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Apple iPhone 5: the new features

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Apple iPhone 5: the new features
The new Apple iPhone 5 is here! It wasn’t a shocking surprise, but rather a very solid upgrade to the existing iPhone 4S. Apple delivered on all fronts starting with a larger, 4-inch screen that’s bigger but still comfortable for one-handed use, going through 4G LTE support and ending up with the 2x more powerful Apple A6 chip and improved battery life.

All the rest got a solid update as well - the 8-megapixel camera now comes with a sapphire lens that is more durable. And iOS 6 brings a couple of interesting new features, but if we had to narrow it down to one weakness in Apple’s well-oiled machine, it’d be exactly that - iOS seems to be lagging behind a bit in features when compared to Android and Windows Phone. Or maybe, if lag is not the exact word it’s suffering a bit from its closed nature - it seems that we’ve just grown too used to it.

There are plenty of great things about the iPhone 5, though, and we’ve summarized them all in a quick overview below. Check them out and let us know how you like what you see in the comments below.

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posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:18 31

1. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4860; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


What new features? I thought Android already had navigation & screens that are 4" and above. lol

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:21 15

3. Lift_Off (Posts: 152; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


This isn't about android. its about iOS. Be happy with your choice of android, and stop trying to make everyone that likes iOS feel like idiots because they don't care about the best specs...

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:27 19

8. imsickwithphone (banned) (Posts: 76; Member since: 17 May 2012)


Lol, its not about choice right know
Its just that many people dont like greedy apple
VERRYYY GREEEDY APPLE I MEANS!!!!

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:36 10

16. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


hahaha they dont get it.......android is raggin on them for sooooo many reasons and good ones at that! apple is corrupt so lets jus start and keep it there.......peace

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:29 6

13. Quezdagreat (Posts: 428; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


Thank you. They don't understand that apple is not playing catch up to android. Android phones competes with android phone, and samsung is winning.

Every iPhone is a better iPhone. The specs are always better than the last iPhone. If that's not good enough for you, who cares stick to your androids

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 16:17 4

25. OnlyiPhone (unregistered)


Well put Lift_Off us iOS users don't care about what Android has, otherwise we would have Android phones. I don't get why every time phonearena posts something about Apple anything, all these Androids fans on here has to go in on Apple products. Last time I checked the article was about iPhone not how much you Android fans hate the iPhone. I don't get why Android users have to prove something if you like what you have be happy and for everybody else that like iPhone, Nokia or whatever else isn't Android you don't constantly have to be an asshole and put iPhone down. who cares that it does not have things that Android has. Android does not have somethings iPhone has like the ability to not have virus and lag and also crash, not to mention how every Android ever made battery is not as good as the iPhone except the ones that have ridiculous size batteries because they require those and iPhone does not. but us iPhone users don't have to bash Android becuase we are satified with what we have. I think all the Android users that bash iPhone secretly are not satified with their phone and can't get an iPhone because they are not eligible for an upgrade or just can't afford it. All in all stop with the bashing if you don't like iPhone too bad for you but don't try to make everybody that has one feel like s**t.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 17:39 1

45. CellularNinja (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)


@OnlyiPhone
I don't agree with trolling. But if Apple fans can post how much they love the iPhone, why can't Android fans point out that they don't. And it is true and legitimate that most of these features are already available. I you Apple fans didn't care about the features Android has, then why would everyone get all excited when Apple releases these "new" features.
Correction: "new to Apple"

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 18:54 3

48. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)


b/c you do it on iPhone articles...which makes you look childish. iPhone articles are plastered more with hatred than with actual sensible comments from those who carry iPhone. like the man said, if you like Android...like Android but don't expect everyone to like what you like, its that simple.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 19:25

52. OnlyiPhone (unregistered)


OMG thank you CRICKETownz I couldn't have said it better myself I don't get why they come on iPhone and be just promoting Android so much and s**tting on the iPhone go do that on and Android article it's more Android phones than iPhones anyway. How much do you Android fans really have to make a point that iPhone is Inferior to Android if you feel that way just feel that way you don't have to say it every chance you get and Cellular Ninja if you can read it already says Apple iPhone 5: the new features so obviously it's new to iPhone you do know what a : means or did you just comment to put your two f**king cents in

