iPhone 5 reviews from all the big guns
A lot of people will have to wait till Friday to get their hands on new iPhone 5. However, some lucky journalists had their hands on the iPhone 5 so they could write about it in detail before it went out to the public.
Their posts just went live and here is what Walk Mossberg from The WSJ had to say:
Perhaps the single biggest functional improvement in this iPhone—something you can’t get by upgrading the software on an older model—is speed. Apple has finally connected the iPhone to the fastest cellular data network, called LTE, and data downloads and uploads just fly, even when you aren’t on Wi-Fi. Also, the processor now has twice the previous speed.
We then have Tim Steven from Engadget:
On our standard battery rundown test, in which we loop a video with LTE and WiFi enabled and social accounts pinging at regular intervals, the iPhone 5 managed a hugely impressive 11 hours and 15 minutes. That’s just 10 minutes shy of the Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx.
From the New York Times, David Pogue chipped in his bit:
“The camera is among the best ever put into a phone. Its lowlight shots blow away the same efforts from an iPhone 4S. Its shot-to-shot times have been improved by 40 percent. And you can take stills even while recording video (1080p hi-def, of course).”
Edward Baig from USA Today’s was happy with the ipHone 5 saying it can easily live up to its expectations:
“People have always had lofty expectations for the iPhone 5, especially as the competition stiffens. In delivering a fast, attractive, LTE-capable and larger-screen handset, Apple has met those expectations with a gem.”
Jim Dalrymple from the Loop praised the screen saying you have to experience it to actually understand there is a big difference:
“If you told me that I would be able to see another few rows of emails or more of a Web page, I don’t know that I would see the importance, but when you look at the iPhone 5, it’s more than that. You have to see it to get an idea of what can be done.”
MG Siegler from TechCrunch:
“In fact, I’ll go a step farther: I really do believe this is the best iPhone upgrade that Apple has done yet (besting the iPhone-to-iPhone 3G jump and the iPhone 3GS-to-iPhone 4 jump). As such, it’s the best version of the iPhone yet. By far…
…If you have an Android phone and have been waiting for a big iPhone update to explore or re-explore the device, now is the time.”
Bloomberg’s Rich Jaroslovsky said:
“One of Apple’s underappreciated abilities is its sense of timing. It often isn’t first with new technologies, waiting until it can bring something special and Apple-like to the table.With the iPhone 5, the most obvious something-special is how fast it is and how long it runs at those speeds.”
Vinvent Nguyen from SlashGear had a lot to say on its features:
“Does the iPhone 5 feel better in the hand than the iPhone 4S? Is it faster, and smoother running; does it have a more capable camera; can it access data more rapidly while on the move? Does the combination of iPhone hardware and iOS software feel the most holistic and balanced of any Apple smartphone to-date? The answer to all those questions is yes. Apple has addressed the bigger-screen debate with a solution that doesn’t undermine key usability promises, delivered LTE without destroying battery life, and wrapped it up in a design that’s both comfortably familiar and crisply revitalized.”
Daring Fireball’s John Gruber had the last say:
“It feels great, looks great, has the best display I’ve seen at any size, runs noticeably faster, networks noticeably faster, is way thinner and lighter than any of its predecessors, takes better photos, and, in my six days of testing, gets totally decent iPhone-4S-level battery life.
But you don’t even have to turn it on to see how nice it is. Just hold it.”
Now all these reviews from journalists say that the screen is a lot better, the phone is much faster, and the new back casing was a great design idea.
Moreover, a lot of people talked about how the new iSight camera was a lot better, and that the battery life had a big Improvement as well. The reviews also pointed out just how fast LTE was on both Verizon and AT&T and that it was just like using Wi-Fi.
All these reviews had another thing in common, they were all positive! Apple has definitely picked up specific people who would tell the world how good it is. Let the iPhone 5 get in the hands of some die-hard users who will give it real hard test and then we shall see what it is like. However, for now it certainly seems as if the iPhone 5 is to break records.