The iPhone 5 is now available to pre-order from phonedeals4me.co.uk on the Three network.
The iPhone 5 is the one we have been waiting for, and the wait looks like the wait was worth it.
As it turns out, the recent leaked images were real. The iPhone 5 is longer but thinner, the earphone jack is on the bottom, and the charging connector has shrunk drastically. But what else?
iPhone 5 Key Features:
- 4-inch super clear and high resolution Retina display
- Ultrafast wireless for all your networking needs
- A6 chip for ultrafast speeds, and better handling of console-quality games
- 8-megapixel iSight camera with panorama feature for super quality photography
- 1080p HD video recording
- Siri—Your intelligent assistant just got better with more integration and better App handling
- FaceTime video calling with a better front facing camera than ever before
- All-new Apple EarPods that will rival more expensive headphones and sit better in the ear
- iOS 6—The world’s most advanced mobile OS
- iCloud—Your content on all your devices
What all that means in real life is that the iPhone 5 is actually a huge step forward from the iPhone 4S, even if at first glance it looks like a pretty minor update. It’s really only when you pick up the new model that you notice how much lighter and, just, better the iPhone 5 feels. Apple have really done well here. I didn’t ever consider the iPhone 4 to be too heavy and clumsy, but Apple have delivered something I didn’t even realised I wanted. The new iPhone feels extremely well made, but at the same time delicate and almost space-age. Made from a combination of glass and aluminium, the iPhone 5 should be quite strong, yet it feels so light and nimble.
As if that isn’t enough to persuade me to upgrade (I’m quite fickle), we move on to the taller screen. Did I want a taller screen? No. Do I like the taller screen? Yes. It’s that simple. Apple have made a big improvement where nobody thought it was required. I can now watch widescreen movies in their correct format, view an entire week on my calendar, and see further on that tricky level of Angry Birds. Of course, a few App developers might be a bit annoyed that they need to develop a solution that will work across two iPhone sizes until the majority of people have upgraded, but for the most of us, the increased screen real estate is great.
The A6 chip seems to be alot faster than the A5 in the iPhone 4, but then, the iPhone 5 we saw wasn’t clogged up with GBs of Apps, music and photos. Even so, the games we previewed ran very well with no lag, and switching between Apps appeared to be much faster than what I am used to seeing.
The camera is now much better too. The 8MP rear camera has a few new features built in that work very well. The panorama feature stitches images together very quicker and incredibly well.
The Google-less maps, at first glance look good. The flyover feature turns cities into interactive, 3D images, and by dragging a finger across the screen you can move unrestricted around tall buildings etc. There is some loading lag time between areas, probably due to the insane graphics, but on wifi, the loading times are still quicker than the Google powered version on the iPhone 4 – this may be due to iOS6 and the faster chip. I’ll probably still use my TomTom App, but the alternative seems OK.
As for the real tests, that will wait until the iPhone 5 is getting used by the general public. We’ll then find out just how strong the body is, and just how quick the A6 chip can go once 15 Apps are running in the background.
Until then, preorder your iPhone 5 here and look forward to being the first to own Apple’s best iPhone yet.