Please don’t mind this as it was almost 2 in the morning when I wrote it, and I’m incredibly tired. So, I was lucky enough to be able to get my hands on an iPhone 5 today. As such, I thought I’d write an awesome review about it here on banana scoop. I will try to keep the following article as unbiased as possible with consideration to the Galaxy SIII, which is a monster in its own right. This will primarily be about the iPhone, however, so if you have a penchant for hating on apple products, then leave it at the door. Feel free to read more about my in-depth first look in the article below.
First and foremost, I wanted to start with the peripherals that come bundled with the phone in the box. From the amazing thunderbolt cable and wall adapter to the new apple earpods, which fit just about as snug as my old headphones, which was a big plus. The new cable for interacting with both the computer and other devices such as stereo head units or whatever else you’d plug a USB into, is incredibly fast and really amazing with the rate of data transfer you get form such a small set of pins. What struck me about the new cord was that it essentially made downloading all of my favorite tunes, pictures, and movies from my pc straight down into my phone. While I’m not an avid phone video user, I do recommend it highly for both its uses with the original music app or something that allows you to stream, such as Pandora. I would caution you to keep your data transfer rates low in terms of getting apps and to limit yourself on listening to the radio app due to both the caps on data transfer and the rates of going over your bill. While I use Pandora on the daily commute to school, it definitely eats up way more memory than I had previously.
Second to cross off my list are the earpods. I can’t really note anything about them that I don’t like, although I have heard someone complaining that it doesn’t fit in one ear. They new style of headsets fit into my ear just fine, and actually seem to stay in my ear during more strenuous activities such as jogging. The sound quality seems to have gotten a really nice upgrade in terms of getting you to hear what needs to be heard. From the voices of the lead singer to the amazing solo by the guitarist, every single sound is crystal clear. The speakers on the bottom of the phone seem to have gotten an upgrade as well, with a louder sound emanating from the bottom than previous iterations of this phone. I believe that the ear phones are incredibly good and work really well, but I’ll have to test them out the next time I decide to go out.
The main thing everyone is here for, however, is to hear about the phone itself. While not incredibly heavy, the light weight causes it to feel a little more fragile than it really is. The wider screen is also an incredible plus, with everything on it scaled down and fitting incredibly well on the new phone/OS. Having a 16:9 aspect ratio really helped me in a lot of codes. Unfortunately with the latest upgrade to the iOS, the native YouTube app has been taken out. There is a better app on the App Store for free, however, that surpasses the older one by a mile. The processor on the new iPhone makes the older models seem obsolete, taking mere seconds to download the largest of the apps I could find, although the data transfer may have more to do with the 4G LTE as opposed to the phone itself.