“The iPhone 5 is a different animal from the iPhone 4S, its immediate predecessor. When looking at the hardware, it is better than the iPhone 4S is almost every respect,” Zeman writes. “The iPhone 5 is lighter, thinner, and easier to hold and use all day long. The attention to detail of the iPhone 5’s manufacture — scuffed paint aside — is incredible. It’s a well-designed and well-built device that’s less breakable than its predecessor… LTE 4G radio, whether it be for AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon Wireless, puts the iPhone in the same class with its chief competitors in mobile broadband. It’s a significant step up in speed, especially for Sprint and Verizon customers, who’ve been limited to their carriers’ slower 3G networks. We’re talking a 10-fold increase in wireless data speeds. Yes, it’s that dramatic.”
Zeman writes, ” iOS 6 probably deserves more than a bullet point, but this much is certain: it’s an incremental update that does not make any sweeping changes to the look and feel of the operating system. iOS 6 adds more features, but doesn’t make any great leaps in usability or appearance… Apple Maps. It’s simply not as good as the alternatives. It’s not a horror, but there’s no doubt that it’s a bit sparse on detail and inaccurate in some places. It will get better. In the meantime, use it to do 3D fly-overs of Manhattan. That’s all sorts of fun.”
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