A huge day for Apple, to say the least. Everywhere you look on Twitter or Facebook there is a mention of the iPhone 5. I was fortunate to receive my iPhone 5 today and after about five hours with it, I am very impressed. As with everyone else who has gotten their hands on it, the first noticeable change from the 4S is the weight. It doesn’t feel cheap or anything, but it’s noticeably lighter than any previous iPhone. The bigger screen is great and isn’t too big to make it awkward for one-handed use. Everything is easily accessible with your thumb when you’re holding it in your palm.
One of the first features I wanted to try out was the panorama feature. Yeah, I know that is available on the 4S, but the iPhone 5 was the first time I got to play with it. Overall, it’s a cool feature and very easy to use.
I tried it out by taking a picture of our lovely office space, and it did a great job capturing it, in a seamless way.
So far, the 4G LTE is awesome! I actually turned off the WiFi on my iPhone 5 and the apps I was updating finished updating at a faster rate on the LTE than the WiFi. Websites are more responsive and internet based apps, like Facebook, load much faster. I did a speed test with the SpeedTest app, and the results are in the image below.
16 MBPS! That speed over a cellular network is awesomely insanely fast! Also, you can notice in the picture the letter-boxing effect on an app that is not optimized for the iPhone 5 screen (notice the black bars on the top and bottom).
The new A6 chip built into the iPhone 5 does add a significantly noticeable ‘snappiness’ to the iPhone. There is minimal wait time for apps to load and to switch from app-to-app, very impressive thus far.
More of an iOS 6 update, but Siri has definitely improved. Combined with the faster network of the iPhone 5, and the improved resources Siri can pull from, you get much faster and improved results.
Siri can now do things like sports and movies.
The last thing I will cover is the controversial dock connector. For those of you who have accessories and such, it’s a downer because you’ll have to either change the accessories you use or buy adaptors. But the Lightning connector is simple and smooth. Not having to fight with which way is up and down on it is a huge positive. It will be a hassle at first for some people to switch, but once you do, you’ll be happier.
So far, first impression is that Apple has knocked it out of the park again. Keep your eyes out for a video review after the weekend!