Apple iPhone 5 first reviews recap

Apple iPhone 5 first reviews recap
The iPhone 5 is coming in just a couple of days but the reviews are already up and ready to help you make up your mind. And most reviewers agree that Apple has managed to brilliantly update its iPhone lineup once again catering to virtually all users’ needs: a bigger screen and 4G LTE connectivity yet with a thinner and lighter new iPhone, which lasts just as long as before.

The new iPhone 5 is coming with a brand new design with an aluminum instead of glass back, but the biggest shocker for everyone who got to spend time with it is just how light the device feels. Yet Apple’s premium choice of materials makes it feel exceptionally sturdy. Kudos to Jony Ive and his team once again.

The new 4-inch screen is taller but not wider. For most reviewers that was a great new addition, but - fair enough - some mention that reading, browsing and watching movies on larger displays is a much more enjoyable experience. The downside of those bigger screens? They are not that easy to operate with one hand and might look just a bit too big when held in public.

There are two annoyances most reviewers share about the iPhone 5. The first one is the letterboxed apps. What are those? With the increased screen size, Apple is still supporting older third-party applications but it’s not automatically stretching them to fit the screen, but instead puts two black bars on top and bottom, a letterbox, much like iPhone apps appear on the iPad. After time, some of the nearly 700,000 apps on the App Store will be updated to fit the 4-inch screen, but right now this is definitely an inconvenience.

Another big annoyance for most in the tech press was the change of connectors. Apple’s new 8-pin Lightning connector is smaller and more comfortable to use (it’s reversible, plugs on both sides), but it requires a $30 adaptor to work with your existing accessories. Have a couple of them? Get ready to spend almost as much on adaptors as you did on the phone. Still, it’s a painful but necessary progress.

Software-wise, you get iOS 6 which is a small, gradual improvement of iOS that will be remembered for growing more distanced from Google apps like YouTube and Maps, both of which are absent now. Apple is instead bringing its own Maps solution, but it’s not as good and might be one of the few disappointments users have with their new iPhone.

But those could easily be shelved as the iPhone 5 easily gets most reviewers whole-hearted recommendation as one of the best phones available on the market right now.

So here’s what the reviews say, every one with an own unique perspective.

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iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)

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46 Comments

1. hateftotti

Posts: 225; Member since: May 03, 2011

So you can see everyone just said that it is the best iphone yet.It is far from the best phone on the market;))

23. Peter98

Posts: 119; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

Oops. I liked it wrongly. I should dislike...

29. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

''and better than just about any other smartphone.'' that my friend is the review from cbc news

34. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Someone stated that it's the nearly perfected smartphone... my only question is for whom. First the iPhone 4/S weight was praised as being solid, now it's made lighter and, again, is praised. Then there was all that commotion about 3.5" being the perfect screen size for one handed operation. Now it's 4" with unchanged bezel thickness but still lauded. The sad thing is The Verge's Motorola Droid Razr M review. They panned the "boring" design and you got the fanboys saying that at $100 the old 4S is a better buy. Ahh, choice is such a bad thing.

38. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Exactly. Exception #3, 10 and 11, who seem drunk on apple juice.

46. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Most if not all of them were fairly positive.

2. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

AnywaYs I'm neVeR gOnNa buy It! mY nexus is way better then this(leaving camera)

28. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

why 7 bullwhip thumbs down 4 me???

3. xenonn1

Posts: 19; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Where is the brand new design?did i miss something?i smell some iphone fan here

5. Veigald

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

Indeed. "Brand new design" in bold should not be a PhoneArena statement. Anyone with a pair of eyes can see this is on the opposite end of brand new.

11. caseball2051

Posts: 31; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

anyone with eyes can see that the phone has been redesigned. did they say it was drastic?......no.

13. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

so redesigned means stretched ? come off it the nokia 808 was a redesign from the n8 the samsung s3 was a redesign from the s2 this isnt a redesign , its a bigger version of the same phone

39. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

I would have to disagree with Victor H. and caseball2051. This is not a redesign of a product. The phone looks exactly like the 4s. Just cause they made it longer does not mean it's a "redesign". When Apple went from the 3gs to 4, that was a redesign. Sorry Apple fans, this is not a redesign. Shame on you media type to try and fool the Apple fan base.

44. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

I do not think the writer was trying to fool the iFans, just placate them.

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

From the 4S onward, you will see only incremental upgrades each year from Apple. Until they re-design the UI.

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

PA should put up an article asking what readers think will be in the next edition of the iPhone. My contribution for the iP5S: -Incremental improvement in the Maps app. -Improved camera function (better low light processing, multiple modes like with Android), maybe larger image sensor/more Mpixel count. -Faster GPU, possibly dedicated video RAM for better gaming experience. -Use of biometrics (finger print scan to unlock?)

12. caseball2051

Posts: 31; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

thats all weve seen since the iphone was introduced to the market. small incremental upgrades. Its almost like they release their models in beta stage (iphone 3 & 4) then release an upgraded better version (3GS, 4S).

6. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

yupe '' the biggest thing happen to iphone since iphone'' 4 inch big display and forth icon row ......................lol

8. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

I'm waiting for the 10/10 score or at least a 9.5..... LOL

10. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Why would the iP5 merit a 10/10? The UI is stale at best. Maps is a work-in-process. The screen is dinky. My prediction is no higher than 9/10.

15. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

man give this thing an 8.5 at best..... lets be real.......without the beauty of the iphone ...........it wouldnt even be worth mentioning...

19. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

The difference between 8.5 and 9.0 is really subjective on the part of the reviewer. iP4S got an 8.5, iP4 got a 9.0 from PA if memory serves. From what I have read to date, the iP5 is an improvement over the 4S, therefore my prediction of a 9.0/10 score. Dinky screen keeps it at 9.0/10, however.

30. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

i can agree with that bro.....but lets hope PA agrees with what is "right" and not go with what everyone else feels it should be because its the....... "iphone 5"....... you know what im saying?

22. Peter27

Posts: 233; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Xperia - my apology Thumbed you down by mistake.

45. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

Agreed. The screen resoultion no longer leads, even with a relatively smaller 4 in. screen. The lack of NFC, or wireless charging, or ground breaking camera make it rather bland. All in all, it's only thin and light. Not bad traits...but not groundbreaking. The new iPhone makes the iPhone 4S a very good deal for those captured within the iPhone ecosystem.

9. sasch

Posts: 40; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

I loved the iPhone always did. But I loved every other good phone out there as well, Galaxy sII, , IPhone 4s, Galaxy Nexus, Moto Razr, Samsung galaxy s3. I will get the IPhone 5 Friday. I hear all this moaning and complaining about the IPhone yet there are 2-5 million phones sold before the phone is actually o the Marked yes it in not the most innovative Phone in the World, if you go buy the screen size, yet they made a phone what has been sold 30 million times in the USA alone even lighter thinner and quicker, so you do the math. I think it is a cool phone for now, but I am sure I get bored of it rather sooner than later, just hope that they make the next generation Samsung Galaxy, better build and better in the Texting Department, as this is really frustrating.

16. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

man GROW UP! those sales numbers only mean that YOU and everybody else out there are indeed, either hooked into the ecosystem and spent to much money to go else where.....or you are just BLIND and the media is pretty influencing you choices! because no matter what flaws this damn phone has, you and every other ifan was going to buy this phone BEFORE it was ever assembled...........thats why the predictions are always true about it being "record" breaking.......why? because YOU HAVE NOOOO CHOICE but to buy the newest iphone available.........it really is a shame that you dont see it that way... the author of the this even says how much of an inconvience this phoen is (money wise) with the adapters and all........but you STILL DONT CARE because as long as its apple........it must be right

21. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

Call of duty has record breaking sales each year for FPS games.......but does that mean its better than Battlefield 3? not unless you're a "blind" fanboy it isnt or just someone who can be "honest" with them selves and not afraid to tell everyone else IT IS INDEED BETTER!

35. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I still battlefield bad company 2 and battlefield 3, guess where my modern warfare 3 is? collecting dust.

41. rigz1381

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Choice is an excellent thing. There isn't anything WRONG with the other phones, reviewers just agree the iPhone is the best to use...for the masses. The masses are BLIND, they just want something that is fairly reliable. People who say the iPhone "isn't complex enough", doesn't have "originality" are making Apple's point. They produce a phone that can be used easily enough with some of the best specs for a 10 year old and a 70 year old. KISS - Keep It Simple Stupid!

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