Mon, 24 Sep 2012 iPhone 5 review
iPhone 5 testing, feature comparison, and buying advice. Which iPhone should you buy?
- Manufacturer: Apple
- Pros: Lighter and slimmer design, improved camera, faster connectivity (even on 3G), faster processor, 4-in screen is amazing for movies
- Cons: Expensive, Lightning port is annoying and replacement accessories are also expensive, no 4G LTE yet in the UK, 4-in screen isn’t incredibly different from 3.5-in display on iPhone 4S
- Min specs: iOS6 smartphone; A6 processor; 123.8x58.6x7.6mm; 112g;UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 4 and 17); CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 13, 25); GSM model A1429: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); and Bluetooth 4.0; assisted GPS and GLONASS; Digital compass; 4-inch (diagonal) widescreen Multi-Touch display; 1136x640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi; 8-megapixel iSight camera; FaceTime HD camera with 1.2MP photos and HD video (720p) up to 30 frames per second; Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
- £529 (16GB)
- £599 (32GB); £699 (64GB)
- Star rating:
Macworld Buying Advice
The iPhone remains comfortably the best smartphone on the market thanks to Apple’s slavish devotion to design (it’s a really nice piece of kit to hold) combined with a really good ecosystem of apps, music and video content and iCloud services (like Documents In The Cloud and iTunes Match). With Lightning and the recent iOS 6 update it feels like there’s a bit of a cloud sitting over the iPhone 5, which is a shame because it’s a really good product. Overall the iPhone 5 is marginally better in just about ever area than the iPhone 4S, so it’s a solid – if not radical – step forward.