Despite the volume of commentary on the iPhone 5, it is difficult to get an idea of how good it actually is in comparison to its predecessor, iPhone 4S. The world and its dog all seem to have an opinion on the matter, with some proclaiming it the greatest innovation since four wooden circles were fixed to a cart. But, as with every Apple release, it has its detractors, who in this case are denouncing the new model as simply a tarted-up 4S. But who’s right? Let’s look at the facts to see if we can shed any light.
The most noticeable difference between the two models is the screen size. The screen on the new iPhone 5 comes in at 4”with an 1136 x 640 resolution, whereas its predecessor features a 3.5”screen and a 960 x 640 resolution. So far, so iPhone 5.
A new black and slate back on the iPhone 5 – made from strong aluminium – is an improvement on the glass back of the previous models, which were prone to shattering when dropped despite the common interpretation that slimmer is weaker.
The newer model is also 28 grams lighter and 1.7mm thinner. Good news if the 4S was too bulky and heavy for your liking. Although, a few people criticized the longer iPhone and the odd dimensions it sported, it actually looks more attractive and geared up. See it in action below
The new iOS6 – which is also available to all 4S, 4 and 3GS customers – allows users to FaceTime over a mobile Internet connection, rather than just the Wi-Fi of iOS5.
Facebook integration is now enabled, allowing users to share photos instantly from the camera function. And Siri’s ability to recognise your voice commands has been improved.
The iPhone 5 boasts 4G wireless internet, which by the very fact that it is one greater than 3G, should mean it is faster depending on the network and your location when you are using the internet. You can check out the strength of the 4G signal in your local area on all networks at Carphone Warehouse before choosing your tariff.
The A6 chip in the new iPhone 5 is said to have twice the processing and graphics power than the A5, which was used in the 4S.
Both are eight megapixels so seemingly no improvement there, yet the FaceTime camera on the iPhone 5 now records in HD. So you can see your friends and family more clearly.