This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.
CNET Top 5: Features missing from iPhone 5
About Video Transcript

CNET Top 5: Features missing from iPhone 5

3:07 /

The iPhone 5 is a nice step forward for Apple, but there are still a few features we won't see until iPhone 6.

The iPhone 5. The whole thing is a little taller, a little faster, and now has the 4G they should have added a year ago. But with the competition from Google and Microsoft, itÃ?Â?s surprising that Apple didnÃ?Â?t raise the stakes a little higher. So what would have put the iPhone 5 over the top? IÃ?Â?m Donald Bell, and in this episode of Top 5 weÃ?Â?re looking at the top 5 features missing from the iPhone 5. 5. NFC Starting off at #5: NFC. Near-field communication. The ability to use your phone to make a payment, share photos, or launch an app, all by placing the phone over a sensor. ItÃ?Â?s like magic, and I thought Apple was all about the magic. They could have gotten out in front of this thing, but instead theyÃ?Â?re just sitting back watching Android fans rub on each other. Ewww. 4. Higher capacity At #4: higher capacity. Tim Cook said that AppleÃ?Â?s average customer is using more than 100 apps. You add that up with 1080p camcorder, music, photos, and HD movie downloads, and youÃ?Â?re going to max out that iPhone pretty quick. They DO know that The Hobbit is coming out, right? What self respecting nerd isnÃ?Â?t going to download that to their phone? Give us a 128GB model, or for heavenÃ?Â?s sake, put a microSD card slot on there. 3. Biometric security Coming in at #3: biometric security. Now hereÃ?Â?s a feature that really could have differentiated the iPhone. Instead of unlocking your phone with a swipe or a password, you have it read your fingerprint. Apple spent $360 million this year to acquire a company that specialized in exactly this kind of fingerprint scanning, so itÃ?Â?s just a matter of time. It just would have been cool if that time was now. 2. Wireless charging At #2: wireless charging. This is a feature thatÃ?Â?s becoming much more common on smartphones. You walk in the door and plop your phone down on a little charging plate and go on with your life. ItÃ?Â?s the kind of elegant, uncluttered solution that seems so totally Apple, but they so totally missed it. Interstitial: #1 feature we didnÃ?Â?t want on the iPhone 5: Lightning port! Speaking of charging, before we get to #1 letÃ?Â?s take a minute to recognize the worst feature included on the iPhone 5: the new Lightning port. What an utterly pointless new feature. Aside from the fact that itÃ?Â?s smaller, it adds nothing to the phone and breaks compatibility with EVERY DOCKING ACCESSORY EVER MADE! Even the adapter just looks like a big fat middle finger from Apple. 1. Significantly better battery life Alright, and now the #1 feature missing from the iPhone 5: better battery life. I know itÃ?Â?s a little better using some metrics, and it probably required a miracle of engineering to make a 4G phone this thin without hacking the battery life down to minutes. But who said we wanted a phone this thin? I donÃ?Â?t care if my phone has some junk in the trunk. Just give me more battery so I donÃ?Â?t have to go running for that idiotic Lightning cable. (Sigh) So there you go, all the features that should have been in the iPhone 5. But donÃ?Â?t let my negativity get to you. ThereÃ?Â?s still plenty to love about this smartphone. For the full rundown, check out CNETÃ?Â?s iPhone 5 review over at Phones. CNET.com. And for more Top 5s like this, head over to Top5. CNET.com. IÃ?Â?m Donald Bell, thanks for watching.
  • This is the interactive sidebar!

    Click any icon for more information as they appear--don't worry, we'll pause the video and wait for you to come back.

  • Links Polls Galleries
  • Video Review

New releases

More tech ideas for Halloween
0:58 October 23, 2014
Halloween is right around the corner. Whether you're looking for a sweet or scary way to celebrate, CNET's...
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 074: VR moon tours,...
25:03 October 23, 2014
On today's show, we discuss virtual reality tours of the moon using Oculus Rift, all the crazy things we spotted...
Play video
iPhone 6 You Up - The Music Vi...
2:55 October 23, 2014
We celebrate the launch of the iPhone 6 with "iPhone 6 You Up". All night.
Play video
Facebook Rooms joins the anonymous-chat...
2:54 October 23, 2014
A new app from Facebook puts a twist on anonymous messaging, Apple stores still see long lines for iPhones,...
Play video
Microsoft's Chromecast competitor...
1:39 October 23, 2014
This little dongle sends your screen from your Windows machine (and some Android devices) right to your T...
Play video
Take a look at the Windows 10 Start...
1:21 October 23, 2014
Windows 10 has revamped the Start menu; let's check it out.
Play video
Marantz SR5009 receiver: Stunningly...
1:44 October 23, 2014
The Marantz SR5009 looks and feels more upscale than the competition's receivers, and it follows through with...
Play video
Apple Pay vs. Google Wallet vs....
2:14 October 23, 2014
Sharon Profis compares the security, ease of use and availability of some of the most popular mobile payment...
Play video