iPhone 5 - my new toy
The Malaysian Apple Online Store now offers the unlocked iPhone 5 without contract. If you don’t plan to get one with contract, you won’t need to wait much longer as the iPhone 5 are listed as “in-stock” at time of writing. The free shipping takes 1-3 business days after shipping which means you should be able to receive it by next week. As comparison, the iPad mini is still listed with 2 weeks shipping time.
In terms of pricing, it is the same recommended retail pricing as follows:
iPhone 5 16GB – RM2,199
iPhone 5 32GB – RM2,499
iPhone 5 64GB – RM2,799
People waited in line for days all over the world to get their hands on the iPhone 5. Is it truly the next worthy chapter in the successful book of iPhone, or is it just marketing hype dressed up in a two-tone case?
What Is It?
The iPhone 5 is the thinnest, longest iPhone yet, weighing in at 112 grams and measuring 4-inches diagonally. It boasts a dual-core 1.2Ghz A6 processor, 1GB of RAM and an improved 8-megapixel camera.
It comes loaded with a new 4-inch, 1136×640 screen pumping out 326ppi, an Australia-compatible 4G antenna, Bluetooth 4.0 and a new dock connector named Lightning.
It’ll set you back, as near as makes no difference, $50 per month on contract, or you can pick it up for $799 outright.
Not an entirely unfamiliar specs list, then. What’s it like as a smartphone?
It’s what most people keep going on and on about, and truth be told, it’s one of the best things about the new iPhone: the weight. I mentioned in my first hands-on that the iPhone 5 feels like your regular smartphone would with the battery removed. It’s only 28 grams lighter than the last iPhone, but you immediately notice and enjoy the smaller footprint.
The 4-inch display still has the Retina-grade beauty we’ve all come to expect from Apple, and it’s great to see the same carried over into the new device despite the longer screen. The longer device means that apps need to compensate for the additional screen real estate. We’ll get to it in detail but Apple’s redesigned Music app, Phone app and Safari look excellent with a little more around the edges.
As far as hardware performance goes, the iPhone is staggeringly good. It’s the best performing iOS device ever, and manages a Geekbench 2 score of 1448, despite only having a dual core, 1.2Ghz A6 processor and 1GB of RAM. Compare that to the 1.4Ghz, quad-core-powered Exynos processor in the Samsung Galaxy S III, and you’ll find there’s only a moderate difference. The S III tips the benchmarking scale at 1754.
The camera is still the same 8-megapixel shooter that it was before, but Apple have radically improved its low light performance to the point that it now can compete with the Samsung Galaxy S III’s scene modes. The camera isn’t customisable like the Galaxy S III — it pumps out a good image without having to fiddle with settings. Depending on the type of photographer you are, that might be a good thing. As far as full-light shooting goes, the top three photos in this review were all shot with the iPhone 5. You be the judge.
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.