"From iPhone 1 to 5"4.5 starson by Dunneback
Weight and size
Apps Apps Apps!
Cons: Battery (Worst with iOS 7)
Wish the camera focus faster
Summary: This might be the last iPhone I ever buy. The 5 seems to solve almost all the problems that the previous iPhones had. I have been an iPhone customer ever since the first one was announce. All the old iPhones were plague with problems such as limited App support, slow browser, poor camera, laggy Apps, weight, low resolution, etc. The 5 have none of these problems. The only problem the iPhone 5 have is poor battery life.
I mostly use this phone for lightweight computer stuff like browsing, YouTube, movies, music, word processing, email, camera, and phone stuff. It does everything better than most devices out there while staying very portable. Smoothness and stability have always been the hallmark of iOS which is the main reasons I never switched to other phones. Of all the years that I owned the iPhone, and of all the Apps that I've gone though, only a screen or two worth of Apps is useful. That said, not even useful most of the time. The Apps that I use most often are the ones that came with the phone with the exception of the Chrome browser. Everything is butter smooth especially with iOS 7. There are no Apps right now that lags on this phone.
The size is perfect for watching movies, but not so big that it will feel bulky in your pocket. The speakers are decent enough to listen in a small room or watching from a distance. I do still prefer the headphones jack on the top like the older iPhones since it doesn't get in the way with my palm. The edgy shape of the phone does not feel nice when holding, but the phone is small and light enough so that you can put a more comfortable case on it.
The camera shoots fast and is very clear and colorful, but focusing is still too slow. While the camcorder doesn't come close to the real thing, it is still far better than many mobile devices especially with stabilization.
The display sharpness is still standard retina quality, which is optimal as suggested by Apple. It was good the first time I saw it on the iPhone 4, and if they made the pixel any more dense, I doubt there will be any noticeable difference. Otherwise, the screen is bright enough for sunlight and colorful as usual. I have seen better colors on other phones though, but the iPhone 5 screen is still spectacular. The iPhone 5 is much lighter than the older iPhones and it is also slimmer too, this will let you put on many cases without adding too much bulk.
The larger screen is welcoming. The only thing bad about the large is that it is harder to reach the home button. I often have to tilt my phone to reach it. However, I watch a lot of movies on my phone so the larger screen is a great addition. The screen does feel significantly bigger with more viewing space, but most importantly, the phone itself doesn't feel bigger. It will still fit well in jean pockets. I know changing the screen size is a risky design change, I hope they don't make the phone any bigger, but I'm glad they did.
The lighting connector is great too. It is slimmer, you can connect it any way you want and it feels quite durable for its size. However, I get a lot of disconnects with the lighting connector during sync, especially when I'm transferring large files. This is probably an issue with the lighting connector since I get the same problem with the iPad Mini which also uses the lighting connector. However, I have not notice this problem anymore, or at all, after the iOS 7 update.
The battery life have always been a big problem with the iPhone. You can always buy a battery case, external battery, or carry the charger everywhere since there are outlets pretty much everywhere and the charger is no bigger than two ice cubes. The phone charges fairly fast, almost 50% per hour. I also want to add that iOS 7 have reduced the battery life slightly, but noticeably.
Now that the 5S is out, I feel that it is not worth the upgrade from the 5. Practically speaking, the only major difference is the fingerprint reader since entering the pass-code have always been annoying. As for the camera, I don't see much difference in the outdoor picture quality, and the flash on the 5S is just an improvement from what was already bad. Low-light photos and slow-motion camera is something I can live without. A7 and 64-bit Apps are still far from the horizon. Remember, last year's iPad Mini is running on the A5, two generations behind yet still a fairly new product compared to the iPhone 5 which is running on the A6. You will only benefit if you are doing major video, photo, and sound editing on your iPhone, which I hope you are not.
The iPhone is an excellent phone, but my next phone will probably be an Android. The old Android phones were beyond horrible, but they have improved so much that I must give them a try.
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