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.
Excerpt: Apple stopped selling the iPhone 5 back in September but that doesn’t mean that Apple’s flagship from 2012 has completely vanished. No, it’s still alive and well thanks to carriers like Straight Talk and sites like eBay.
Apple iPhone 5 Showdown: iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5C vs iPhone 5
12 September 2013
Excerpt: The Apple iPhone 5S and Apple iPhone 5C were just recently revealed as Apple's latest smartphone devices. While it is customary that the previous version gets a price drop, this time the Apple iPhone 5 will get replaced by the Apple iPhone 5C. This decision has left many wondering, should they buy the Apple iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C?
Summary: John Kennedy checks out Apple’s newest creation, the iPhone 5, and asks how key differences like a faster A6 processor, an improved Retina display, new earphones and new camera technology, not to mention a new shape and design, measure up in an increasingly competitive smartphone world.
Summary: This is a great phone to have with lots of important and critical improvements to the iPhone 4S when it comes to size, weight and performance. So it is currently a top tier smartphone with competition. The question people ask, is whether they should upgrade their phones to it or not.
Pros: Double the speed, double the graphics, improved battery. Bigger size, thinner, and lighter.
Cons: Lightning connector adaptors, Secondary Camera, Forget about Siri.
iPhone 5 In Depth: A little Bit Longer & a Lot Stronger
The Mac Observer
20 June 2013
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 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.
Pros: 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.
Cons: 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.
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.
Summary: At the end of the day, the iPhone 5 is exactly what you would expect from Apple. It's just enough to keep existing iPhone users happy for another year and to bring in new users who are either brand new to smartphones or dissatisfied with their existing phone. But this year we saw a turning of the tides, where Apple is no longer pushing the envelope but instead playing a game of catch-up with its biggest competitors.
Pros: Gorgeous, high contrast display; LTE connectivity; high quality design and feel; fantastic camera; reasonable price for lower capacity models; great ecosystem.
Cons: Largest model is $399 with a contract; back plate and antenna are very susceptible to scratches and chipping; Maps app is under scrutiny; only taller, the display still may seem small for some individuals.