Product Type: Apple Smartphone
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iPhone 5- A Good Improvement.
Apple iPhone 5
Member Name: Taz123456
Apple iPhone 5
Advantages: Lightweight, Slim, Nice Photos and videos
Disadvantages: Price, Battery, wifi issues.
Capacity: 16 GB
Size & Weight:
Height: 123.8 mm (4.87 inches)
Width: 58.6 mm (2.31 inches)
Depth: 7.6 mm (0.30 inches)
Weight: 112 grams (3.95 ounces)
3G & Wireless
Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
This information was taken from http://www.apple.com/uk/iphone/specs.htm​ ;l for more details into the specs please visit the above website.
Apple iPhone 5
iPhone have for a while now have been seen as the market leader for smartphones, but recently with the new updated models brought out by Samsung, the competition for the best and most superior smartphone on the market is at its highest. Non the less iPhone 5 still manages to outsell and out fight its competitors, as more often than not I come across a lot more people with an iPhone than any other smartphone.
The question is why? and is this iPhone 5 really worth the costly price? does it live up to the hype? How does it compare to the previous iphone models? I hope i can answer these questions in my review.
First thing i noticed was the big difference in technical ability compared to previous iPhone models; The iPhone 5 had a larger clearer screen than the iPhone 4, it also seemed a lot lighter (3.95 ounces) due to its slim body meaning it easily fits into my handbag or Jean pockets.
I also noticed that the back of phone had changed, bringing a refreshing new design to the new model.
The phone has more of metal rather glassy feel to it, and seems a tad more sophisticated compared to previous iPhone models, it has aluminium sides but like older models still has the similar round volume button (identical to the iPhone 4). The new slender feel to the model, in my view makes it easier to hold and is a good thing for a busy body like me, who has the iPhone attached to the palm 24-7! I have the white version, as in my opinion looked more classy and sophisticated in this colour as well as making the design look more glossy and brighter (Black is also available).
Although the iPhone is lighter and slimmer, it is by no means fragile. I am quite a clumsy fool at times and have dropped it on the floor a few times, as well as my 2 year old nephew throwing it across the room; it did however survive the beating with flying colours with not one single scratch on it.
The Speakers are located at the bottom of the mobile, which is good for having a clear phone conversation, but i found that it would frequently get covered when playing the phones apps, and games.
It has a 4 inch 640 x 1136 pixel resolution LED-backlit touch screen which is great when watching movies and playing games; as it really shows it superiority when watching videos on the phone. Although as with all iPhones it does have a oleophobic coating , i however found the screen to be prone to shadowy fingerprint marks despite this special coatings. Although it is not hard to wipe the fingerprints clean, it is still annoying.
I found the screen colour and contrast to have improved also, as pictures looked a lot more brighter and richer than my previous iPhone 4.
The iphone 5 has a dual core processor, which is really excels during game play. The graphic consuming apps and games are able to function flawlessly.
The phone use a 1440 mAh Li-Po battery, which is less powerful than the new Samsung models (2100 mAh). Although initially I did not have a problem with the battery life, as I was able to listen to many music videos, browse the internet for many hours and play high intensity games without any issues. However I have had the phone for a few months now, and have found that I have had to place the phone on charge more often than i'd like It does not take long to charge though. So like previous older models; the battery seems to have let the iPhone down once again.
The connectivity of the phone is great; including both the wifi and bluetooth features as well as the added factor of having a USB port. This was great for adding files easily to and from the device. However unlike other new models of smartphone, it does not have a HDMI slot. This personally is not a huge loss, but there are some that would benefit from having it and would rather go for the other models for this reason alone.
The Wifi seemed slightly slower than that of my iphone 4! which is werid considering this is a newer model. I had some issues while browsing the internet or downloading apps where the connection would be disrupted. My iPhone 4 however never had this issue, and could easily visit many sites and download apps without this issue. I have heard that there will be a fix for this though, so fingers crossed it will solve this fairly soon.
I was impressed by the quality of the camera, it has a 8-Megapixel (3264x2448) sensor and although not a huge difference if any to the specs of the iPhone 4; I found there to be a welcoming improvement in the quality of the pictures taken. Most noticeably recognising colours more clearly, working better in lesser lit environments, and and faster face lock-ons. The camera really brings out the small details in photos, and that is a sign of good quality camera.
Video quality is also improved in areas similar to the photo quality improvements, making videos quality more superior and more than watch able. The only downside is that the quality is not transferred onto the face time application; making video calls less visibly clearer and somewhat more distorted.
I have the 16 GB version which for me holds more than enough pictures/videos etc. However there are larger memory versions such as the 32/64 GB storage versions.
Overall this is a solid update to the iPhone series. It is very sleek and attractive, as well as being very resourceful tool. Compared to other smartphones however it is very pricey; costing over £500. With that hefty price tag, it is worth noting although improvements have been made, not to the extent to warrant such a high price tag.
The main let down for me (apart from the price!) is the battery span, leaving me having to recharge me phone more often than id would prefer.
Overall I would recommend this phone, but only when the price has reduced!