Excerpt: It’s not like Apple has reinvented the wheel completely with the new iPhone. The sophistication and elegance that embodies the device is every bit as evident as the previous additions. But the overall finesse has definitely been taken up a notch or two with the slightly new design. Here’s a closer look at the overall handling of the handset and our take on the all-new Apple iPhone 5.
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.
Summary: The iPhone 5 surpasses its predecessors in virtually every aspect, and it is without a doubt the best offering from Apple so far. Despite the oversight with regards to the maps, it isn't quite the off-putting flaw that makes the iPhone 5 any less of a beast (especially since it can be rectified). While it isn’t exactly ahead of its Android competitors in raw performance, the fact of the matter is that Apple has packaged it in such a way that it works with aplomb.
Pros: + A speedier and smoother experience, + Improved battery life
Cons: - Horrible built-in mapping solution, - Lack of innovative features on the OS
Excerpt: Apple's iPhone 5 needs no introduction. The iPhone 5 is pretty much the largest tech device released this year, seeping right into the mainstream, even being featured on local TV stations where they bring in 'tech experts' to talk about it. This is when you know you've made the big time.
Conclusion: As we noted early in this review, it’s now a truism that the latest iPhone is the best ever—a claim that Apple has also made with every generation of iPods, but not always achieved. Unlike the iPod shuffle, which once disasterously saw all of its buttons discarded, and the iPod nano, which has changed shapes and colors at a hyperkinetic pace, the iPhone has become Apple’s anchor: a product too popular to risk screwing up.
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 ...
Conclusion: The iPhone 5 has a lot to prove. While it’s definitely the best iPhone to date in most respects, a number of small issues hold it back from being the undisputed dominant phone this year. iOS app problems, awkward power button placement, a cramped screen (tall, but thin), a Lightning adapter delay, and unimpressive battery life are a few issues that haunt Apple’s sixth iPhone.
Pros: Beautiful design, Polished user interface, Audio jack on bottom of phone, Larger "Retina" screen, Fast 4G LTE service
Cons: Lightning connector adapter MIA, iOS lagging behind Android in some areas, Screen is taller but not wider, Weak battery life, Poor Google services integration (and getting worse)
Excerpt: "It's the same thing with a bigger screen." "It doesn't have NFC." "Android phones have had 4G LTE for ages." Immediately after Apple announced the iPhone 5 ($199), lots of people started questioning whether Apple had done enough to stay in the smartphone vanguard. While these sentiments have some validity, the iPhone 5 does, in fact, have that "wow" factor. All you have to do is hold it in your hands. Actually, make that hand. You only need one.
Pros: Amazingly thin and light, Bigger more vibrant screen, Fast 4G LTE speeds, Very good battery life, Improved camera, Facebook integration and easy photo sharing,
Cons: Half-baked Maps app, Very few interface enhancements