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Apple iPhone 5 Review

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Above the surface, we’ve come to appreciate the new design that Apple bestowed upon its latest iPhone – and without doubt, it’s refreshing to say the least. However, beneath the water, there’s the matter of its software experience, which as we all know by now, is none other than Apple’s retooled iOS 6 experience. So what can we say about it on the iPhone 5? Well people, if you haven’t checked out our review of iOS 6, it’s worth checking out to get up to snuff with the new features. Here’s the thing, it’s visually identical to all previous versions of iOS – though, it’s been updated with some new tangible features (some being removed as well) that make the experience a pleasure to use.

When compared to its rivals, iOS 6 is visually boring looking with its typical grid-like icons taking hostage of its homescreen. Certainly, it was a revolutionary thing to see back in 2007 when it first came to light, but when it’s pitted against some of the graphically intensive UIs of other platforms, it doesn’t particularly come off as eye-catching. However, the rehashed style of the interface is exactly what makes it an iconic (no pun here folks) experience – something that people have come to accept at this point. Now this time around, the larger display provides for an additional row of icons in the homescreen, making the total stand at 5 rows versus the previous 4. Essentially, the look and feel of iOS 6 favors ease of use and simplicity more than visual flare. So yes, it’s a platform that’s uncomplicated, has a low learning curve, and is timely succinct.

When compared to its rivals, iOS 6 is visually boring looking - Apple iPhone 5 Review
When compared to its rivals, iOS 6 is visually boring looking - Apple iPhone 5 Review
When compared to its rivals, iOS 6 is visually boring looking - Apple iPhone 5 Review
The notification panel - When compared to its rivals, iOS 6 is visually boring looking - Apple iPhone 5 Review
   

The notification panel

When compared to its rivals, iOS 6 is visually boring looking


As we’ve said, there’s not a whole lot new with the presentation of iOS 6, but there are some useful new features littered around to make it a pleasant experience. First and foremost, we now get Facebook integration throughout the platform – and even better, the notifications panel gives us access to posting messages to either Facebook or Twitter. However, there’s nothing else new found with the iPhone 5’s notification system. Secondly, Siri has been upgraded as well to provide additional enhancements that no doubt come off as entertaining at times. Specifically, Siri is now equipped in providing details surround restaurants, sports, news, and movies. In fact, Siri is smart enough to hone into our GPS location to pinpoint what movie theaters are playing around the area – with detailed info regarding playing times and the synopsis of the flicks. Indeed, it’s amusing and all, especially when it’s fairly accurate with its voice recognition.

Siri has been upgraded - Apple iPhone 5 Review
Siri has been upgraded - Apple iPhone 5 Review
Siri has been upgraded - Apple iPhone 5 Review

Siri has been upgraded


With the rest of the new features of iOS 6, they’re mainly subtle visual changes that differentiate the platform’s style – such as the new layout of the dial pad and faint increase of the display’s brightness as it’s turned on. From the onset, there are still many apps that haven’t been updated or optimized to take advantage of the larger display, which results in black bars on the top and bottom of the apps. Nonetheless, it’s only a matter of time before they’re updated. Overall, the iOS 6 experience is appreciable enough to tide us over for another year, but it’s desperately in need of a major visual overhaul to keep it attractive amongst other things out there. It’s easy, so that’s partly the reason for its humble styling.


Functionality:

Looking over at the many core organizer apps of the iPhone 5, it’s pretty obvious that there’s nothing new whatsoever with them – both in presentation and in functionality. For example, as we peer at most of its core organizer apps, which consists of Contacts, Stocks, Weather, Notes, Clock, Calculator, and Reminders, they’re identical to Apple’s last effort. However, since there’s now a larger display in tow with the smartphone, we’re able to see more content at once – meaning, there’s less scrolling involved. Despite their unchanged looks and functions, they’re of course more than practical to use.

Some of the core organizer apps - Apple iPhone 5 Review
Some of the core organizer apps - Apple iPhone 5 Review
Some of the core organizer apps - Apple iPhone 5 Review
Some of the core organizer apps - Apple iPhone 5 Review

Some of the core organizer apps


Far from having the deep productivity aspects of Android’s Gmail experience, the Email app of the iPhone 5 is still practical enough to use to keep us busy on the road organizing stuff. Even though the layout remains largely intact, the only recognizable standout is the new the refresh function that’s done by pulling down on the column and letting go. Otherwise, everything from before is still here – like its universal inbox and easy setup process. Though, it would’ve been nice to see a “select all” function to clear out our unwanted emails.

