Apple Unveils Faster, Taller, Thinner iPhone 5

#151 Posted by benspyda (2034 posts) -

Developing apps is a bitch when every device out there is a goddamn different screen size.

#152 Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG (4308 posts) -

Nice, I think I might be able to get one when my plan ends in half a year.  Im actually happy with my iPhone 4 and I like how the interface looks compared to an Android one.  

#153 Posted by 2HeadedNinja (1620 posts) -

I sure hope we now get a news article for every android/windows phone device that gets released.

#154 Posted by jasondesante (604 posts) -

check out the new ipod touches, still essentiallly unchanged for 5 years now.

#155 Posted by Oombalan (80 posts) -

Keeping my 4S, thinking of moving to windows phone 8

#156 Posted by Corvak (1080 posts) -

@jasondesante: Nah they got revamped when the 4S came out.

#157 Posted by Butano (1738 posts) -

Yup. That's an iPhone all right.

Get to upgrade from my Samsung Focus WP7 this November. Probably will go for the Nokia 920. For as simple as Live Tiles are, I can't imagine getting a phone without one.

I wouldn't mind getting an Android phone (the Galaxy Note II intrigues me), even though the Android experience I have with my Asus Transformer isn't exactly as top notch as I've heard the phones are, but the integration of Windows 8 and WP8 is something I'm looking forward to.

#158 Posted by FreakAche (2953 posts) -

Meh. I'm getting the Galaxy Nexus.

#159 Posted by Wuddel (2092 posts) -

So the combined LTE chip is a big deal here in Europe, since AFAIK (= I might very well be wrong) all the other smartphones and the iPad use chips that only work with northern amercian LTE frequencies.

Not a big mobile gamer. I keep my smartphone lean and clean. I usually only listen to stuff or read (browser, instapaper, kindle) for mobile electronic entertainment purposes.

Like the new iPhone though. I have a Nexus S at the moment and the camera on this is kinda crappy and I want to upgrade. Both sides have a lot going for them. Non is delivering the 1week battery life I want though.

Haven't we, as an technophile adience, grown above stupid fanboyisms or Apple-hating?

#160 Posted by LiquidPrince (15950 posts) -

Meh. My S3 still crushes this device. After iPhone 4, I've been constantly let down by Apple phones.

#161 Posted by LiquidPrince (15950 posts) -

@xyzygy said:

@Stubee said:

I don't understand why this story is here. iPhones don't even represent the majority of the market anymore and they certainly don't have the best tech or software.

I found it crazy that Apple only has 16-17% market share. It seems like so much more than that. I suppose it's just that my age group tends to have them and that it makes it seem to me that Apple has more of a market share.

Personally I'm sticking with Windows Phone 8 this time. I loved WP7 and the new style and features of WP8 devices are too attractive to ignore, especially the completely stunning Lumia 920. I've currently turned 3 people from iPhone/Android to Windows Phone and I might have convinced another last weekend at a party. All she needed was a few minutes with my HD7 and she fell in love. :P

I've done the same thing, except for Android, which I feel is easily the best operating system on the mobile market. You can literally customize your phone to look like and do anything on Android where as all the other phones are so closed down. And hey, even if you don't want to do any of that customization stuff, stock Android is beyond awesome now too. Oh Jelly Bean.

#162 Posted by gold_n_eye (82 posts) -

I've had my iPhone 3G since 2008 and I'm still using it. I am due for an upgrade and will wait and see how much the monthly plan will be. Otherwise, I might as well go with the 4S, which performance-wise is very similar to the 5 minus the screen size. On top of that, there will be a price cut for all previous models. I'll just wait and see how things pan out with the iPhone 5 during its first week.

#163 Posted by Mumrik (1078 posts) -

This is Tested all of a sudden?

Anyway, Apple unveils a new iPhone that now suddenly has a lot more in common with the competing Android phones than it used to. Larger screen, wide screen aspect ratio, faster hardware, for some reason lower resolution than higher end Android phones though.

