Summary: I have no qualms in saying that the iPhone 5 is one of the best smartphones on the market today. But the iPhone 5 is not the best smartphone on the market; the competition continues to bring its A-game. With devices like the LG Optimus G, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2, Nokia’s Lumia 920, Sony’s Xperia T and HTC’s 8X coming out in the coming months, it’s a good time to be a smartphone user.
iPhone 5 review: Finally, the iPhone we've always wanted
26 December 2012
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: 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
Conclusion: The iPhone 5 does everything well. It’s beautiful, super fast, has great battery life, is tied to the best app store out there, and it takes incredible photos and video. There’s no reason you wouldn’t want an iPhone 5, unless of course you desire the flexibility and choice that only an Android phone can provide.
Pros: + Incredible hardware: thin, lightweight, beautiful, different, + Amazing camera, + Gorgeous display with fantastic outdoor visibility, + Uncompromising performance, + Great call quality, + LTE connectivity, + Terrific battery life, + Lightning connector is small, reversible, + Included EarPods have great sound, The iPhone 5 is available now (though you might have to wait a few weeks to get one) through the Apple store, or through most local carriers. It’s selling for...
Cons: - iOS 6 is generally more of the same, - Polished metal edges are prone to chipping and scratching; Apple logo on back scratches easily, - Lightning is proprietary and adapter isn’t cheap, The iPhone 5 is available now (though you might have to wait a few weeks to get one) through the Apple store, or through most local carriers. It’s selling for $199, $299, and $399 depending on your choice of capacity (16/32/64GB). If you have the dough, we recommend getting at least...
Conclusion: The iPhone 5 is an example of fastidious design, creating (in our opinion), the best looking phone money can buy. It's incredibly powerful and quick to use, has a beautiful screen for browsing the web, watching movies and playing games and the camera is excellent. However, things have changed a lot in the mobile market over the last 12 months.
Pros: Gorgeous design, premium feel, Bigger screen, with improved colours, 4G, Improved camera with Panorama, Fast
Cons: Not as comfortable to hold, 4G only works on EE, Maps has a lot of errors, UI lacks features of rivals
Conclusion: When using the iPhone 5 as a phone (people still do that, right?), call quality was clear. I didn't experience any dropped calls even in areas when I only had one or two bars. Apple's AntennaGate seems to be a thing of the past. I didn't experience any unusual drops in signal regardless of how I held the phone.
Excerpt: When we review a product, we’re usually given a sample by the manufacturer that’s been hand-picked just for us to test. The hardware has been examined for defects, every feature has been fully vetted and scrutinized, and the software has been triple-checked. For most every high-profile iPhone 5 review you’ve read so far, this was the process — in particular, the dozen or so reviews that landed last week, before iOS 6 launched and before the phone was made available to...
Summary: It's a... smartphone. With the iPhone 5, Apple has introduced the sixth generation of its smartphone family. The Retina display now measures 4 inches, the case has been redesigned, and the new Apple A6 chip provides a boost in performance. NFC, the widely used 720p screen resolution and a carrier-independent LTE module are missing. What does Apple have to offer for a starting price of 679 Euros (~$876), and where does the California brand lag behind?
Pros: High quality auminum body, Appealing design, Thickness and overall weight, Slim Lightning Connector, iOS 6: fast (improved) operatin system, Up-to-date wireless technology, Good performance of the integrated cameras, Applications and games performance, User experience and touch interface, 4 inch Retina display in 16:9 format, Moderate operating temperature, Voice quality (noise cancelling), Convincing battery life, The high quality and robust case, that satisfies prem...
Cons: Battery and memory fixed, Older cables and docks require adapter, Maps software full of errors, LTE only available with T-Mobile, Only 12 months manufacturer warranty, EarPods (Headset) mediocre, Hefty price tag, starting at 679 Euros., We might lament the absence of a killer feature or NFC, but instead it's a rather minor detail: the Lightning-to-30-pin adapter required for older cables and accessories. Given the material costs of about $170, Apple could have been a ...