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The First iPhone 5 Reviews Have Been Published Online

The First iPhone 5 Reviews Have Been Published Online

Posted September 19, 2012 at 1:52am by iClarified · 39228 views
The first reviews of the new iPhone 5 have been published online. Here's an overview from each of the publications.

The First iPhone 5 Reviews Have Been Published Online

The iPhone 5 is a significant improvement over the iPhone 4S in nearly every regard, and in those areas that didn't see an upgrade over its predecessor -- camera, storage capacity -- one could make a strong case that the iPhone 4S was already ahead of the curve. Every area, that is, except for the OS. If anything, it's the operating system here that's beginning to feel a bit dated and beginning to show its age.

Still, the iPhone 5 absolutely shines. Pick your benchmark and you'll find Apple's thin new weapon sitting at or near the top. Will it convince you to give up your Android or Windows Phone ways and join the iOS side? Maybe, maybe not. Will it wow you? Hold it in your hand -- you might be surprised. For the iOS faithful this is a no-brainer upgrade. This is without a doubt the best iPhone yet. This is a hallmark of design. This is the one you've been waiting for.

While the hardware and design here is cutting edge, the software plays it safer than we would like. For those of you that have already left the Apple eco-system for Samsung or HTC, for example, the iPhone 5 isn't likely to draw you back. You might marvel at the build and design, but Apple with the iPhone 5 has created a smartphone that is too safe for you: you'll feel too mollycoddled.

Instead Apple has created a phone that the millions of current iPhone users will want to upgrade to. iPhone owners will love it, enjoy all those new features, and appreciate all the hard work, design, and engineering that has gone into it. The iPhone 5 is a phone that makes you feel safe. A phone that you know exactly how to use as soon as you take it out of the box and that is perfect for a huge number of people. It's a phone that, until you start craving the iPhone 6, will serve you very well indeed.

USA Today:
People have always had lofty expectations for the iPhone 5, especially as the competition stiffens. In delivering a fast, attractive, LTE-capable and larger-screen handset, Apple has met those expectations with a gem.

Overall, the iPhone 5 is an absolute homerun. Apple has taken what I still considered to be the best smartphone (the iPhone 4S) and perfected it in nearly every way. And yes, that includes in the battery life department. While it's hard to judge against a year-old iPhone 4S, the battery seems to be a bit better than it was a year ago (though there were some iOS issues as well). Apple claims 8 hours of 3G and LTE usage, and that seems about right.

If you've been debating getting the iPhone 5 - and it seems like many of you haven't debated it too much, with 2 million pre-orders - I suggest you make the jump. Even from the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5 is a big, noticeable improvement. (Though of course I understand that carrier contract commitments may come into play there as well.) If you have an iPhone 4 or, heaven forbid, an iPhone 3GS, get the iPhone 5 as soon as you can.

New York Times:
Should you get the new iPhone, when the best Windows Phone and Android phones offer similarly impressive speed, beauty and features?

The iPhone 5 does nothing to change the pros and cons in that discussion. Windows Phones offer brilliant design, but lag badly in apps and accessories. Android phones shine in choice: you can get a huge screen, for example, a memory-card slot or N.F.C. chips (near-field communication -- you can exchange files with other N.F.C. phones, or buy things in certain stores, with a tap). But Android is, on the whole, buggier, more chaotic and more fragmented -- you can't always upgrade your phone's software when there's a new version.

IPhones don't offer as much choice or customization. But they're more polished and consistently designed, with a heavily regulated but better stocked app catalog. They offer Siri voice control and the best music/movie/TV store, and the phone's size and weight have boiled away to almost nothing.

So, what to make of this latest upgrade. There's no denying that the iPhone 5 is a lovely thing, and the best iPhone to date. It could well be Apple's best-selling unit ever. But a lot has changed in a year, and the current crop of Android superphones – and the incoming Windows Phone 8 handsets – have closed the gap. For nearly every "new" feature announced at the Keynote, there was a Samsung, Android, Windows, Nokia, Sony or HTC fan saying "my phone already does that."

Apple's competitors never been closer in terms of quality, function and aesthetics and from your feedback on our social networks we know how many of you are jumping ship to phones with a bigger screen and more features. Given that iPhone 4S users can upgrade to iOS 6 and do just about everything the iPhone 5 can do, and that Android users can get similarly impressive handsets for less dosh, we reckon the smart money won't all be going on a new iPhone this year, even if the mass market can't get enough of it. It's good, very good. But it's no longer the best around.

Apple has taken an already great product and made it better, overall. Consumers who prefer huge screens or certain marginal features have plenty of other choices, but the iPhone 5 is an excellent choice.

The Loop:
My experience with the iPhone 5, iOS and the EarPods has been great. The iPhone is everything Apple said it would be and with iOS 6 built-in, it's clear to me that Apple has another winner on its hands.

I can't think of any good reason why anyone wouldn't upgrade or purchase the iPhone 5.

Living with the iPhone 5 for a week, I forgot about its large screen. I forgot how thin it was. I forgot about the camera improvements. Sometimes, I even forgot about 4G LTE, and got confused whether I was currently surfing on Wi-Fi or not. The iPhone settles in, feels natural, doesn't impose. Going back to my iPhone 4S, it feels thicker, heavier, small-screened, but no less impressively designed. Somehow, the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S feel like they can co-exist.