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 19:13

50. OnlyiPhone (unregistered)


All I'm saying is it gets ridiculous. If Apple fans don't have these feature let us be happy we have them. Android fans don't have to get on here and say we already have them who gives a f**k. Let us be happy that out OS has something we've wanted. We already now Android has these features obviously, duh just because we don't have Android does not mean we don't know what it can do. I wouldn't get on here and go in on Android. Because I don't care about Android. The people that get on here and puts people excitement about stuff down shows you who they are in real life an asshole that tries to bring people down and make them feel like s**t like them.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 19:44

53. CellularNinja (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)


@CRICKETownz
Okay I'm sick of trying to make you little iPhone children feel good about yourselves. My last comment took all the strength within me not to bash you little babies. When Android is bashed by iPhone fans, I come back with cold hard evidence of why Android is better (such as: more freedom, more power, bigger screen, and much more). When you iPhone fans get your little phone bashed, you cry like children "unfair!! UNFAIR! You're being meann!!!"

That sums up your entire argument...

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 19:54

54. CellularNinja (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)


Also, (in reply to @OnlyiPhone)
You say you won't go on Android news because you don't care about Android. There are a few things interesting about that statement. One thing is that I think you don't wanna see how much Android d**k your phone sucks. Second of all, I can go on iOS posts because I care about iOS. I hate it, but I care about it. I care about what advancements (or lack thereof) they make in the world. So I will read them, and I will comment on them. If you don't it then too bad, but meanwhile please stop crying.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 00:47

63. Lift_Off (Posts: 152; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


Watch out, we got a badass over here!

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 09:02 1

65. OnlyiPhone (unregistered)


@CellularNinja look bitch why does it matter about what iPhone is doing stay with your Android and be happy it does not matter how much you go in on iPhone people are still going to buy it. When will you realize it does not matter iPhone lovers is still going to love it mf. And furthermore if you chose any single Android phone and compare how many people have it and compare it to lets say the iPhone 4S it would be a whole lot more iPhone users than whatever Android phone you chose. Look at the stats you have at most 3 different iPhone models on sale at any given time going up against a whole slew of Android manufacturers and they still manage to do good. All in all I personally don't think Android is bad, I actually own Galaxy S3 as my employee phone because i work at Sprint, but that iPhone 4S on AT&T is where my heart is. All I'm saying is it's cool to not like iPhone, but when every iPhone article is flooding with just hatred instead of people that actually like the phone discussing what they like about the phone and other things. Android posts don't have these problems they can talk freely about Android and have minimal bashing. It's sad phonearena used to be pretty cool, but once so much iPhone hate started it went down the drain, because it is a lot of iPhone articles here.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 09:04

66. OnlyiPhone (unregistered)


@CellularNinja how you don't like iPhone when you essentially have a super sized iPhone and iPad 2. ;)

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 17:39

67. CellularNinja (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)


It's my families. I never use it... It's from work. But nice attempt to be clever. And that also shows that I have both devices and i know which one is better so thank you for that

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 21:06 1

68. OnlyiPhone (unregistered)


I have both devices as well and i think both are great, its just preference of which one you like better. Me personally I like iPhone, but i would not dare put anyone down for liking android better its their business they paid for it.

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 14:47

69. CellularNinja (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)


I am certainly not putting you down for liking iPhone, my wife and daughter have iPhones cuz that is what I suggested for them, but I am simply saying that I don't like the way many Apple fanboys (not saying you are one) go crazy and brag about certain features that other OS's already have. Yet somehowe that's innovation, and Apple rules the world! No, they don't. And I don't like the iPad at all cuz I don't see what you can do with it that you can't with the iPhone or any other smartphone. But I just feel that we are allowed to express are opinions on any article we want without people who disagree crying foul play

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 20:19

70. OnlyiPhone (unregistered)


I can understand that. But what you have to understand is iPhone users get excited about these new (or new to iPhone) features because we have to wait patiently till Apple finds a way to implement them into the iPhone to where they work smoothly and don't kill your battery. Now bragging is something different me personally i don't brag, I know android has stuff faster than iPhone, but its because the software and hardware is not made by the same company. Google releases these updates and the manufacturers have to figure out how to implement them. On the other hand Apple has to do both so they just cant release something and the features of the software don't work seamlessly then their brand is tarnished. How many times have you seen an Android phone where they didn't integrate the features of the software smoothly and you said that sucks. Apple can't afford that when they have to make software then design a phone for it to go into.

