iPhone 5: Harder, better, faster, stronger

Posted: September 25, 2012 by jerkmag in SURF -- tech
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The fuss over the iPhone 5 is everywhere. While someone people are madly in love with it, others are more critical and don’t see the point. As Jimmy Kimmel’s experiment will show you, some people even have no idea what the difference is, but still love it, just to fit into the Apple crowd. One thing’s for sure, the iPhone is different. And as a tech blogger, it’s a must-cover topic. The 5 is taller, wider, and probably harder, better, faster, stronger.

Size
First off, the size. The iPhone 5 packs a 4″ screen, an upgrade from the 3.5″ that Steve Jobs had initially presented years ago. This goes a long way when it comes to day to day use. It’s the same width as the previous phones, and just a little taller. So it’s still quite familiar to the veteran iPhone user, but allows a fresh breath of air as you hold something new in your hand. According to user reviews, it’s still ‘small’ enough that one hand use is convenient for any thumb.

Dock: Lightning
The dock is one of the biggest physical changes with many internal impacts. The ‘Lightening’ takes up less space in the overall physical frame of the phone, space which is saved up for other internal hardware and ultimately creating less weight. I personally don’t love the fact that my old iPhone chargers will become obsolete once I order one of these bad boys, but eh, it’s a good change for Apple and a solution that can be solved by an extra $30 for a second charger. According to Engadget, while the old adapter took five minutes and 6 second to downloaded 5.5 gigabytes of information from the 4S, the Lightening adapter took three minutes and 57 seconds from an iPhone 5.

Software
Internally, the iPhone 5 has the new A6 processor chip which makes it twice as fast as the 4S. Geekbench has calculated that this creates a total of 1 gigabyte of RAM. If you’re an average laptop user, your laptop will most likely have 4 gigabytes of RAM, making your iPhone an impressive 1/4 as fast as your freakin’ computer. There are a lot more internal technicalities that are not as interesting to read about. One thing though, is the addition of LTE, which makes the wireless connection on your new iPhone 5 faster. While this technology has been around in other phones, it’s definitely a great addition to the 5.

Display
While I can’t wait to see and test this for myself, the screen of the iPhone 5 is said to be fantastic. The 4S already had one of the best screens on the competitive market,  and the new screen made things just a little better. One argument against iPhones, and similarly iPads, has always been the screen’s weakness out in sunlight. By having less layers in the construction of the iPhone screen, this makes the screen more powerful outdoors.

Camera
The front camera on the iPhone 5 takes the spotlight as it is improved from a regular VGA to a 1.2 megapixel badass for FaceTiming and Skype. While some users don’t really turn on the front camera except for the white-girl-wasted party photos, for those of us who actually use Skype often, this is a huge improvement. The back camera is essentially the same. With the new A6 chip within the phone comes a faster shutter speed which competes with other competitors such as the Galaxy Nexus. An additional feature is the Panorama mode, which is a built in Panorama software for your camera. Just hold the phone up, and go from left to right to capture a 11,000 x 2,500 pixel image. Let the new Facebook and Instagram photos begin.

Overall? Apple kept it’s promise. The iPhone 5 is two times faster, better display, better battery life, and a new and slightly improved design. I personally love the fact that it’s a 4”. The extra .5” will go a long way. For now, I have to enjoy my cracked iPhone 4S. The poor thing is due for a replacing. It’s fallen in puddles, a toilet right after urinating in it,  (held my breath, dunked my hand in, and picked it right out), fallen down stairs, and much more.

No matter what you opinion is, I’m personally very excited. And for those of you out there who don’t even know the difference, go buy a Nokia.

-Can Cakmak

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