Apple iPhone 5 Review

Tue 1 Jan 2013

Filed Under: Apple, Mobile Phone Reviews 

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Welcome to the Apple iPhone 5 review. We love the iPhone and loathe it at the same time. Since everyone only points out the positives for the iPhone we decided to point out the negatives to add some balance to the world.

Each new iPhone usually adds a feature or two which has been on other phones but Apple applies it’s own user interface magic and hardware ‘innovations’ to make the phone work better. Eg. SIRI for example was not developed by Apple but purchased the company that was going to release it! (Apple PR and the mass media and certain other website then rewrite history claiming it’s an Apple original which is a bit sad.) Unfortunately the iPhone 5 does none of that for the owner, in fact they have made it worse  – which is a pity. However in terms of hardware they have made significant technological improvements like the updated screen and even lighter weight body.

The new screen technology while boasting superior images thinner and lighter construction doesn’t really set its self apart of the older screen and we couldn’t tell the difference. The larger screen is welcome but if the text is still the same size you still can’t read the text combined with the awkward screen size… The iPhone 5’s multiple microphones supposedly make call quality better but is a complete fail. The call quality and volume still cannot beat your basic Nokia and Motorola phones have been enjoying for years.

The latest iPhone now looks awkward rather than stylish and proportionate. The old iPhones 1 to 4S looked great but the 5 is not right… The light weight is handy thanks to even more need for a protective case. However we think they have made it too light – lightness usually equals cheapness and it does feel cheap. It may be metal but it looks and feels like plastic and scratches like plastic too – so what’s the point? The user interface shows its age although retains its remarkable ease of use.

We are also getting tired of reading the repetitive propaganda about the decision to make the iPhone look awkward – so that you can type one handed – what a joke. In the real world you cannot type one handed (we just tried again its too difficult even more so if you’re a lady who has nails) on the iPhone properly without looking at the keypad or two hands because it is way too small and 99% use both hands and the auto-correct is still flawed.

The changing of the connector is also a bit of a pain, simply so the company can get a few more dollars. A lot of people will be unnecessarily wasting money and creating more waste to pollute the planet.

Let’s not forget the very poor Apple Maps application. Amongst other issues Maps is plainly incorrect, locations and images etc.. We also think Subway pays them because we see a lot of Subways that don’t or have never existed…

Despite the iPhone 5’s significant flaws (it is the worse iPhone to date) it is still one of the best smart phones you can buy! It will do everything you want and more, purely due to the Apps and content store so if you afford it go for it but check out these others first – in particular Windows 8 phones.

Specifications

  • Apple iPhone 5
  • Network
    Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900
    Tri-band 3G 850/900/1900/2100
    4G LTE 850/2100/1700/1800/1900/2100
  • Design
    Touch screen
  • L123.8 x W58.6 x D7.6mm
    Weight 112 grams
  • Display/s
    External TFT 640 x 1136
  • Camera
    8MP
    LED Flash
  • Video Camera
    HD 1080p 30 fps
  • Connectivity
    Wi-Fi
    Bluetooth V4
  • CPU
    A6 1.2 Ghz
    Graphics: PowerVR 543
  • Memory
    From 8-64ig
  • Ring tones
    Purchase or iStudio only and vibration
  • Features
    A-GPS
    Accelerometer
    Gyrometer
    Compass
    Proximity sensor
    Multi-touch screen
    Music and Media player
    Remote security
    Contacts/Organiser/Calender
    SMS, MMS, IM, Email
    Speaker Phone/Hands free
    Battery 1420 mAh
    Up to 225 hours Standby
    Up to 8 hours Talk Time
  • Price history
    From $879 AUS 2012 (Outright)

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