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iPhone 5 is Carphone Warehouse's Most Pre-ordered Phone

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Breaking records all around.

UK mobile phone retailer the Carphone Warehouse has revealed that the iPhone 5 is the most pre-ordered phone in the company's history. Pocket-Lint reports receiving confirmation from Craphone Warehouse that it has received four times as many pre-orders for the new iPhone than any other handset launch since the company began trading in 1989.

"Last week's pre orders for the iPhone 5 smashed all previous handset launches at Carphone Warehouse," says Graham Stapleton, Chief Commercial Officer at Carphone Warehouse.

The news is hardly surprising in light of Apple's announcement earlier this week that the phone had seen two million pre-orders in just one day. This is twice as many as the iPhone 4S sold in its first day of pre-orders and a record for Apple. That news actually helped push Apple past the $700-per-share mark the following day, the highest the company's shares have ever been.

Announced last Wednesday at an event in San Francisco, the iPhone 5 features a 4-inch 326 ppi, 1136 x 640 resolution display, the new Apple A6 SoC, an 8MP camera, improved battery life, 4G LTE, FaceTime over mobile networks, and iOS 6. The phone will launch in select countries on September 21.

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    xtremeways , September 21, 2012 5:45 AM
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    Pocket-Lint reports receiving confirmation from Craphone Warehouse that it has received four times as many pre-orders for the new iPhone than any other handset launch since the company began trading in 1989.



    haha
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    jerm1027 , September 21, 2012 7:23 AM
    It seems the less Apple puts into their products, the more sales it gets. Case in point: iPad 3 and iPhone 5. iPad 3, just upped the resolution and graphics horsepower to compensate. Grand scheme of things it's the same old iPad; breaks records. iPhone 5: bigger screen, finally has 4G, still behind current tech. Breaks records. I swear, Apple could slap their logo on literal dog-shit and I bet it would break 1 billion pre-orders. It boggles my mind.
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    malice81 , September 21, 2012 6:33 AM
    I spent hours looking over all the features on Android phones, and I will admit, there are some truly beautiful phones out there. I have been an iPhone user for the last 4 years, in conjunction with my Macbook, and PC tower. I religiously use Chrome, as it's just better, and have no hatred for anything Google. The sad part is, the reason I was looking over so many videos is that I was seriously considering switching to an Android. Seeing people use the OS, it does look great and I do like the larger screens, but I have a couple points, just a couple, that are keeping me in the iPhone Sheep pen, do try and keep in mind I built my own PC and am very much a tech nerd:

    #1- The Apps. I have been a user for years, and have built up a decent library of shit I really don't feel like buying all over again. Games and stuff like that, not a big deal, but the bigger ones ( VNC programs, movie editing software, and a ton of other random crap ) are expensive to repurchase.

    #2- The build qualities. No matter what Android users wanna spout out, the build quality of the iDevices are just better, it's not rocket science. I have seen some really great ones that seemed to be on a par ( Motorola comes to mind ) but the current phones I really considered being the S3 and One X, just didn't have the feel I want. I thought about buying after market battery covers and / or cases to "change the build", but again, cost. Which leads me to my next point.

    #3- The cost of a good Android phone is almost the same as an iPhone. Looking at the devices I considered switching to, it was a wash in the 16GB 2 year deal. One major difference, the RESALE value. I just sold my iPhone 4 on ebay for $330 after using it for 2 years. Chock that up to stupid people if you like, but it's the truth, I sold it for the same price I bought it for.

    All in all I really like android, and it's not that I really like iOS more or that I'm used to it, it's just the prohibitive nature of making a switch. Do I wish I could have a removable battery, SD card slot, bigger screen, full customization, google maps, emulators, and ..... oh fuck it I'm getting a stupid Android....
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    SmaugTD , September 21, 2012 5:41 AM
    Why people, why?
  • 20 Hide
    xtremeways , September 21, 2012 5:45 AM
    Quote:
    Pocket-Lint reports receiving confirmation from Craphone Warehouse that it has received four times as many pre-orders for the new iPhone than any other handset launch since the company began trading in 1989.



    haha
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    silverblue , September 21, 2012 6:23 AM
    If you could +1 an author just for that... :p  It's definitely not a surprise about the pre-order figures... or the two-week delay that most customers will probably face.
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    malice81 , September 21, 2012 6:33 AM
    I spent hours looking over all the features on Android phones, and I will admit, there are some truly beautiful phones out there. I have been an iPhone user for the last 4 years, in conjunction with my Macbook, and PC tower. I religiously use Chrome, as it's just better, and have no hatred for anything Google. The sad part is, the reason I was looking over so many videos is that I was seriously considering switching to an Android. Seeing people use the OS, it does look great and I do like the larger screens, but I have a couple points, just a couple, that are keeping me in the iPhone Sheep pen, do try and keep in mind I built my own PC and am very much a tech nerd:

    #1- The Apps. I have been a user for years, and have built up a decent library of shit I really don't feel like buying all over again. Games and stuff like that, not a big deal, but the bigger ones ( VNC programs, movie editing software, and a ton of other random crap ) are expensive to repurchase.

