Apple iPhone 5 Review: Thinner, Lighter, Faster

By on September 27, 2012, 12:29 AM

Most people anticipated seeing the iPhone 5 surface last year but, of course, Cupertino had different plan, instead opting to beef up the iPhone 4's internal hardware and leave its chassis virtually untouched. Apple received a lot of criticism for this decision, though that didn't dampen sales, as the iPhone 4S kept Cook and company near the top of the proverbial food chain for yet another year.

The sixth-generation iPhone has finally landed following months of rumors and speculation, and this time there are plenty of changes internally and aesthetically. It addresses a number of concerns that critics have raised over the past year, but as with any high-profile launch (and especially with Apple products), new complaints have already surfaced. We'll investigate these and more as we put the iPhone 5 under the microscope.

Apple has almost completely redesigned the iPhone's exterior, yet it still looks very much like the iconic handset everyone is familiar with. For the first time in the iPhone's history, Apple bumped the screen size up.

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Guest said:

Shawn: THANK YOU for reporting on telephone call sound quality and resistance to dropping calls. While you didn't address the subject until close to the end or your review, few reviews of cell phones have ANY information on how well the device functions AS A PHONE.

Everyone would laugh if a review of a new Nikon or Canon DSLR camera had no information on picture quality, but how well a phone functions as a phone seems to be irrelevant to most reviewers.

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

That's awesome Memphis has LTE now. I've been under the impression my "4G" icon meant I really had 4G and that it just sucked. AT&T would never lie, tho. O.o

Guest said:

Nice review :)

1 person liked this | Littleczr Littleczr said:

If a dual core outperforms a quad core I blame the software.

Arris Arris said:

Battery life looks good, think that's the only thing that would make me look at an iPhone.

1 person liked this | Randomthom Randomthom said:

This reviewer seems to be trying hard to overlook the flaws. This is not how to review something, a review should be impartial, not from a fanboy.

2 people like this | Sarcasm Sarcasm said:

I actually went to the Apple store and looked at it extensively even with the wife begging to walk around the mall. The device itself is very sturdy and well built. I really like the back aluminum instead of glass feeling. It's thin and very light. The OS is as fast as you'd expect and the display is clear and sharp.

But the biggest flaw only in my opinion is the boring and "samey" feeling of the OS. It's the exact same experience since the iPhone's original inception. Sure it's faster, sure it's slightly longer now at 4 inches. But it's nothing extraordinary. You still cant customize it to your liking. There are still no widgets. And would it have killed them to widen it up a bit maybe a few cm?

Overall though it's a phone made for people who don't like radical change. Which is good or bad depending on your own criteria. And apparently 5 million cultivists, I mean consumers, agree that its what they want.

1 person liked this | Guest said:

Interesting. Although very much focusing on improvements. Randomthom said: "This reviewer seems to be trying hard to overlook the flaws". I agree with this is very much so. Commenting on increased screen space not being used with "Some apps still need to be updated for the larger screen". I believe that refers to 95% of all apps not using this extra space. And that's not a whole lot of nothing.

The apple maps dysfunctionality is simply brushed away. I read on internet that a google app might be still far away.

How about commenting on for example a still lacking widget funcionality? The interface is one big app drawer with a couple of folders. Honestly, ios is working just fine but does show signs of old age.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Battery life looks good, think that's the only thing that would make me look at an iPhone.
I was thinking something similar. I don't think anything would give me a desire to look at an iPhone but this one sure is tempting.

This reviewer seems to be trying hard to overlook the flaws. This is not how to review something, a review should be impartial, not from a fanboy.
There must not be any flaws or you would have presented them for addition to the article.

Guest said:

It's great, so innovative, especially the clock. ;-)

1 person liked this | Guest said:

Battery life looks good, think that's the only thing that would make me look at an iPhone.

in this case you should really be looking at new Motorola droid RAZR MAXX

as for review, seems way too fanboyish:

Super fast

so previous iPhones were actually slow or what? my first gen Windows Phone is fast too, although some 3rd party apps can perform poorly regardless of hardware advancements.

larger display

it's only new for iPhones and brings some problems with majority apps not supporting new aspect ratio

thinner body

making things thinner is only good when it makes sense, I don't think there is any problem with previous iPhones thickness or competing phones thickness.

solid battery life

the only valid point here, although not the longest battery life out there.

LTE

has been around for a while now and it's only new for Apple devices.

improved camera

just who don't improve camera on a new flagship device? it's nothing special and not the best either.

avoidz avoidz said:

So from this review there is nothing wrong with the phone? Did you get it free?

