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iPhone 5

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I recently upgraded from an iPhone 4 to the iPhone 5 as my contract was up. The differences are mainly aesthetic in that the phone is taller with the new bigger screen. It is however the same width as the 4, though the extra screen real estate is nice and gives the 5 a bigger feel which is still usable with one hand.

Speed is another big difference I have noticed. Apps on the 4 took a time to load whereas on the 5 they load almost instantly in most cases. Overall the 5 feels a lot more snappier, for example, the camera app loading to taking a photo is very quick compared to the 4. I used to have to ask people to wait or I missed the photo opportunity completely. Not good when you have small children performing funny Kodak moments!

Siri has been hit and miss for me. When it works… I should say when it understands me its brilliant. When it doesn’t work it misses the target with often hilarious suggestions. As time as passed we’re learning to understand each other and I’m growing to really love it’s abilities. It’s not the complete Knight Rider experience for me yet though but I’m sure Apple will keep refining its ability.

All in all its a great update for me as the 4 started to feel slow in my hands. Siri is a big selling point for me. The length of my reminders list is proof of that.

I’m always left with that niggling thought in my mind with each iPhone update – “Is that all Apple?” Things aren’t changing much in iOS world in my opinion. The look and feel of the OS hasn’t changed much since iPhone 1. Maybe with new people in charge of its development we’ll see a fresher approach?

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Drew Curran

Director at Pixol
Drew is a filmmaker and designer and the founder of Pixol. Pixol produces corporate and commercial promotional films as well as graphic design and print for clients across the UK and Ireland. Drew is also a freelance cameraman and video editor for other production companies as well as a self-confessed camera nerd.

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2 Comments
  • Ryan Michael

    December 1, 2012 at 1:21 pm Reply

    Coming from a 4S I see no value in an upgrade to this device unless I wanted the bigger screen (which I don’t) but this always the case from apple each product since the iPhone 4 now has a lifespan for the user of 2 years before they feel the need of an upgrade.

    In my opinion the current phone as we know it (device in hand) has maximised its potential. Screens are as sharp as they can be, 4g is more than fast enough for any mobile device and graphics are not vital as games are based on how fun and intuitive they are on mobile devices.

    I see Apple very soon revamping the interface but making it exclusive to the new device breaking the routine but the future is a device that you no longer need to carry around like the conventional phones of today which are just the last in the evolutionary scale from the bricks carted around 15+ years ago, something like the google glasses is something to keep an eye on.

    • admin

      December 1, 2012 at 1:54 pm Reply

      As I said I hope the new men in charge, Jonny Ive I believe, will bring something new to the OS. I’ve no problems with the hardware as it stands. It’s an iconic design and to me is the best hardware aesthetically on the market.

      On the iOS front I’d like to see a breadth of fresh air like a move from the outdated grid format.

      I agree with you. If you have a 4s then there’s no need to upgrade.

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