"A good improvement over the iPhone 4 but not the 4S"3.5 starson by rhonindk
Pros: Nice looking design, looks to have decent battery life, light weight and decent speed on wifi and LTE,
Cons: If you are used to Android or Win, this phone feels and looks scrawny. The screen, while taller, is a minimal improvement.
Then there are some "HUH?" software changes led by Apple Maps.
Summary: A good update to the iphone 4 and marginal for the 4S. If you are locked into the iOS world, a good phone and looks solid.Update after using this for a week:
If you are an Android or Win user, save your money.
Here is my overall take after a full day:
iPhone 5 Review
AT&T 16gb Black
Comparing phones: iPhone 4 and Galaxy Nexus (GSM)
First impression was "Nice!". The black looked good.
The I picked it up and went "Huh?". Note I use a Galaxy Nexus as my main device. The i5 reminded me of the old fashioned cabdy bar phones - like the Moto KRZR and other. It was nice but felt scrawny. Compared to my legacy i4, it was a good update in looks, compared to a Nexus..... let's see.
Next was the display. It was taller. Taller. Other than that not much else was a change. about a third of an ich taller than my i4. Side by side to the Nexus, is was ...... small.
Now for the real stuff; how well would this work and what was new.
Setup went well. Activated the phone and set it up as a copy of my i4 via iTunes. Only real issue was it exploded all my folders so I had to spend a few recreating on the i5.
Settings was a small change except for email. Now GMail is my main non-work mail system and I quickly found with iOS6 you can no longer sync your GMail contacts to your idevice. Why?!? So I went looking for an answer on Google and quickly found a way to use Exchange to sync my contacts. As a note, as this will is a work phone and once the work software is installed, there are strict iCloud restrictions.
Okay, I'm set ready to use...
Apparent speed - faster than the i4, slightly faster than my Nexus on Jelly Bean. I did some general tech news browsing, GNews, CNN, WSJ, and and the i5 and Nexus were very close. Did note a strange behavior on iOS6, there were times it would load the cached page instead of refreshing for new info. Have to dive into the settings... Overall it is a nice improvement over my i4 and on par with the Nexus.
Internet - wifi - I ran several quick checks, speed tests and the Nexus, i5 and my iPad are all pretty mych the same. I have a home 20mbps setup.
Internet - LTE - nice speed. Faster than my 4G Nexus and leaves my i4 in the dust. Expected. I can see folks quickly rocketing through their data plan. Wish it had a limit setting like Jelly Bean. Have to be keeping an eye on it. If anyone knows of a good one .....
Apps - most seem to run with minimal issues. The expected stuff you get with an OS update. The biggest notable so far has been maps. Won't go their except to say they really really suck. I'm in West Los Angeles and they are lacking. Lacking traffic, accuracy, public and all the other items I have come to expect. Sad.
Couple other points:
Battery - first impression it is on par with the Nexus. My i4 has had the battery issue and never really fixed.
Call quality - good. I didn't see any problems with a few test calls and sound wise it is on par with the Nexus and better than the i4. On speaker it is better than both. The other party could hear me with no issue.
Connector - small and not really sturdy. Hope the aftermarket better quality ones come soon. The cable looks as fragile as the old version.
Ergonomic - not that great. The 3GS and GNexus are the best ergo phones I have owned. The i5, well better than the i4, is far from good. It makes me want to wrap it in a case. Sigh. I prefer mine naked.
The top and bottom cap are glass. So while the aluminum back is nice (it does show skin oil marks rather well) it is not the great improvement I was hoping for. Time will tell if the glass is sturdy or ...
Overall after a full day, no real surprises in the hardware department. It is a nice improvement to my i4 but nothing really earthshaking. As my work phone it will be getting use and travel, but at this point I don't see the i5 becoming my go to device.
Updated on Sep 27, 2012
- battery last all day will moderate use. Use on par with my GNexus.
- memory management looks to be much better in iOS 6 (more of an OS +)
- the speaker phone is very poor and tinny sounding. Callers on the other end could hear me clearly.
- earbuds look nice but don't stay in your ear well at all. If you enter a moderately noisy area (subway) the music becomes difficult to hear clearly.
Updated on Oct 11, 2012After a few weeks now, my overall opinion of the i5 had shifted little from that initial finding. If you are married to iOS or really have to have an iPhone, this is a good phone for you. My single "watch out" for this device is maps. The app itself works well, the map data is significantly lacking. If you plan on maps, look elswhere. While there are a number of map apps and Google Maps via Safari, any built in service (Siri) uses Apple Maps.
No matter what phone you choose, enjoy it. Most have a limit on returns of 14 days in the US.
Updated on Oct 17, 2012A follow up to my original regarding the camera.
Pro: takes great pictures though you need to have it on HDR to get the really good photos.
Cons: HDR takes away the rapid point and shoot option. This device definitely suffers from the "purple haze" issue.
I am not a photographer. Just your ordinary take shots and hope they come out well kind of person. I took a number of photos on a trip recently with both my gNexus and iPhone 5. The photos from th i5 were significantly better as expected. However, a number of the photos (about 15% or so) suffered from a purple haze clouding the shot. This did not appear on any of the pics from the gNexus.
Result: the iPhone 5 camera is definitely sub par.