If you're looking for a show-off gadget, something with gee-whiz bells and whistles, then go somewhere else...except for the fact that people will inevitably want to see the iPhone 5 and grab it out of your hand. But, if you're looking for an excellent, well-conceived phone...well, here it is.

The First iPhone 5 Reviews Have Been Published Online
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ifonzie - September 21, 2012 at 8:23am
Iphone 4s looks crappy now, 5 is winner...so much easier to type on booo yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I feel all Predeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee now. My friends are tad jealuz and want 5 now too.
Martijn Bastiaans
Martijn Bastiaans - September 20, 2012 at 2:14pm
Well I will keep my 4S, just upgraded it to iOS 6 and it purrrs like a kitten, maybe later I will consider the 5 but not now. I have my 4S now only for a few months and I couldn't be happier after I had Android so no need for me to change it already.
Jacob Thole
Jacob Thole - September 20, 2012 at 2:10am
Well getting my iPhone 5, I think thus will be a good upgrade simply because well its better than the 4S in every way and then some. Sure a new connector but guess what it makes plunging on your phone easier and its more durable on well you can't do anything about it lol but a bigger screen the reason why they didn't go any bigger is to respect Steve and well of you preferred a small one then deal with the old phone and don't complain. And I'm glad that they have made the iPhone 5 with aluminum, hopefully it will be durable! But for me I can wait for it!!
Bree - September 19, 2012 at 4:51pm
how bout next time they don't change the ports... i mean... there's no way i'm buying an adapter to make sure i'm ok. plus my hands are too small for the new iPhone. you made a great product unreasonable. I like the smaller design over this one. I love my 4S. there's a saying which companies forget about when designing new phones... "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" I'm keeping my 4S, even if it becomes out of date.... i love my phone.
OniOni - September 19, 2012 at 4:17pm
How about if apple gives us two iPhones at once. One a larger model like the 5 and maybe they can make it a little wider too for those who like that and the second keep it like the 4S size for those who prefer it smaller. I have large hands by got used to the smaller 4s. What do you think?
OniOni - September 19, 2012 at 4:14pm
I'm looking forward to the iOS6 release in less than an hour from now much more than the iPhone5. Since I have the 4s it will work. Maybe in the next update or so we'll be able to do some customization like the color on some things like email and text as well as the font. That will be great because it gives a small change and keeps the over all feel of what it is now.
Sharpshooter - September 19, 2012 at 2:16pm
My coworker just received his, aerly arrival, it feels a lot lighter than my i4, the screen is bigger but feels right, its not like a S3 widescreen mini tv, wich is why they kept the form factor,, turns on really fast, and download speed in Miami shows 12.4 down 4.56 up. Other than that, no youtube, no google maps. Looks weird without those icons. Pretty nice. Fuck I didnt get mine on preorder.
sam - September 19, 2012 at 2:41am
Maybe they are planing big things for futures iPhones and thats the reason why they did not include a "innovative" design. What do u guys think?
Sam - September 19, 2012 at 2:54am
I'm just trying to put the disappointment of the new iPhone 5 somewhere else. But think about it for a sec. It is not that they can't get the new technology that other phones have. Maybe they don't want to do the same thing that everyone is doing?!?!? Idk maybe i am an idiot.
Tim - September 19, 2012 at 3:00am
Agreed, they didn't do enought this time, where's the innovation I love about apple? Everyone is just trying to be cool -_- even Opera raved about twitter without knowing much about it. When people say 'game' they think angry birds. When people say 'phone' they think iPhone. It's for the technologically ignorant who want to seem literate
pram man
pram man - September 19, 2012 at 2:39pm
bullshit its crap and it will be crap 4ever
Burchill - September 19, 2012 at 2:17am
I think apple (Cook) played it safe I'll Keep my iPhone 4 and pray the iPad mini is actually in the works, now that would be bold.
Santana - September 19, 2012 at 2:12am
I guess the real good thing about iphone 5 is the IOS 6 dont the ppl know that this same IOS 6 will be running on the Iphone 4 4s dont see the need to upgrade from 4s to a 5. Poin lest.
King - September 19, 2012 at 2:17am
Bet you any money that you will end up buying i5
Doozy - September 19, 2012 at 2:20am
I upgraded bc of lte.
Elizabeth - September 19, 2012 at 2:29am
pointless ??,,, hmmm do your research before speaking,,,,sounds like you are not able to upgrade ,,, don't hate ,,, love love love :D
Tim - September 19, 2012 at 2:52am
Lol, what's there to love? Blown way out of proportion. An iPhone bubble. $799aud for a 16gb iP5 or a $520 S3. All these reviews, not one negative thing to say, seriously?
NoGoodNick - September 19, 2012 at 4:18am
And that just pisses you off, doesn't it. Face it, while people like innovation, people REALLY like quality, usability and reliablity. The original iPhone sold only over 1 million phones. This one sold much more than that in a single day. People rant about it because it WORKS!
pram man
pram man - September 19, 2012 at 2:45pm
The worst thing is apple put little bugs in the older iphones so that they are slower (the slow down the processor). So people are going to buy sooner the new iphone (got this rumour from someone who worked for apple)
Timmy O-Toole
Timmy O-Toole - September 19, 2012 at 1:59am
Lookin' forward to receiving mine on Friday.
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