iPhone 5: Hot or Not?
The Apple iPhone 5, available in 16, 32, and 64GB, is a fantastic all around upgrade from the previous 4s model. It sports a larger 4 inch retina display with high pixel density in a slimmer, sleeker design with a fingerprint-resistant coating. Compared to the iPhone 4s, the 5 is 18% thinner and 20% lighter. Its performance and graphics are up to twice as fast with the new A6 chip that is designed to work specifically with iOS 6 to help save battery life. The iPhone 5 can use LTE wireless technology that is optimized to give you ultra fast connectivity and download speeds that also works to save battery life. You can get up to 8 hours LTE browsing and talk time and 10 hours video playback time on every charge. The New EarPods fit more comfortably in the ears and work well with the impressive upgraded iPhone 5 audio that allows the iPhone to focus in on targeted sounds and new noise-canceling technology that helps to reduce background noises so you can hear the person on the other end of the line clearer.
The 8MP i Sight camera has everything you love from the 4s plus more. You can now take panorama photos up to 240 degrees in high-resolution up to 28 megapixels. The camera also captures photos 40% faster and has a better no-light performance and LED flash. You can also record in 1080p HD video that utilizes better stabilization, face detection for up to 10 faces, and the ability take still photos while recording a video. The front facing camera can be used for Face Time over wireless or cellular networks as well as self-portraits and recording 720p HD videos. The new Lightning Connector is smaller, more durable, and can be connected in any direction. Adaptors from the 30 pin connector for accessories are available but sold separately.
The iOS operating system is easy to use and boasts amazing features, stability, and apps. Some built in apps include the new maps app, improved Siri, and AirPlay. This also gives you access to the world’s largest collection of apps. iCloud is integrated into apps so that your content is available on all your devices, from iTunes to apps, iBooks, Photo Stream, Safari, Calendar, Mail, and more.
The pros of the iPhone 5 are overall improvements from the 4s, 4G LTE, great design, A6 chip integration with iOS 6, and the camera quality and features.
The cons of the iPhone 5 are the need to buy adaptors for your previous apple devices, the Maps app is not very good, memory expansion, smaller screen than most Android devices, and some reports of the device getting hot during calls or while running other applications. The iPhone 5 is generally a good phone and comes with some greatly anticipated features.