Guest post: Ted Kritsonis on the iPhone 5

The anticipation is over now that you know what Apple has in store for you with the iPhone 5. What you plan to do once the device becomes available on September 21 may require a little bit of planning between now and then.

But before you do that, you should consider the facts first. Regardless of whether you have an iPhone 3GS, 4 or 4S, Apple’s reputation for innovation means that this new iteration of the popular smartphone comes with some expectations. Some of the rumours preceding the launch proved to be true, though a couple of surprises were also thrown in for good measure.

The general look of the iPhone remains unchanged, though the iPhone 5 is taller because of the bigger 4-inch Retina display. At 326 ppi (pixels per inch) and a resolution of 1366×640, the screen is sharp with saturated colours, but isn’t quite at HD resolution like some other phones are. But hey, who doesn’t like having an extra row of app icons on each screen?

There’s an elegance in the phone’s design. Coming in black or white with a cool mix of glass and aluminum, the iPhone 5 continues the tradition of design and functionality Apple is known for. It doesn’t hurt that it’s also 20 percent lighter than the 4S

While some might not consider the iPhone 5 the “great leap forward” Apple called it, the device still moves the product in a different direction. This is the first time since the original iPhone in 2007 that the screen size has changed. The 30-pin connector at the bottom is also gone, marking the first time an iOS device is using a new 8-pin connector, which Apple is calling Lightning. Not surprisingly, Apple has a 30-pin adapter ready to go at launch.

And interestingly, the company is actually taking phone calls seriously. That’s right, wideband audio technology embedded in the device enhances the clarity of calls. This is known as “HD Voice”, and the idea is to make voices sound more natural and clear during calls. Up to 20 carriers around the world are supporting this feature but no one knows yet if that includes any from Canada. Stay tuned for updates on that.

So, to put this in a wider perspective, what can you expect from the iPhone 5?

–       Thanks to iOS 6, Siri now has Canadian localization, so you can ask the virtual assistant whatever you want to know and get results based on your location.

–       Twice the speed of the 4S, thanks to Apple’s A6 processor.

–       LTE built-in for blazing fast Internet speed. All Canadian carriers offering LTE are on board.

–       Improved Wi-Fi that now supports both 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz bands.

–       A better 8-megapixel camera for shooting in low-light conditions, as well as a new mode called Panorama.

–       Shooting HD video in 1080p with improved stabilization, face detection for up to 10 faces and the option to snap pics while recording.

–       A 720p front-facing camera, which is great now that FaceTime chats can work on a cellular data connection.

–       Better battery life — eight hours of 3G/LTE talk time and browsing, 10 hours of Wi-Fi browsing, 10 hours of video, 40 hours of music and 225 hours standby.

–       Apps won’t stretch out onto the bigger screen until developers optimize them for it. Expect to see black bars on the sides for the next little while.

–       “Console quality” gaming experiences.

iPhone resale

If you are holding an older iPhone in your hand, you may have already thought about parting with it to raise some funds and get the latest and greatest. If you are thinking of doing that by selling it on Kijiji, here are some pointers to help make a good sale:

–       Do your best to clean the device as thoroughly as possible. Wipe the screen and back glass clean only with a dry microfibre cloth to avoid scratches.

–       If you have the box with all the cables and manuals, get them and include them when snapping photos of the phone.

–       Be honest and reasonable in your asking price. Naturally, if you have an iPhone 4S in pristine condition with all the accessories and the box, you could fetch a good chunk of the phone’s retail value. Even more so if you have it unlocked.

–       If you’re trying to sell a 3GS or 4, be truthful about performance and appearance. As these are older versions, it’s always a good idea to take a couple of close-up shots to explain where blemishes or scuffs might be.

–       When taking photos of the phone, turn it on, max out the brightness and keep it at your home screen. A phone with a vibrant and functioning screen will always attract more viewers than a blank screen.

–       Be imaginative and concise in your product description. Prospective buyers may know what the device is, but they need to understand what condition it’s in and what it’s capable of doing before they commit.

–       Make it a point to note that the older iPhone you’re selling (from the 3GS and up) is compatible for an upgrade to iOS 6. This makes it clear that the phone has relevance and can benefit from newer features.

–       As a buyer, always look through a multitude of sellers and don’t be shy to ask questions, so you get a better idea of what’s available.

–       And, of course, exercise the option to negotiate a better price, but be reasonable in doing so.

So, with a phone that carries this kind of weight both brand new and in the resale market, you have the ability to meet a buyer or seller locally that has the iPhone you want. There is no shortage of them available, either, and a simple search on Kijiji will show you plenty on offer.

Bio: Ted Kritsonis  is a respected reporter, editor and TV personality who covers the high-tech industry and specializes in consumer electronics, gadgets, video games, industry trends and Internet and online developments. He is based in Toronto.

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