iPhone 5 reviews from prominent tech websites and bloggers have been unleashed from their NDA binds and do they come in a flurry. As most of them covers everything from the design, build, screen size, etc…most are pretty long. So to keep it simple, here are some of their closing paragraphs:
John Gruber, “Daring Fireball”:http://daringfireball.net/2012/09/iphone_5
bq.. The question everyone who hasn’t yet pre-ordered wants answered: Should you upgrade? My answer is simple. If you can afford it, yes.
There’s a reason why, just as with all five of its predecessors, it just says “iPhone” on the back. The iPhone 5 is all new technically, but it’s the exact same thing as an idea. Apple is simply improving upon that idea year after year in infinitely finer detail, like a fractal. It’s nice.
p. Jim Dalrymple, “The Loop”:http://www.loopinsight.com/2012/09/18/review-iphone-5/
bq.. My experience with the iPhone 5, iOS and the EarPods has been great. The iPhone is everything Apple said it would be and with iOS 6 built-in, it’s clear to me that Apple has another winner on its hands.
I can’t think of any good reason why anyone wouldn’t upgrade or purchase the iPhone 5.
p. Walt Mossberg, “All Things D”:http://allthingsd.com/20120918/the-iphone-takes-to-the-big-screen/
bq. Apple has taken an already great product and made it better, overall. Consumers who prefer huge screens or certain marginal features have plenty of other choices, but the iPhone 5 is an excellent choice.
p. Tim Stevens, “Engadget”:http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/18/apple-iphone-5-review/
bq. Still, the iPhone 5 absolutely shines. Pick your benchmark and you’ll find Apple’s thin new weapon sitting at or near the top. Will it convince you to give up your Android or Windows Phone ways and join the iOS side? Maybe, maybe not. Will it wow you? Hold it in your hand — you might be surprised. For the iOS faithful this is a no-brainer upgrade. This is without a doubt the best iPhone yet. This is a hallmark of design. This is the one you’ve been waiting for.
p. Scott Stein, “Cnet”:http://www.cnet.com/iphone-5/
bq. If you’re looking for a show-off gadget, something with gee-whiz bells and whistles, then go somewhere else…except for the fact that people will inevitably want to see the iPhone 5 and grab it out of your hand. But, if you’re looking for an excellent, well-conceived phone…well, here it is.
David Pogue, “New York Times”:http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/19/technology/personaltech/apples-iphone-5-scores-well-with-a-quibble-review.html
bq.. Actually, Apple has a long history of killing off technologies, inconveniently and expensively, that the public had come to love — even those that Apple had originally developed and promoted. Somehow, life goes on, and Apple gets even bigger.
So if you wanted to conclude your term paper by projecting the new connector’s impact on the iPhone’s popularity, you’d be smart to write, “very little (sigh).” When you really think about it, we’ve all taken this class before.
p. MG Siegler, “TechCrunch”:http://techcrunch.com/2012/09/18/iphone-5-review/
bq. Those worried about the talk of “disappointment” surrounding the iPhone 5, I suggest you simply go to an Apple Store starting on Friday and try it for yourself. My guess is you’ll immediately recognize just how ridiculous all that bluster actually is. The iPhone 5 is the culmination of Apple doing what Apple does best. This is the smartphone nearly perfected.
Rich Jaroslovsky, “Bloomberg”:http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-19/iphone-gets-bigger-thinner-faster-rich-jaroslovsky.html
bq. In the end, the debates over the iPhone 5 will be as endless as the lines waiting to buy it starting Friday. Apple- bashers will say the screen is too small, compared to giants like Samsung Galaxy S III. And they’ll bemoan the absence of a Near-Field Communications chip, which among other things can be used for mobile payments. (Apple says there isn’t yet enough consumer demand to warrant including it.)
And they’ll have some valid points. The iPhone 5 is by no means perfect, and we’re lucky there are a lot of really good smartphones on the market.
But only one great one.
p. I’m getting mine, hopefully this Friday – have you got your’s?