Apple iPhone 5
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- Bottom Line:
- The iPhone 5 completely rebuilds the iPhone on a framework of new features and design, addressing its major previous shortcomings. It's absolutely the best iPhone to date, and it easily secures its place in the top tier of the smartphone universe.
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- Reviewed by: Scott Stein
- Reviewed on: 09/18/2012
- Updated on:10/04/2012
- Released on: 09/21/2012
The good: The iPhone 5 adds everything we wanted in the iPhone 4S: 4G LTE, a longer, larger screen, free turn-by-turn navigation, and a faster A6 processor. Plus, its top-to-bottom redesign is sharp, slim, and feather-light.
The bad: Apple Maps feels unfinished and buggy; Sprint and Verizon models can't use voice and data simultaneously. The smaller connector renders current accessories unusable without an adapter. There's no NFC, and the screen size pales in comparison to jumbo Android models.
The bottom line: The iPhone 5 completely rebuilds the iPhone on a framework of new features and design, addressing its major previous shortcomings. It's absolutely the best iPhone to date, and it easily secures its place in the top tier of the smartphone universe.
My experiencing coming from Android phones
by S-Hiebert on August 7, 2013
Pros: Universal Content/Sharing
Cons: Screen is smaller than the competing phones
No SD card slot for expanding storage
Camera not equal to some of the other top phones
Speakers pointing down is not a good design
Apple Maps still has issues
Battery life could be better
Summary: Everyone knows it's lighter and slimmer. Some love it, some think it makes it feel cheap. I carry my phone when I go biking, walking, or running, so I ...
Summary: Everyone knows it's lighter and slimmer. Some love it, some think it makes it feel cheap. I carry my phone when I go biking, walking, or running, so I for one welcome the new design. I think the favorite thing for me about the new screen is that it can display an extra row of icons, which means your folders can fit more, and you can have more on one screen. I like to keep everything fitting on one page right there for me to access. The screen is brighter, and color saturation is noticeably better, blacks are blacker, colors are more rich. The phone has LTE which means it will connect to networks faster, and it has 3 microphones, and noise canceling for better audio. The new earbuds are improved (mostly in design, not sound quality) I do wish it came in more colors, but black and white are essential choices, and will do. Hopefully they will bring out more choices, at least Red and Silver.
This is the iOS you know and love. Fundamentally the same, but with new features (Siri, Panoramic Photos, Facetime over 3G) Some people complain that it hasn't changed enough since the first iPhone. It's essentially quite simple, which is the aesthetic that defines Apple. How much has OSX changed in the past 7 years? Not much either. If one wanted to change the style of the icons and fonts, they do have the option to jailbreak. What I like about iOS is that there's only as many menus as there needs to be. With Android you will see redundant menus, and see settings more than once in several menus. Also I was peeved by the back button and the way it serves a different purpose depending on the context. Will pressing it take you back to the apps main menu? Or will it close the app? I dont know! Press it and find out! The fact that they made the iPhone work fundamentally with just the one home button is a feat of itself. Widgets are cool to have, but I always ended up disabling them to conserve battery life and cut down cpu/ram usage. The notification menu, and icon badges suffice for quick indications.
While both Android and iOS have far more apps than any human could sample in a lifetime, what matters most is quality, not quantity. iPhone has all of the best apps at its disposal, many of which do not exist on Android. Games like Infinity Blade II, SF Volt, Chinatown Wars, Fairway Solitaire, music apps like Animoog, DM1, iKaossilator, and Rebirth, and essential apps like iTunes U, Pages, and iMovie. When I switched to Android, I found that there were a lot of great apps I missed that were not on Google Play store. Since i've switched back to iPhone 5, I did not notice any key apps that are on Android but not on iOS.
The first thing I noticed on this new model is how snappy everything is. Tasks are executed fast. Launching apps, pages loading, switching through menus, it does it in a breeze. iOS runs smoothly because it's coded in C, while Android is coded in Java, which has a lot of inefficiencies. I've heard people complain of laggy performance even on the new S4. I believe the overhead of Android's coding is creating a bottleneck, which is why even with a quad core snapdragon, you can still have performance issues. Software is just as important, if not more important, than the hardware. My Sams
I have an iPad, and iMac. If I play a game of Vice City on my iPad, I can continue on the same save on my iPhone when I leave my house. If I made a note with some important info on my iMac, i'll have it on my iPad to refer to, no 3rd party apps needed. If I purchase a universal game, I get it on my phone and tablet. If I am having a text conversation with a friend on my iPhone, I can continue on any other device and see all previous messages. Photos and videos are shared among all the devices as well. I also like that I can facetime with all my friends and family who have an iOS device. When I had an Android phone, I couldn't get everyone to create Skype accounts and get the app.
The iPhone has been smooth sailing. With the two Android phones, I had a handful of issues. The phone would often freeze, and I would have to restart. Icons would disappear. Keyboard input lagged. Screen brightness would adjust itself, even though auto brightness was shut off. The only thing i've experienced is the occasional app crashing, which is often the coding of the app itself, not necessarily an iPhone issue.
