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September 21, 2012

Iphone 5

by TGN

So the IPhone 5 is finally out. What does that mean?

Lets see what major changes are there from the 4S in terms of hardware and software.


IPhone 5

  • A6 Processor.
  • 1GB Ram.
  • 4-Inch Screen.
  • Mini 19-pin proprietary port.
  • Nano Sim slot.

IPhone 4S

  • A5 Processor.
  • 0.5 GB Ram.
  • 3.5-Inch Screen.
  • Standard 30 pin port.
  • Micro Sim slot.


  • Identical. Yes that is correct. Both run the identical version of IOS 6

While most are overjoyed with the release I’m left disappointed. Why? Well simply because this is no upgrade. The A5 chip and 0.5GB Ram was good enough. Ofcourse a better processor and additional Ram is always good but I have yet to experience any lag on my 4S. The new proprietary 19-pin port is more of a nuisance. Having used the Iphone3, 3GS, 4 and 4S I had lots of spare cables/chargers, which are all redundant now. Like wise I’m sure a lot of you have docks and speakers. Lets hope someone comes up with an adapter/converter or it’ll be time to upgrade a lot more than just the phone. The Nano sim slot is a whole new game. People in international locations would have trouble finding Nano Sims and would most likely rely on crude methods like cutting a regular or micro sim*

There are the positives.


The long awaited increase in screen size.

One of the reasons I like the IPhone is because it fits comfortably in my hand.

Unlike other 4-inch screen smart phones I can still use it single handedly without any issues.


An upgrade from 3G.


One of the major things I use in any smart phone is the camera. This is where the IPhone shines. The 4S has a great camera. Possibly one of the best (The SGS3 has better video but IPhone 4S wins in picture’s). IPhone 5 even though has the same 8MP it offers a sapphire lens.

The main camera features of note in the iPhone 5 are that it has a, a hybrid IR filter, a sapphire crystal lens, and a fast f/2.4 aperture. Not only that but the iPhone 5’s camera now has a dynamic low-light mode, which in layman’s terms means it can take better pictures in low lights. All of that and it now takes photos 40% faster which was badly needed after seeing the speeds of the SGS3 type devices

The verdict.

Well if you have an IPhone 4S then the upgrade isn’t all that needed unless you have some extra cash lying around. People with IPhone 4 and below…..Yes without a doubt.

* Redmond Pie has a fantastic guide to DIY on how to make a nano sim.


Make a nano SIm

For a complete specification comparison please see

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