Last week I for some unknown reason decided it was the right time to buy myself an iPhone 5. I sold my loyal 4s and proceeded to unpack the brand new device that, as usual, I tried to ignore for the last 5 months. Once again, Apple found a way to empty my wallet.
I'll not publish an in-depth review of the device, since they are already hundreds of iPhone 5 reviews available online, I would rather prefer to share my sensations and thoughts after a week of intense use.
The first things you notice in the new iPhone's design are the taller 4-inch screen and the lighter, thinner aluminum body. I was a bit concerned about the lighter weight of the device, but after a few days of use I can firmly say that I love these two new features. In the past few months I started to gather some knoledge regarding electronic engineering and I really can’t imagine how Apple could possibly make an thinner and lighter iPhone with it's components. It is truly amazing. I first thought, as many others, that the lightness of the iPhone would made it feel like a cheap object, but insted, it makes it feel as an even more exclusive and premium device to own.
The taller screen improoved drastically the way of holding and using the smartphone. It's now much comfortable, the iPhone 5’s screen provides great reachability. I found only some slight problems when using buttons positioned in the far top-left corner of an App and holding the iPhone with only my right hand. The 4-inch screen now makes reading even more easier, I even finally started to use my iBooks on my iPhone insted of reading ePubs only on my iPad. Plus, all apps that employ an additional keyboard row to display extra keys such as like Chrome or ByWord now benefit from the iPhone 5’s increased screen space.
The only down note regarding the new design is related to the so-called scuff-gate. I had to return my device twice to the Apple Store because the aluminium body was dented, especially on the edges. Knowing of this issue I bought a white iPhone 5 to help prevent scratches on the perimeter of the smartphone. With white, the non anodized / powder coated aluminum will show less damage in comparison with the black version of the iPhone. I highly reccomend a case.
I never thought that I could tell the difference with the iPhone 4s but...the iPhone 5 is fast. The new A6 processor and more RAM provide an enhanced experience for the user. Settings, Camera.app, and Apps in general open in less than a flick of the eye and it's truly impressive. Everything feels more responsive than my old 4S.
As far as the new camera, it features a faster photo capture and a better low-quality light performance making me rediscover iPhoneography. The quality remains pretty much the same compared to the iPhone 4S, but the larger screen and faster shooting make you want to shoot more pictures everyday. Even the video recording has improveed featuring now improved video stabilization helping you to prevent shaky footage.
Battery life is better, but it's not game-changing. Just a little improvement. Nothing else much left to say about it.
The Lightning connector. I feel as I'm in a state of love/hate towards the new cable. I can now plug in the connector without caring about which side is up, problem is, I need to buy a new batch of them or carry it always with me to work or to the country house. So yes, I've been affected by a “we need to change all our cables” controversy.
The iPhone 5 integrates the brand new LTE wireless technology. Ultrafast and doesn't drain battery life quickly as the standard technology used in the iPhone 4s. Cool, but surely not amazing.
Thought I wouldn't consider updating your iPhone 4s to an iPhone 5 unless you are a helpless Apple fanatic like me. The iPhone 5 is the best iPhone I’ve ever had. It isn't perfect. Bugs, design mistakes and feature flaws like the battery life make me wonder if one day we'll ever recieve a flawless device built to last. Besides a few cons, the new features made me rediscover the way the iPhone assists my daily life, improving it drastically.