I like knowing that if I have an issue with the phone, I can go to my local Apple store, and they will either fix it, or replace it with a new one there on the spot. With other manufacturers, they either contract their repairs to a 3rd party business, or they require you to go through the RMA process, ship the phone to them, which can take weeks. If you have an issue that can be resolved over the phone, you will be surprised when you call Apple support and have your call answered by a human being, who's a native english speaker from the United States.
Being a musician, I like that you have the ability to plug in an instrument (guitar, piano, bass) and use recording, modeling, and effects apps, this opens you up to a whole world of music production. One of the deal breakers with Android is that you can't connect a music instrument due to the latency inherent in the software (maybe this will be resolved in the future). This means apps like GarageBand, Ampkit, Amplitube, JamUP, Nano Studio, are not possible on Android.
I also like the aluminum body, and the distinction that it's currently the only phone that's not plastic. The HTC One claims to, but it's actually an overlay, fused with plastic. Another thing I appreciate is the lack of bloatware. iPhones come with a higher percentage of free space than Android phones, and considering that some of the new Android phones don't have SD card slots, it's significant. Some of them even have 7GB of used space out of the box. Also, Apple products have the highest resale value of any brand. If you do end up deciding to sell your phone in the future, you will get more for it.
Screen is smaller than the competing phones
No SD card slot for expanding storage
Camera not equal to some of the other top phones
Speakers pointing down is not a good design
Apple Maps still has issues
Battery life could be better (like all smartphones)
Design could benefit from a refresh
Also iOS does not have a lot of the software features that the new Android versions have. Some of these features are useful, some of them are more of a novelty that look good on paper, and some you will probably never use. But it's nice to have these options. Being able to choose a different default browser, using hand gestures for phone functions, being able to do multiple attachments for emails, these are the more useful ones.
This phone is what is best for me, but not everyone of course. We all have different tastes, preferences, and uses. For me, it's the integration with my iPad, and iMac, the integration with my friends and family who have iOS devices, and it is the ability to plug in an instrument for practicing, sketching songwriting ideas, and recording riffs. Also, i'm a semi avid gamer, and having access to the best library of games is significant to me. I also value simplicity, reliability, and smooth performance, over options suited for "power users". In my humble opinion, iOS is a better experience for me. With the past 2 Android phones, I would get enticed by a new model, enjoy them for a 1-2 month honeymoon period, grow disillusioned by it's shortcomings, then go back to an iPhone. I need to stop doing that, as it's not very cheap!
Lastly, I think everyone should try both, before deciding on what platform is best for them. With that said, the iPhone 5 is a good place to start, and before you buy I suggest you have to check for best price at: Smartphonesindy.blogspot.com/p/apple-iphone-5.html
I hope this review is helpful, good luck!
31 out of 34 users found this user opinion helpful.
A good improvement over the iPhone 4 but not the 4S
by rhonindk on September 22, 2012
Pros: Nice looking design, looks to have decent battery life, light weight and decent speed on wifi and LTE,
Cons: If you are used to Android or Win, this phone feels and looks scrawny. The screen, while taller, is a minimal improvement.
Then there are some "HUH?" software changes led by Apple Maps.
Summary: A good update to the iphone 4 and marginal for the 4S. If you are locked into the iOS world, a good phone and looks solid.
If you are an ...
Summary: A good update to the iphone 4 and marginal for the 4S. If you are locked into the iOS world, a good phone and looks solid.Update after using this for a week:
If you are an Android or Win user, save your money.
Here is my overall take after a full day:
iPhone 5 Review
AT&T 16gb Black
Comparing phones: iPhone 4 and Galaxy Nexus (GSM)
First impression was "Nice!". The black looked good.
The I picked it up and went "Huh?". Note I use a Galaxy Nexus as my main device. The i5 reminded me of the old fashioned cabdy bar phones - like the Moto KRZR and other. It was nice but felt scrawny. Compared to my legacy i4, it was a good update in looks, compared to a Nexus..... let's see.
Next was the display. It was taller. Taller. Other than that not much else was a change. about a third of an ich taller than my i4. Side by side to the Nexus, is was ...... small.
Now for the real stuff; how well would this work and what was new.
Setup went well. Activated the phone and set it up as a copy of my i4 via iTunes. Only real issue was it exploded all my folders so I had to spend a few recreating on the i5.
Settings was a small change except for email. Now GMail is my main non-work mail system and I quickly found with iOS6 you can no longer sync your GMail contacts to your idevice. Why?!? So I went looking for an answer on Google and quickly found a way to use Exchange to sync my contacts. As a note, as this will is a work phone and once the work software is installed, there are strict iCloud restrictions.
Okay, I'm set ready to use...
Apparent speed - faster than the i4, slightly faster than my Nexus on Jelly Bean. I did some general tech news browsing, GNews, CNN, WSJ, and and the i5 and Nexus were very close. Did note a strange behavior on iOS6, there were times it would load the cached page instead of refreshing for new info. Have to dive into the settings... Overall it is a nice improvement over my i4 and on par with the Nexus.
Internet - wifi - I ran several quick checks, speed tests and the Nexus, i5 and my iPad are all pretty mych the same. I have a home 20mbps setup.
