I Joined the Apple Bandwagon

Prairie Gleanings

After much debate, I bought an iPhone 5. Here's why.

Published on: March 15, 2013

After months of debating back and forth, I plunked down $300 for a 32 GB iPhone 5.

I just completed my two year contract with Sprint. Throughout much of Illinois, their data coverage is quite slow. Voice coverage is spotty, especially in rural areas. Switching carriers is a necessity, considering how much I'm on rural roads. I signed with Verizon, due in large part to their unmatched 4G LTE coverage across most of Illinois.

Now, why am I jumping the Android ship and swimming over to Apple? I can sum it up in one word -- consistency. Android software functions well … most of the time. Yet, my device (an HTC EVO 4G) did not age gracefully. About a year ago, I could no longer upgrade my operating system. It made a two year old phone seem ancient.

My new iPhone is quite the device. The Farm Progress app is available (for free) on the App Store. (Its also on the Google Play store.)
My new iPhone is quite the device. The Farm Progress app is available (for free) on the App Store. (It's also on the Google Play store.)

Conversely, Apple makes a terrific effort to provide software updates to all their hardware. My iPad2 functions exactly like the New iPad. The screen just has lower resolution. (FYI: I wrote this on my iPad.) I noticed the same thing with my dad's iPhone 4. It looks and functions like a 4S (minus Siri) or 5 (minus 4G LTE capability). Considering whatever you buy will be outdated in just a few months, software updates, which ensure a consistent experience across old and new hardware, are no laughing matter.

I'll blog about my experience with Verizon after a few months of testing. By the way, I am not looking forward to living with a data cap on a 4G LTE network. Hopefully a 4GB shared plan is enough for my wife and I.

As more farmers shift to smartphones, these are important decisions. Unlike cash rent agreements, pretty much all phone contracts are two year agreements.

While we're on the topic of farmers and smartphones, when are ag business companies going to start giving away iPhone covers with their logos on them? There's something we could all use. Plus, every time you snapped a pic with your phone, it's a bit of free advertising. That said, don't get caught taking a photo of a red tractor with a green iPhone case.