The iPhone 5 is undoubtedly the most hyped device of the past 12 months, with many people still waiting to get their hands on the highly coveted handset. Many iPhone users will be asking themselves “should I sell my iPhone 4 or 4S in order to upgrade?” We have a look at the iPhone 5 to see what improvements have been made and whether it’s worth upgrading.
Apple have pushed the boundary in terms of design with every generation of iPhone they have released, with the iPhone 5 being no exception. The first major difference is its weight – 18% lighter than the 4S. 18% may not sound like a lot but it most definitely feels like it. Apple have also changed the back plate of the new iPhone 5, opting for an aluminium back as opposed to glass.
The most noticeable change to the iPhone is the screen size. The iPhone 5 is the first handset in the iPhone line to have a 4-inch screen, making the phone longer but not wider than other models. With many handsets getting larger screens, the extra screen real estate is welcomed. The main problem is many apps have not been developed with the iPhone 5 in mind – so many apps have black bars on the top and bottom to compensate.
The iPhone 5 was criticised for not being different enough from the iPhone 4S but in our opinion it feels and looks very different. The only complaint is that the soft aluminium back is prone to scratching (especially the black model) and having to use a case to protect it detracts from the wonderful look, which is so large a part of the iPhone’s appeal.
The performance enhancements on the iPhone 5 are numerous. The A6 processor has allowed for massive improvements in operating speeds, with no noticeable lag during operation. The A6 is twice as fast as the A5 found in the 4S – and performance tests really made this evident.
The page load times on the iPhone are shockingly fast thanks to LTE technology, even beating page load times of the quad core powerhouse that is the Samsung S3. If you’re a tech head looking for a super-fast handset – it’s well worth upgrading to the iPhone 5.
The A6 processor has also allowed for significantly better camera operation – the shutter speed is now 40% faster and could easily fool you into thinking you’re using a standalone camera. The rest of the camera hardware has seen little upgrading when compared to that of the 4S. One major flaw that consumers have been noticing is the purple flaring of light sources in pictures, meaning that you may be better off staying with the 4S for picture quality.
The iPhone 5 is a magnificent phone, arguably the best on the market in fact. If you want to upgrade then you can do so with confidence. But it is undoubtedly pricey and if you are only part-way through your contract rest assured that your iPhone 4S is still a great piece of kit.