This one started it all. Five years on, the smart­phone from Ap­ple still sets most of the bench­marks.

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The iPhone 5 looks very sim­i­lar to its pre­de­ces­sor, but place it next to the iPhone 4S and you will know see that Ap­ple has stretched the dis­play to 4 inches to ac­com­mo­date an­other row of apps. The larger dis­play has 18 per cent more

pix­els at 1136x640p res­o­lu­tion. With a big­ger, bet­ter dis­play, the width of the iPhone re­mains un­touched that makes it com­fort­able to grip and use with one hand. The iPhone has also be­come much sleeker at 7.6mm and weighs lesser at 112 grams.


With iOS 6, Ap­ple has added some much-needed up­dates in­clud­ing a Do Not dis­turb fea­ture, Face­Time over cel­lu­lar, VIP in­box, in­di­vid­ual sig­na­ture for dif­fer­ent email ac­counts, etc. The de­vice now has full Face­book and Twit­ter in­te­gra­tion. There isn’t any chal­lenge typ­ing on the phone. How­ever, no of­fice suite comes pre-in­stalled on the iPhone 5, which has also re­placed Google Maps with a na­tive map that is not of much use. The A6 chip pro­ces­sor is pow­er­ful and there is a no­tice­able dif­fer­ence in per­for­mance over ear­lier de­vices. The CPU and graph­ics per­for­mance are twice as fast as on the ear­lier A5 chip. Multi-task­ing is still re­stricted to dou­ble tap­ping the home but­ton to launch a row of icons con­sist­ing of apps in the sta­tion­ary mode.


Ap­ple with­out doubt of­fers the best imag­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and mu­sic out­put, but it has gone a step ahead. The 8MP cam­era on the iPhone 5 of­fers crisp and vi­brant im­ages. Im­ages cap­tured in low­light are good and de­void of noise. Then there is the Panorama mode where the stitch­ing is seam­less. The sound out­put is also much bet­ter and comes with bet­ter bass. The big­ger dis­play and the bet­ter sound fur­ther makes the iPhone 5 a gamers’ de­light.


In 2008, Ap­ple in­tro­duced the con­cept of a one-stop-shop for apps. So it is no won­der that its app store is much ahead of the com­pe­ti­tion in num­bers and qual­ity. There are many apps that are ex­clu­sive to the Ap­ple App Store and se­cu­rity is not a con­cern as ev­ery­thing is rig­or­ously checked be­fore be­ing put on the shelves.


The good thing about the iPhone 5 is its bat­tery backup as it con­tin­ues to last through the day with ap­prox­i­mately two hours of call­ing and con­stant 3G con­nec­tiv­ity. And un­like some other smart­phones, it doesn’t heat up.

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