The lockscreen of the iPhone 5 doesn't introduce any changes compared to previous iPhones. It still features a shortcut to the camera, and displays recent events, reminders, emails, messages and so on.
The homescreen of the iPhone 5 is largely the same as in previous iPhones. It shows a grid of icons and a dock at the bottom with your most used apps. The difference is that due to the larger screen of the iPhone 5, there are now 5 rows of apps, instead of 4.
The styling of the dialer has been changed and now has a more generic look to it.
Creating and managing contacts on the iPhone 5 is very easy and intuitive. There's no new functionality compared to previous iPhones here, except for a couple new features, which allow you to send and automated text message when someone's calling you and you cannot answer at the moment, or use the special DND mode which will mute calls from those people that you don't want to be bothered by.
The iPhone 5 has an excellent on-screen QWERTY keyboard which will allow you to type messages with ease. The portrait one isn't so big, though, considering what some other large-screened phones offer, so you may not be able to break the sound barrier with your typing.
6. Landscape QWERTY
The landscape QWERTY keyboard in the iPhone 5 is slightly bigger than before, which makes it a bit more comfortable, of course. Still, it doesn't take up the whole available space, so as not to make the buttons too wide. We're OK with this layout and find it to work pretty well.
The calendar has benefited greatly from the larger screen of the iPhone 5. Now there's more space to display appointments for a given day, making it much easier to keep track of your agenda.
As before, turning the screen sideways in the calendar displays Week view. Due to the wider screen, users can now see a full work week in this mode without scrolling.
9. Notification Center
The beloved Notification Center has remained exactly the same as before, with the only difference that it can now show more stuff at the same time. Here you'll find your calendar events, weather and stocks widgets, message notifications and more. Thanks to the Facebook and Twitter integration coming with iOS 6, you can now update your status directly from here.
The iPhone 5 has a wonderful email client that just works. It's very smart and manages to set up your accounts without any hassle. The new thing coming with the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 is the VIP mail inbox, which acts like a filtered mailbox for your most important contacts. Not something that will blow you away.
11. Alarms and world clock
The application that controls your alarms, timer, world clock and stopwatch has remained unchanged, which may actually be a good thing, as it is straightforwards and hassle-free. You can easily set multiple alarms, and they will always go off when they are supposed to.
The iPhone 5 comes with a cool reminders app which has the ability to remind you of something based on your location. For example, you can set it to notify you that you need to do something once you get back home. It's a neat feature but one that probably isn't frequently used.
It would have surprised us to see a new Notes application, so here it is, the same old one that we know and love. It's authentic user interface is pretty comfortable and enjoyable to work with, and basically, it does what it's supposed to do, which is to let you take notes.
If you've used Stocks on a previous iPhone, then you know what to expect. The only difference here is that the app now shows more information on a single screen, making it more comfortable to use.
The Weather application is a wonderful tool to keep yourself informed about the ever-changing mood of the weather. The updated application shows a new hourly forecast for the current day which is very handy.
As always, the camera interface is pretty straightforward, with very few options allowing you to control only the most basic stuff, like focus and HDR mode. The iPhone 5 also comes with a bigger shutter button.
17. Panorama mode
A new think in the iPhone 5 is the panorama mode, which, obviously, allows you to take panorama photos. This option is very easy to use, and most of the times, the results are spectacular. The resulting image has very high resolution and it's pretty hard to find artifacts.
18. Image gallery
The picture gallery doesn't have any new fancy features, as it's still a simple but efficient grid of thumbnails. Viewing images is of course extremely comfortable and responsive.
19. Sharing menu
Courtesy of iOS 6, the iPhone 5 has a new sharing menu, which looks a bit more eye-catchy, but isn't necessarily more convenient than the old one, which was just a simple list of services. Since the services are now arranged in a grid, it can be a bit harder to find the one you're looking for.
A lot has been said about the new Maps application, and it's obvious that Apple still has a lot of work ahead of itself, before we can all call thie new Maps app a worthy competitor to the other, more mature offerings on the market. Still, for more basic stuff like discovering places and general navigation, the app does just fine.
21. Turn-by-turn navigation
The iPhone 5 has built-in turn-by-turn voice navigation and 3D maps. Finally! The navigation works just fine, especially in the United States, and if you aren't specifically looking for flaws, you shouldn't be able to find such.
One of the key features of the new Maps app is Flyover. Ironically, it is this feature that has caused Apple the most trouble thus far. Flyover tries to present the user with a realistic 3D rendering of major cities around the world, but it doesn't work as expected as many buildings aren't rendered correctly and seem distorted. When it works, though, Flyover is quite impressive.
Apple's Passbook is available on the iPhone 5, letting you have all your boarding passes, tickets, store cards and coupons neatly organized right there on your handset. For it to work, though, you have to install some additional applications.
Newsstand is a centralized place where you'll find all your magazines. It acts like a folder, but has a layout similar to the one of iBooks. Although we'd primarily read magazines on a tablet, Apple has still decided to make Newsstand usable on the iPhone as well, for those who don't mind the small screen.
25. App Store
Apple has completely redesigned the App Store, and we can't say that we find the new layout substantially better. You have some most importnat picks at the top, and then you have access to the usual stuff such as New and Noteworthy, as well as some other selections. On the Featured screen, you are now scrolling sideways, which doesn't seem to be a great design decision having in mind the phone's long, but narrow screen.
The iTunes store has also been redesigned in a way that's very similar to the new App Store. Discovering new music and deals has become easier and overall, the new look gives a nice atmosphere to iTunes.
27. Game Center
The iPhone 5 comes with Game Center, which is Apple's own service for gamers. Within Game Center, you can find info about your games, the achievements you've unlocked, etc. It'll be much appreciated by users who play a lot of games on their mobile devices.
28. Web browser
Except for some sweet little features such as offline reading, Safari on the iPhone presents us to a well-known experience. This is actually a wonderful thing, as Safari is one of the very best, if not the best mobile browser out there. And now, with the iPhone 5's larger screen and higher resolution, it's even easier and more enjoyable to browse the web, as you're able to fit more stuff on a single screen.
29. Web browser
Thankfully, Apple has added a full-screen mode in the browser, at least when you're viewing in landscape mode. This removes the top and bottom bars, allowing you to see much more content than before. We'd love to see such an option in portrait mode as well.
The iPhone 5's iOS 6 stays true to its philosophy of having the settings for all apps in a single place - the Settings app. You find it all here - from the toggle switch for the Wi-Fi, to the equalizers of the music player. We're not big fans of this approach, as it means that you can't tweak stuff right within an application, but it does make things a bit more streamlined.