A Quick Look at the iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 has already come out, but we wanted to wait until there was enough “in the wild” data about it to really review it here on the site. Keep in mind: this isn’t going to be some massive update if you’re used to the iPhone 4S. However, if you’re coming from the iPhone 3GS, then this is a beauty to behold. You’re going to actually get a much more responsive phone overall, which is what a lot of Apple fans were looking forward to.

Let’s go a bit deeper:

When you unbox this phone, you’re going to enjoy the good looks. It’s a lightweight phone designed to be as thin as possible and still be pretty easy to navigate with your thumbs. This is pure touchscreen action, and it’s a nice experience.

Battery life:

Battery life was one of the top issues that Apple fans were wondering about. The reality here is that battery life is going to be what it’s going to be, which means that you need to always be thinking about real time usage versus manufacturer’s data. It’s all about how you use your phone. If you’re the type of person that is constantly connected to data, then you might get a lower battery life than someone else. Generally speaking, “normal”, real world usage will get you eight to nine hours of battery. That’s pretty lengthy, considering that average use for most people is going to include surfing the web, checking email, sending a lot of iMessages and otherwise having a good time. Your phone was designed to be used to the fullest. If you aren’t doing that, then you’re going to be disappointed across the board.

The iPhone 5 offers Wi-Fi connectivity and 4G LTE, as well as 4G HSPA+.

Performance:

According to the in the wild reports we’ve collected, there have been a few problems plaguing the iPhone 5. There was a problem with Wi-Fi, but there was an update that fixed that. There’s a few recurring issues with iMessages, but your mileage may vary here.

Camera: you have two cameras, front and rear. The rear camera is most likely what you will turn to the most, but the front facing one is great for video conferencing — FaceTime, anyone? You’ll have Panorama mode, which lets you take those wide format photos that are popping up as being all the rage right now.

There’s also good connectivity with this phone. You can switch back and forth between HSPA+ 4G and 4G LTE. On AT&T, this means that you can be on the phone and look at the web at the same time. Verizon doesn’t have this at this time.

A few people have asked about Siri, so we’ll be brief here. Siri has had bad reviews across the board. It’s a good feature set on paper / in theory, but in the wild it really doesn’t live up to the hype.

For people looking for specs, here’s the condensed list:

* Weighs 3.95oz
* Loudspeaker
* 4G includes 700 / 850 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 (CDMA)
* 4G on GSM – 800 / 1800 / 2100
* Camera: (rear) 8MP with 3264×2448 pixels, AF, flash
(front) 1.2MP, 720p @ 30fps, FaceTime
* OS is iOS6
* Processor: dual core 1.2Ghz (fast enough to access all of your apps)
* Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
* TV-out
* full organizer suite
* Battery talk time – around 8 hours
stand by – around 225 hours

Conclusion:

This is the “hot phone” of the year for many people. Your mileage may vary but it’s definitely a phone that you want to check out for yourself. Try it out and see what works for you. Good luck!

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