TechSpot: Apple iPhone 5 Review

Most people anticipated seeing the iPhone 5 surface last year but, of course, Cupertino had different plan, instead opting to beef up the iPhone 4's internal hardware and leave its chassis virtually untouched. Apple received a lot of criticism for this decision, though that didn't dampen sales, as the iPhone 4S kept Cook and company near the top of the proverbial food chain for yet another year.

The sixth-generation iPhone has finally landed following months of rumors and speculation, and this time there are plenty of changes internally and aesthetically. It addresses a number of concerns that critics have raised over the past year, but as with any high-profile launch (and especially with Apple products), new complaints have already surfaced. We'll investigate these and more as we put the iPhone 5 under the microscope.

Apple has almost completely redesigned the iPhone's exterior, yet it still looks very much like the iconic handset everyone is familiar with. For the first time in the iPhone's history, Apple bumped the screen size up.

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Lamp0 said,
I think the iPhone 5 is by far the best looking phone. It really looks fantastic.

I agreed and Lumia phone looks pretty too.

Tho, iphone5 doesn't have LATEST tech, which not everyone will be using yet, apple is making sure that everyone will be using ALL the technology in the phone. Not just always include the latest technology.

perochan said,
apple is making sure that everyone will be using ALL the technology in the phone.

This. You know the A6 is going to be taken advantage of with software, and you are going to actually get something out of it being there. It's looking to power some really nice looking games, vita quality! Real Racing 3 looks amazing. Over the next year we will see all the well known games getting updates to take extra graphical advantage of the A6 - as well as new ones.

It's not just there for the sake of it. There have been a number of tear downs of the A6 and people have been a little confused as to why Apple did not boast a little more about it in their keynote. It's certainly something worth shouting about!

perochan said,

I agreed and Lumia phone looks pretty too.

Tho, iphone5 doesn't have LATEST tech, which not everyone will be using yet, apple is making sure that everyone will be using ALL the technology in the phone. Not just always include the latest technology.

eh, not too mad on the stylings of the Lumia. Although I haven't seen one in person.

I don't know if anyone of you owns the iphone 5. But my close friend switched from Blackberry to iPhone 5 and is regretting it. Checked it out too, here's intial review after a week.

Pros:
Battery life is good

Cons:
Weak wifi, have to stand next to router
scratches very easily
shaking the phone will hear some rattling
not much of a premium feel

mr_sock_00 said,
EDIT *Feel like something is loose inside

That's because the type of vibrating motor they use. Wifi hasn't been an issue for a lot of people I know. Of course it's software related but if its as bad as you say. Have your friend get the phone replaced.

If your friend already scratched there phone wow.., take better care of your ****. I know some own in my company who's already dropped it on top of keeping it with his keys. Everytime he puts it in his pocket it SLAMS on top of his keys. He had no scratches....

Sikh said,

That's because the type of vibrating motor they use. Wifi hasn't been an issue for a lot of people I know. Of course it's software related but if its as bad as you say. Have your friend get the phone replaced.

If your friend already scratched there phone wow.., take better care of your ****. I know some own in my company who's already dropped it on top of keeping it with his keys. Everytime he puts it in his pocket it SLAMS on top of his keys. He had no scratches....

Plus a screen protector and/or case for the phone are SOOOOOOOOOOOOO expensive...

If your friend is that rough with his devices, and doesn't try to protect them in any way, it's only his fault if it's scratched already.

Me, I bought a screen protector and case BEFORE I got the phone (but after I ordered it)

mr_sock_00 said,

Cons:
not much of a premium feel

Hmmm, may I suggest him a S3, those plastic sure are premium. /s

It's always fun reading Apple news. It's where all the haters and lovers come to share their all unbiased opinions about which phone its better. I love it.

mr_sock_00 said,

shaking the phone will hear some rattling

That's the accelerometer lol. It's normal.

Is this going to be the base of the next no-news headline?
"iPhone 5 build quality in question. Rattling heard inside. Rattlegate!"

I have already seen a new one which is the equiv of "iPhone 5 camera defect. Lens flare when pointing it at the sun! Sungate!"

I expect a lot of "droid rage" in this news Love it or not, the iPhone 5 is a beautiful device, very thin, light, very fast too. You know, when an Android phone is great, we're able to admit it, us iPhone users… can we expect the same from you? I doubt it… That's sad… it's only a phone after all… why all this rage and hate toward a phone? Ohh it's because of the apple? How rational…

myxomatosis said,
I expect a lot of "droid rage" in this news Love it or not, the iPhone 5 is a beautiful device, very thin, light, very fast too. You know, when an Android phone is great, we're able to admit it, us iPhone users… can we expect the same from you? I doubt it… That's sad… it's only a phone after all… why all this rage and hate toward a phone? Ohh it's because of the apple? How rational…

No, not directly because it's an apple phone. It's because of their business practices like "Can't beat them, sue them" or over hyping their devices as "revolutionary" or "the best around" when they clearly aren't neither.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

No, not directly because it's an apple phone. It's because of their business practices like "Can't beat them, sue them" or over hyping their devices as "revolutionary" or "the best around" when they clearly aren't neither.

