I’ve had the new iPhone 5 for a few days, so I think this would be a good time for a user review.
In one sentence? It’s better than the 4, but its not earth-shattering.
If I had the 4S model and got the OS 6 updates, I think I would’ve been perfectly happy without the latest upgrade.
The iPhone 5 is lighter than my previous phone (the 4), and quite noticeably faster. The speed is nice– images, text, web pages all load faster, emails send more quickly, etc.
The display is gorgeous and crisp. But that’s nothing new.
And yeah, the screen is bigger, but really not that much bigger. Truthfully, the new aspect ratio of the phone almost makes it feel a tad awkward in the hand. Like there should be more width too.
I gotta say- I have shunned going to a fifth row of icons. In fact I am only using 4 because 5 just made the home screen look too cluttered an confusing.
The phone, as with all apple products, feels solid and very high quality, and the thinness is really quite elegant. But the lightness makes the phone feel a touch fragile. (Side note: I really need to get a case to diminish my paranoia.)
I will say, I absolutely love Siri. And the talking to text feature. I’m having loads of fun with both. (I have Siri calling me “Girlfriend”.)
As far as the Maps debacle, ugh. The maps looks pretty much like google maps, but evidently errors abound. I haven’t seen any plotting errors yet, but….
I actually found a different error when looking for the AT&T store where I bought my phone. I did a map search, found the address, called the phone number listed for the store— and it was the wrong number!
Now if the previous maps app had been Microsoft or adobe-based, I’d give Apple a pass. But what’s the beef with Google?? They have an awesome, proven maps application– why mot figure out a way to work with them??
Bad choice, Apple. Bad.
As far as the camera goes, I haven’t played very much with it, but I am looking forward to it. Here’s a pic I took this weekend in Des Moines at the international food festival:
The only other wibbly thing is the damn new plug. I just have to remember to cart it around now until I get an adapter for charging, etc.
So, bottom line: I’m glad I upgraded because the features and speed are much improved over my 4. But if I was a 4S owner, I think I’d be feeling disappointed about now.