Internet - LTE - nice speed. Faster than my 4G Nexus and leaves my i4 in the dust. Expected. I can see folks quickly rocketing through their data plan. Wish it had a limit setting like Jelly Bean. Have to be keeping an eye on it. If anyone knows of a good one .....
Apps - most seem to run with minimal issues. The expected stuff you get with an OS update. The biggest notable so far has been maps. Won't go their except to say they really really suck. I'm in West Los Angeles and they are lacking. Lacking traffic, accuracy, public and all the other items I have come to expect. Sad.
Couple other points:
Battery - first impression it is on par with the Nexus. My i4 has had the battery issue and never really fixed.
Call quality - good. I didn't see any problems with a few test calls and sound wise it is on par with the Nexus and better than the i4. On speaker it is better than both. The other party could hear me with no issue.
Connector - small and not really sturdy. Hope the aftermarket better quality ones come soon. The cable looks as fragile as the old version.
Ergonomic - not that great. The 3GS and GNexus are the best ergo phones I have owned. The i5, well better than the i4, is far from good. It makes me want to wrap it in a case. Sigh. I prefer mine naked.
The top and bottom cap are glass. So while the aluminum back is nice (it does show skin oil marks rather well) it is not the great improvement I was hoping for. Time will tell if the glass is sturdy or ...
Overall after a full day, no real surprises in the hardware department. It is a nice improvement to my i4 but nothing really earthshaking. As my work phone it will be getting use and travel, but at this point I don't see the i5 becoming my go to device.
Updated on Sep 27, 2012
- battery last all day will moderate use. Use on par with my GNexus.
- memory management looks to be much better in iOS 6 (more of an OS +)
- the speaker phone is very poor and tinny sounding. Callers on the other end could hear me clearly.
- earbuds look nice but don't stay in your ear well at all. If you enter a moderately noisy area (subway) the music becomes difficult to hear clearly.
Updated on Oct 11, 2012After a few weeks now, my overall opinion of the i5 had shifted little from that initial finding. If you are married to iOS or really have to have an iPhone, this is a good phone for you. My single "watch out" for this device is maps. The app itself works well, the map data is significantly lacking. If you plan on maps, look elswhere. While there are a number of map apps and Google Maps via Safari, any built in service (Siri) uses Apple Maps.
No matter what phone you choose, enjoy it. Most have a limit on returns of 14 days in the US.
Updated on Oct 17, 2012A follow up to my original regarding the camera.
Pro: takes great pictures though you need to have it on HDR to get the really good photos.
Cons: HDR takes away the rapid point and shoot option. This device definitely suffers from the "purple haze" issue.
I am not a photographer. Just your ordinary take shots and hope they come out well kind of person. I took a number of photos on a trip recently with both my gNexus and iPhone 5. The photos from th i5 were significantly better as expected. However, a number of the photos (about 15% or so) suffered from a purple haze clouding the shot. This did not appear on any of the pics from the gNexus.
Result: the iPhone 5 camera is definitely sub par.
29 out of 47 users found this user opinion helpful.
Excellent upgrade from the iPhone 4.
by stacebabe919 on September 21, 2012
Pros: *4G LTE
*Much improved display
*Excellent front and rear camera
*Super, super fast web surfing
*Great looking design, so happy to be away from the glass back.
Cons: *The obvious incompatibility with prior accessories.
*Maps - The Maps app is almost comical. But I feel bad for people that depend on it. It needs to be fixed ASAP.
Summary: I recently tried the Samsung Galaxy S3, and while yes, it's an amazing phone, it crashed on me constantly. I mean, constantly. I returned it after a week. I ...
Summary: I recently tried the Samsung Galaxy S3, and while yes, it's an amazing phone, it crashed on me constantly. I mean, constantly. I returned it after a week. I don't think Samsung has the QC that Apple does with their hardware. True, it had a gorgeous display, but it's way too big. I'm a one handed texter, and the iPhone is still perfect for that. The display is gorgeous, the internet loads at breakneck speed. Also, it is a downright beautiful looking phone. Coming from a 4 to a 5, I'm very happy and very impressed. If I owned a 4S, I'd probably sit this one out. I also don't know that I would pay the exorbitant amount it costs if you're not eligible for a full upgrade, but for $200, I can picture myself extremely happy for the next 2 years.
20 out of 32 users found this user opinion helpful.
Super slim and super sleek. ALMOST perfect.
by BoManiac on September 23, 2012
Pros: 4" screen is the perfect smart-phone size. Very thin and very light. Elegant design. Fast LTE with Verizon. Great battery life and something I haven't read much about, battery recharge is FAST. I assume that new connector wasn't added just for fun.
Cons: Apple maps are competent but not ready for prime time. They should kept Google maps for the iPhone 5 and spent the next year perfecting Apple maps. The screen allows for a new row of icons but they are small. I'd prefer less icons that are larger.
Summary: Having the phone for 3 days I am very happy with it. It's functional art piece. Ergonomically, it feels perfect in the palm; very light and thin. Coming off ...
