iPhone 5 reviews appear ahead of release date
September 19, 2012, 3:05 A.M. New York local time — The new Apple iPhone 5, release date on September 21st, receives its first set of “mixed” reviews.
The new iPhone 5, the latest smartphone of Apple inc., is doing well in the reviews section, but similar to its Android rivals, the iPhone 5 also attracts some negative points — specifically the new Lightning connector which is not compatible with many accessories including cars.
According to Walt Mossberg of Wall Street Journal and All Things D, the iPhone 5 is “bigger and smaller at the same time,” bigger because it features a large 4-inch retina display whilst maintaining its 640 pixels width that allows “single-hand.” However, Mossberg also notes other customers who prefer larger phones with larger touchscreen display.
“It’s great that there’s choice of phones that you can buy,” he said, “but for my money, this iPhone 5 retains the iPhone’s title as the best all-around smartphone in the market,” whilst noting Apple’s 700,000 third-party mobile applications.
The popular grandpa of tech reporting criticizes the iPhone 5′s new lightning connector which is not compatible with many accessories. He also added that the $29.99 “lightning to 30-pin dock adapter” is a “pain in the neck for some people.” He also criticized the lack of Google Maps, because Apple has decided to make its own mapping applications. In short, Google’s Maps for iOS is still better than Apple’s.
Also a popular iPhone 5 review today is from Engadget’s editor in-chief, Tim Stevens. His review is one of the best online today. Similar to older iPhones, Stevens noted that the only “con” of the iPhone 5 is its lightning port which is not compatible with popular accessories.
Engadget’s review praises the iPhone 5′s “beautiful, sophisticated design,” and also its battery life which is the biggest problem of Android devices like the HTC One X which does not support battery optimization. The iPhone 5 is also better that previous iPhones, according to Stevens, because it features LTE or Long Term Evolution.
Lastly, he criticized the iOS, the only part of the iPhone 5 that does not offer “significant improvement,” unlike the camera, the display, the build quality and the battery life.
Other reviews are also available online, but they failed to defend their conclusions.
The iPhone 5 release date is on September 21, and wireless carriers worldwide including US-based carriers Verizon Wireless, Sprint, AT&T, are now accepting pre-orders. Third-party retailers also offer orders for full price of $750 to $950 full-price, unlocked and compatible with international carriers’ 4G HSPA+.
The iPhone 5 ships with iOS 6 mobile operating system out of the box, hides inside a dual-core A6 processor, 1GB RAM (unconfirmed), 8-megapixel back-facing camera, 4-inch HD retina display, and new design.
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