Apple iPhone 5 Review
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Apple’s most anticipated device for the year is always the iPhone. So it goes without saying that the most awaited device for Apple consumers and those looking for a change from other platform were waiting for the iPhone 5. Rumours build up just got people more and more excited as the time went by. The end product is nothing less than stunning. Bu is it worth the upgrade? Hell yes. Many people were questioning Apple since their CEO Steve Jobs left this world; they questioned if they still were able to change effectively and continue to innovate. I guess iPhone 5 surely has the answers. The whole world seems to be obsessed with large 5 inch displays and then there are Apple users. But Apple knew they had to introduce a larger screen so s to allow users to do more with their phones and the end result is the most brilliant 4 inch display ever made which happens to be for the iPhone 5.
Apple and HTC are two companies who take the design and finish very seriously maybe even more than they should. They produce the most expensive looking and the best built devices in the whole consumer electronics world. Apple iPhone 5 is much powerful than the iPhone 4S. It is twice as fast as the 4S yet they managed to make it 25% lighter. There is no other high end smart phone which is as light as the iPhone 5, it just weighs about 109 grams! Yes it is even lighter than most feature phones. It is a huge engineering challenge to produce so many things in one device, better battery, larger speakers, faster processors etc and still keep it small and light – this exactly describes the iPhone 5. The back is completely flat with the best felt aluminium body finish. The back is seductively smooth and feels and looks just brilliant. iPhone 5 has the best smartphone built and finish on a smart phone till date, the only one possibly matching this is HTC One. The volume rockers are placed on the left side of the phone, the home button on top and the 3.5 mm head phone jack at the bottom. The bottom also has the finely grilled speakers that give real amazing sound while watching a video or listening to music. Apple surely gives one of the world’s best music experiences. The iPhone 5 is available in Black and White.
Apple has gone from 3.5 inch display on all iPhones since iPhone to 4 inch display on the iPhone 5. The company wanted to keep the aspect ratio so that developers do not have to change much or anything at all for their already successful apps. The 4 inch display is what Apple calls as the “Retina Display”. The retina display is not a full HD display but has colours most suitable to the human eye, hence the display gets so close to real life colours than any other display in the market. The resolution of the display is 640×1136 pixels with pixel density of 346ppi but do not be fooled, the displays don’t get any richer or denser than the one on Apple iPhone 5. HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 have brilliant full HD displays, even better than the iPhone 5 but the black levels and vibrancy iPhone 5 carries cannot be matched easily. Full HD video playback is just stunning on the 4 inch retina display but yes not as good as the HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S4.
Even after the release of iPhone 5, Apple has not changed the way we take the photographs. They still have not given us the access to ISO settings or anything standard that we might get on other platforms. But the camera is just blissful to use. The primary one is an 8MP camera and the front facing is a 1.3MP camera. Instead of the standard material for lens, Apple uses a special stone and glass to give better clarity to the images. The end result is the most detailed and clear photos on a smart phone. But yeah that is debatable. The primary camera is capable of recording crisp and beautiful full HD 1080p video and the front camera can record it in 720p. While recording video you can also take photographs.
Taking a panorama shot on the iPhone 5 is very easy, go to the mode and just move around, the software guides you with an arrow for orientation and asks you to be steady or slow down if you are going too fast. It automatically stitches the shot as you take them and at the end of it you can see the result. When you tap into the image and zoom into it, you can see even the minute of details are well visible and are very clear. HDR mode is very controlled and does not over detail the image or change too much of the colours.
There is no dedicated night mode for the iPhone 5. There is a flash available for the back camera though using flash at night does not get the true clarity of the colours at the night. But overall it is a brilliant camera.
Out of the box you get the iOS 6 on the iPhone 5 which can be upgraded to the latest update available. And by fall 2013, the iPhone 5 will be running on the completely new iOS the iOS 7. The fundamentals will be more or less the same but yet so different. Let us talk about what it does have right now. From the lock screen you can access the camera, Apple could have or should have done a lot more with the lock screen itself. But the best thing about the whole experience is, you can use the iPhone 5 with one hand and one hand only thanks to the overall size of the iPhone 5 and iOS’s simplicity. The applications are available in icons, a proper stream of them. You get to have 4 apps on the bottom whichever you want so that you can access them irrespective of the home page you are at. The dialler is pretty standard and so is everything else. You can swipe down from the top to get the notification centre where you can post a facebook status and check weather and stocks apart from checking the notifications itself. iOS 6 is a real simple OS and gives the easiest smart phone experience on a mobile phone. Also you will never have to question the presence of apps or quality of apps on the App Store.
