Students should weigh benefits against costs

By RAMON MADDEN
Business and science editor

As college students, saving money is very important. However, new technology is hitting the market every day and it almost becomes an obligation to keep digital devices up to date.

It is unnecessary to get a new phone every year, yet most people pay for frequent upgrades. This could be the reason why “the iPhone is the number one phone in the world,” according to a recent article by CBN News on Sept. 11.

The new iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S are two expensive devices that are a part of a generational series, meaning that Apple releases a new, upgraded device every year.

Some transitions from one generation to the next include minuscule improvements hardly worth the hefty price tags, though.

The two new phones are the same size as the iPhone 5 realeased on Sept. 21, 2012. Also, internet use via Wi-Fi and video playback remain the same.

The iPhone 5C’s additions include plastic casings in a variety of colors, as opposed to glass.

The iPhone 5S’s improvements include a new processing chip, fingerprint sensor, and a camera that has a 15 percent larger 8MP sensor as well as a 33 percent increase in light sensitivity.

These improvements are unnecessary because they do not have a major effect on the phone’s main function: communication.

The two new phones are able to utilize the new and improved iOS 7, but this operating system is also available on older and cheaper generations such as the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S and iPhone 4.

It may be unwise to spend money to upgrade phones and other devices for few to no improvements.

As college students, it is important to weigh the cost against the benefits.

 

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