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Apple iPhone 5 Review
By Steve Rhys 24.12.2012
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Apple iPhone 5 Review

With increased performance speeds, sharper images and an eye-catching design the iPhone 5 is one of the hottest smartphones on the market?

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Overview

The iPhone 5 was the most eagerly anticipated release of 2012, and dedicated Apple-lovers did not disappoint the tech-giant – within 24-hours of the Cupertino-based iPhone maker announcing the launch of the new handset, a record-breaking 2 million pre-orders were snapped up.

Given Apple´s previous performances in the smartphone market, it´s little wonder that the fifth-generation handset was getting so much consumer attention. Add to that a captivating new design, faster processor and brand new Retina Display screen that sharpens images to levels never witnessed before on a handheld device and you already know you are in for something special. 

 

Apple iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 5

 

When you first clap eyes on the iPhone 5 you will be smitten. It´s alluring design, slick anodised aluminium chassis and sparkling 4-inch screen is temptation personified. Play around with it for a few minutes and the response times are so notably quicker you won´t want to put it down – even if it does feel a little bit weird.

The reason for that is the 112g featherweight lightness, which together with its slippery shell, you sometimes feel like you are going to drop it. The iPhone5 may not have the weighty reassurance of previous iPhone models, but this is nothing you will not get used to. At 123.8mm tall it fits neatly into the palm and is easy to operate with one hand.

 

Screen //

 

Bigger screens have become a significant feature on smartphones this year and although Apple opted for a 4-inch screen rather than anything to rival the 4.6” you find on the Samsung Nexus,  it makes up for a smaller screen arena with the clarity of colour and sharpness that emanates from the new Retina Display.

The increase in screen size also allows Apple to neatly arrange its apps to make it easier to navigate and more aesthetically pleasing to look at. Movies and videos almost fill the entire handset and you can see more detail when playing games and reading emails, although analysing spreadsheets will always be awkward on smartphones.

 

iPhone 5 Software //

With the introduction of the iOS6 operating system, Apple has also been able to significantly improve the software of the iPhone 5. The voice activation service Siri has been given a thorough once over following negative feedback since its introduction on the iPhone 4S. It now has more languages and idioms that can recognise different speech patterns.

Apple also opted for an advanced antenna to improve the wifi signal and have also fitted the iPhone 5 with 4G connectivity which gives you faster browsing speeds and download times. The problem for most UK residents is that 4G LTE connectivity is limited as networks are only available in 11 cities at present and price plans start from £36 per month for 500MB of data – As of late 2012.

 

Apple iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 5

 

One of the key selling points of the iPhone 5 is the 3D rendered Maps which are taken from images gathered by intelligence in the Swedish military. The awe-inspiring software gives you the front view of buildings rather than just an overview. The only drawback is that the feature is a step backwards. Satellite images are poor and there is far less data than Google maps.

 

iPhone 5 Processor //

One of the redeeming features of the fifth-generation iPhone is the iOS6 processor which is an absolute pleasure to use. Video and image speeds are notably faster, swiping through menus is quick and slick and apps run smoothly with no lags or stutters. Everything about the navigation feels better and is only matched by the Samsung S3 – arguably Apple´s closest rival.

The extra power of the A6 processor will especially be appreciated by users that use their smartphone for games, movies and apps with heavyweight data like photo editing software. The iPhone performs twice as well as its predecessor and it is doubtful there is anything that will push iOS6 to its limit.

 

Battery //

Apple also boast the custom-designed A6 chip give you more battery life, but in reality the performance it not much better than the iPhone 4S. You will get at least 10 hours of viewing pleasure and 8-hours of talk time, but you will still need to charge your phone every night if it to see out the next day. Browsing the web also drains the battery quicker than the manufacturer will have you believe.

 

Camera //

Apple has stuck with the 8-mega pixel camera they fitted on the iPhone 4S, although have made subtle tweaks to the technology that give the latest model improved camera performance and picture quality – especially in low-light conditions.

You also have a bigger virtual camera capture button and video stabilisation with auto-focus to detect faces. File sizes have also been reduced so it doesn´t take up as much memory, but without losing anything on quality. There is also a new “intuitive” panorama mode which has horizontal and vertical orientation so you can capture images of tall buildings.

 

 Who is it for?

People most suited to iPhone 5 are movie watchers and people who need editing apps on the go.

 

Value for money?

With a hefty price tag of around £530 for the 16GB entry-level model, the iPhone 5 is an expensive smartphone compared to other models on the market. In terms of performance, the Galaxy S3 at £100 less offers better value for money and now you can upgrade to iOS6 on the iPhone 4S the better option is to buy Apple´s predecessor – especially considering there is little to choose between the two.

 

Final thought

The iPhone5 is undoubtedly an impressive piece of kit and there will not be too many disappointed users – although the price tag may put a lot of competitors off given the other options on the market. At first glance, Apple´s new handset is certainly eye-catching and consumers will easily be enamoured by its speed and sharp image quality. Apple has updated every aspect of the iPhone and major changes to software such as Siri, improvements to the camera and Facetime quality does make a difference.

However, although the overall performance is only slightly better than the iPhone 4S – without knocking Apple´s efforts too much – the iPhone 5 is not quite perhaps the advanced smartphone people were hoping for, especially when you consider the cost. As alternatives to the iPhone 5 you might want to consider checking out the Samsung S3 or the Nokia Lumia 920.

