After playing with the new iPhone 5 for the past few days, two things have become apparent. First, it’s worth the cost, and second, Apple have absolutely nailed it with this one. From the moment that you take the new iPhone out of the box, you’ll wonder how we actually got to this extraordinary point, an iPhone this thin and light, with this level of performance is astounding. Indeed, the first thing you notice about the new iPhone is how different it feels in your hand compared to previous versions of the iPhone. With the new design, it’s almost a surprise when you hit the power/lock button and fire iOS 6 up. It feels, almost, as if it is a toy phone.
Once you have turned it on, the second thing that hits you is how Apple has improved the color saturation of the screen. Holding it side by side with a 4S, you’ll see that the colors are richer, denser and offer a noticeable improvement in visual quality. This is also particularly evident when viewing photos in your photo stream. You’ll also notice a significant improvement in color saturation when looking at pictures taken with the iPhone 5 on your Mac screen. The camera on the iPhone 5 is dramatically better.
You can read as many reviews of the iPhone 5 as you like, but they will likely all say the same thing, reflecting on the quality of the engineering, the power, the performance and the way it feels in your hand. For me, the small improvements offer a completely new experience. The speakers at the bottom of the device are one such improvement. The sound output seems like it is at least twice a loud as previous iterations of the iPhone and make it a lot easier making hands-free calls when there is a lot of background noise.
With this iPhone, the word that is perhaps most apt when describing the design is ‘clean’. You fingers never seem to hit a harsh edge. That’s not too say that there’s a lot of harsh edges on the 4 and 4S, it’s just that device was made to be touched.
Read the reviews, try it for yourself and draw your own conclusions. Just take some time to recognize the details.
It’s all in the details.