The iPhone 5 has already sold five million units over a single weekend. This device marks the latest installment in the smartphone series that revolutionised the mobile phone industry. The Apple iPhone 5 brings a long-anticipated larger screen and more capable internals that we already know are ready to trade blows with even the most powerful chipsets. There's also the new slender, slimmer body that is hard to capture in photos. If all Apple's claims are true, then the iPhone 5 is a real engineering masterpiece with double the performance of previous models in a more compact package without sacrificing anything in terms of battery life. The new operating system boasts more than 200 new features, ranging from apps that may hint at Apple's future ambitions (like the mobile payment enabler, Passbook) to incremental improvements that erase routine annoyances (e.g., a one-touch button to copy a Web page address). With iOS 6, users also have greater control over sound and vibration settings. You can customize the vibration for each type of notification through a choice of 7 presets and extra custom vibrations. iOS 6 feels improved in terms of speed, too. Overall, the iPhone 5 feels much more responsive than any previous iPhone incarnation.
Key Features of iPhone 5:
- Quad-band GSM and quad-band 3G support
- LIE support where carriers support it and COMA support when sold by CDMA carriers
- 4" 16M-color LED-backlit IPS TFT capacitive touchscreen of 640 x 1136px resolution
- Scratch-resistant screen glass, fingerprint-resistant coating
- 1.2GHz dual-core custom-designed CPU
- 8 MP autofocus camera with LED flash
- 1080p video recording at 30fps
- 1.2MP secondary front-facing camera
- GPS with A-GPS connectivity; digital compass
- 16/32/64GB storage options
- Accelerometer, proximity sensor and a three-axis gyro sensor
- Active noise cancellation with a dedicated secondary microphone
- Standard 3.5 mm audio jack, stereo Bluetooth v4.0
- Voice recognition, Sin i virtual assistant
- Supports HD voice (with carrier support)
- FaceTime video calls over Wi-Fi and cellular
Each Apple iPhone 5 comes in a box coordinated to the color of the device, and that's a first. It also comes with the new EarPod headphones, which despite appearing somewhat awkward, produce far better sound than the inferior set Apple previously supplied with its smartphones. The front panel is virtually identical to that of the iPhone 4 and 4S. True, the screen has been stretched a bit vertically but, when viewed head-on, the iPhone 5 is hard to tell apart from its predecessors. The iPhone 5 should also last just as long as the iPhone 4S for talking, and longer than the iPhone 45 when it comes to browsing the web.
Main Disadvantages of the iPhone 5:
- Aluminum body looks stylish but is easy to scratch; particularly the black model, which is more susceptible to unsightly scratches and blemishes
- Light leak on white models seems to be a fairly common issue for white handsets.
- Proprietary connector is incompatible with previous accessories (requires adapter)
There is a reason for the price tag that accompanies the iPhone 5 in the local market; the device is out of this world. With features and capabilities under the aluminum cover that go well beyond those of any other currently available smartphone, this is truly a 5-star device.