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Apple iPhone 5 Review

0. phoneArena 22 Sep 2012, 17:25 posted on

Interestingly enough this time around, it seems as though Apple is the one that’s actually catching up to the competition, since they’ve finally brought a bigger screen and speedy 4G LTE connectivity to the iPhone 5 – while continuing to improve with a retooled camera lens and new chipset. Add in that it’s flaunting a new design, though still ...

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posted on 23 Sep 2012, 00:01 1

231. Kevin0988 (Posts: 12; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)

at least better than plastic and ugly $3.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 18:28 2

74. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

i think it was a good review. this should have it's 9 because it is genuinely a nice phone but this stale iteration of iOS shouldn't get any more passes. iOS 7 better bring some freshly immense changes to the platform or there's going to be a problem because who knows what Key Lime Pie and WP8.x will bring. i think Apple kind of missed the point of why we want a larger screen though. i don't think the benefits outweigh the inconvenience this is going to be for iOS developers. since the display is only taller there's going to be no difference in the typing experience unless you go to landscape which is a shame because that's always the thing that turns me off the most when using an iPhone. i think Apple's Thumb Ratio Philosophy is pretty flawed. i've noticed three different ways i use my phone when i actually pay attention to it. the one handed way that Apple seems to be paying so much attention to, the cradling my phone with my left hand while i actually operate it with my right hand way and the two handed typing way. 2 of these ways benefit more from having a wider display and also i know i may have large hands but they're not much larger than the average size and when i'm holding the phone at a 120-130 degree angle (90 degrees being the tip of my middle finger) with the bottom right corner being pressed into the middle of my palm by my fingers which seems pretty normal to me, i have the entire length of my thumb and also the part of the palm where the metacarpal for my thumb is (i forget what it's called. xD) that can fold in slightly and extend my thumb even further. i can definitely use this Galaxy Nexus with one hand comfortably and it has a 4.65" display. i think Apple is holding it wrong...

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 18:34 1

84. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3108; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

Design wise, it is a huge improvement. Bigger display, great camera, great battery life, great design in general. However the iPhone's biggest problem is with IOS itself. It's so boring and old now. Please Apple, you put a very powerful processor on it and yet IOS is the same old boring limited software, bring something new to the table. ICS was the true begining of the android revolution and it just gets much better with JB. You need to counter attack it, not with lawsuits, that is.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 18:37 5

89. Mozarrt (Posts: 301; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)

People like iOS, Apple has managed to build a unique interface which is adored by millions. Of course you can prefer the more customizable Android or the Live Tiles on Windows Phone, but for most people their is absolutely nothing wrong with iOS.

You never change a winning formula.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 18:49 1

99. binerry (Posts: 99; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)

Which explains why Android is always changing through its releases. And no, android fans, I'm not referring to the customized UI by different manufacturers.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 19:00 1

114. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)

yeah... and yet look at android 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 they changed very little

and look at android 4.0, 4.1.
and you talk about change?

shouldn't change be evolving.

I gotta admit. IOS would be seriously compelling for people who just want their phones to work(like my mom).

android phones are designed for techy people(though nontechy people can use it just fine)

although i find IOS really bland and boring, but its also fast, responsive and it just "works", unlike *some* android phones(notice i didn't say galaxy s III)

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 18:54

104. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

you can have too much of a good thing though and before you get your knickers in a knock i just mean the SAME good thing. keep eating cookies for 6 years and i'm pretty sure you'd be ready for a nice bowl of ice cream or a good fruit...

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 19:44

151. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

lol, i said knock, i meant knot. xD

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 18:54 5

103. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)

I know that fandroids will thumb me down but... this is actually pretty awesome and could compare to the top android phones...

during 2011...

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 18:56 1

106. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

no thumbs down from me. xD
i like the new iPhone even though this should've been what came out last year and i still think iOS kind of blows.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 18:56 1

108. Jphones (Posts: 235; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

How is In-cell touchscreen note worthy if you can't tell the difference? an come on every part of the review the words "the same" are used and this got a 9 so they change the chip and add a masterful innovative 5 row of icons and its a 9. wow we all knew this horrible review was coming bigger let down than the phone itself

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 18:58 1

111. osanilevich (Posts: 284; Member since: 29 Sep 2009)

all in all it's an alright phone. I'd give it an 8-8.5. Since there is only one type, Apple managed to get all the components (processor etc.) running smoothely. However, IOS is really old (both outdated and stale) and it really enrages me how these blind IOS followers will buy anything Apple makes. Perhaps if Apple fanboys didn't manage to become some kind of religious cult and buy everything Apple makes, Apple would SERIOUSLY revamp IOS (like bringing in new features that actually mean something, not useless maps and siri updates)

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 18:58 4

112. cristianer (Posts: 42; Member since: 20 Aug 2010)

WTF! 9 points ?? Oh my...