The biggest takeaway from this announcement is how relatively uninteresting it is.

#164 Posted by liako21 (522 posts) -

the question being black or white....Patrick is referring to which version of Pokemon we want right?

#165 Posted by Blueblur1 (344 posts) -

I think I may finally make the switch to white. But I'm not sure...

#166 Edited by Dan_CiTi (3320 posts) -
@gunslingerNZ: wasn't that in August?  
 
@TheHBK  said: 

Still on the fence between this and the ATIV S shown here. Really hard to make up my mind and will be switching from my blackberry. I just like the idea of the live tiles.

Also, did anyone see the new ipod nano and touch? The touch looks great but what the fuck is up with the Nano? Looks like a sony rip off and the colors. Man, those are drab pastels.

Get the iPhone 5 and then just get the best Windows 8 tablet out there if you want W8 mobile. They have gotten the look for Android phones down more or less (besides when they look like weird battlestar galactica robots or w/e) but I feel most WP7 and 8 phones still are a bit rough, besides the Lumia which looks and performs great. 
#167 Posted by TheSouthernDandy (3872 posts) -

Nice looking phone, got some good upgrades. I just picked up a 4s a few months ago though so I'm good for now. I thought for a second or two about selling mine to get the new one then realized I sound like a crazy person.

#168 Posted by AndrewB (7621 posts) -

The colors of the Touch may be gaudy, but why doesn't the iPhone at least have the option?

#169 Posted by Zleunamme (666 posts) -

If only there was a website that tested technology.

#170 Posted by Aaron_G (1615 posts) -

Went white with the iPhone 4S, definitely going black with this one.

#171 Posted by Zor (656 posts) -

Hmm... does anyone know if there a way to opt out of a data plan? The only thing holding me back from getting a smart phone (e.g. iphones or galaxy) is the required data plans that carriers seem to require (at&t in my case).

#172 Posted by Beatus (37 posts) -

I'm trying to figure out Apple's manuever on switching to the lightning charging cable. It's a change which deserves a comprehensive explanation. Many accessories will be left behind. I was amused by an Engadget live blogger at the event who made a snarky remark about how odd it was to hear a room full of people clap over switching to a new cable. Is this good for the consumer?

#173 Posted by MightyDuck (1522 posts) -

I'm still "rocking" my 3GS. My contract was up about a month and a half ago. Can't wait to upgrade.

#174 Posted by Cybexx (1174 posts) -

See Jeff, shiny cars will always be the press conference graphics barometer.

Now I have another aspect ratio to figure out.

#175 Posted by project343 (2827 posts) -

@CaLe: You must be one of those crazy people who hangs blankets over their windows, orders food to their house, and cuts their own hair in the mirror. I hope my mental picture of you is somewhat accurate.

#176 Posted by mderbs311 (58 posts) -

@wewantsthering: I too am a win pho 7 user, a happy one at that, and Im just curious as to why people still use this as an argument or reason against getting a win phone. I currently am using an android phone (HTC amaze) due to an accident with my HD7, and i transferred over to my win pho from an iphone 3g, so ive had all and I think windows is the best OS out there, and they all have their perks and pros and cons, whether it be more exclusive apps and games, slicker UI or more customization, and I agree that windows app market is small compared to the other big 2, but other than a few "big" games on android and iOS, i was able to get windows versions of pretty much ALL the apps i had on my iphone, and a lot of games as well. my Bank of America app, twitter, reddit reader, TED talks, soundhound, FML, IMDB, amazon and kindle, flixter, netflix, i mean other than instagram ( which is coming to win phone 8), theyre all there and if not an acceptable facsimile can be found, even with some missing games too. Plus, since win phone 7 wasnt compatible with the Unity engine and microsoft used a closed environment, it was very difficult to port your games to win pho 7. since 8 uses an entirely different kernel, and the Unity devs have said that it will be on win pho 8, the disparity of apps that dont come to the windows marketplace should shrink enormously, as its very simple to port your app to the win ecosystem, and wouldnt be such a risk. I am absolutely not ragging on you for your opinion, and this is not meant to be a hostile post at all, i really am just curious as to why you feel there are "no" apps in the marketplace, what do you think is missing app wise that made you dislike it enough to recommend not getting it? functionality wise? I personaly cant wait for win pho 8 (obviously), will be getting the Ativ s or 920, depending on which comes to T-mobile.

