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Apple iPhone 5 Review

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Flaunting a still clean looking camera interface, iOS 6 brings forth a new panorama shooting mode that Apple states as potentially sizing up to as much as 28-megapixels. Aside from that, everything else has is still intact that we know and love by now – like touch focus/exposure, HDR mode, AE/AF lock, swipe to the right to get to the camera roll, and snapping photos by pressing the volume up button. Thankfully, you’ll never miss the beat with those unpredictable real-world moments, as the camera launches very quickly and gets us into snapping shots right away. In fact, its shutter speed is impeccable – meaning that fast moving objects are no match for this one.

The clean looking camera interface - Apple iPhone 5 Review
The clean looking camera interface - Apple iPhone 5 Review
The clean looking camera interface - Apple iPhone 5 Review

The clean looking camera interface


Armed with an 8-megapixel iSight camera, it doesn’t improve upon the megapixel count of its processor, but nevertheless, the addition of an improved backside illuminated sensor combined with a retooled lens coughs up even better visuals with the iPhone 5. We’ve always been satisfied with the iPhone in terms of taking photos, and rightfully so, we can continue to love it even more – especially when it’s an easy point and shoot replacement. Oh yeah, there’s also a new Panorama mode that requires us to snap the shot in portrait, where it’s then stitched together in real-time for minimal wait. And surely enough, it boasts plenty of visual treats to make it a standout and beloved new feature.

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iOS 6 brings forth a new panorama shooting mode



Winning us over is the fair amount of detail with its shots, accurate color reproduction, neutral exposure, and dreamy depth of field. With the latter, it makes for some wonderful macro shots, as the background features enough defocus to place emphasis on the detailed subject up front. Meanwhile, in low lighting conditions, the iPhone 5 continues to shine with its sharp visuals – though, we needed to mess around with its touch focus/exposure to get the best results. Nevertheless, the LED flash is potent enough to properly illuminate the scenery without distorting colors that much. However, our sole qualm with the iPhone 5 is that shots taken in complete darkness can still come out of focus, since the flash doesn’t turn on prior to the shot for proper focusing. Regardless, the iPhone 5 proves in more ways than one that it’s more than capable of relieving some point and shoots out there.

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Outdoor shots taken with Apple iPhone 5


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Likewise, the smartphone’s 1080p video recording is also favorable with its balanced quality. Of course, it excels most with outdoor sunny usage, as it has the perfect blend of sharp details, natural colors, gradual exposure, clear audio recording, and smooth capture rate of 29 frames per second to make it highly usable. Still, there’s no continuous focus with its recording, and instead, it relies on the tried and true touch focus option that has been a staple of the iPhone. Meanwhile, videos recorded in low lighting are still decent, but some evidence of noise and a lower capture speed of 24 frames per second soften the quality of its results.

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Camera speed

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Apple iPhone 5 2.7
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Much like before, there’s no change with the style and layout of the photo gallery with iOS 6. Obviously, there are some basic editing functions that are available to tweak them on the go, but this time around, we now find some additional sharing options. Seeing that Facebook is now deeply intertwined with the platform, it’s now an available share option as well in the photo gallery – in addition to the already existing options of email, text messages, photo stream, and Twitter.

Five years and counting, it’s almost crazy to say that Apple’s iPod music player is still one of the best out there on any device. At this point, it’s absolutely ready for a new overhaul with its visuals and presentation, but nevertheless, cover flow mode is still one classy looking thing to revisit. For the most part, it follows the conventional approach, but it would’ve been nice to gain access to the music player’s settings within the player – as opposed to going to the general Settings menu. As for the audio quality of its internal speaker, it emits some pleasant tones that don’t have too much strain or distortion at the loudest volume, but it lacks enough substance for it to come off as demanding.