Siri is the voice assistant that can do a lot of things for you. You hold on to the home button to call Siri and for information you can simply ask “Hey, what is the height of Kobe Brayant” and it will answer you and give you a card that has more info on Kobe. For weather “What is the weather like outside” and then it answers you and gives you a proper forecast of the area. You can even ask her “should I carry my umbrella” and stuff like that and still it understands and answers you. You can ask for scores, make dinner reservations, call, set a reminder or alarm, tweet, post Facebook and do a lot more. But Siri needs an internet connection to do all of this. It does get stuck occasionally which can be annoying. Siri is still developing and by time it will get better, it needs to get better.
Performance and Memory
Apple iPhone 5 has a Dual Core 1.3 GHz Apple’s A6 processor chip. When it released in Oct of 2012 the iPhone 5 was one of the fastest phones in smartphone town but then came the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One and took that away just too easily. The iPhone 5 also has 1GB of RAM which is more than just sufficient to get many apps opened on the background while you still go on doing something else on the phone. It less laggy than Samsung Galaxy S4 or of that matter of fact any Android phone but the Windows Phone 8 does give it a competition in being lag free and moving things like a simple wave. The iPhone 5 comes in with 3 available memory options: 16GB/32GB/64GB with no further expansion. The battery of the iPhone is a little disappointing; it gibes just 255hrs of standby and 8hrs of talk time on 3G connection. The phone is compatible with 4G LTE networks too. There is no NFC for the iPhone 5 and Bluetooth only pairs up with Apple hardware or wireless Bluetooth speakers and headphones.
iPhone 5 is one of the best high end phones available in the market. Though it is going to be a year after its release, the iPhone 5 still sells in the top 3 of US markets. The finish and feel of this phone is beyond amazing. It is really sleek and sexy. The retina display is to die for. The camera is absolutely brilliant and user friendly. If you need power and more power then S4 and HTC One are a better option but for seamless smartphone experience- Apple iPhone 5 is the answer.
Apple iPhone 5 is available for-
Rs.45,000: 16GB model.
Rs.59,000: 64GB model.
|GENERAL||2G Network||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – GSM A1428|
|CDMA 800 / 1900 / 2100 – CDMA A1429|
|3G Network||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 – GSM A1428|
|CDMA2000 1xEV-DO – CDMA A1429|
|4G Network||LTE 700 MHz Class 17 / 1700 / 2100 – GSM A1428 or LTE 850 / 1800 / 2100 – GSM A1429|
|LTE 700 / 850 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 – CDMA A1429|
|Status||Available. Released 2012, September|
|BODY||Dimensions||123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm (4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 in)|
|Weight||112 g (3.95 oz)|
|DISPLAY||Type||LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||640 x 1136 pixels, 4.0 inches (~326 ppi pixel density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass, oleophobic coating|
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration, proprietary ringtones|
|Internal||16/32/64 GB storage, 1 GB RAM|
|Speed||DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE, 100 Mbps; EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v4.0 with A2DP|
|CAMERA||Primary||8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality|
|Features||Simultaneous HD video and image recording, touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama, HDR|
|Video||Yes, 1080p@30fps, video stabilization, check quality|
|Secondary||Yes, 1.2 MP, 720p@30fps, face detection, FaceTime over Wi-Fi or Cellular|
|FEATURES||OS||iOS 6, upgradable to iOS 6.1.4, planned upgrade to iOS 7.0|
|CPU||Dual-core 1.3 GHz|
|GPU||PowerVR SGX 543MP3 (triple-core graphics)|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|Messaging||iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS|
|– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
– Siri natural language commands and dictation
– iCloud cloud service
– Twitter and Facebook integration
– iBooks PDF reader
– Audio/video player/editor
– Document viewer
– Image viewer/editor
– Voice memo/dial/command
– Predictive text input
|BATTERY||Non-removable Li-Po 1440 mAh battery (5.45 Wh)|
|Stand-by||Up to 225 h (2G) / Up to 225 h (3G)|
|Talk time||Up to 8 h (2G) / Up to 8 h (3G)|
|Music play||Up to 40 h|
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