Five Reasons to Skip the iPhone and Stick With Your iPod

iPhone vs iPod

Is having an iPhone great?

Sure.

But that's not necessarily a reason you'll want to spend more money than you earn simply to get the latest smart phone on the market. As with anything else in life, there are potential downsides to even some of the greatest gadgets out there today. If you're a die-hard iPod fan, you can take solace in the fact that someone else recognizes not every change is good.

With that in mind, here are five reasons to skip an iPhone and stick with your iPod:

1. The iPhone requires commitment.No, we're not talking about the kind of commitment that scares the commitment-phobic man in your life - we're talking about a financial commitment that adds a monthly bill. Once you buy an iPod, you own it - no more paying for service or worrying about fees (except, of course, download fees that apply any time you download music from iTunes, period).

But once you buy an iPhone, you aren't just buying it - you're renting service from AT&T, the phone provider that will be giving you the ability to access Internet and phone calls through your pumped-up personal gadget. If you're on a very tight budget, you don't want to buy an iPhone.

Well, okay, to be fair, maybe you do want to buy an iPhone, but you don't want to incur monthly expenses. You might be making do without a cell phone right now, and if you can't afford it, maybe that's a good thing. It's not worth tipping the scales on your budget just to have a new gadget that does cool things - stick with your iPod, which doesn't cost you money.

2. Cost. While the iPhone costs just $173 to manufacture, according to this article, the cost is still in the realm of several hundred dollars - not to mention the commitment we just mentioned. Meanwhile, iPods are cheap, plentiful, and easy to find on sites like eBay, where people are ditching them for - what else? - the iPhone and other smart phones.

And that's not just for the gadget itself - as it turns out, AT&T makes so much money from new customers received through Apple that it pays Apple some $375 per iPhone customer. Why? Because it's worth it! They're going to be making more money off you in the long run anyway.

3. Memory disadvantages. Sure, the iPod is somewhat limited in terms of memory, but your iPhone is limited to the memory you buy - and that's it. With your iPhone, you're probably more tempted to buy information other than music as well, such as video and other content. 16 GB would have been a lot in 1996, but it's not as much today when you can download faster, watch more, and carry all of your download with you.

4. The need to unlock an iPhone. If you don't want to make a commitment (see number 1), then you're going to have to buy an unlocked iPhone, which allows you to use your iPhone with other services. In some cases, hacking your iPhone can involve illegal activity, so make sure that you don't do anything you shouldn't.

5. The iPod is simpler. If you're not advanced in the ways of personal gadgetry, then maybe you should stick with the simple interface of an iPod. The iPhone is essentially a phone/computer that you can carry with you - brilliant if you know how to use it, but worthless if you're new to technology. Sure, you can learn, but in some cases, you may prefer the hardware of a laptop or desktop computer, especially if you work as a writer or graphic designer.

Is the iPhone perfect? Nearly. But there are always places to nitpick. Don't let these reasons discourage you from buying an iPhone. But if you prefer to stick with your iPod, remember there's no reason to feel guilty.

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