The Email app of the iPhone 5 is still practical - Apple iPhone 5 Review
The Email app of the iPhone 5 is still practical - Apple iPhone 5 Review
The Email app of the iPhone 5 is still practical - Apple iPhone 5 Review

The Email app of the iPhone 5 is still practical


We’ve always been happy with the messaging experience with the iPhone, since its responsiveness and killer auto-correct feature makes for one satisfying experience. Well people, there isn’t much new here again aside from the more spacious layout of its landscape option, which is due to the larger display on board. Relying on the portrait option, there’s nothing out of character, as we’re able to type at a fanatical rate without worries – partly thanks to its superb auto-correct feature of course. Alternatively, we can rely on Siri to jot down our message by simply speaking them, and for the most part, she adheres properly to every spoken word.

The on-screen keyboards - Apple iPhone 5 Review
The on-screen keyboards - Apple iPhone 5 Review

The on-screen keyboards



Processor and Memory:

Realizing it more than ever, especially when its rivals tout their fancy schmancy processors, Apple has this other approach when it comes to raw processing power – its real-world performance over specs. To tell you the truth, we really don’t need to know what’s ticking on the inside of this baby, as its brisk performance in all areas is reason enough to win us over. Well, just for those curious out there, the iPhone 5 is packing along Apple’s new A6 chipset, which is of the dual-core variety coupled with 1GB of RAM. Can we say that it’s simply marvelous with all its operations? From opening up apps, playing games, to moving about its homescreen, everything, and we everything is accompanied with fluid executions with very few instances of any hiccups – then again, the platform isn’t graphically as demanding as its rivals. Nevertheless, we’re soundly satisfied with the flattering and smooth performance of the handset.

In a way, we’re not particularly shocked by the revelation, since it’s been what we’ve been exposed to for a while now, but we were still crossing our fingers in hopes of seeing larger storage capacities with the iPhone 5. Alas, that’s not the case, as we’re again presented with 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities. Needless to say, you can quickly fill the handset up if you’re not cautious on what you save, since there’s no expandable memory.


Internet and Connectivity:

Well, what do we have here? It’s an iPhone outfitted with the comforts of 4G LTE connectivity in tow! Yes people, the iPhone 5 has finally taken the plunge in offering the next-generation data connection, which soundly goes to show it’s finally meeting up with the rest of the world. Naturally, the speedy connection complements the already existing wonderful experience of mobile Safari, but there isn’t much of a change this time around except that the browser takes advantage of the extra real estate of the display by offering a full-screen mode. Meanwhile, we’re greeted with Safari’s oh-so sweet fluid navigational controls and instantaneous renders of complex pages. So yeah, the 4G LTE connection will no doubt appease many people!

Browsing the net - Apple iPhone 5 Review
Browsing the net - Apple iPhone 5 Review
Browsing the net - Apple iPhone 5 Review
Browsing the net - Apple iPhone 5 Review

Browsing the net


Unlike last year’s model, which relied on a single unit being manufactured to accommodate all three major carriers, Apple has decided to make three variants of the iPhone 5 to make it compatible with the various 4G LTE networks around. Specifically, there’s one model to support AT&T’s LTE network, another one that’s compatible with the LTE networks of Sprint and Verizon, and a third one to handle the LTE networks in Europe and Asia. As for the other connectivity options on board with the iPhone 5, they consist of the usual suspects – these include aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot (you’ll need to subscribe to gain the feature). Noticeably absent is NFC, which some might find peculiar as many competing handset feature it, but rather, Apple is banking on its Passbook app as an alternative solution.

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posted on 22 Sep 2012, 17:32 73

1. dr_fajardo12 (Posts: 118; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


hahahahahahahaha

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 18:53 16

102. Connie.Linghus (banned) (Posts: 32; Member since: 14 Aug 2012)


No worries, the review is just biAsed iCaca.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 13:28

292. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


That's right Miss-A-Linghus, you tell em'!

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 17:30 1

321. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


Hear me out folks. According to PA's measurements:-

Volume of iPhone 4S:- 62.78 cc
Volume of iPhone 5 :- 55.14 cc

Even though I hate Apple(due to their lawsuits), I have to commend them for this improvement.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 07:08

347. Jigar99 (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Feb 2013)


I have a white iphone 5. I want this iphone wallpaper please......

