Apple is famous for keeping their designs the same, or at least somewhat similar.
Firstly, the overall dimensions and weight have been modified greatly to suit the current smartphone market. They opted for a larger screen, a sleeker and thinner aluminum uni-body than ever before.
Apple also made a bold decision by moving the earphone jacks from the top to the bottom of the iPhone with their latest installment. The jack is implemented almost with a sheer sense of beauty, with the new and larger speakers.
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The iPhone 5 claimed to be the ‘thinnest, lightest, fastest iPhone’ ever, but does it deliver on the speed? Simple answer: Yes. The iPhone 5 certainly is the fastest iPhone yet, with a new architecture dual-core A6 chip and 1GB of RAM, performance can only increase. Moreover, 4G is also enabled to allow the highest speed of cellular data to be used.
The display of the iPhone 5 has been enlarged to 4” with a1136 x 640 resolution. Call quality has also been greatly improved, Apple has made the decision to use 3 microphones for enhanced sound pick-up as well as noise cancellation with the iPhone 5.
Finally, the newly designed earphones
named ‘EarPods’ sound excellent. Although slightly heavy on the bass, the overall sound quality seems to have improved with no evident of audio tearing and distortion even at maximum volume. Also due to the revolutionizing design, the EarPods will fit nicely in anyone’s ears.
General performance on the iPhone 5 is superb, the speed difference is unmistakable between the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 5, However where it truly outshines its predecessors are in HD games and applications. On previous iPhones, frame rates suffered in HD games such as ‘Infinity Blade II’, but here everything runs at a fast speed. Multitasking and performance-intensive applications run smoothly.
One of the most notable and impressive improvements is the battery life. The improved battery should mean a regular user should have no problems with getting through the day, although intensive users still may opt to keep a wall charger handy.
Lastly, the long-awaited LTE support is available on the iPhone 5. Although the exact data speeds may be dependent upon your provider, the 4G’s speed is rivaling that of any smart-phone available on the market, especially in both the United States and South Korea.
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The latest available software for the iPhone series is the iOS 6 and although it isn’t a huge step from the iOS 5, Apple is sticking to what they do best: make minor improvements and tweaks to find the ‘perfect’ combination. The most obvious tweak is how the status bar changes its hue to match the current application. In addition, the default phone dialer has also been given a facelift giving the overall dialer a ‘silver’ look.
However, with the taller screen of the iPhone 5 is that previous applications, unless redesigned by their creators, will be ‘letterboxed’ with a black bar running through the top and bottom of the screen. Apple has opted to run non-optimized applications at iPhone 4/4S resolution, and although initially visually intrusive, gradually changes becomes unnoticeable.
The camera on the iPhone 5 is absolutely stunning. With an improved 8 megapixel camera, it is good enough to rival any smartphone camera on the market and even stands toe-to-toe with some of the digital cameras.
The panorama feature is also newly introduced with the camera. The technology stitches multiple shots into one large photo, and automatically equalizes the different shots. It allows you to take a clear, wide shot of your subject as highly defined as 30 megapixels. This said, the panorama feature is not unique to the iPhone 5 but still executes it better than most smart phones on the market currently.
Regular photos are visually appealing too: highly defined, crisp and ultra-clear. Both macro and wide shots were finely executed by the device too with auto-focus working as desired 99% of the time.
Finally, the video recording quality has been drastically improved on both the rear and front cameras. The rear camera’s video recording quality has been improved to 1080p and the front has also been given a bump to 720.
When Apple announced the newly designed charging ports there were definitely mixed feelings. On the positive side, the new lightning connector has improved transfer speed, durability, and is also reversible unlike the previous generation. On the other hand, every type of accessory that you may have with older generation iDevices will not work, but an adapter is on its way.
The iPhone 5 is a remarkable piece device, and is undoubtedly the best iPhone ever made. From the sleek new visuals to the improved performance, there is very little not to like about this installment. It is definitely a phone which can rival the Android Market. However, there is a still room for improvement, but yet again without a doubt this iPhone will still be praised by the many.