Mobile and Wireless: iPhone 5: How Its New Perks Stack Up Against the Smartphone Competition
The response to Apple's iPhone 5 has been mixed, though everyone seems to agree that demand for the new smartphone should keep conveyor belts churning for some time. While research firm Strand Consult called the iPhone 5's look a "minor facelift," IHS analyst Daniel Gleeson called it a "significant departure from previous models" and a "fundamental change in product design." Apple made it thinner, longer, faster and lighterand yet some were disappointed by what they felt was a lack of a new "wow" feature. Starting at $199, it's certainly nothing to balk atit's a handsome, feature-rich, marvel. But these days the markethappily for usdoesn't exactly want for such things. There are great devices available todayand coming in time for holiday salesat great prices and running both Android and the Windows Phone operating system. Is the iPhone 5 for you? Below, eWEEK put some of the device's new features in perspective. The good news, for potential buyers and enterprise users, is that there are no losers here.