Pros Universal Content/Sharing
Cons Screen is smaller than the competing phones
No SD card slot for expanding storage
Camera not equal to some of the other top phones
Speakers pointing down is not a good design
Apple Maps still has issues
Battery life could be better
Summary Everyone knows it's lighter and slimmer. Some love it, some think it makes it feel cheap. I carry my phone when I go biking, walking, or running, so I for one welcome the new design. I think the favorite thing for me about the new screen is that it can display an extra row of icons, which means your folders can fit more, and you can have more on one screen. I like to keep everything fitting on one page right there for me to access. The screen is brighter, and color saturation is noticeably better, blacks are blacker, colors are more rich. The phone has LTE which means it will connect to networks faster, and it has 3 microphones, and noise canceling for better audio. The new earbuds are improved (mostly in design, not sound quality) I do wish it came in more colors, but black and white are essential choices, and will do. Hopefully they will bring out more choices, at least Red and Silver.
This is the iOS you know and love. Fundamentally the same, but with new features (Siri, Panoramic Photos, Facetime over 3G) Some people complain that it hasn't changed enough since the first iPhone. It's essentially quite simple, which is the aesthetic that defines Apple. How much has OSX changed in the past 7 years? Not much either. If one wanted to change the style of the icons and fonts, they do have the option to jailbreak. What I like about iOS is that there's only as many menus as there needs to be. With Android you will see redundant menus, and see settings more than once in several menus. Also I was peeved by the back button and the way it serves a different purpose depending on the context. Will pressing it take you back to the apps main menu? Or will it close the app? I dont know! Press it and find out! The fact that they made the iPhone work fundamentally with just the one home button is a feat of itself. Widgets are cool to have, but I always ended up disabling them to conserve battery life and cut down cpu/ram usage. The notification menu, and icon badges suffice for quick indications.
While both Android and iOS have far more apps than any human could sample in a lifetime, what matters most is quality, not quantity. iPhone has all of the best apps at its disposal, many of which do not exist on Android. Games like Infinity Blade II, SF Volt, Chinatown Wars, Fairway Solitaire, music apps like Animoog, DM1, iKaossilator, and Rebirth, and essential apps like iTunes U, Pages, and iMovie. When I switched to Android, I found that there were a lot of great apps I missed that were not on Google Play store. Since i've switched back to iPhone 5, I did not notice any key apps that are on Android but not on iOS.
The first thing I noticed on this new model is how snappy everything is. Tasks are executed fast. Launching apps, pages loading, switching through menus, it does it in a breeze. iOS runs smoothly because it's coded in C, while Android is coded in Java, which has a lot of inefficiencies. I've heard people complain of laggy performance even on the new S4. I believe the overhead of Android's coding is creating a bottleneck, which is why even with a quad core snapdragon, you can still have performance issues. Software is just as important, if not more important, than the hardware. My Sams
I have an iPad, and iMac. If I play a game of Vice City on my iPad, I can continue on the same save on my iPhone when I leave my house. If I made a note with some important info on my iMac, i'll have it on my iPad to refer to, no 3rd party apps needed. If I purchase a universal game, I get it on my phone and tablet. If I am having a text conversation with a friend on my iPhone, I can continue on any other device and see all previous messages. Photos and videos are shared among all the devices as well. I also like that I can facetime with all my friends and family who have an iOS device. When I had an Android phone, I couldn't get everyone to create Skype accounts and get the app.
The iPhone has been smooth sailing. With the two Android phones, I had a handful of issues. The phone would often freeze, and I would have to restart. Icons would disappear. Keyboard input lagged. Screen brightness would adjust itself, even though auto brightness was shut off. The only thing i've experienced is the occasional app crashing, which is often the coding of the app itself, not necessarily an iPhone issue.
I like knowing that if I have an issue with the phone, I can go to my local Apple store, and they will either fix it, or replace it with a new one there on the spot. With other manufacturers, they either contract their repairs to a 3rd party business, or they require you to go through the RMA process, ship the phone to them, which can take weeks. If you have an issue that can be resolved over the phone, you will be surprised when you call Apple support and have your call answered by a human being, who's a native english speaker from the United States.