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

So from this review there is nothing wrong with the phone? Did you get it free?
Do you think everything should be free? Do you consider something wrong with everything that you have to pay for?

Did I miss something, or do I need to get all my stuff from you?

I'm willing to bet you wouldn't put much out for free either.

1 person liked this | Guest said:

Why is it that because a lot of people love and buy Apple products that automatically makes them some kind of cult or what not? Granted---there are people who absolutely love Apple products and buy nothing else, but how is that any different than people who buy only Android or Windows or Rim?

The thing is---Apple products are in demand right now and they make great products and that's probably why there's always a line for a new product such as the iPhone. They provide a great user experience and they're high quality products.

For those that don't like Apple, there are great choices from Samsung, Motorola, and a host of other companies.

It's all about choice and preferences.Either way, go out and enjoy the great products we're getting from all these companies. You can't go wrong either way.

Lguest Lguest said:

Personaly I think Google Maps is not coming soon, Google will delay the launch of this app in iOS because it is hurting apple and if they launch this app in iOS they will produce money for apple via advertisement which basically is Google's bussiness and what is worst those who pay to Google for Adversiment won't get adverts in iOS Google Maps. In other words launch Google Maps in iOS is help the enemy in the same bussiness without get a real revenue plus lost clients, delay it and some advertiser will drop iOS and go to Android.

The only option is to create a kind of shorcut that open the browser in Google Maps and Google will be able to use their own adverts but will be apple let go some kind of app in their store?

Guest said:

"It may not be as open as Android and it doesn't have the largest screen, but Apple has once again proved why it's among the most innovative consumer tech companies in the world."

LMAO!!!

This review is why fanboys should not be allowed to write reviews...

1 person liked this | Guest said:

Battery life looks good, think that's the only thing that would make me look at an iPhone.

Looks good? As much as they say it gets "All-Day-Battery Life" that's with less than minimal use. If you're worried about battery life, you can pick up the Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx which easily has replaceable batteries.

Super fast

It's not "Super Fast" it's speed is milliseconds of a difference when compared to most dual-core phones. Besides, for the past 4+ years I've shared my one mini USB style charger with Blackberry Users, Android Users, and nearly everything in between like the ENV 3. You now have to carry a pigtail to use anyone else's charger.

larger display

Larger than the one you just bought months ago** It's still smaller then the Galaxy Nexus, Evo 4G, Thunderbolt, Droid Bionic, Galaxy S 2 & more. Oh, but the ppi is better! - Yea, not good enough to show you how much you waste in money buying the same phone over and over.

thinner body

I currently have the Droid 4, which is one of the fattest of them out there. My hand is also slightly larger and can grip a larger bodied phone as opposed to a thin one. Saying a good change is the thinner body is like me celebrating that I just paid over $200 to lose 3 pounds.

solid battery life

Fresh out of the box, they always are. Give it two months. Oh wait, my old Droid 2 cell phone still gets better battery life, and I paid nothing for it.

LTE

Metro PCS had LTE before Apple did. They have unlimited talk, text, and data plans for $60 a month. They're a crumb in comparisin to Apple in terms of company size.

improved camera

You mentioned that Android phones have had the panoramic capture for a while, and there have been apps that do this on the iPhone anyway. Why are they praising it again? To give Apple fan's something to talk about.

-The fact is, the people buying these phones are pure fanatics. The majority of people who buy the iPhone literally buy it the second it's available...for what? To take a panoramic photo that Android phones could do over two years ago? I've seen a hand full of people "Accidentally" break their screen days before the iPhone 5 came out, coincidence? No, they just felt they needed a good reason to buy the new version.

I understand this is a Tech News & Analysis website (And I love you guys for it) but when will people face the reality that apple could turn it's logo upside down, call it iPhone 5s, and people WOULD BUY IT.

Numbers don't lie:

Current Percent of iOS Platform World Wide Use: 18.8%

Current Percent of Android Platform World Wide Use: 64%

Guest said:

Good review. Nice phone. Nice update. Complaints in the forum here border on the usual childish "I don't have one so I hate them" borelogues. For example, Windows (except v.8 Metro which most despise and try to turn off) has been using the same desktop-icon interface FOREVER.

1 person liked this | Cueto_99 said:

I usually like reviews at techspot, but I have to say this one looked really biased. needless to say, I am a happy user of an iPhone 4, and I think androids are cool too.

When it says...

