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Good: FASTER THAN 4S ...
Bad: 4 " SCREEN IS STILL SMALL ... IT SHOULD BE AT LEAST 4.5"
Comment: HIGH PRICE .. AND THE SAME DESIGN OF 4S ... I PREFER SGS3 ...
Comment: **by micro SD at the end I meant micro USB*
Good: Bigger screen, premium case, good looks, easy UI, massive App store, great MP3 player, fantastic after sales service.
Bad: Not as nice to hold as some competitors, dated UI, restrictive OS, Lack of bundled free Apps, no expandable SD capability.
Comment: *I have never used this phone, this is based solely on what I have read on the spec sheets. I also own an S3 and have used Android for the last 2 years. That said I love my iPod/iPad and don't have a preference to either brand*
First up, the form factor. I think its great that Apple have increased the screen size. My S3 is so much easier to use thanks to its extra screen real estate than the 3.5 inch screen on the 4s. I think it looks great, like a really classy high end device, matched by nothing else. The Aluminium back is a welcome change from the glass back of the 4s (I never did understand the need to use such a brittle material on the back of a phone). I also dislike holding the square edges of the 4s for long periods of time, i much prefered the pebble like shape of the 3g and S3.
The increased processing power will highten the user experience and hopefully open the gates to developers producing some spectacular gaming Apps. One thing I dislike is Apples lack of transparency when it comes to giving out actual processor specs. For all I know it could be some 800mhz relic renamed 'A6' to hide its age. Having said that, it won't be that slow and since Apple use there own OS anyway I'm sure it'll make light work of whatever you jam through its silicon brain.
The lack of SD expandability is very Apple, causing users to buy more expensive models if they want more storage space. Although this is a great money spinner for Apple, its the users that will pay.
A plus and minus point is the consistant appearance of the UI. Its great that iPhone and indeed iPod and iPad users will already known how to use it and it means setting up and general use will be a doddle. I personally like new things and discovering functionality is half the fun for me, unfortunatly this UI leaves little to the imagination and feels a little dated in my opinion.
It was high time that Apple moved to a new dock connector, it is unfortunate that they didn't opt for micro SD as micro SD accesseries are cheap and readily available. Obviously Apple will be able to generate some serious cash out of this development but once again it's the consumers who will pay.
So to sum up, it's a really well made high end device which will have a high end price tag to boot.
Comment: Colour me unimpressed.
It's hardly a quantum leap from the 4s (including the only marginally improved software) and the One X / S3 that were released several months ago are at the very least its equal and many would say its better on most points (not to mention the upcoming Lumia's) and considering the years not out yet its a fair bet that other even more impressive handsets will be released towards the end of the year / start of the next year, so for me personally I'd say Apple have dropped the ball on this one.
Whether it affects sales or not is another matter though.
Good: size, weight, call quality, audio quality, screen quality
Bad: battery life isn't at least twice as good as before
Comment: I have an iphone 4s and a Samsung Galaxy Nexus. I like them both and use them both every day. However, my next phone will almost certainly be the iphone 5 (the S3 screen being too dim, and cheap feel and the HTC One loosing out on battery). The reasons I'll be going for the iphone 5:
- the lighter feel and slimmer feel. The 4s is just that bit too deep for me and I like the idea of a lighter phone (and from experience around 110-120g is a good weight for me).
-the 4s is mostly glass so I put it in a case to protect it (unlike my Nexus). The iphone 5 uses glass and aluminium and that will make it more robust.
-the camera quality of the iphone outshines all the android phones I've tried to date (apart from the HTC One X. And no I wouldn't get a Nokia 808).
-the external speaker of the iphone is better than almost any other phone I've used (some of the Nokia's are pretty good). I like to use my iphone to listen to music etc round the house and its speaker is perfect for that. (This was one of the reasons I handed back the S3- it's external speaker quality is not that good).
-I thought I would like reading kindle books more on the larger screens like the S3 and the Nexus. But the screen contrast on the iphone 4s makes reading on it a far more pleasurable experience (and that includes compared to the Galaxy Note which I got mainly because of the larger screen for browsing but found the kindle experience not as enjoyable).
My assumption here is that the iphone 5 will be better in the areas above than the 4s- in which case my Samsung Nexus will be up on ebay, along with my 4s).
The things I would really have liked in the new iphone?
