iPhone 5: what our writers think

iPhone 5: what our writers think
The iPhone launch is always a major event in the mobile industry. This year has not been different, as pretty much all of the attention this week was focused on the iPhone 5. We've given you plenty of coverage about the new handset, discussing every single detail of it - from the specs and the design, to the software and carrier support. However, as in every editorial team, all our writers have slightly different opinions on the matter. Who loves the new iPhone 5, and who think Apple could do much better? Let's see what our writers' personal views are...

"It's hard to not like the iPhone 5, seeing that this is the phone that everyone envisioned to be with the iPhone 4S last year. What's not to like about the new iPhone? It's bigger, sleeker, and faster than its predecessor, but even though it doesn't necessarily break the threshold, those who are already heavy invested in the iPhone's ecosystem will no doubt make the plunge of buying it. Still, with another year to go before we see the next iPhone, it'll be interesting to see how it'll stem the onslaught of competition knocking at the door."
- John V.


"Like all big events, the iPhone announcement was designed to excite the Apple fanbase, and I think it achieved that goal. The iPhone 5 is nothing revolutionary, but it's a nice hardware bump, and a nice evolution of the design. Tim Cook carefully set expectations for the hardware, so we knew what to expect, and we got it. The big problem with the package is still with iOS, where Apple hasn't done enough to upgrade the iOS experience, which is disappointing after seeing the leaps Google made with design in Ice Cream Sandwich and performance in Jelly Bean."
- Michael H.

"The presentation didn't exactly knock my socks off, but the iPhone 4S was already a solid handset and the iPhone 5 will surely be even better (especially if battery life holds up when using LTE). It's all but certain that Apple will reap the rewards of the pent up iPhone demand from the last couple months as people held off on buying the iPhone 4S, but for me the larger concern is whether Apple's choices in industrial design and (especially) operating system structure are limiting what they can do going forward. If we see an iPhone 5S next year, we will be looking at almost half a decade of shipping a phone that looks more or less identical. Will Apple continue to look like an innovator to consumers if that's the case?"
- Scott H.

"My opinion about the iPhone 5 was formed when iOS 6 was announced.  The incremental update in the OS as well as with the new hardware was more about Apple than it was about its customers.  Apple took a cautious approach while weaning the Google elements out of iOS and rounding out the social integration.  Being cautious is a double-edged sword though. The features are nice, but they are not ground breaking and the user experience is going to be seven-years-old-stale.  Despite that, it will sell rapidly and be a success."
- Maxwell R.

"It was inevitable that Apple had to use a larger display this time around, and a 4” screen on the iPhone 5 is a welcome improvement, although it is still smaller than competing high-end smartphones from other companies, which usually offer a 4.3" display or larger. I’m personally more interested in seeing how images and videos captured with the new 8MP iSight camera on the iPhone 5 will compare to pictures and videos from other smartphones, and if the new HD Voice feature with three microphones will make a noticeable difference in call quality."
- FAUguy


"There is little doubt that the iPhone 5 will be a really successful smartphone, with outstanding hardware and excellent software support. So were the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S, and their successor will follow in their footsteps. However, the iPhone 5 will also be way too overrated. People will keep on sacrificing an arm and a leg just to get one, led by the belief that it is the ultimate gadget in the history of the universe and that it is so much better than their iPhone 4S. And that can easily grind a geek's gears."
- Nick T.


"Overall, no groundbreaking upgrades, unless we got the first Cortex-A15 processor with the A6, but their aggregate usefulness is wrapped in a unique aluminum-and-glass body that is one of the thinnest and lightest out there making average users want to reach out and have it, so if we look at the iPhone 5 and say "meh, it's just a 4-inch phone with LTE", it's very likely that we'll be proven wrong by its sales numbers."
- Daniel P.


"The iPhone 5 seems like a pretty decent update to the 4S, although it certainly lacks the wow-factor (probably because everything about it was already known). It's new design is very good, way better than anything from the competition, but doesn't seem as cute as the previous iPhones, to me at least. Still, things have changed since 2007 (who would have thought there will be so many apps and games?!), so the slightly bigger screen is a welcome change. At the end of the day, as Amazon's Jeff Bezos said, people no longer want just gadgets, they want services. The iPhone is becoming just that - a gateway to tons of content, information and entertainment. Change and new features shouldn't be added just for the sake of it, they need to have their wide practical implementation, in order to find a place in the iPhone."
- Ray S.


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96 Comments

1. Ragnarockd

Posts: 47; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

They seemed satisfied but not impressed....

