The releasing of the iPhone 5 was the announcement “heard ‘round the world” and brought Apple fans clamoring to retailers this week to snap up the new phone. And while within the first few days several bugs or glitches tend to be reported with new phone models, the initial reviews of the iPhone 5 have been impeccable. Maybe it’s the hype after a disappointing 4S, or a revitalization of the shape and size of the phone, but the iPhone 5 has been the highest ranked iPhone yet by consumers around the world.
Sure, there are a few complaints about minor accessories issues and their new map application, but when you go through the various features, you’ll see that this is a modern marvel and Apple has yet again shown the world why they’re on the top of their game.
It’s Much Lighter
An ounce may not seem like much, but when you’re lugging around a soy latte, a briefcase and a laptop all at once, even the slightest lightening of the load can make all the difference. The iPhone 5 is one ounce lighter than the earlier versions of the phone, but it makes a huge difference when you hold it in your hand, or stick it in your pocket. The phone, weighing in a 3.95 ounces, is light enough to carry long distances and may save you a trip to the doctor when you fall over from trying to lug around the aforementioned laptop and briefcase.
The Screen is Bigger
When it comes to graphics, the bigger the better: this can be said of televisions, and now – iPhones. The screen of the iPhone 5 is 4 inches from the diagonal side, (a whole 0.5 inches larger than previous iPhones). So when you’re relaxing on your couch watching the Netflix, or you’re reading an important briefing for your board meeting, you’ll be able to more clearly see what you’re looking at. There have been some mixed reviews on this part of the update, as some people think that the larger screen makes it a job for two hands, versus one.
It Takes Better Photos
Anyone who has an iPhone has likely succumbed to the compulsion to take random snapshots with their phone wherever they go, often putting them on Instagram or Facebook. And with the iPhone 5, Apple just made that habit a little more easily, with their camera improvements that will allow you to take excellent pictures, even in low lighting. Another aspect of this camera update is it’s speed. When you’re taking action shots, or posing for a quick picture with your pals, you’ll be able to be sure that the iPhone 5 isn’t missing any crucial shots.
Battery Life Keeps Going and Going
Nothing is worse than when you really need to use your phone, and the battery goes dead. With this dreaded moment in mind, Apple made sure that the iPhone 5 had a battery that was made to last, and last – and last. With the iPhone 5, Apple claims that you’ll have the ability to talk and 3G browsing for 8 hours and up to 10 hours of browsing via Wi-Fi. When the iPhone 5 was put to the test, many people got different results, but overwhelmingly this phone has the battery life that will make you look back and laugh at the moments when your iPhone used to die every couple of hours.
Connect Much Faster
For those who are impatient, or need to have Internet connection within seconds, then you’re in luck. The iPhone 5 has the ability to connect to networks at super-fast speeds, and this means that all downloads and uploads are going to be done within moments. There have been some who have stated that the speed of connectivity on the iPhone 5 is actually comparable or faster than their high speed Wi-Fi connection at home. The one downside to this is that the LTE network that the iPhone 5 functions on hasn’t been readily integrated into phone technology yet.
Yes, You’ll Have to Pay For an Adapter
While there are many glowing features of the iPhone 5, the new plug design for the phone is the only feature that has people in an uproar. Because of this redesign, many purchasers will need to go out and buy a $29 adapter to plug the phone into some of the outlets and computers in their home. This is something that the reviewers of the iPhone 5 have gone after Apple for, but it remains to be seen if this issue will be resolved.
Caution – May be Hot!
While it hasn’t become too much of an issue, one thing to keep an eye out for is the heating up of the phone. The phone is thinner, but packs a larger, more powerful punch with its features, so it tends to get a little warm on the metal back of the phone when being used on the LTE network or when using GPS apps.