#177 Posted by killawogg (222 posts) -

Black. I've rocked this iPhone 3G long enough. My other question is if I should stay with att since I'm still "unlimited" plan

#178 Posted by Meptron (1079 posts) -

Omg. This new shape is so innovative. They better patent this revolutionary new rectangle before somebody else copies it.

#179 Posted by PandaBear (1376 posts) -

All these either/or statements. It's strange... my iPhone 4S is the best phone I've ever owned but really I wouldn't begrudge anyone who owns a different device. You can like the iPhone and not be an Apple zealot hipster who hates Android/WP. At the end of the day Apple don't pay me to use their products so I have no reason to defend them. I just like what they're offering and I'm too invested in the App Store to care about the competition unless something major happens.

And for the ignorant people who don't think iPhone news belongs on Giant Bomb should look at the huge influence Apple has on video games. Beyond the games even - their approach to design, how their store is run, how they integrate different types of media... this stuff matters and will affect the next generation of consoles even more than the current.

#180 Posted by mderbs311 (58 posts) -

@xyzygy: Nice, I love my HD7 as well, just an all around great phone. I would LOVE to get the LUmia 920, but have a feeling that Tmo wont get it, but its younger sibling the 820, which is still sexy as hell. Between it and the Ativ s, I might actually go with the Ativ.

#181 Posted by hoossy (934 posts) -

@Aaron_G said:

Went white with the iPhone 4S, definitely going black with this one.

You have the 4S? Why upgrade so soon? This phone really doesn't offer anything new...

#182 Edited by xyzygy (9997 posts) -

live tiles are fantastic. It's basically a wall of data and info which you can customize to your liking, and even more so with WP8 where you can change how much info you receive from each tile.

@Dan_CiTi said:

@gunslingerNZ: wasn't that in August?

@TheHBK said:

Still on the fence between this and the ATIV S shown here. Really hard to make up my mind and will be switching from my blackberry. I just like the idea of the live tiles.

Also, did anyone see the new ipod nano and touch? The touch looks great but what the fuck is up with the Nano? Looks like a sony rip off and the colors. Man, those are drab pastels.

Get the iPhone 5 and then just get the best Windows 8 tablet out there if you want W8 mobile. They have gotten the look for Android phones down more or less (besides when they look like weird battlestar galactica robots or w/e) but I feel most WP7 and 8 phones still are a bit rough, besides the Lumia which looks and performs great.

Rough? All Windows Phones perform extremely similar. With WP8 manufacturers can deviate and include more powerful hardware, and considering how buttery smooth and responsive WP7 is and the extreme restrictions they have in terms of hardware, they're marvelous. WP8 will change those restrictions though. One of the main goals with WP was to provide a similar experience across a multitude of phones, in order to avoid the problems you see with lower end Android phones. The ATIV S looks like a fucking beautiful phone, running hardware similar to the S3.

Also, why say get a W8 tablet (Surface FTW) and an iOS device when one of the main features being touted across Windows 8, Xbox, and Windows Phone 8 will be cross-connection and interoperability?

@LiquidPrince said:

@xyzygy said:

@Stubee said:

I don't understand why this story is here. iPhones don't even represent the majority of the market anymore and they certainly don't have the best tech or software.

I found it crazy that Apple only has 16-17% market share. It seems like so much more than that. I suppose it's just that my age group tends to have them and that it makes it seem to me that Apple has more of a market share.

