Product Type: Apple Smartphone
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Apple iPhone 5
Member Name: leeanne160480
Apple iPhone 5
Date: 01/10/12, updated on 08/10/12 (38 review reads)
Picture the scene - Friday 14th September. Sitting on my 1st break at work around 8.30am, kinda bored and back at my desk with 4 minutes to spare. For some reason my mind thinks it would be a good idea to look at the Apple website to see if prices had came out for the iPhone5 - after all it was announced on Wednesday the 12th of September that it would be coming out. Looked on the site - prices are out and they are available to pre order. Break time is up. I calmly turn to my colleague next to me and state "I want to buy an iPhone5." She looks at me like I am crazy and states the best thing to do is think about it for an hour and if I still want 1 then go for it. I knew there and then I wanted 1, but my lunch wasn't until 11am so I had plenty of time to think about it. Lunchtime came and I ran away from my desk clutching my bank card and mobile to make my purchase!! I am a tad impulsive in my spending anyway and this is cheaper than when I came home the other month and said to my husband "Lets go to Florida" and promptly went online and booked flights.
Anyway release date for the iPhone was on Friday 21st but I didn't get mine until Saturday the 22nd. I have to admit it was quicker than I was expecting as due to demand they were quoting anything up to the 1st of October for delivery. Anyway all the usual Mobile carriers are now offering the iPhone5 on Pay as you go and Monthly Contract options but I believe that stocks are low and sold out in many places just now. I chose to buy direct from Apple due to securing a pre order as I would not have made it down the street in time. I have been using my iPhone 3GS for 2 ½ years and love it so. I didn't bother about any of the other iPhone and I can't really say I am 1 of these people that have to have the latest gadget or keep up with people. To sum it up I just really wanted to treat myself with something and this was my chosen treat!
Anyway enough about my life story and crazy spending - onto the more important parts.
This comes in either a Black and Slate or White and Silver colouring. The Black and the White part is the main bit of the phone and the slate and the silver bits make up most of the back part. I chose Black and Slate so on mine the only black part on the back is the Apple logo and the writing down the bottom. I think it does look nice enough in the White but I just preferred the Black to be honest. My only criticism of the Black and Slate is that you have to be quite close to the phone to see it is an iPhone as the black Apple against the Slate isn't that easy to spot - not great possibility!!! The design of this is pretty sleek. The weight is quoted as being 112g. You can feel that there is some weight to this but it is a cool to the touch feeling body. To quote what Apple say about this "The back of iPhone 5 is made of anodized 6000 series aluminum -- the same material used in Apple notebooks -- with inlays along the top and bottom made of ceramic glass (on the white and silver model) or pigmented glass (on the black and slate model)." Ok then. Mines has been housed in a clear plastic case since I got mine to protect it so the clear case shows off the back nicely whereas lots of other cases cover the back up. The buttons for this are in the usual place - Home button down the front on the front screen, power button on the top, silent and volume buttons on the left hand side. The screen on this iPhone is the largest of all the screens and is a 4" screen. This fits 20 Apps to a screen and although I can't say I notice a huge difference with this being a little bit bigger you can still notice the difference with searching the Web and playing Apps etc.
Lightening Pin - Backwards compatibility??
Possibly the subject for many a discussion. The charger connector on the bottom is tiny. This is possibly due to the phone being so slim - 7.6mm. I would say that the old style charger with its many Pins would fit on the bottom only just but there are the speakers on the bottom and these are either side of where the charger port is. So I am fine with the different charger. What I do not agree with is that if you have anything else that you would use with an iPhone/iPod then you can still use it but you need to have a converter to make it work. Do you get that in the box? No, you have to pay £25 for it!! So you spend all that money on a phone and they can't chuck in something like that which lots of people may need. I only have a car Charger so it isn't a big deal to me and I am cheaper just buying a new charger but I think it is the principle.
These mobiles are running on IOS 6 and since I had done the update to my 3GS only the day before I got this then I am unsure what features are on the phone due to that software or new on this phone as I saw some of the features on the 3GS but didn't really have time to use them. There is SIRI - the voice recognition thing that I have been playing about with for a laugh asking it whatever popped into my head. There have been reports that SIRI can't understand accents and I have to say it didn't understand everything that I said but it understood most. It didn't understand more of what my husband was saying but although we have both been brought up in the same area all our life he had a broad Fife access whereas I have been told many a time that I have a West Coast access - My accent is a lot nicer I think!! I know SIRI has been out on other iPhone though like the feature where you can just speak a Text Message and it will type it for you, but again it does need to understand what you are saying to type it! I like the Do Not Disturb feature so that you can set if you don't want to receive calls between certain times or limit the calls you get from who you get them from. I know this feature is as a result of the IOS 6 update though and not a feature on this phone.
