Review: iPhone 5

Gadget Review - Here it comes, the most anticipated phone around the globe! Ta-da-da-dam. The i...

iPhone 5

Gadget Review - Here it comes, the most anticipated phone around the globe! Ta-da-da-dam. The iPhone 5 !!!

iPhone 5 is one of the most anticipated gadget since 2010 before the arrival of the iPhone 4S. Although the phone is not "a giant" who have a jumbo-sized screen, the iPhone 5 be able to seize the attention of everyone. With new technologies such as the retina display and 4G LTE networks, making people willing to queue up to 24 hours before the time of launching at the apple store. iPhone 5 really — completely built by a powerful engineers, the new operating system—iOS 6, new features, and even the SIM card was no longer uses a micro SIM instead Nano SIM.

Design & User Interface

iPhone 5

Apple has redesigned the entire iPhone 5, for example, headphone earpod now in one place. Smaller connector with less pin but offers excellent performance when used to transfer files.

Visually, iPhone 5 are similar to iPhone 4S, it kept the same side-to-side width, but added more heights, so it makes the screen size longer and looks more refined, giving extra space to put a shortcut applications. In landscape position, the keyboard is more convenient to use and watch the video so much enjoy.

Who would have thought, even though it was bigger (longer) and the body is thinned, making the iPhone 5 is lighter, that 112 grams or 20% lighter than the iPhone 4S. For those who are used to using the iPhone 4S you will feel that the iPhone 5 really - completely new device that larger and lighter.

The body is made of metal make it the most premium when compared to the Nokia Lumia 900 and the Samsung Galaxy S3. But, has the smallest size among both smartphones. While in the back, you will no longer see Gorilla Glass like the iPhone 4S and replaced with metal. Two tone color display looks different than the previous iPhone. Apple claimed that the metal is made from aluminum and the same as used in the MacBook laptops.

Position and other key design mostly unchanged from the 4S, with volume buttons on the left. That changed just a headphone jack that now move to the bottom. Accompanying the headphone jack is the speaker sound that also appeared unchanged from the previous generation. Although no major changes, but much better than before.

After 5 years passed, iPhone finally changing the screen size, it is actually not that difficult for Apple but it is difficult for users. That's why Apple is not only concerned with luxuries but also true-phone-functionality for the user. With a large screen size, it is impossible for us to be able to use the phone with just one hand. Actually the 3.5 inches is ideal for our hand and thumb to hold and choose menu. Unfortunately, the market demand leading to a more spacious screen size make Apple change their strategy.

Now we can feel the difference, from the original of just 3.5 inch 960×640 pixel resolution turned into 4-inch 1136x640-pixel, and making it the most progressive changes. Although it's larger, the Retina technology is able to maintain the sharpness of the display even sharper than previous iPhone.

There are no changes to the user interface, Apple is still maintaining the old style that used since the first generation iPhone. The difference with the old one is the number of rows from 4 to 5.

While for iPhoto, iMovie, Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iCards, GarageBand, and all iPhone 5 built in applications (Maps, Reminders, iTunes, App Store, Messages, Game Center, Photos, Camera, Video, Weather, Passbook, Notes, Compass, Stocks, Store, Contacts, Calculator, Mail, Safari, Voice Memos, music, and phones) can be displayed perfectly. Even more space makes the application look better.

Performance

The essence of iPhone 5 is the new A6 processor, a chip that the Apple is not too keen to describe in detail other than to call it being "twice as fast" and 22% smaller than A5 processor. Why Apple didn't inform the detail to the public? It's obvious because people in Cupertino don't want consumers trying to make a conclusion based on the number of cores and gigahertz speeds.

The iPhone 5 is now a 4G LTE superphone, meaning that in certain lucky cities, you get wicked-fast Internet connections. You no longer need to use a cable modem (ADSL) that plug into the Wi-Fi box. With the iPhone 5, you can share an Internet connection or a more familiar called tethering. 4G LTE in the test are able to access the Internet with a speed of 10-20 Mbps, compared to ADSL speeds that only able to provide 1-3 Mbps.

Camera

iPhone 5 camera
Indeed there is no fundamental change of the features offered by the camera in the iPhone 5, besides the presence of A6 to support faster performance. Changes actually happened when changing Apple VGA FaceTime camera into 1.2-megapixel HD FaceTime capable of capturing 720p video. This resolution clearly increased, but so did the overall image quality, with color reproduction which is much more accurate.

The camera on the back has been tweaked so that it feels like having a new camera. Although still 8 megapixels, a sapphire crystal lens technology can adjust the lighting, including image stabilization in 1080p video recording, and stability when panning on panorama.

