iPhone 5

Posted by Ub3rG33k on Sep 21, 2012 in Apple, iPhone, Tech |

Having been able to resist the iPhone 4S last year, I decided to take the plunge and get the iPhone 5. It seems Apple are releasing a ‘major design change’ version every 2 years, and just a tweaked version with only minor speed bumps and features, e.g….faster chip…Siri on the years in between.

Now I know by now you’re sick of reading blogs about to iPhone 5, so I’ll try and keep this more focused on my personal feeling on upgrading from an iPhone 4.

The most noticeable new feature is the screen, now I know they’ve only stretched it 1/2 inch, but that makes a huge difference. For example you now get an extra row of apps/folders on the home screen, as well as an extra 4 apps in each folder. Additionally with the like of the weather app, it utilises this extra screen by displaying an hour by hour forecast, as well as keeping the 5 day forecast. At the moment, there are very few apps that utilise the full screen size, and you do get a black border at the top and the bottom, however with having a black iPhone, you don’t notice it.

The next thing I noticed is how snappy it is, I upgraded the iPhone 4 to iOS6 the other night, and although it didn’t really slow the phone down, it didn’t feel that smooth. I’ve nearly reached my limit of songs on iTunes Match, and the iPhone 4 took a good 30 seconds to refresh my albums when I went into the music app….iPhone 5…instant! I noticed a similar experience with the Podcast App too. I let it sync with iCloud, and within seconds it had populated the app with all my podcast I subscribe too. I know I’ve jumped up 2 processors (the A4 to the A6), but using the apps that I’ve used for the last 2 years feel a hell of a lot snappier.

The design…I love it, the black outer trim, the non glass back, the speaker ports on the bottom…it looks pretty awesome, almost stealthy looking. I’ve currently got the 2 phones sat on the desk in front of me, and the thought that keeps coming to mine is the Robocop remake (weird I know), the iPhone 4 feels like the old Robocop that we know and love, the new one feels like the Remake…if you don’t know what I’m talking about, google it, but the¬†phone is noticeably thinner and lighter too. I know these fact are already in all of the tech blogs you’ve already read, but they are quite noticeable.

I guess one of the features I’ve been looking forward to playing with in Siri, with only having an iPhone 4 and an iPad 2, I’ve not been able to use this feature. After playing with it for a couple of hours, I conclusion is….it’s ok. I think doing simple stuff like opening an app, booking an appointment, or anything that is on the phone should work ok, however ask it something simple like ‘What’s time is the next train from Rugby to London’, it just gets far too confused. I’m not sure if I’m not asking the questions in the correct word order, or it’s just not too smart in the UK, but it was attempting to search for events on the internet, and even thought I was asking about Rome at one point.

The camera has had an upgrade, and after a quick play, it looks like a huge improvement over the iPhone 4 camera, but I’ll have a proper play with it over the weekend and post these up later. I’m interested myself to see how the 1080 video records, as well as the new Panorama feature works.

I think the final thing to note is the new dock connector…it’s tiny! I bet it’s about a fifth of the size on the previous connector. This does mean that the 4 docks in my house are now useless…well, that’s unless I pay ¬£25 each for the adapters.

All in all, it’s an iPhone, does what my iPhone 4 did, only a little quicker, with some additional features to play with, and hopefully it’ll keep me going until the iPhone 6 is released in 2 years time.

Below, you’ll find the unboxing pics.

p.s. this is the first time the iPhone 4 has been out of it’s bumper since I’ve got it, surprising how marked it’s got while being ‘protected’

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