Personally I'm sticking with Windows Phone 8 this time. I loved WP7 and the new style and features of WP8 devices are too attractive to ignore, especially the completely stunning Lumia 920. I've currently turned 3 people from iPhone/Android to Windows Phone and I might have convinced another last weekend at a party. All she needed was a few minutes with my HD7 and she fell in love. :P

I've done the same thing, except for Android, which I feel is easily the best operating system on the mobile market. You can literally customize your phone to look like and do anything on Android where as all the other phones are so closed down. And hey, even if you don't want to do any of that customization stuff, stock Android is beyond awesome now too. Oh Jelly Bean.

The level of customization is definitely one thing I love about the newer Android phones. I'm not ragging on Android at all (it just so happens that one of the converts had an S2), I think it's fucking awesome - I just really don't like iOS.

#183 Posted by xyzygy (9997 posts) -

@mderbs311: Holla HD7 user! The Ativ also looks like an extremely solid and sexy phone. I'm really hoping that most carriers will offer both the 920 and 820, but who knows. Honestly I'd be perfectly content with having the Ativ as well. I will have to decide when the reviews come in and when I can get my hands on one :)

#184 Posted by Korosuzo (174 posts) -

@killawogg: From what I've heard and read from AT&T if you have the old unlimited plan you will be able to bring that to the iPhone 5 LTE. It will be soft capped at 5GB a month which is more than I'll ever use so I'm sticking with AT&T now that I know I am still grandfathered in...otherwise that would have led me to look at different phones and carriers.

#185 Posted by SaturdayNightSpecials (2387 posts) -

So this is supposed to be underwhelming or something?

Not that I'm excited or will ever buy an iPhone, probably, but what did people expect? A hexagonal phone?

#186 Posted by Th3irdEye (258 posts) -

@JJOR64 said:

I'm going to finally get my first Smart Phone on Sept. 24th, 3 days after this comes out. If this is in stock I'll pick one up, if not I'll just get a 4S.

If it's not in stock when you go to pick it up I think it's really dumb to get a 4S instead. That just strikes me as an example of extreme impatience. If you already had a 4S before this was announced and decided to pass, fine. If you couldn't afford the iPhone 5 and opted for the older cheaper version, fine. If the new one is already out and you were willing to get it in the first place, why would something like having to wait another week or so cause you to buy an inferior product? It doesn't make any sense. Now, there could be other factors involved that stipulate that you absolutely MUST walk into a store on exactly Sept. 24th and walk out with a new phone that day or else you can't get a phone. If that's the case I apologize for my rant.

Also, why are you not ordering online. Way easier, no lines, just wait for it to show up at your door. You could also order online and pick up in store if you really wanted to.

#187 Posted by jasondesante (604 posts) -

@Corvak: haha that was the one year they did specifically nothing at all but let you buy it in white. Thats the one year nothing happened and youre saying its the one year they did something significant. haha

#188 Posted by snattu (65 posts) -

Who gives a shit?

#189 Posted by Neox (49 posts) -

I was watching the Iphone reveal at my Bell store while i was buying a galaxy S 3

#190 Posted by BisonHero (6536 posts) -

Seems like a pretty meh upgrade. None of those new features(?) are really drawing me in, so I'll hold onto my current phone until iOS games reach a quality level where my current phone performs like total garbage.

To rephrase, there basically isn't any new feature that matters, so the only thing that will get me to replace my current phone is when the processor becomes near obsolete.

#191 Posted by august (3846 posts) -

Don't give me that dithering.

#192 Posted by Counterclockwork87 (673 posts) -

Why whenever Apple announces a new phone there's so much anger against Apple? It's just a phone...some people will buy it because they like it. Why does it matter what someone decides to buy? It kind of annoys me that so many people hate on a company seemingly just so they can make themselves feel better about themselves. I think there's a jealousy there. I never see people talk about a new LG and lambaste anyone who dares think about buying it. I mean I constantly see people on message boards calling people who buy iPhones "Sheep". Really? Because someone wants to buy a product they enjoy they're just blindingly following? I just don't get the anger...and I'm not talking about the Giant Bomb community, I mean in general. And no, I don't own an iPhone.

#193 Posted by Vorhenze (99 posts) -

You disappoint me Giantbomb.

