Product Type: Apple Smartphone
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Iphone 4....I mean iphone 5...can't see a huge difference really!
Apple iPhone 5
Member Name: MsTricia
Apple iPhone 5
Advantages: decent battery life, good screen, easy to use
Disadvantages: same as the iphone 5 to me
I used to own an iPhone 4 and thought it was the best thing since sliced bread. I since upgraded to the Samsung Galaxy S III which to me really is the best phone in town and nothing else seems to beat it! I knew the iPhone 5 was coming out but wasn't bothered to wait around for a regurgitated model of the iphone 4 (in my opinion anyway) but my brother and sister are both loyal apple fiends and have since done so. My brother being the eager beaver that he is has got this iPhone 5 and since he knows nothing about technology (I even set up his iPhone 4 for him on my macbook lol) he asked me to take the phone home with me and set it up for him and give it back the next day. As it turns out I didn't see him for 2 days and so set about using the phone as though it was my own and so here is my review of using this new "and improved" iPhone model!
***Look Of The Phone***
Of course the main feature for me is the change in the frame and screen size of the model of this iPhone in comparison to it's predecessors. It has a 4 inch wide (diagonally) screen face and so this creates for me a longer but thinner screen dimension as opposed to the old models. This allows for there to be 5 apps on the home screen vertically (whereas only 4 could be stored vertically per page before) and still 4 apps stored on the horizontal view. In all honesty I am not sure of the sense in this and how it makes for a better phone! Sure it means if you store loads of apps there may be slightly less pages for you to flick through but otherwise this doesn't make a boring iPhone into a superphone by my standards!
Next up is the modification in colour. My brother has the "Black & Slate" colour model as opposed to the white & Silver model. This is essentially different in that there is a strip on the back of the phone which is Matte Black as opposed to before when the phone was just a shiny black glass surface all over. I remember with my iPhone 4 (one of them anyway I ended up having 3, fully using their 1 year warranty policy as none of them lasted) the back did shatter quite easily and the model was made so they were not replaceable. One can only hope the new design of the back of the phone makes it more resistant to breaking and being more robust as I am the biggest of butter fingers and were this my phone it wouldn't last very long before it saw itself bouncing on the floor from my grasp lol.
***Battery & Charging***
I was a bit cheeky and found myself using the internet on my brother's phone as he hardly ever uses it, and with my contract on my Galaxy I only get 1GB of data which I seem to whizz through like no man's business. As per usual with the battery, the more the internet is used the faster the little battery bar dwindles. I did find that in comparison I must admit it held it's own a lot faster than my Galaxy does and I could charge it to 100% first thing in the morning and go out for the day and not need to charge it until I got home around 8pm that evening. With my Galaxy about mid-way through the day I need to charge it and give it a bit of life and then charge it AGAIN when I am home so that is definitely a big plus. As a guide the specs state it has 225 hours standby (which I can believe as when I hardly used it the battery life barely moved) and will last up to 8 hours using the internet, 10 hours with Wi-Fi.
It has an 8 mega pixel camera which I must say is excellent quality and captures shot's beautifully. Similar to my Galaxy it has face recognition and has a setting so you are able to tap to focus on images and can zoom in and out without losing too much quality to the photo.
***Navigating Around The Phone***
Exactly the same as most formats of a current smartphone these days getting around the phone is easy as it opens with a home screen, and apps positioned on the face of the screen so to speak. Using one finger to swish across the screen will introduce the user to all the different applications and functions. To download apps is simple and straightforward - simply go the app store and using an Apple ID these can be downloaded, some free and some which may cost a few pounds.
~Making Calls & Texts
This is simple, using in the bottom left hand corner there is a small symbol that looks like a phone. This can be used to do outgoing calls from either a contact list or entering the digits manually. I find the call quality to be clear and coherent and I have encountered no problems. Similarly with messaging click on this icon and you are able to easily use the touch screen to type a message to recipients.
This is a sort of "personal assistant" type feature which is in-built in the phone to answer and questions or set up appointments in the calendar, or send a text etc for us lazy people lol. This is quite useful and easy to do, but in all honesty it seems more work than it's worth so not a big selling point on the phone for me personally.
The built in navigation system is excellent and very accurate. I would say my Samsung Galaxy is better (perhaps because of the bigger screen I feel I can use it in my car as a substitution for my Tom-Tom) but in terms of standard and delivery they are both easy to use. For example I went to a focus group the other day with no clue how to get there and I decided to use the iPhone as it was the first phone I found in my bag at the time and it got me there in 7 minutes flat walking so I found it extremely useful!
I love listening to music on my travel to work and couldn't imagine a phone where downloading music was a nightmare. With apple iTunes already on my macbook, setting this up for my brother was a doddle and nothing too complicated. Getting music from iTunes can be purchased with a tap of a screen from the iTunes app already on the phone and they take a matter of seconds to appear in the Music library on the phone and you are raring to go. Using the earphones that come with this phone are also really good quality and of course not a particularly special set of excellent quality, but pretty decent in terms of clarity.
~Using the Internet
Connecting to wifi is easy through the settings and works without my constant interference as it will automatically connect to a wi-fi connection provided I have connected to it previously. The in-built internet is fast but of course this will vary depending on the reliability of the network provider for the phone.
To sum up I think the iPhone 5 is a pretty decent smartphone but in terms of growth and development I see nothing different to the iPhone 4S. Aside from the new slimmer, longer design and the strip on the back there isn't much new about the iPhone 5. Sure it comes with new software (iOS 6) but this can be downloaded onto an older model, and let's face it, apple will surely be bringing out a new software in the next month or so which will just make all this irrelevant. I really cannot justify this phone being worth £529 which is the current RRP from apple (I can go on about 2 holidays with that kind of money!) so for me I am not so sure it is worth the hype and would most likely more recommend someone to just buy the slightly older model, no-one will judge you any less lol.
Summary: looks different to old model, works the same but a heck of a lot more money!