posted on 15 Sep 2012, 00:14 1

71. CellularNinja (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)


You're right. And I think it boils down to that I don't hate the product, I just really don't like the company... Any more. I used to, and I give credit where credit is do (or try to), they did revolutionize the smartphone market. But it annoys me that that still seems to be what they're riding on. And I to you it may look like a nice, fair upgrade, while I see lack of innovation. Yet they praise themselves for it.. There is nothing wrong with the product, but they sell it like it's the birth of Christ.. And that's what I don't like. So it's just perspective I guess. And you're right I really shouldn't of come in and destroyed it.

posted on 15 Sep 2012, 13:52

72. OnlyiPhone (unregistered)


Basically the things with these smartphone is they are hyped up by the media and praised for everything when no phone honestly is better than another phone it's all just preference. A phone can have the most amazing specs mankind has ever seen but different users are still not going to like it regardless.

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 06:36 1

73. CellularNinja (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)


True. Like I said it was more me directing my comments at Apple rather than the iPhone itself or iPhone users. I was more like saying "Come on Apple! These features have existed for awhile! Do something different and new."
That's what Apple used to do, always innovating in big ways. Now they're just not innovating at all or in very small ways.
But I'll give em this the iPhone 5 definitely looks nice.

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 20:18

74. OnlyiPhone (unregistered)


True all true... Apple does do somethings I question myself, but I still just like their products I just couldn't see myself with any other phone. I've just been using them for years I tried android and I just can't get with it. So I guess you can say Apple has me lol.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:24 18

6. Carlitos (Posts: 521; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Its new to them. To the rest of the world its pretty old.
4" done (better and improved Android & windows)
Design (Motorola Razr Hd/MAxx, SGS3 HTC One X)
connectivity-Almost two years ago came out on HTC thunderbolt
Battery- Note II and Razr HD/ Maxx take the cake

REVOLUTIONARY :O

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 16:23

29. remtothemax (Posts: 260; Member since: 02 May 2012)


yet none of these phones has all of this in one

revolutionary :D

it's not perfect
it's not wildly original
but nothing is

apple just sues peole like it is the source, haha

but seriously, the new iphone is going to be great
so is the new razr hd maxx and the new nokia phones and the new one x+ and the galaxy note 2

you can play caveman in your fanboy camp or you can come out into the sunshine and just be happy about how awesome it is to be shopping for a smartphone right now
except for the carrier side of things

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 18:40

47. Carlitos (Posts: 521; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Im an not a fan boy. I don't like favoriting any particular platform. I was actually looking foward for the new iphone cause I wanted to try it out.
And your first statement shows how much knowledge you have.
The SGS3 had every single aspect I mentioned above so does the Note 2, Razr HD/Maxx Nokia Lumia 920.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 22:35 1

59. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


The RAZR Maxx has all those. I think the GS3 has a better talk time than the iPhone 5. Without a monster battery like the Maxx.

Panorama camera mode...that been out. Came with my Droid X1. Pretty sure the Maxx and GS3 has it, maybe One X.

Pretty sure the GS3 and One X has most if not all the features of the iPhone 5 as of right now. The main features anyway.

Yea.....Android out innovated Apple and the iPhone on the hardware side...maybe 2 years ago. Their major claim to fame then...Retina Display. Thats old news now...shouldn't have been a major thing then, with many Win Mo and Android phones having a higher screen res, ppi than the 3GS.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 15:49 2

20. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Yep. Android phones have everything that this has, but the thinness of the device is actually pretty cool.
I'll have to see how the A6 benchmarks do, but either way, the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 with Adreno 320 GPU still completely eliminates anything that lives and breathes in speed and graphics quality, bar none.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 16:25

32. remtothemax (Posts: 260; Member since: 02 May 2012)


since all of us 90% of the time absolutely must have extreme procesing and graphics or we won't be able to carry out functions like texting, reading mail, surfing the net, or calendering
can't do that on slower processors, nope

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 16:34 1

37. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


It's not about that. It's about enhancement of technology. If we all stayed at smartphones with dual-core low power processors good enough for just texting, browsing, etc, then we won't make any advancements.
Also, for good gaming, you want a good processor. Can't do that on slower processors. Nope.

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