by April 17, 2013 0 comments

The iPhone has grown taller, though not wider, in its 5th edition. It is still one of the best-looking smartphones in the market, thanks to the glass-and-aluminum finish and the superb design that Apple is well known for. For all its delicate feel, it is quite a robust phone with a good grip and fits easily in your palm. But don’t let the looks fool you into thinking it can’t keep up with the quad-cores from the Android family. The iPhone 5 is as much a performer as any of the best flagship phones, thanks to its dual-core processor based on the latest A6 chipset by Apple.

It is the first iPhone to measure 4 inches across and is still18% thinner and 20% lighter than its predecessor. However, the new screen size also means that Apple has had to tweak the screen resolution to 1136×640, which would signify that app developers will have to make changes in their app codes to ensure a full-screen viewing experience. The 326 pixels per inch (ppi) Retina Display is quite impressive, although bigger smartphones like the HTC 8X and Nokia Lumia 920 give out an even more impressive performance in this department.

The lack of an HD display on such a high-end smartphone is missed, but it does make up for it in the multimedia department- with an excellent audio performance and butter-smooth video playbacks with easy navigation. It i is also the first time that Apple has changed the stock earphones to – ear pods. There is also a new ‘Lightening’ port which replaces the old 30-pin adapter and makes all your old iPod accessories redundant. iCloud, Multimedia, SNS integration and Apple’s own sharing features make the new iPhone a package worth the money you pay. Albeit, at a premium.

The primary camera shoots 8MP images and 1080p video. It’s video and image quality is impressive. It takes great images and videos even under low light, and has a new panorama mode, dynamic low-light mode, accurate face tracking. There is a 1.2MP front camera for video calling as well.
At 1440 mAh, the battery is good enough to last for about 6 hours of video playback, which is lower than that of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Nokia Lumia 920. With 4G support and the best audio output on a high-end smartphone, Apple has put up another stellar device to lure the buyers, but it does face a stiffer competition from the Android than ever before.

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