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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, 16 Oct. 2012
This review is from: Apple iPhone 5 - 16GB Black - SIM Free (Electronics)
This is not a review of my iPhone 5 but rather my girlfriends

It's a great phone, does most of what it says it will do, and looks good at the same time. It's certainly not a great departure from the 4s, but then in my opinion I think that Apple were playing a little bit of catch up on this one and the 6, when it arrives, will be more revolutionary than the evolution path that they are currently following.

Yes the maps are a bit dodgy and the phone can scuff quite easily (she got a case before it arrived) but it still works and works well at that. I would imagine that most software issues will be sorted out sooner rather than later. I have yet to have a phone that hasn't had an issue(s) at launch

It's lovely to hold (although possibly just a bit small for my hands) and works at a good pace suffering no noticeable lag. It's very easy to use (as all iPhones are) and seems to be more than capable. The signal strength is very good and the speaker quality on call is very good if a little tinny in quality.

Seemingly most comparisons are being put against the Samsung S3 and whilst I don't have one I have had the same level of exposure to one as I have the 5 and whilst they are obviously different they are both equally as capable.

Thankfully the contracts for the iPhones have become much more realistic than they used to be and seem to be on par with other high end phones. I certainly wouldn't pay for a sim free one and neither would my girlfriend as the price is ridiculous (same can be said of other high end phones)

On the whole an excellent phone. Is it the best on the market? Very hard to say and even if it is currently it won't be in 2 months with the pace that tech moves.

When buying this or any phone that carries this kind of price tag I urge you to try one first. Think of the things that are most important to you in a phone and make sure that it does those things well. My girlfriend did just that and it has come up trumps.

Don't get caught up in the hype and the endless battles between the fandroids and the ifans as that can leave you disorientated as they fan each other's flames with petrol

I haven't decided if I will get one as well as I am undecided on the move away from android. I may just get the HD version of the Motorola Razr that I already have or opt for the windows based Nokia Lumia 920 although my last experience with windows mobile wasn't that great. I would need to play more with this phone more to convince myself that this is the path to take as I have always found the android platform to do just what I need it to do (which is not to say that the iPhone can't)

The 4 star rating rather than a 5 is purely because of the issues that it currently has (this is rather than give it a 5 on the potential that the issues will be fixed) and also because they changed the connections meaning new speaker docks if she wanted to use it in that manner (are there adapters?).

Great phone, great screen, but get in and try one for yourself as all reviews are subjective to an individual's needs.

I personally think that all main stream phones will do most things that people want these days and it mostly comes down to aesthetics and ergonomics that will sway you one way or the other


Bit of an Update

The wife still likes it but has stated on more than one occasion that she finds it a little bit boring in comparison to her old Android. She really likes the widgets and things the Android does and iPhone does not. Could just be a case `of the grass is always greener' although I must admit that it was one of the reasons that I stayed with android in the end.

I upgraded to the Samsung Galaxy S3 and to be honest with you apart from widgets and the like there's not really much between the phones apart from personal preference. I know a lot of people talk about the number of apps that are available on apple but for my part I don't see the huge issue, in fact looking at latest stats apple has 650,000 apps (250,000 native to ipad) and android has 675,000 and both companies have delivered 25 billion app downloads, so perhaps that argument is dead? Also the quality of the apps has improved remarkably on android over the last year. But if you are like me you probably won't have more than 30-40 apps that you have downloaded yourself so at what point does my OS has 100,000 more apps that yours come in to play?

Upgradable storage is another nice aspect and I have to wonder at the design logic on some of the latest android phones that have done away with expandable memory as that was always one of the selling points for android. Being able to buy the cheapest version with the smallest storage and then upgrading the storage for a cheaper price makes a lot of sense

Putting the phones side by side the obvious difference is the size. Other than that they both have great screens, good cameras, they both work quickly and efficiently, both make it through the day. The galaxy is less prone to scratching and I am happy just to put it in my pocket whereas the iPhone definitely needs a case. I do like the ability to change my battery if I need to but as of yet have not had to (most worthless ancillary purchase of the year award!)

As I said before buy what is most likely to do what you need it to do. Also I would say with these two phones, especially as they are both very good, aesthetics can be a deciding factor as well (I would normally always sway for function over fashion).

Buy what you want and don't let the fanatics sway you one way or the other. But be happy in your purchase as neither is cheap!
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