NYT’s Pogue reviews Apple’s iPhone 5: If you’re getting one, wow, are you in for a treat

“The new phone, in all black or white, is beautiful. Especially the black one, whose gleaming, black-on-black, glass-and-aluminum body carries the design cues of a Stealth bomber,” David Pogue reports for The New York Times. “At 0.3 inch, the phone is thinner than before, startlingly so — the thinnest in the world, Apple says. It’s also lighter, just under four ounces; it disappears completely in your pocket. This iPhone is so light, tall and flat, it’s well on its way to becoming a bookmark.”

“Nearly every feature has been upgraded, with a focus on what counts: screen, sound, camera, speed,” Pogue reports. “The camera is among the best ever put into a phone. Its lowlight shots blow away the same efforts from an iPhone 4S. Its shot-to-shot times have been improved by 40 percent. And you can take stills even while recording video (1080p hi-def, of course).”

Pogue reports, “If you have an iPhone 4S, getting an iPhone 5 would mean breaking your two-year carrier contract and paying a painful penalty; maybe not worth it for the 5’s collection of nips and tucks. But if you’ve had the discipline to sit out a couple of iPhone generations — wow, are you in for a treat.”

Much more in the full review here.

Related articles:
USA Today’s Baig reviews Apple’s iPhone 5: Keeps Apple at the front of the smartphone pack – September 18, 2012
Mossberg reviews Apple’s iPhone 5: ‘The best smartphone on the market’ – September 18, 2012
Pocket-lint reviews Apple’s iPhone 5: ‘This really is product design at its finest’ – September 18, 2012


    1. Ahh yes, a practice I like to call “Apple cascading” …

      I cascade the last gen iPhone to my daughter while I use the current iPhone.

      The best Apple cascade I have going right now is my iMacs – I get new iMac, I move my old iMac to my daughter, move my daughter’s to my Mom, move my Mom’s to my sister-in-law’s sister, move sister-in-law’s sister’s to my Media Center, finally drop the Media Center off the end of the Apple cascade and sell it on eBay. I am currently accepting applications for the new final spot in the cascade and charging a one time, lifetime entrance fee of $500.

  1. On a side note, anyone think it’s a bit hilarious that Motorola Droid, and Samsung Galaxies are advertised on macdailynews.com? I mean, they pay for this space, right? And the more you click on these ads, the more $ MCDN makes, right? So, click away everyone. Oh, and Pogue is right as usual. Miss that man.

  2. Consumer Reports:
    “just like the antennagate iPhone 4 we have deep reservations about Apple’s new iPhone. We found that it STILL has antenna issues, testing it submerged in a concrete tank under 20 feet of water in the Alaska outback it occasionally lost reception.

    also the new more streamline design is an absolute danger. It looks so much like a tempting doggy treat that if you have a large hungry dog it might swallow the phone. Astonishingly apple’s warranty does NOT (repeat not) cover such a predictable eventuality.

    as usual we do not recommend the iPhone. 2.5 stars out of 10. There are 35 Samsung phones on our 10 star recommend list, 14 HTC , 2 Palm and the Microsoft Kin. we advise our loyal readers to consider them instead…”

    1. we have large volume of mail complaining that we think the iPhone looks like a ‘doggy treat’ with some saying that Android phones occasionally looked like ‘something the dog barfed up’. Although that might be true our defence of our 2.5 star vs the 10 star Androids is… a dog, even a demented Great Dane, CANNOT repeat cannot swallow 5 inch or bigger phones!

      we have proof!
      Our intrepid TESTER has personally measured the throat sizes of varius large canines, in thorough C.R fashion by putting his hand in. Once he comes back from the hospital he will write a FULL report….

  3. Pogue is still really ticked about the connector change… I don’t get his massive disdain. “You could easily spend $150 dollars updating all your connectors for a $200 phone. That’s not just a jab in the arm it’s a poke in the eye.”

    Just keep the old connectors with the old phone/ipod, etc., and use the new connector with the new. Seriously, this is going to blow over fast. Things change. Deal.

    1. Agree. Every phone I had before iPhone had a different connector. I’m still finding old wall warts laying around with odd connectors. A year from now we won’t even remember wat the fuss was all about.

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