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iPhone 5: what our writers think

0. phoneArena posted on 14 Sep 2012, 03:24

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...

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posted on 14 Sep 2012, 03:55 5

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.....

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 04:02 1

12. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

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

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 04:09 2

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?

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 04:24

26. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 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

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 04:44 1

33. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

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

posted on 15 Sep 2012, 09:05

89. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

all three have fun and chill watch this :D

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 03:40 5

3. wendygarett (unregistered)

I only agree what Ray says :D

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 04:08 9

17. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

And of course Ray is the only one who makes the unbelievable statement that the design is "way better than anything from the competition."

Of course he would. I'm not surprised.

However, I still seethe at such a biased and unsupported statement.

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 13:46

76. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

It is a little biased, but then again this article is about personal opinions so he's allowed to say pretty much whatever he wants.

And I think its fair to say that Apple spends more time on their design and build materials than most of the competition, sometimes maybe too much time.

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 16:12 1

79. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

we all know Ray S is the resident Apple fanatic writer. Thats not news. He's done a better job for the most part of being more impartial in his reviews than he used to be.

How the heck can apple "spend more time on design and build materials than most", when their designs havent changed in over 3 years. It will be over 4 years when the i5s/i6 comes out to see if they change things up.

Thats not spending ANY time on designs. When your biggest design change in 3 phones is 0.5 inch larger screen, new connector, and speaker holes at the bottom of the phone, your just coasting.

On the flip side you have Samsung which seems to change their design yearly, HTC which went wild (then pulled an apple and became afraid to change more), and the rest.
Of the total group, I'd say Apple may spend the most "money" on design, but they are in a tunnel, and they are getting by far the LEAST production out of their design team.

posted on 15 Sep 2012, 00:13 1

83. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

We can say similar things about the other writers. And Samsung's designs suck. When the SGIII was first announced, people hated the design but I guess soon learned to get over it. I (any many others) think the SGIII's design is a step down from the SII. Simply changing the design doesn't mean its better. You said yourself that HTC isn't that great anymore. And Motorola releases the same damn design thing every year (and most people don't seem to mind at all!).

I can't really comment fully on the iPhone 5 since I don't have it yet, but from what reviewers are saying, they think it feels great and they like the new build materials. Additionally, I really don't think its easy to fit all the up to date internals in the smaller frame of the iPhone 5 (big phones have an advantage, seeing they have a lot more space to pack everything in and still stay somewhat slim). I'm just impressed that they were able to pack everything that competition offered and still make the iPhone 5 lighter, thinner, and sleek (completely flat in the front and the back). Doesn't seem easy.

the reason why I said "maybe too much time" is because I feel that if they weren't so meticulous about thinness, sleekness, etc etc, I bet they could sacrifice the design and pack more things inside. i.e. they probably could have had a 13 megapixel camera if they did what Motorola does and add a lump to the top of the iphone. But Apple will never do that.

posted on 15 Sep 2012, 07:10

87. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

I like the design of the SGS3. Though it looks a lot like the american SGS2 with a big button, just doesnt look like the euro SGS2.

the new build materials? lol the only thing that is different is a strip of metal going through the back center of the phone. It's all love it or hate it. The i4 was pretty ... 3 years ago. Its dated now. Time to move to something else. There is a point when iconic becomes classic... then just becomes old. I think we are at that point. If the i5s/i6 use the same design im going to laugh my ass off... and I completely expect at least the i5s to be the same.. which means you will be going on 5 years before you see a change. That is boring no matter how you slice it.

Apple is always asthetics before function and power, so yea, your very unlikely to ever see a 13mpx camera until they are small enough to fit into the design at hand. That said, by the time they do fit, the light sensor will be so small I doubt the quality will be worth a damn.

posted on 15 Sep 2012, 11:19

92. Peter27 (Posts: 233; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

I dont understand why everyone goes about the design so much. We live in 2012 and the bezel at the top and bottom is just too thick. Even that home circular home button. There should not be any physical buttons nowadays anymore.
My personal opionion. I like Galaxy S2 design much more then iphone. Bigger screen but very little of a bezel with a smaller home button, and a very nice thin phone. I think it is just perfect size to your hand, including perfect size of a display. I cant get used to design of S3. For some reason dont like it that much.

