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Aden11
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10/21/2013 | 1:51:48 PM
re: Why I Returned My iPhone 5s
If you want to generate web traffic on your site than write an article in favor or against Apple products.
Byurcan
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10/21/2013 | 1:02:00 PM
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I completely agree with this assessment, yet thousands of people will sleep outside on the sidewalk awaiting the new Apple device, even if it does little different than the previous one. That's brainwashing, er marketing at its finest.
GradyP256
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10/20/2013 | 5:16:45 PM
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The author has certainly made a great case against rushing out to grab the latest iPhone. It's not that complicated a plan to follow, actually. If you have a second generation, "s," wait for the next "s." If you have a first generation, say 5, then wait for 6.
MarioR398
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10/20/2013 | 3:56:06 PM
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Eric, you did not buy or spend $900. You returned the phone and had every intention of returning and getting your money after doing this article that was already written before buying the 5s sounds like. You wrote this to get an article that will be read over all the good articles about the 5s.
kwhonder
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10/20/2013 | 3:55:27 PM
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I think the exorbitant extravagance reflected by needing to have the latest gadget at such a marked up price is morally wrong and wasteful - akin to say the guy who needs to have a toilet seat made of 14k gold. That said, this guy is a reviewer and this is what he does for a living - which then makes the attempt to present himself as an average consumer a bit misleading and deceptive. He didn't return the iphone 5s because inherently its a defective product. He returned it because in comparison to his iphone 5, it was not worth the extra money he would pay to avoid the contract (which is not the use case for the average consumer). But hey, it's all a game, especially for people for whom cost is not a factor - which by itself is a sad commentary, given that most of the people on the planet are starving. My opinion...
Eric Zeman
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10/20/2013 | 2:56:22 PM
re: Why I Returned My iPhone 5s
All - Thanks for taking the time to read and join the discussion. Just a few comments from me.

Some have suggested that I could have sold my iPhone 5 and kept the 5s. That is true, though my 5 is pretty well used (i.e., slightly dented in one corner) and I may not get top dollar for it.

I agree that it was my choice to pay full price for the phone, but even if I had signed a new contract with AT&T, I would have saved only $200. My total out-of-pocket expense would still have exceeded $600. As I noted in the article, for people upgrading from an iPhone 4 or 4s, it's a nice jump to the iPhone 5s, especially at the on-contract price of $200. I'm done with contracts, though. I won't sign any more for wireless service.

Some have suggested that I should have known the experience would be the same. Yes, of course I did. However, I had to purchase the phone in order to review it. Generally I keep review units that I purchase myself, especially iPhones. This is the first time I've returned an iPhone, however, and it is for the reasons stated in the article above.

Given the nature of what I do, I don't stick with any one device for very long. I have about a dozen or so devices that I cycle through regularly so that I can test apps and services on different hardware running different versions of the four major operating systems (Android, BlackBerry, iOS, and Windows Phone). Same goes for tablets. The iPhone 5 will remain in my rotation until next year when Apple shows us something different.

As for Apple's device strategy, it is what it is. Look at Apple's other hardware. Its MacBooks barely ever change in their design and usually see only iterative updates each cycle (with the exception of the Retina Displays). This is simply the way Apple wants to run its business. It works for Apple. The company sells plenty of gear each year. I think most of you will agree with me, however, that smartphones are different from laptops/desktops. The space is incredibly competitive and some of Apple's rivals are outpacing it in terms of technology and innovation. I don't think you can argue this point. But it's a free market, and Apple can make - and live by - its own choices.

Again, thanks for reading and sharing your own thoughts.
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10/20/2013 | 1:41:07 PM
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Samsung haven't changed their design/s since the GS3 was released thats ridiculous, arguably longer because the galaxy s i bought in 2010 has almost the same plastic they use today
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10/20/2013 | 1:37:53 PM
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You failed to demonstrate an IQ above room temperature.
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10/20/2013 | 1:25:41 PM
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Anyone spending "$500 to $900" of their own money on a smartphone each year has more money than sense.
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10/20/2013 | 1:23:29 PM
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the 5S? still makes phone calls? Takes pictures, texts? Next story please.
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