    #2- The build qualities. No matter what Android users wanna spout out, the build quality of the iDevices are just better, it's not rocket science. I have seen some really great ones that seemed to be on a par ( Motorola comes to mind ) but the current phones I really considered being the S3 and One X, just didn't have the feel I want. I thought about buying after market battery covers and / or cases to "change the build", but again, cost. Which leads me to my next point.

    #3- The cost of a good Android phone is almost the same as an iPhone. Looking at the devices I considered switching to, it was a wash in the 16GB 2 year deal. One major difference, the RESALE value. I just sold my iPhone 4 on ebay for $330 after using it for 2 years. Chock that up to stupid people if you like, but it's the truth, I sold it for the same price I bought it for.

    All in all I really like android, and it's not that I really like iOS more or that I'm used to it, it's just the prohibitive nature of making a switch. Do I wish I could have a removable battery, SD card slot, bigger screen, full customization, google maps, emulators, and ..... oh fuck it I'm getting a stupid Android....
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    Anonymous , September 21, 2012 6:44 AM
    iPhone 5 is Carphone Warehouse's Most Pre-ordered Phone
    I clearly knew that extremely overprice iphone5 will not be my phone. call me old fusion not to have an iphone 5 showing off while in the cafe all you want. I can't understand why would I have to pay the zenbook price for a iphone4s XL not much different than the first iphone in 2007. I dont need an A6 processor(double speed?) to play angry bird or taking photos. iphone 5 is like the the same wine in a new bigger bottle. go to hell apple.
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    memadmax , September 21, 2012 6:45 AM
    lol
    Alot of iSuckers out there...
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    izmanq , September 21, 2012 6:53 AM
    is there a way to verify this ? :D  maybe this is just crapple ad :p 
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    jerm1027 , September 21, 2012 7:23 AM
    It seems the less Apple puts into their products, the more sales it gets. Case in point: iPad 3 and iPhone 5. iPad 3, just upped the resolution and graphics horsepower to compensate. Grand scheme of things it's the same old iPad; breaks records. iPhone 5: bigger screen, finally has 4G, still behind current tech. Breaks records. I swear, Apple could slap their logo on literal dog-shit and I bet it would break 1 billion pre-orders. It boggles my mind.
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    Pennanen , September 21, 2012 8:44 AM
    Baa baa!

    Little sheep :D 
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    back_by_demand , September 21, 2012 9:04 AM
    frombehindhaha! suck it android haters =DNever underestimate the buying power of the tech un-savvy masses!

    Yep, despite the pre-orders and the hype Android handsets are still outselling iPhones, i'm sure the Android crowd are crying themselves to sleep over Apple being outsold 4 to 1, which by definition means the Apple crowd are not the masses but the minority
    ...
    http://www.macdirectory.com/component/option,com_news/task,viewDetail/news_id,64191/
    ...
    Apple have underestimated the buying power of the tech-savvy masses
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    tomfreak , September 21, 2012 9:05 AM
    because it is 5 , 5 is a BIGGER number, a "huge" improvement to Isheep. bigger screen revolutionary too!
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    jaquith , September 21, 2012 12:58 PM
    memadmaxlolAlot of iSuckers out there...

    What are you 12?
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    cknobman , September 21, 2012 1:32 PM
    malice81#2- The build qualities. No matter what Android users wanna spout out, the build quality of the iDevices are just better, it's not rocket science. I have seen some really great ones that seemed to be on a par ( Motorola comes to mind ) but the current phones I really considered being the S3 and One X, just didn't have the feel I want. I thought about buying after market battery covers and / or cases to "change the build", but again, cost. Which leads me to my next point.


    Sorry I am going to disagree with you on this one, not because I think Android has superior build quality but more because of the overall design when it comes to durability.

    While Apple makes some beautiful ultra high quality premium products the last thing they are is durable. iPhone break on whim if you drop them due to the fragile design. All that glass and metal make the device feel great but they sure cant take a fall (even a relatively minor one). I have witnessed (first and second handed) too many iPhone with shattered screens or backs.

