Is the iPhone 5 worth the money?
There is no doubt that the release date of the latest edition of Apple’s phone, iPhone 5 was the most awaited date of 2012. However, similar to the new iPad, iPhone 5 have disappointed many Apple fans as they expected far more from the latest model.
If your phone contract is due to end and you’re thinking of upgrading it with iPhone 5 have a look at our quick comparison with iPhone 4S.
iPhone 5 versus iPhone 4S
Weight, Size & Display
As you can see from the table iPhone 5 is thinner, lighter and bigger than iPhone 4S. Apple has finally used the widescreen display which is better for watching videos or playing games as the whole display can be used.
|iPhone 5||iPhone 4S|
|Height||123.8mm (4.87 inches)||115.2 mm (4.5 inches)|
|Width||58.6 mm (2.31 inches)||58.6 mm (2.31 inches)|
|Depth||7.6 mm (0.30 inches)||9.3 mm (0.37 inches)|
|Weight||112 grams (3.95 ounces)||140 grams (4.9 ounces)|
You won’t be able to see any major improvements with the iSight Camera in iPhone 5 as it’s almost the same as on the previous version.
All previous versions of iPhone supported only 3G Network whereas iPhone 5 support the super-fast mobile 4G Network which is predicted to be 5 times faster than 3G. Don’t forget that Southampton will be one of the first cities that will enjoy 4G Network by Christmas.
The iPhone 5 supports only Nano-SIM card which means that you won’t be able to insert your micro-SIM card from iPhone 4S into your new iPhone 5.
Processor & Battery Life
iPhone 5 has a new chip, A6 which is smaller but more powerful with CPU and graphics being twice as much faster as on iPhone 4S. It means that your apps, web pages or email attachments will load much faster. The good thing is that the A6 chip is not only fast but power efficient at the same time.
|iPhone 5||iPhone 4S|
|Talk time (3G)||Up to 8 hours||Up to 7 hours|
|Browsing time||Up to 8 hours on 3G
Up to 10 hours in Wi-Fi
|Up to 6 hours on 3G
Up to 9 hours in Wi-Fi
|Standby time||Up to 225 hours||Up to 200 hours|
As you can see battery life of iPhone 5 is slightly better than in iPhone 4S despite a larger display, new processor and operating system.
As expected, iPhone 5 is a very expensive gadget especially if you want to buy it without a contract. If you want to use your iPhone 5 with older generation accessories and docks you will also need to spend an additional £25 for adapter.
The price of iPhone 5 (no contract)
- 16GB £529
- 32GB £599
- 64GB £699
The price of iPhone 4S (no contract)
- 16GB £449
You can read this article to check iPhone 5 contract offers from major network providers.
Our verdict about iPhone 5
There is no doubt that iPhone 5 is better than his older brother iPhone 4S however if you own the older version you are not missing a lot and it might be worth waiting for the next version, iPhone 6, 7, 8, 9 or have a look at powerful Android Phones such as Samsung Galaxy S3.
Need a hand to set up your iPhone 5
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