After a long speculation and exaggeration of iPhone 5, it’s finally out and available in store. But is iPhone 5 really worth buying? This is something people been asking us since the release of iPhone 5. Apple iPhone 5 is also said to be the most anticipated electronic product in history, and the reason might be the believe people have on the apple iPhone which didn’t come out well last year with iPhone 4S. Since, Apple failed to deliver people expectation from iPhone 4S, as a result people started speculating about iPhone 5 and turned out to be the most rumored and envisioned product till date.
iPhone 5 pre-order got sold within 1 hour of the availability on the site. Its sales notched more than 2 million pre order in just 24 hours. Apple declared iPhone 5 release date as 21st September to be available at stores, as a result people started gathering at apple stores to get their hands on new iPhone 5. It is said that this year, more numbers of people are queuing outside the stores compared to last year. So let see what’s new in iPhone 5 and does it really worth buying.
What’s New in iPhone 5?
iPhone 5 is something which we wanted in iPhone 4s. Ever since the release, there is huge hits on search engine about iPhone 5 features. This time Apple have really came out with complete redesign of iPhone and with some enhanced features.
iPhone 4s always felt missing features like faster processing speed, larger display, thinner body, etc. Since iPhone 4s was more like an upgrade, and not any major change in iPhone, which as a result didn’t impress iPhone fans. However, Apple engineers have taken every drawbacks in to their consideration and finally they have come up with major changes in term of hardware.
iPhone 5 is now more bigger with 4-inch 16:9, 1136×640 326ppi Retina display as opposed to 3.5-inch screens. However, Apple has kept the width of the phone same as the earlier one, which gives more comport of handling the phone and better for watching movies. iPhone 5 comes with a faster & improved processor with A6 Chip. A6 Chip definitely has more power than its predecessor chips. iPhone 5 still comes with same 8 mega pixel HD. However, there are some additional changes done on camera. The camera is now smaller with better performance and faster shutter speed. It supports panorama feature and has the ability to take pictures under low light condition. Pictures are now better even with shaky handy due to image stabilization features. The secondary camera support 1.2 MP, 720p@30fps which is clearly better than older iPhones.
One of the major upgrade on iPhone 5 is LTE. iPhone now support 4G and claims to be more faster than its predecessor. There are also changes done on ports, the new lightning port is much smaller – 0.31 inch wide, which looks more kind of modern. However, it is said that battery life is not as the earlier one, but it’s actually more better. The battery offers the same talk time as before (eight hours), but adds two more hours of Web browsing (eight hours).
Despite adding lots of features and changes in iPhone 5, Apple has some how managed to create one of the thinnest phones ever in iPhone.
Operating System & Software
Apart from hardware redesign, iPhone OS is also redesigned and upgraded to iOS6. The new OS is fast, simple and ease to use without any problem. iOS6 is optimized to use full power of its new processor A6 Chip delivering faster and better performance than iPhone 4 and 4S. It is also said to be one of the best OS built in iPhones. There are relatively a lot of improvements in performance & design, which is far better than iOS5, however, looks remain identical to iOS5. One of the biggest changes you will find is MAPS on the iPhone. You will be amazed while viewing MAP using 3D View. However, Apple has dropped Google Maps and have switched to other partners like TomTom, Axciom, DigitalGlobe, and others.
Comparison of iPhone 4S Vs iPhone 5
|Height: 4.5 inches (115.2 mm)||Height: 4.87 inches (123.8 mm)|
|Width: 2.31 inches (58.6 mm)||Width: 2.31 inches (58.6 mm)|
|Depth: 0.37 inch (9.3 mm)||Depth: 0.30 inch (7.6 mm)|
|Weight: 4.9 ounces (140 grams)||Weight: 3.95 ounces (112 grams)|
|Display Screen: 3.5-inch (diagonal) Retina display||Display Screen: 4-inch (diagonal) Retina display|
|Pixel density: 326 pixels per inch||Pixel density: 326 per inch|
|Display: 960 x 640 pixels||Display: 1136×640 pixels|
|Processor: Dual-core 1 GHz A5 chip, the same as in the iPad 2||Processor: Dual-core 1.2 GHz A6 chip, twice faster than the Dual-core A5|
|GPU: PowerVR SGX543MP2||GPU: PowerVR SGX 543MP3|
|DATA: Support 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, USB 2.0||DATA: Support 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi plus cellular, Bluetooth, USB 2.0|
|Features: Music player, video player, internet browser, email, GPS, Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass||Features: Music player, video player, internet browser, email, GPS, Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|Camera: 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, HD video and image recording, Touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection. Camera on front with VGA, 480p@30fps||Camera: 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, HD video and image recording, faster shutter speed, panorama function, geo-tagging, face detection. HD camera on front with 1.2 MP, 720p@30fps|
|Siri: Voice controlled virtual personal assistant allows conversation with iPhone to direct it to answer questions, send texts and carry out other functions.||Siri: Upgraded to allow spoken recommendations for films or restaurants. Possible to update Facebook status by voice command|
|Built in Apps: FaceTime video calls, video editing, Safari internet browser, email, Google maps, YouTube, iTunes, App store, Newsstand, Reminders personal organiser, calendar, contacts, game center, find my phone, calculator, weather, notes.||Built in Apps: FaceTime video calls, video editing, Safari internet browser, email, Google maps replaced with Apple alternative including spoken directions, no YouTube as standard.|
|Internal Memory: 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB||Internal Memory: 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB|
|Battery: Standby time: Up to 200 hours, Internet use: Up to 6 hours on 3G/ up to 9 hours on Wi-Fi, Video playback: Up to 10 hours, Audio playback: Up to 40 hours.||Battery: Standby up to 225 hours, Internet use up to 8 hours on 3G/4G, video playback up to 10 hours, audio playback up to 40 hours.|
|Operating System: Apple iOS 5.||Operating System: Apple iOS 6|
|30 pin connector: To power sources and docking stations on speakers, radios and other devices.||8 pin ‘lightning’ connector: To power sources and docking stations on speakers, radios and other devices. New adaptor will allow connections to existing 30 pin docking stations.|
|Prices: 16GB $99||Prices: 16GB – $199, 32GB – $299, 64GB – $399|
Pros: iPhone 5 is something, which was missing in iPhone 4S and has everything you need. iPhone also ads LTE support for better and faster browsing and download, a larger screen, faster A6 Processor, 3D MAPS, iOS6, sharp & slip phone, and a complete redesign of the iPhone.
Cons: Due to change in Port in iPhone 5, will result in incompatibility with current accessories and will be unusable.
Our Verdict: Is it Worth Buying? Yes, it’s definitely a product which you will never regret on. This iPhone is a complete rebuilt with added features, which were lacking previously on iPhone 4S. If you are really looking for a smartphone and not just any other phone, then we recommend you go and buy iPhone 5.