Apple’s iPod music player is still one of the best out there on any device - Apple iPhone 5 Review
Apple’s iPod music player is still one of the best out there on any device - Apple iPhone 5 Review
Apple’s iPod music player is still one of the best out there on any device - Apple iPhone 5 Review
Apple’s iPod music player is still one of the best out there on any device - Apple iPhone 5 Review

Apple’s iPod music player is still one of the best out there on any device


Packaged along with the iPhone 5, is Apple’s brand new Earpods headphones, which appear mightily strange with its chubby looks. In terms of comfort, we’re a bit concerned due to its loose feel in the ear – probably because they’re so large in size versus other in-ear headphones. With its audio quality, however, we can’t say we’re totally blown away by them, but at the same time, we were expected something with more punch with its output.

Now that the iPhone 5 is sporting a widescreen display, it’s more ideal for watching videos than ever before. Throw in the fact that its display is wickedly sharp for the occasion, it simply makes for a resounding experience – albeit, it doesn’t quite have that polarizing experience found with some of the smartphones out there with ridiculously large displays to reel us in. Moreover, its support out of the box is fairly limited, as we’re only able to load videos encoded in MPEG-4. Despite those minor issues, we’re still content with the iPhone 5’s offering.

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Playing videos on the Apple iPhone 5



Audio output

Headphones output power (Volts)
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Software:

With the introduction of iOS 6, Apple decided to chuck Google Maps in favor of its own home-brewed maps app. Aptly titled as “Maps,” it’s by in large somewhat not as comprehensive as to what Google Maps for iOS had to offer. Sure, it runs smoothly and has all the basic elements we require, but it’s missing some important features as well – in this case, it’s transit directions. Instead, the Maps apps directs us to the App Store to select one of the featured third party offerings that provide it. In addition, there’s no longer street view available with the new Maps apps, but rather, we’re sometimes given an image of the location. However, we find comfort in knowing that there is now free voice guided turn-by-turn directions with iOS 6 – though, it’s fairly primitive in comparison to other offerings out there. And lastly, we have to admit that we’re impressed with the Flyover mode available with the Maps app, which beautifully recreates some popular cities with the aid of its 3D models. Some stay, some go, but for what Apple has to offer with this first time go, we’re content with the offerings, but we’re hoping for a quick and aggressive approach to get it up to par with the competition.

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Apple Maps - Apple iPhone 5 Review
Apple Maps - Apple iPhone 5 Review
Apple Maps - Apple iPhone 5 Review

Apple Maps


Also gone with iOS 6, is the native YouTube app of previous versions of iOS. Luckily, Google is kind enough to make a dedicated app , which can be downloaded from the App Store. Employing the same distinctive interface found with Android’s version of the YouTube app, we’re able to quickly forget about the aging iOS YouTube app from before, as this one coughs up enough versatility in getting us to watch some of our favorite viral videos. Oh yeah, the sharing function has been extended to many things – even Google+ if you have it installed!

Google's dedicated YouTube app - Apple iPhone 5 Review
Google's dedicated YouTube app - Apple iPhone 5 Review
Google's dedicated YouTube app - Apple iPhone 5 Review
Google's dedicated YouTube app - Apple iPhone 5 Review

Google's dedicated YouTube app


Knowing that Apple has decided to forgo incorporating NFC technology with the iPhone 5, some might be scratching their heads wondering what the alternative solution is for them. Well folks, there’s Passbook! Basically, it’s Apple’s way of providing a virtual wallet to its users, since it populates stored content like movie tickets, gift cards, coupons, passes, and much more. We didn’t get too much time checking it out, since there are only a handful of supported apps and services right now, so we’re curious to see how it’ll be adopted by users in the long run.

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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 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, 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 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 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, 13:28

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


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

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 15:21 6

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


more like Half an Apple :)

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 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 05 Oct 2012, 03:01 1

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


i agree with U.

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, 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, 17:40 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, 17:42 18

12. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


o we know its worse....

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: 275; 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: 537; 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: 5713; 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: 5713; 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: 5713; 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: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


true dat, this site needs more people like you.

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Camera8 megapixels
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