Since you've tried Apple and Android phones and are perhaps looking for a different experience, why not take a look a Windows 8 phone e.g. Nokia 920 (there is another thread on that phone) .. or wait until Jan 2013 and try the new Blackberry BB10.
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No thanks; I hate windows phones with a passion...
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Check out the Lumia 920 personally before dismissing it.
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I've looked at all the latest phones (Androipd, Windows and iOS) and hated every Windows phone I came across. Plus they dont connect with iOS computers very well (know this from previous Windows phones).
Android was easier but not straight forward and obviously iPhones were simple!
Having thought about it more I do see & think that the iPhones make for an easier life when you have an Apple computer!
Will probably get the iPhone 5 and see how it goes; at least if I decide to change back to Android I wont lose out £££ etc...
I have an iPhone 5 but agree with a previous poster, just because I love it I'm not going to say you should get one. The best phone is the best phone for you.
The reasons I like it are as follows.
The size. I think it's perfect. Big enough to enjoy all forms of media yet small enough to not be cumbersome.
The weight. You'd hardly know it's in your pocket.
The build quality. It's beautifully crafted.
The looks. It's stunning.
The speed. It's a pocket powerhouse.
The camera. It's as good as if not better than most.
The screen. It's absolutely gorgeous.
The keyboard. I think it's one of the better ones.
Maps. 3D maps of the major cities are brilliant. (Needs some work but that'll be done in time)
The call quality. It's amongst the best.
The OS. Not as interesting as Android but very intuitive and stable. I don't think I could live with Windows either.
The app store. Android is catching up but Apple still offer the most.
The kudos. I'm no Apple fanboy but can't think of a more desirable phone (My opinion of course)
Negative is the price, but I don't care
Wait a week or so to see if the Htc Deluxe (aka Htc Butterfly/DNA) is coming to the UK.
Its has a 5'' 1920x1080p display (440 dpi) quad-core S4 Pro CPU which makes all current smartphones seem outdated.
The phones already out in US/Asia but still waiting to see the release date over here.
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But does it integrate seamlessly with the OP's OS X-based laptop and iCloud?
The OP has already made up his / her mind & has justified the extra cost of the iPhone 5.
Is the iPhone 5 REALLY worth it (someone who'll use it just for texts, emails, calls and the odd hour on Angry Birds lol ) or should I stick with a cheaper but in a lot of circles a better phone such as the SGS III or Galaxy Note 2 (bear in mind I'm 6ft 4 and have big hands so the Note's size isnt an issue)?
in regards to cost; I'm not bothered as its an upgrade on my business contract so it's a free phone!
My sister is just about to get a iPhone 5 through her business work! A good way to get one.
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True though i wouldn't go contract again, as you can buy the phone unlocked and buy a 1 month rolling contract seperately and change to suit your needs as you go along and it can save you alot of money over the year. If you are like me i ended up taking to much of a contract i do not need. Not only that in 1 years time if you like keeping up with the Jones's then you can sell your unlock phone which is worth more than a locked phone and put it towards a new phone saving even more money than what you would by selling it 2 years down the line.
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In my experience with the 4S (my wife owns it), the iPhone is flawless (except the maps of course, which is terrible). Whatever it's supposed to do, it does it well. The only reason she wants to change back to Android, is because she got bored with it! Lack of customisation & the fact that every iPhone looks the same without any individuality didn't help things.
If you don't mind the UI, then you'll be happy with the iPhone.
Thanks for all the answers
The decision is made and I will go for an iPhone 5 but if it doesnt work out i can always sell it; get a good price for it and go back to a decent Android handset (SGS III or Note 2 etc...)
As its free through my business conbtract it'd be silly to turn the opportunity down; plus with going for a MacBook Pro it should simplify life in regards to syncing everything I need etc...
With regards to the contract; it's my own business so a contract was a necessity; more so as I use around 1500-2000 minutes a month (without trying) and god knows how many texts etc... The data plan I'm on is unlimited but I only ever send & receive emails and use the maps/sat nav etc so it's never tested.
However with my personal mobile (which I may end up nicking the iPhone 5 for and use my Desire HD for business) I use O2 contract at £20 a month and it's never been more than that but the wife has recently ended her contract after 18months with O2 aqnd gone onto GiffGaff and she gets the same allowances for £10 less a month!
For reasons of convenience, I have only ever synced my iPhones to iTunes running on Dell Latitude laptops (D630 & E6420) running Windows XP Pro and Windows 7 Pro. (Despite having an iMac in another room.)
What advantages/simplification do you get (or foresee getting) from syncing an iPhone on a Mac instead?
I thought 'iTunes is iTunes' whatever it's running on.
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