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Apple Iphone 5 review

Redesign yields the thinnest, lightest Iphone yet
Fri Sep 28 2012, 15:45

Product Iphone 5
Website www.apple.com/iphone/
Specifications A6 dual-core processor, 4in 1136x640 326ppi Retina display, 16GB/32GB/64GB internal storage, 8MP rear-facing Isight camera, 1.2MP front-facing camera, GSM/EDGE/HSPA+/HSDPA/LTE 4G connectivity, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi on 2.4GHz and 5GHz, Bluetooth 4, GPS, 8-pin connector and headphone jack ports, Apple IOS 6 operating system, 124x59x7.6mm, 112g
Price £529 to £699 SIM free


MOBILE DEVICE DESIGNER Apple released its latest Iphone last week and managed to shift over five million units in its first weekend. The Iphone 5 represents a major design overhaul for the Apple smartphone, which has resulted in the thinnest, lightest model with the largest screen yet.

Design
The first thing we noticed about the Iphone 5 was its longer body compared to previous models. The Iphone 5 measures 124x59x7.6mm (below right) compared to the Iphone 4S (below left) at 115x59x9mm. The back of the Iphone 5 is housed in an aluminium casing, with glass inlays at the top and bottom of the handset.

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The new Iphone 5 feels slightly sharper in the hand than other smartphones with more rounded edges or plastic casings. This is due to the aluminium casing covering the sides as well as the back of the phone. On the Iphone 4S, the raised back is made of glass, which feels smoother.

apple-iphone-5-back-aluminium-casing

However, the lighter weight of the new model at just 112g makes the Iphone 5 more comfortable to hold over long periods. This is significantly less than the Iphone 4S, which weighs 140g.

Around the outside of the Iphone 5, the power button remains on the top, but the headphone jack has been moved to the bottom, to the left of the microphone, speaker and connector port. The volume buttons remain on the left-hand side, while the SIM slot remains on the right.

Inside
To house the Iphone 5 in this thinner and lighter casing, Apple had to make some major changes to the internal components, which will impact present Iphone 4S owners wishing to upgrade. First, it has moved from a micro-SIM to nano-SIM, which is 44 percent smaller than the previous version, so you won't be able to just put your old SIM into the Iphone 5.

The connector has also been updated to a Lightning version, which has just eight pins, compared to 30 in the previous version. This means that Apple fans used to carrying around just one cable to charge up their Iphone and Ipad will need to start carrying both, and anyone who has invested in a charging dock will need to shell out for a 30-pin to 8-pin adaptor, sold by Apple for £25, although these won't be available until October according to the Apple UK online store.

Next: Processor, Screen

 

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