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 07:53 2

55. Mittal (Posts: 494; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)

y u change yur pic?

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 15:14 1

77. RomeoJDR (Posts: 244; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)

Sure, his thoughts are the only one that appear to be written by a female covering all the aesthetics without any subsistence and throwing in comments like like "not as cute." Can't help but laugh reading that one.

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 03:40 8

4. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

We are disappointed, but we got what we wanted.

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 04:06 2

16. joey_sfb (Posts: 6613; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

Disappointed? how so? Apple has delivered the best design for the price they are going to charge.

I would have prefer a Razor M design for the iPhone 5, spec wise its a good balance between the build-in battery, screen size and LTE connectivity.

Aluminum shell is sleek that i like very much. Its appeal over the iPhone 4S is obvious.

posted on 15 Sep 2012, 09:08

90. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

*best desing* man get out of stone age its same designe dating back from iphone4 ever seen iphone4

here is what apple fans look like now days Sheeps

Apple really did made the fun of you all guys

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 03:55 1

7. davenycept (Posts: 200; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)

Its nice but nothing to sneeze this I guess if you currently have an old iPhone its a nice upgrade but of you are an Andriod user of a high end smartphone There's no true reason to get this..

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 03:57 4

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

"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." Ray S.

Ray do you wear glasses? You must have broken them while on this all day Apple frenzy. That Glass Can is not better than most if any of Androids top end phones. All they did was make it taller and aluminum looks exactly the same just a slightly different color. Every other manufacture actually came up with a new design for their high end phones. SG3, RAZR, HTC, LG, Sony I mean come on all them combined have less money then apple and your telling me thats the best idea they could come up with? Epic Fail of an over hyped over priced glass can.

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 04:09 3

18. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

There is currently only one phone on the market that has better, or at least qualitatively similar design to iPhone 5:

- Nokia N9/Lumia 800

So, I agree with Ray S. - it is far better than anything from competiton.

You just mix the term "new" and "good".

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 04:12 3

21. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Except I don't mix those terms, and I still disagree with Ray.

I think the best design out there is the Razr Maxx HD's. I've never had a thing for "pretty" phones, necessarily. I like phones that are built well and are a little unique. The Maxx is solid and durable without being a brick and looks good to boot.

The iPhone 5 is just a stretched iPhone 4S on the front, and the back isn't exciting at all. And the glass at the top and bottom is stupid, and just begging to get broken.

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 05:08 4

38. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Nobody said that one should always want something pretty.

But to say iPhone isn't pretty, or that Ray S. is blind because he said it has excellent design - is utterly wrong.
iPhone is a hallmark of top-notch industral design.

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 08:57 1

61. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

And what makes it "top notch industrial design" in a way that nothing else is?

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 04:32 5

30. Ray.S (Posts: 388; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)

Spot on. When I said "better than anything from the competition", I kind of missed the Lumias. They are very, very close, if not on par with Apple.

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 07:22

53. aokde (Posts: 186; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)

what the hell O.o, did you not see the XPERIA V? hell, the 2 year old XPERIA arc looks sexier than the new iphone.

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 09:36

69. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Or, y'know, better. It's ok, you can say it, we won't hold it against you.

Ray, you are aware apple gets its designs (except the air laptops, which were taken from other super-thins and rounded out a bit with minimal ports, nothing special about it) from Braun, specifically the Deiter Rams era, right?

posted on 15 Sep 2012, 12:23 1

95. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

are u serious lumia won second price in desing award of 2012 or 2011 last quater or was it N9 first one was motrolla razaer i dont remeber correctly but iPhone wasnt even in nomination get your facts correct iphone design is nothing against the competetors just making same thing again and again dosnt make it better

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 09:30

67. Aeires (unregistered)

Samsung Atrix and Sony Xperia series.

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 04:28 7

28. Ray.S (Posts: 388; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)

"New", or "bigger", does not equal "better."

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