iPhone 5 review

The iPhone 5 re-energized Apple's smartphone, but it's now long in the tooth

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Gallery and Photo Stream

Apple has always been about simplicity when it comes to viewing your photos, and the iPhone 5 is no exception.

It's a simple trip into the photos section to view your snaps (and videos, confusingly) where you can pinch to zoom or create albums of your favourite cat with ease.

iPhone 5 review

There's also the option to see geotagged photos on a map, which can really help take away the post holiday blues when you can see all the fun you had in hot climates...as long as you didn't go holidaying in Luton.

Photo Stream is also on offer, meaning any photo taken with a device logged into the same Apple account will populate here instantly. It's a neat touch, but something many might not understand unless they get others to show them how to set it up properly.


Gaming on the iPhone 5 is more of a priority than ever, thanks to an enhanced graphics chip compared to both the iPhone 4S and the new iPad (well, it would need to be an upgrade from the predecessor to handle the increase in pixels at least).

In practice it's easy to see why the iPhone 5 is a real competitor to the handheld console market, as gameplay on even the most intensive titles is fluid and responsive.

You've got access to the accelerometer and gyroscope as before, and while these aren't new features it was on the iPhone 4 that we got our first taste of being able to whirl around a room and shoot bad guys, so it offers a pleasant trip down memory lane.

There's a wealth of gaming content that's mostly inexpensively available on the App Store, so we recommend you check it out no matter if you're a seasoned gamer looking for the latest version of NOVA or someone that likes to play New Star Soccer on the train.

iPhone 5 review

We've tested a few more games now that take advantage of the larger screen size, and it's definitely a better experience, especially when using the accelerometer-based controls.

Going forward we can see a really great level of use from the developers with that extra real estate... just think how much further you'll be able to fling those birds now.

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New earphones

Apple's new EarPods made (some) headlines when launched with the new iPhone 5 - Apple is claiming they're designed 'from the sound up'.

In reality they're nothing more than a justified upgrade from the pitiful white options that have been hanging around with the iPod and iPhone for years now.

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You can read all about our in-depth findings with these buds in our Apple EarPods review, but they may stop some people upgrading to a better set of ear buds at least.

The new headphones are rounded and while won't be noise isolating (clearly Apple's employees don't take a lot of trains, else this would have been the first feature designed in) they are more connected to the ear canal.

The sound is a little muddy and bass heavy, but again is a big improvement on the previous models.

The fit feels like it's going to fall out of your ears at any time, and if you've got more 'expansive' ears, they certainly will.

We tried out some RHA MA450's with the iPhone 5 and instantly the sound quality was much improved, and they only cost a fraction more than the £25 you'd have to pay for the Apple offerings should you break them.


Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory64 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyiPhone 5
Cellular Generation4G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, LTE 700, LTE 850, LTE 1700, LTE 1800, LTE 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Phone StyleBar
ColourSlate, Black
Operating SystemiOS
Brand NameApple
Battery Talk Time8 Hour
Screen Size10.2 cm (4")
Screen Resolution1136 x 640
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)112 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerApple
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Backlight TechnologyLED
Operating System VersioniOS 6
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), Email, MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), iMessage
Pixel Density326 ppi
Height123.7 mm
Width58.7 mm
Depth7.6 mm
Radio TunerNo
Battery Standby Time225 Hour
ManufacturerApple, Inc
Product NameiPhone 5
Processor Speed1.20 GHz
Product LineiPhone 5
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeGyro Sensor, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberMD662B/A
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.apple.com/uk
Marketing Information

Thin, sleek, and very capable.

It's hard to believe a phone so thin could offer so many features: a larger display, a faster chip, the latest wireless technology, an 8MP iSight camera, and more. All in a beautiful aluminum body designed and made with an unprecedented level of precision. iPhone 5 measures a mere 7.6 millimeters thin and weighs just 112 grams. That's 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than iPhone 4S. The only way to achieve a design like this is by relentlessly considering (and reconsidering) every single detail - including the details you don't see.

Package Contents
  • iPhone 5
  • Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic
  • Lightning to USB Cable
  • USB Power Adapter
  • Documentation