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?