Among the smartphones released last year, it seems that the Android phones are making a strong showing, providing a valid alternative to Apple’s iPhone that has dominated the US market for years. In fact, there is an increasing interest in Android-run smartphones worldwide, perhaps the fact that they are cheaper are a considerable factor. In fact, the bestselling smartphone of 2012 was an Android phone, the Samsung Galaxy S3. Nonetheless, the glory of the iOS-run iPhone is yet to be concluded and it is safe to say that the iPhone is one of the best handheld devices there is, if not the best.
Released last year, the iPhone 5 is considered the best iPhone yet. The latest flagship smartphone of the US-based company Apple, the iPhone 5 has improved considerably on the iPhone 4S. One of the most noticeable changes in the latest iPhone is its longer and larger screen. Breaking way from the poignantly small screen of prior models (3.5 inches for the iPhone 4G), the iPhone 5 sports a 4-inch screen that is packed with a 1136 x 640 pixel resolution, meaning a 326 ppi pixel density. While this still falls short of the standard set by Android phones when it comes to screen size and display quality—the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4 has a 5-inch screen with a pixel density of 441 ppi—this is already a considerable improvement on the iPhone 4s. In addition, the iPhone 5 still managed to become lighter despite adding length on its body, and this may be due to its aluminum body that does away with the glass plate of the iPhone 4S.
If you are going for the more basic telephony functions, then the iPhone 5 is one of the best smartphone there is, as it has an excellent voice quality. Especially since it has adopted the 4G LTE, data access using the iPhone 5 is faster. Thus, maximizing the features and functionalities provided by your phone service providers such as RingCentral is a breeze with the iPhone 5.
The iPhone 5 has also seen a bumped on its hardware, sporting a faster A6 processor, a free turn-by-turn navigation, and a refined camera which makes your smartphone experience worth the while. Though there are a number of letdowns, such as the seemingly unrefined and buggy Apple Maps, the other perks of the iPhone 5’s hardware more than compensate these shortcomings. What’s more, Apple’s voice assistant, Siri, is still functional than ever and has experienced improvements along with the iOS 6.
At the surface level, the iPhone 5 has an extremely beautiful design that is hard to match by other smartphones out there (HTC One’s aesthetics is suspiciously derivative). Its look remains functional and unassuming. Also, the decision to replace the glass casing of the iPhone 4S with aluminum made for its reduced weight despite being larger and longer.
The newest smartphone by Apple—possibly will be named as the iPhone 5S or iPhone 6—will be out soon this year. While definitely just like the other iPhones this new flagship smartphone will offer new surprises and improvements on the previous model, the iPhone 5 will be a good choice for cash-strapped small and medium-sized businesses that will benefit when older iPhone units becomes cheaper. Regardless, they will still be using one of the most powerful smartphone in the market.