The arrival of the iPhone 5 earlier this year has given smartphone shoppers – especially those looking to upgrade to 4G an interesting conundrum.
There are Apple users all over the world that will inevitably buy the handset without a second thought, but with rival models like the Samsung Galaxy SIII also making an impression, does the new version of the iPhone really deliver? Here’s what the blogosphere thought when it eventually got the opportunity to play with one.
How is the new processor?
The new iPhone arrived with an updated processor, the A6, which was designed to speed up the device for everyday use. In truth, there was very little wrong with the A5 chip of the iPhone 4S, but it’s great that Apple is keen to stay ahead of its competitors. Commenting on the new chip, The Verge’s Joshua Topolsky said general multitasking and app performance was “superb”, adding “the differences between the older and newer models was clear”.
What about the larger screen?
One of the biggest selling points of the iPhone 5 was the larger retina display. Though the Galaxy SIII has an extra 0.8 inches, Apple claims its screen is ideal for video, apps and everything else while still fitting in your pocket. In his piece for Engadget, Tim Stevens said: “The new height results in a phone with more usable space and better presentation for HD content (the iPhone is finally 16:9). Yet, it’s still easy to use with one hand.”
Is iOS6 an improvement?
Although it is also available for use with the iPhone 4S, Apple’s iOS6 is still an important update for its successor. While it did experience some teething problems, the new Maps facility really is quite impressive and it is likely that further updates will only make it better. However, Luke Peters’ review for T3 highlighted a whole lot more. “Flyover, turn-by-turn navigation, Passbook, PhotoStream sharing, FaceTime over cellular, VIP Mailboxes, Facebook integration, Do Not Disturb, improved Siri, pre-determined text replies to phone calls, the list goes on,” he said.
Should I buy one?
Well, that all depends. Of course, the iPhone 5 continues to be one of the most desirable smartphones out there but the design, operating system and features are subject to preference when compared to the Galaxy SIII and others. Answering this question, Cnet’s Luke Westaway said: “Apple’s platform still has an edge when it comes to simplicity of use and app selection, but if you’re a keen tinkerer looking for something more adventurous, Samsung’s option may be more up your alley.”
There are plenty of reasons why the iPhone 5 should be on your list of considerations when shopping for a 4G smartphone, but maybe getting to grips with them all in a store first would be smart.