Being a musician, I like that you have the ability to plug in an instrument (guitar, piano, bass) and use recording, modeling, and effects apps, this opens you up to a whole world of music production. One of the deal breakers with Android is that you can't connect a music instrument due to the latency inherent in the software (maybe this will be resolved in the future). This means apps like GarageBand, Ampkit, Amplitube, JamUP, Nano Studio, are not possible on Android.
I also like the aluminum body, and the distinction that it's currently the only phone that's not plastic. The HTC One claims to, but it's actually an overlay, fused with plastic. Another thing I appreciate is the lack of bloatware. iPhones come with a higher percentage of free space than Android phones, and considering that some of the new Android phones don't have SD card slots, it's significant. Some of them even have 7GB of used space out of the box. Also, Apple products have the highest resale value of any brand. If you do end up deciding to sell your phone in the future, you will get more for it.
Screen is smaller than the competing phones
No SD card slot for expanding storage
Camera not equal to some of the other top phones
Speakers pointing down is not a good design
Apple Maps still has issues
Battery life could be better (like all smartphones)
Design could benefit from a refresh
Also iOS does not have a lot of the software features that the new Android versions have. Some of these features are useful, some of them are more of a novelty that look good on paper, and some you will probably never use. But it's nice to have these options. Being able to choose a different default browser, using hand gestures for phone functions, being able to do multiple attachments for emails, these are the more useful ones.
This phone is what is best for me, but not everyone of course. We all have different tastes, preferences, and uses. For me, it's the integration with my iPad, and iMac, the integration with my friends and family who have iOS devices, and it is the ability to plug in an instrument for practicing, sketching songwriting ideas, and recording riffs. Also, i'm a semi avid gamer, and having access to the best library of games is significant to me. I also value simplicity, reliability, and smooth performance, over options suited for "power users". In my humble opinion, iOS is a better experience for me. With the past 2 Android phones, I would get enticed by a new model, enjoy them for a 1-2 month honeymoon period, grow disillusioned by it's shortcomings, then go back to an iPhone. I need to stop doing that, as it's not very cheap!
Lastly, I think everyone should try both, before deciding on what platform is best for them. With that said, the iPhone 5 is a good place to start, and before you buy I suggest you have to check for best price at: Smartphonesindy.blogspot.com/p/apple-iphone-5.html
I hope this review is helpful, good luck!
Pros Nice looking design, looks to have decent battery life, light weight and decent speed on wifi and LTE,
Cons If you are used to Android or Win, this phone feels and looks scrawny. The screen, while taller, is a minimal improvement.
Then there are some "HUH?" software changes led by Apple Maps.
Summary A good update to the iphone 4 and marginal for the 4S. If you are locked into the iOS world, a good phone and looks solid.Update after using this for a week:
If you are an Android or Win user, save your money.
Here is my overall take after a full day:
iPhone 5 Review
AT&T 16gb Black
Comparing phones: iPhone 4 and Galaxy Nexus (GSM)
First impression was "Nice!". The black looked good.
The I picked it up and went "Huh?". Note I use a Galaxy Nexus as my main device. The i5 reminded me of the old fashioned cabdy bar phones - like the Moto KRZR and other. It was nice but felt scrawny. Compared to my legacy i4, it was a good update in looks, compared to a Nexus..... let's see.
Next was the display. It was taller. Taller. Other than that not much else was a change. about a third of an ich taller than my i4. Side by side to the Nexus, is was ...... small.
Now for the real stuff; how well would this work and what was new.
Setup went well. Activated the phone and set it up as a copy of my i4 via iTunes. Only real issue was it exploded all my folders so I had to spend a few recreating on the i5.
Settings was a small change except for email. Now GMail is my main non-work mail system and I quickly found with iOS6 you can no longer sync your GMail contacts to your idevice. Why?!? So I went looking for an answer on Google and quickly found a way to use Exchange to sync my contacts. As a note, as this will is a work phone and once the work software is installed, there are strict iCloud restrictions.
Okay, I'm set ready to use...
Apparent speed - faster than the i4, slightly faster than my Nexus on Jelly Bean. I did some general tech news browsing, GNews, CNN, WSJ, and and the i5 and Nexus were very close. Did note a strange behavior on iOS6, there were times it would load the cached page instead of refreshing for new info. Have to dive into the settings... Overall it is a nice improvement over my i4 and on par with the Nexus.
Internet - wifi - I ran several quick checks, speed tests and the Nexus, i5 and my iPad are all pretty mych the same. I have a home 20mbps setup.
