AnandTech reviews Apple iPhone 5: ‘One well-iced cake’

“The iPhone 5 embraces a taller, 4-inch, 16:9 1136 x 640 display opting to lengthen the device instead of increase its area in both dimensions. The result is a device that is distinctly an iPhone, albeit a modern one. The taller display doesn’t do much to make desktop web pages any easier to read as a result of the width staying the same,” Anand Lal Shimpi, Brian Klug and Vivek Gowri report for AnandTech.

MacDailyNews Take: You’re holding it wrong. 😉 Turn the iPhone into landscape for reading Web pages, the way it’s meant to be used.

“Reading emails and typing are both improved though as there’s now more room for lists and the keyboard no longer occupies as much of the display. The taller device can be more awkward to use if you have smaller hands, but the added screen real estate is honestly worth it. Once you get used to the iPhone 5’s display, going back to the older models is tough,” Lal Shimpi, Klug and Gowri report. “The taller chassis went on a diet as well. The iPhone 5 is now considerably thinner and lighter than its predecessor, which is yet another factor that contributes to it feeling more modern.”

Lal Shimpi, Klug and Gowri report, “The move to LTE alone is a big enough reason to upgrade for any heavy user of mobile data. The larger/improved display, much faster SoC and 5GHz WiFi support are all icing on the cake – and this is one well iced cake.”

Tons more (AnandTech calls it “easily our most in-depth iPhone review to date,” so plan to reserve considerable time for this review) in the very comprehensive review here.

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



    They have made good job here measuring power consumption of the latest smartphones in Kraken test, but why did not they include a picture of integral fuction of the latest graph you have in this page?

    I mean if you calculate the area below the graph lines – which is mathematical integral function — you can get the answer how much effective Atom and A6 are in power consumption. There is no need for wordy estimations then.

    Considering how sharp A6 dynamic range is while doing Kraken test, it is very well possible that is more effective than Atom or anything else.

    And the reason why Apple is so aggressive in halting unused transistors is that they use unique patented methods, developed by Palo-Alto semiconductor – P.A.Semi – which Apple bought in 2008. As your other graphs showed, none of competitors, including Intel, NVidia, Qualcomm, are able to be even remotely close to the sharpness of Apple’s peaks and its dynamic range.

    P.A.Semi’s idea was that they could divide a core into tens of thousands (!) blocks of transistors (they called such blocks “grains”), each of which could have independent both voltage and frequency control. This is something that no else get ever close to.

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