquariun76
    Reply Vote I'm for iPhone No
    • RE: Great Debate: Is the iPhone 5 your dream phone?

      @aquariun76
      I guess u must've been looking at an iPhone wannabe. iPhone Apps are updated in one central place, and you get instant notifications for those updates even if you haven't used the app in ages. Good one though...made me laugh a little.
      greengarden74
      Reply Vote I'm Undecided
    • RE: Great Debate: Is the iPhone 5 your dream phone?

      @aquariun76 Really, one by one? When was the last time you saw an iPhone, 2006? Get real.

      This website is full of Windoze and Android users. IT guys in backoffices. Enjoy your klunky Samsung or LG, with junk apps thanks to no ratification....but let's call it "open". Hmm.
      pkhunter
      Reply Vote I'm Undecided
      • RE: Great Debate: Is the iPhone 5 your dream phone?

        @pkhunter
        /ratification/censorship/
        nigebj
        Reply Vote I'm Undecided
      • RE: Great Debate: Is the iPhone 5 your dream phone?

        @pkhunter <br>I dont like closed iOS.
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        anonymous
        Reply Vote I'm for iPhone No