Internet - LTE - nice speed. Faster than my 4G Nexus and leaves my i4 in the dust. Expected. I can see folks quickly rocketing through their data plan. Wish it had a limit setting like Jelly Bean. Have to be keeping an eye on it. If anyone knows of a good one .....
Apps - most seem to run with minimal issues. The expected stuff you get with an OS update. The biggest notable so far has been maps. Won't go their except to say they really really suck. I'm in West Los Angeles and they are lacking. Lacking traffic, accuracy, public and all the other items I have come to expect. Sad.
Couple other points:
Battery - first impression it is on par with the Nexus. My i4 has had the battery issue and never really fixed.
Call quality - good. I didn't see any problems with a few test calls and sound wise it is on par with the Nexus and better than the i4. On speaker it is better than both. The other party could hear me with no issue.
Connector - small and not really sturdy. Hope the aftermarket better quality ones come soon. The cable looks as fragile as the old version.
Ergonomic - not that great. The 3GS and GNexus are the best ergo phones I have owned. The i5, well better than the i4, is far from good. It makes me want to wrap it in a case. Sigh. I prefer mine naked.
The top and bottom cap are glass. So while the aluminum back is nice (it does show skin oil marks rather well) it is not the great improvement I was hoping for. Time will tell if the glass is sturdy or ...
Overall after a full day, no real surprises in the hardware department. It is a nice improvement to my i4 but nothing really earthshaking. As my work phone it will be getting use and travel, but at this point I don't see the i5 becoming my go to device.
Updated on Sep 27, 2012
- battery last all day will moderate use. Use on par with my GNexus.
- memory management looks to be much better in iOS 6 (more of an OS +)
- the speaker phone is very poor and tinny sounding. Callers on the other end could hear me clearly.
- earbuds look nice but don't stay in your ear well at all. If you enter a moderately noisy area (subway) the music becomes difficult to hear clearly.
Updated on Oct 11, 2012After a few weeks now, my overall opinion of the i5 had shifted little from that initial finding. If you are married to iOS or really have to have an iPhone, this is a good phone for you. My single "watch out" for this device is maps. The app itself works well, the map data is significantly lacking. If you plan on maps, look elswhere. While there are a number of map apps and Google Maps via Safari, any built in service (Siri) uses Apple Maps.
No matter what phone you choose, enjoy it. Most have a limit on returns of 14 days in the US.
Updated on Oct 17, 2012A follow up to my original regarding the camera.
Pro: takes great pictures though you need to have it on HDR to get the really good photos.
Cons: HDR takes away the rapid point and shoot option. This device definitely suffers from the "purple haze" issue.
I am not a photographer. Just your ordinary take shots and hope they come out well kind of person. I took a number of photos on a trip recently with both my gNexus and iPhone 5. The photos from th i5 were significantly better as expected. However, a number of the photos (about 15% or so) suffered from a purple haze clouding the shot. This did not appear on any of the pics from the gNexus.
Result: the iPhone 5 camera is definitely sub par.
Pros *4G LTE
*Much improved display
*Excellent front and rear camera
*Super, super fast web surfing
*Great looking design, so happy to be away from the glass back.
Cons *The obvious incompatibility with prior accessories.
*Maps - The Maps app is almost comical. But I feel bad for people that depend on it. It needs to be fixed ASAP.
Summary I recently tried the Samsung Galaxy S3, and while yes, it's an amazing phone, it crashed on me constantly. I mean, constantly. I returned it after a week. I don't think Samsung has the QC that Apple does with their hardware. True, it had a gorgeous display, but it's way too big. I'm a one handed texter, and the iPhone is still perfect for that. The display is gorgeous, the internet loads at breakneck speed. Also, it is a downright beautiful looking phone. Coming from a 4 to a 5, I'm very happy and very impressed. If I owned a 4S, I'd probably sit this one out. I also don't know that I would pay the exorbitant amount it costs if you're not eligible for a full upgrade, but for $200, I can picture myself extremely happy for the next 2 years.
Pros 4" screen is the perfect smart-phone size. Very thin and very light. Elegant design. Fast LTE with Verizon. Great battery life and something I haven't read much about, battery recharge is FAST. I assume that new connector wasn't added just for fun.
Cons Apple maps are competent but not ready for prime time. They should kept Google maps for the iPhone 5 and spent the next year perfecting Apple maps. The screen allows for a new row of icons but they are small. I'd prefer less icons that are larger.