    Many Android phone on the other hand, while they may not feel as "ultra premium" as an iPhone can take much more punishment without breaking. My wife has dropped her GSIII on the concrete getting out of her car and it has nothing but a minor scratch on the edge where it hit. I have dropped my original EVO more times than I can count on the ground from my lap, car, standing up and it has not broken or cracked the screen.

    That is why I like Android phone designs more than Apple. I am more than willing to sacrifice some "premium feel" for good old durability.

    Put it in a case you say? No. That defeats the purpose of having a slim, light, high quality phone to begin with and then your original argument of Apples design and feel is moot to begin with.
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    sesante2000 , September 21, 2012 1:33 PM
    The funny thing is I work in a hospital, you know the place where highly educated people go to work?
    Well, Working in IT i can tell you that i see iPhones out number any android device 5-1 if not more.
    But let me guess, they're all idiots? Stupid sheep with no brains?

    One more thing, what was that one android device that wasn't made out of cheap plastic?
    Or got more than 1 Major OS update?
    Or more than 2 geeks waited in line for?
    Or has a huge ecosystem of accessories like the iPhone?
    Or has more than 1 case after launch?
    Or has a good resale value for more than 60 days?

    But what do I know? I'm an idiot iPhone user that has been brainwashed to enjoy OS consistency, Good build quality, A actual app store that isn't a flee market like android, and stuff to buy for my chosen device like speakers, case and a plethora of other devices.
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    bllue , September 21, 2012 2:00 PM
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    Craphone

    I think that's the funniest typo I've seen on Tom's haha. It exactly defines what the iPhone is
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    cknobman , September 21, 2012 2:08 PM
    sesante2000The funny thing is I work in a hospital, you know the place where highly educated people go to work?Well, Working in IT i can tell you that i see iPhones out number any android device 5-1 if not more.But let me guess, they're all idiots? Stupid sheep with no brains?One more thing, what was that one android device that wasn't made out of cheap plastic?Or got more than 1 Major OS update?Or more than 2 geeks waited in line for?Or has a huge ecosystem of accessories like the iPhone?Or has more than 1 case after launch?Or has a good resale value for more than 60 days?But what do I know? I'm an idiot iPhone user that has been brainwashed to enjoy OS consistency, Good build quality, A actual app store that isn't a flee market like android, and stuff to buy for my chosen device like speakers, case and a plethora of other devices.


    Funny, your post does not give the impression you are highly educated. In fact it reeks of your ignorance on Android products to begin with. Maybe your opinions are based off a limited sampling of Android products or maybe they are just from plain ignorance.

    My Android has received 2 major OS updates and 2 minor.
    My Android is not made of all cheap plastic and as an added bonus it is actually durable and capable of sustaining accidental drops on concrete unlike an Apple product. How do I know this? I have accidentally dropped my phone more times than I can count.
    My Android has a HUGE ecosystem of accessories a quick Amazon search can show me/you that.
    My Android had dozens, literally dozens of cases after launch with an added bonus of not costing more than they are worse unlike Apple cases.
    My Android is over 2 years old and still worth $150 cash/trade-in.

    So what do you know? Not very much.
    What does your post really do? Reinforce the stereotype that Apple users are in fact IDIOTS.
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    hate machine , September 21, 2012 2:25 PM
    I've never seen so many people complain about iOS and how this iPhone is so underwhelming while simultaneously turning around and buying it. Seriously if you look over all the other blogs and techsites that cover it, you can find people bashing it and then saying they are waiting on their pre order or going to pick one up at the store. Dronelike Consumerism at its best. It is like all the people who whine about how bad WoW is but continue to shell out every month for it and complain every new game they play needs all these WoW elements they loathe so much. Sheesh!
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    hate machine , September 21, 2012 2:29 PM
    sesante2000The funny thing is I work in a hospital, you know the place where highly educated people go to work?Well, Working in IT i can tell you that i see iPhones out number any android device 5-1 if not more.But let me guess, they're all idiots? Stupid sheep with no brains?


    That is funny, I also work IT at a hospital. I see a mix of both Android and iPhones. Doctors and Executives seem to be more inclined to carry Apple though, and they seem to whine the most when their Apple products just do not work in a Window's Environment. "But it is Apple, it should just work!" is a common phrase I hear. El oh El.
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    jaquith , September 21, 2012 2:43 PM
    Listen facts are facts, 50 million plus sales over 2 months verses the combined sales of Galaxy S sales over two years (27 months).

    So you can spew out all the hate you want, but it won't change reality or what you verbally vomit.
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