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Apple iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 5

reviewPADD rating: 2
Consumer review: 3
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Apple utterly disappointed the world with the all-new iPhone 5.

As the Apple managers kept going on and on about how better the iPhone 5 is compared to its previous generation, the technology journalists and stock analysts were stretching their heads.

Certainly, compared to the existing iPhone 4s, the iPhone 5 is faster (A6 chip and improved wireless technology), lighter (by 20%), thinner (by 18%), and the display is better (4-inch Retina).

The new software powered by iOS 6 sounds good, but it is nothing extraordinary compared to the latest Google Android.

And that summarizes it: nothing extraordinary.

The iPhone 5 is 1mm thinner than the Samsung Galaxy S3 and 21g lighter. Both the thinness and weight differences are so minimal that most people would not be able to tell. One noticeable difference still is the screen size: iPhone 5's 4-in display vs. Galaxy S3's 4.8-in.

Because of the screen size difference, Galaxy S3 looks much larger than the iPhone 5, and it impacts the size-to-weight perception. Galaxy S3 feels lighter in hand, even though it is minimally heavier.

Samsung Galaxy S3's 4.8-in HD Super AMOLED (1280x720) display may still get better ratings than iPhone 5's 4-in Retina (1136x640) display.

Nokia Lumia 920's 8.7MP camera with Nokia PureView would take better pictures than iPhone 5's 8MP iSight camera.

In fact, on almost all of iPhone 5's specifications, a competitor could outperform or match.

One element that no other manufacturer can copy is iPhone's design. On that end, it is still disappointing because iPhone 5 looks almost exactly like its previous generation phones. Too much hype went into the new iPhone, and the expectations were too high. Fan created speculations and videos ruined it for many.

Is Apple turning ordinary? Will all its products be just mundane going forward? Just another phone, another mp3 player, another computer and another tablet?

Is getting superior earphones (Apple EarPods) a good reason to stick with Apple products?

Apple fans do hope that this slowdown in launch of innovative products is just a short phase during a regime change. Something revolutionary should come soon.

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