“We’ve been living with the newest iPhone ahead of the official global launch to see whether the Apple iPhone 5 really is the must-have phone of the year, or now just one of many options out there,” Stuart Miles reports for Pocket-lint.

“It’s the same iPhone, but it’s completely different. That’s the main takeaway point for the iPhone 5’s design,” Miles reports. “It’s something you can’t really appreciate until you get up close and personal with the new phone, but when you do, wow, you’ll really notice that difference… Apple has completely re-engineered the phone. It is a lot lighter and a lot thinner, all noticeably so, and that makes a massive difference to how it feels… Sat on the desk you can’t help but notice it’s monolithic presence, especially the dark model, the iPhone 5 really means business. This really is product design at its finest.”

Miles reports, “What Apple has created with the iPhone 5 is an extremely polished smartphone that oozes appeal. It’s incredibly well built, easy to use, features a beautiful screen, and comes packed with enough speed and power to service all your requirements. The hardware is just stunning. It really is impressive how much is crammed into such a tiny box.”

Much more in the full review here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Stuart Miles” for the heads up.]