In our last part of the iPhone 5 full review we were discussing about the screen of it. It remained incomplete there. Before that we discussed about how iPhone 5 differ from the iPhone 4S and also something noticeable about the look of the new-generation Apple‘s iPhone. If you have missed out the first part, you can check it from the below link:
The Screen of iPhone 5
Yes, screen difference is not always dramatic. We have already seen few ultra-expansive Android smartphones in the market. The Galaxy S3 of Samsung comes with a screen size of 4.8-inch and offers resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.
Let’s come down to the messages part on the screen. With the iOS 6 Mail app I found six and a half one line preview text messages can be seen on the screen. In iPhone 5 it is five and on the preview two versions of iPhones it is only three.
Same with other apps. All experienced some extra benefits of the big screen in their layout. I saw 8 tasks of the task manager on one screen. On iPhone 4S it was just five. Well, surely we need some new apps to take complete advantage of the bigger screen as the old apps followed the size of iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 with a bit of black bars in the bottom and on top. Probably by now app-makers have started working in making apps as such that can take advantage of the bigger screen for extra screen space.
The built-in apps of the iPhone 5 took advantage of the extra space. I tried the iPhoto, iMovie, Keynote, GarageBand, iCards, Maps, Reminders, Passbook, Weather, Stocks, Notes, Mail, Safari, Music, Contacts, Compass, Calculator, Newsstand and more. However, I didn’t come across any killer app that took complete advantage of the extra space. A wild guess is that games will surely benefit in future the most. Even the photo, video, reading and news apps.
Yeah, one more thing to say about the video playback. You will get more punch now because of the aspect ratio of the screen as 16:9. It reduces the letterboxing across the board. In fact also removes it when the phone is in landscape mode. Also, I found the YouTube videos to be looking great in it. You can also zoom in with just a screen tap.
One thing is very sure about the screen part that you will miss it when you switch back to your older phone. It’s Retina Display is so emphatic that you won’t want to depart from iPhone 5.
About the touch? It is as crisp and as fast-responding as before but with extra layer removed from the screen, which creates a display with its own capacitive surface.
Oh yes, Apple had promised to offer 44 percent extra color saturation, similar to that of New iPad’s display. Keeping the two device side-by-side and playing 1080p video the iPhone 5 got a slight edge.
Even with the big screen, you can experience comfortable bridge between thumbing stretching to the top icon and to the Home button. Also, the device is now little more of a two-hander. This may also encourage in future more app developers to build apps which would be more comfortable in a landscape orientation.
4G LTE Network Support
The iPhone 4S came with a network bump last year. It was 3.5G to offer faster data on the AT&T network. The iPhone 5 has come up with 4G LTE support. It uses single chip for data as well as voice, a single radio chip of course and a dynamic antenna to switch different connections automatically on different networks.
In the U.S. Verizon, Sprint and AT&T is carrying the iPhone 5 on their 4G LTE networks. T-Mobile loses it. In Canada the carriers with the technology are Koodo, Virgin, Telus, Bell and Rogers. In Australia it is with Virgin Mobile, Optus and Telstra. EE and Deutsche Telekom are offering 4G LTE networks in Europe. In Asia the providers are SK Telecom, SingTel, SmarTone and SoftBank.
The carriers which are missing the 4G network will carry the iPhone 5 on dual-band 3.5G HDPA+.
Apple has launched two versions of iPhone this time – GSM as well as CDMA. International roaming is only possible between 2G and 3G networks. Also, Sprint and verizon Wireless won’t allow you to access data and make calls simultaneously as iPhone 5 only use a one dynamic antenna. Several other phones in the market got 2 antennas for voice and LTE, but Apple says its dynamic antenna is more stable in terms of connectivity.
Well, let’s come down to the discussion on speed. Of course the 4G LTE data access is stunningly fast. The speed averaged to be 20.31Mbps. Remember, the iPhone 4S speed averaged to only 2.4Mbps.
Apart from the 4G LTE network support technology, the Wi-Fi in the phone has also got a little boost up via its dual-band 802.1n support over 2.5GHz as well as 5GHz.
In our third and last part we will discuss something about the camera part of the iPhone 5. Though camera in it is not something that is new in the iPhones, but the iSight camera got tweak and it takes far better picture than what we have witnessed so far with the iPhone 4S.
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