The recently released iPhone 5 has broken pre-order sales records with a whopping 5 million handsets sold in the first day alone.
I never had the previous iPhone 4S as I felt it was not enough of an upgrade from the iPhone 4 to justify it. However, I was out of contract when the iPhone 5 was released so ordered for release day and purchased it from Three for only £79, excellent price.
The first thing you will notice about the device is that it is extremely light and thin. So thin that you could put a small case on the phone and it will still be thinner than the iPhone 4/S. It is also the thinnest phone on the market right now. Thin may sound uncomfortable but it really is not, it is very comfortable to use. It is also slightly longer with a 4” screen. Some may not want a bigger screen but actually it is a good size. I have small hands and still I am able to use it comfortably.
The next thing you will notice is how fast this phone is. It is incredibly fast and apps load in the blink of an eye. It has a new A6 dual core processor which is double the speed of the previous processor used in the iPhone 4S and the new iPad. Through some magical engineering it also is the highest scoring phone in test benchmarks on the market even beating quad core processor phones including Samsung’s flagship phone the S3. Everything runs so fast and smooth, from bringing up the phone app to loading the biggest of apps like games. Multitasking and switching from app to app just flows as it should with no stutter or lag.
The camera is the same 8 megapixel as the previous model but now it has a larger and improved lens – proof itself that megapixels are not the important factor in cameras, it is the quality of the lens which matters. Another improvement is in the colour saturation, the 5 has the same retina screen as the 4S (albeit slightly longer) but has higher colour saturation so everything looks brighter and more colourful. I found this was quite noticeable in the regular games that I play.
Battery life has seen an improvement although not a vast improvement, the improvements are more inside – a faster processor would require a better battery to keep up. I still get through the day with about 80% battery left over. Not bad for a phone range where people think the battery is poor – that is just a myth.
I welcome also Apple’s new earphones which are bundled. Apple spent 3 years designing and developing these new earphones. They are shaped like a weird aliens head but fit perfectly in the ear lobe like they were moulded for everybody.
The one let down which must be mentioned is that they have changed the connector port for charging the phone so if you have old cables or docks you wish to use you would need to buy an expensive adaptor. Bad Apple, the connector needed changing so they could fit in the new components but they could have included an adaptor with the phone, it is not like they cannot afford it. I want an extra cable for my PC but I am not spending £15-25 on one.