"Of course, this is a feature that some Android handsets have shipped with and it's even been possible via third-party apps on previous iPhones, but that doesn't take too much thunder away from Apple's native offering in my opinion." personally I think it does take a lot of thunder, it's nothing new to flatter about.

I also respectfully disagree with...

"The iPhone 5 is the handset that many people have been waiting for. It's lighter, thinner, faster and more durable than previous versions" While it is objective to say it's lighter, thinner and faster, I question the word "durable", the phone doesn't even has 1 month in the hand of users, how can you measure it is more durable than an iphone 4?.

While I do like Iphones and apple products, I think this version left many expecting for something much better. Personally I wouldn't have give it a 90... more of an 81.

Guest said:

To the reviewer of this article:

personally, I think it's a nice review.. people (especially guests) who comment this reviewer is biased, they don't realize that their opinion(s) itself is biased..

LinkedKube LinkedKube, TechSpot Project Baby, said:

So what is the benchmark in this review?

This should be called an overview because not much as been tested.

Can we look forward to some shoot outs with maybe the s3 and comparable motorola devices?

1 person liked this | Guest said:

It still shoots at 8 megapixels but results are said to be better thanks to a new sapphire crystal on the lens and backside-illuminated sensor.

are they or aren't they better? who is it that is saying it's better? this is a review, did you not review the pic quality of the camera on your own or are you just taking someone's word for it?

Guest said:

Numbers don't lie:

Current Percent of iOS Platform World Wide Use: 18.8%

Current Percent of Android Platform World Wide Use: 64%

what are you trying to say? I say you still don't get the big picture yet, next time please leave more qualified comments, as I see yours is still ..not intelligent and not very objective

and the numbers? sorry, that's not true..

if you see by OS, the result:

iOS: 34%

Android: 51%

the rest is other OS (symbian, bb, windows, etc)

now, if you see by OS then manufacturer, you'll see another thing

Apple (iOS): 34%

Android 51%: (samsung 17%, HTC 14%, Motorola 11%, other 9%)

check this out

[link]

VitalyT VitalyT said:

If a dual core outperforms a quad core I blame the software.

It is not that simple. It is actually the entire platform on which the software is developed:

- For iPhone it is mostly native stuff, Object C, which compiles into native code and thus offers utmost speed and best memory management.

- For Android too many apps are written in Java - a performance hog that cannot catch up with the native code. This is why experience on iPhone continues to be better even with inferior hardware.

Guest said:

@Randomthom

"This reviewer seems to be trying hard to overlook the flaws. This is not how to review something, a review should be impartial, not from a fanboy"

I think that's the point for a review, highlighting the pros and cons as well as the flaws objectively to the readers, so the final judgement will be depends on readers alone..

For me, the reviewer is neutral and trying to review this very objectively. And I'm lucky it's not you who reviewed this..

1 person liked this | Guest said:

To those who think the commenter's are bias. Apple iPhone user's are the utmost bias people I know, I work with iMacs, Mac Books (All variations), and iPhones. I've had more than one person say to me "Oh I don't do things like that, I'm an Apple person" as if they're now higher than a normal person when it comes to technology, yet they have no idea how to use the thing.

Almost every review that I read for this phone is bias, but TechSpot isn't nearly as bias as someone like CNN who seems to get paid off and just write about how much iPhone's save the world.

Point is, a Blackberry user should have written this and/or all reviews on Apple products, as not to be "Childlike bias" towards one topic or another.

For instance: "Android and Windows Phone user might be surprised at how well rounded the iPhone 5 is if they give it an honest try" - Well rounded? I use all three platforms, if anything the Android OS is well rounded, you can use it on a huge number of phones, Smart TVs, and tablets from a number of companies. Apple gives you limited choices and over-charges for them.

"The iPhone 5 is the handset that many people have been waiting for." - Never in my life have I heard someone say that they're waiting for a handset?

"Apple has almost completely redesigned the iPhone's exterior" - It looks exactly the same. The majority of iPhone users wouldn't be able to tell the difference as proved by random testing.

And to the commenter that posted 34% iOS use compared to the other commenter's poseted 18%, those two figures seemed to be world wide (18%) while the link posted showed the 34% is use in the US. I'd rather world wide figures than just one country?

VitalyT VitalyT said:

Battery life looks good, think that's the only thing that would make me look at an iPhone.

I had the same sentiment for a long time, till I discovered just how far the market of replaceable batteries evolved. Just look at this awesome product:http://www.amazon.com/Anker%C2%AE-10000mAh-External-
attery-Android/dp/B005NGKR54/ref=sr_1_1?s=mobile&ie=UT
8&qid=1348758185&sr=1-1&keywords=anker+astro+3

You can go for a week with that one

VitalyT VitalyT said:

To the guy above obsessed with the statistics...