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 19:08 4

121. driveme (Posts: 26; Member since: 16 May 2012)

I dont care if it' the best phone ever created by mankind, it's still an apple and for that reason alone I would never own one or use one. Apple is a company I will never support with my business.Their willingness to sue any company who makes a decent phone becasue they think they have created the smart phone and therefore own the rights to it is insane. No thank you. I would rather use a paper cup and a string, or did they create that to.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 19:29 3

134. amiaq (Posts: 509; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)

iphone5 looks funny

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 19:29 3

135. albie1937 (Posts: 19; Member since: 05 Feb 2012)

Went into Best Buy to see whats the deal with the iphone 5. I was disappointed. The phone was too small and it looks like the 4s. They had the 4s and 5 side by side. People were better off keepjng the 4s because Apple will release the iPhone 5s next year. I like ios but will stay with Android. My international Galaxy Note GT-N7000 makes the iphone look like a toy. The Galaxy Note 2 will put the iphone 5 fanboys to rest come next month.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 21:14 2

200. jimjam (Posts: 257; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)

Well you are going to think the iphone is small when you lug a note around!!

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 20:14 5

170. Hallucinator (Posts: 359; Member since: 24 May 2010)

Omg. A non android phone got a good score. I can't live like this!! Quit being so pathetic you guys. You are a sad sad group of people.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 20:43 3

182. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

+1 is for the Apple Tattoo. So effectively 8/10 for device.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 21:12 2

197. jimjam (Posts: 257; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)

It is sad when reviewers have to just sing and praise the newest iphone just because it is a iphone.

There is no doubt that there are major weaknesses in the iphone and ios. EG IOS sucks at playing back a wide variety of local videos, can't do things like play amazon video via the browser because of no flash ability, is still a relatively small screen for watching videos, has to be jailbroken to customize, lacks a proper file manager for ease of file manipulation,lacks a range of different hardware so people can be different etc.

There is no denying the iphone is a great smartphone but come on it isn't without its flaws.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 21:12 4

198. Motatrola (Posts: 33; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)

I'm so glad this is out now, it's going to crush every Android phone on the planet!

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 21:17

202. Heretic (Posts: 18; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)

If it wasn't for a lack of removable memory i'd make the 5 my first smartphone. iCloud? No thanks. I'll take responsibility for storing my data.

The htc incredible 4 looks more and more like becoming my first smartphone. I hope vzw will have a holiday special such as "free" with a new contract, or buy 1 get 1 free with a new contract.

We'll see.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 21:50

208. predator93 (Posts: 122; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

I feel 9/10 is a fair score considering the target audience. But I don't understand why lack of bluetooth ftp, usb mass storage, micro sd slot and removable battery are not mentioned in the cons.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 22:01 1

209. LodeStar (Posts: 28; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)

it would nice for phonearena to give it perfect 10.. they love it specially ray s. lol

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 22:34

211. toyds123 (Posts: 28; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

id say this is pretty bias. not an android fan, you see, when they review other phones, they say "screen not big enough for competition blah blah blah", i dont see it here,l. "mediocre battery life", neither did i see that here. the 4s has a terrible battery life. and the maps? check 9gag. its being bashed all over the place. more? hmmm.. ahh! usually they would say, dual core processor not on par with the already equipped quad-core phones. nope didnt see that either. in others, you would see those. just unfair. i dont care if they say it doesnt affect the performance. others still have those flaws mentioned. not a fan of anything. when i read this review, i felt like apple paid PA to give them a nice high review. putting others aside. Thats just how I see apple now, Gold digger.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 22:50

214. THE_RAY (Posts: 27; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

I just want the other phones to get the same love too when they do marginal upgrades.........how can the design be a plus when it looks exactly the same??????????

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 22:54

215. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)

the whole first page of the review is just LOL! the way it was written is as if he saw a famous celebrity or something and he was awe struck! get ur s**t tgt, the iPhone 5 is just a longer iPhone, nth spectacular about its design

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 23:49

220. sportsinger75 (Posts: 71; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)

Great review John. I'm really impressed with the phone so far since I've had it, dare I say I like it more than my Galaxy SIII. It's really the perfect size for one-handed use and it's platform experience is really consistent, something you don't see, even on the Galaxy SIII at times. I'm surprised at the amount of Apple haters here though... Why not just love all devices?

