Everyone is weighing in on the new iPhone 5 these days after its recent release. We have scoured the internet looking for all of the opinions on the shiniest smartphone on the market – here is a compilation of some of the best.
“This is not a phone you will want to put a case on. Okay, yes, many people will understandably want to protect their new phones from scratches and nicks. But this is a device you want to keep bare so that its beautiful aluminum and glass body is visible.”
“But we’ve talked enough about how it works in the hand. How does it look? Fantastic, frankly. The iPhone 4S already has one of the best displays on the market with regard to things like pixel density, brightness and contrast, and the iPhone 5 brings that up another notch — and not just because it has an additional 176 rows of pixels.”
“This phone will make your home Wi-Fi look bad. Or at least, it did that to mine. Owners of other 4G LTE phones won’t be shocked, but iPhone owners making the switch will start noticing that staying on LTE versus Wi-Fi might actually produce faster results…of course, at the expense of expensive data rates. I hopped off my work Wi-Fi and used AT&T LTE in midtown Manhattan to make a FaceTime call to my wife because the former was slowing down. LTE, in my tests, ran anywhere from 10 to 20Mbps, which is up to twice as fast as my wireless router’s connection at home.”
“David Pogue, at the New York Times, identifies the three factors that have made the iPhone a success — design, components and compatibility — and says that while the iPhone 5 excels at the first two, its new connector, which makes older docks and chargers obsolete, takes away points in the compatibility department. (Pogue does point out, however, that the new connector is smaller, sturdier and easier to use than the old one, because it doesn’t matter which side is up when you plug it in.)”
“Apple says that the iPhone 5 will deliver “up to” 8 hours of talk time or LTE Internet use on a charge. I didn’t attempt to verify this. But in a week with the phone, I found that I could get through one day — but not two — on a charge. That’s the same ballpark as the iPhone 4S’s 3G connection (which is sometimes dubbed “4G” by irrationally exuberant carriers).
“The biggest drawback I found is the new Maps app. Apple has replaced Google Maps with a new maps app of its own. This app has one huge advantage over the iPhone version of Google Maps — it now offers free, voice-prompted, turn-by-turn navigation.
But the app is in other ways a step backward from the familiar Google app. For instance, while Apple’s maps feature a 3-D “Flyover” view of some central cities, they lack Google’s very useful ground-level photographic street views. And they also lack public-transit routing. Apple will instead link you to third-party transit apps.”
“In the year since Siri became a household name on the 4S, Apple’s chatty voice assistant has come a long way. She can now open apps upon request. She can deliver sports scores, movie trivia, compose your Facebook status and help you make a dinner reservation. Siri’s still not perfect, however. When I asked her to “recommend a good Chinese restaurant” she responded with a list of Chinese restaurants with the name “Good” in them. But Siri outperformed a similar feature on the Galaxy in my tests.”