Except every ****ing company on this blue and green globe do exactly that, even your precious Samsung!

DJ Dark said,
Except every ****ing company on this blue and green globe do exactly that, even your precious Samsung!

Don't expect an idiot to realize that!

DJ Dark said,
Except every ****ing company on this blue and green globe do exactly that, even your precious Samsung!

I haven't used Samsung products since Bada, so I'm sorry but I don't know what you're blabbering about.

Also to the one above, I'm not the one paying ~$600 for a phone and you're calling me an idiot?

Nah, your jealously shows before your words do...

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

No, not directly because it's an apple phone. It's because of their business practices like "Can't beat them, sue them" or over hyping their devices as "revolutionary" or "the best around" when they clearly aren't neither.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

I haven't used Samsung products since Bada, so I'm sorry but I don't know what you're blabbering about.

Also to the one above, I'm not the one paying ~$600 for a phone and you're calling me an idiot?

Any high end smartphone is $549+ retail. But who's paying $600? It's called subsidized. Whatever you pay for a high end smartphone is what anyone pays for an iPhone. Gakaxy s3 is $199. So is an iPhone 5, "idiot".

Sikh said,

Any high end smartphone is $549+ retail. But who's paying $600? It's called subsidized. Whatever you pay for a high end smartphone is what anyone pays for an iPhone. Gakaxy s3 is $199. So is an iPhone 5, "idiot".

Once you get old enough to create contracts you can read from the contract all the extra costs that come with that price, you'll end up paying full for the phone, are you really that stupid to think that phone manufacturers give away their phones for less money that it actually takes to build them?

Jealous over what? A generation behind hardware? Nah.

The iPhone 5 is a beautiful piece of tech. The screen size is just right, the weight feels good. It is the fastest smart phone that I have used. The OS is rock solid and the phone never needs rebooting and it never freezes and it never slows down. It feels great in your hand because there is no plastic, just metal and glass.

In some ways I wish the latest OS was a bit more exciting but the iPhone 5 does what it needs to do and it does it very well.

This quote gets me laughing. One of the many recylced "fan" quotes is that other phones (especially the samsung variety) "feel too plastic and light" well apparently the iP5 feels like a fake demo unit

almost as if it's just a fake demo unit you'd find tethered at a retail store.

SpyderCanopus said,
It's the thinnest phone in the world and probably the fastest, too. Get over yourselves, droid sheep.

Thinnest? No. Huawei - 6.68mm - iPhone 5 - 7.6mm (Also Droid Razr is 7.1, still thinner than the iPhone)

Fastest? No. LG > iPhone

Educate yourself with something else than the facts that the mighty apple feeds you.

SpyderCanopus said,
It's the thinnest phone in the world and probably the fastest, too. Get over yourselves, droid sheep.

It's not the thinnest phone, it's not even the thinnest smartphone. It's the thinnest iPhone. No it's not even the fastest phone.

Bada Sheep here. Go google that word. You havn't looked out your window and probably don't know what Bada is (was) if you do then well done. I should not have judged you.

Now I really hate the pathetic arguments that crop up whenever iOS goes against droid but this is just more of the same. Nothing constructive, just telling everyone else they are not as superior as yourself. No, the iPhone is THE best. You are no better than the naves you look down upon.

Northgrove said,

Benchmarks disagree: http://www.redmondpie.com/ipho...smartphone-available-today/

Please educate us. You must have forgotten your sources.

So the only CPU based tests there are Browser benchmarks, great comeback! Just magnificent!

Google ones don't even take Optimus G into account? What, too afraid it'll blow the iPhone away?

Also the graphics test, since the iphone is below 720p and others are well over it's easy to guess they'll have more processing to do and will fall back, if you'll get an iPhone 5 with an actual HD screen, let me know so we can start over.

Auzeras = bada. Yup, that fits! HAHAHA

Auzeras said,

It's not the thinnest phone, it's not even the thinnest smartphone. It's the thinnest iPhone. No it's not even the fastest phone.

Bada Sheep here. Go google that word. You havn't looked out your window and probably don't know what Bada is (was) if you do then well done. I should not have judged you.

Now I really hate the pathetic arguments that crop up whenever iOS goes against droid but this is just more of the same. Nothing constructive, just telling everyone else they are not as superior as yourself. No, the iPhone is THE best. You are no better than the naves you look down upon.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

So the only CPU based tests there are Browser benchmarks, great comeback! Just magnificent!

