iPhone 5 review: is Apple in danger of delivering too little with its latest upgrade?
8 March 2014
Excerpt: The excitement of the rumour mill, the titillation of every leaked photo led to higher than ever levels of expectation for the iPhone 5, and while the announcement was greeted with some derision at the lack of perceived headline improvements, the record sales tell an entirely different story.
Excerpt: Before we begin, I would like to make two things very clear: one, I am not an iDevice fan. Two, I love my Android phone. When the iPhone 5 arrived at Burn HQ, something interesting happened. I was asked to review it, the biggest iDevice critic in town. I should have and would have said no, but the device was placed in my palm and everything changed… This phone has been anticipated for so long that some doubted its existence.
Summary: Ah, to review the iPhone 5; what a blessing, and what a curse. It's actually funny to think that there was a time not that long ago that the iPhone wasn't even a thing , let alone an iconic part of pop culture. A time when an Apple-made phone was just a fantasy; a blogger's fever-dream; a secret glimmer in the eye of Steve Jobs and his team of engineers and designers. But the iPhone has become very real. In fact, it's grown up, moved out, and taken over the world.
Pros: Incredible industrial design, Gorgeous display, Blazing fast LTE service, Solid battery life
Cons: New Maps app a step backwards, Bigger screen size not utilized at all, iOS 6 a retread of familiar territory
Summary: Now that you can get the iPhone 5 on all of the Big Four carriers, what's your best option? Overall, T-Mobile's version is a very good value because it costs only $149 up front and saves you money over the long run, especially versus AT&T and Verizon. Plus, only T-Mobile's version offers HD Voice, provided you're gabbing with someone else who owns an HD Voice-capable device. The trade-off is that you get less 4G LTE coverage than on other carriers.
Pros: Amazingly thin and light design, Vibrant display, Fast 4G LTE speeds, HD Voice support, Sharp and fast camera, Facebook integration and easy photo sharing
Cons: Limited 4G LTE coverage, Screen may be too small for some, Maps app still needs work
Conclusion: Prices for the iPhone starts at AED 2749 for 16GB which is slightly more than what you would pay for the Nokia Lumia 920 or the Samsung Galaxy S III LTE at the telcos. It’s not cheap but with most of these handsets, you are getting a quality product that should serve you well for a couple of years. Check out our iPhone 5 buyer’s guide to decide which plan works better for you between Etisalat and du.
Excerpt: Apple’s ( AAPL ) iPhone 5 is practically the same phone as before! It’s just a little thinner and a little faster, no big deal! Right? Well, maybe. But in true Apple fashion, the real story is the way these refinements play into the bigger picture of the iPhone itself, and how the best smartphone in the world just got even better. Thinner, faster, stronger, lighter — the iPhone 5 is better than the iPhone 4S in almost every way.
iPhone 5 In Depth: A little Bit Longer & a Lot Stronger
The Mac Observer
27 November 2012
Conclusion: The new model is fast and apps are snappy, the camera is great, and LTE support -- assuming it's available in your area -- is a fantastic bonus. But is the iPhone 5 worth the price? If you're a first time iPhone buyer this is a great time to join the family, and if you're currently an iPhone 4 or earlier owner, make the jump. You'll be glad you did. iPhone 4S owners, however, should stop and think about whether or not the upgrade price is worth the cost.
Pros: 4-inch Retina Display, comfortable to hold, thin design makes one-handed use easy, fast, LTE, new sync/charge connector, looks sharp.
Cons: Chamfered edges scratch easy for some users, no USB 3 syncing, Lightning connector means iPad owners get to carry two sync cables.
Summary: The Apple iPhone 5 is the best iPhone in the market, but that really isn't a surprise, is it? But then again, for a phone that costs Rs. 45,500, it better justify the expense. The iPhone 5 is an incremental update over the 4S, but the best phone incrementally improved is equal to a huge improvement. Yes, the nano-SIM is a pain to get, and the Maps are pretty much ruined.
Pros: Blazing fast performance, Much improved display, Widescreen aspect ratio brilliant for multimedia, Lighter than the iPhone 4S, Excellent build quality, Camera is improved over the 4S, Doesn't heat up like the 4S, Surprisingly good battery life
Cons: Costs a lot of money, Nano SIM is a pain to procure, The OS just looks plain dated, Apple has messed up the Maps, big time
Pros: Apple’s fastest and most capable iPhone yet. The first iPhone to include a 4” screen, LTE cellular support, and two truly impressive cameras. Improved screen and camera color accuracy, plus dramatically improved low light camera performance. Excellent noise cancellation capabilities noticeably improve phone call quality; headphone port and speakers both feature sonic enhancements, as well. Solid iOS 6 software foundation includes polished built-in apps, third-party ap...
Cons: Battery performance too often falls below Apple’s best case estimates, particularly for cellular calling and data. LTE service remains inconsistent between neighborhoods, cities, and countries, with widely varying data speeds and availability; some users will see no cellular speed improvements over the iPhone 4S. CDMA versions still can’t talk and access cellular data at same time. Some iOS features, such as FaceTime Over Cellular and HD Voice for phone calls, remain ...