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iPhone 5: My First Week

After spending a week with the Apple iPhone 5, I have a clear picture of what has improved, evolved, and gone sideways.

Things That Go Sideways

Apple apparently will always be Apple and do things its own way.

-- Lightning port. The Lightning port is a dramatic shift for Apple. It has left behind the 30-pin connector port for a new, smaller port on the iPhone 5. It did this in part to make room inside the iPhone 5 for other components. For anyone purchasing their first iPhone, the Lightning port doesn't matter much. It's just a port for a cable that comes with the phone. The Lightning port will matter to people who've invested money in accessories for their Apple devices. The number of third-party products that use Apple's older 30-pin connector number in the thousands. The Lightning port and iPhone 5 are incompatible with all of them unless paired with a $29 adapter. It's an annoyance for faithful Apple fans, and doesn't fall in line with the micro-USB port used by every other smartphone maker.

-- SIM card. The iPhone 4 and 4S were the first to really popularize the use of micro-SIM cards. The SIM cards in the 4/4S were smaller than the SIM card in every other phone. This made it hard for frequent phone changers or world-roaming travelers to switch out their SIM card for another. The iPhone 5 decreases the footprint of the SIM card even further to a new nano-SIM size. It's the first device to use this new, smaller SIM card. The nano-SIM eventually will be the standard SIM for all phones, but at the moment it makes it nearly impossible to switch SIMs with other devices easily. This will probably only matter most to those who take their phones overseas.

-- iOS 6. iOS 6 probably deserves more than a bullet point, but this much is certain: it's an incremental update that does not make any sweeping changes to the look and feel of the operating system. iOS 6 adds more features, but doesn't make any great leaps in usability or appearance. The improvements to Siri are appreciated, but still far short of Google Now's capabilities. Passbook has promise, but a bit of a hassle to use. The improvements to email, Safari, and other features are all good, but still only incremental.

-- Apple Maps. It's simply not as good as the alternatives. It's not a horror, but there's no doubt that it's a bit sparse on detail and inaccurate in some places. It will get better. In the meantime, use it to do 3D fly-overs of Manhattan. That's all sorts of fun.

Bottom Line

The iPhone 5 is an improvement upon its predecessors, but verifies that Apple will likely only ever offer incremental updates to its hardware and software over the years. The iPhone 5 adds much-needed features, such as a bigger screen and LTE 4G, but plays it safe in bleeding-edge tech by leaving out features such as NFC.

I wouldn't recommend you sell your soul and pay full price for the iPhone 5--unless, of course, you're some sort of Apple/tech addict. If you happen to be eligible for an upgrade, though, it's a good buy, especially if you're already invested in Apple's ecosystem.

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deasys
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deasys,
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10/1/2012 | 7:44:15 AM
re: iPhone 5: My First Week
No. I do find your question strange though, Rhonindk--the music player on the iPhone 5 is the same music player as on any device running iOS 6.
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deasys,
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10/1/2012 | 7:39:08 AM
re: iPhone 5: My First Week
Don't be jealous of your friends and their iPhone 3GS, Kevin. Sure they can sync their tunes and use hotspot but you'll be able to do the same--and so much more--with a new iPhone 5. Go for it!
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deasys,
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10/1/2012 | 7:31:15 AM
re: iPhone 5: My First Week
So the iPhone 5 being the world's lightest, thinnest, toughest, fastest, best supported smartphone doesn't excite you? Well, I suppose it's good to be phlegmatic...
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deasys,
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10/1/2012 | 7:27:39 AM
re: iPhone 5: My First Week
That's strange, Venturen. I switched to iPhone and I couldn't be happier. Perhaps someday Apple will make a phone that Venturen wants. It'll be just for you!
Rhonindk
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Rhonindk,
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9/30/2012 | 3:44:29 AM
re: iPhone 5: My First Week
Does anyone else find the music player on the i5 to be seriously underwhelming?
Rhonindk
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Rhonindk,
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9/30/2012 | 3:42:16 AM
re: iPhone 5: My First Week
Via your browser, go into Google Play and Amazon and look at the apps.

When the 4S came out it no longer fit my needs. I found the Google Play Store had almost every app the Apple Store did or a very close equivalent. Knowing that, I went shopping for a phone that did what I needed. The App Store between Apple and Android is a wash excluding some unique (usually good) games. That is even shrinking though.

I now use a Galaxy Nexus as my personal phone.
I do have an iphone 5 as a work phone.
I like the Nexus much better and am waiting for the next Nexus to come out.
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Rhonindk,
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9/30/2012 | 3:33:17 AM
re: iPhone 5: My First Week
No... Definitely not normal.
That said, I have the i5 and mine was defect free.

On awakening, it does take longer to connect to wifi than my i4 but not bad - just a few seconds.
The wifi issues are likely from iOS6 - have a wifi dropping issue in the i4 but the i5 is okay.
A work buddy had his 64gb model arrive with chipped edges. The local Apple store did swap it out even though they do not advertise it.

Overheating has not been an issue for me even when playing Horn.
Rhonindk
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Rhonindk,
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9/30/2012 | 3:25:25 AM
re: iPhone 5: My First Week
Glad for you. I use both and prefer the Galaxy Nexus.
On the 3GS I installed iOS6 and compared it to another 3GS still on 5.1.1
Anything linked into Safari runs a bit faster. Most other stuff runs a bit slower.
Biggest issue, I am seeing a number of screen freezes I suspect have to do with low ram levels. I have the SHSH file so I will likely be downgrading it.
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Rhonindk,
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9/30/2012 | 3:17:30 AM
re: iPhone 5: My First Week
Biggest issue I have with Siri, is it fails about a third of the time. If I have to redo a command or task, why am I using Siri?
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Rhonindk,
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9/30/2012 | 3:15:30 AM
re: iPhone 5: My First Week
Chuckle - clueless.
On JB, using GNow routinely, I wish Siri had even half the ability.
Siri is great at responding but totally lacks the ability to determine my wants and needs across any OS that uses my gmail login and building that into an administrative assistant that works remarkably well.

My guess is you really have no idea how it works and did little more than just look.
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