Category:   ,     September 14, 2012 | 

The new iPhone 5 and the price of the new iPhone 5 has been confirmed. Apple started pre-orders new iPhone 5. New iPhone 5 Price list:

#1 Folders

I’ve waited a long, long time for folders on my iPhone 5. I have always hated the mess of app icons on the home screen. After a while, there were just so many of them that it got irritating to scroll through them and find the app I wanted.As soon as I was able to, I set up folders on my iPhone. It’s fantastic to be able to group apps and keep my home screen organized. I still have a few floating apps but the horrific chaos that existed before is now gone. Most of my apps are tucked away logically into the appropriate folders.

#2 iBooks
As I noted in my review of iBooks for iPhone 5, one of the big disappointments with iPhone 5 for iPad was that it didn’t have an iPhone counterpart. That problem has now been remedied. iBooks works very well on my iPhone 5, though I remain more of an Amazon Kindle reader for the reasons I mentioned in my review.

Still, I’m very glad to see iBooks on the iPhone and I will definitely be using it to read some of the books I bought in the iBooks store.

#3 HD Video
Another thing I hated about my iPhone 3G was its inability to record video. Oh sure, I downloaded an app that let me do it eventually. GD. However, the video was horrible and almost completely useless. The iPhone 5’s ability to let me take HD videos at 30 FPS is one of the things I like the most about it.

One of the first things I did when I first got my iPhone 5 was to take some videos of my parrot. I was shocked at how nice they came out, compared to what I was expecting. The iPhone 5’s ability to take such great video is the final nail in the coffin of my Panasonic digital camera. There’s simply no need for me to carry that camera around any more.

#4 Better Photos
One of the things I liked the least about my iPhone 3G was its crappy camera. The pictures were always grainy and ugly, for the most part. The iPhone 5’s 8 megapixel camera (with LED flash) has made a huge difference for me. I used to have to carry around a Panasonic digital camera to take photos (and video) with, since the iPhone 3G’s camera sucked so bad. Now I can just tote around my iPhone 5 and that’s it.

 #5 iMovie
Okay, technically iMovie does not come with iPhone 5. You actually have to buy it from the app store for $4.99, but what a great app you get for five bucks! I spent some time playing with it (I’ll have more to say about video below) and I think it’s a great deal. I’m no video aficionado, but I had a lot of fun using iMovie and I found it to be incredibly easy and fun to use on my iPhone 5.

#6 Retina Display
I read many ebooks on my iPhone, and most of my reading is done while I’m walking on a treadmill at the gym. When I first heard about the “retina display” feature, I sort of wrote it off to some cheesy marketing by Apple. But the Retina Display really is quite sharp, and it makes a big difference when reading on the iPhone 5. It’s quickly becoming one of my favorite things about the iPhone 5. Once you get used to it, it’s hard to imagine using an older iPhone or another phone with a lesser screen.

#7 Home Screen Wallpaper
I love being able to add my own wallpaper to my home screen. It really brightens it up considerably compared to what my old iPhone 3G used to look like. GD. I hated not being able to customize the way my home screen looked on that old phone.

#8 Multitasking
I’ve never been one of the folks that really cared much about multitasking on my iPhone. I am not sure if it is just how I tended to use it or what, but it just has not been a huge priority for me. I was pleased to note that in iOS 6, Apple seems to have done a good first pass at it. In addition, they did it in a way that seems to minimize the drain on the iPhone’s battery.

#9 Two Cameras
The addition of a front-facing camera to the iPhone 5 has made a big difference in the overall experience. Facetime is an obvious use for it, but I am also looking forward to using it when Skype for iPhone is updated.

#10 Siri
I love the fact that there’s a Siri built into my iPhone now. What a great addition for those who might want to go hiking and engage in other outdoor activities. I am not sure I would want to rely on it alone, in place of a real Siri, but I am still glad that it’s available.


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