Thinner. Lighter. Faster. That is what Apple thinks of its new iPhone. But has Apple once delivered too little with the iPhone 5? I was amazed when the new iPhone 5 came out, but many people took to their social network accounts to express their bitter disappointment. They thought that Apple had delivered too little, like with the iPhone 4S. Well, their views have changed… The iPhone 5 is a beautiful phone. It’s light, unbelievably light. It is faster than before. And it is amazing.
Apple introduced the iPhone 5 to the world by elevating it from a hidden pylon, rising from the floor and literally sitting on a pedestal for the world to admire while precisely focused lights made the thing gleam like a jewel. Clearly, the company is confident that it’s knocked it out of the park again, and we have to agree. But, that new design isn’t perfect — not quite a grand slam, if you’ll allow us to continue the metaphor. When you hold the iPhone 5 in your hand for the first time, you will notice the larger screen. The iPhone 5 has a 4 inch Retina Display compared to the 3.5 inch Display on the iPhone 4S. You will also find that it is extremely light. You must know the facts by now: At 112 grams, it is 20% lighter than the iPhone 4S. That makes a lot of difference. The screen has been made taller, but not wider. This new height makes room for the 4 inch 1136 x 640 Retina Display. The larger display allows for more space to watch movies and browse the web. And, yes, the iPhone finally has an aspect ratio of 16:9. Yet, it’s still easy to use with one hand. Each corner is comfortably reachable by thumbs of nearly all sizes. The back of the phone is now made up of aluminium instead of the glass used on the 4S. The iPhone 5 comes in 2 colours, “Black and Slate” & “White and Silver”.
The white version offers a clean and sleek look while the black version is dark and menacing. You can decide which color you like according to your personality, but I like the white one (even though I got the black one, white was not available). The black version is said to have scratches out of the box, so consider that while buying your iPhone.
Goodbye 30-Pin connector. Hello, Lightning. Apple has been using the 30-Pin Connector for over more than ten years, but as devices were getting thinner and thinner, a change was needed. Thus, Lightning. Indeed the Dock connector must go and we won’t miss it, but Lightning doesn’t always feel like a confident step forward…
The Good: The Lightning Connector is much easier to use. You can connect it in any orientation to your iPhone. It is also really small than the old 30-Pin connector. It’s also small, seems infinitely more durable than its flimsy-feeling elder and even stronger than micro-USB alternatives.
The Bad: Although, the new Lighting Connector seems to check all the right tick boxes, it still comes short in many areas. Lightning is incompatible with more than roughly 30 million accessories available in the market, and this can cause frustration to a lot of people. Apple has released a solution: a Lightning to 30 Pin Adapter, but it might not work with your accessory. Lightning is a cheeky name based on the Thunderbolt cable. In fact, the implementation that comes with the iPhone 5 is based on USB 2.0, meaning that theoretical maximum data transfer rates are no faster than what came before. In practice, though, I was surprised to actually find a tangible difference between the two phones. Both the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S, while transferring multiple large files of 5.5 GB, has a transfer speed difference. Pulling 5.5GB of data from iTunes to the iPhone 4S took five minutes and six seconds on average. The same files took 3 minutes and 57 seconds to transfer to the iPhone 5. Now, I do not whether this was caused by the Lightning connector or by the phone’s faster internals.
The iPhone 5 features an all new processor know as the A6 Processor. Apple didn’t say anything about it except that it is “twice as fast” and “twenty-two percent smaller” than the A5X Chip. Fortunately, the world has methods to find out what is inside a chip (Geekbench). Geekbench identifies the A6 Processor as a dual-core 1.05 GHz Processor paired with 1 GB of Ram. A comparison of different iOS Devices can be found below: (The score is the score given to the device by Geekbench)
Why didn’t Apple tell this themselves? It’s clear the folks in Cupertino are sick of people trying to draw conclusions based on core count and gigahertz goals, so they’re just sitting this one out. Apple isn’t alone, with Intel emphasizing names like Core i5 and Core i7 over raw clock speeds, and Qualcomm and NVIDIA using iterative designations like S4 and Tegra 3 for their respective processors. Still, none have gone so far as to stop publishing key specifications altogether. For storage, you have the choice of 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB (on contract) for $ 199, $ 299, and $ 399 respectively. The storage is not expandable, but you use iCloud for backups.Apple has also increased the iPhone’s wireless connectivity options. The iPhone 5 now features LTE, along with many other connectivity options.
The iPhone 5 has an all new 4 inch display compared to the 3.5 inch display used on the previous iPhone models. This new display provides half-an-inch more screen real estate. It’s not a major difference, but it does give you more room for browsing the web and playing games. And it can be easily navigated using one hand. The iPhone 4S already had a brilliant display, and the iPhone 5 brings it up another notch. The iPhone 5 has one of the best displays on the market with regard to things like pixel density, brightness and contrast. It is a great device for using out in direct sunlight, though to be fair it’s a minor improvement over the 4S, which likewise doesn’t fear the sun.
The iSight camera on the iPhone 5 is basically unchanged from the camera in the 4S. The overall mechanism has been pared down a bit to fit within the tight confines of the iPhone 5, and the protective bit of glass on the outside has been replaced with a 6mm disc of crystal sapphire for durability. The iPhone 5 has a 8-megapixel, backside-illuminated sensor shooting through a five-element, f/2.4 lens. And, with the bigger screen, we now have a larger shutter release button, which is slightly easier to tap by big thumbs. While the camera on the back has minimal changes, the one on the front is a big step forward. Instead of the VGA camera, there is now a 1.2 Megapixel Facetime HD camera capable of recording 720p video. The resolution and overall image quality is massively improved with far-more accurate colour reproduction. With iOS 6, is Panorama Mode where you can tap one button and just sweep the phone around to create a massive image. The resulting image’s resolution is normally 11000 x 2500 but the exact resolution depends upon how smoothly you pan from left to right. The results are always impressive.
Performance and Battery Life
Two Times Faster? Better Graphics Performance? Better battery life? The iPhone 5 actually delivers over all these promises. Geekbench gave the iPhone 4S a score of 654 compared to the iPhone 5’s score of 1566. That’s more than twice as fast. You won’t see huge increases in day-to-day life, but apps load up quicker, HDR images are processed in half the time and tasks like video rendering in iMovie are equally expedient. The battery life of the iPhone 5 is also excellent. On minimal usage, you can easily last 2-3 days, and with increased usage, you can last for 12 hours with the iPhone 5.
The iPhone 5 ships with Apple’s latest iOS 6 with brings changes from iOS 5. Some are good. And some are bad. Maps falls into both areas. For more info, you can read the full list of iOS 6 features.
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 shines in all areas.It might not probably be enough to convert an Android or Windows user, but it is a worthy upgrade over the iPhone 4S. Will you like it? Hold it in your hand — you might be surprised.This is without a doubt the best iPhone yet. This is a hallmark of design. This is the iPhone you’ve been waiting for.