iPhone 5: Hands on preview!
The iPhone 5 has landed. apple’s brand new, bigger and faster smartphone was unveiled last night, and though it’s not out until a week tomorrow, we got a chance to get hands on with it already. Ready on for the video, photos and impressions.
Make no bones about it, the iPhone 5 is beautiful. It’s as incredibly well engineered as its predecessors, but the larger screen is a revelation.
Sure, there are plenty of smartphones with much bigger screens: but rolling through Safari on it still felt like a breath of fresh air. Apple’s mobile browser is one of the best there is: to see it let loose from the confines of a small 3.5-inch screen is fantastic. The display is as bright and sharp as ever: we love that sticker-ish effect as though it’s almost painted on top of the device.
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With both black and white models, the back plate of the iPhone 5 has changed: it’s now aluminium rather than glass with thumb prints. It’s not one complete carved block like a MacBook, but you can barely see or feel the joints, and the whole affair is shockingly light.
What it isn’t however, is perhaps the huge revamp Apple made it out to be. Don’t get us wrong: it’s incredible that Apple made the iPhone 5 thinner and still managed to squeeze in a bigger battery and a 4G connection. But if you didn’t like the glass and metal vibe of the iPhone 4 and 4S, the bigger display and thinner frame here aren’t likely to change your mind.
We got a chance to have a whizz through iOS 6 on the iPhone 5, and so far we like what we see. There aren’t any surprises we didn’t know about (other than an extra row of icons for your apps on each homescreen) but it’s blazingly quick. We’re particularly intrigued about Passbook, Apple’s new app for collecting all your e-tickets in one place – fingers crossed this can take paperless ticketing mainstream.
We were also demoed the new first party Maps app: the 3D effects are incredible, and it’s great fun swooping down and looking at the Houses of Parliament from every angle. Whether the maps will have enough detail to reliably get us from A to Z as they did when the iPhone was powered by Google Maps remains to be seen however.
All in all, the iPhone 5 is shaping up to be the killer upgrade we were hoping for, even if it won’t convert too many Android and Windows Phone owners. But do you agree? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments.
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