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 11:15

281. binerry (Posts: 99; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)

The android fans here wish the site was named AndroidArena, but forget its PhoneArena, so they cry about it.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 17:05

314. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

same back to you anyone criticise's the iphone and you cry and straight away attack android even if it wasn't brought up so your just as bad as those you complain about

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 23:52 1

223. Scorpion (Posts: 103; Member since: 28 Apr 2012)

Call me an Android fan boy if you like, but if I take the same features in "Just another" Android phone - it wouldn't get 9/10 anywhere today. 4 inch? Panorama? Dual-Core? Galaxy S II? And I haven't seen SONY handsets getting all 9/10's because they have tradtion of design. A good, balanced, great working phone shouldn't get a 9 unless it brings something unique to the table. UI's don't count, because it's a matter of taste.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 23:56

227. AndroidShiz (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)

The iPhone is awesome for the average iPhoner.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMsLArefSOw&feature=context-gflo

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 00:02 3

232. SammyK300 (Posts: 6; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

International One X got a 7.8 what a joke.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 00:25 2

234. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)

Im an android guy myself but lets be real here. The iPhone 5's chipset scored exceptionally well in recent benchmarks for internet browsing and GPU performance. And everyone is reporting that call quality, which has been a big weakness in the past is now one of its best strengths. The build quality and feel is premium as it usually is. And the display is bigger and just as sharp.

It deserves a 9/10.

But personally I think that iOS6 is the biggest disappointment here. Apple has kept the hardware up to snuff but the software is seriously dated, and they have been borrowing on ques from Android for several years instead of coming up with new software features themselves. Its pretty sad really.

That and the 1440 mah battery. Android users know well the woes of LTE connectivity; and while a brand new iPhone 5 might go a full day with LTE, a year down the road it could be a whole different story.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 00:42

235. mukrenol (Posts: 90; Member since: 03 Sep 2011)

I thank you john v for not being as bias as some at PA. I can have a more realistic view of the device... surely, to me this is just a catchup device that apple has made. Totally not the same as when Steve job was still around...tho i dislike him personally but Steve job seems to have a better vision of what will work.... this new iphone is.. not good compared to old ones, no more wow factor other than... the new map, haha

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 01:17

238. aoikemono27 (Posts: 177; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

Everything Apple makes is EVILLLLL!!!!

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 01:38

240. pandambaba (Posts: 28; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)

simplicity is beauty. that's why i like iphones. can't wait till my shipment gets here!

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 01:39 1

241. Lakuta (Posts: 17; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)

nice review....love the iPhone5
but why so many fansdroid in this article???

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 17:06

315. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

there here to reply to the ifans who slag off android for no reason

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 01:40 2

242. flipjzn (Posts: 256; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)

It's just a phone, I don't think it's worth the emotional distress.
I understand the 9/10 rating bcoz "knowing" how Apple is, the iPhone 5 is a good one.
Some people likes iPhone bcoz it works they way it should.
Some people don't like it bcoz you can tinker with it, you can't personalize it.
Perhaps the so called ifools, dumb sheeps are just supporting the US products. They like to help their economy in their own little way.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 02:38

247. onggeo (Posts: 30; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)

Apple is known to make premium devices which basically just works (except maps lol). I personally don't like the design of the 5. It looks goofy being longer and not changing the width. It doesn't look well proportioned for me. But I think a 9/10 is okay, personally I'd score it around 8.5. What I don't like is how flowery PA reviewed the iPhone 5. The intro alone was as long as some reviews of Android phones. And though they mentioned some of the negatives of the iPhone, for me they exaggerated a bit when mentioning positives of the phone.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 02:40

248. plyfulgentleman (Posts: 43; Member since: 17 Jul 2008)

Innovation, I dont think so... ok lets check it 4in screen check, lost the back glass display check, 4g LTE check, and finally apple maps check...okay minor tweaks I will not mention cuz its too minuscule...most of.these inhancements were on android 2.3 released almost 1 1/2 years ago...dont tell.me your innovating when.clearly your not. More like playing catch up to me...sorry but iphone 5...im gonna pass check that...

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 02:43

250. plyfulgentleman (Posts: 43; Member since: 17 Jul 2008)

...and another wtf...ios 6 looks like previous ios 5, just bcuz you got apple maps dont make it a new series bump. More like ios 5.1. Come on people wake up...seems like the walking iDeads...lol

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 03:54

252. tiara6918 (Posts: 2036; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

I don't mind the rating of 9/10 for the iPhone 5 but if you'll be comparing it with the scores of other better and competing smartphones then I'm not really that satisfied. By the way,where is the video for the iPhone 5 ?