#194 Posted by Iodine (547 posts) -
@Counterclockwork87

Why whenever Apple announces a new phone there's so much anger against Apple? It's just a phone...some people will buy it because they like it. Why does it matter what someone decides to buy? It kind of annoys me that so many people hate on a company seemingly just so they can make themselves feel better about themselves. I think there's a jealousy there. I never see people talk about a new LG and lambaste anyone who dares think about buying it. I mean I constantly see people on message boards calling people who buy iPhones "Sheep". Really? Because someone wants to buy a product they enjoy they're just blindingly following? I just don't get the anger...and I'm not talking about the Giant Bomb community, I mean in general. And no, I don't own an iPhone.

You... You I love
#195 Posted by Andorski (5310 posts) -

Battery and camera upgrade are minimal, but it's better than nothing for me. My current iPhone 4 is sucking in both these departments. I need to charge my phone twice a day and the camera is terrible for taking pictures of things over 1000ft away.

#196 Posted by chriscalla (66 posts) -

Always bet on black.

#197 Posted by chan05 (318 posts) -

All I want to say is that the screen size is weird. they have to center old apps and put black bars around it....what??? I'm going to buy a HTC One X. And no I'm not an Apple hater if got my fair share of apple devices. But all this hype is really starting to annoy me...and even Giantbomb is contributing to it...I mean yes it's also a gaming device but I have never really seen Giantbomb review or even talk about iPhone games...but I guess at one point they have to

#198 Posted by sempiternal (38 posts) -

...but it's got a new hat!

#199 Posted by Bell_End (1208 posts) -

@Neox said:

I was watching the Iphone reveal at my Bell store while i was buying a galaxy S 3

the S3 is a nice phone. it does feel really cheap in the hand though, like its made from the plastic the make cheap DVD remotes out of.

#200 Posted by wewantsthering (1567 posts) -

@mderbs311 said:

@wewantsthering: I too am a win pho 7 user, a happy one at that, and Im just curious as to why people still use this as an argument or reason against getting a win phone. I currently am using an android phone (HTC amaze) due to an accident with my HD7, and i transferred over to my win pho from an iphone 3g, so ive had all and I think windows is the best OS out there, and they all have their perks and pros and cons, whether it be more exclusive apps and games, slicker UI or more customization, and I agree that windows app market is small compared to the other big 2, but other than a few "big" games on android and iOS, i was able to get windows versions of pretty much ALL the apps i had on my iphone, and a lot of games as well. my Bank of America app, twitter, reddit reader, TED talks, soundhound, FML, IMDB, amazon and kindle, flixter, netflix, i mean other than instagram ( which is coming to win phone 8), theyre all there and if not an acceptable facsimile can be found, even with some missing games too. Plus, since win phone 7 wasnt compatible with the Unity engine and microsoft used a closed environment, it was very difficult to port your games to win pho 7. since 8 uses an entirely different kernel, and the Unity devs have said that it will be on win pho 8, the disparity of apps that dont come to the windows marketplace should shrink enormously, as its very simple to port your app to the win ecosystem, and wouldnt be such a risk. I am absolutely not ragging on you for your opinion, and this is not meant to be a hostile post at all, i really am just curious as to why you feel there are "no" apps in the marketplace, what do you think is missing app wise that made you dislike it enough to recommend not getting it? functionality wise? I personaly cant wait for win pho 8 (obviously), will be getting the Ativ s or 920, depending on which comes to T-mobile.

For me I need Chase Bank and Google Voice, neither of which work well on WP7. I have to use the browser for Chase and there are a couple terrible Google Voice apps. Obviously a WP7 would be a step up from a iPhone 3G! Haha. Outside of barebones apps like Facebook and Twitter, there aren't really a lot of stand out apps. Also browser/discovering apps is a nightmare. It's also behind on other feature sets like airplay, maps, etc. I just don't really see a reason for sticking with WP at this point because both Android and iOS are just too far a head, especially in the app department.

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