Product Type: Apple Smartphone
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Apple iPhone 5
Member Name: JJ2010JAYJAY
Apple iPhone 5
Advantages: Fast, Great Call Quality, Looks Good, Great Camera, Has Siri
Disadvantages: Battery Life Not Great, Lock Button Can Be An Issue
Apart from the trauma of actually buying the phone last year, just after its release, I have been very please with this phone. It has been a terrific upgrade from my outdated iPhone 4, and I definitely won't be getting rid of it any time soon. It has a bigger screen, better camera, it looks better... not to mention the fact that it has Siri; something I had missed out on with my old iPhone.
The iPhone 5 looks reasonable similar to the iPhone 4/4s. It has the same rectangular shape with rounded edges, and metal trim round the outside. However, on the back is where you will see the biggest difference. First of all, Apple have scrapped the idea of all-glass casing. Instead, they have replaced it with metal as it is much more durable, and gives it a sleek, modern design. On the front of the phone, the screen has been lengthened, and thus reducing the size of the trim around the screen. At first, I thought this looked really bizarre, but now I am used to it, older iPhone models look really strange to me! Around the side, the headphone port has been moved to the bottom, and the old charger port has been replaced with a new, much smaller one. Actually, one of the things I love about the new charger is that it can be put in the phone either way round! The speaker and microphone are also noticeable bigger, and have had a slight update as well, but their positioning on the base of the phone remain. The front camera has been moved above the speaker (the one used for phone calls) and the 'ear-sensing' bar has been downsized considerably and moved next to the speaker.
Overall, I was very impressed with its looks, but what about how it performs?
As soon as I turned the phone on, I felt very 'at home' with it. All of my contacts had been moved onto it via iCloud, as well as my songs and apps. As I still had my iPhone 4 at the time, I decided to compare how fast my iPhone 5 was. I was very impressed at how speedy it was, such as how fast it opened apps and started up the camera (something that used to be quite slow on my old phone). But with its new processor and upgraded RAM, this didn't surprise me. It still maintains the same menu layout and icons as the original iPhone did 6 years ago. Whilst I have heard people moaning about this, I disagree. Why change something that works perfectly fine? It makes me feel very comfortable using it, and any first time iPhone user would agree that they are very simple, easy to understand phones.
The iPhone 5 has an 8MP, which is much better than the 5MP on my iPhone 4. It focuses quickly, takes amazing quality photos and videos, and even allows you to take photos whilst you're filming something. Another feature it has is 'Panorama' mode, where you can take extended pictures that you otherwise wouldn't be able to. On the adverts, it looks really cool, but when I tried it myself, I struggled keeping my phone level all the time, so all of the pictures came out terribly. I don't know why they needed this feature, but maybe someone might find it useful. As well as the rear camera, there is also a 1.2MP front camera, used for video calling (FaceTime) or just taking photos in general. The quality of the front camera is not particularly good, but was very noticeably better than the front camera on my old phone.
One of the things that I need to consider when buying a phone is its call quality. I don't get much signal at my house, and therefore struggle hearing people at the best of times. My iPhone, however, has amazing call quality - no change there then. The microphone is very clear to others, as well as the speaker being clear to myself. In fact, they even have a second microphone on the back which picks up background noise and reduces it so that the person on the other end can hear you more clearly. I have no idea if this works, as I don't generally spend a long time calling myself, would you believe? But it seems like a great idea.
Many people welcomed the new 4 inch screen of the iPhone 5, except the odd few who made jokes about the iPhone 76 being a few inches wide and a mile long! Many companies who make apps have altered them to make the most of the longer screen, but there are still apps out there that have not been updated, and therefore leave black gaps at the top and bottom of the screen. This doesn't bother me at all, but I know that others have been disappointed by this. I am very glad that Apple didn't fall into the trap of making a phone that is more like a tablet, like Samsung. If you want a tablet, buy a tablet! Why do phones need to have enormous screens anyway? In fact, I have a pair of new jeans with pockets so small that half of my phone sticks out of them even when it's in as far as possible. I can't imagine what it would be like with a Galaxy S3, or worse, a Note 2!
Like most smartphones, the battery life to this phone is not great. It will last a good 2-3 days if you don't use it much, but even with reasonable light usage, I seem to have to charge it every day. Whenever I spend a while on the internet over 3G, or play large apps, I seem to have to charge it every 5 minutes! Mind you, it doesn't take long to charge, but it can be inconvenient if you need it for something important whilst out, and you forgot to charge it the night before.
Having missed out on Siri with my iPhone 4, it was one of the first things I tried once I had purchased this phone. I have never once used it for something important. All I have ever used it for is asking it to marry me, or asking it to sing a song. I don't think Siri is a vital part of this phone, but it is a great time passer and you can have a lot of fun asking it ridiculous things. I was quite impressed with how well it understood my voice, and it only occasionally messes up what I say. But like I said, it's more for fun as oppose to being something you may generally use.
Lots of people never liked Apple earphones. They said that they were bad quality and never fitted in their ears. I never had a problem with them. They have always been very reliable for me and never fell out of my ears. In fairness, I don't listen to music often, but I liked them overall. However, their new earphones (called Earpods) seem to have impressed even more avid music listeners. They have been designed to fit perfectly in your ear, not like the circle ones that weren't 'ear-shaped.' They look very modern and have been very cleverly designed. They do not fall out of your ears easily and they seem to be of great quality. However, I don't want to say too much on this, as I rarely listen to music, and wouldn't be able to tell the worst earphones from the best.
~Problems (You Knew It Had To Be Coming)~
For the first few months of using my iPhone 5, I never had any problems with it, and I was so happy to have it. However, a couple of months ago, my phone developed a fault which seems to be common with the iPhone 5; the lock button doesn't work. At first, it seemed to be very occasional, and only when I clicked it on the far right. But during the last couple of months, it has slowly got worse. I am now at the point where I have to click it on the extreme left quite a few times before it finally locks. It gets me really annoyed that I spend such a long time just trying to lock my phone. I am planning to take it to Apple when I can, and hopefully they can fix it. But for the time being, I have decided that are daren't use it anywhere near an open window, or I may find myself throwing my phone out of it. I know it may seem like a small issue, but when you consider that I use my lock button after every time I use my phone, you can see why it is driving me insane. Don't let this put you off of the phone though. I know many people with iPhone 5s who have never experienced this issue.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this phone to anyone who wants/needs a smartphone. It is fast, easy to use, it looks good, it has a decent size screen, the call quality is great, the camera is excellent, and of course, it has Siri. As long as battery life is not too much of an issue, I can't think of a reason not to buy this phone... as long as the lock button works!
Summary: Just Another Reason Why Apple Products Are So Loved
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