14 October 2012

Iphone5: a lot of hot air?

short link to this document: http://bit.ly/iPhone5problems

  • Overheating?

    That seems to be the numero uno gripe of users right now. A rather vocal section of iPhone 5 users are complaining that after just a few minutes of browsing or simply fooling around with the phone, its back (presumably where the battery is) gets too hot to be held in a human hand. A first-day customer, Todd Ogaswara, editor of MobileAppsToday, even measured the temperature of the phone, and claimed that it was a hot 111°F, or about 44°C.”


  • Camera issues

    purple haze, problems with video, drop in image quality


“Users will be hoping this is a software bug that can be fixed with an update - but
some users blame the sapphire crystal lens, in which case a fix would be unlikely without a product recall. Some users have also spotted the problem with video, while other users have taken images of the same location with the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 to highlight the drop in image quality.



  • Battery life - wayyy too short of claims


“if you’re using your iPhone 5 in places with a very strong (4- to 5-bar) LTE or 3G signal, your cellular battery life may approach that number, but if not, the cellular antenna will struggle to maintain a signal, and fall well short. Because LTE and 3G/4G towers are in a state of build-out flux right now, our tests suggest that many LTE users won’t come close to Apple’s promised [battery life] numbers.

iPhone 5 battery life is way worse than iPhone 4

“My iPhone 5 battery drains a lot faster than my iPhone 4. With 30 min of consecutive use I've dropped 40%.”



lack of simultaneous voice; data on iPhone 5 using Verizon LTE demonstrated:

“...the iPhone 5 can make outgoing calls and has functioning data services including SMS, but
incoming calls fail - no indication that a call is coming in, and it goes to voicemail.

This is on Telus in downtown Calgary with strong LTE signal.”

  • LTE severely limited in Europe

"[iPhone 5] leaves out two bands — 800MHz and 2.6GHz—that will be critical to LTE service in Europe, according to Tolaga Research analyst Phil Marshall.

“If you were to build a European device, it would have 800MHz and 2.6GHz in it,” Marshall said. Carriers in Germany, Sweden, Italy and other European countries already have or are expected to deploy LTE in one or both of these bands."  


current iPhone 5 LTE bands (as of 2012-09-29):

4G NetworkLTE 700 MHz Class 17 / 1700 / 2100 - GSM A1428 or LTE 850 / 1800 / 2100 - GSM A1429
LTE 700 / 850 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 - CDMA A1429

iPhone 5 with the new A6 chip is not the fastest smartphone on the market either

(at least as measured by Geekbench cross-platform test)

iPhone 5 vs Android phones speed comparison - official Geekbench site
(as of 2012-09-29)

Samsung Galaxy S III
Samsung Exynos 4412 1400 MHz (4 cores)
Samsung Galaxy S III (Korea)
Samsung Exynos 4412 1400 MHz (4 cores)

iPhone 5 (CDMA)
Apple A6 1300 MHz (2 cores)
iPhone 5
Apple A6 1300 MHz (2 cores)


You may also want to take a look at the performance of the new quad core HTC One X+:

see also:

iPhone 5 does not have the highest res. display, either

iPhone 5 - 326 dpi vs Nokia Lumia 920 - 332 dpi:

Oppo Find 5 X990 - 441 dpi, 1080p:

Siri: no sir, not what you thought

Siri vs. Google Now : 21 Questions For iPhone 5 And Jelly Bean 4.1


Google Now:

“Siri is delivering incorrect weather results for a number of city names that exist in multiple states, as noticed by posters on the MacRumors Forums.”

iPhone 5 EarPods are hardly on par with $100+ headphones

"But when it comes to whether the EarPods live up to Apple's claim that they can perform on the same level as $100+ headphones, iFixit seems more reserved. "Call us skeptics if you'd like, but we're not sure how that could be accomplished with a single-driver setup," the group wrote."

Apple's EarPods built for durability, but audio quality is questionable


Google Play is catching up with Apple App Store

Google Play has recently reached 675,000 apps vs 700,000 reported by Apple in App Store

Source: http://www.insidemobileapps.com/2012/09/26/tracking-growth-the-itunes-app-store-vs-google-play/

But one may say that iOS apps are only “quality apps”, all approved by Apple, much better than Android ones, right?

“...Apptrace tool discovered 400,000 "zombie" iOS apps.

Berlin-based mobile analytics and ad verification firm Adeven unveiled the beta version of Apptrace today, which confirmed that almost two-thirds of the 650,000 apps in the Apple App Store are left untouched.”

And last but not least, despite the iPhone 5's aluminum unibody construction...

Like most touch phones, this iPhone still breaks easily


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