Summary Having the phone for 3 days I am very happy with it. It's functional art piece. Ergonomically, it feels perfect in the palm; very light and thin. Coming off Android I am happy to be back in the Apple ecosystem. It is easy to use and navigate around. Snappy performance opening apps and web pages. The battery life is proving to be a huge step over my last phone. 4G and wi-fi can stay on all the time now! That's a huge bonus versus turning them on/off on my old EVO as needed to save battery. Fully charging the phone from about a 5% charge to full takes less than an hour. I am liking this new connector already. In a cellular landscape where many phones are beginning to resemble LCD TV's, I am happy Apple kept the screen to 4". If I wanted a tablet, I'd use my iPad. Iphone 5 goes almost unnoticeable in the pocket. I'll update this review after a month or so. Hopefully Apple will have made advances with maps by then but it will probably take much longer than that to get close to Google.One more thing to add, the voice recognition on this phone is way ahead of what I was accustomed to. There are not many corrections to make when e-mailing or texting using voice. Big points for that. I am also very impressed so far with Siri's quick and helpful responses
Updated on Sep 23, 2012
Pros Fast, great screen quality, iOS/OSX integration, good camera, panorama mode is cool. Decent battery life.
Cons Would have been 4 stars had it not been for Apple Maps. Because navigation is a primary reason I have a smartphone at all, this couldn't go unpunished. The jury is still out on Siri.
Summary Recently retired my old HTC Droid Incredible, it died an unspeakable death the day before the iPhone5 hit the stores. Went to the local Verizon office the next day, and noticed they had the new phone for sale. Being in the middle of nowhere (Sioux Falls) sometimes has its advantages - I had my iPhone 5 at 8:15 a.m. the day it went on sale.
Some background - I liked my Droid. It was old, slow, it's battery was shot. But I liked the way it integrated with Gmail (duh!), and had many apps I liked (including Google Sky - one of the best free apps in existence). I knew I would miss the "back" button if I went to an iPhone. But I've had macs for years, and would have had an Apple before now if AT&T had any semblance of coverage in the frozen plains of eastern South Dakota. But going from a Droid to an iPhone was a tough choice.
Took the phone home - set up was straightforward. Unlike other reviews here, I thought using exchange to set up my gmail account was pretty simple. Itunes integration was pretty easy, so between my Imac, two mac books my wife's 4S, my 4G iPod Touch and Airplay - I have my music everywhere. And I disagree with those trashing the earpods - they're great for FREE earbuds (although I wouldn't pay money for them).
NB - be careful with the new facebook integration. Somehow, when I set up my contacts, all my FB friends ended up in my contacts list. It was a PITA to get them all out. I'm sure it was user error, but be careful.
Really liked the camera. The Panorama camera mode is very cool - I now often find myself standing with my phone and spinning in circles everywhere. The camera overall performs well enough that I'm considering using it as my primary point-and-shoot (retiring my old Panny LX1). Low light performance was good, HDR mode did as well as one might expect from a camera phone.
The screen is very clear and sharp, played videos well - both from iTunes and the web. i'm not a gamer, can't comment on game graphics. Reading was easy (NYtimes apps, others). And the size of the screen was more than adequate.
For the record - I'm not a fan of phones pretending to be tablets. I find the Galaxy SIII to be comically large, and assume many men stuff them tightly into their pants to impart a false impression of virility. The iPhone 5 is as big as I need a phone to be.
Maps - this has been covered everywhere, so I don't need to rehash it all here. Apple maps are okay in Sioux Falls, which doesn't throw the application any navigational curve balls. But in larger cities - particularly those having extensive public transportation systems with multiple choices for transport (metro, bus, train, etc.) - Google maps are so far ahead I can't see Apple catching up for years. (To date, tested in DC and NYC). For business I still have another Droid - there's a good chance my iPhone won't stray far from home until this is fixed.
If I were Google, I would make an iOS 6 Google Map app and charge for it - they'd make a lot of money. But I'm me, and hope they do it for free.
Siri - amusing, but I can't say I find it useful very often. Maybe I'm shy around virtual females and become inarticulate ("who am I" becomes "who am pie" and then the fun begins). For some reason, she insists that I'm the owner of a local Lebanese restaurant and keeps asking about my mother.