-three times the battery life (surely if Motorola can do it, why can't Apple, Samsung, HTC etc)
-waterproof (again if Motorola can do it why not Apple, Samsung etc)
Good: iOS 6; Simplicity
Bad: Still not as good as higher end Android phones
Comment: I have seen the new iPhone 5 on the company website and im not really that impressed. Yes, I'm an Android owner with the HTC One X but is not jealously talking, as some Apple fans will say. I honestly wouldn't swap my phone for the new iPhone 5.
It's mostly because Apple are a clever but devious company. A lot of the things they have introduced is because they feel they need to feither the route of Android with bigger displays etc, either isn't as good as Android, or has half the stuff Android introduced years back.
Looking at the design, and its weird and not as nice as the One X or S3. Apple have introduced a 4 inch display. Didn't HTC introduce that on the Desire like 3 years ago was it? They stated it was because owners wanted a small, portable phone. If so, why increase it? And if you are going to increase it, it's still nowhere near as big as Android phones so Apple are stuck in the middle. Also, if your going to make the phone longer, you need to make it wider too else it looks stupid; a bit like a slab. The iPhone 5 just looks daft
The processor is nowhere near as good as Android phones either. Quad Core? No it doesn't have that. Admittedly it will mean battery life it better, but Quad Core will be faster.
One thing I do like about the iPhone 5 is iOS 6; it means simplicity which you don't get on my One X. But that does mean you lose the personalisation - everything on my phone is arranged to benefit me and help me get tasks done etc. You feel abit trapped on an iPhone, there is little you can do to make it feel yours.
One other thing is the battery life; it's shocking on my One X and should be good on the iPhone.
In general thoug, I would never swap my One X for the iPhone 5 mostly because of the design - it's horrible and stupid. Also, Apple copy a lot of Androids things and people are obsessed with them just because it's Apple. Yes there a clever company that invented a lot of cool tricks, but things the iPhones processor, screen size and camera megapixels as well as other things could be found on an Android phone at least 18 months ago!
Good: Looks nice and is 4g capable
Bad: Quite a lot - see below
Comment: Okay so it looks good - that's not enough.
A slightly bigger screen will be fine for some, but now we've got used to using bigger 4.5 screens with other smartphones this is still too small for a lot of people.
It's lighter by a few grams - big whup, did the 4S really feel bulky in people's pockets?
All of the features Apple have stated it is bringing to the iPhone 5 are on other phones, and all of the other phones seem to be doing it better.
The camera is no better than other premium smart phones, neither is the screen resolution or the hardware, which looks set to be slower than the Galaxy S3 and HTC One X.
The most significant change to iOS6 is Apple's own version of maps - which they are doing purely so they don't have to pay Google money. Google Maps is by far the best map application I've ever used, it's close to perfect, so I fail to see how the amount of resources Apple have ploughed into making their own version will benefit anyone but themselves, who will make more money while Google gets less.
It's got a new smaller connector that isn't a mini-usb, which is purely for no other reason than Apple being obstinate and thinking the world should revolve around them rather than the other way round. Mini-usb would have been the obvious choice and helped the general consumer massively, but of course because they'll make more money with their own connector, at the detriment to the consumer.
It does look good, it's aluminum case and glass screen are eye-catching, but with the sheer amount of smashed iPhone screens I've seen people trying to use on public transport over the last year, I'm not sure glass was really the best choice for people who want longevity from their phones.
The one major advantage Apple has over other rivals is the 4g connectivity, the other manufacturers were short-sighted in this respect, and should have done more to get themselves ready for the switch. With regards to everything else though, other handset makers have really pulled the stops out this year and left Apple trailing in the dust.
Apple was once the king of innovation, but it was well and truly knocked off it's perch this year, and I can't see it reclaiming lost ground any time soon.
Good: bigger screen, thinner and lighter
Bad: not got the battery life of the motorola HD maxx
Comment: this looks great- now when does Orange start it's 4g service? (a few weeks time?)
Good: It's not bad.
Bad: It's not that good.
Comment: This is a nice phone but it just isn't good enough anymore. The SGS III already beats it in terms of power and screen size and the Lumia 920 - provided MS and Nokia don't mess it up - beats it pretty much everywhere else.
Fine if you want a thin and light fashion phone. Not that great otherwise.
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