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 04:26

256. kenemu (Posts: 19; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)

i wont go that far as to say this is a biased review,however,if ip5 deserves 9,then i would expect most high end android devices derserve the same score!,but it never happens,ray please explain ! the pathetic fact is that apart an upgrade of screen size,i dont see any worth mentioning of innovations associated with it, e.g. same boring os,same closed system, these two cons alone would deserve -2 already. iam sure the hypes will dwindle soon,and apples doomed in 2yrs

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 05:46 2

260. shabbir_ene (Posts: 10; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)

hi... on the whole iphone 5 is much better than iphone 4s and worth having it

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 07:07 1

262. jibraihimi (Posts: 760; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)

Now after reading reviews on Engadget, phonearena and other sites, I had made up my mind that I will not upgrde to iPhone 5, iPhone 4s is okay with me for now............ But I have to make my up mind between LG Optimus G, Samsung Note 2 and Nokia lumia 920; I'm whole lotta confused that which phone should I select as my new phone..........????
And ya next yrs. iPhone 5s will have NFC and 13MP camera, then also ifans will line up in numbers to upgrde.............

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 07:41

263. Shino (banned) (Posts: 196; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)

This iP5 just kicks ass! It deserves 11 ottta 10, no exaggeration!

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 17:11

301. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

if this comment makes its way through your cloud of apple delusion then just wanted to say get a grip you extreme case of fanboyism

its lucky it got 9 in my opinion seeing as little as changed

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 08:50

266. REYNER (Posts: 187; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

so is this mean that SGIII is better than Iphone 5? how i hope they emphasize what is the edge of sgIII. sgII got 9.3 while this one is just 9

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 08:51 2

267. FranksGT (Posts: 167; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)

The only reason I would buy this is to resale it and make money. Period to end.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 17:09

300. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

so the only reason you would buy this is to sell it...............why not just not buy it and save money

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 08:54 5

269. jellmoo (Posts: 1590; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

I'm not an iPhone guy, but the anti-iPhone vitriol coming off in these comments is ridiculous. Not liking the phone or the company making it on a personal level is fine, but that doesn't invalidate it completely as a product. There's a really weird sort of circular logic involved in most complaints:

Anti-iPhone: It has 2011 specs!
Rebuttal: Those specs out benchmark every other device available today.
Anti-iPhone: Yeah, but other phones will be coming out in the future that will beat it.
Rebuttal: How is that different than the situation with every phone? Eventually a new winner will emerge.
Anti-iPhone: But it has no innovation. It's just an evolution over the previous device.
Rebuttal: How is this different than the Galaxy S3? Evolution not innovation.

There is a reason that Apple is going to sell a gazillion of these. It's not all marketing and hype, many people truly believe that this is the best device for them. Calling them iSheep or what not as though you are completely right and they are completely wrong is egotistical to the extreme. Disagree with the score, by all means, and provide legitimate thoughts and discussion as to why you think the score is unwarranted (as many people have). But make the discussion meaningful. A lot of the comments here are as "fanboyish" and "sheep-like" as they accuse iPhone fans of being.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 09:18 1

271. ramoman (Posts: 18; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

u give this mobile 9 and give the xperia t 8 why i feel there is something wrong omg!!1

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 10:14

274. AeroPrime (Posts: 175; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)

You got to be kidding me! a nine.... sigh!

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 11:05

277. Aaron_R96 (Posts: 198; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)

"Simply, it oozes in every aspect with a genuine love for design that’s unmatched by any other smartphone maker."

One word - Sony.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 11:35 2

286. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)

If the iPhone 5 is really the fastest phone ever made, it wouldn't kill me to at least consider the phone (hopefully :/ )

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 12:05

288. app_droid_soft (Posts: 42; Member since: 09 Sep 2012)

I understood why apple gives a pair of stickers...to cover our eyes(as we have blindly brought an iDevice)

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 13:06 2

291. sebaa (Posts: 28; Member since: 30 Jun 2009)

Ha, the camera is from SONY , take that, visit gsmarena form more info, best photos sony end nokia.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 16:05

296. pandambaba (Posts: 28; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)

after coming from a droid x for 2 years.. i don't mind having my iphone 5 even if it is smaller just because of the fact that it's simple, looks great, and works like it's supposed to. i get so tired of android hiccups and the fact that as soon as you buy the "latest and greatest" moto phone, there's a new one 2 months later. it's a shame, too because the droid x has an amazing build quality. if motorola used their talent with making phones as thin and durable as they do and released one flagship phone annually, while still releasing other mid range variants, like samsung, they could dominate. they could be the go-to android phone instead of the cheap plastic s 3.

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