The iPhone 5: Five Years in Real Life Is Like Five Decades in Tech Years

I have been waiting for the iPhone 5 for a very long time. I was already completely ready to turn mine in for an upgrade last year at this time. Why? I have been using the original since 2007. No joke. Today, it's a beautiful, sleek, antique metallic phone on which I can receive and place calls but effectively use very few other features. I don't tend to be in a hurry to have the latest, greatest thing. For examples, I resisted upgrading to the 3G, the 3GS, the 4 and the 4S. But unfortunately, by waiting until I was entirely fed up with mine, I finally became determined to upgrade just when the whisper on the street was that a new model was on the horizon. I decided to wait... and wait... and wait...

I am not historically a particular gadget enthusiast; my phone was a really nice gift, and I was quickly won over by its practical applications (no game apps for me, thanks). I loved being able to pull over if lost while driving and access maps and driving directions, use the Internet on my phone to find locations or phone numbers or otherwise Google needed info on the go, have a high-quality camera on me at all times, and catch up with emails during occasional slivers of downtime - like in a waiting room - instead of necessarily needing to formally sit down for personal computer time each day. So I am not concerned with whether the new model is 18% thinner (it is) or has a 20% larger screen (it does). I just need to be able to use the device's extra-phone features without a wait that has me longing for the Internet rapidity the of old dial-up days.

One review called the 5 boring, uninspiring, so-so, pedestrian and even - catch this - "samey," clearly heartsick for the line's early "magical" and "revolutionary" days. Sure, we were all captivated the first time we encountered the futuristic touchscreen, the little end-of-list bounces, and the amazing orientation-adjustability of the picture. Those days brought on something akin to the paradigm shift - albeit a fiction-based one - Sci Fi fans experienced with The Matrix. Anyone who enjoyed the movie couldn't help but be disappointed by its highly anticipated sequels. So to the technology thrill seekers who look to their device to provide something more than convenience and a slightly heightened sophistication of lifestyle: One can never watch The Matrix for the first time again. That doesn't make its Universe any less compelling or worthwhile. Critics can sniff at the 5 all they like; I'll be taking the red pill.

- Sarah

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