"Notice the one star reviews are coming from non-owners."5.0 starson by Treeeski
Pros: Fast, smooth, responsive, reliable and stable, beautiful picture and high resolution, great camera, very long battery life so far under moderately heavy use, intuitive and easy to use, well supported by developers and accessory manufactures.
Cons: None that I've come across, although it's only been a few days
Summary: A quick word before I get to the actual review... Notice how all of the negative reviews are coming from people who don't actually own the iPhone 5. Not one of them have mentioned a specific issue that a real owner would come across during use - they are all listing the online blog pre-release complaints. I have something for you to think about: If Apple is strictly based on hype and they "brainwash" people into buying their products through great marketing, then why do they have one of the most loyal fanbases in the world? If these products are as bad as you say, then why would people come back for more? Not only that, buy why would many users convert their entire household to Apple products if they were unhappy with their first one? Furthermore, how many real iPhone users have you heard from that actually dislike their phone? A few, I'm sure, but the vast majority not only like but absolutely love their iPhone. Some even love them enough to wait outside in the rain for days on end just to get the next one. Call it crazy if you'd like, but it speaks volumes about the products themselves.
Now onto the actual review... I preordered the iPhone 5 from Verizon, and upgraded from a Thunderbolt (not the greatest Android phone, I know). I own an iPad 2 and enjoy the simplicity that it offers, which is why I decided to make the switch to an iPhone. As cliche as it sounds, when I first turned it on and began setting it up I was blown away - the gorgeous display, the smooth transitions and fact that absolutely nothing is choppy or comes to a sudden stop, were all stark contrasts to what I had been used to. It even felt buttery smooth compared to the iPad. I was especially awed by the smooth scrolling within applications and websites. I am used to scrolling down my Facebook feed and seeing a slight stutter effect since there are so many links and photos, but on the iPhone it is as smooth as scrolling down a page of simple text. Switching between apps is fast, it launches apps very quickly, and web-browsing (whether this was just in my head or not) seemed much faster via WiFi than any other device in my house. It seems to turn on in about 30 seconds, which is such a relief from the four minutes that my Thunderbolt took.
I was a little concerned about dropping down in screen size from my 4.3" display to a 4" display, since I 6'5" and do not have any problem holding a larger phone. However, one thing I had overlooked is the resolution that each phone offers. The Thunderbolt actually has a pretty good looking screen, but the iPhone has such a high resolution that I found I was able to view a lot more on each screen, even with the smaller size. When I pulled up the same Facebook page on each device and laid them side by side, I could actually see about 40% more on the iPhone. Even though the iPhone has a smaller screen than most Android devices, users should to keep in mind that these other phones have larger status bars and virtual buttons that take up screen space.
Finally, I appreciate the ease of use and stability that seems to come with Apple products. I need my phone to make calls and text, browse the web and social network, take photos, and run a few apps. The iPhone 5 does this simply and beautifully. I work at a Best Buy (I know, I'm not their biggest fan either), and I see numbers of people who bring their Android phones and Windows PCs in for service because of random buggy issues. As a Windows and former Android user, I have experienced many of these first hand. Every customer, friend, and family member I have talked to who own Apple products say nothing but the best about them, and it's contagious. Their products work well, are simple to use, and come without the hassle that people are used to and have put up with for years. That is the magic of Apple, not the marketing hype.