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Rocco's review of the Apple iPhone 5 (CDMA / global)

original version, submitted Oct 22, 2012, 12:04 PM:

My First iPhone

I pre-ordered the iPhone 5 from Verizon and received it the day it was released so I have had some time with it. This is my first iPhone but I had some familiarity with iOS from using an iPad. I came from an HTC Trophy (Windows Phone 7) and a BlackBerry before that. My wife had an iPhone 4S and kept raving about it, so I decided to go with the iPhone 5.

Pros:
- Verizon 4G LTE. I am impressed at the speed of the LTE. I have beeen averaging 15.7 Mbps down/14 Mbps up with an avg ping of 49.4 ms.
- Processor speed. The responsiveness is excellent. Coupled with Verizon's LTE, this makes for a very fast experience.
- Call quality. So far I am very pleased with how well calls sound on my end. I have not had any issues with dropped calls.
- Quality of the display. It really is a lovely screen. I have worn glasses since I was a kid and I have no issue with readability. I also have big hands and I have no trouble using the on-screen keyboard. Using it in sunlight is better than I expected.
- The Apple iOS ecosystem. Everywhere an app was offered, it seemed as if the iPhone version was the first one developed and out of the gate. Android apps seemed to come second and you were lucky if you saw the same app on Windows Phone 7. This was a big factor in my choosing the iPhone. Also, seeing my wife use the FaceTime app with her 72-year old dad who was thousands of miles away was impressive.

Cons:
- Lack of case options. I know this is a new phone and given Apple's secrecy surrounding their product launches, case options were very limited at launch. I am a klutz and need a protective case just to protect the phone from me. The plastic holster-style case that Verizon sold did not fit right.
- Price of lightning cable. Thankfully I do not have money invested in Apple 30-pin cables. I think they are charging way too much for an additional lightning cable for the newly-designed port.

edited May 5, 2013, 9:40 AM to the current version:

My First iPhone

I pre-ordered the iPhone 5 from Verizon and received it the day it was released so I have had some time with it. This is my first iPhone but I had some familiarity with iOS from using an iPad. I came from an HTC Trophy (Windows Phone 7) and a BlackBerry before that. My wife had an iPhone 4S and kept raving about it, so I decided to go with the iPhone 5.

Pros:
- Verizon 4G LTE. I am impressed at the speed of the LTE. I have beeen averaging 15.7 Mbps down/14 Mbps up with an avg ping of 49.4 ms.
- Processor speed. The responsiveness is excellent. Coupled with Verizon's LTE, this makes for a very fast experience.
- Call quality. So far I am very pleased with how well calls sound on my end. I have not had any issues with dropped calls.
- Quality of the display. It really is a lovely screen. I have worn glasses since I was a kid and I have no issue with readability. I also have big hands and I have no trouble using the on-screen keyboard. Using it in sunlight is better than I expected.
- The Apple iOS ecosystem. Everywhere an app was offered, it seemed as if the iPhone version was the first one developed and out of the gate. Android apps seemed to come second and you were lucky if you saw the same app on Windows Phone 7. This was a big factor in my choosing the iPhone. Also, seeing my wife use the FaceTime app with her 72-year old dad who was thousands of miles away was impressive.

Cons:
- Lack of case options. I know this is a new phone and given Apple's secrecy surrounding their product launches, case options were very limited at launch. I am a klutz and need a protective case just to protect the phone from me. The plastic holster-style case that Verizon sold did not fit right.
- Price of lightning cable. Thankfully I do not have money invested in Apple 30-pin cables. I think they are charging way too much for an additional lightning cable for the newly-designed port.

 

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