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Apple iPhone 5 Smartphone Review - Features

Apple's new iPhone 5 - the biggest thing to happen to iPhone since iPhone, but is it all that it's cracked up to be?

| Phones in Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 2, 2012 3:26 pm
TweakTown Rating: 75%Manufacturer: Apple

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Apple's iPhone 5 sports 4G LTE connectivity which is one of the biggest pluses it has going for it. The screen size we mentioned before, up to 4-inch from 3.5-inch on all previous iPhones, but 4G is a huge, huge deal.

 

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4G LTE brings us increased speeds to the Internet, meaning you can download e-mails, surf the web faster, and load up videos quicker than ever before. 4G LTE will always depend on where you're based as 4G LTE isn't blasted across entire countries just yet. The increased speed does come at a cost - battery life.

 

4G LTE on the new iPhone is a huge selling point, and with my testing here in South Australia, it is hands down impressive. I was able to achieve a truly mind-blowing downstream speed of 75Mbps and an equally impressive upstream speed of 41.16Mbps. This is nothing short of amazing, and truly shows why 4G LTE is something that you want in your new smartphone. But, do you really need 75Mbps on a phone for e-mail, Facebook and web surfing? That's up to you - for me, I love it.

 

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4G LTE use will zap through the battery, killing the iPhone 5 within 12 hours of use - not full, always-using-it use, but if you were downloading some apps here, grabbing a game and streaming videos for a few hours - you'll find yourself under 30-40% without an issue. This is something to consider when picking up the new iPhone 5.

 

The camera hasn't changed too much - but it does now have some new super powers. The iPhone 5's camera sports a hybrid IR filter, five-element sapphire crystal lens, and f/2.4 aperture. The stand out feature here is that the iPhone 5 camera now includes a dynamic low-light mode, which can snap photos in low lights much better than its predecessor. On top of this, the iPhone 5 can snap photos up to 40% faster than the iPhone 4S.

 

iPhone users have always been known to take lots of photos, especially with how social consumers are now - and this is always going to be a selling point. Apple didn't put in a better camera as they know higher megapixels won't automatically improve quality, but adding in a low-light mode will definitely impress people. You'll no longer be struggling to get that great-looking shot in a not-so-great lit area - well, so we thought. I have covered the issues with the iPhone 5's camera in the next page.

 

Multi-tasking on the iPhone 5 is just, slow, cumbersome, and well, if I could swear here, there'd be a four letter word starting with s, ending in t. Double click the home button, swipe between apps - why? This is so, basic. So, 2009. On my Galaxy S II, I can double click the home button, and swipe up and down on my apps to see what I've got open, and slide to close them. On the iPhone, and iOS, I have to hold down my finger on the app and wait for the little 'X' - this is a waste of time, and feels really long for a short process.

 

We covered the software side of things with our iOS 6 review - so not much is different with iOS 6 on the iPhone 5. iOS 6 doesn't really feel all that different to iOS 5, so if you were expecting the iPhone 5 with iOS 6 to be a huge leap in terms of functionality - you'll be disappointed.

 

One thing we couldn't cover on our iOS 6 review was the iPhone 5's look of the phone functionality - it has been updated, and looks really swish on the new iPhone 5 running iOS 6.

 

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