Summary: Having the phone for 3 days I am very happy with it. It's functional art piece. Ergonomically, it feels perfect in the palm; very light and thin. Coming off Android I am happy to be back in the Apple ecosystem. It is easy to use and navigate around. Snappy performance opening apps and web pages. The battery life is proving to be a huge step over my last phone. 4G and wi-fi can stay on all the time now! That's a huge bonus versus turning them on/off on my old EVO as needed to save battery. Fully charging the phone from about a 5% charge to full takes less than an hour. I am liking this new connector already. In a cellular landscape where many phones are beginning to resemble LCD TV's, I am happy Apple kept the screen to 4". If I wanted a tablet, I'd use my iPad. Iphone 5 goes almost unnoticeable in the pocket. I'll update this review after a month or so. Hopefully Apple will have made advances with maps by then but it will probably take much longer than that to get close to Google.One more thing to add, the voice recognition on this phone is way ahead of what I was accustomed to. There are not many corrections to make when e-mailing or texting using voice. Big points for that. I am also very impressed so far with Siri's quick and helpful responses
Updated on Sep 23, 2012
11 out of 17 users found this user opinion helpful.
A good phone, but can't overlook the Apple Maps fiasco.
by raoul_lipschitz on September 28, 2012
Pros: Fast, great screen quality, iOS/OSX integration, good camera, panorama mode is cool. Decent battery life.
Cons: Would have been 4 stars had it not been for Apple Maps. Because navigation is a primary reason I have a smartphone at all, this couldn't go unpunished. The jury is still out on Siri.
Summary: Recently retired my old HTC Droid Incredible, it died an unspeakable death the day before the iPhone5 hit the stores. Went to the local Verizon office the next day, and ...
Summary: Recently retired my old HTC Droid Incredible, it died an unspeakable death the day before the iPhone5 hit the stores. Went to the local Verizon office the next day, and noticed they had the new phone for sale. Being in the middle of nowhere (Sioux Falls) sometimes has its advantages - I had my iPhone 5 at 8:15 a.m. the day it went on sale.
Some background - I liked my Droid. It was old, slow, it's battery was shot. But I liked the way it integrated with Gmail (duh!), and had many apps I liked (including Google Sky - one of the best free apps in existence). I knew I would miss the "back" button if I went to an iPhone. But I've had macs for years, and would have had an Apple before now if AT&T had any semblance of coverage in the frozen plains of eastern South Dakota. But going from a Droid to an iPhone was a tough choice.
Took the phone home - set up was straightforward. Unlike other reviews here, I thought using exchange to set up my gmail account was pretty simple. Itunes integration was pretty easy, so between my Imac, two mac books my wife's 4S, my 4G iPod Touch and Airplay - I have my music everywhere. And I disagree with those trashing the earpods - they're great for FREE earbuds (although I wouldn't pay money for them).
NB - be careful with the new facebook integration. Somehow, when I set up my contacts, all my FB friends ended up in my contacts list. It was a PITA to get them all out. I'm sure it was user error, but be careful.
Really liked the camera. The Panorama camera mode is very cool - I now often find myself standing with my phone and spinning in circles everywhere. The camera overall performs well enough that I'm considering using it as my primary point-and-shoot (retiring my old Panny LX1). Low light performance was good, HDR mode did as well as one might expect from a camera phone.
The screen is very clear and sharp, played videos well - both from iTunes and the web. i'm not a gamer, can't comment on game graphics. Reading was easy (NYtimes apps, others). And the size of the screen was more than adequate.
For the record - I'm not a fan of phones pretending to be tablets. I find the Galaxy SIII to be comically large, and assume many men stuff them tightly into their pants to impart a false impression of virility. The iPhone 5 is as big as I need a phone to be.
Maps - this has been covered everywhere, so I don't need to rehash it all here. Apple maps are okay in Sioux Falls, which doesn't throw the application any navigational curve balls. But in larger cities - particularly those having extensive public transportation systems with multiple choices for transport (metro, bus, train, etc.) - Google maps are so far ahead I can't see Apple catching up for years. (To date, tested in DC and NYC). For business I still have another Droid - there's a good chance my iPhone won't stray far from home until this is fixed.
If I were Google, I would make an iOS 6 Google Map app and charge for it - they'd make a lot of money. But I'm me, and hope they do it for free.
Siri - amusing, but I can't say I find it useful very often. Maybe I'm shy around virtual females and become inarticulate ("who am I" becomes "who am pie" and then the fun begins). For some reason, she insists that I'm the owner of a local Lebanese restaurant and keeps asking about my mother.
10 out of 15 users found this user opinion helpful.
Apple plays catchup, but still manages to impress
by ema94 on September 23, 2012
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Summary: Yes, I'm sure we can all agree this phone would of been a wow factor if it was released last year. But let's face it, I am glad ...
Summary: Yes, I'm sure we can all agree this phone would of been a wow factor if it was released last year. But let's face it, I am glad they took their extra time to make a much more beautiful and sturdier phone.
> Beautiful Camera front and back
> Fantastic video recording particularly back cam
> Super fast connection improved heaps
> Super fast, slightly faster and less laggy than my friends brand new Galaxy S3 when we compared
> Very sturdy design, one of the sturdier smart phones out there
> More reliable compared to other phones on the market
> Beautiful appealing design
> Fantastic sound quality from speakers and louder (definitely improved from previous models)
> Responsive phone
> Longer screen makes viewing pictures and videos more exciting
> Siri is definitely far more responsive and can understand my family with heavy accents
> Love the new earphones, got such bass to them and crystal clear sound. They don't fall out when I go for runs.
