The Top Features Of The Apple iPhone 5
As far as must have, cool gadgets go the iPhone has always been up there with the best of them. The furore and excitement surrounding the iPhone 5 has been palpably throbbing, with queues forming outside Apple stores, well in advance of the 21 September release date.
But will the delivery live up to the hype? Let’s find out…
Overview – The most impressive release to date, the iPhone 5 is notably sleeker but packs a right wallop with 4G support, a longer screen and an A6 chip that’s twice as fast as before. If that doesn’t get you drooling, there’s better battery life and a brand new iSight camera too.
Screen – The iPhone 5 screen is notably larger now, with a retina display of 4 inches with an impressive 1136×640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi. It means you can squeeze more onto the screen, whether it’s displaying your favourite apps, playing movies or browsing the web.
Performance – The A6 chip has the iPhone 5 working with noticeably greater fluidity, enhancing everything from apps usage to movie viewing.
Battery – Battery life is one of the many enhanced characteristics of the iPhone 5, with 8 hours 3G browsing time, 8 hours talk time and 10 hours video playback.
Camera – The new panorama feature in the camera app is slick, processing a 360 degree image of any room. In fact Apple has made some significant improvements to the (already decent) camera in V4 – with a lens of 4.1mm. The ISO range is also larger with the iPhone 5.
Build – The sleeker build feels lighter to hold – with a weight of 112g. The iPhone 5 has kept its stunning aesthetics, with the stylish glass/aluminium construction. The new Nano-SIM on the side replaces the old mini-SIM and a new Lightening connector replaces the old 30-pin model. It all helps to reduce the size and weight of the Apple iPhone 5.
Siri – The upgrades continue with a better Siri, which is able to launch apps via voice command as well as voice based Facebook entries. Additionally, restaurant searches are now powered by Open Table, while the engine behind movie reviews is Rotten Tomatoes.
Games Performance – Always a good gauge to test the processor speed, games are slicker to play on the iPhone 5 thanks to the new A6 chip.
Operating System – The iOS6 brings a number of improvements to iOS5, with Siri now fully compatible with everything from Yelp to Fandango. Facebook, Twitter, and support for Google Maps.
Connectivity – Ultrafast wireless has the means to operate on just about any carrier – it handles HSPA+ (20Mbps), DC-HSDPA (42Mbps), and LTE (max 100 Mbps). The iPhone’s Wi-Fi is also superior to the iPhone 4 boasting sporting 802.11N (dual channel 2.4GHz plus 5GHz) with a full speed of 150Mbps.
Audio – Apple really has tried to improve the audio on the iPhone 5. The phone brags no less than 3 microphones (front, back and bottom) , which makes for enhanced sound quality for recordings and calls. Perhaps among the most impressive additions is the noise cancelling feature, muting unwanted background murmuring while you’re making calls. Even the ear pods have undergone a transformation, offering both a better sound and fit.
All in all, the iPhone 5 certainly has delivered more impressive features to an already top of the range piece of kit.