This has an 8 Mega pixel I-sight camera that takes photos and records in HD 1080p with face detection and also records up to 30 frames per second. I put Photo's over from my old phone and have taken a few similar ones with this phone and the pictures have came out great. They are clear and vivid. Probably helps that this has Auto focus, as I am rubbish when it comes to taking Photo's. The other fun thing about the camera is there is 2 Camera's, so you can take a picture of what you are pointing the phone at, or when you are on the Camera setting just press the part up the top right of the screen and it will flip over to the other Camera and you can take a Photo of what is the other way - generally yourself unless you swerve out of the way.
According to Apple they state that the Battery life in this phone is the best from all the iPhones. I can't say that I really notice that much different to be honest. Weather it needs a good few charges to be up to it's optimum performance or weather I need to totally flatten this batters then I don't know but I am still charging this once a day like I did with my old phone. I do tend to poke at this phone quite a lot as I play with it in work quite a bit (bored at work? Not me of course) I don't talk on the phone all that much but do play a few Apps and send texts. I was expecting amazing results from the Battery. I will see in time though.
Internet access is quite rapid. Even when I have been out and using 3G this seems to nip along pretty quick and I notice that this loads pages up quicker than my 3GS. I downloaded an app last night which done it in about 20 seconds and I was out in quite a remote part of town. This phone is apparently enabled for 4G - when we will see 4G in the UK I don't know.
You get this in a 16GB for £529, a 32GB for £599 and a 64GB for £699. This seems to be the price quoted by everyone and not just Apple . I chose the 16GB model due to the fact that I don't need a huge amount of GB's on my phone. I had the 8GB 3GS and had only filled 6GB so this 1 will do me fine. The advantage of buying from Apple is that the phone is Unlocked so just pop your own Sim in and away you go - Well not strictly true.
This phone uses a Nano Sim - absolute tiny sim, about the size of my Pinkie nail. O2 advised me that I should get 1 of these in my box from Apple but I covered all bases and picked 1 up in the O2 shop just in case - they are free to pick up in any Mobile shop - obviously go to the shop you wish to use for the Tariff. You can order them online and get delivered to you to but that means waiting of course. You can just go ahead and use this new Sim if you want, or your carrier will ghost the information over from your old Sim in regards to number and balance if you do wish to keep using your old one. I phoned them up to do this for me. You can do this online as well, but it can take a few hours for the process to go through whereas on the phone it didn't take long at all.
The Sim tray is on the right hand side of the phone and you access this in the usual way for iPhones by pressing the little tool that you get in the box into the hole to pop the Sim Tray out. I had to push in quite far and firm - not ideal when you are worried that you will cause some damage. A little fiddly, but I assume since I have done it once then it would be ok if I had to do it again - not that I should have to do it again.
Do I recommend it?
Yes. Why do I recommend it? I don't know! For me to change to this phone I have ended up with new features that wasn't on the 3GS so I have taken a phone that I love and made it better. Since I have sold my 3GS and put the money towards the cost of this then I have upgraded without paying full price. Weather this would have been worth the cost if I had a 4S I can't comment as I don't have a 4S, but then again if I had 1 and sold it then it would have cost less for me to get this.
The look and feel of this phone is great, and it being slim line is good too. The speed that this goes online even through 3G is great and for the reasons that I have got the latest phone out from a brand that I like and am comfortable with using then I will be happy to use this and if you have a 3GS and are looking to change to a newer iPhone then I would recommend this one.
**** UPDATE ****
Well after using this now for a few weeks I am still in love with it. I've had some sarcastic comments from people about this and a few "Ooh, can I see it." comments. After a few days of constantly charging the battery as soon as it dropped to about 60% since I still haven't got a Car charger I totally flattened the battery a few times then charged it up. It seems as if the battery does me over 48 hours, perhaps closer to nearly 60 hours on a full charge. Bearing in mind that I do prod at the phone quite a bit, as well as talk on it a little, send quite a few Texts and play a few Apps then this is definitely better on battery than my 3GS, but then again my 3GS was over 2 1/2 years old so the battery may not have been the same as it always was, but thinking back I don't think my 3GS ever gave me nearly 60 hours.