Brilliant New Features for iPhone 5

The Apple iPhone 5 is finally here, with the latest arrival boasting a 16:9, 4-inch screen, new smaller port, thinner, lighter design and 4G LTE.

iPhone 5: Screen

The most significant hardware change in our book is the screen. The Retina display is now upped to four inches and brags a 1136×640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi.

Real-estate is noticeably bigger, with a extra line of apps added to each screen and movies now playing in 16:9 without letter-boxing. It also means that there’s simply more to look at when browsing websites, playing games and using apps.

iPhone 5: 4G LTE

In addition to GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO, and HSPA+ data networks, the iPhone 5 will support 4G LTE. In the United States, LTE support will be available on Sprint, AT&T and Verizon. Along with LTE, the new phone supports 802.11 a/b/g/n in both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands and at data speeds up to 150Mbps.

iPhone 5: Better battery life than for iPhone 4S

Schiller also touted the phone’s improved battery life. According to Apple, the iPhone 5 will provide 8-hours of 3G talk time, 3G browsing, and LTE browsing. You’ll get 10 hours browsing through Wi-Fi or watching video and 40 hours listening to music. If you charge the phone and don’t use it (yeah right!), you should get 225 hours of standby time.

iPhone 5:  Enhanced iSight camera

Like the iSight camera on the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5’s rear-facing camera has an 8-megapixel sensor and provides a maximum image resolution of 3264×2448 pixels. But thanks to an image signal processor within the A6 chip, the new phone has spatial noise reduction and a smart filter–for better low-light performance and faster image capture. Lastly, the iPhone 5 has a panorama feature that combine single shots into one big photo. In additional to the improved iSight camera, the front-facing, “FaceTime” camera now shoots 720p HD video and has a backside illuminated sensor.

Disappointing for consumers

For consumers, though, the iPhone 5 will not be evolutionary like the iPhone 3 and iPhone 4 was in terms of form factor, user experience and software. The screen is bigger. But, the screens on Android devices have grown steadily over the past several years as well. It’s thinner and lighter than past iPhones, but so are the latest phones from Motorola and Samsung. It supports 4G LTE. But, so do lots of Android devices. It has an A6 SoC, better camera, and longer battery life. Individually, none of these upgrades are a reason to rush out and buy the phone.

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