Richard's daughter got the iPhone 5 and she's not impressed. Leo says that iPhone 5's only real advantages are 4G/LTE access and the slightly larger screen. If that's not important to her, then keeping her existing iPhone 4S is just fine as users should be in no hurry to upgrade just for that. Also, the 9 pin Lightning connector requires users to invest again in third party sync and charging options. Leo says that at least Apple could've done was subsidize part of the re-investment.
Well, Leo's love affair with the iPhone 5 was very brief. He's just got the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. He says the screen is huge at 5 1/2 inches. The iPhone 5 was starting to annoy him because even though the screen is taller, the keyboard is essentially the same, and with his fingers, it's just not an enjoyable experience. But with the Galaxy Note 2, it's actually enjoyable to use.
Gary is trying to decide between the new iPhone 5 or an Android phone. He wants to be able to go around the world with it. Leo says that Verizon's new iPhone 5 comes unlocked, which makes it the best world phone ever made. Since Gary is on Verizon already, that makes it an excellent choice.
Chris wanted to chime in over lens flare gate with the iPhone 5. Lens flare happens because light bounces around multiple elements in the lens. Every camera does it. It's normal and if used deliberately, it adds atmosphere. Chris likes it. J.J. Abrams has made a career with lens flare. Apple is right, though, that if you don't want it, then point the camera out of the light. But the issue is, why is it purple? Chris says it's because the anti-reflective coating gives it that hue.
Leo likes these cases from Rokform because they can also be used in other ways, too. They could attach to a dashboard mount in a car, a tripod, or even magnets to stick the phone to metal surfaces. It's more of a system than just a case.
Take a look at them at http://www.rokform.com.
Nearly every rumor about iPhone 5 was true, and this is either because Apple can't keep secrets anymore, or it's because Apple is manufacturing them earlier and secrets are coming out of the factories. We haven't heard anything about the next iPhone yet, but Leo says we should know a lot more come spring next year.
Leo predicts the next iPhone will look exactly the same as this one, except it may have upgraded internal components. Smartphones have reached maturity, and there's really nothing more Apple can do with it. It is what it is.
The iPhone 5 screen is beautiful. Benchmarks say it's the fastest phone you can buy. Leo isn't sure that's as big a deal than it used to be, though. Apple says it's the thinnest iPhone ever, but it still feels dense. The screen is an odd - a 16:9 aspect ratio at 4 inches. Basically, it's one icon row taller (176 pixels), and the same width as before. The size isn't a big deal, but the real benefit will be noticed when watching widescreen videos.
Surprisingly, the Verizon's version of the iPhone 5 come unlocked. So, technically, you could buy a Verizon phone and use it on AT&T. You wouldn't get 4G LTE on it, but it would still work because it's a world phone. Leo wonders if this was an oversight or an example of viral marketing.
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