> That god awful Maps app (please fix it)
> Different port (doesn't bother me but if you payed hundreds for accessories you would be frustrated)
> Battery life doesn't seem to be improved in any noticeable way
> Dwarfed against competing smart phone's screen size
> The lack of excitement and new features
> Passbook needs its own app store
Overall the iphone 5 is an amazing phone that I am glad I purchased. It is visually beautiful to look at, so much more quicker and that LTE internet connection is so quick I can't even speak more highly of it. In my last "con" comment, I mentioned it had a lack of excitement. What I meant by this was, it is simply just an iphone. There are no amazing new fun features I could explore and be like "Wow, I didn't know I had this!" Compared to let's say the Galaxy S3 where my friend is still discovering things. But that doesn't make the iphone any less better in my opinion. The Iphone 5 is sturdy, reliable and beautiful.
When comparing it to the S3, the Iphone 5 is like a partner you know would stay home and be supportive and wouldn't run out on the kids while the S3 is that exciting, crazy and fun partner that is likely to walk out on you and break your heart. Okay I exaggerated. Iphone 5 is great and so is the S3 it's up to you to chose between sturdy and reliable or fun and exciting but less responsive and more problematic.
8 out of 11 users found this user opinion helpful.
Almost perfect. Two-tone back is a little ugly.
by VitaPrimo on November 4, 2012
Pros: Excellent screen, OS, build, cloud integration and accessory ecosystem. The easiest phone to use. Premium phone, resells at a premium price—in case you ever want to get rid of it, I doubt it.
Cons: The design could be cleaner, it's not very Apple-like.
Summary: First some background. [...]
[ Having had all the iPhones but the original, it feels good to upgrade. Recently I had lost an iPhone 4S in one of my lines so I ...
Summary: First some background. [...]
[ Having had all the iPhones but the original, it feels good to upgrade. Recently I had lost an iPhone 4S in one of my lines so I got stuck using two iPhone 4s, which are not bad phones, I actually can accomplish so much in the two-generations old phones and the feel speedy even though the OS (iOS 6) has so much features this time around.
I have two phone lines with different carriers, I'm always switching phones in one of them and in the other line I always have the latest iPhone available in my country. I switch phone because I like to experiment and try out new stuff, I'm always looking for the latest Android & Windows Phone devices, I don't like to be told they're bad, I want to see it myself. First I tried out Android, 2.3.something, Gingerbread, I don't remember the number, it was fun for a while as I feel I was escaping from iOS... Eventually it became a very frustrating experience, search was a very complicated affair, this was before Siri, and usually used my iPhone for everything that actually would get something done.
Contact sync was made via Google Contacts of HTC Sense Sync [or whatever it's called] no integraton with iCloud which is a real problem because I rely on iCloud heavily. Later I got a Nokia Lumia 900 and even though I could play as much with the OS as with Android, the experience was much more refined, Windows Phone is a fantastic OS it just needed some tweaks here and there. I read somewhere that one month before I got the phone, universal search was disabled as it infringed some Apple patents--no surprise there. Not two months later got rid again of the phone. I gave away both this phones to my nephew and niece. I came back to an iPhone 4 until Android 4 was released, against all my better judgement I got a Galaxy Nexus, I hate Samsung cellphones but I wanted a clean Android experience. The phone lasted me three weeks and a couple of days, not even a month. Gave it away too.
Then I lost my iPhone 4S and got an old iPhone 4 out of storage and just waited for the sixth-generation iPhone; ] the design, the two-tone back is a little ugly for my taste, specially in the silver one, in the black one is not as noticeable and, if they clearly have move the antennas to the top and bottom, as the glass RF windows tell, why on earth they insist on keeping those stupid lines at the sides that have looked awful on the iPhone since the 4th generation iPhone. What made the phone beautiful were the glass covers, more specifically, the rear one because in the white front one the huge black turned off display doesn't look that pretty. Same goes for the holes above it—camera and sensors.
Now with this iteration they took away all of this and stuck us [those who like the iPhone] with those horrible miniature glasses on the back that break the cleanliness of the phone. And if that wasn't enough, they at least didn't remove the lines at the sides that clearly serve no purpose this time.
Aside from that, the larger screen, even it wasn't necessary, is a welcome addition—any iPhone owner can assure you this. When I had phones with almost 5 inches for a screen I didn't feel any advantage, because the OS is a mess. Also, I suspect that aside from the logical explanation that the phone wouldn't fit in your hands there is also the practical explanation that it would break compatibility with all dock accessories by making it wider; well yes, but they went away and broke it anyway by changing the port from the 30-pin dock connector the the Lightning one. Even it's still possible to dock your iPhone 5 with existing accessories, it looks ridiculous and let's face it, Apple is about design (I was gonna say looks but I felt like a would be backstabbing myself.)
Let's move on from the bad.
