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Review for AT&T Black …
I also know that there are a zillion lists of the differences out there, so I will spare you all of those details. I will also spare you a discussion of the features of 7.0 that recently upgraded. (So much to tell).
I had been using an iPhone 4 and my contract was up, so I was ready for an upgrade. The most important feature for me was the ability to pick up 4G LTE signal in my area. While most of the time I still get 3G or 4G, it is a feature that has already impressed me.
This phone is the same size and shape as the 5, so there isn’t much difference there, but the feel of the metal is awesome compared to the 4. It just looks and feels classier. At the same time, when holding it, I am noticing the warmth a bit more. Is it because it is running warmer? Is it because I downloaded all of my information from the cloud? Or is it because I’m used to a case? I’m not certain, but the warmth was evident to me.
Setting up the fingerprint scanner is kind of fun, you touch it lots of times in lots of ways and watch as your fingerprint is filled in. Once it is ready, it lets you know and it recognizes your print no matter what angle you hold it (even upside down). Pretty impressive.
On the other hand, other than making it easy for you to open your phone (making it more likely you will lock it), it does not add one iota to the security of your iPhone. You still can open your iPhone using your password or 4 digit pass code. So a hacker can still either guess your 4 digit code, or sit and figure it out by playing it one number at a time. If security is an issue, you will need to set your phone to erase itself after 10 consecutive incorrect tries. Not a great solution, because someone can deliberately erase your phone by using this. I hope future updates will allow you to turn OFF the pass code and use fingerprint id only.
The processor does appear to be faster. My daughter has a 4S and we compared the response time of Siri (she had upgraded to IOS 7, so we were running the same platform. Siri appeared to be slightly faster on my phone.
Another issue that I have noticed is that all of this activity today was very draining on the battery. I went from 100% to 30% in three hours of solid use. After charging it back up, I played with the new radio on iTunes and discovered that using the speakers on this do consume battery pretty fast. I would strongly recommend a back up battery or a car charger if you want to use the physical speakers. From experience, I am aware that using headphones helps to keep the battery up longer.
The camera is supposed to take better photos – Since I am still viewing them on the small screen, I haven’t noticed a significant difference yet. One thing I did read was that it actually takes three photos and combines them into one. Someone with more technical expertise who is using their photos in a larger context will need to figure that one out.
Do I like it? YES! Would I pay full price to upgrade from a 4 if I hadn’t gotten a nice trade in deal and had this subsidized under contract? No. Except for the items I have listed above, while this is faster, and neater, and I really do LOVE the touch, and I could get used to Siri helping me, as I said up front, except for the 4G LTE, the 4 did everything I needed in plenty of time.
Just a note on the color – it only matters if you never put a case on your phone. Once the case is on, all iPhones look alike.