iPhone 5 Review

by Guest Author on September 30, 2012

in Guest Posts, iPhone, Reviews

Excited to get your hands on Apple’s newest smartphone on its launch date? I hope you are ready to stand in line for several hours. Online pre-orders to receive the iPhone 5 sold out within an hour of going on sale. If TechRadar was correct that “this year’s launch was perhaps most important for Apple since the very first iPhone arrived back in 2007,” surely Apple must have nailed the launch to have sold so many expensive phones within an hour? Sadly, the launch mostly just elicited yawns from me.

Apple fans know that jumping up a full product number is kind of a big deal. When the iPhone went from 3G to 3GS or iPhone 4 to 4S, expectations were in check. Keeping the same base number means impressive upgrades, but nothing revolutionary. Expectations for the iPhone 5, on the other hand, were high. When the iPhone 5 was unveiled on September 12, there was just nothing announced that was worth writing home about.

The single aspect of the iPhone 5 that got the most ink in the press was the increased screen size. It’s nice that we can now get an extra row of icons on the home screen, and it will definitely improve the experience of streaming video content. The real question, however, does an increase in screen size from 3.5 inches to 4 inches make an upgrade worthwhile? In my view, that’s an easy no.

The iPhone 5 will feature some other noticeable changes. The screen will be sharper, but instead of pioneering big technological leaps forward, it is merely keeping pace with its competitors. The A6 chip means a faster load time and better gaming graphics, just as you’d expect from any upgrade from any tech company. The completely reinvented dock connector will be faster as well, but it will make your previous accessories worthless (an adapter will be available, but may not be convenient with all accessories).

There’s no question that this will be the best iPhone to date. But is that all it takes to get us excited in the 21st century? In our fast paced technological world, things are constantly getting smaller and faster. Additional bells and whistles are not hoped for, but expected. I’d love my phone to be 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter, but we’ve come to expect more from the most valued technological company on the market.

Maybe it’s unfair to expect so much from Apple. Does a company really need to blow us away every time? For a company as hyped, and arguably overvalued as Apple, it’s not that easy of a question. With the ghost of its fearless visionary Steve Jobs looming not far in the background, Apple has something to prove. Its high stock price is justified only if it can prove that its pioneering spirit didn’t leave this world with Steve Jobs spirit.

With Apple’s newest iteration of its flagship product, the tech juggernaut played it safe, focusing on expected upgrades instead of aiming for reinvention. What can we expect when the iPhone “5S” inevitably rolls out – an extra half inch in screen size and better contrast? Don’t get me wrong – the iPhone 5 will be the best selling smartphone on the market for good reason. Its specs are as good as any phone out there, and no one’s been able to match it in aesthetics.

However, it’s not what we’ve come to expect from the Cupertino pioneer. It’s not even worth upgrading unless your contract is up. Fairly or not, expectations are everything when it comes to Apple and they just didn’t reach them, let alone surprise us this time around. Luckily, there’s always the iPhone 6 to prove us wrong.

Will you be buying the new iPhone 5 or do you think it’s finally time to see what the Android market is cooking up? Leave a comment below!

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Guest article written by: Hannah, a 22 year old Western Washington University graduate, specializing in technology, adventure, and all things marketing. She is a writer for Deals.ServiceBundles.com and loves exploring the newest social media sites to find the best possibilities for customer interaction. Follow her on Twitter at @hongryhannah, and thanks for reading!

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Guest article written by: Hannah, a 22 year old Western Washington University graduate, specializing in technology, adventure, and all things marketing. She is a writer for Deals.ServiceBundles.com and loves exploring the newest social media sites to find the best possibilities for customer interaction. Follow her on Twitter at @hongryhannah, and thanks for reading!

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AjayUdayagiri September 30, 2012 at 17:19

Before the release the date most of the Apple haters thought of iphone 5’s failure. But, after the release it made them say WOW! The features of the phone are awesome and it is worth buying.
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Roshan October 2, 2012 at 17:51

Actually it was the exact opposite happened to me. I was expecting to see a more innovative legendary iPhone 5 but insteadI got a taller iPhone that looked nothing more like the iPhone 4S. And the specs are also the same, except for the slightly better processor.
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katy October 1, 2012 at 12:42

iPhone 5 is really awesome but I read lots of bad reviews like disadvantage of purchasing iPhone 5 and user complaining in forums. I think maybe the iPhone 5 so popular that we are getting so much of mix review?

But still iPhone 5 is going to become the most famous smartphone of all time.
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Dragos October 2, 2012 at 18:29

The features of iPhone 5 are really grate and the release was a great success, I never imagined that iPhone 5 will sell that many copies. The only problem is the price that is a little to high.
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Spinx Inc. October 3, 2012 at 13:59

iPhone 5 is fulfilling the feature which did not exist in the iPhone 4S. And because of its slim and feather-light body its demand has increased. Honestly, I love its redesign.

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Rochell Husselbeev October 5, 2012 at 01:09

Thank you for sharing this post. I think the iPhones are brilliant and they must be doing something right because people keep buying them. I love the new style and I am so glad the camera has improved, I can use it as my camera now.

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Joe Clark October 16, 2012 at 09:53

The reality of iPhone 5 is way different than the charming and sweet reviews we read on different blogs. Try reading user comments and feedback about iPhone 5 than make any decision guys! 🙂
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