The new iPhone 5

The New iPhone 5

For any technology lover, a new Apple keynote speech is an exciting time; always preceded by speculation, rumour and anticipation regarding what new products will be launched. Apple have been leading innovation in computer and Smartphone design and concept for years and their latest offering will surely not disappoint fans of the brand. This month will see Apple’s new iPhone 5 hit the US stores whilst currently due to be available in 100 countries worldwide by December. With Apple continuously improving their products to stay ahead of the competition, below are some of the improved features within the iPhone 5.

What is in the new iPhone?

There are a number of main selling points for the new iPhone 5 that make the model stand out from its predecessor. Firstly, the new iPhone is much faster; being fitted with an A6 chip compared to the A5 in the iPhone 4S and A4 chip in the iPhone 4. This improvement gives the phone much more processing capability, improving the efficiency of the apps as well as an overall quicker reaction time.

Additionally, Apple have managed to slim the iPhone 5 down by almost 2 millimetres in depth, which also impacts positively on the weight with the new phone coming in 28 grams lighter than the iPhone 4. Furthermore, Apple has managed to increase the display resolution and expanded the screen size on the iPhone 5 by 0.5 inches by using more of the phone’s front panel as a display.

Other added bonuses the new iPhone offers are: improved audio, better quality camera, both front and back, and advanced FaceTime capability. Additionally the new version claims a slightly longer battery life, something that most iPhone users will be very happy about.

All in all, the new iPhone 5 stands out as an improved version of the iPhone 4s, a phone that many users would have argued to be the best smartphone on the market. However, how does the iPhone 5 stand up against the competition?

iPhone vs Competitors

The two main competitors to the iPhone 5 are the Samsung Galaxy S III and the new Nokia Lumia 920. Direct comparison of these phones processing power and operating systems is not really achievable as Apple has their own unique answers to both. However, comparisons can be made when looking at other specifications.

The iPhone is both the smallest (by height width and depth) and lightest (70 grams lighter than the Nokia) of the three phones. However, both the Nokia and Samsung offer larger screens, which will prove attractive to some users. The Nokia pips the others on battery life claiming 10 hours of talk time against 8 on the iPhone and Samsung. The camera’s on all three phones are pretty similar although the Nokia and Samsung offer slightly better resolution on the front camera. The iPhone 5 offers the widest range of storage space with 16, 32 and 64 gigabytes being available whereas the Samsung offers 16 and 32gb, albeit with a SD card expansion, and the Nokia only offering a 32gb option.

Pricing between the Samsung and the iPhone isn’t as different as one might expect with Apple usually being at the top end of the technology market. However, Nokia has not yet released its prices and different providers will offer different packages. Ultimately, it is likely the iPhone will cost the equivalent of approx $50 more.

For most Apple enthusiasts, their minds will already have been decided on whether to buy or not to buy the new iPhone 5. For those new to Apple or only considering the crossover, now is as good a time as any to be part of the Apple revolution.


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