Product Type: Apple Smartphone
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Excellent smart phone, not a game changer
Apple iPhone 5
Member Name: mattvdm
Apple iPhone 5
Advantages: being part of the Apple community, screen, reliability, functionality
Disadvantages: battery life, uncustomizability
Everyone knows where iPhones are in 2013. Apple's products have gone from strength to strength doing what they always did, while Android phones have fast overtaken them technologically. For the everyday-user, the advantages of an iPhone are many, conformity being one of them.
The phone has an excellent, though not spectacular, camera. The screen is larger than previous, and again has fairly good resolution.
The user-experience is as we all expect from Apple, very easy and functional, while nowhere near as customizable as Android phones. The comfort of sameness is not to be looked down upon.
The App Store, on a similar note, provides almost everything most users want, and in an easy and familiar manner. Again Android apps are easier to come by and more varied and open source, but I do not feel I miss out on this.
The iPhone is very reliable, considering the reliability of the earlier iPods. Everything about the phone other than the battery life ages gracefully. Battery life drops consistently from time of purchase but not unbearably so. I think after 2 years one would consider a new phone, but I think this is fairly standard for smart phones.
Summary: Excellent as always from Apple. Not as high-spec as Android competitors but all-in-all superior.