The OS is rock solid, it's known that Android becomes unresponsive and you can't even answer a call if too much memory is being used. Not everyone is a geek and know how to manage memory and most people don't like to read manuals. My last Android device came with a very thick User's Manual, since I was already familiar with Android, I didn't care for it.
Although everything you can do on iOS you can do on Android, there is always a workaround and thing to setup, this is a pain in the butt. My favorite browser is Safari, it has Reader, Reading Lists, a beautiful minimal interface and it syncs with all my devices, be them Windows, Mac or iOS. I use all these features because they make my life easier. I can do the same with Chrome or Firefox, but there something extra to setup and besides, iOS defaults to Safari unless jailbroken. Also, pretty much where you can select a word, you can define it right there without leaving the app. Siri can also do this but I won't touch Siri here. No workarounds. To find your phone is also easy, you just set it up when setting up your phone and you never worry for it again, no third parties. Notes and Reminders also sync with all your devices. Again no workarounds or third parties.
I'd love for, say, Viber or WhatsApp to integrate natively with the phone like on Android but iOS is not there yet, and besides that'd open tons of security holes.
You won't need a manual when using your iPhone, everything is intuitive, just skim the Finger Tips booklet that comes with it and instantly you're an iPhone pro. My mother has the accessibility options turned on for a slightly bigger text and before the iPhone she didn't even read SMSs. Now just juste asks Siri for everything she doesn't understand or know how to do; "the girl in the phone" would do it for her.
Even though they like to rub in your face over and over that iOS has the most apps, you only need a handful, for me those are the apps that save you airtime and texting, since in my country there isn't unlimited text & calling, but there is unlimited data and tethering, no extra charge. So, what's the difference then? Quality; iOS apps are among the most beautifully designed and with the most support. Sure there apps that are utter crap, fermium apps, but I stay away from those.
I may not like the design that much of this iPhone but it really isn't ugly. It has those little details that I hate but overall it is a good design, and it's solid construction, and as with earlier versions, it feels premium. Research may say that more than 70% of the market is Android, but let's remind ourselves that Android phones come in all prices, they ridiculously cheap and someone who just wants to communicate will buy a 100USD cheap Android prepaid phone in any convenience store in a hurry and later dispose it. Most phones come in there pieces, the phone itself, the battery and the battery cover, whilst the iPhone is just one piece, when you drop it--if it survives--you don't have to go digging around in for them. People would argue that there is no replaceable battery, but have never gotten to meet someone that has replaced his or her battery or even knows where these are sold. Which brings me to my next point:
Carriers will only sell you the phone in most countries and the manufacturer support for your phone is via your carrier. So if you lose accessories that came with your phone and your brand doesn't have direct customer support for your country, you're screwed. This scenario is true IN MOST COUNTRIES. Life outside the US is different. On the other hand, in every country that they sell the iPhone, there is Apple support. No third parties, no in-betweens.
Yes, newer Android and Windows Phones have a million cores processors, but that takes me back way to the beginning of this, Android is a heavier OS, much like Windows Vista back then, it requires more power to run smoothly, while iOS doesn't need as much. Since the first iPhone—which my country never got—graphics have been fluid. Apple has had a tendency to slow down older models, many times I though this was on purpose to get you to upgrade, I guess I will never know if this is true, but what I do know is that with iOS 6 they stopped that. The three generations-old iPhone 3GS still runs normal and didn't slow down with the OS upgrade from 5 to 6. And, I don't know how they do these tests, but the iPhone has been proven to be faster than the supposedly faster Android phones. I don't know why Android people are in so much need of higher specifications. If the OS (any OS, not just Android) sucks, what's the point?
When I mentioned the Apple ecosystem earlier I was referring that everything works tighter, like magic. You're watching something here, you move it or mirror it to your TV, to the speakers downstairs, in the next room, in your home theater but not on the guest room or if you want it, so be it. Play counts are updated. You are reading this here, you continue there. You are in your care Bluetooth-streaming music and ask Siri for a song special mix you have at home that is not on the iTunes Store or your phone, no biggie, Siri will download it from iTunes Match and starts playing it almost immediately.
Most manufacturers and content providers prefer iOS over Android or Windows Phone; my home is automated and I control it with my iPhone while I never found the apps for the automation servers at the Google Play Store or the whatever 7/8 marketplace.
And finally the number one reason I think the iPhone is the better choice for me and for everyone, it is a feature that is not new. In fact it's been around for more than two years and was compatible with the 2nd gen. iPhone, the iPhone 3G; Spotlight.
Spotlight is the universal search that was taken away from Windows Phone. I'm so used to Spotlight that is the feature that keeps me coming back to the iPhone every time, even when I'm using the iPhone alongside another phone. Spotlight gets things done. Siri or not. When I need to find some fact I just swipe right from the main home screen and search Wikipedia, I need the photo of something or some new, well, web search, I can't remember what I told some friend, type a fragment of a conversation or a friend's name and it'll search for anything on my phone and won't show me web results UNLESS I TOLD IT TO. In other OS the search starts populating with web results and I have to select what I'm searching for, most of the times I don't know what I'm searching for, I search for AN IDEA that's why I'm searching in the first place.
