Product Type: Apple Smartphone
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Apple iPhone 5
Member Name: RiverSong
Apple iPhone 5
Advantages: Smooth, quick and efficient
Disadvantages: Expensive, but worth it.
Ok, so I am a self confessed iPhone-aholic but like the 4, I totally love this phone.
I will go into why first and then there's the techy stuff for those that want to know:
Firstly, it is so very easy to use. I am no whizz with smartphones but I really honestly find the iPhone series idiot proof (needed in my case). I know that there will soon be an IOS 7 update that will move the iPhone to a slide format like various Android phones but for me the real great part is that it is currently in a tiled format. That said, and having seen the marketing info, I do think that the change will be handled well and I will be singing the praises of future models in time to come.
So why the 5 v other 'i' models? Well, firstly it is lighter and slimmer than previous models. I have to say that I personally prefer the 4 as it feels and looks more luxurious (the 5 has an anodised back- for the black version) but i do like the fact that it is so light. Apple say that the 5 is super tough but personally I always have a flip case as I really don't want to smash a £550 (ota) phone. Does the new 4" screen make a huge difference?- well it can but only on more recent versions of games. Films and videos are good though.
Two things about the layout that may infuriate you though, as they do me, are the position of the speakers and the headphone port.
The speakers are at the bottom of the phone so not ideal for playing music when the phone is in a flip case like mine. Also, the headphone port is at the bottom too and so far (having had the phone since March) I have not found a retailer that sells a flip case with a hole for the headphone jack to go though. This wont be an issue if you don't use headphones but quite a pain if you do. It can also be difficult if you play certain games that have a fixed way on screen and that does not happen to allow you to play easily whilst wearing headphones.
Siri- Now this is quite fun. It may be an American male voice currently but I have to say, he can be quite amusing and Apple obviously pre-empted people asking stupid questions as he is built with appropriately stupid responses. On a serious note though the voice technology is the best I have witnessed and usually gets it right :)
Speed- well, I personally find the phone to be more than fast enough. It has been known to lag a little but I have found that to mainly be due to poorer wi-fi.
Usability - Like I mentioned, it is very very easy to slip between apps, the camera and anything else. A real treat to use.
The camera- This has certainly been improved since the 4. The 8 megapixel camera is easy to use and enables even me to get out some pretty decent photos. Flash photos have improved dramatically since the 4 (as I always found the 4 to be terrible in anything other than perfect light).
All in all, I enjoy the phone every single day and when my contract is up, unless Apple do something really drastic, I will be buying the then latest version.
Techy stuff with a few of my opinions thrown in:
Available in 16GB, 32GB or 64GB
Height: 4.87 inches (123.8 mm)
Width: 2.31 inches (58.6 mm)
Depth: 0.30 inch (7.6 mm)
Weight: 3.95 ounces (112 grams)
Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
Location Assisted GPS and GLONASS (or Global Navigation Satellite Sytem for the likes of me!)
4-inch (diagonal) widescreen Multi-Touch retina display
1136-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi
800:1 contrast ratio (typical)
500 cd/m2 max brightness (typical)
Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating on front
Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously
8-megapixel iSight camera
Panorama Video recording, HD (1080p) up to 30 frames per second with audio- fun but not really a big deal for me personally
FaceTime HD camera with 1.2MP photos and HD video (720p) up to 30 frames per second
Tap to focus video or still images
Face detection in video or still images - Yeah, not always a roaring sucess
Improved video stabilization
Photo and video geotagging (meh- not bothered about this tbh)
Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter
Talk time: Up to 8 hours on 3G
Standby time: Up to 225 hours
Internet use: Up to 8 hours on 3G, up to 8 hours on LTE, up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi - Never happens, charge time like all Smart phones is useless.
Video playback: Up to 10 hours
Audio playback: Up to 40 hours
Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
In the Box
Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic
Lightning to USB Cable
USB Power Adapter
Summary: A good all rounder for anyone
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