Monday, October 22, 2012

Test: iPhone 5

After a month of reading, searching and testing here are my impressions on the new iPhone 5; claimed to be the "best iPhone ever made" by Apple (I will try to be as objective as possible)

Reminder of it's specs:

  • Apple iOS 6
  • 4" screen with a 1136×640 resolution
  • Screen format 16/9, contrast rate of 800:1
  • Dual Core A6 processor (1Ghz they say)
  • 16, 32 or 64 internal Memory (Still no SD card)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8MPx front camera with flash and the panorama function
  • 1080p video recording
  • 1.2MPx front camera with 720p video recording
  • EarPods
  • Accelerometer+Gyro
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Wif b/g/n dual band
  • 4G LTE for the united states
  • HSPA+ for the other countries
  • Weight 112g
Note: Siri has more functions, we regret the absence of NFC, direct Wifi and USB 3.0

An image is worth a thousand word so here's an image than should make it clear

It is a nice design, very comfortable in hand, it is different from the plastic of the SGS 3 or the hTC One X (you are paying more than 700$ so it is normal)
The screen is 0.5" bigger, merely unnoticeable. While holding it in hand you won't be able to make the difference between it and the 4S. 
It is very light so you are afraid of making it fall 

An image of the new outlet called Lightning
Note that it has a special device that recognize if the cable is an official one or not. 
The screen color are just as they should be, not over colored like an AMOLED screen (though I like it)

Sound? Just 2 speakers like the 4S with a better sound quality. 
The earpods are better than what Apple used to give us for years, more bass but not worth 30$.
The "semi-intra" design of the EarPods is comfortable but will hurt you on the long term (I didn't like them much)
Battery? Just like the 4S, can't last a day. If you use it heavily (video, internet, browsing) it will run dry at approximately 6PM.

It is a good phone, but deceiving because it could have been a way better phone. The iPhone 5 is what the 4S should have been. For Mr Everybody this is the perfect phone, but for Geeks you will find what makes you happy with the some more customizable phone like on Android.

Awaiting the new Nexus to come and the New Nokia Lumia.
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