Google ones don't even take Optimus G into account? What, too afraid it'll blow the iPhone away?

Also the graphics test, since the iphone is below 720p and others are well over it's easy to guess they'll have more processing to do and will fall back, if you'll get an iPhone 5 with an actual HD screen, let me know so we can start over.

Wow...

RedFlow said,
What a joke of a review.

I expect most of them will be. If anyone calls it out as being average or not worth it they'll be seen as anti-apple haters etc. At this point you either love it or you're just a hater.

GP007 said,

I expect most of them will be. If anyone calls it out as being average or not worth it they'll be seen as anti-apple haters etc. At this point you either love it or you're just a hater.

I'm all for new products that push the limits and I honestly felt like the older iPhones did that. I remember laughing at the 4s not having 4G but that phone still as far as I'm concerned at the time had huge advantages. I just don't see how you can rate a product a 9/10 when it brings nothing new. How can something that's only slightly better than the version released a year ago with a new adapter that still doesn't comply with the standard mini-usb connections still get a 9/10?

EDIT: An example is how he says "The only issue I foresee is that I can no longer use the same cable to charge my iPad." I see other issues as in, what if I buy a used car with an integrated iPhone cable for an old iPhone? Essentially anything pre-dating the iPhone 5 is useless if it plugs into it.

GP007 said,

I expect most of them will be. If anyone calls it out as being average or not worth it they'll be seen as anti-apple haters etc. At this point you either love it or you're just a hater.


And if they say this is one of the best phones on the market right now, they're called Apple sheep. It's the way the world spins, seemingly.

Northgrove said,

And if they say this is one of the best phones on the market right now, they're called Apple sheep. It's the way the world spins, seemingly.

He just ignored many things wrong with it. He didn't even address any issues other than the Apple Maps fiasco. What about light leaks? Scratches? Is he just the only one not to experience those? How about the stupidity of iOS 6? What new features were included in that? Do not disturb?

"Pros: Super fast, larger display, thinner body, solid battery life, LTE, improved camera"

Just as I expected. Another iPhone appraisal.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
"Pros: Super fast, larger display, thinner body, solid battery life, LTE, improved camera"

Just as I expected. Another iPhone appraisal.

Neowin has been all over the Apple fanboyism for a while now. Pretty sad how every insignificant iphone leak is front page news..as well as ANYTHING bad about android. But anything good android related youll find hidden away in the forums.

Beyond Godlike said,

Neowin has been all over the Apple fanboyism for a while now. Pretty sad how every insignificant iphone leak is front page news..as well as ANYTHING bad about android. But anything good android related youll find hidden away in the forums.

Guess it brings in the clicks these days, can't blame them, it's all about the money

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
"Pros: Super fast, larger display, thinner body, solid battery life, LTE, improved camera"

Just as I expected. Another iPhone appraisal.


What? Are you dense?

That's the pros. Are you saying they should criticize it in the "pros" section? Are you saying this iPhone has nothing good to it at all? It doesn't have a larger display than the 4? It isn't very fast? It's been winning benchmarks. Are you saying it doesn't have a thinner body or LTE?

Here are the cons for you:

"Cons: Some apps still need to be updated for the larger screen, if you've invested in iPhone accessories you'll need a $30 Lightning adapter to use them, Apple Maps feels half-baked -- though this is an iOS 6 feature and a Google Maps app is coming."

Wow. Comments here are getting worse by the day.

Edited by Northgrove, Sep 27 2012, 9:02am :

Beyond Godlike said,

Neowin has been all over the Apple fanboyism for a while now. Pretty sad how every insignificant iphone leak is front page news..as well as ANYTHING bad about android. But anything good android related youll find hidden away in the forums.


When a site famous for its Microsoft coverage and far from an Apple fan site posts this much about the iPhone, you should perhaps start drawing your conclusions.

Northgrove said,

When a site famous for its Microsoft coverage and far from an Apple fan site posts this much about the iPhone, you should perhaps start drawing your conclusions.

Are you kidding me? MS gets **** on constantly on here. Even when posts are reported for blatant trolling, the mods do nothing about it.

ahhell said,

Are you kidding me? MS gets **** on constantly on here. Even when posts are reported for blatant trolling, the mods do nothing about it.

Are you serious? Neowin has a LARGE majority of MS fans compared to everything else, just go compare a Nokia/Windows Phone article to ANY Android one, and you'll see where the negativity is focused (hint: it's not on Microsoft).

Also, FWIW, just because someone disagrees with you doesn't immediately make them a troll, I see very little trolling on Neowin, but I see plenty of conflicting opinions, which isn't the same.