Speaking a panorama mode for the camera, there's a new feature that comes in handy more often than you might expect. As you swing the iPhone around you, it stitches many shots together into a seamless, ultra-wide-angle, 28 megapixel photo. Unlike other applications and phones with panorama modes, the iPhone 5 is fully automated and offers a preview of the panorama that materializes as you’re taking it.

Power & Battery

Twice as fast, twice the graphics performance, thinner size, lighter weight, and additional 4G LTE network. One big quetion is, how the battery capacity?

Apple promising a talk time up to 8 hours on 3G, 225 hours on Standby time, 10 hours Video playback, 40 hours Audio playback, and 8 hours on 3G, 8 hours on LTE, 10 hours on Wi-Fi browsing.

In testing with a variety of activities to open the application to use throughout the day by using LTE, GPS and WiFi sometimes, the battery life is capable of an average of 14 hours and 18 minutes. Not the best, but also not the worst.

Technical Details:

  • Height: 4.87 inches
  • Width: 2.31 inches
  • Depth: 0.30 inch
  • Weight: 112 grams
  • Retina display
  • 1136-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi
  • 8-megapixel iSight camera
  • Panorama
  • Video recording, HD (1080p) up to 30 frames per second with audio
  • FaceTime HD camera with 1.2MP photos and HD video (720p) up to 30 frames per second
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What They Say:

1. Walt Mossberg - Wall Street Journal
The world's most popular smartphone becomes significantly faster, thinner and lighter this week, while gaining a larger, 4-inch screen—all without giving up battery life, comfort in the hand and high-quality construction.

In increasing the iPhone's screen size, Apple took a different approach than competitors. It kept the same side-to-side width, yet added height to grow the screen from its previous 3.5-inch size. For those who prefer the gargantuan screens on some other phones, like the 4.8-inch display on Samsung's Galaxy S III, the iPhone 5's screen likely won't suffice. These competing big screens are typically both taller and wider.

However, I found the new iPhone screen much easier to hold and manipulate than its larger rivals and preferred it. In my view, Apple's approach makes the phone far more comfortable to use, especially one-handed. It's easier to carry in a pocket or purse and more natural-looking when held up to your face for a call.

While this new model isn't a radical redesign, it offers a much bigger change than the current iPhone 4S did when it was launched last year. The minute you pick the iPhone 5 up you notice it's much lighter—20% lighter, in fact. It's so much lighter that you wonder if it's a demonstration mock-up, not the real thing.

Yet unlike many competitors, this isn't a plastic, insubstantial-feeling device. Although Apple claims it's the world's thinnest smartphone—18% thinner than the prior model—the iPhone 5 retains Apple's trademark, solid-feeling, metal construction, with an aluminum back this time, instead of a glass back. Like many Apple products, it's gorgeous.


At 0.3 inch, the phone is thinner than before, startlingly so — the thinnest in the world, Apple says. It’s also lighter, just under four ounces; it disappears completely in your pocket. This iPhone is so light, tall and flat, it’s well on its way to becoming a bookmark.

Should you get the new iPhone, when the best Windows Phone and Android phones offer similarly impressive speed, beauty and features?

The iPhone 5 does nothing to change the pros and cons in that discussion. Windows Phones offer brilliant design, but lag badly in apps and accessories.

Android phones shine in choice: you can get a huge screen, for example, a memory-card slot or N.F.C. chips (near-field communication — you can exchange files with other N.F.C. phones, or buy things in certain stores, with a tap). But Android is, on the whole, buggier, more chaotic and more fragmented — you can’t always upgrade your phone’s software when there’s a new version.

iPhones don’t offer as much choice or customization. But they’re more polished and consistently designed, with a heavily regulated but better stocked app catalog. They offer Siri voice control and the best music/movie/TV store, and the phone’s size and weight have boiled away to almost nothing.

If you have an iPhone 4S, getting an iPhone 5 would mean breaking your two-year carrier contract and paying a painful penalty; maybe not worth it for the 5’s collection of nips and tucks. But if you’ve had the discipline to sit out a couple of iPhone generations — wow, are you in for a treat.

It’s just too bad about that connector change. Doesn’t Apple worry about losing customer loyalty and sales?

Actually, Apple has a long history of killing off technologies, inconveniently and expensively, that the public had come to love — even those that Apple had originally developed and promoted. Somehow, life goes on, and Apple gets even bigger.

The bottom line, in case it isn’t clear already: The iPhone 5 is one terrific smartphone. Ignore the naysayers — even without any awesome technological breakthroughs, it’s a sizable improvement on the iPhone 4S. For many upgraders, LTE alone will be worth the price of admission.

How does it stack up against the Galaxy S III, the current champ among Android phones? It’s really not that complicated a question. The Galaxy does more stuff; the iPhone 5 does somewhat fewer things, but tends to do them better. (And when the iPhone doesn’t do something right out of the box, there’s often an App Store app that will.).

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