Apple’s new addition to their cell phone lineup is the iPhone 5. The new gadget that was released a couple of months ago. Today, we will take a look at the gadget to see if it’s worth you not only paying at least $199 for, but also to be tied in a two year contract for. We will go over the design, a look around the device, what we like and don’t like, and how it compares to its predecessors.

A Brief Introduction

The iPhone 5 is a phone of contradiction, and that’s the reason why we are loving it. It has evolved while still staying to the simple basics. It has become thinner, with something calling too thin. However, for a majority of user, the changes that were present weren’t enough for them to switch. For that reason, this review isn’t for them, the iPhone 4S users. The iPhone 5 is for those who are finally making the switch to iPhone 5 or may be a current iPhone 3GS user. If you are, this review is for you.

The Rail Thin iPhone

It would be a tired effort to continue to reiterate the thinness of this phone, but again I must say, it’s thin! The iPhone 5 is one of the thinnest, if not the thinnest smartphone on the market today. Some have even called it “too thin”.

The 7.6mm thin iPhone looks quite familiar on the front. The only thing that is noticeably different, not taking into account the edges, is the change in light sensor/camera placement. They seemed to have made a switch. The front is also with a much taller, almost a centimetre taller than the predecessor iPhone 4S. This isn’t noticed at all when holding the phone however.

The back of the iPhone is now matte black or white with glass at the top and bottom, rather than the whole backing being glass. The back also has a microphone between the camera, used to gather the noise surrounding you and adjusting the volume of who you are speaking to accordingly.

The second biggest change is the new Lightning connector. This is Apple’s new port that is implemented in all newly released gadgets. It’s much smaller and you’ll notice it where it hits, with your incompatible speakers and other gadgets. This will require an expensive trip to Apple for $30/each adapters.

A Look Inside

As I always like to say, a great gadget is always more than a pretty face and the iPhone 5 proves this well. Upgrading from the iPhone 4S, you will certainly notice the improvement in startup speeds. This is due to the new A6X processor that is also found in the new iPad Mini. This also provides improvements in speeds for app launching and swifter user-ability. Over time, you’ll get accustomed to this, however, when side-by-side, the 1.05 GHz processor is hard to ignore. However, a cell phone’s processing speeds can only go so far. Other things, like cell phone service speeds have to come into play and the iPhone 5 doesn’t disappoint there either. The new LTE support makes it possible to get the fastest service that your service provider permits.

The Camera

Not much has changed with the camera. For some phones, this would have been considered a con. However, the camera on the iPhone 4S is some of the best we’ve seen on any mobile phone. It even rivals the quality of many point-and-shoot cameras out there. Apple has since chosen to stick with the 8-megapixel, 1080p camera that are familiar with. One thing that did change was the front facing camera, upgrading from VGA video quality to full 720p! Of course, there’s also panorama mode, however that’s a software inclusion from iOS 6.

Our Final Opinion

The iPhone 5 is an improvement that is worth it for anyone who hasn’t become apart of the iPhone tribe just yet. You are in a prime time, the iPhone’s height in popularity and in gadget quality. If you are currently an iPhone user, I would recommend getting the iPhone 5 if you are using anything older than the iPhone 4S.

iPhone 4S aren’t really missing out on anything substantial with the iPhone 5, especially nothing to break a contract for. iOS 6 solidifies this point due to how many of the improvements, like panorama and improved Siri is all available for iPhone 4S users using iOS 6. The iPhone 5 is available for $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, and $399 for 64GB users. You can pick it up from the Apple store, carrier stores (AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon), or other retailers including Best Buy, Radioshack, and select Wal-Mart and Target locations.

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Antony was born in Kerala, India, raised in Doha, Qatar. He works as a Systems/Network Manager.Antony’s interests don’t always seem to cross paths: football and technology. However, Antony is just as much a fan of Manchester United as he is of gizmos, maybe a bit more.