But not everyone wants a such palm-pulling handset, and the iPhone 5 is a decent compromise between providing extra real estate and remaining comfortable. Also – who knows? – if Apple had gone much bigger it may have reduced the need for the still-mythical iPad Mini.
The A6 CPU makes short work of aligning pics into a panorama
The iPhone 5 has a fast processor, the A6 chip. Although Apple don’t reveal absolute speeds, the company says it’s twice the speed of the A5 in the 4S. There are plenty of fast smartphones on the market and, however many gigahertz it really has, this is very nippy. It never dawdles. This is true of the other flagship phones, of course.
The connector, you’ll have heard, is no longer the 30-pin model that arrived with the second-gen iPod in 2003. So it’s fair enough that Apple has upgraded it. I mean it’s not like a different connector for every phone, which happened on Samsung and Nokia phones at the turn of the century. No, Apple has been consistent here. None the less, the change to Lightning is annoying for people with speaker docks. And that’s a lot of people.
Apple really should have decided to bundle an adaptor, at least if a customer had asked for one, rather than charging £25 for this small but crucial piece of plastic. Yes, it's an active adaptor with on-board chippery converting signals from one port to the other, but Apple has the margins - especially given the number of iPhone 5s expected to ship this weekend - for a little generosity. I'd rather have the Lightning adaptor than yet another USB AC transformer.
Of course, the introduction of Lightning doesn’t affect people with AirPlay or Bluetooth speakers, but still.
It’s a matter of personal taste whether the 3.5mm headphone jack that’s been moved from the top to the bottom of the phone is good or bad. Me, I’m not mad about it, but it’s not a deal-breaker.
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startlingly different from any other handset and its slimness, lightness and smooth matte aluminium back continue to take the breath away. - come on.
when you've 'finished' perhaps you could had the phone over to someone who can write a proper review. you'd think apple had invented 16:9. They probably think they did.
one of the worst articles i have read on the reg.
Obviously A Fanboi ...
"Sure, there are other handsets which do as much as or more than the iPhone 5. But Apple’s ease of use, highly populated App Store and irresistibly sleek hardware design are enough to give it the edge."
Tell us about the maps .....
Re: Obviously A Fanboi ...
Is the reviewer perhaps the hidden love child of Steve Jobs and Tim Cook. Spawned in the Apple Labs. Home schooled using only SIRI and Apple products, no sense or knowledge of any other technology. The iClone LIVES!
The worst review I've ever read -
1. Grovelling indroduction
2. Foaming at the gash about the appearance.
3. Ignoring massive flaws.
That had no place on this site, it was a essentially a review about what a phone case looked like. Do your readers a favour Reg, execute the simpering idiot who wrote the review, then delete any reference to him from your archives.
Re: Obviously A Fanboi ...
How can this phone get 90%???
The faster chip doesn't matter - hard transaction times do. Faster chips only gloss over bloatware or badly written code. Where is the comparison to other smartphones as ElReg does it with laptops?
There is still no OLED screen, a small screen in comparison to Samsung Galaxy and Nokia Luminas, no NFC and no expandable storage.
Still no Xenon flash, no camera oversampling, no lossless zoom.
The Retina display has become obsolete: Samsung Galaxy S III or the Nokia Lumia 920 have higher resolutions and larger screens than in the iPhone5
4G LTE is not a unique selling point, everyone else has it, too.
And the paying starts again: first for the phone itself, then for the overpriced 24or 36 month contract, £25 for the adaptor, apps, you name it.
Re: And the call quality/signal?
you don't understand. just look at it. not in photos. they are unable to replicate it's beauty. in the flesh.
asking about the call quality and signal from a phone review on a technical news site is just trolling.
if you could spend a week with cheryl cole you wouldn't ask about her cooking. neither should you enquire about the call and signal quality, mapping, price, multitasking of an iPhone.