It’s on the news, friends talk about it non-stop,and it seems like it’s everywhere. Soon students thinking about it every day, until you can hold it in your hands for yourself.
With the recent release of the iPhone 5, it seems a decent amount of Davis’ population has been absorbed by “Apple Syndrome.” Eager buyers camped out in anticipation of the new device, paying a large sum of money for a few upgrades to a phone they already had.
“I think it’s worth it,” said Zack Nelson, a junior who waited until 1 a.m. to pre-order the new iPhone 5 online. “The data on the iPhone 5 is faster than the Wi-Fi at my house. I watched a Youtube video where they dropped an iPhone 5 and a Galaxy S3 at the same time to see what happened. The iPhone screen didn’t even crack after being dropped four times, while the Galaxy S3 cracked after the second time being dropped.”
Others are not so impressed. “I think the people who buy it are just fans of the ‘Apple name’,” said senior Clark Sandholtz.
“Yeah, all the cool features, apps, and just the name iPhone make me want to buy it,“ said senior Cody Heaps.
Like Sandholtz, junior Parker Stephens was not impressed with the $199 phone. “I don’t even see the point of the iPhone. With an iPod touch you can do everything an iPhone can, even call and text. You just have to get the free apps. You can basically have an iPhone without all the extra fees.”
While some students think you should avoid Apple at all costs, others like Apple products but think they are extremely fragile for the high price. “You have to be careful. Buy a case for it–if it broke I wouldn’t just buy a new one, I’d at least try to fix it because it’s so expensive,” said junior Mason Astle.
Others turn to alternative smartphones like the Android or the Galaxy S3. “I think the Galaxy S3 is better than the iPhone or Android.” said Sandholtz. According to Sandholtz, the screen, battery, processor, and all other features are better. “I think it blows the iPhone 5 out of the water.”
With smartphones ranging in price from $200 to even $300 knowing the pros and cons of each device is a good way to go.