If you are the type of persons that loves to download apps but aren't that much of an organized person, you can just Spotlight your app. It'll show everything on your phone related to the search term. You can also start typing a phone number and it will match it. Of course you can do this on the phone app, Spotlight is much more comprehensive and shows you all the result, not just the one.
It's almost the perfect phone, there is so much more I'd like to say about this phone, but is probably stuff you already know. This I said, is usually not mention in the reviews at any website. They just looks at mostly gimmicks and features, features, features, nothing that is really useful.
There is one more thing. Whenever Apple introduces a feature, IT STICKS WITH IT. You know for sure it'll be included in the next iteration, so all the work done in that feature or the accustomed you've grown to it, won't be just ditched just like that. And, it usually it is easy to use and well implemented. You cannot say that about other manufactures, even Microsoft that is involved in the releases of Windows Phone phones has loosened up its requirements.
I always buy the phones unlocked directly from Apple, but in my country most people are used to buy phones unsubsidized so that's not an issue, then I just choose whatever carrier I see fit. If you are going to commit with a carrier, 200 to 400 USD is not much, but the contract is. And I'm guessing you don't want to expend several thousand dollars in a plastic phone just because it has more bells and whistles but really does nothing good.
Do you really are going to use NFC? Are there really millions of people with Galaxy SIIIs you can S Beam info to as there are iPhone users? What's the point of these technologies if you can't ever use them? iPhones are ubiquitous, SIIIs, or insert_random_phone_here not so much.
Sorry I first rambled on for so much but I'm trying to show you that I'm not an Android or Windows Phone hater, probably when there's something good I'll fall it again, temptation waits; but I sincerely hopes this helps.
I didn't spell/grammar check, sorry again.
4 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Notice the one star reviews are coming from non-owners.
by Treeeski on September 23, 2012
Pros: Fast, smooth, responsive, reliable and stable, beautiful picture and high resolution, great camera, very long battery life so far under moderately heavy use, intuitive and easy to use, well supported by developers and accessory manufactures.
Cons: None that I've come across, although it's only been a few days
Summary: A quick word before I get to the actual review... Notice how all of the negative reviews are coming from people who don't actually own the iPhone 5. Not ...
Summary: A quick word before I get to the actual review... Notice how all of the negative reviews are coming from people who don't actually own the iPhone 5. Not one of them have mentioned a specific issue that a real owner would come across during use - they are all listing the online blog pre-release complaints. I have something for you to think about: If Apple is strictly based on hype and they "brainwash" people into buying their products through great marketing, then why do they have one of the most loyal fanbases in the world? If these products are as bad as you say, then why would people come back for more? Not only that, buy why would many users convert their entire household to Apple products if they were unhappy with their first one? Furthermore, how many real iPhone users have you heard from that actually dislike their phone? A few, I'm sure, but the vast majority not only like but absolutely love their iPhone. Some even love them enough to wait outside in the rain for days on end just to get the next one. Call it crazy if you'd like, but it speaks volumes about the products themselves.
Now onto the actual review... I preordered the iPhone 5 from Verizon, and upgraded from a Thunderbolt (not the greatest Android phone, I know). I own an iPad 2 and enjoy the simplicity that it offers, which is why I decided to make the switch to an iPhone. As cliche as it sounds, when I first turned it on and began setting it up I was blown away - the gorgeous display, the smooth transitions and fact that absolutely nothing is choppy or comes to a sudden stop, were all stark contrasts to what I had been used to. It even felt buttery smooth compared to the iPad. I was especially awed by the smooth scrolling within applications and websites. I am used to scrolling down my Facebook feed and seeing a slight stutter effect since there are so many links and photos, but on the iPhone it is as smooth as scrolling down a page of simple text. Switching between apps is fast, it launches apps very quickly, and web-browsing (whether this was just in my head or not) seemed much faster via WiFi than any other device in my house. It seems to turn on in about 30 seconds, which is such a relief from the four minutes that my Thunderbolt took.
I was a little concerned about dropping down in screen size from my 4.3" display to a 4" display, since I 6'5" and do not have any problem holding a larger phone. However, one thing I had overlooked is the resolution that each phone offers. The Thunderbolt actually has a pretty good looking screen, but the iPhone has such a high resolution that I found I was able to view a lot more on each screen, even with the smaller size. When I pulled up the same Facebook page on each device and laid them side by side, I could actually see about 40% more on the iPhone. Even though the iPhone has a smaller screen than most Android devices, users should to keep in mind that these other phones have larger status bars and virtual buttons that take up screen space.
Finally, I appreciate the ease of use and stability that seems to come with Apple products. I need my phone to make calls and text, browse the web and social network, take photos, and run a few apps. The iPhone 5 does this simply and beautifully. I work at a Best Buy (I know, I'm not their biggest fan either), and I see numbers of people who bring their Android phones and Windows PCs in for service because of random buggy issues. As a Windows and former Android user, I have experienced many of these first hand. Every customer, friend, and family member I have talked to who own Apple products say nothing but the best about them, and it's contagious. Their products work well, are simple to use, and come without the hassle that people are used to and have put up with for years. That is the magic of Apple, not the marketing hype.
9 out of 19 users found this user opinion helpful.
Switched from EVO 4G to iPhone 5 - Still on the fence.
by tjosephjr on October 28, 2012
Pros: Very stylish phone if it's not in a case.
