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iPhone 5 Reviewers Heap Praises on Apple’s Latest Handset

For everyone counting down the hours until Friday when that special delivery arrives or you’re the first to step foot into a retail location selling the iPhone 5, these early reviews of Apple’s latest handset are exactly what you want to hear… And for those trying to make themselves believe that the iPhone 5 “isn’t that much of an upgrade,” well, you might as well go on believing that if you’re determined to hang on to your iPhone 4 or 4S, despite the glowing comments coming forth at the same rate as the reviews get published.

Look, it’s easy enough to figure out what all of these reviewers are saying without spending all afternoon reading. The iPhone 5 is exactly what Apple said it is: Thinner, lighter, faster, and capable of doing more than it’s predecessor. Perhaps those who wished for something “more innovative” weren’t really content with the iPhone “idea” that Apple has been pushing for years now. John Gruber of Daring Fireball puts it eloquently:

“There’s a reason why, just as with all five of its predecessors, it just says “iPhone” on the back. The iPhone 5 is all new technically, but it’s the exact same thing as an idea. Apple is simply improving upon that idea year after year in infinitely finer detail, like a fractal. it’s nice.”

So for those of us who have been enjoying Apple’s “idea” of how a smartphone should look and work, it’s safe to say the iPhone 5 is an upgrade worth making… And on the less philosophical side, it also holds up, according to Tim Stevens of Engadget:

“Visually, much has stayed the same, but the biggest change is impossible to see. Pick up the iPhone 5 and you’re immediately struck by the reduction in weight. At 112 grams it’s 20 percent lighter than the 4S, a figure that doesn’t seem like it would make much of an impact. It does — so much so that it’s the lightness, not the bigger display or the thinness, that nearly everybody praises when first getting a chance to hold the iPhone 5 in their own hands.”

Engadget goes on to say:

“… the iPhone 5 absolutely shines. Pick your benchmark and you’ll find Apple’s thin new weapon sitting at or near the top.”

 

Scott Stein at CNET has this to say about the iPhone 5:

“The iPhone 5 completely rebuilds the iPhone on a framework of new features and design, addressing its major previous shortcomings. It’s absolutely the best iPhone to date, and it easily secures its place in the top tier of the smartphone universe.”

Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal says the iPhone has gotten a lot better.

“The world’s most popular smartphone becomes significantly faster, thinner and lighter this week, while gaining a larger, 4-inch screen—all without giving up battery life, comfort in the hand and high-quality construction.”

Ed Baig of USAToday states that the iPhone 5 has met the public’s high expectation.

“People have always had lofty expectations for the iPhone 5, especially as the competition stiffens. In delivering a fast, attractive, LTE-capable and larger-screen handset, Apple has met those expectations with a gem.”

Of course, there are those who will maintain that the iPhone 5 is somehow not enough to warrant an upgrade from those using an iPhone 4S—their main argument being that either device will run iOS 6, where the real upgrades can be found.

From David Pogue of The New York Times :

“If you have an iPhone 4S, getting an iPhone 5 would mean breaking your two-year carrier contract and paying a painful penalty; maybe not worth it for the 5’s collection of nips and tucks. But if you’ve had the discipline to sit out a couple of iPhone generations — wow, are you in for a treat.”

But whatever your take, the new iPhone 5 will be in our hands in a matter of days now, at which point it should become pretty obvious whether the iPhone 5 will just please the Apple faithful, or serve to push Apple’s handset even further than its current mass market appeal.

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