6. AhmadAlsayegh

Posts: 326; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

Ditto... The only thing is that we are talking about apple, they are not targeting the tech savvy crowd as much they are targeting the mass public, so my expectation is that apple will sell like hot cakes now that apple established their brand very well, and I would not be shocked if someday apple took stones, printed their logo on them and still could sell them to the public

8. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

because our expectations were set, they were satisfied. apple was once a leader, once revolutionary. now, they aren't much. they're good and they act like they're the best. The sad part is, the majority of the world thinks it still innovates major stuff and they think the price tag is reasonable since it's the best. that's why they try ban. they want to be the best without innovating. i hate their plan and I hate their followers - but not the product.

24. Dr.Android

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

i totally agree!

29. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

It's a wrong perspective. Apple was only revolutionary because they introduced new mobile computing paradigm. It was never about the device itself. There is a great article from Scott H.http://www.phonearena.com/news/Hyperbole-fatigue-Is-the-iPhone-5-really-14-more-magical_id34398 He argues that this is just a mobile paradigm maturing, so expecting a "revolution" again is not so realistic. There could be another revolution of course but the question is what ground or sense does it have, when we are just stepped into mature phase of this paradigm. Everyone is anxious without true reason. They just want revolutions and innovations, like kids wanting movie sequel to be ever more explosive and grandiose. Apple doesn't care for that. They care for perfecting the perfecting the products, and that was always their goal. It's just that revolution was collateral effect of perfecting something utterly flawed in 2007... but they never wanted revolutions. Now they are doing the same thing - perfecting products, but now everyone wants revoltion again. It's so pointless within this timeframe. Other manufacturers are just bumbing up specs and everybody call that "innovations". They are not, they are just maturing the paradigm. There are no true innovations yet. It will be when world opens up a new "hole" in its technological infrastructure that combines technology and everyday life.

37. Daniel.P

Posts: 127; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

True. Remember Sergey Bubka, the famous Olympic champion pole vaulter, whose record still stands to this day? Well, he broke the world record 35 times, and each time he asked for the bar to be raised with just 1cm, so he could collect the cash prize for a record at each competition. This so-called "salami tactics" is what Apple's game with the iPhone is as well. It catches up to Androids, which have at least two yearly upgrade cycles now, but always gives extra something that is unique for the platform, be it in software, hardware or design. Since Apple created and owns the platform, it mostly needs to compete against the previous iPhone announced, though. This holistic approach works like a charm every time - we still got the biggest upgrade in the iPhone's history with the screen going larger, which is what's considered a revolution at Cupertino HQ.

40. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I'm not familiar with that example, but it's good! Apple carefully holds their products out of the competition. They are upgrading only in comparison to previous Apple products, and they upgrade only in balanced manner. This iPhone seemingly didn't bring anything revolutionary since 4 inch screens are there for years, but in context of iPhone, it's the biggest thing they did since first generation. They are aware of that and they emphasise it even in their main commercials. However, the society now doesn't separate Apple from others anymore. We compare them more and more every day. Apple should think abou implication of that on the long run. But I'm sure they do think about it. Remarks on how Apple is lazy, uninterested and unaware of competition is something that is probably the stupidest of all thoughts following Apple's introduction of new products in the last couple of years.

75. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

" So he could collect the cash prize for a record at each competition". This is so true, but until the media and the people who job is to test tech and electronic stands up to say," the King has no clothes on" then this corporation will keep getting reward. You see how every smart phones that comes out, most people call them Iphone, or Apple invented this or that; when anyone who's been around KNOWS they did not.... So as long as they get reviews from cowards or people afraid to upset the King, they will get reward for minor upgrade. Can HTC-SAmsung-Motorola get the same review that you boys gave Apple for a minor upgrade?...we all know the answer to that question.

82. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

"This holistic approach works like a charm every time - we still got the biggest upgrade in the iPhone's history with the screen going larger, which is what's considered a revolution at Cupertino HQ." Exactly Said... Good One...

43. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I don't understand why you got so many thumbs down... is the only interesting post in this page, "our writers' personal views" included!

44. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

"He argues that this is just a mobile paradigm maturing, so expecting a "revolution" again is not so realistic." Basing on what nokia outed, the lumia 920, there's so many rooms for revolution. If you really want some innovations, put those R&D into real work. Invest more with them. Perfecting a product without innovating them is like trying to perfect a true or false type of exam by answering letters a b c or d. This is technology we're talking about. There's no room for "no" innovation. Innovation will continue as time passes by. That's how the world goes. True, apple was revolutionary. I totally agree with that. The OG iPhone was truly an innovative and ground breaking product. It opened the eyes of so many companies on how things should be treated. And again, true that bumping specs are not innovations. But bumping those specs by a different process makes it innovative. An example would be PureView. No one can argue here that it's a true innovation. If I compare nokia and apple, there's a thing I can say. Apple had it, but now, they're not trying their best to offer the best in the market. It's like nokia once again. A decade ago, nokia was like that. They were once best, but let it go. They didn't really focus on producing innovative smartphones, now they're suffering. If you want to stay on top, don't stop when you established your brand/company name as the best. There's always room for innovation. You just have to look for it, and make a good use for it. Anyways, +1 for you for giving a decent opinion.

47. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Nokia is now paying the price of inertness by working hard on forcing the innovation that would "change the game". However, since this is ontologically not the time for paradigm shifting, their efforts will be useless. I appreciate what they are trying to do, but as the introduction and campaign showed, they are no match for Apple's genius of handling the market. They need to realize that innovation is never on technical level, but ideological. Here lies the upcoming doom of Nokia. Because no matter what they do, it will always be compared to Apple, and this only means that they are not innovating a new system, but only racing within old one. Nokia did not innovate something paradigmatically different, just aesthetically and technologicaly. It's failure will show that te evental space did not form a void from which a new paradigm could emerge. It's gonna be a while till this happens, and then we'll see if Apple without Steve Jobs' paradigm-changing mind will be able to introduce new stuff.

54. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

That's my point. You don't need to create a new paradigm to have something innovative. Nokia's newest flagship is the most innovative smartphone as to date,IMO. Innovation is the process of improving an existing invention in new ways. What you're saying that innovation is never on technical level is plain wrong. What your pointing out is "marketing". It has nothing to do with innovation. And apple has it. They are good at it. No let me correct that, they're the best in terms of marketing. And that what make them victorious compared to these OEMs. Nokia on the other hand, is best with improving their products. They always find ways to be the best, but what really brings them down are the mindset of people that nokia is doomed to go down. That having a nokia product will not give you the bragging rights the apple or samsung or even htc's way. No matter how they try, if people really hate the product in no main reason, they won't buy it. But in what they are pointing out, it would come to the point that, the hype will end especially now that Apple is just playing catch-up game with android. We may not really realize its effect by now, but comes the time that it will end. I want Apple to relieve the hype, the Steve Jobs' way. The hype together with what you're saying a "paradigm-changing" innovation. I want a true innovation the apple way. I don't want the disappointments every after an announcement.

85. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

By "true innovation" you mean paradigm shift. Did Nokia bring some innovation? Actually, no. They perfected the existing systems, taking it to the nect quantitative level. Photos and videos are now stable and more beautiful, the screen is faster and of higher quality, charrging is now wireless, user experience is better - but the product itself belongs to the same mobile paradigm established through 2007. Did Apple bring some innovation in 2007? Actually, yes. Because they changed paradigm. They didn't invent any technology, but they assembled it into a product not only qualitatively on higher level than others, but product which *no one has ever been even able to imagine*. This is the condition for innovation. Unimaginability. The breakthrough from the void, that has not been concievable before. Now, you (and the whole world) are wrong in both cases: you think that Nokia innovate, and you want for Apple to innovate. Apple and Nokia cannot innovate right now. They can just improve on existing innovations. Both in their respectable fields. iPhone is not competition to Nokia, it's a competition to itself. It has its own standards which it sets even higer every years. It doesn't care for competiton - not the Apple as a company, but iPhone as a product. They know very well in Apple that this is the only way to keep competition out of the way. And they are pretty successful regardless of "expert" opinions who think they know what innovation is.

86. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

What? Nokia as not innovative? See, you don't need to introduce a new paradigm just to be innovative. We can argue all day long but, that's really wrong. You can innovate something without shifting the paradigm you're into. Like what you're saying before, perfecting a product. But you can't perfect a product without introducing new ways/innovations to go into your goal. What you're saying that innovation is paradigm shifting is called revolution. Sure, you can shift the paradigm together with an innovative product, but the thing is, that's called revolution. Like what all the OEMs are doing this days, they are finding ways to innovate products by staying in the paradigm introduced by Apple from its revolutionary product. And also, you must be blind by saying that nokia is not an innovative company. GSM? They're one of the pioneers. Without nokia's innovation and also revolution, apple smartphone could have not been existed. Apple is revolutionary. Nokia is innovative. That's it.

88. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

To some extent you're right. But I say to "extent" because what you are referring here is technological innovation on a smaller scale. For instance, moving lens on PureView Phase 2 in Nokia's new phone. It is innovation on a scale of camera technology, but only a linear progress, an evolution in making better photographs. To this level, we could say that Apple also has this kind of "innovation". Not in the same field though, but nevertheless improvement just like Nokia's improvement - they did not introduce tech innovation around camera but they DID MAKE PHOTOS BETTER. In the field of quality of construction, Apple did innovate. And so we can go to absurdities - endlessly counting the small tech innovations and comparing their number. Besides, who are we to judge on their value - some will say innovating the way something looks or feels is much less valuable than innovating on quality of camera etc. And then we are lost between different qualitative and quantitaive categories. The point is - Nokia and Apple are innovating, in their respective fields - the small technological solutions and their implementation. But you don't want that. You want BIG stuff. So far you actually believed that Nokia brought you the BIG stuff. Because some innovations on a small scale you value, and some of them you don't. But that's just your abitrary preference.

91. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I agree with you in the part where you say that as of now, innovations are on small scales or part. In that it can't create a new paradigm you're talking about. But at the same time, I beg to disagree with you saying that I believed that Nokia brought me the BIG stuf because some innovations on a small scale I value. The thing is, Nokia is one of the pioneers in this industry anyways. Without it, Apple can't have the GSM as the most fundamental way of connectivity of our mobile devices, (or CDMA in US). Nokia brought so many big and super innovative stuff in this industry just like how apple revolutionize the smartphone industry. True, we can argue here as much as we want because we have some different beliefs, but somehow, at least, I can say what I really know and what I really am learning in school(communication and its evolution). Anyways, kudos for the stuffs you've introduce in this argument. :)

97. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Thanks (thumb up). Nokia undeniably changed the communication paradigm with mobile industry, and developed it for decades with better devices and newer technologies. They even upgraded it to cover other aspects of consumer technology, like photography and multimedia in general. Nokia pushed others in those areas to improve and give us top-notch devices, and it finished with smartphone. However, the paradigm then came to its end. End of its "cycle", that is. The next step would be to integrate IT industry with mobile industry. But in 2007, Apple did it in a right way. I have recently tried to use my old SonyEricsson P900 touchscreen smartphone. I was shocked by the fact that I called it "smartphone" back then. It's almost unusable. And it's more usable than Nokia or Samsung "smartphones" from that time. The way we use smartphone today is nothing similar to smartphones from that pre-iPhone era. Nokia was revolutionary, and then Apple was. But both companies cannot deliver another true revolution within their systems. This paradigm will probably also come to an end and then there will be space opened for new things, which will somebody turn in their advantage. This also reminds me on changing MP3 paradigm. MP3 players today are dead in symbolic sense of the word. They are not a sign anymore. Apple was the king of this paradigm but now even Apple can't control it, because they are their own death. Because of iPhone, iPod fell to the second... pardon, third place. And whole industry followed. BTW the same thing is happening with cameras. No more need for standalone consumer cameras, as those technologies converge. So, those dynamics of the industry I would call revolutions. Change of systems. Apple is not currently making it, neither does Nokia. It's not realistic to expect innovations except on a small scale in purpose of upgrading the quality, efficacy, aesthetics, build quality etc. Samsung is trying something with the Note, but that's another long story...

63. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

College Humor said it best..... "COASTING. From now we will be coasting"

14. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

of course, officially it is "iPhone 4 SS" = iPhone 5 :)

50. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

i agree with all of them. really nice article and thoughts from all the writers! it's the new iPhone, not iPhone 5! Steve jobs would never agree to this, cause its to "LONG" and doesn't look right....

56. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Of these, I think I agree with Michael, Daniel, and Nick the most. John V's words embodied exactly what I expect from apple buyers. "Yes, it's better, but wait until next year!", compared to recent sentiments for Android, especially Samsung, along the lines of "This is the best device they know how to make, it's awesome, and I'm beyond satisfied", or Windows Phone, "This is nicely different, well-done, and the efforts for hardware and software are very impressive, as they focus more towards overall and individual quality and experience rather than insignificant benchmarks and upping the spec sheet for the sake of it."

58. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

seems we have to wait next year to see impressive phones ...

2. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

their opinions are similar to ours and many around the world.......which will indeed influence the number of sales this time around

5. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

It's not really about the iPhone 5. At this point its Android OS vs iOS vs Windows - chose which you want. Even if Apple added NFC, and wireless charging, and even if the iPhone 5 proves to be one of the fastest LTE devices on the market, the people who don't want one, don't want one. That's fine, all the power to everyone and whichever OS/device they choose. Just don't break into my home and attack me (or worse disconnect my wifi) while I'm pre-ordering. ...and just kidding about "or worse" part. Obviously being attacked is worse. *I feel the need to clarify so the fandroids don't actually believe I value the iPhone 5 more than I do my life.*

9. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

aaaa actually if ios did have those things you mentioned or were trying to mention ........why wouldnt i get it?? apple sucks dude and you know it.....

12. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

iOS or iPhone 5? Read my comment just one more time

19. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

both dude what do you mean? if ios wasnt soo restricted and the iphone didnt cost so damn much! is that what you wanted to hear?

26. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I really don't know what to tell you dude. If you want Android, that's great good choice (I thought I made that point pretty clear). I think the confusion is because I replied to your comment when I probably should've just created a new post. When I said "you" I didn't actually mean "you" as in Xperia-Knight. I meant "you" as in the readers, my bad

33. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

ok man cool......n sorry for goin a little hard there

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