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Apple releases iPhone 5, available within a week in Australia

iPhone 5

The much anticipated (or not, thanks to the leaks) iPhone 5 was officially being announced today by Apple. As predicted, it comes with a faster CPU and graphic performance (A6 chip), taller display (1136-by-640 resolution), thinner in size, lighter, better camera, LTE, and more.

iPhone 5 design

According to Apple, the device is now 18% thinner and 20% lighter than the iPhone 4S. It’s a bit hard to judge by numbers here, so we won’t actually be amazed until we get a hold of one and compare it with the iPhone 4S. Nevertheless, iPhone 4/4S users should feel a considerable difference.

Some will get disappointed because of a-still-“small” screen size (in width) but I’d say I agree to Apple (at least in my own experience in owning larger mobile devices before like the Samsung GALAXY Nexus and Note). Sometimes it felt awkward when I have to press something at the top left of corner of the screen with my right hand (I had to wiggle the phone a bit while making sure that it wouldn’t fall). But some of my friends argued that it’s not the case and they are comfortable with the GALAXY Note. So yeah, I guess this is subjective.

iPhone 5 back

The camera is also what matters most to most people here. I’m not too impressed with the Lumia 800 and GALAXY Nexus/Note/SII camera (haven’t tried the SIII, a review unit is coming my way soon). Apple promises a better noise reduction, better shots in low-light condition (which sounds awesome), and also the new Panorama shot (which can be achieved by using an app but again, we have to compare the quality side by side).

iPhone 5 Camera

A photo sample taken by iPhone 5:

iPhone 5 photo example

iPhone 4S vs iPhone 5 battery life – How big of a difference is it? Well previously, iPhone 4S gives up to 200 hours of standby time, 8 hours of talk time, and 40 hours of music play time. iPhone 5 gives up to 225 hours of standby time, 8 hours of talk time, and 40 hours of music play time. Better standby time only? Though we have to take into account that iPhone 5 now has more features that are power hungry (bigger display, LTE, etc). It won’t be until we have the device that we can make a comment on this though.

I actually woke up “accidentally?” in the middle of the night around 3 a.m and I thought, hey, maybe they have made an announcement. So I woke up and checked Twitter. Voila! Just in time because I saw someone’s tweeted “Enough about the iPad, I want iPhone 5” – and seconds later, I’ve been following those live coverage blogs around.

In the end, I’m still excited about iPhone 5 because I loved my iPhone 4S. The problem was that all the leaks were true – from the design of the iPhone 5, the “Lightning” connector (the name leaked earlier in the morning), the new ear-pod earphones, and even all features of it. Except for NFC.

iPhone 5 Lightning connector

Will definitely try to grab for one on the day (no no, not going to queue from midnight like a true Apple fan) and share my review with you here at Craving Tech.

iPhone 5 can be pre-ordered on the September 14 and available in store on September 21.

Note: All iPhone 5 images are courtesy of Apple.com

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