The only stat I care about is how much money is floating in both platforms, when choosing where to invest my time. While people spend billions on applications for iPhone, Android users for most part are "poverty-stricken a$$holes". There is simply no money in the Android application market, compared to iOS.

Somehow this was nowhere to be listed on your Android bravado.

2 people like this | jkendt1989 jkendt1989 said:

Wow... This is my 1st comment ever on this site after following it for 2 years now. I have to say this is one of the most favored and biased reviews I have read in a long time. It looks to be almost written by Apple itself.

I understand there are many new features that this new phone brings. However, why was the new maps app brushed over? Why was there no comment on how this new phone scratches 10x more easier on the back then previous models? What about the camera giving a purple glow due to the type of new lenses used on the phone? Even when you stated that something may be negative you looked for other reason as how it was a positive thing and "bettered" the phone.

I'm all for a positive review but you should let consumers aware of the draw backs as well. This seems more like an add then a review.

Also, $APPL stock has been in a down trend since the release of this new phone. Monday, the day after it was released had a gap down and continued to fall in the upcoming days. From what I see this new launch isn't as great as the media and "reviews" like this are making it appear.

amstech amstech, TechSpot Enthusiast, said:

The iphone 5 looks nice but I am happy I got my Droid 4, has a dual core @ 1.2Ghz and 1GB Dual Channel RAM, but the edge-lit slide out Qwerty keyboard makes the phone.

Nick D Nick D said:

Thanks to the people at XDA, my old Android LG Optimus 2X is still fully updated and after rooting is now undervolted to improve battery life that most likely compares or beats the newest iPhone.

peperonikiller peperonikiller said:

I wonder how much money techspot made under the table from writing this review..

1 person liked this |
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Matthew Matthew, TechSpot Staff, said:

I wonder how much money techspot made under the table from writing this review..

We're still counting it.

peperonikiller peperonikiller said:

I wonder how much money techspot made under the table from writing this review..

We're still counting it.

lol, 1iPhone 5, 2 iPhone 5, 4 iPhone 5's... they paid you in iPhones?? Oh what a terrible payment

Staff
Matthew Matthew, TechSpot Staff, said:

Just for the record, the review phone wasn't sent by Apple. It was purchased by TS. Believe it or not, someone can have a different opinion than you without receiving questionable compensation. Constructive criticism is welcome, as are your own opinions, but I'll be deleting shallow nonsense like "derp, how much money appelz paid u?" from here on.

peperonikiller peperonikiller said:

Just for the record, the review phone wasn't sent by Apple. It was purchased by TS. Believe it or not, someone can have a different opinion than you without receiving questionable compensation. Constructive criticism is welcome, as are your own opinions, but I'll be deleting shallow nonsense like "derp, how much money appelz paid u?" from here on.

And I understand that, I was, in my own way, agreeing with the many that this article is obviously leaving out some of the more apparent flaws and because of that appears to be biased.

Now yes we are entitled to our own opinion just as techspot is entitled to write whatever the **** they want, but as a source of news and reviews to many people.. I would think you guys have the capability to write something a little less from one standpoint. The amount of comments saying the same thing is proof of that.

1 person liked this | jkendt1989 jkendt1989 said:

Just for the record, the review phone wasn't sent by Apple. It was purchased by TS. Believe it or not, someone can have a different opinion than you without receiving questionable compensation. Constructive criticism is welcome, as are your own opinions, but I'll be deleting shallow nonsense like "derp, how much money appelz paid u?" from here on.

If you actually spent money on this review I'd suggest getting more well rounded reviews. It is not fair to the consumer to read these honey moon reviews. Yes this new phone has great things to rave about but the negative things should be looked at in-depth just as well.

I will be looking to other sites for accurate reviews in the future.

Staff
Matthew Matthew, TechSpot Staff, said:

If you actually spent money on this review I'd suggest getting more well rounded reviews. It is not fair to the consumer to read these honey moon reviews. Yes this new phone has great things to rave about but the negative things should be looked at in-depth just as well.

I will be looking to other sites for accurate reviews in the future.

So be it. You can't please everyone. I hope your new destination is better aligned with your views.

