De­ci­pher­ing the iPhone 5

THE LAT­EST VER­SION OF THE IPHONE IS THIN­NER, LIGHTER AND LONGER, BUT DOES THAT MAKE IT BET­TER TOO? WE TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT’S NEW IN THE WORLD’S FAVOURITE PHONE

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - G&G MOBILE - BY NIDHI SIN­GAL

The ad­vanced, smart­phones that we use to­day are a gift from

Ap­ple. No, Ap­ple didn’t de­sign all of them, but

back in 2007 it gave the in­dus­try a mas­ter­piece that man­aged to change the dy­nam­ics for good. It set new bench

marks, both in terms of the hard­ware and soft­ware. It won’t

be wrong to say that if Ap­ple hadn’t launched the iPhone, we could still have been been us­ing the old 2.4-inch dis­plays with

al­phanu­meric key­pads in fea­ture phones and re­sis­tive (sty­lus driven) dis­plays in

busi­ness phones. Yes, there were apps for Nokia and Win­dows phones then too. But we had to search web­sites

like getjar.com to down­load them. Ap­ple stream­lined this by in­tro­duc­ing App Store, a on­estop shop for down­load­ing all

free and paid apps. Ap­ple hasn’t looked back since. Un­like other play­ers, the

com­pany brings out just one new smart­phone ev­ery year and

man­ages to keep the com­pe­ti­tion on their toes. The re­cently launched iPhone 5 with a big­ger

dis­play, faster pro­ces­sor, fine cam­era and bet­ter bat­tery life is sin­gle-hand­edly try­ing to keep the An­droid on­slaught at bay.

Here is a look at the new fea­tures in this iconic phone—

and where it falls short.

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