 

 

 

 

Apple iPhone 5 Review

With increased performance speeds, sharper images and an eye-catching design the iPhone 5 is one of the hottest smartphones on the market?

………………………………………………………………………………….. 

Overview

The iPhone 5 was the most eagerly anticipated release of 2012, and dedicated Apple-lovers did not disappoint the tech-giant – within 24-hours of the Cupertino-based iPhone maker announcing the launch of the new handset, a record-breaking 2 million pre-orders were snapped up.

Given Apple´s previous performances in the smartphone market, it´s little wonder that the fifth-generation handset was getting so much consumer attention. Add to that a captivating new design, faster processor and brand new Retina Display screen that sharpens images to levels never witnessed before on a handheld device and you already know you are in for something special. 

 

Apple iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 5

 

When you first clap eyes on the iPhone 5 you will be smitten. It´s alluring design, slick anodised aluminium chassis and sparkling 4-inch screen is temptation personified. Play around with it for a few minutes and the response times are so notably quicker you won´t want to put it down – even if it does feel a little bit weird.

The reason for that is the 112g featherweight lightness, which together with its slippery shell, you sometimes feel like you are going to drop it. The iPhone5 may not have the weighty reassurance of previous iPhone models, but this is nothing you will not get used to. At 123.8mm tall it fits neatly into the palm and is easy to operate with one hand.

 

Screen //

 

Bigger screens have become a significant feature on smartphones this year and although Apple opted for a 4-inch screen rather than anything to rival the 4.6” you find on the Samsung Nexus,  it makes up for a smaller screen arena with the clarity of colour and sharpness that emanates from the new Retina Display.

The increase in screen size also allows Apple to neatly arrange its apps to make it easier to navigate and more aesthetically pleasing to look at. Movies and videos almost fill the entire handset and you can see more detail when playing games and reading emails, although analysing spreadsheets will always be awkward on smartphones.

 

iPhone 5 Software //

With the introduction of the iOS6 operating system, Apple has also been able to significantly improve the software of the iPhone 5. The voice activation service Siri has been given a thorough once over following negative feedback since its introduction on the iPhone 4S. It now has more languages and idioms that can recognise different speech patterns.

Apple also opted for an advanced antenna to improve the wifi signal and have also fitted the iPhone 5 with 4G connectivity which gives you faster browsing speeds and download times. The problem for most UK residents is that 4G LTE connectivity is limited as networks are only available in 11 cities at present and price plans start from £36 per month for 500MB of data – As of late 2012.

 

Apple iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 5

 

One of the key selling points of the iPhone 5 is the 3D rendered Maps which are taken from images gathered by intelligence in the Swedish military. The awe-inspiring software gives you the front view of buildings rather than just an overview. The only drawback is that the feature is a step backwards. Satellite images are poor and there is far less data than Google maps.

 

iPhone 5 Processor //

One of the redeeming features of the fifth-generation iPhone is the iOS6 processor which is an absolute pleasure to use. Video and image speeds are notably faster, swiping through menus is quick and slick and apps run smoothly with no lags or stutters. Everything about the navigation feels better and is only matched by the Samsung S3 – arguably Apple´s closest rival.

The extra power of the A6 processor will especially be appreciated by users that use their smartphone for games, movies and apps with heavyweight data like photo editing software. The iPhone performs twice as well as its predecessor and it is doubtful there is anything that will push iOS6 to its limit.

 

Battery //

Apple also boast the custom-designed A6 chip give you more battery life, but in reality the performance it not much better than the iPhone 4S. You will get at least 10 hours of viewing pleasure and 8-hours of talk time, but you will still need to charge your phone every night if it to see out the next day. Browsing the web also drains the battery quicker than the manufacturer will have you believe.

 

Camera //

Apple has stuck with the 8-mega pixel camera they fitted on the iPhone 4S, although have made subtle tweaks to the technology that give the latest model improved camera performance and picture quality – especially in low-light conditions.

You also have a bigger virtual camera capture button and video stabilisation with auto-focus to detect faces. File sizes have also been reduced so it doesn´t take up as much memory, but without losing anything on quality. There is also a new “intuitive” panorama mode which has horizontal and vertical orientation so you can capture images of tall buildings.

 

 Who is it for?

People most suited to iPhone 5 are movie watchers and people who need editing apps on the go.

 

Value for money?

With a hefty price tag of around £530 for the 16GB entry-level model, the iPhone 5 is an expensive smartphone compared to other models on the market. In terms of performance, the Galaxy S3 at £100 less offers better value for money and now you can upgrade to iOS6 on the iPhone 4S the better option is to buy Apple´s predecessor – especially considering there is little to choose between the two.

 

Final thought

The iPhone5 is undoubtedly an impressive piece of kit and there will not be too many disappointed users – although the price tag may put a lot of competitors off given the other options on the market. At first glance, Apple´s new handset is certainly eye-catching and consumers will easily be enamoured by its speed and sharp image quality. Apple has updated every aspect of the iPhone and major changes to software such as Siri, improvements to the camera and Facetime quality does make a difference.

However, although the overall performance is only slightly better than the iPhone 4S – without knocking Apple´s efforts too much – the iPhone 5 is not quite perhaps the advanced smartphone people were hoping for, especially when you consider the cost. As alternatives to the iPhone 5 you might want to consider checking out the Samsung S3 or the Nokia Lumia 920.

 

 

 

 

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