New Apple iPhone 5 Features – Ingenius or Overrated?

By atiba|September 29th, 2012|Smartphones|No Comments

The latest edition to the iPhone family was born and is expected to be the best iPhone to date. Over five million people ran out to buy the new iPhone 5 when it was released this month, breaking previous record numbers. But is the iPhone 5 better than all the rest? Let’s take a closer look into the upgrades the iPhone 5 is comprised of and see what consumers are reporting about the new features.

Apple reports the iPhone 5 is, “Thin, sleek and very capable at18% thinner, 20% lighter, and 12% less volume.” I could go through the list of all of the upgraded features, but the best way to sum it up is by saying just about every feature from the camera to the connectivity and battery life has been updated in one way or another. It’s all about better, better, better. Better headphones, better screen, better quality, etc. You get the picture. While some things are definite upgrades, others are falling short.

The main customer complaint I’ve discovered is the new aluminum backing. Most have complained that the backing scratches very easily, so if you don’t put a cover on your iPhone right away, it will likely be damaged from the very beginning. Aluminum probably wasn’t the best choice because it naturally scratches easy, but it does allow for the iPhone to be very lightweight and solves the previous issue of the back glass breaking.

The other main issue relates to the new Apple Maps. For the first time since the iPhone creation, Apple chose not to use Google Maps on the latest iPhone 5. Instead, they have created their own mapping system. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been very reliable. Customers have been experiencing wrong directions and missing locations on the maps. Apple is most likely working to fix these issues immediately, but it continues to be a work in progress causing iPhone 5 users to grow frustrated when trying to use the mapping system.

Customers have also been complaining continuously, even before the launch date, about Apple’s decision to switch to the new Lightning power cord. Many of us have become accustomed to the original cords because they worked for all Apple products. According to CNN Tech, if you don’t have the $29 adapter for the plug in then the cord is useless for your other Apple products now. Even with the adapter, it “doesn’t support video or the “iPod out” function for transmitting some data from the devices.” This just becomes a pain because you basically have to scrap all of your old iPhone connectors/devices and buy the new versions.

Other quirky complaints include the phone being too lightweight, light leaking from the ear buds plug-in or other areas, and problems, such as bubbling or flickering, with the screen. Apple assures everyone that the bugs will be fixed soon.

There are always things that need to be adjusted when new technology is being launched. For diehard iPhone lovers, the bugs aren’t nearly enough of a concern to keep them from buying the newest edition. While other say they will wait until the issues are solved. It’s still too early to tell whether or not the iPhone 5 is the greatest thing since the iPhone as Apple states. But what are your thoughts? Do you have the new iPhone 5?

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