After 3 years of having the same phone (iPhone 3GS), I purchased the new iPhone 5 last month, one of the main reasons being that I was looking at buying a SAT-NAV for my Used Ford Fiesta, and was impressed with the new turn-by-turn 3D maps software, so thought i’d save my money on the SAT-NAV and get a new iPhone instead. I’ve now spent a few weeks with my new SAT-NAV/toy/gadget/phone, so I thought I would share my views on it.
iPhone 5 Unboxing
I was instantly impressed with the solid – but lightweight – feel of the phone, and even more impressed with the fact that within 5 minutes (over the WI-FI at work) I had everything transferred onto my new handset via iCloud. Literally everything. Obviously completely irrelevant if you are switching from a non-Apple phone. But I wasn’t. So, all good so far.
The new earphones, whilst still not the best ear buds money can buy, are a huge improvement, and the new (stick it in either way it doesn’t matter) charging cable is a nice touch, although I am sure it will annoy a few dock owning purchasers.
iPhone 5 Speed
The phone is remarkably quick in comparison to my iPhone 3GS, but obviously, nobody is interested in that comparison. The new A6 processor seems to hold its own against all the other big boys, and whether you are browsing the internet or switching between the apps in the iOS, the phone is very slick to use.
iPhone 5 Screen
Personally, I think the screen is my iPhone’s favourite feature, it is quite simply stunning. In comparison to the competition, I think it is a class above the rest in terms of sharpness, vibrancy and colour. With regards to the size, I happen to be in the ‘I like to use my phone with one hand while I scratch my arse with the other’ camp, so it is perfect for me. But if you like a bigger screen on your phone, then you may feel short changed.
iPhone 5 Maps issue
I’ve used my new ‘SAT-NAV’ 3 times, and all 3 times I have arrived at the correct destination. Obviously I am one of the lucky ones, who hasn’t had their life well and truly ruined by arriving at an incorrect destination. Not only did I arrive safely in the right place but I really liked the slick feel of the turn-by-turn software, and particularly liked the way it reduced the volume of my music to announce the directions, instead of abruptly silencing my track to blurt out ‘keep right in 50 yards’, or, as an external SAT-NAV would have done, try to compete with my music and end up going unheard. At one point, whilst directing me to my destination, with a backing track of Leann Rimes ‘How do I?’, my girlfriend actually said that Siri sounded quite romantic and that she felt like she was being seduced. I will soon be buying one of those cool holders that go inside my cars CD slot, and make it look like the phone is floating in front of my dashboard. On a separate note, the 3D image thingy for looking round cities is also astonishing.
iPhone 5 Siri
Very impressed with the accuracy of Siri, I hear people moan about it, but I question their expectations. Siri is perfect for things like reminders, checking footy scores, typing texts when you are hung over and can’t be bothered to type, setting alarms, Googling, and asking for directions. But I guess people are asking too much of the poor guy, either that or they can’t speak properly.
iPhone 5 Camera
I haven’t used the camera that much but when I have, the results have impressed me. The panoramic addition is neat, and the fact it can take good quality photos in a dark nightclub is also more than welcome.
iPhone 5 Value for money
The 16GB handset, which I went for, set me back £529. Not cheap obviously, but after looking around the market, the other big players seemed to be similarly priced, but you will get more storage space for your money with some competitors, if this is important to you.
iPhone 5 Summary
Obviously, it is a question of preference, there are a few brilliant handsets out there at the moment, but the iPhone 5 is my personal favourite of all the phones currently on the market.