I have been bullied, cajoled, coerced and practically beaten to review this ‘art piece’, so here I am trying to do this assignment a little justice by being a little of this and that. iPhone 5 is/was a much awaited supposed masterpiece from the stable of Apple. There was a lot of expectations, hype, and criticisms both objective and subjective. In truth, much of the expectations from Apple on this piece wasn’t particularly met, but then again, it remains my opinion that this is a masterpiece of a phone. I would love to start with my first meeting with it.
I owned an iPhone 4 and was looking forward to upgrading to 5. I had planned and made contacts to get one once it was out. Then, I bumped into it at Slot. Looking at it, my first outburst was “WTF! This phone is just like my TV remote control!!” It looked too long, narrow, flimsy and light. I called a friend and told him that I would use the money I had set aside for the phone for something else, because that phone didn’t look like it was worth my hard earned money! I was totally pissed at Apple, but I eventually had a shift in thought when I sat down and “caressed” the phone! I became that being that swallowed back her spit!
Up close, I find the design incredibly fantastic! It is a hardcore compared to other smartphones around. It is sleek and not plasticky. Apple claims its the thinnest phone ever. I don’t know if it is, but it is super thin, slim and light. It is not as heavy as iPhone 4 and 4s.
The speakers produce sounds to listen to! Compared to its predecessors, the iPhone 5 is a huge improvement in sound reproduction! It churns out much better sounds than iPhone 4 and 4S. I daresay you would call audio on those two horrible should you compare. On iPhone 5, sound production is louder and you can hear some distinct acoustics that you won’t hear on the older models when you listen to music.
Did I mention the picture quality? Oh dear! You have got to get this phone if you are a lover of quality pictures. Yes; the Nokia 808 PureView beats it, but unlike the Nokia where one needs to know how to adjust the complex settings to get the pictures right, iPhone 5 camera is a straightforward point and shoot affair. No technicalities. When it comes to the front-facing camera, the difference doesn’t require expertise to spot. The FaceTime camera on the 4S supports “VGA-quality photos and video” in the 640×480 resolution, while the new one on the 5 brings 720p HD-quality video and 1.2-megapixel stills.
iPhone 5 supports folders, but while the folders on iPhone 4 can only take 12 apps each, the iPhone 5 supports up to 16 in one folder. If you are meticulously hot on non-clumsy home page, like I am, you can well have all your apps on just one page of your homescreen.
Faster over all performance! In use, iPhone 5 is generally smooth and fast. It is sleeker and more fun to use.
Okay…enough of the praises. The phone sucks sometimes….
Things I Hate
Of course, Apple’s closed and restricted ecosystem sometimes drives me crazy. For example, I don’t always need to pay for a damn song! You can’t save stuff to the phone by just copying them over. You can’t share stuff with other phone users, even other iPhone users. Please, has anybody been able to exchange stuff via Bluetooth between two iPhones or iPads? I’m guessing no!!!
[Don't talk to her about a jailbreak! She's no geek, please. - Editor]
I hate that this phone hangs sometimes. When it does, nothing moves… if you like, touch it or even caress it till eternity, nothing moves. I eventually learnt how to force it to shut down when that happens. Hold the power button and the home down at the same time. That will resets the phone and all is well again.
Unlike the iPhone 4 that has black bands at the top and bottom when you watch videos, iPhone 5 is without those bands and uses the full display when playing back video. I recently discovered an app (D/L music) which lets you download songs straight on your devices from Skull MP3 sites and then saves and plays them. No need to sync with iTunes.
If like me, you love simple, powerful, chicky, sexy devices, unclogged apps, quality pictures, and durability, I recommend iPhone 5. Trust me, it is more than worth your cash. And you can come here once in a while for updates on fabulous apps that you can install to spice up your experience with your iPhone 5, as I intend to share a bit of those too from time to time **winks**
I guess there are things that suck and things that are fantastic in every device/brand. The question I usually ask is, What works for you? What drives you into getting a phone/device? That should be your guide in making a decision as to what to get for yourself. For now, iPhones just work for me, and the iPhone 5 is no exception. That could change tomorrow. Who knows? But for now? I absolutely love it!!!!
**…drops microphone and shakes “ikebe” outta here**