Review of iPhone 5
This is the iPhone, rebooted. iOS 6 brings a host of other improvements, including baked-in turn-by-turn navigation, a smarter Siri, and Passbook, a location-aware digital wallet app for storing documents like gift cards, boarding passes, and tickets.
• iPhone 5 is the lightest iPhone, even though it’s longer and has a bigger screen.
• The extra space adds a lot to document viewing areas above the keyboard, landscape-oriented video playback (larger size and less letterboxing), and home-page organizing (an extra row of icons/folders).
• phone will make your home Wi-Fi look bad.
• iPhone 5 has a wide metal body that stretches above previous iPhones, but is also thinner; still, this isn’t a massive phone like the Samsung Galaxy Note or HTC One X.
• Using your iPhone 5 as a personal hot spot for a laptop or other device produces some of the same strong results as the third-gen iPad.
• The iPhone’s interface is the same as always: you have app icons greeting you in a grid, and a dock of up to four apps at the bottom. Instead of a grid of four rows of four apps, the longer screen accommodates five rows of four apps. More apps can fit on the home screen, but that’s about it as far as user interface innovation. Extra screen height means pop-up notification banners are less intrusive at the top or bottom.
• The new iPhone 5’s display also has a layer removed from the screen, creating a display that acts as its own capacitive surface. The new display feels like a natural, so much so that to the casual eye, the iPhone 5 doesn’t look entirely different with the screen turned off.
• In this phone Wi-Fi has also gotten a bit of a boost via dual-band 802.11n support over both 2.5GHz and 5GHz.
• It’s still an 8-megapixel camera, but there’s a new sapphire-crystal lens, and improved hardware enabling features like dynamic low-lighting adjustment, image stabilization on the 1080p video camera, and the capability to take still shots while shooting video.
Apple has changed its packaging slightly with the iPhone 5, it includes company’s new EarPod headphones are bundled with the iPhone including a plastic travel case, also a new power adapter that supplies more power to the phone when charging, and of course the Lightning to USB cable.