Product Type: Apple Smartphone
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Apple iPhone 5
Member Name: chaddite2013
Apple iPhone 5
Advantages: Ready for 4G, great camera, comprehensive App Store, iMessage, FaceTime
Disadvantages: Costly, Prone to scratching (particularly the black model), Not LTE capable on all UK networks.
I've owned an iPhone since 2008 when Apple launched the iPhone 3G, and the iPhone 5 has got to be their greatest handset yet.
From the increased screen size through the improved optics on the eight megapixel camera the iPhone 5 has to be the 'smartest' smartphone out there.
I upgraded from the iPhone 4S because I like to adopt the next generation of technology where finances allow, and Apple's ecosystem is perfect for me. I can send an iMessage from my iPhone and pick up where I left off on my iMac... I can take a photo on my phone and once connected to Wi-Fi (after a brief set up process) I can view the item in Photostream.
The addition of LTE is welcome. Of course only select networks are 4G capable with the iPhone at present but luckily I am in an area with 4G coverage and the speeds are truly amazing.
Of course, as with many mobile phones, battery life does leave a lot to be desired. With A-GPS enabled, screen brightness on a higher setting and heavy usage the iPhone does require daily charging.
The addition of the Lightning cable renders previous accessories with the 30-pin connector obsolete unless you invest in an adapter, Apple should have included at least one in the box or priced them more reasonably.
The App Store is fantastic, with an abundance of choice. From photography applications through digital magazines there is a lot to choose from.
Would I recommend an iPhone? Yes, I would. It is about a question of finance, if you can afford the higher upfront costs this premium phone attracts then you should consider it.
Summary: If you love Apple, you'll love iPhone.
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