Raamiz Hussain writes:
I am emailing because I am in a predicament. I am trying to decide between the iPhone 5 and the iPad 4. Every other phone or tablet I’ve purchased before has been Android, and to be honest, I am getting sick of it. Currently, I have a Nexus 7 and the Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone; neither of them meet my needs. I previously owned an iPod touch second generation, which wasn’t that great. It ran iOS 2 and I’d like to try a device with a more current version of iOS, but I don’t know which to get.
Great question, Raamiz. Based on the information you’ve provided, I’m actually not sure if you’d be thrilled with either of these options. You have a current Android tablet, a somewhat current Windows Phone, and have had a discouraging experience with iOS in the past. It might be more important to ask what about these mobile operating systems are disappointing you the most, and whether or not iOS is actually the solution to your problem.
Unless you’re dropping $500-600 on the new iPhone, you’re signing up for a two-year contract that will keep you locked into the Apple ecosystem for some time. You could sell your iPhone 5, but you’re still stuck with the contract, and that might not be the best deal for you. If you are truly trying to decide between these two products, I’d probably recommend the iPad as it will give you a robust iOS experience without locking you into a contract.
I’d actually be more inclined to recommend the iPad mini or iPod touch to someone who is testing the waters with iOS. You’re investing into an ecosystem when you switch platforms, and jumping in with both feet when you weren’t exactly impressed with earlier versions of the OS might be a bit hard on you and your wallet.
I’ve been very pleased with my iPhone 5, and I wouldn’t want to turn you away from what could be a good product for you. That said, better is relative and if your problems with the Nexus 7 surround the hardware and not the software, then the Nexus 4 is a great alternative. Likewise, The new line of Nokia Windows phones is a considerable step up from previous models, especially with Windows Phone 8 having such a vastly different back end to it. If the software isn’t your problem, then retreating to another platform you’ve had some issues with in the past might not be the best choice.
Instead of approaching the decision based on what you don’t like, make a list of the things that you do enjoy from each platform and consider which one truly serves your needs the best. From there, you can look into tweaks and other things you can do to make the platform a bit more suitable for to your needs.
In the end, you should base your decision off of which device you see yourself using the most. If you feel that you can get more value out of the iPad, then that’s the way to go. If you’re outright replacing either your phone or tablet, think about which one agitates you the most. That would be the one I’d replace first.