Intuitive, easy to pick and use as a semi-convert.
The size is a nice change.
It's nice to have a phone that doubles as an ipod.
Cons: No back button!!!
Speed isn't faster for me
Scratches very easily
"Reader" button when expanding page
Siri is a letdown
Having to deal with the Apple Store
Entering Apple ID constantly
Summary: The jury is still out for me. I have to decide to stick it out for two years with this phone or switch back to the familiarity of the droid. ...
Summary: The jury is still out for me. I have to decide to stick it out for two years with this phone or switch back to the familiarity of the droid. I've only had the phone for five days, so I will push it to the last minute.
I miss my widgets and I miss having a menu for each app. There's perhaps a learning curve here, but having a simple menu button for each app just seems sensible to me.
Siri, what a letdown! After the commercials, I was as excited as a little kid at Christmas to play with Siri. So far the only thing that's been any fun with Siri is changing the accent of Siri.
Having to go to the Apple store to get any support is truly frustrating! I had to make an appt with a "Genius" just to purchase the extended warranty!!! Sorry, but that is RIDICULOUS!!! Especially since the Apple store is a complete madhouse day and night. If I never have to step foot in that store again, that would please me to no end.
As the navigation that comes with the phone is woefully lacking, I had to download Telenav GPS, which was free on the EVO and not free, for some reason, on the iPhone.
When I expand a page on the internet, the text does not fit within the screen, which may be a deal breaker. Some pages have the option to hit the "reader" button, but it's still not the same. I really miss that feature from the EVO...that and the back button :)
I never considered myself the type of user that would miss the freedom of the droid platform, but I don't think I realized that some of the functions on the droid that I took for granted were due to said freedom.
I guess I will have to figure out which way I'm going to go by the end of next week. But if I go back to a droid, it will not be the Samsung III. Open for suggestions!!! (respectful suggestions)
4 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
its a great phone
by itzmugabe on October 1, 2012
Pros: I love the new sleek slim taller screen
Cons: maps is the biggest downfall
Summary: S3 does more things than an iPhone, but i find that an iPhone does what it does the best.
Summary: S3 does more things than an iPhone, but i find that an iPhone does what it does the best.
4 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Apple
- Part number: 6260384
- Bottom Line: The iPhone 5 completely rebuilds the iPhone on a framework of new features and design, addressing its major previous shortcomings. It's absolutely the best iPhone to date, and it easily secures its place in the top tier of the smartphone universe.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Smartphone
- Form Factor Touch
- Resistance Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
- Integrated Components GLONASS receiver,
- Width 2.31 in
- Depth 0.3 in
- Height 4.87 in
- Weight 3.95 oz
- Body Material Glass,
- SAR Value 0.95 W/kg (body) / 0.9 W/kg (head)
- Band WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
- Mobile Broadband Generation 4G
- Service Provider AT&T
- Operating System iOS 6
- Application Software Mail,
Find My iPhone,
Find My Friends,
- Input Device(s) Touch sensitive screen (multi-touch)
Messaging & Internet
- Cellular Messaging Services MMS,
- Instant Messaging Services Yes
- Supported Social Networks and Blogs Facebook
- Messaging & Data Features Microsoft PowerPoint support,
Microsoft Excel support,
Microsoft Word support,
- Mobile Services App Store,
- Data Transmission DC-HSDPA,
- LTE Band LTE Band 5,
LTE Band 1,
LTE Band 3
- Wireless Interface IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n,
- Communication Features Internet browser,
Mobile Email client
- Phone Functions Voice control,
- Sensors Three-axis gyro sensor,
Ambient light sensor
- Additional Features Photo Stream function,
AirPrint wireless printing,
AirPlay wireless streaming
- Personal Information Management Alarm clock,
Synchronization with PC,
- Supported Digital Audio Standards Audible AAX,
- Supported Digital Video Standards MPEG-4,
- Type Apple A6
- Bult-in Memory 16 GB
- User Memory 16 GB
- Sensor Resolution 8 megapixels
- Lens Aperture F/2.4
- Focus Adjustment Automatic
- Special Effects HDR
- Camera Light Source LED light
- Video Recorder Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (1080p)
- Features Face detection,
Tap to focus,
Photo and video geotagging,
- GPS Navigation A-GPS/GLONASS receiver
- Navigation Software & Services Apple Maps
- Type Color
- Technology Retina Display
- Diagonal Size 4 in
- Display Resolution 1136 x 640 pixels
- Display Languages Slovak,
- Connector Type Headset jack - Mini-phone 3.5 mm,
- Technology Lithium ion
- Run Time Details Talk - up to 480 min,
Standby - up to 225 hour(s),
Active online usage - up to 8 hour(s),
Active online usage ( LTE ) - up to 8 hour(s),
Active online usage ( Wi-Fi ) - up to 10 hour(s),
Playback ( Video ) - up to 10 hour(s),
Playback ( Audio ) - up to 40 hour(s)
- Compliant Standards HAC(Hearing Aid Compatible)
- Included Accessories Power adapter,
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 95 °F
- Humidity Range Operating 5 - 95% (non-condensing)