Login to submit a review! Hardware Clearly, the company is confident that it's knocked it out of the park again when it comes to the design of the latest iPhone, and we have to agree.
Poor maps Ageing OS The excitement of the rumour mill and the titillation of every leaked photo led to higher than ever levels of expectation over the iPhone 5 features, and while the announcement was greeted with some derision at the lack of perceived headline improvements, the record sales tell an entirely different story.
Given the underwhelming changes to the iPhone 4Sthe iPhone 5 launch really needed to re-energise customers to prove Apple can repeat the game-changing trick it managed with the iPhone 4. The iPhone 5 price was predictably high, but it's now four generations old and Apple has stopped manufacturing and selling the handset.
You can still pick it up, although you're likely to only find second hand or refurbished — but if you're desperate for an iPhone on a budget it's still not a bad shout. Design I'll begin in the traditional manner: With the iPhone 5 there will be many types of prospective buyer: Well, all of those picking up the iPhone 5 will have the same reaction: It's 20 per cent lighter than its predecessor, and tips the scales at g.
It's an odd sensation, but it actually detracts from the experience when you first pick it up. I've praised the weighty feel of the iPhone in the past, lending it a premium feel in the face of toy-like phones, and it's almost disappointing that Apple decided to join that clan.
However, through extended use this problem quickly disappears. The overall effect of the phone is still a chassis designed for strength, and so it feels solid, if somehow a little hollow; pleasantly, though, it sits more anonymously in the pocket. You'll obviously see the change in height too — the iPhone 5 stands In truth, those not familiar with the iPhone 4S probably wouldn't notice the difference, which is why it's a good move from Apple to include the larger screen if it's not going put people off that hate larger phones.
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The decision to stick at 4 inches is Apple's admission that while it recognises people are all over the idea of having more screen real estate to play with it doesn't want to move away from the thumb-friendly nature of the device. There's still a call for the smaller screen size now, with the launch of the iPhone SE testament to the 4-inch form factor's popularity.
Through a mixture of moving the centre of gravity slightly as well as repositioning the screen within the bezel, it's still possible to scroll your thumb mostly around the whole display one-handed, which Apple is clearly keen to keep hold of.
However, we're not convinced of that argument any more, and it's the first iPhone where comfort to some extent really does depend on the size of your hands.
For many people, it is possible to move a thumb around the entire display, albeit with a little more stretching than on previous models; anyone with smaller hands might find the top of the screen out of reach.
For everyone, the Home button is harder to access when holding your phone comfortably. The net result is a curious one: Newcomers might not notice that, but the compromise will be clear for upgraders from the iPhone 4S. The general construction of the iPhone 5 is excellent, to say the least.
We've tested both the ceramic white version and the anodised black, and the two tone effect on the back of the phone is stunning, both visually and under the finger. It doesn't beat the sheer beauty of the HTC One Swith its micro-arc oxidised back and rounded lines, but it's well-set in second place.
The two sections of pigmented glass at the top and the bottom of the phone add a pleasant effect, and the sapphire glass is meant to be thoroughly durable, to complement the Gorilla Glass on the front.
Apple knows consumers get furious when they drop and iPhone, and is clearly seeking to stop the smashes before they happen with a tougher exterior - although it seems the anodised black version is pretty prone to scratching, with a number of users mentioning chipping on the darker hue.
Need a case for your iPhone 5? These iPhone SE cases will fit your phone too Phil Schiller, Apple's Senior Vice President of Marketing, reportedly replied to an email from a user pointing out that aluminium will scratch and chip in natural use - and we're also hearing that white iPhone 5 models are being returned through flaking as well.
For a device of this premium quality, users will expect it to survive the pocket test, and especially do so for the first two weeks of life. It's a big fail for Apple to expect users to accept that a product can be damaged so easily.
The same industrial band around the outside is in effect again as on the iPhone 4 and 4S, with small sections removed where the antenna joins.
Apple has gone for a more advanced form of antenna here, meaning the days of lost signal are gone, and generally increasing the power of your call connection and GPS lock on too. There are other big design changes here too: You can buy an adaptor, but it's pricey.
And unless you want to keep it permanently attached to the bottom of the iPhone 5 you'll need to buy a few, which is far from ideal.
However, let's not harangue Apple too much for this: Plus, four years on this is much less of an issue. There's also a small chink of light on the top right hand side of the iPhone 5 - when the screen is illuminated, you can see it under the band if you really, really look for it.
It's been seen by a number of users, but is hard to actually replicate unless you mask the screen and hold it at the right angle.Mar 21, · As with 's iPhone choices, you can also opt for the step-up iPhone 7 Plus, which offers a larger screen ( inches vs.
inches).But that model's big attraction is the dual rear cameras.
The iPhone 5's display is noticeably brighter and more vibrant than that of the iPhone 4 or 4S. Yellows in particular looked a little grayer on the iPhone 4/4S display than on the iPhone 5.
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More than 2, owners gave the iPhone 5 an average of /10 for battery life.8/