1 person liked this | ghasmanjr ghasmanjr said:

Just for the record, the review phone wasn't sent by Apple. It was purchased by TS. Believe it or not, someone can have a different opinion than you without receiving questionable compensation. Constructive criticism is welcome, as are your own opinions, but I'll be deleting shallow nonsense like "derp, how much money appelz paid u?" from here on.

I got close to the end of this article and I thought to myself "This really doesn't add much to the table in terms of innovation or performance boosts, it won't score higher than an 80-85". You guys rated it a 90 though. The iPhone 5 just seems to be playing catch-up with the droid market. Here is my constructive criticism: I love Techspot, but the reviewer of Apple products seems to be very biased. I saw that the benchmarks for the phone were included in the review. I love reading your PC game reviews and benchmarks because you guys compare the hardware of many different companies. Where are the benchmarks for the Galaxy S3? I know that many will tell me "Just Google it", but I'd like to see them incorporated for a more well-round review.

Sarcasm Sarcasm said:

Just for the record, the review phone wasn't sent by Apple. It was purchased by TS. Believe it or not, someone can have a different opinion than you without receiving questionable compensation. Constructive criticism is welcome, as are your own opinions, but I'll be deleting shallow nonsense like "derp, how much money appelz paid u?" from here on.

Now yes we are entitled to our own opinion just as techspot is entitled to write whatever the **** they want, but as a source of news and reviews to many people.. I would think you guys have the capability to write something a little less from one standpoint. The amount of comments saying the same thing is proof of that.

Exactly the point. Reviews are DESIGNED and ENGINEERED for those who "don't know" and come to an article like this to gain some perspective and knowledge. Whether it is about a Phone or Processor or Car. Whatever the product. But if all they see is one side gloating about only the positive aspects but completely sweeping the negative aspects under the rug, then it is the lack of the responsibility of the writer. But again if we don't like it, then we just have to stop reading them.

Overall I think the anyone who was shopping for an iPhone and didn't have a phone to begin with will be quite happy. But if you were someone like me who had the original iPhone and then iPhone 3GS and with my wife having an iPhone 4. This really is the same OS I've personally gotten bored with and moved away from. And now I have a Galaxy S3 which suites my personality and usage much better.

Guest said:

Seems like a decent phone, the only real issues I can see is the aluminum scratching and the maps problem. Scratches come with time regardless of what material is used (plastic, glass, stainless steel) and the maps issue is software which can be fixed in time, but there are also other resolutions to it (google maps online, third party apps, etc.). The only thing I don't get is why some people think it's a failure because it has a lot of the same things that other phones have.

Guest said:

This phone deserves a 90. It is a great phone. Not revolutionary like the original iPhone but evolutionary in almost all the right ways (speed, size, screen, weight, OS, fixability, durability, and future-proof ability).

It is sad that most android-based phone users will be stuck with the OS version their phone came with or be lucky enough to have access to maybe a single update. This will make your phones feel very old very fast. And most of that great hardware on the newer Samsungs etc. will never ever get a chance to be put to real use.

2 people like this | jkendt1989 jkendt1989 said:

It is sad that most android-based phone users will be stuck with the OS version their phone came with or be lucky enough to have access to maybe a single update. This will make your phones feel very old very fast. And most of that great hardware on the newer Samsungs etc. will never ever get a chance to be put to real use.

That's an interesting point except for the fact that I had an iPhone 3g and an iPhone 4 and guess what? When the updates came out I didn't receive the new features. The updates only slowed down my phone and made the response slower. Personally I'll take no more updates as long as it runs smooth vs new updates without it running smooth. That point is invalid.

1 person liked this | Guest said:

Just for the record, the review phone wasn't sent by Apple. It was purchased by TS. Believe it or not, someone can have a different opinion than you without receiving questionable compensation. Constructive criticism is welcome, as are your own opinions, but I'll be deleting shallow nonsense like "derp, how much money appelz paid u?" from here on.

So do you buy every kind of new phone that comes out? A family member of mine had an iPhone 5, I picked it up, looked at it very closely to see if there were any "Major design changes" that your review noted...there wasn't. At all.

Next I asked, why did they get this phone? And she went off to ramble a whole LIST of issues that her iPhone 4s had, which she only bought...less than a year ago? I kindly let her know that my 2+ year old Droid is still working fine, and after I bought my Droid 4 I sold it to a good friend of mine. So over the past 2 smart phones that I've had, I paid a total of $50 out of pocket. Yet my family member has been spending $300 for each iPhone, due to the whole "You should definitely buy THIS iPhone" style advertising, two of my family members run out and buy it as soon as it comes out, ALWAYS complaining about the "Tons of problems the last one had"...

