Monday, October 14, 2013

Apple iPhone 5 - Review (Edited):

Apple iPhone 5 Black 16 GB w/Retina Display review starting with specs and features first.

*Note: This will be my first full listed tech and specs review. Despite my efforts to provide full and correct Apple iPhone 5 specifications, there is always a possibility of making a mistake. If you see any wrong or incomplete data, please Let Me Know.

  1.  iOS: 7
  2. Height: 4.87 inches 
  3. Width: 2.31 inches 
  4. Depth: 0.30 inch
  5. Weight: 3.95 ounces *average is 4.5 oz
  6.  Device type: Smart phone 
  7. Body Material: Aluminum
  8. Screen size: 4.0 inches
  9. Resolution: 640 x 1136 pixels 
  10. Pixel density: 326 ppi 
  11. Screen Technology: IPS LCD Retina display Capacitive multi-touch
  12. Colors: 16 777 216 
  13. Features: Light sensor, Proximity sensor
  1. System chip: A6 
  2. Dual core processor, 1300 MHz, Apple Swift 
  3. Graphics processor: PowerVR SGX543MP3 
  4. System memory: 1016 MB RAM 
  5. Built-in storage: 16 GB (no expandable storage) 
  1. Stand-by time: 9.4 days (225 hours) *average is 21 days (492 hours) 
  2. Talk time 3G: 8.00 hours *average is 11 hours (634 mins) 
  3. Capacity: 1440 mAh 
  1. Camera 8 megapixels 
  • Flash: LED
  • Aperture size: F2.4 
  • Camera sensor size: 1/3.2" 
  •  Features: Back-illuminated sensor (BSI), Auto focus, Touch to focus, Digital image stabilization, Face detection, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama
  • Camcorder: 1920 x 1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps) Digital image stabilization, Video calling 
  • Front-facing camera: 1.2 megapixels 
  1. Music player: Album, Artist, Genre, Playlists, Album art cover, Background playback
  2. Speakers: Earpiece, Loudspeaker, (Bluetooth connectivity) 
  1. CDMA: 800, 1700/2100, 1900 MHz 
  2. GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz 
  3. UMITS: 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz 
  4. LTE: 700 MHz Class 13, 850 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz, 2100 MHz 
  5. Data: LTE Cat3 Downlink 100 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS, EV-DO Rev.A, EV-DO Rev.B 
  6. Positioning: A-GPS, Glonass, Cell ID, Wi-Fi positioning 
  7. Navigation: Turn-by-turn 
  1. Bluetooth: 4.0 
  2. Wi-Fi: 802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz, (Mobile hotspot: Yes) 
  3. USB: Proprietary, USB charging 
  4. Other: Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync 
 Other Features:
  1. Notifications: Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone 
  2. Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass 
  3. Voice: Dialing, commands, recording 
Box Contains:
  1. iPhone 
  2. 5 EarPods w/Remote and Mic
  3. Lighting to USB Cable
  4. USB Power Adapter
  5. 2 Apple Stickers 
  6. Basic How to use guide (No Real Manual) 

Now for my actual review:

Honestly, this is where I have to say for once I really don't have much to say. So I will start with some feelings/wishes that pertain to other things about phones. I miss the slide-out keyboard (and wish Apple would put that on the iPhone) and I miss some Android apps, otherwise, I really can't say. I do have to say compared to some other phones I've had and used I love the display and the color is really nice.

I will also say that whatever you do and I cannot stress this enough, Please DO NOT download a Beta version of iOS, unless you are prepared to deal with bugs. I had the beta version of iOS 7 and was not prepared to deal with all the bugs it really had though I thought I was.

The sleekness really does a great job for the look and feel of the phone. The iPhone 5 is really nice. It is fast almost lighting fast. The boot-up is even fast, faster than all the android phones and tablets I have and had or used. I like the lighting port, no need to fumble on which way goes which way and seems to charge faster than android, but that could just be the battery, technology, and OS.

Some features I like about the OS is the Find my iPhone, where if you misplaced, lost or your phone was stolen, you can play a sound even when in silent mode, lock or erase all info. Also the fact that now you no longer need to carry a flashlight or have an app, you can access a flashlight right from the lock screen drag/pull-up control center. Brightness in also right there in the pull-up control center menu, along with your basic options of Bluetooth, airplane mode, Wi-Fi, nighttime mode, and lock rotation. Some other things on that same pull-up menu are, calculator, camera, music player, timer, AirDrop, and AirPlay. The pull-down menu is notifications and calendar. The settings can get confusing at times but lots of options.

Other then that not much to say, so for now I will leave this here and say that if I think of anything else I will do an edit and state that.
*Note: I tried to do lots of pictures, which really don't do this phone justice. I also tried to put pictures of what I talked about where I talked about it. Somewhere dimmed screen and others were full brightness. Like the two above show the command center to the right and the left is the notifications center they were both actually the lowest brightness.Those were also screen shots. Very nice feature I should add since it was easy to take those photos, love being able to take a screenshot, very easy by pushing the home key and the power key at the same time but sometimes is a pain seeing as it's about timing, pushing both at the same time.

This iPhone 5 review done by Ask-Mama
(All pictures are by Ask-Mama)