Good morning. For what it's worth, I'd like to share my impressions on the new iphone 5 picked up yesterday at the Montreal Flagship Fido Store. And what a pain in whas, their registration system completed bogged down due to the overwhelming demand I suppose. I had spent the night waiting (shame on me) only to have the phone in hand by... 4 PM!!! I guess you can call me an Apple Fanboy.
I'll stick to the technical side as the rest probably got scratched to the bone.
- LTE speeds (at least in Longueuil Qc) are in the 15-25 Mbps down and... 20 Mbps up. Nice enough. Slingplayer now plays absolutely studder-free. Just like on the LAN!
- Latency pings went down from an average 170-340 ms to something between 60-85 ms. So that's pretty damned nice too for IP phone apps such as MagicJack.
- Phone conversation quality hasn't improved one bit (despite to the phone-via-LTE rumor. Perhaps Fido hasn't implemented that yet).
- Construction is the same quality built as the iphone 4S. A bit lighter. Now I wouldn't want that phone to be too light, I'd fear there's nothing inside!!!
- The extra row doesn't make one bit of difference.
- Screen rendering, especially white level is a bit better than previous. There's no yellow glue stains on that one. Can you imagine a manufacturer getting away with comments like "phones fly out the factory with not enough time for LCD glue to dry. Will over time-kind-of-thing"...? Remember that about the 4S?
- Interface browsing is absolutely the same as it ever was. If it wasn't, they'd make it so.
- Device tethering has somewhat improved in the sense that Apple has substianlly reduced TCP overhead between the iphone and connected device (such as Ipad). This means that the raw speed of the connected device is higher relative to the iphone LTE speed itself.
- Bottom connector slot is not as finicky as I thought. I think that with the proper adapter (will purchase from AppleStore) the iphone will stand firm on existing docks (such as the Bose Soundock 10 in which I have invested heavily.
Now mind you a lot of these coments are generic and would probably apply to the other broadband devices but since I also own a Galaxy SIII that I use at work to test VPN apps, I chose to keep them for the iphone 5. A nice little piece of equipment, certainly not the fastest but certainly the cleanest and most intuitive to use out there.
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