...If the last one had problems, why do you keep buying the same thing.

...But it's white instead of black! Terrific, too bad the majority puts a case over it anyway.

Every iPhone ad reads "So much more" "Best iPhone yet" "Worlds most advanced OS"

What's the "So much?" "Lets hope it's better than the last" "If it was advanced, then it wouldn't be simple to use, which is why people buy it". The amount of false advertisement spewing from Apple and it's "Reviewers" should be illegal, they're robbing people by making false promises.

Someone mentioned Droids not getting many updates. I just got one on mine, my whole user interface has been updated and looks completely different. I didn't cry about it, I adjusted to it.

I've been told by an iPhone 5 user that Christopher Columbus had better navigation than the new maps system does.

All I ask is for a fair review! :)

P.S. Techspot...other than this review...I'm addicted to every other aspect of your site.Bravo (y)

pgianni8 pgianni8 said:

I think its also worth mentioning iPhone works great with VoiceAssist service, for those that must check and respond to Txts,emails, and FB or Twitter updates while driving. Far more robust voice control than anything siri or similar voice apps have to offer.

One2three One2three said:

If you actually spent money on this review I'd suggest getting more well rounded reviews. It is not fair to the consumer to read these honey moon reviews. Yes this new phone has great things to rave about but the negative things should be looked at in-depth just as well.

I will be looking to other sites for accurate reviews in the future.

So be it. You can't please everyone. I hope your new destination is better aligned with your views.

Are you referring to a more thorough, objective perspective? Because that is something also I would appreciate. Would you say techspot should now be seen as a somewhat one-eyed design fanzine?

Staff
Matthew Matthew, TechSpot Staff, said:

Are you referring to a more thorough, objective perspective? Because that is something also I would appreciate. Would you say techspot should now be seen as a somewhat one-eyed design fanzine?

Reviewing a product whose greatest points of contention ultimately boil down to personal preference makes it virtually impossible to record one's "objective" findings. An indifferent smartphone review would be drier than a phone book, and likely just as long. Larger comparisons could have been made between the iPhone 5 and competing handsets in our review at the expense of timeliness, but even then you'd only have a subjective comparison -- especially considering the fact that Shawn doesn't have many rival units on-hand, so his opinion would have been based on second-hand impressions, and we avoid that type of thing.

Instead, he offered his take on Apple's new handset, and based on that information readers should be able to determine whether it suits them. Naturally, those who oppose his stance are the most vocal, as if they've been wronged by some Apple shill, when that couldn't be further from the truth. If you disagree with Shawn's stance, the binary nature of our review has accomplished its goal: you've likely determined that you don't want an iPhone 5, and that's fine. The thing is, I don't think many people recognize that impact, which is interesting, though difficult to act on as feedback. Anyhow, thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts.

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I must admit I did find this review rather shallow. And I mean no disrespect to the reviewer.

I do believe a more in-depth review of both hardware and software should have been made. This is more of a long impression than an actual </I>review</I>.

For those looking for a review of the device, I recommend Ars Technica's review.

I also would like to add I agree with almost everything said in this piece, I just think the execution was hindered by the effort of timeliness.

One2three One2three said:

Reply to techspot:

Hey people. I was referring to a more objective and comparing view. Not a superdry technical one. We have the specs, don't we? But by judging this phone without considering what the competition is offering, review value is lost. So to speak. The verge have written a very thorough and interesting review:

[link]

"Apple also leaves developers empty-handed on widgets. It provides the minimally useful weather and stock widgets for the notification drawer, but isn't opening up that space to anyone else. And I must mention this ? the fact that the weather icon continues to read 73 degrees and sunny when it is clearly possible to have icons update with at least some information (see the calendar icon) is now laughable at best, and sad at worst."

"And what about actionable notifications? Notifications in Jelly Bean can be acted on without having to jump into an app, which is a fantastic addition to Android. I use them all the time. I would have loved to see Apple innovate in this area ? especially considering the fact that iOS multitasking still doesn't represent an "always on" experience.

Don't get me wrong, iOS is a beautiful and well-structured mobile operating system ? but it's begun to show its age. It feels less useful to me today than it did a couple of years ago, especially in the face of increasingly sophisticated competition. I always have this sense now in iOS of not knowing where I am, what my status is ? constantly having to load things and reload them. It feels tiring."

Guest said:

@One2three:

the link (review) you provided still not thorough enough

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

@One2three:

the link (review) you provided still not thorough enough

Try the Ars Technica review.

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