By Anu Passary | Oct 02, 2012 12:09 PM EDT
Cupertino-based Apple launched its latest iteration of the iPhone 5 on Sept. 12. The latest offering has been out for less than a month, and most users and tech pundits already have a list of features they love and hate. Here is a look at the top 4 pros and cons of the iPhone 5.
1. Size and Weight
At first glance, the iPhone 5 looks like a longer and thinner iPhone 4S. The iPhone 5 is 0.30 inches thick and weighs only 3.95 ounces. The smartphone is 18 percent thinner and 20 per cent lighter when compared to its previous iteration, which makes the next-generation iPhone 5 the thinnest and lightest iPhone the company has ever produced.
The iPhone 5 features an upgraded Apple A6 SoC processor, which the company claims is two times faster than its predecessor, the A5, and will double the smartphone's CPU performance.
3. Larger Screen
The iPhone 5 sports a bigger 4-inch Retina display with 1136 x 640 pixels resolution at 326 ppi, and the Multi-Touch IPS technology screen has a "Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating." The iPhone 5 is taller and not wider than to the iPhone 4S. Even though the screen size has increased, holding the phone in one hand is just as comfortable.
The iPhone 5 has an enhanced battery compared to the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 5 and the 4S both offer up to 8 hours of talk time on 3G. However, the iPhone 5 provides up to 8 hours of Internet browsing on 3G as opposed to 6 hours of the iPhone 4S. The standby time of 225 hours is also greater as opposed to the 200 hours of the iPhone 4S.
1.The Lightning Port Connector
The iPhone 5 has the all-new 'Lightning' dock connector which is 80 percent smaller than the traditional 30-pin cable. The new dock connector in the iPhone 5 is an 8-pin all-digital plug. The downside of this new feature is that previous accessories are rendered obsolete. Users who want to take advantage of their older iAccessories will need to purchase an adapter.
2. Apple Maps
Apple introduced a new operating system, the iOS 6, for the iPhone 5. The new OS uses Apple's own mapping service, which the company included in lieu of the previously used Google Maps application. Apple Maps has received criticism from users as it lacks detailing and omits public transit directions. Major landmarks and structures have appeared destroyed in the mapping service.
3. Apps Are Not Ready
As Apple did not reveal the details of the iPhone 5 to developers prior to its release, many apps could not be optimized for the larger screen in time for the launch. Now, developers have to push hard to get updates for apps to match the device's bigger display.
4. Scratch Marks
Users have complained about the aluminum body of the iPhone 5 and opine that it gets scratched easily.
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