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iPhone 5: The Good, The Really Good and The Meh Not So Good

The wait is over and the big reveal has taken place so now its time to point out the changes with iPhone 5. Are these changes enough to will people to line up for days in advance to purchase the new iPhone 5? In this economy, I personally think folks are going to stick to the old adage — if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.  Prices range from $199 to $399 for the new iPhone 5.

So, let’s see what the brew ha-ha is all about. There are 8 noticeable improvements/new features with the release of the iPhone5:

  1. Bigger Screen: Bigger does not mean wider. Its TALLER by 0.5″ which means that you can comfortably see more and still use 1 finger.
  2. 4G LTE Capability: Its good that the phone is 4G LTE but not so good that the darn phone doesn’t have the universal chip. Which means that you will be at the mercy to whatever frequency is available should you choose to take you iPhone abroad.
  3. Faster A6 Processor: 2x the speed of A5 which means your stuff will load faster.
  4. Improved Battery Life: This is claimed by Apple. So, the results they shared during the unveil should be taken with a grain of salt until there is more usage. Apple claims that the new iPhone will get 8 hours of talk time, 20 hours of video playback time and 8 hours of web browsing time over LTE. Cutting through the fluff…the only battery life improvement REALLY is web browsing. The rest are the same.
  5. Metal Backplate: Say goodbye to crack. Now instead of cracks you will get nice dings in the metal plate. Way cheaper than replacing the glass.
  6. Improved Camera:  Camera software includes panorama mode and the camera is equipped to take better pictures in low light. The front facing camera was upgraded to 720p which should create some awesome improvements with video calling.
  7. Audio Improvements: Instead of talking to the butt of the phone, now there are 3…yep 3 microphones. One located at the bottom, the front and now the side. Audio improvements also include a new feature called wide band audio aka HD audio.
  8. New Connector: This is the Meh…not so good part of the iPhone 5. So, all of the connectors you have with your other iPhones…Well, you can’t use them with this one. Yup, you will either have to purchase new ones to use with the iPhone 5 or purchase the adapter for $30.

So, am I going to rush out and buy the new iPhone 5? Nope, I’m just going to stick with what I have because hey…if it ain’t broke don’t fix it!

Video: Yvette’s iPhone 5 Tech Tip


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