Wednesday 12th September was a huge night for Apple fans – The official release of the Apple iPhone 5. Building upon the success of their iPhone range, Apple presented their device to the world. No one can doubt that the new iPhone 5 release is the best Apple smartphone of all time, but is that enough? We compare the Apple iPhone 5 against the phones for 2012.

Apple iPhone 5 design

From a first glance fans may be disappointed that the new iPhone 5 design appears too similar to the iPhone 4 and 4S. Don’t be disappointed. Ergonomically speaking, the button layout, curved corners and flat-back design offer an easy and efficient user experience. Apple doesn’t change their design for the sake of change.

The tweaks in design are all there for a reason. There’s now a 4 inch Retina display; the first ever increase in size to cater for the smartphone users need for bigger screens. Built with a 16:9 ratio, films fit the screen perfectly without those irritating black strips down the side. Despite the size increase, Apple conquers the dimensional dilemma by making the iPhone 5 20% lighter and 18% thinner than past releases using an Aluminium and Glass casing. At just 110 grams the iPhone 5 vs the phones of 2012 is at least 20 grams lighter than the competition.

While many of the flagship phones for 2012 such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X opt for at least a 4.7 inch display, it would be crazy to assume that Apple would supersize their handset from 3.5 inches in a single release. The design is iconic, simple to use and envied by the competition. We believe the latest Apple iPhone 5 design shouts premium style over its competitors.

Apple iPhone 5 vs Nokia Lumia 920 - Phones for 2012

Apple iPhone 5 processing speed

Improvements have been made on the inside too. The A6 processing chip is twice as fast as the A5 found in the 4S and will run the new iOS 6 features for iPhone 5 like a dream. Many of the phones for 2012 taking on Apple have jumped on the quad-core processing bandwagon. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 flexes the most muscle with its 1.6GHz quad core processor.

More cores can be beneficial to multitasking performance, but can soon juice a battery life dry through over demanding applications. Performance tests from Qualcomm note that their American version of the Samsung Galaxy S3, a dual core chip, actually outperformed its British quad-core chip counterpart in day to day usage.

Dual-core can still be extremely productive so it will be interesting to see how Apple competes against the Lumia 920 and Xperia T with their 1.5GHz dual-core processors and HTC’s One X quad core powerhouse.

Faster iPhone 5 internet with 4G

The single LTE chip, delivers super-fast internet connectivity to those who sign up to the newly available 4G networks.  Efficiency is at the forefront of Apple’s LTE chip to ensure performance doesn’t drain the battery life.

In regards to 4G connectivity, Apple are one of the first phones for 2012 to make their UK releases compatible with the next generation of mobile internet. Not even the current Samsung Galaxy S3 has this chip yet. Currently the Lumia 920 and Galaxy Note 2 are two worthy competitors to race Apple in the LTE 4G race. Will Apple iPhone users surf supreme with their uniquely designed chipset? A crucial factor that is bound to rank the phones for 2012 will be answered around Christmas time.

iPhone 5 camera updates

Having already delivered great camera specifications within the iPhone 4S the iSight camera quickens photo capture time by 40% whilst maximising light availability in your low lighting pics. iOS 6 updates, allow iPhone 5 users to send their pictures straight to Facebook; a feature that has been available in Android smartphones for years. Panoramic shot and the ability to take a photo whilst recording are also new to the Apple iPhone 5. The front facing camera aligns to the centre of the iPhone and captures in 720p; allowing you to FaceTime your friends in High Definition.

With a 20 shot Burst Mode, Photo capture whilst recording, Panoramic shot and miniscule shutter lag, the 8 megapixel HTC One X camera already offers some great photo capturing tools with its HTC ImageSense properties. Read about the HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy S3 camera features.

Apple are also set to receive more stiff competition from the phones for 2012. The Sony Xperia T which will utilise a whopping 13 megapixel camera and premium Exmor R image sensor.

Apple iPhone 5 camera features

Is it worth buying an Apple iPhone 5?

There’s no doubt that the iPhone 5 is the best iPhone release ever. With the momentous success of the iPhone 4S, Apple have rightfully built upon this handset, rather than attempting to revolutionise the smartphone once again. Focusing on evolution and not revolution, has ensured that Apple smartphones continue to deliver a positive, friendly user experience enjoyed by millions. Lighter, faster, more productive; that’s how smartphones should improve year on year.

Apple will have to face their toughest competition against the phones for 2012. With Windows Phone 8 and Android Jelly Bean smartphones lined up for release, there promises to be exciting competition ahead that will challenge Apple in their own unique ways. With so much choice available from the phones for 2012, how will the Apple fanatics respond?

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