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 23:43 23

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


iPhone had aluminium design much better than galaxy s3 plastic.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 08:09 11

264. amir1975 (Posts: 22; Member since: 18 Aug 2012)


this is not a big advantage buddy! Satisfaction talks : 9.3 against 9. it means Apple sucks!!

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 13:05 4

290. furious00 (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Sep 2012)


Ummm...both The Verge and Engadget have the iPhone 5 scoring higher. So suck on that.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 08:13 15

265. amir1975 (Posts: 22; Member since: 18 Aug 2012)


Yes it's a truth! you have paid MUCH more than any other phone, but you've got LESS.
it's APPLE !!

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 15:21 6

310. efdalemre (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


more like Half an Apple :)

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 03:01 1

327. Miley_3d (Posts: 16; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)


i agree with U.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 11:33 1

285. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


They just have to change the design, software UI and maps and PA will give it a 10. No offence but if other phones are getting so low scores (like Optimus G, International One X, Lumia 920) this is what I have to say.

According to me they only need to change the Design of the Phone, Change the software UI, replace Apple Maps with Google Maps, Make the UI more customizable and they will have a real winner on their hands.

Plus also add a microSD slot and a universal USB connector instead of that dopey proprietary connector.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 11:39

287. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


I did not mean the Optimus G(it hasn't been reviewed yet). And I meant Lumia 900.

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 23:29

322. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


I just thought of something.
Moto RAZR MAXX => Apple iPhone 5 MAXX with a bigger battery and 8.6 mm thickness.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 17:35 22

2. satanrules (Posts: 19; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


The best iPhone yet. However you wanna look at it.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 17:40 17

9. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Like we were expecting it to be the worst?

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 17:42 18

12. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


o we know its worse....

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 17:40 16

10. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I agree, this one is better than 4 or 4S.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 18:26 7

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


I would hope so.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 04:06 3

253. Retro-touch (Posts: 273; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Award for the most obvious comment!!!!
But not the best phone in the world, I still think the SGS2 is better than SGS3 (cheap plastic) and if the 3 looked like the HTC One X with the features and specs it has it would be the ultimate phone, removable battery and sdcard of course

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 08:52 7

268. satanrules (Posts: 19; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Isn't there always something missing?

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 17:35 2

3. Carlitos (Posts: 520; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Wow, i was really expecting some solid news for the battery and it does not seem good. If the battery is just the same as the 4s on 3g, 4g LTE is going to take its hit. Its going to be rather ironic, that up to a year or so ago, iphones had pretty solid battery performance compared to many android and it now seems to be switching places.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 17:57 4

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


Engadget tested with an LTE looped video, with wifi and Bluetooth on, and it got 10 minutes less than the Droid Razr Maxx.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 18:05 1

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


what are you talking about? you're gonna have to link us to that one.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 18:12 5

44. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


It's true

http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/18/apple-iphone-5-review/

"On our standard battery rundown test, in which we loop a video with LTE and WiFi enabled and social accounts pinging at regular intervals, the iPhone 5 managed a hugely impressive 11 hours and 15 minutes. That's just 10 minutes shy of the Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx."

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 18:31 1

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


wow, and this has what? a pair of 32nm cores? is there any word on what the mAh-age is? imagine how good the MAXX HD is going to be...good googly moogly, it's simply mouth watering.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 18:39 1

92. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


A pair of 32nm cores at 1 GHz and a tri-core GPU; the battery is 1,440 mAh if I'm not mistaken.

I haven't seen you around here lately King, and I just mentioned you in a comment not too long ago!

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 19:07 1

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


only 1,440mAh? there must be some special sauce at work here. yeah, i saw that article. it's believed to be a PowerVR SGX543(MP3) if i'm not mistaken. i didn't even know there was such a thing... xD

i've been here and there. i don't really participate in a lot of the over active articles surrounding the iPhone but i do like to give my 2 cents in the articles like this that really matter.

oh yeah? i think we think a lot alike Bezerk. c:

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 19:17 6

127. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Apple advertised in their announcement that they made some special software optimizations to improve battery life, they didn't exactly specify, but it sure did work whatever it was.

Neither do I, I actually tend to stay away from PA when there's an Apple product release, to bypass the iDevice flood. But this time around I decided to stick around and straighten some people up where I can. A mans work is never done...

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 19:31 4

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


true dat, this site needs more people like you.

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Display4.0 inches, 640 x 1136 pixels (326 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz, Apple Swift processor
1 GB RAM
Size4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 inches
(123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm)
3.95 oz  (112 g)

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