Review: iPhone 5

Uploaded by duncan33303 on 24.09.2012

Hey guys, this is Austin and today I’m here with a review of the iPhone 5.
With a larger screen, LTE and some of the best hardware period is the new
iPhone for you? To start with we have to go over the design. In pictures it
looks just like the iPhone 4 and 4S but in person it’s a huge change. The first
thing I noticed was just how light it is, even though it’s larger it weighs 20%
less. Build quality is also absolutely top notch with incredibly fine tolerances
and more importantly an excellent feel. Take the rear for example. It’s now
mostly aluminum with glass on top and bottom which works really nicely in
the hand. I think Drew summed it up nicely as it really is slimmer, lighter and
sleeker in a major way. On bottom you’ll see the new Lightning port which is
much smaller and reversible however if you’ve got 30-pin docks and cables
you’re going to need adapters. The headphone jack has also been moved to
the bottom of the iPhone 5, not a big deal to me but it’s something not
everyone is a fan of. Up front you’ll find a larger 4” display with a resolution
of 1136x640 and immediately you’ll notice it makes a big difference. The
added height give you more screen real estate to work with which is
something the iPhone has been needing for quite a while. It’s not all perfect
however. Apps need to be updated to work with the iPhone 5’s larger screen,
if not they revert to a smaller size with letterboxing. Something I found
strange is that iOS really doesn’t take advantage of the larger screen.
Notifications still cover up the top of whatever you’re doing and the
experience feels like Apple just stretched iOS to fit rather than tailor it to
really use the larger size. iOS 6 comes preinstalled on the iPhone 5 and is
honestly my biggest letdown. Technically it’s faster than ever and there are
numerous bits of polish added but the improvements are minor. Elkanna puts
it best I think, the hardware is great but the software lets it down. Google
Maps and YouTube were removed in exchange for Apple Maps. There are a
few improvements like turn-by-turn directions and a new 3D view but for the
most part it doesn’t match up with Google Maps. Apps like Passbook are
meant to make it easy to use your iPhone for boarding passes, tickets and
more but without NFC it’s more of a novelty. iOS 6 isn’t broken but it’s
absolutely lacking innovation compared to Windows Phone and Android.
Internally you’ll find a new Apple A6 dual core processor clocked at 1.2GHz
paired with 1GB of RAM. Here I have to say I’m impressed, this is the fastest
System on a Chip you’ll find in any phone or tablet out right now. With a GPU
on par with the iPad 3 gaming is impressive with enough horsepower to run
even the most demanding games without breaking a sweat. Once games like
Real Racing 3 come out you can expect near console quality graphics on your
phone. In day to day use there’s definitely a difference although opinions
vary on how much. Most people feel it’s not a massive improvement over the
already fast iPhone 4S although upgraders from the iPhone 4 tended to be
much more impressed. From the 3GS it’s really no contest. One of the big
additions is LTE which unlike on the iPhone 4S is true 4G. Speeds here are
really impressive as they’re better than most home connections and I can see
LTE being worth the upgrade alone for a lot of people. With the bigger screen,
more powerful specs and LTE battery life is actually quite a bit better. Even
with fairly heavy usage including calls, shooting video and gaming I was easily
able to get through a day and I don’t think it’s a stretch at all to get two days
out of a charge with more average use. The rear camera is mostly unchanged
with the same 8 megapixel camera with 1080p video recording. There have
been some upgrades in the optics but for the most part it’s the same quality
from the iPhone 4S. It’s one of the best smartphone cameras out there but
probably not for long with phones like the Nokia Lumia 920 on the horizon.
Video is also still solid but nothing spectacular as it still doesn’t autofocus on
it’s own unless you tap to focus. One nice improvement is that you can take
pictures while recording video and the camera will take pictures about as fast
as you can hit the shutter button. Panorama mode is also included although
it’s hardly a groundbreaking feature. The bigger change is with the front
facing camera which has been upgraded to 1.2 megapixels and shoots in 720p.
It’s nothing on the rear camera but for video chatting or recording a quick clip
it’s really not bad. Like Tim said I think it will make a nice improvement for
vloggers. The iPhone 5 is a solid upgrade and easily the best one yet. With
LTE, a bigger screen, improved battery life and an outstanding design I don’t
have a problem recommending this at all. What it doesn’t do is present a
great case to switch from Android or Windows Phone. While the hardware is
top notch iOS is in serious need of an overhaul as it feels clunky and
unintuitive much of the time. Put simply the iPhone 5 is one of the best
phones out there and an easy choice for a lot of people but it’s not the best
phone for everyone. If you enjoyed I’d really appreciate it if you could leave
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